Are you up for the Janashakthi Full Option Appathon challenge?

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Getting from Point A to Point B in Colombo can be a challenge. Especially when it’s during the rush hour. Why? The answer to that question is simple: traffic. To say that Colombo’s poor traffic management is a problem would be an understatement. But now you have the chance to do something about it. Janashakthi Insurance just launched their latest campaign titled the: Janashakthi Full Option Appathon.

What exactly is the Janashakthi Full Option Appathon?

This is a team-based challenge where you get the chance to win Rs. 1 million. The challenge is you have to propose and develop an app that adds value to the general public. And the inaugural theme for the challenge is, ‘Solutions to issues caused by traffic.’

The panel discussion at the launch of the Janashakthi Appathon Challenge (Image credits: Xtream Youth)
The panel discussion at the launch of the Janashakthi Appathon Challenge
(Image credits: Xtream Youth)

Powered by the world-renowned Google Developer Group (GDG), the Janashakthi Full Option Appathon challenge is aimed at encouraging Sri Lankan youth to challenge their creativity and practical thinking skills. The challenge also wants to encourage Sri Lankan youth to use their skills in app development towards providing innovative solutions for issues faced by the general public.

How does the Janashakthi Full Option Appathon work?

The first stage of the challenge would see the participating teams apply. The applications will be accepted from all teams until the 30th of August. The organizing committee then selects the best 75 teams. These teams will then go through several stages prior to being shortlisted for the final selection. In order to empower the teams, Janashakthi will also conduct workshops. These workshops led by experts from the IT field, who will provide the necessary guidance and mentorship required by the participants.

The Janashakthi Appathon Challenge process (Image credits: Janashakthi Insurance PLC)
The Janashakthi Appathon Challenge process (Image credits: Janashakthi Insurance PLC)

After the final workshop, the teams will submit a detailed proposal before the 27th of September. Based on the proposal, the top 5 teams will be selected to compete at the Grand Finale. At this Grand Finale, these teams will have to preset their idea and a working demo to a panel of judges. The winning team at this grand finale walks away with a generous Rs. 1 million prize.

Where do I sign up?

If you’ve made it this far, then chances are that you’re interested in taking up the challenge. If so, head over to: www.janashakthiappathon.com. That’s where you can sign up and learn more about the Janashakthi Full Option Appathon. The clock is ticking and there’s no idea too crazy that we aren’t willing to try to solve our traffic woes.

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