Out of more than a hundred programme developers from 11 States, a team of four students of BIT Lalpur (extension) emerged victorious in the 24-hour long mobile application developing competition App Hackathon-2015.
In the first of its kind hackathon for Jharkhand, BIT Titans, the winning team, were followed by Freakers, a team from Kolkata, as first runner-ups and Coral, a team of developers from a Pune-based start-up, as second runner-ups. Apart from these three, two teams, Divergent and Swadhar, became the team with unique idea and the team which won by lottery, respectively. Urban Development Minister CP Singh felicitated the winning teams and expressed his joy over the event achieving its motive.
The programmers were given five fields—healthcare, payments, citizen participation, government benefits and open category — to develop mobile applications on. While using Aadhar as open standards, the contestants also made use of geo-location and database, so as to help Government agencies in pinpointing location of their beneficiaries and better selection of services being provided to them. The panel of judges, including the IT Secretary, Urban Development Secretary Arun Kumar Singh, JAP-IT CEO KK Sinha and Mission Director of National Rural Health Mission Ashish Singhmar, interacted with the nine finalists, inspecting about the aspects of the mobile applications they developed, ascertaining their functioning, utility, primary target and more. “Officials of State Govt and IT Department were the ones who learned the most from this Hackathon. And the best thing about it is that we were able to begin something new and beneficial in the state,” said IT Secretary Sunil Kumar Barnwal.