The central government has launched a video conferencing app development challenge for Indian developers with prize money of Rs. 1 crore. This challenge has been introduced at that time when security issues have been disclosed in the popular Zoom video-conferencing app. “Innovation Challenge for Development of New Video Conferencing Solution” has been disclosed by the government to facilitate Work from Home (WFH) because of Pandemic Covid 19.

WFH means that a huge amount of information is being shared online over video confrencing app by govt and other MNC companies, giving rise to concerns over the privacy of the private conversations and control over the app and data shared through the app.

The app development program started registration on April 13 and the last date for registration is April 30. The video conferencing app should be able to work on any kind of device, in poor network areas, should have encrypted communication, should have user friendly and should use less power.

The Challenge will operate in three rounds. In the first round ten companies or startups will be selected and will be given Rs 5 lakhs each to build the Prototypes.

In the second round, three out of the ten will be asked to build the complete solution and will be given Rs 20 lakhs each.

Of these three, the best one will be selected and will get a contract to deploy their solution for use by Government of India and State Government entities for a period of four years and will also be given Rs 1 crore in the first year and an additional 10 lakhs per year for 3 years after the first year for operations and maintenance of the solution for the Government. The results of the government challenge will be announced on 29 July.