Saturday, October 5, 2013

[Update:2] #hack4good in Kathmandu- The Geeklist's Int'l Hackathon

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#hack4good-the Geeklist international hackathon held simultaneously in more than a dozen cities around the world concluded with amazing output. It was a 48 hours restless hackathon where the experts, developers and entrepreneurs built their project on an idea that would do some good to the society. We were covering this event here in Kathmandu and have been updating you with every activity of the local event. Now we have finally got the global winners of #hack4good 0.2 and we would like to share them with you here:
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Donate4Good: the 2nd runner-up at #hack4good 0.2

The 2nd runner up is Donate4Good from Kathmandu. This app allows people to apply micro donations to the disasters of their choice via SMS from supported regions. They are using Sparrow SMS's API.
The 1st runner up is Stop Web Disabilty from Minsk. It allows disabled people to access internet with the help of voice and facial motion.
And the winner is Mobile Rescue from London. This tool allows you to locate lost people in a natural disaster using their wi-fi enabled devices.

We, at Sparrow SMS and hopefully all other following the event closely, would love to see these projects out from prototypes or beta into a fully functional distributable product very soon. Congratulations to all the winning teams and hats off to all other amazing ideas shown at the hackathon. If you would love to read more about them, click here.

October 5:
#hack4good has kicked off yesterday at 4 PM in Kathmandu, along with several other cities across the globe at approx the same local time. The excitement to participate was overwhelming here in Nepal as the number crossed the availability of seats days prior to the event.
The hackathon is being held at Islington College in the heart of the city and the whole place was filled with enthusiasm of the participants, guests and the local organizers when we made a visit there on the inaugural program. Here are few pictures of the first evening of #hack4good at Kathmandu.
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As known, the whole theme of the event is to deploy technology to solve social problems especially those which scale at large. Developers, entrepreneurs and experts gather in this 48 hours hackathon to blend their ideas and knowledge in a bid to develop solutions that are reliable and useful. Nepalese developers are participating in a hackathon of such a global scale probably for the first time and we at Sparrow SMS plus everybody following the event are definitely hopeful about getting to see some cool apps out of this hardwork.

But before we reach the final pitching on 6th October, here is a brief description of what the folks are working on at #hack4good (these are all we could manage to cover by far, more coming up):
  1. Jootau: The first project we came to know is this one that aims to serve users by informing them about events based on the location & interest specified by the user. The project is using Sparrow SMS API and APIs of Facebook & Twitter by far. The team behind this idea comprises Sudip Kafle, Narayan Prasad Kadel and Subit Raj Pokharel.
  2. Room Rental: This project aims to facilitate the process of finding a room or lending a room to tenants. By far the team has thought to develop it as an Android app connected with SMS functionality (using Sparrow SMS' API). The team members are Yogesh Ojha and Suraj Gyawali.
  3. Donate4Good: This sounds similar to the event title but is a different and nice concept. The team wants to develop a solution through which anybody can donate some bucks for some social cause especially natural calamities. It relies on donating money by sending only SMS and the whole system will be integrated with Sparrow SMS' API. Users do not need to make payments via credit cards or mobile money accounts. A simple SMS and you have donated. The brains behind this idea are Sajesh Khadgi, N.J. Subedi, Bobby Basnet and Saurav Bajracharya.
  4. Campaign4Good: Another similar sounding name but again a different concept. It is an online platform to create and share campagins for social cause. People can be a part of such campaigns by giving monetary help, kinds or voluntary work. No API is being used here and they rely on deep social media integration for growing their user base. Roshan Bhandari, Santosh Ghimire, Sijan Bhandari and Sujit Maharjan are the members of the team.
  5. VNats: It is "a visual social network" as the team puts it. People share information of various types in their groups where other can see it and respond to it too. It sees the application in fields as diverse as research work and job search. The data is also mapped to be used for other purposes. The project is smartphone based app with some web compliments. Sabin Bhandari and Aashish Acharya make up the team for this ambitious idea.
  6. Corruption Meter: This simple idea is equally useful. Users use the solution to post details about acts of corruption as they experience(or say suffer) it in their daily activities. They can also know about the standard procedures of undertaking a public service. These data are shared with other users and authorities and also mapped (using Google Maps API) for further reference. Suraj Subedi, Ganesh Pandey, Sushil Shrestha and Ravi Prajapati complete the team for this project.
These are some of the ideas being worked upon in #hack4good here in Kathmandu. The prototypes must be ready by tomorrow when we bring you the updates from the pitching session.So keep following our blog and twitter handle (@sparrowsms) to get the latest updates as we cover the 48-hours hard-hacking. 


  1. The "Donate4Good" was the winning team of the event.

    1. Yes we know NJ. And we just updated the article mentioning you as the global top 3 standing.


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