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Young software engineers help solve city problems


The app displays various emergency service logos — a fire engine, an ambulance or a police car. By pressing a logo, the user can directly telephone the emergency unit. 

“For example, if you press ambulance, it will automatically call the nearest hospital in your area,” Akbar told The Jakarta Post.

Fazlur Rahman, a recent graduate from the Indonesian Institute of Technology (ITI) in South Tangerang, said his app would help Jakartans to get information on angkot (public minivan) routes in Jakarta.

Fazlur, who said he had obtained all the angkot route data from Jakarta and Tangerang transportation agencies, claimed that by using his app, people could choose which angkot to take to get to their destination.

“Besides obtaining the data from transportation agencies, I’ve also taken photos of angkot to include in my app information,” he said.

A jury made up of members of various communities helped to decide the winning apps. 

Each winning team received Android One devices, Google merchandise and a tour of the Google Indonesia Office.

Shinto Nugroho, Google Indonesia’s Public Policy and Government Relations Head, said recently that the competitors were not permitted to have commercial purposes.

She added that she was aware that the competition would be a great place for Google, the city administration and software engineers to work together to solve problems.

“We hope that an event like this can be held annually, but it is also up to the city administration,” Shinto said.

Alberto Ali, head of the City Communications, Information and Public Relation Agency’s Jakarta Smart City Technical Unit, said the competition had brought the city closer to being a complete smart city, an idea that could be achieved with contributions from the private sector, government and citizenry.

“We want to optimize software engineers in this city and maybe we might find an Indonesian version of Mark Zuckerberg,” he laughed.

The top three winners of the competition were: “Bus in Time”, “Vaccine Time” and “Appaja”. The Bus in Time (BIT) app, created by five ITB students, helps people to get information on estimated time of arrival of public buses with Bluetooth technology.

Vaccine Time, made by Suseno Dermawan, Rhio Gemuruh Satrya and Estu Aji, issues reminders to parents of their children’s mandatory vaccine schedule and provides information on suitable hospitals.

Meanwhile, Appaja provides information on public transportation that can be taken to a certain spot in the city, along with estimations of time and cost.

source:  http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/02/young-software-engineers-help-solve-city-problems.html#sthash.BL5Ymsw0.U4zu1MgE.dpuf

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