NEW DEHLI, INDIA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Microsoft Corp. will showcase the Apps For Asia – Redesigning Development Program at the ADB’s 46th Annual Meeting. 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, Republic of 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 New 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, ADB’s Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development. 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 were given training and access to Microsoft’s platform, spanning devices and cloud services, enabling developers to create innovative Windows Azure, Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Further, the program helps to enable local developers to produce local solutions and foster innovative business models that have a positive impact on their communities.
The 15 finalists showcased at the ADB Annual Meeting include:
Republic of Korea
For more information on Apps For Asia, visit www.AppsForAsia.com.