Innovative & futuristic ideas win Kerala Road Safety Hackathon


Trivandrum: Innovative ideas and futuristic solutions using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) have won the first ever Road Safety Hackathon that concluded at the Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram today.

Third Eye, a SMS based online solution that can be used in Police control rooms, by Jikku Jose and Rakesh B S, was the winner in the Software category, with Raksha Beacon project as the runner up. Both Jikku and Rakesh have their own starts-ups in Kerala Startup Mission (earlier Technopark TBI).

Smart Helmet by Nitin Murali, a B Tech graduate from Malappuram was the winner in Hardware category, with Emergency Response System project as runner up.

The prize for the most innovative solution went to Bon Voyage, a web app based ride well and get credits project, by Krishna Venu, Albert Jose and Ajayson B S, all students of FISAT, Angamaly. The all women team of Mariam Angela, Reshmi Priya and Vani Nair from Muthoot Institute of Technology, Ernakulam found special mention by the jury.

In his comments, Raman V Krishnan, Sr. ICT Specialist, The World Bank said, “Our agenda was to apply ICT to improve road safety and we want to explore the potential of ICT in meeting this agenda. There was a clear demonstration of innovative spirit and extremely futuristic solutions with potential to stretch the boundaries of Intelligent Transport System in this Hackathon. All this will lead to safer roads.”

R Sreelekha IPS, Transport & Road Safety Commissioner said, “We are extremely satisfied with the outcome of the Hackathon. KSRA would fund the top three winning ideas to develop them into prototypes leading to a final product which can be an app, a solution or a device and then make it free for public usage.”

“The response to the ideation contest being held as part of the hackathon which is open to general public has been tremendous and we are keeping it open for few more days”, she added.

About 180 persons, mostly techies and students, in 42 teams participated in the two day Hackathon that was organised by the Kerala Road Safety Authority (KRSA) and the Transport Department, Government of Kerala, in association with the World Bank Group and logistics support from GTech, the group of technology companies in Kerala.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News