mbillionth Award 2015

Project Title : BhashaHelakuruBhasha-Helakuru
Organisation : Bhasha Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
Country : Sri Lanka
Website: www.bhasha.lk
Contact person: Dhanika Perera
Email : dhanika@bhasha.lk
App: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lk.bhasha.helakuru

The app can be used on messaging app, Gmail app, Facebook app, Twitter app etc. It also provides a personalized user experience by automatically self-learning users’ custom glossaries & predicting words accordingly. Helakuru can be used to input Sinhala in any Android device without depending on device’s Sinhala rendering support since it provides the compatibility & text preview support. The application has been installed by 100,000-500,000 users and has an average rating of 4.4 on Google Play store. The basic language that the application operates on is Sinhala and is free to download for all.There is a large number of Sinhala speaking population across Sri Lanka and other parts of the world. As Sinhala script has a large number of characters in comparison to Latin it is not compatible with the small keyboard. Keeping this in consideration Bhasha Helakuru is a phonetic Sinhala input method to input Sinhala characters on Android devices.

Project Title : Accessible Places
Organisation : Directorate of Information Technology
Country : INDIA
Website: www.accessibleplaces.maharashtra.gov.in
Contact person: Rajesh Dhume
Email : rajesh.dhume@semt.maharashtra.gov.in
App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.celerapp.redpanda.accessibleplaces

‘Accessible Places’ is an initiative taken by Directorate of Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra in order to ease the lives of differently abled people. It is a crowd sourcing application which helps by extending support for sustainable and all inclusive growth of differently abled people in Maharashtra.

Considering that young and middle level generation are highly engaged in smart phone usage the app tries to ensure that they get details about all the places that they can visit. For the convenience of differently abled people, places are categorized by type of amenity such as: ATMs, Libraries, Hospitals, Schools, Parking lots, Restaurants and Parks etc. One can also contribute to the app by adding new disabled access places through their mobile phones. The app is available on all android (v2.3+) devices in English. At present there are 100-500 installations of the application with a user rating of 3.5 on Google Play. The app is free to download and open for all.

Project Title: Halaat-o-MeterHalaat-o-Meter
Organisation : Grappetite
Country : Pakistan
Website : www.halaat-o-meter.com
Contact person:Andy Larkin
Email: andy@grappetite.com
App : play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grappetite.halaatometer
The concept of crowd souring is catching up all over the world and people are welcoming it and using it in many ways. Based on the similar standards Haalat-O-Meter is a crowd sourced platform which aims at enabling residents in Karachi to post updates on their neighborhood during times of trouble like protests, marches, road blockage and traffic jams.

Considering that Karachi has been facing a lot of civil disturbances off late, the app is even more beneficial for people in the area to remain safe and quickly make themselves aware about any kind of shooting, bomb blasts etc. The incident can be reported and marked on the map by any person using the app. As Haalat-O-Meter can also be accessed via website people can use it even when they do not have their cellphones. The application is compatible with all android devices and can be downloaded for free. Presently, the app has 500-1000 users with an average rating of 3.8 on Google Play.

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