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Updated: January 22, 2014 20:24 IST

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nita sathyendran
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School Kalolsavam app
The Hindu School Kalolsavam app

Thiruvananthapuram-based Technocuz Software Solutions has developed an app for the State School Arts Festival

Just about every event these days has an app. So too does the State School Arts Festival – for the first time in its 54-year history. The fete is currently underway in Palakkad.

The free mobile app, titled School Kalolsavam, has been developed by Technopark-based start-up Technocuz Software Solutions. It’s a web and software development firm, started in 2009 and incubated at Technopark’s Technology Business Incubator in 2012.

“The app – at present only for Android phones – was developed in conjunction with IT@School project, under the Department of General Education, Government of Kerala,” says Dileish G., chief executive officer, Technocuz.

School Kalolsavam app has several features, divided under the broad categories of ‘HS General’, ‘HS Sanskrit’, ‘HS Arabic’ and ‘HSS General’, based on the streams of education in Government schools in the State. It features live updates from all of the 18 venues of the fete. Users can get leader board updates, district-wise results, school-wise results, update and status of each event and so on, besides information on status/ results of each participant, if one keys in their unique identification number. There is also link to the web stream from the IT@School website (http://www.

schoolkalolsavam.in/kalolsavam54/) and one that that gives links to Arts fete archives, also from the website. The app is available on Google Play and it has, on last count, been installed 2,000 times.

“We developed the app in under a week. Six days to be exact. The first day we spent at the IT@School offices in the city collecting data and figuring out the needs when it comes to such an app. As of now, almost all the live updates that come on the website can be found on the app,” explains Ramsheed, who was part of the development team of the app. “Because we didn’t get much time, we couldn’t develop an app compatible with iOs phones. If all goes well this year, its on the agenda for next year’s fete. We will also be further developing the app and including many new features such as live streaming,” he adds.

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