Random Hacks of Kindness Dec 2014 – A summary

The December 2014 event was conducted on 20th and 21st . The event this time was hosted in partnership with CIS (Center for Internet and Society) ,Mapbox ,NASSCOM (10,000 Startups), Explara and Saakshin (The Bachchao Project ).

Hackathon :

It was attended by a diverse set of hackers. Including a hacker who was 13 years old.The problem statements for this edition were pitched and curated a few days before the hackathon by various owners and NGOs. There were around 11 problem statements pitched. Here is a list of the pitches

https://t.co/rK2Gz6KTup

On the first day of the hackathon the following 6 problem statements were chosen on day 1 by various hackers to hack on

1. Shabdhakosh :­ Creating vernacular Dictionary and technical knowledge base translation. Since there is very less open relevant vernacular knowledge. This project aimed at increasing that.

2. Enable India I ­: Training visually to read alphabets and words using the hack done in previous rhok a talking keyboard and their personal mobiles

3. Enable India II ­: To Make buildings more Visually Impaired friendly by helping identification of building.

4. Season Watch Maps: ­ Season watch has a database of trees around india and their season changes they needed a Animation of a selected phenophase (leaves, flowers,fruits) for a selected species of tree changing over time on the map of India.

5. Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship & Democracy: ­ Jaanagraha works on BBMP budget and ward works of data and for analysis of this data they use a manual geo­tagging .The problem statement was to create a library replace to automate geo­tagging .

6. Traveller Safe Maps : ­ A traveller in a new city or a new citizen has no idea of crime rates and safe places to stay . A city official or police commissioner has feedback of safety only in the form of crimes registered. There needs to be a mechanism to provide this information . Hence the bachchao project proposed mobile app with safety maps as a solution.

After 2 evaluations on day 1 and 1 evaluation on day 2 . The following statements were worked upon to provide the solutions given below.

1. Shabdhakosh :­ Is a gamification approach to build vernacular translations through web and mobile apps. They created 3 simple games which people use everyday and enabled translations through user actions

Status : Completed

2. Enable India I : ­ Training visually to read alphabets and words using the hack done in previous rhok a talking keyboard and their personal mobiles .

Status : Completed the application to read alphabets and integrated it with previous hack.

3. Enable India II :­ To Make buildings more Visually Impaired friendly by helping identification of building.

Status : preliminary work with ultrasonic waves has been done and they have probed into using camera to identify.

4. Season Watch Maps :­ Season watch has a database of trees around india and their season changes they needed a Animation of a selected phenophase (leaves, flowers, fruits) for a selected species of tree changing over time on the map of India.

Status : Completed the animation for a selected data set. Need to extend this to show it over time and large data sets

5. Solving Bangalore’s traffic woes :­ A team on day 2 looked at the transport problem and decide to work on congestion. The team consisted of the youngest hacker we had .

Over their 3 hours of work they created a concept note with the following ideas :

  • crowdsource direction between places
  •  provide alternative routes dynamically
  • rate routes based on times and days

All the solutions of this edition have been hosted here :

https://github.com/rhokbangalore

Top Hacks :

1. Shabdakosh

2. Season Watch Maps

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