Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), an initiative of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, is being established as a first-of-its-kind initiative globally to pave the way for reimagining digital commerce in India and establishing it as a global pioneer. ONDC is being setup to promote interoperability and to create an open, inclusive, and competitive digital commerce marketplace. We are targeting to achieve this by digitalizing over one million businesses of all size, location, digital quotient and amplifying geographic and socio-economic coverage of digital commerce to 90 million buyers across 35,000 pin codes by 2027. ONDC will go beyond the current digital commerce model and will allow the buyer and seller to do business irrespective of the platforms they use to be digitally visible.
ONDC is being set up with the following objectives:
Promote interoperability through an open network based on open protocols and open source specifications
Be an enabler with minimalistic public digital infrastructure
Be scale efficient and build for population-scale adoption
Make digital commerce small-business friendly
Pave the way to unlock innovation for reimagining digital commerce (From platforms to protocols!)
Accordingly, as per the guidance of DPIIT, a project management unit has been setup under the aegis of Quality Council of India (QCI) to convert ONDC concept to the reality. QCI has engaged ONDC Core team comprising of experts with prior experience in design and development of other population scale initiatives for leading the charge of implementation of ONDC.
In order to enable participation from wider digital commerce community on ONDC, QCI is organizing the ONDC Grand Hackathon from 7th – 9th January 2022 with following objectives:
i. Create innovative solutions to solve biggest challenges plaguing digital commerce in India today.
ii. Initiate wider outreach to the new potential network participants for ONDC.
ONDC Grand Hackathon will include 2 sets of challenges:
1. Innovation Hackathon
Challenge for innovative solutions to power digital commerce in an open network encompassing:
i. Development of reusable software components for expedited technological readiness and accelerated joining of network participants such as software for digitizing catalogues, inventory management for smaller Kirana shops & vendors etc.
ii. Development of reusable software components for enhanced buyer & seller experience such as software to enable offerings in Indic languages, software for best market price determination for an item for small sellers etc.
iii. Open contributions to the Beckn Protocol
Eligibility Criteria for Innovation Hackathon:
Open for individuals as well as organizations including startups (ideation, validation, early traction, scaling stage startups)
[Please note that organization which is not a startup and willing to participate in the Hackathon should register as an ‘Individual’ for the profile setup on Startup India website.]
2. Integration Hackathon
Challenge to accelerate development of applications, that are compatible with ONDC and integrate these applications with the applications of other such participants to enable eCommerce transactions on ONDC network.
Eligibility Criteria for Integration Hackathon:
Open for organizations only, including startups (ideation, validation, early traction, scaling stage startups)
Total award money and grants up to INR 50 Lakhs for the Hackathon
1. Opportunity to join ONDC as an early adopter
2. Handholding and mentorship support by the ONDC team