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ADB, Microsoft to showcase mobile apps for Asia-Redesigning Development Program
TT Correspondent |  |  06 May 2013

ADB and Microsoft Corp. will showcase the apps for Asia-Redesigning Development Program at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The program includes concepts for mobile applications that track water usage, consolidate the most sought-after emergency services, monitor medication use among tuberculosis patients and help public transit users plan travel.The program, supported by regional information technology associations, private-sector technology partners and universities, aims to harness the creative power of hundreds of software developers to create sustainable solutions for the economic, commercial and social benefit of governments, civil society and businesses in the region.

The Apps For Asia program included a series of national developer events in Australia, India, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. Of the 100 apps submitted, only the top three from each country are exhibited at the ADB’s 46th annual meeting in Delhi.

“Apps For Asia is a great showcase of the power of technology and the role it can play in fostering social and economic development,” said Bindu N. Lohani, vice president for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB. ADB provided guidance on regional economic, social and development priorities to assist and inspire program participants.

Apps For Asia contestants built new apps addressing a wide range of issues, including apps to manage blood donor networks, help match youth with potential employers, coordinate indigenous housing projects, promote crime prevention and address diabetes management.

“We received an incredible amount of creative and impactful apps over these past few months, which represents the impact we can make in solving the region’s challenges through technology,” said John Cann, director, International Organizations, Microsoft. “With new technologies like cloud services and a range of mobile devices, apps can be developed quickly to reach more people in more ways.”

In addition to insight from the ADB, participants received training and access to Microsoft’s platform, spanning devices and cloud services, which enabled developers to create innovative Windows Azure, Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Further, the program helps local developers produce local solutions and foster innovative business models that have a positive impact on their communities.Here are the 15 finalists that showcased their apps at this year’s ADB annual meeting:

Apps for India include Jeevan Pani which provides citizens with access to water usage information and allows them to calculate and report their water usage and share it on social networking sites. Help-Me consolidates the most sought-after emergency services, police, fire and ambulance, with a phone app, operator console and reporting application.

Then there is TOTS which ensures that tuberculosis patients follow a proper treatment regimen to help cure the disease by managing records and calendars, mapping routes to nearby treatment centers, and taking photos of patients taking their medicine and immediately notifying their doctors and families.

PathFinder eases the process of planning travel and using local public transportation by identifying the best transportation routes to get to desired locations.
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