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”.
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
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.
- Lunch on both days
- Snacks on both days along with tea and coffee
- Health centre and professionals available round the clock
- Talk to organizers
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
- Health, Water, Waste Water
- Birth and Death Registration
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.
Team: Vridhachalempillay Subramaniam, Sesha Sendhil, Renuka Srivivasan, Thirunavukkarasu S, Charumathi Govindan.
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.
Team: Arunkumar Ramanathan, Arun Kumar S, Rajeswari Krishnakumar, Ganapathi Subramanian V, Sudhakar Rayavaram
An integrated feedback, information & grievance redressal website for CMA officials and public to connect effectively for a better tomorrow.
Team: GnanaSelvan, SureshKumar, Shankaranand, Rajkumar
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
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.