Hyderabad: For the first time in India, Telangana has successfully hosted a political hackathon. The 15-hour Hackathon that was conducted in the IT corridor provided a platform for techies, enthusiasts and innovators to address challenges in a unique way.
Korean representatives who witnessed the Hackathon appreciated the effort. The hackathon was organized by Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) in association with Voice of Digithon and Hackathon Group. About 150 professionals from 50 companies took part in the hackathon which will enter the final stage by the end of this month.
The political hackathon has been designed in such a way that both political leaders and citizen can pose issues that need solutions.
For instance in the political arena-How can one improve the voting percentage in the elections and what can parties and their leaders do? How can be rigging addressed? The participants in the hackathon need to develop solutions for real-life problems.
The hackathon besides aiming to find solutions to broader State-level problems will also seek solutions to many regional/local problems.
The Election Commission has provided certain suggestions and recommendations for the initiative on Wednesday. For this purpose TITA team had interaction with the Election Commission Joint CEO Amrapali.
The first free hackathon was held at Phoenix IT Park in Hitech City on November 4 and 6. Voice of Digithon, the monthly technology publication will lend its support to the initiative. In addition to the IT corridor, the hackathon will be held in all the constituencies of the State.
Those who took part in the hackathon showcased 50 projects. IBM team presented a project on how to improve the voting percentage with the use of blockchain technology. Tech Mahindra team presented a project on the political manifesto. The organisers have presented the certificate of participating to all the participants of the hackathon.
Korean representatives who came as a part of a delegation included Kelvin and Kim witnessed the unique hackathon conducted by TITA and expressed that such an initiative strengths the democratic system. They also were amused by the IBM project that aimed at improving the voting percentage.
Hackathon Founder Sundeep Kumar Makthala said that the hackathon would pave way for people to share real-life problems for which they seek solutions, while also enabling to bring in systematic implementation of measures to solve those problems.
NRIs including Sudheer Jalagam, Hackathon team members Ranapratap Bojjam, Neha Bhandari, Sreelatha Chintala and Naveen took part in the Political Hackathon.