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The Water Anchor and the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank along with partners, Indian Institute for Human Settlements and India Water Portal (IWP) hosted Water Hackathon from 21 October – 23 October, 2011. The event aimed to develop prototypes in mobile applications to help address issues in the water and sanitation sector. The Water Hackathon is an intensive marathon of brainstorming and programming, where software developers and designers collaborate to create new tools for solving water and sanitation problems like access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, flooding and drought and environmental pollution.

Friday 21st October @ Ista, Bangalore
22nd – 23rd October @IIIT-B, Bangalore, 26/C, Electronics City, Hosur Road

The Water Hackathon was held in Bangalore from 21 October – 23 October, 2011. The event was also supported by Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, Hewlett Packard, Broadvision Group of India, NJS Engineers India and OnMobile.

The Water Hackathon Bangalore kicked off with a dinner event on Friday the 21st of October at the Ista Hotel, Bangalore which included presentations by experts in the water sector and the IT sector. Teams of “ethical hackers” identified the problems in the water sector they wanted to address using the mobile technology of their choice.

The hackathon began at 08:00 am on Saturday, 22 October, 2011 at the Electronic City campus of the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B). The teams worked or “hacked” through the night of saturday and presented their solutions to an eminent jury from civil society organisations and the private and public sectors on the afternoon of Sunday, 23 October, 2011.

Winners received exciting prizes and an opportunity to develop their solution into a full-fledged application.