Datawind, makers of the ultra cheap UbiSlate 7+ tablet devices has just announced the winner of the App contest ‘AapKiApp.’ The contest involved the student community in India and was conceived to test their innovative abilities in developing suitable software application for the Aakash II tablet device. Of course the advantages are manifold as not only eould such an exercise allow the student community — the tablet’s intended clientele — to be more familiar with the device but will also bring to fore any flaws that the device might have. Also, the app contest will allow the students to explore more applications of the UbiSlate to not only among students but the general populace as well.
That the contest did help achieve the desired result can be made out in the words of Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli who said while announcing the results of the contest, “We have received a lot of great entries with very creative ideas from across the country. We wanted to engage the creative energy of India’s brightest minds and give them an opportunity to think outside the box to create solutions that add value to the life of an average Indian. The best five applications will get an award of Rs. 1 lakh each, apart from getting a share of the advertising revenue from these applications. This would allow these students to start and advance their entrepreneurial journeys.”
The top 5 apps (INPO) that have been declared winner are:
My Jobs: Created by Hemen Parekh from Mumbai, the app, as it name should imply, allows the user to search and apply online for jobs that have been drawn from a database of all vocational jobs available in the country.
Learn English: Created by Rajiv Kaul from Chandigarh, the app allows kids to pick up the nuances of the language English using finger tracking techniques with an intelligent voice guidance system to ensure the kids are picking up the right skills.
Axon is a quiz based app for students. The app will ask questions on mathematics, logic and verbal reasoning and will test the student’s ability with different levels of difficulty built into it. The Axon has been the handiwork of Nagpur based Saurabh, Sujay Anjankar, Tanya Tiwari and Umesh Chandani.
Release my Food is another interesting app and as the name signifies, it is about the food one eats and the nutritional value and calories it contains. The app will let users to have an idea of the calories and nutritional values one has gained from the food they have eaten. The app is based on the criteria laid down by the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) for daily allowances required by people based on their gender and age. The app has been developed by Kedar Radhakrishnan, Avin Agarwal, Abijeet Waghmare and Najmul Islam from Bangalore.
Another nice app that has made it to the top 5 and which could open up the UbiSlate 7+ tablet’s application is Krishi Ville. Designed by Manav Singhal and Nishant Rai from Meerut, the app is aimed at the Indian farmers who will be provided with all important information pertaining to farming. The data sourced from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) database will include such agricultural information like prices of grains, pulses, seeds and other commodities in the local markets, latest weather updates or any other news from the agriculture sector that could be of benefit to the farmers.
Catch up the official press release below for more on this.
Students from Meerut, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Bangalore and Mumbai are winners
New Delhi, 11 May, 2012 – Datawind, the developers of the world’s cheapest tablet computer ‘Aakash’,
today announced the results of the Software App Innovation ‘AapKiApp’ contest for their Ubislate series
of Tablets. Datawind had invited the student community in India to submit their innovative ‘software
applications’ for collaboration.
Announcing the results today, Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Datawind said, ‘We have received a lot of
great entries with very creative ideas from across the country. We wanted to engage the creative energy
of India’s brightest minds and give them an opportunity to think outside the box to create solutions that
add value to the life of an average Indian. The best five applications will get an award of Rs. 1 lakh each,
apart from getting a share of the advertising revenue from these applications. This would allow these
students to start and advance their entrepreneurial journeys.” added Mr Tuli.
The top five winners (in no particular order) are:
1) ‘’Krishi Ville’, an app for use by Indian farmers which will provide the latest agricultural
market data like rates of grains, pulses, seeds and other commodities in local markets; latest
weather updates and news related to the agriculture sector at the tap of a finger. It will pull live
data from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) database.
Created by Manav Singhal and Nishant Rai from Meerut,
2) ‘Axon’ , a quiz application for students with questions on mathematics, logic and verbal
reasoning at different difficulty levels.
Created by Saurabh, Sujay Anjankar, Tanya Tiwari and Umesh Chandani from Nagpur
3) ‘Release my Food’, an app for promoting healthy eating habits among children. It lets
children calculate how many calories and what nutrients they are taking based on their daily
food intake. The calculations are based on the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR)
criteria for recommended daily allowances for different age and gender.
Created by Kedar Radhakrishnan, Avin Agarwal, Abijeet Waghmare and Najmul Islam
4) ‘Learn English’ is an app for kids that let them learn a new language and script using finger
tracing on the screen with intelligent voice over to guide them.
Created by Rajiv Kaul from Chandigarh
5) ‘My Jobs’ is an app that uses the database of available vocational jobs all over India and lets
people search and apply for jobs online.
Created by Hemen Parekh from Mumbai
About Datawind –
Datawind, awarded the UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company award, is a leading provider of wireless
web access products and services. DataWind’s product range includes the PocketSurfer handheld
internet device, UbiSurfer netbooks and UbiSlate tablet devices. Based on several international
patents, Datawind’s breakthrough technologies solve the bandwidth limitations of cellular networks by
accelerating content delivery by factors of 10x to 30x – resulting in a superior mobile web experience at
a lower cost. Datawind has offices in Amritsar, London, Montreal, Dallas and New Delhi.
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