Bangalore/Pune, Dec.4 Sanitation Hackathon 2012, an innovative collaboration of experts aimed at improving public health in the developing world, today announced the winners of the Indian leg of its 14-city global event.|
More than 100 software developers from Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi converged on the Pune campus of Infosys over December 1 and 2, 2012, to develop solutions to some of India's most pressing sanitation problems. Team TernUp from Bangalore emerged as the winner of this year's Hackathon for their innovative applications on tracking toilet usage and detecting clogged pipes. Team Three Scentisizers from Pune was declared as the runner-up, followed by four other winning teams - EcoLogic, IAAP, Mobility Warriors and One Erics.
Sanitation Hackathon is an initiative of the World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program in collaboration with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Infosys. The India event was one of 14 locations around the globe at which Information Technology experts found solutions to sanitation problems facing developing countries. Besides the Infosys campus in Pune, experts gathered in Manila, Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Lahore, Pakistan; London, Helsinki, Cape Town, South Africa; Dakar, Senegal; Dar es Salaam, Tazania; Lima, Peru; Washington, New York, and San Francisco.
The programmers, who were divided into 23 teams, worked closely with sanitation experts over the two-day event to develop innovative solutions aimed at improving the quality of public health in India. The participants, professionals from leading IT companies, brainstormed to design applications aimed at helping the reach and quality of sanitation services by using Information Technology.