Original article: Winners of ChildApp Appathon declared
Published on The Himalayan Times on June 30, 2014
KATHMANDU: The winners of ChildApp Appathon, which was organised with an aim to develop innovative web, phone, desktop and game applications to solve common issues related to children, have been announced. The appathon was jointly organised by the UNICEF, Microsoft Innovation Centre Nepal and Childreach Nepal on June 27-29 in Dhulikhel.
‘Engineering ADDA’, a group comprising Nepal Engineering College students Milan Karki and Darpan Pudasaini, has bagged the first prize for an application that tests the safety of drinking water and displays the result with location information on a map. The group received a trophy and cash prize of Rs 100,000.
According to organisers, the competition received 560 entries of which 380 applicants were selected and trained in a boot camp for three days on various programming skills and briefed on various issues that Nepali children face today.
Of them, 102 young developers, programmers and designers were shortlisted, who then came together as 29 teams for the 60-hour application development race.
The selected teams yesterday made their final pitches to the jury panel on developing solution prototypes for the problems they had identified.
They had developed applications on topics including water quality testing, information about vulnerable children, teacher absenteeism, educational package for children with autism, immunisation and applications to aid pregnant women and mothers.
The organisers said the top five teams will participate in the Idea Studio mentorship programme.