The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India is running an Indian Web Browser Development Challenge, which seeks to inspire start-ups and developers in the country to create an indigenous web browser.
The challenge is being run in collaboration with CCA and C-DAC Bangalore. It aims to create a browser with a focus on accessibility, and ensuring support “for individuals with diverse abilities.”
The programme has already seen participation from over 200 participants, including government departments, academia, start-ups and more, the MeitY said in a press release.
The team also envisions the ability to sign digital documents using a crypto token, which would allow for secure transactions.
There are three rounds in the competition. After the preliminary round, 18 of the best ideas will be chosen. In the second round, those 18 ideas will be brought down to 8, and then finally, three entries will fight it out for top three in the final round.
Technical mentorship will be provided to the contestants, and the prize pool will be worth Rs 3.41 crore, of which the winner will take home Rs 1 crore. The winner will also receive government backing and support for the project.