The Hon’ble Chief Minister has envisioned in Vision 2023 a citizen centric e-Governance framework. To carry this vision forward, the Commissionerate is under process to implement a comprehensive e-Governance project under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The goal is to provide integrated and simplified services to citizens on anytime anywhere basis. This would also help increase the efficiency and productivity of the Urban Local Bodies.

To move forward on this goal, the Commissionerate decided to organize a Hackathon – “Code for Urban Governance”.

Objectives for CMA Hackathon

The objective would be to bring together a passionate community of IT professionals to come out with ideas and concepts aimed towards improving the Urban Governance. In a nut shell the goals were

  • Crowd source the ideas from the widely traveled technology students & professionals
  • Provide an avenue for citizens to participate in the vision of e-governance
  • Mobilize the support required for using the applications
  • Bridge the gap between the citizens and government leveraging technology
Registration, Inauguration & Kick off

Inauguration was attended by multiple dignitaries. The event was presided by Thiru T.K. Ramachandran I.A.S., Secretary to Government, Information Technology Department, Government of Tamil Nadu and attended by Mr. Govindarajan, General Manager, ThoughtWorks India and Thiru Chandrakant B Kamble, I.A.S, Commissioner of Municipal Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu.


The event was organized in Anna University on 14th and 15th December, 2013 with M/S Thought Works, Chennai as the Technology Partner.

Hacking began on 14th December, 2013 at 10:30am and ended at 15th December, 2013 at 12:30am.

Facilities Provided during Hacking
  • Lunch on both days
  • Snacks on both days along with tea and coffee
  • Health centre and professionals available round the clock
  • Talk to organizers
    • IRC #cmahackathon
    • Twitter #cmahackathon

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IDEAS to Prototypes the Applications

All the teams were provided a set of ideas posted prior to the event with inputs from various NGOs and government officials. These ideas were under the themes of

  • Education
  • Health, Water, Waste Water
  • Sanitation
  • Birth and Death Registration
  • Roads


Closing ceremony & prize distribution

Closing ceremony started on Dec 15th 2pm after a rigorous coding and last minute check ins and changes. There were nearly 35 entries for completed applications.

The esteemed judging panel were

Shri Sudeep Jain I.A.S. – Chairman & Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency

Dr. Murugan – Deputy Director, Ramanujam Computing Center

Thiru Chandirakanth Kamble, I.A.S., -- Commissioner of Municipal Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu

Vikram Kapur, I.A.S., -- Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Corporation of Chennai

Judging parameters & criterion were

Basic Idea: How the solution will improve delivery of government services, promote government transparency, accountability and public participation and spur citizen engagement. The ideas presented should be using the high level themes to improving the service delivery for urban governance

Usability and Creativity: Application demonstrates superior user experience and ease of use. Its uniqueness and innovativeness, use of Tamil Language and leverage the latest advances in information technologies including mobile platforms and responsive design.

Technology Design and Efficiency: Conformance to Open Standards and interoperability Guidelines (as prescribed by the Government of India. Innovative use of technology elements to solve the problem statement

Quality: Application must be fully-functional and run successfully on target device(s) or a completely done prototype and wireframe with part working application for the said idea.

Each participant was given 7 minutes including Q&A, brief summary of the idea and the demonstration of the idea.

All the participants were declared as winners in their own right and handed over a Participation Certificate with signature from the CMA – Mr. Chandrakanth Kamble I.A.S.

TrashIT – First Prize

Team: Vridhachalempillay Subramaniam, Sesha Sendhil, Renuka Srivivasan, Thirunavukkarasu S, Charumathi Govindan.

Core Idea

TrashIt is an Android app to enable crowd sourced garbage reporting. In order to motivate users to participate, we introduce a gamification element to this.


KYC – Know Your City

Team: Arunkumar Ramanathan, Arun Kumar S, Rajeswari Krishnakumar, Ganapathi Subramanian V, Sudhakar Rayavaram

Core Idea

An integrated feedback, information & grievance redressal website for CMA officials and public to connect effectively for a better tomorrow.

State Health Analyzer

Team: GnanaSelvan, SureshKumar, Shankaranand, Rajkumar

Core Idea

To analyse the performance of each ward on the parameters - Health, Road, Sanitation Assign weightage to each area, high performing wards will be highlighted in map and drill down charts on the parameters will be available

Feedback from press and participants

Press coverage were present across all the leading newspapers including The Hindu, Dina Thanthi, Dr. MGR, Maalai Mursasu, Daccan Herald etc. Detailed Press coverage is present in the following URL



CMA Hackathon had received a lot of fanfare from the participants, registrants and the municipality administration teams as well.

Technology can provide the key bridge between the Government and the citizens and CMA Hackathon provided the much needed proof for the same.