Centre for Internet & Society

This group of youngsters is in the process of developing a smartphone app that will help traffic police and civic agencies strengthen emergency services like ambulances and fire engines.

The event was hosted in CIS on September 21. The Times of India covered this and published the story on September 22, 2013.

"Digital signboards and phone alerts can sensitize road users and traffic cops about emergency vehicles ," says the team, which is working on creating prototypes to build emergency response systems for citizens in case of road accidents.

Trupti Chengalath, head of communications for Mahiti.org, Dipankar Nayak, a young architect and Gauri Prasad, a Class 12 student of Canadian International School are part of the team which came together at the Bangalore Social Good Jam on Saturday.

The event, organized at the Centre for Internet and Society, Domlur, saw the participation of schoolchildren, college goers, young professionals and social entrepreneurs , who focused on devising technological solutions to some of the most pressing problems faced by Indian cities . Members of Ashoka India , a global association of leading social entrepreneurs , IDEX, a six-month fellowship programme on social enterprise, and the Green Lungi Movement, were part of the session.

Meera Vijayan, consultant , Framework Change, Ashoka, told STOI, "NGOs run by fellows of Ashoka and IDEX will implement these tech-based solutions in different cities and will involve government stakeholders too. These summits have become a global conversation on how to leverage technology for social change. Bangalore was chosen for the first-of-its-kind event in India because IT runs in the blood of the city."

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