Esri India names winners of mApp Your Way 2nd edition contest

NEW DELHI: Geographic Information System (GIS) Software & Solutions provider Esri India has announced the winners of the second edition of mApp Your Way contest, an App Development Challenge. The challenge offers university level students an exclusive opportunity to use GIS technology and build socially relevant apps.

The winners were announced at the 17th edition of Esri India User Conference, the winners of mApp Your Way 2017 contest include Ankit Prashnani, Dhwani Tiwari and Arun Rathod (aka team CEPT Connect) mentored by Dr. Anjana Vyas from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. True to the theme of the conference, GIS: Enabling Transformation, their winning entry showcased how a GIS based multi-platform mobile application can be built to connect campus students to share accommodation & transportation needs, using crowd sourced GIS data and location intelligent search queries.

The panel of judges for the contest included Prof Michael F. Goodchild from University of California along with other eminent personalities from Esri India and the Indian GIS industry.

On winning the contest, Ankit Prashnani, from the CEPT Connect team said, “This has been an incredible learning experience for us. We started by developing this application as a school project but after winning this contest we are really encouraged to take this to a wider audience. We saw students from various disciplines like arts, environmental sciences, computer technologies come together and leverage Esri India’s various free and easy-to-use ArcGIS tools to create some very innovative solutions, and the experience was truly very enriching.”

cDr. Anjana Vyas, Professor, Faculty of Technology at CEPT University said, “Esri India’s ‘mApp your way challenge’ is an excellent experience for students to learn and explore opportunities in the geo-spatial technology development space. Students across various disciplines like civil engineering, Engineering in Electronics and Communications, Information Technology exhibited excitement towards this challenge, formed teams and made solutions to solve real life problems using GIS technology. The experts from ESRI India extended exceptional support to the students throughout the challenge and exposure to Esri’s SDK’s (Software Development Kits). This process enhanced the knowledge and the level of confidence of the students in geospatial applications and development.”

The first runner up of the contest is UPES Dehradun for its nearby authorized parking locator application which helps find and locate the parking slots available in the selected region. It also helps establish a database relation/link between parking lots, app database, user location and user preference. The second runner up of the contest is PEC University of Technology for its app to locate toilets in nearby vicinity of the user. This app will help deal with the problem of open defecation in view of Swacch Bharat mission.

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