80 short-listed for Urban Hackathon by Telangana govt

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on September 27, 2014

The Indian School of Business and Telangana Government have kicked off Urban Hackathon, inviting the socially-conscious app developers to come out with technological solutions to address the challenges faced by the urbanites.

Being organised to mark the upcoming Metropolis event next month, the challenge is to improve quality of life in urban areas using apps. Those apps that win the laurels would be deployed by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

The theme of the Hackathon was Social Innovation with Digital Technology. Over 390 teams registered for the challenge. Of these, about 80 short-listed teams will be presenting their solutions in the preliminary round.

At the final event, the top five solutions will get prizes, Minister for IT K Taraka Rama Rao said, kicking of the Hackathon at the ISB premises at Gachibowli on Saturday.

Somesh Kumar, Commissioner of GHMC and Director of XI Metropolis World Congress, said that the Hackathon would go a long way in making Hyderabad a ‘smart city’.

The problems that the app developers would look at include public transport, waste management, infrastructure, urban financing, traffic management, women safety and slum management.

Published on September 27, 2014

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