1. Flipkart announces hackathon to deal with Bengaluru traffic woes

Flipkart announces hackathon to deal with Bengaluru traffic woes

Termed "Gridlock Hackathon," the initiative marks the start of the "Month of Innovation" at Flipkart, a part of its 10th year anniversary celebrations.

By: | Bengaluru | Updated: June 7, 2017 7:20 PM
Flipkar, flipkart hackathon, flipkart crowdsource, tech community, flipkart traffic problem, Gridlock Hackathon Termed “Gridlock Hackathon,” the initiative marks the start of the “Month of Innovation” at Flipkart, a part of its 10th year anniversary celebrations. (Reuters)

E-commerce major Flipkart today announced a hackathon to crowdsource “innovative”,  “implementable” solutions from the tech community and concerned citizens, that could help ease the city’s perennial  traffic problem. Termed “Gridlock Hackathon,” the initiative marks the  start of the “Month of Innovation” at Flipkart, a part of its  10th year anniversary celebrations, the company said. The contest will run from June 7, 2017 until June 21,  2017 and is open for technology-centric solutions, as well as  those that partially leverage technology through out-of-the-box thinking, it said in a release. “The idea is to give back in some way to the city we  all love, and ensure it retains the vibrant ecosystem that has been a major catalyst in the growth story of Flipkart and so many other companies,” Flipkart CTO and Head of Engineering Ravi Garikipati said. The hackathon would initially run online and participants can submit tech or partially-tech solutions for macro problems like Bengaluru’s overall traffic, or traffic snarls in specific areas like Silk Board junction and KR Puram, Flipkart said. All entries will be judged on parameters like impact,  feasibility, scalability and sustainability and completeness,  it said, adding, the teams or individuals with the best entries will get a chance to present their solutions to a  panel of esteemed jury, who will pick the best three ideas.

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    Ashish Kumat Jain
    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:04 pm
    10) Proper arrangement of traffic police guys at required junctions at required times. People try to cross each other vehicles wrongly. Autos, buses, canters move as per the direction of their comfort. Usually cars and the car drivers are the biggest sufferers
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      Ashish Kumat Jain
      Jun 21, 2017 at 10:52 pm
      1) construction of proper roads. It happens if there is a rainfall the roads becomes full of ditches and water clogging results in damage to vehicles and people. The traffic obviously becomes slow 2) Encourage more people to opt for bicycles 3)No road tax should be levied on cars, buses etc. Govt is extraordinarily charging people 4) ban the movement of all goods carrying vehicles within city during peak hours 5) Promote car pooling 6)Remove unwanted signals, rumble streeps 7) Buses and other public transport services should be improved 8) Proper lanes should be created for four-wheelers and two-wheelers separately 9) Traffic police guys are unnecessarily harsh on public. Their main job is to extract the money. It should not be the motive. Public hard earned money should not be looted in a bad system
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        Murali
        Jun 8, 2017 at 11:24 am
        Where to post the ideas? where is the link to 'The Gridlock Hackathon'?
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