Original article: App testing safe water wins at ChildApp Appathon
Published on República on July 1, 2014
KATHMANDU, July 1: ChildApp Appathon, a three-day boot camp to develop child friendly apps, concluded on June 29 with the group ‘Engineering ADDA’ winning first place. Milan Karki and Darpan Pudasaini of Nepal Engineering College came up with an application that ‘tests the safety of drinking water and displays the results with location information on a map’. They were awarded with a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 100,000.
A joint initiative of UNICEF, Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal and Childreach Nepal, the boot camp was held in Dhulikhel from June 27. The objective was to develop original web, phone, desktop and game applications to solve common issues related to children.
After a careful selection, 380 applicants were chosen out of the 560 applicants for the camp. Next, 102 developers, programmers, and designers were shortlisted to be part of the competition where they worked in 29 teams.
The participating teams worked to develop applications on different important areas. According to the press release, water quality testing, information about vulnerable children, teacher absenteeism, educational package for children with autism, immunization as well as applications to aid pregnant women and mothers were some of the topics.