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Two-Day Kerala Road Safety Hackathon Ends Successfully


Thiruvananthapuram: Country’s first two-day road safety hackathon came to an end at Technopark on Sunday. Young talkies came together for developing software and hardware solutions to minimise road accidents in the state.

The event witnessed non-stop coding with the participation of more than two hundred youngsters. The event showcased a lot of ideas and products that help to bring down accident rate in the state.

The road safety hackathon concentrated mainly on four critical road safety areas – engineering, enforcement, education and emergency care management or post-crash management.

Recap: The Country’s First Road Safety Hackathon to be Held in Kerala

24 teams participated out of which 8 teams were shortlisted for hardware and software categories. Transport Commissioner R Sreelekha said that the two-day event helped to discover unique talents and their creative innovations.

 “The road safety authority and transport department will evaluate the ideas and products developed by the teams in the event within 90 days. As we have entered into an agreement with the team members, we will purchase the products from the team and will seek assistance from them for further developments and upgradations. After that, the products be it mobile app or a hardware, will be given to the public free of cost for real time implementation”, she said.

A special jury consisting of specialists and experts in the concerned fields selected the winners.  Senior ICT specialist of World Bank, Raman V Krishnan was one among the jury members. He confirmed that the event was a great success and it would be repeated in other cities of the country.

Winners List and Contributions

Jikku Jose and B S Rakesh the team of two was given the award for software category. They developed a solution called ‘Third Eye’. It is the back end of a GPS-like system which is associated with the police control room which helps any person to alert the nearby police through sending an SMS in a specific format.

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An engineering graduate Nithin Murali from Malappuram won in hardware category for developing ‘Smart Helmet’. It is a helmet equipped with a radio device paired with the motorcycle. The bike ignites only when the person wears a helmet. 

Three final year students Krishna Venu, Albert Jose and V S Ajayson of FISAT College at Angamaly are the winners of the ‘most innovative solution’. They developed a new idea named ‘Bon Voyage’. It is a mobile application that would gift credit points for those drivers who are ‘good samaritans’ and has a helping mentality.


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