Skill-a-thon 1.0

664 Registered Allowed team size: 3 - 5
Idea Submission
Online
starts on:
Feb 13, 2023, 06:30 AM
ends on:
Feb 16, 2023, 06:29 PM
Prototype Submission
Online
starts on:
Feb 24, 2023, 04:30 AM
ends on:
Feb 26, 2023, 06:29 PM

Overview

Registrations end on Feb 12, 2023

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In the last few years the digital landscape in India has rapidly evolved to touch the lives of millions of citizens. Examples include revolutionary technologies and digital infrastructure like UPI for digital financial transactions making money transfers seamless and platform agnostic and ONDC for enabling an open ecosystem for e-commerce in India where every buyer and seller gets an opportunity to discover each other as per their preferences and service innovation thus providing equal opportunities to all.  It is always such revolutionary ideas that open possibilities in not just one but multiple domains. 

Now is the time to expand beyond what we’ve already achieved. India now needs lot more solutions based on Open Protocols, which can transform the landscape by providing equitable access to everyone across platforms. Solutions which not just eliminate monopolies, but also increase cross-platform interoperability and enable equitable and trustworthy discovery of opportunities. 

With the vision to provide an equitable and seamless discovery of upskilling services, scholarships, mentorship & job opportunities across different platforms in a convenient, easy, quick and secure manner, EkStep Foundation and DSEP (Decentralized Skilling and Education protocols) community are thrilled to announce Skill-a-thon 1.0 - a one-of-its-kind hackathon. Work on innovating today, for a better tomorrow!

We invite individuals/organizations/teams to participate in Skillathon 1.0 to develop and test various solutions, upskilling, learning, teaching, connecting mentors and mentees, hiring and finding jobs, and everything else you can imagine and create.

This hackathon is your opportunity to change India’s education and skilling landscape, one idea at a time!


About DSEP

DSEP, which stands for Decentralized Skilling and Education Protocol, is working to transform the country's skilling and livelihood sectors by following the principles laid out by NDEAR (National Digital Education Architecture) and leveraging open-source Beckn Protocols. DSEP is currently focused on developing open-source specs to enable the discovery of Jobs & Internships, Courses & Training, Tutors & Mentors, Scholarships & Grants and a lot more. Imagine a student, learner or job seeker being able to leverage an open ecosystem to discover a suitable job, mentor, course or any such opportunity all at one place. Such freedom of choice with trust and equitable discovery can provide them with the right opportunities at the right time to further their learning journey and career graph. This open ecosystem would not only make the search for a suitable service provider easy but also bring transparency in terms of pricing, and service offerings and facilitate the entire selection, booking and payment transaction flow in a unified user experience.


What makes Skill-a-thon 1.0 one of its kind?

Skill-a-thon 1.0 roots for a vision and an idea with the capability to transform lives. Apart from the prizes listed below, Skill-a-thon offers participants an opportunity to:

  • Showcase skills to imagine and innovate to industry leaders and experts 
  • Learn about open protocols and how it can be leveraged to establish cross-platform interoperability with minimum effort.
  • Develop and co-create solutions to solve some of the most pressing at hand problems the skilling and education sector faces today.
  • Make a difference because just one idea can transform sectors and lives and stand out.

Program Schedule


What’s in for you?

The winners stand a chance to win a lot more, should you be one of them, this is all that is up for grabs!

  • The thrill of winning prizes of up to INR 3 lakh in each category from a total prize pool of INR 16 lakh.
  • The chance to present your ideas to none other than Mr. Nandan Nilekani.
  • Verifiable digital credentials to not just strengthen your skills but also your resume.
  • And let’s not forget the ultimate bragging rights on social media!

Besides that, all the participants who submit ideas in Phase 1 will get digital certificates for participation and the best idea from Phase 1 would also get a special recognition and a chance to interact with the industry leader like Mr. Nandan Nilekani.


Announcement of Results

All results will be announced on the Skill-a-thon 1.0 page and will also be communicated via emails.

A winning ceremony will be conducted for all the winners where they will get to present to Mr. Nandan Nilekani. 

Connect with us on our Discord to get the latest updates!

For more information, connect us on innovate@sunbird.org.

Themes

Broad Challenge Statements (The detailed challenge statements, categories and related rules of participation will be announced on February 13th 2023)

Skill-a-thon 1.0 focuses on four key categories, viz.

  1. Jobs, Internships, and similar use cases in upskilling and education sector
  2. Mentorship, Tutoring, etc
  3. Scholarship, Grants, and similar use cases for education and skilling 
  4. Courses, Training, and similar relevant use cases

The following challenges are in context to these key categories that open up opportunities for individuals. 

We are presenting you with the option to compete and an opportunity to showcase your passion by solving challenges such as

  • Making opportunities under one or more of the above 4 categories easily available via DSEP APIs to a diverse set of users agnostic of language, region, form factor etc. 
  • Build rich, integrated end-user experiences by consuming the above  APIs.  
  • Leverage existing and latest technologies (like Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, W3C Verifiable Credentials, etc) to improve the accessibility, trustworthiness, efficiency, and choice for the users.
  • Participants are encouraged to demonstrate combinatorial innovations by leveraging AADHAAR, UPI, DigiLocker, ONDC, DIKSHA, OCEN, DEPA, and many other digital public infrastructures.

The detailed challenge statements, categories and related rules of participation will be announced on February 13, 2023. 

Prizes INR 16,00,000 in prizes

Main Prizes
The thrill of winning prizes of up to INR 3 lakh in each category from a total prize pool of INR 16 lakh.
The chance to present your ideas to none other than Mr. Nandan Nilekani.
Verifiable digital credentials to not just strengthen your skills but also your resume
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starts on:
Feb 13, 2023, 06:30 AM
closes on:
Feb 16, 2023, 06:29 PM

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