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Water prototypes showcased in Delhi

February 17, 2012

by Venkat Mangudi,

Bengaluru

On the 21st of February at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The 6 winning teams from Water Hackathon Bangalore and a couple of other applications from the Delhi Jal Board and Uttar Pradesh Midday meal authority will be presenting their applications. Senior officials from the Department of Information Technology as well as the Director of the Ministry of Urban Development (EP Niveditha) will be attending the workshop. This will be followed by some discussion about the role of the Government and the development partners. Dr Sudhir Krishna, Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development will be speaking as well as Chris Juan Costain of the WSP.
The workshop brings together the Government, the hackers and the development partners to the table with a common agenda of finding a path for the future. It is bound to deliver great value and carve out a path to solve some of the problems plaguing the water and sanitation situation in India. Considering that the calibre of people attending this workshop from the Government such as Mr Arun Goel, Joint Secretary, MoUD, Mr Zia Saquib – Executive Director of CDAC, Ajay Sawhney – President & CEO of the eGovernance Initiative in the Department of Information Technoloty and Dr Rajendra Kumar – Director of the Department of Information Technology; it goes to show that the Government is serious about accepting technology solutions such as the ones forged at the Water Hackathon.
Many of the winning team from the Water Hackathon – Bangalore have gone on to the next step. Jugaad Sensors are now working with various agencies to put together a commercial platform for selling the low cost sensors to monitor water quality. The team monitoring water supply have created a design that is scalable and can be quickly implemented on a large scale. The PWX (Peer Water Exchange) team are busy upgrading their already running application to a newer framework and actively seeking stakeholder support to conduct a few field trials. The workshop will give a chance for the winners to showcase their applications and discuss the progress.

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