Appathon 2015 winners announced

Kathmandu, October 12

A three-day Appathon organised by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) Nepal has concluded in Dhulikhel with the announcement of winners who developed innovative mobile applications to be used in managing a range of recovery and reconstruction projects in Nepal.

The top prize went to three students — Bishal Mahat, Kaushal Wagle and Kushal Wagle — for their app streamlining the ordering process for temporary homes, as per a press statement issued today. The runners up, from the British College and Ascol College, included software geared to engaging young volunteers as well as an

online virtual marketplace system where debris material can be sold and bought.

“Given Nepal’s current post-disaster challenge, it is very important that we make smart use of solutions empowered by innovative technology. Innovation in our ongoing recovery and reconstruction works could help us maximise impact while also ensuring transparency,” the statement quoted UN Resident Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick as saying.

The best three applications were selected by an independent jury comprising representatives from UNDP, professional association of engineers, the media and the private sectors engaged in the recovery and reconstruction of Nepal. The winning teams were awarded prizes of Rs 200,000 (first), Rs 100,000 (second) and Rs 50,000 (third). UNDP also announced a special prize for the team from the Prime College who developed an application that could facilitate engagement of the local population in the reconstruction process.

Appathon received 4,000 applicants. UNDP and Microsoft had selected 80 young IT and management students to explore ways in which youth can be involved in reconstruction process.