Back in March, MyGov and Google initiated a contest, one of its kind crowdsourcing effort to design and develop a mobile app for India s Prime Minister s Office (PMO). After receiving over 50,000 ideas, MyGov has announced the top five final shortlisted teams. One out of the five apps submitted by each team will be chosen as the official PMO app. Also Read - Zomato, Swiggy face outage in cities all over India: Check detailsAlso Read - Indian govt has blocked 320 mobile applications so far
Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO MyGov said With the shortlisting of the finalists, the contest has now entered its last phase of actual App development. The role of Google s team in mentoring will be critical at this stage and we are working closely to unveil of the official Mobile App for the Prime Minister s Office. Also Read - As COVID-19 cases spike in India, Aarogya Setu, BHIM, UMANG and more government apps to get your work done online
In Phase 1, MyGov had invited developers to submit their ideas for the mobile app. Based on the ideas that were received; an app blueprint was prepared for developers to register as teams to design, develop and submit their app mock-ups.
In Phase 2, MyGov had received over 110 mock-ups, out of which ten were shortlisted. A jury of government representatives and distinguished professionals chose five teams for building the app based on detailed presentations. The teams that have been shortlisted represent the diversity and breadth of talent in India. They come from different parts of the country one from Pune, two from NCR and two from Chennai.
Google India s Country Head for Public Policy, Chetan Krishnaswamy said, As increasing number of Indians get online with their smartphones, we re delighted to be working MyGov in an effort to build a world-class mobile App for the citizens to connect with the Prime Minister’s Office. Easy access to information and empowering citizens with the benefits of Internet are a big part Prime Minister Modi s Digital India initiative, and this app is one step in that direction.
In terms of background, one team is lead by a female entrepreneur whereas two of the teams are led by students. For the next six weeks, Google s engineers will be mentoring these shortlisted teams to help them develop a world class app featuring a brilliant interface based on Android technologies.