Chennai

Food, travel and books, all via apps

The team behind ‘Find a Kadai’, which won the ‘AppsforChennai’ contest, explains their app's features —Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam  

Participants in the first ‘AppsforChennai’ contest as part of Madras Day celebrations focussed on ‘gamifying’ and ‘crowdsourcing’ to build apps to cope with civic issues.

“More users are attracted to civic issues by gamifying and crowdsourcing apps,” said Toast Technologies cofounder Viresh Reddy, who participated in the contest.

“The competition kickstarted in July and 144 registrations were received from the city. Ten apps were shortlisted. The selection was based on virality, usefulness, social relevance, responsive design and ease of use of the app,” said Chandu Nair, one of the organisers.

The apps shortlised included A V Route, Safe Pocket, Infotap, The Madras, Rauto (Rate your auto), Madras, Toast Central, Find a Kadai, Zhopout and Seglio.

Find a Kadai, an app developed by a team led by Rajosh Ghosh, was declared the winner. It is a crowdsourced mobile app to discover and find the best street food joints in Chennai.

The pulse of a city lies in its food and Find A Kadai hopes to popularise the best street food joints in Chennai and make them more tourist-friendly by crowdsourcing information not just regarding popularity but also hygiene standards. The app lets a user find the closest street food joints, find out the top five food items to try at each stall and filter the establishment by availability of dustbins and the use of clear water. Over the next few months, the team will lead food trails in different parts of Chennai and populate the app with some of the best street food joints in each area. The app may also be able to contribute to public health in the city.

Route11 is an app that lets people carpool to their destination. Safe Pocket has been developed for personal safety. InfoTap provides a way for the government to send the right information to citizens at the right time.

The Madras offers a wide range of information about Chennai, from travel and food to monuments. Rauto is a one-stop destination for sharing the highs and lows of daily commute using autos.

Madras is an app to socially connect blood donors across Chennai. Toast Central is a mobile app that acts as a guide to deals and ways to reduce prices in transactions.

Zhopout provides an indoor map of malls that helps find where a particular store is located. Seglio is a book exchange portal which helps students sell their old textbooks and buy cheap second hand textbooks.

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