Pune: Code for India, a non-profit organisation inspiring techies to volunteer their time and talent to the developing world, announced a first-of-its-kind parallel India-United States hackathon to be held on May 9-10 at the Google campuses in Bangalore and in Mountain View. The event will bring together engineers interested in creating technology-based applications that empower poor populations to address specific public service delivery problems.
The hackathon has been co-sponsored by the World Bank Institute, the World Bank Group’s Open Finances team and Code For Resilience, a project of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and ICT Unit of the World Bank in partnership with Code for Japan. Other partners and supporters include Amazon, Cisco, Google, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), NASSCOM Foundation and (Action for India (AFI).
“Code For India is one of the fastest growing tech-driven non-profits with thousands of volunteering engineers from Google, Facebook, Linkedin, VMware, Oracle, Cisco, Visa, Infosys, and many more engaging to promote transparency, participation and efficiency in the way local people can voice their concern and find solutions,” said Karl Mehta, founder of Code for India and venture partner at Menlo Ventures. He added, “The transformative power of technology will aid India — and other developing countries facing similar problems — fight the failing public service infrastructure.”
A key theme of the event is making India more resilient to natural disasters such as earthquakes, drought or cyclones. Teams of hackers that register their disaster resilience apps at www.CodeForResilience.org by May 11, 2014 will be eligible for the prize which includes a trip to London to pitch their idea to an audience of over 800 disaster risk management experts gathering for the Understanding Risk conference.
More details about how to register for the Code for India hackathon can be found at http://codeforindia.org/cfi-hackathon/
About Code For India
Code for India engineers are building apps that empower marginalised communities with technology-based solutions to solve public service problems. It is a non-profit organisation based in Mountain View, CA and Bangalore, India. Its mission is to inspire millions of techies to volunteer their time and talent to give back to their communities and to the developing world.
More information on Code for India – including open source codes for its solutions visit www.codeforindia.org.