Road reporting mobile apps win Microsoft Appathon

eGov Innovation editors
13 Oct 2015

A team from Universitas Kanjuhuran Malang in Indonesia has been declared the winner of the Microsoft CityApp Appathon held in Sidoarjo recently.

Team Thor’s Road Report (ROAR) mobile application helps citizens easily report poor road conditions to authorities using their smartphone’s Global Positioning System (GPS).

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.

Meanwhile, Team Santoso Gaming from Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), was named second place. They also developed a reporting application for poor road conditions using a smartphone’s vibration feature and accelerometer as indictor of the road conditions. Users can also report by taking a picture and tagging their location.

In 3rd place was Team Capil Pantau from Universitas Muhammadiyah Sidoarjo. They developed 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 application aims to build transparency and government accountability.

The CityApp Appathon in Sidoarjo is part of Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative that seeks to transform and modernize operations and infrastructure in cities. More than 150 youth and students from East Java participated in the Appathon, which had a focus on cloud and mobile technologies.

“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,” said Stefan Sjöström, vice president, Public Sector, Microsoft Asia.

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