SAN-Sadhan Hackathon

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, NITI Aayog, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and 91springboard

Inviting innovations to create composite and affordable solutions for Divyang Accessible toilets .

Dates: September 14th and 15th, 2019 Venue: 91springboard NH8-Udyog Vihar

Award Ceremony and Showcase: September 17th, 2019

About the Hackathon

As per census 2011, about 2.68 cr. people in India fall under the category of Persons with Disabilities (PwD). The Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 mandates universal accessibility for PwDs in public oriented premises and services such as health, transport, educational facilities as well as sanitation. Taking forward to enhance sensitivity and develop an ecosystem for creating a barrier free environment, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) had also launched the ‘Accessible India Campaign’.

Development of accessible toilets were driven in association with the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Now, with the growing participation of PwDs in routine jobs, it has become even more crucial that appropriately accessible, easy to use, hygienic and affordable toilets and sanitary services are made available. This calls for innovation in the sanitation paradigm which would be driven by accessibility, affordability and scalability.

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) and Ministry of Jal Shakti in association with Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 91springboard present the SAN-Sadhan Hackathon – a nationwide initiative to bring out Early Stage Startups, Student Innovators, Technology Enthusiasts, Academicians and Industry Experts from every corner of the country to present solutions that address various issues in four core focus areas.

About DEPwD

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) acts as a Nodal Agency for matters pertaining to disability and Persons with Disabilities including affecting closer coordination among different stakeholders: related Central Ministries, State/UT Governments, NGOs etc, in matters pertaining to disability.


To build an inclusive society in which equal opportunities are provided for the growth and development of Persons with Disabilities so that they can lead productive, safe and dignified lives.


To empower Persons with Disabilities, through various Acts/Institutions/Organizations and Schemes for rehabilitation and to create an enabling environment that provides such persons with equal opportunities, protection of their rights and enables them to participate as independent and productive members of society.

About Ministry of Jal Shakti

The Ministry of Jal Shakti was recently formed in May 2019 with the merger of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. This Ministry is the driving force behind some of the most effective initiatives in recent times such as ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ and ‘Ganga Action Plan’ among others. For more details, please visit the Ministry of Jal Shakti website.