Microsoft announced today that Team Thor from Universitas Kanjuhuran Malang (UNIKAMA) has been crowned the winner of the recent Microsoft CityApp Appathon, which was held in Sidoarjo, Indonesia.
Jointly organised by Microsoft and CITYNET (the regional network of local authorities for the management of human settlements), the two-day application marathon aims to harness the imagination and innovation of both youth and students in the region to develop technically sustainable solutions for urban development challenges.
More than 150 youth and students from East Java participated in the Appathon with a focus on cloud and mobile technologies. They were challenged with developing modern solutions for six strategic issues that the regency is facing, namely Population/Demographic Administration, Clean Water Services, Road Infrastructure, Public Service Complaints, Land and Building Taxes, as well as Licensing Services.
Team Thor outshined the rest with their Road Report (ROAR), which helps citizens easily report road conditions to authorities for immediate response. Developers of the app - Taruna Yoga Pratama, Fathur Rohim, Mohammad Nurul Hakiki, Rico Tetuku Santoso, along with trainer Muhammad Ahsan - said that they hope the authorities can respond better and faster to improve road infrastructure with their innovation.
Specifically, their app allows citizens to tag and send reports of poor road conditions through the smartphone's GPS (Global Positioning System) to the local authorities. Microsoft Azure is used as a central cloud-based hub, where the application itself is hosted and where all the information submitted by citizens is captured and stored.
Ranking second place in the competition is Team Santoso Gaming from Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, who developed a reporting application for poor road conditions. The app uses a smartphone's vibration feature and accelerometer as indicators of poor road conditions, which users can report by taking a picture and tagging their location.
Lastly, Team Capil Pantau from Universitas Muhammadiyah Sidoarjo, came in third place with an application that allows citizens to track pending services that are being handled by the Sidoarjo local government, such as identification card renewal and marriage certificate request.
The CityApp Appathon in Sidoarjo is part of Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative that seeks to transform and modernise operations and infrastructure in cities. One of the key pillars of CityNext includes engaging citizens with the necessary tools, training, and mentoring, and collaborating with local entrepreneurs to accelerate innovation.
"Incredible innovation in today's digital tools have the potential to enable rapidly growing cities like Sidoarjo to grow their economy, stimulate job growth, and create a modern, safe, educated, and healthy community. Microsoft's CityNext initiative takes a citizen-centric approach to help cities in Asia realise this vision, and we're very excited to help Sidoarjo's young citizens move forward with their winning projects and bring them to reality," said Stefan Sjöström, Vice President, Public Sector, Microsoft Asia.
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