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National Hackathon
3,4,5 November, 2016

Theme for 2016:
Smart technological solutions against corruption.

One of the most challenging problems that our nation is facing are the invisible tentacles of Corruption. Corruption is so severe that all are becoming a part of this engulfing mesh. We believe that technical solutions can prevent many people from being a part of this deadly menace. We strongly feel that robust technological solutions can fight corruption in the country, than anything else. With this view and in the wake of newly inspired "Digital India Drive'; we the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Center (IEDC) of Sahrdaya College of Engineering & Technology, Thrissur, Kerala, in association with Kerala Startup Mission is organizing a Hackathon on " Smart Technological Solutions Against Corruption".

Instructions

This is a 30 hour contest. Contestants need to brainstorm and arrive at smart solutions for fighting corruption. You can participate individually or in a team of 2. There will be an online prelims where top teams will be selected for the offline event. The selected teams will be invited to build their ideas into reality. It can be a webapp/website, mobile app or a hardware prototype that you build at the offline event.

Example Problem/Solution

Problem : One of the major indication of corruption is delay in service delivery.

Solution : System to make sure that concerned officer delivers the service in a specific time period with file tracking using unique service registration number.

Participation Cost?

Nothing! Accommodation and food is on us! We provide travel reimbursements for Sleeper Class train ticket(If you are from outside Kerala) if you get selected. Only normal ticket rate is considered.

Expert Team

Shri. M. Sivasankar IAS
Secretary, Dept of Electronics and Information Technology

Shri. M. Sivasankar is currently the chairman of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and the secretary of the power, transport and sports departments. Sivasankar, a 1995 batch IAS officer, will succeed Subrata Biswas, who was serving as the principal secretary to outgoing chief minister Oommen Chandy.

Shri. P. H. Kurian IAS
Principal Secretary (Revenue), Govt. of Kerala

Shri. P.H. Kurian is an Indian Administrative Service Officer presently serving as Principal Secretary, Industries and IT department, Government of Kerala.

Shri. C. Balagopal IAS
Entrepreneur, Author & Mentor

Shri. C. Balagopal recently retired from Terumo Penpol Ltd., the company he founded 28 years ago, post his 6 years successful stint as IAS officer in states like Manipur and Kerala. Balagopal now divides his time between mentoring and investing in startup ventures, especially those engaged in healthcare, community development activities, and writing. Currently he is the Charter Member and first President of TiE Kerala. He also serves on the ethics committee of Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology. C Balagopal is also mentor to Medical Technology Business Incubator, SCTIMST.

Shri. Dr. Jacob Thomas IPS
Director, Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau

Head of Anti-corruption institution in the State of Kerala. His tenure at the VACB led to cases being registered against even top officers for corruption, including the suspension of an IPS officer for allegedly taking bribes.

Shri. Dr P P Balan
Professor & Director, Kerala Institute of Local Administration

He became the president of Chapparappadavu panchayat in Kunnur in 1995. During his tenure as president, Chapprappadavu set a model for sustainable development under the People's plan.

Shri. T. Narayanan IPS
Vigilance range SP

Articles

Nine ways to use technology to reduce corruption

How can technology improve how governments track and tackle corruption? Our panel of experts share their thoughts

How to stop corruption: 5 key ingredients

There is no silver bullet for fighting corruption. Many countries have made significant progress in curbing corruption, however practitioners are always on the lookout for solutions and evidence of impact. Here are five ways that citizens and governments can make progress in the fight against corruption:

NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION STRATEGY

Summary document

Six Strategies to Fight Corruption

Having looked at some of the ways in which corruption damages the social and institutional fabric of a country, we now turn to reform options open to governments to reduce corruption and mitigate its effects. Rose-Ackerman (1998) recommends a two-pronged strategy aimed at increasing the benefits of being honest and the costs of being corrupt, a sensible combination of reward and punishment as the driving force of reforms. This is a vast subject. We discuss below six complementary approaches.

How corruption has negatively affected the development of Malawi

Malawi is a small country located in the southeastern part of Africa and it fits Mirzayerv example of economies that are afflicted by high level of corruption. It has a population of 16.36 million (World Bank, 2013). Small as it is, no one would expect many issues from the country. But the truth must be told, Malawi has registered many cases of corruption since its independence from the colonial rulers.

Battling India’s malaise of Corruption

Address to the India CEO Forum. Organised by International Market Assessment India Pvt. Ltd.

Lack of service delivery the main cause of corruption

The extent of the corruption taking place at the deeds office in Pretoria is shocking, according to details that have been revealed in a plea bargain agreement between a former law firm employee and the National Prosecuting Authority.

Six Strategies to Fight Corruption

Having looked at some of the ways in which corruption damages the social and institutional fabric of a country, we now turn to reform options open to governments to reduce corruption and mitigate its effects. Rose-Ackerman (1998) recommends a two-pronged strategy aimed at increasing the benefits of being honest and the costs of being corrupt, a sensible combination of reward and punishment as the driving force of reforms. This is a vast subject. We discuss below six complementary approaches.

Times view: 10 measures to reduce corruption

The Times of India believes that a strong anti-corruption law and a mechanism with the teeth to make it work are crucial if corruption is to be effectively fought. To that extent, a strong Lokpal is a must. However, the Lokpal is not an end in itself, but one of many means to an end, none of them mutually exclusive of the other. Here are 10 other measures that should help reduce corruption

Technological innovations to identify and reduce corruption

Information and communications technology (ICTs) are increasingly seen by governments as well as activists and civil society as important tools to promote transparency and accountability as well as to identify and reduce corruption.

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