Swachhathon 1.0, the first ever Swachh Bharat Hackathon, was organized by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to crowd source solutions to some of the Sanitation and Hygiene challenges faced in various parts of the country. The Ministry invited innovators from schools and colleges, institutions, start-ups and others to come up with exciting, innovative, novel and viable solutions to the following challenges:
- Monitoring usage of toilets
- Triggering behaviour change
- Toilet Technologies in Difficult terrains
- Working solutions for maintenance and operations of school toilets.
- Technological solutions for safe disposal of menstrual waste
- Solution for early decomposition of faecal matter
The hackathon was open for all (including international entries), and was hosted on the innovate.mygov.in portal. The Hackathon received a massive response from across the country, with 3053 entries received overall. The selected finalists gave a short presentation showcasing their prototype/ strategy before a jury consisting of stalwarts and experts from the Sanitation sector. The evaluation was based on an evaluation framework designed by the Ministry that took into account the originality of the solution, utility, cost-effectiveness, ease of maintenance, sustainability, scalability and environment-friendliness. The winners of the Swachhathon were awarded by the Ministers of State, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.