Trivandrum: The Park centre at the Technopark campus in the city is all set for the first ever Road Safety Hackathon to be held in the country. The weekend event is being organised by the Kerala Road Safety Authority (KRSA) and the Transport Department, Government of Kerala, in association with the World Bank.
Interacting with the media, R Sreelekha IPS, Transport & Road Safety Commissioner said, “Hackathons are held regularly but this is the first time one is being held in the county specifically to find solutions for enhancing road safety. The outcome from the Hackathon should support various road safety interventions and initiatives undertaken by the concerned Departments. We are looking at novel solutions from a group of talented minds, most probably youngsters, to create a products for road safety which could be used anywhere in the world.”
This will be a non-stop (24-36 hours) coding event, in which computer programmers and others involved in software and hardware development, collaborate intensively to develop innovative solutions or product ideas for Road Safety.
“The outcome of this Hackathon can be something very simple as a mobile app or something more complicated as a device which would help everyone. We would support the winning ideas to develop them into prototypes and then make it free for public usage”, she added.
The Kerala Road Safety Hackathon will be the first of its kind in a World Series and about 300 techies, mostly from Kerala have registered for the event starting tomorrow morning.
Arnab Bandyopdhyay, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank said, “We will hold similar events across the world. Kerala was selected for the first event as it was the only State in the country with a Road Safety Authority. We are very optimistic about the outcome of the Hackathon.”
There is an Ideation Contest which is an opportunity for the general public to send their ideas / solutions for road safety in Kerala. Selected ideas will be awarded cash prizes. The ideas and suggestion should be limited to 350 words and sent to grsh.kerala @ gmail.com. The organisers have received about 150 entries so far.
Check out keralaroadsafetyhack.com for more details.
Kerala IT News