Three Information Technology students of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) – Andreas Gandhi Hendra Pratama, Ricky Julianjatsono, Fajri Nurwanto – have developed an application for the disabled people. The app, Discover, enables people with disabilities to use public facilities by using the mapping information that is displayed.
Discover is expected to be one of solutions to urban sustainabilities and communities in realising cities and settlement that are inclusive, good quality, sustainable, especially for the disabled people.
“Discover is an android based platform that can make mapping and increase public services for the disabled people, using mass based data collection,” said Andreas Gandhi on Friday (4/11) at Faculty of Engineering UGM. It uses crowdsourcing that engages wide public participation to collect data, also big data analysis. Discover will be released in 2017.
“The application is expected to help resolve problems, particuarly in realising sustainable and inclusive cities,” he said.
The Discover app has brought them first place win in the Ideation Challenge Asia-Pacific 2016 from 21-23 October in Bangkok, Thailand, organised by United Nations Development Programme Regional (UNDP) Asia-Pacific, beating 11 teams from the region.
Previously, they had to compete and present their idea at the national level. The best 15 teams became Top 15 BIG IDEAS UNDP Indonesia.
“Initially, we did not win at the ASEAN level, but later we were contacted to get into the top 15 national. We were asked to present and submit the project proposal once more to the Asia Pacific level, and finally we were selected to go to Bangkok and represent Indonesia,” he said.
In Bangkok, 12 best teams competed to be the best as well as attended youth forum on inclusive cities, social-enterpreneurship, and SDGs. Mentoring was also given by representatives from the United Nations, Intel, SAP, Citi Bank, etc. In the last day they made a presentation and pitching to the juries.
“Thank you for all the support and prayers from everyone. Finally, we could win the contest and make UGM and Indonesia proud,” he said.
Further, Andreas Gandhi asked people to join them in making a friendly city for the disabled people, More info can be seen at www.thediscover.org or Facebook fanpage facebook.com/thediscoverindonesia.