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India’s first Political Hackathon to be organised in Hyderabad

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To provide a boost to political activities in the nation, Telangana is going to host a Political Hackathon for the first time in India. Right from the preparation of manifesto to finding solutions to local problems, Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) in association with Voice of Digithon and Hackathon Group is going to conduct the hackathon. The Election Commission has provided certain suggestions and recommendations for the initiative on Wednesday. The Election Commission Joint CEO Amrapali has presented her suggestions on the matter. She has recommended some ways to improve the vote percentage of elderly/senior citizens and differently able citizens and requested to present these challenges as part of the political hackathon, stated in the official release of TITA on Thursday.

What is Political Hackathon?

The political hackathon is a platform, where both political leaders and citizen can pose issues that need solutions. For instance in the political arena – How can one improve the voting percentage in the elections and what can parties and their leaders do? How can be rigging addressed? The participants in the hackathon need to develop solutions for real-time elections challenges. The hackathon besides aiming to find solutions to broader State-level problems will also seek solutions to many regional/local problems.  Citizens can highlight the changes/improvements they expect from the electoral system. Any citizen over the age of 15 years can take part in the hackathon.

While the Pre-Hackathon will be conducted throughout the month of November, the grand finale will be conducted at the end of November. The first Pre Hackathon will be held at Phoenix IT Park in Hi-Tech City, Hyderabad on 3rd November.  In addition to the IT corridor, the hackathon will be held in all the constituencies of the State.

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