Bangalore, August 28, 2014: A ‘Women Only Hackathon’ held here last week, attracted over 100 developers from companies like Tesco, IBM, Microsoft, Dell, Cisco , PayPal and Intuit. It was organised by the Anita Borg Institute, a non- profit organisation focussed on advancement of women in computer science and engineering in partnership with Venturesity, ‘Girls in Tech’ and Intuit. The theme of the Hackathon was ‘Tech for Good’.
Some of the interesting apps developed:
Kaam Hain is an app project that will create a platform to connect maids, cooks, drivers and low end job seekers with potential employers through human networking.
E- Swaraj is a project driven by NGO which aims to use mesh of mobile and web technologies to create an intelligent system which will facilitate real time reporting of local issues such as electricity, water, transportation issues etc.
Connect 4 a cause is an app that allows people to receive reminders & alerts on vaccination schedule.
Helpify is an android application where individuals can view the wishes posted by children from various NGOs and fulfil them.
Hope is an app that will allow people to find number of vacant seats under RTE quota in the nearby schools.
Vidyogdaan is a portal for sponsoring a child's education, with transparency on the child's progress in school with report card from school.
ConFUND is platform to help people who wish to speak at conferences to get funding from companies which work on similar technology. In return, the speaker would include a couple of slides about that technology, thus, helping both the parties.
Sandesh is an app where a person who is physically disabled can communicate with the rest of the world. Signs used by physically disabled individuals are converted to text.
Quick Cast is a mobile tool one shop where people with various needs in domains like Healthcare, NGO services and any emergency requirements can get together. This tool works both online and offline which will enable individuals to be able to connect from anywhere and anytime.
Pitch in Food is an app for gathering food and donating it to the NGOs to avoid wastage of food.
Geek for Goods is a vital social initiative to suppress the ever-increasing fetal Mortality rate in India by sending Nutrition tips , prescription alert-reminders daily for mothers-to-be.
TechGirls is a platform to connect the common people's grievances to authorities who can take appropriate actions.
Medicine Miracle is a web based application to dispose of expired unwanted medicines reducing carbon foot print, donate unwanted within expiry medicines to NGOs ,return the unwanted medicines and locate the nearby pharmaceuticals and NGOs
Teleducation is an app to break the language barrier that the rural people face by providing the language training over call by volunteers.
Four Sparks is the concept of a location based service in bringing all donor under one umbrella that will enable reaching you on time.
The finalists from Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad will continue to develop the apps for the next three months, and the top ten teams will get to present the apps coded and developed by them at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebrations Women in Computing India, to be held on November 19-21, 2014 at the Lalit Ashok Hotel, Bangalore, India organised by Anita Borg Institute.
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