Democracy is defined as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. As a country of 1.3 billion people, more than 800 million of whom are eligible to vote, India takes pride in being the ‘world’s largest democracy’. As India’s democracy continues to mature, an increasingly important indicator of its health will be the health of its constituent political processes. Yet, today the country still struggles in several areas of political transparency, free media, corruption, connectivity, etc.
With the belief that technology-based solutions could streamline processes and revolutionize the lives of millions, well-known NGOs such as the Umang Foundation, Janaagraha, and the Nudge Foundation teamed up with HackerEarth to come up with digital solutions to handle real-world problems through Hackocracy – a hackathon to build a better democracy. Each of these NGOs, though working towards a common goal, work to find solutions to a diverse set of challenges. Considering the diversity of the problems, Hackocracy aimed to bring together people from diverse backgrounds and skills to work on various themes to promote fairness and openness and contribute to nation building.