Bangalore, India – March 2nd, 2015: MyGov, the citizen engagement platform of the Government of India announced the launch of a nation wide contest to build a mobile app for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This contest will be held across the country, at different institutions & colleges and will invite participation from people throughout India. Google will partner MyGov in this contest to build the PMO Mobile App. The contest will launch tomorrow at 5:00 pm on MyGov.in.
Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India is well appreciated. He has advocated the use of technology for bringing a positive change in people’s lives and to use technology to encourage innovation, aspiration & enhance connectivity. Speaking at an NASSCOM event yesterday Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said, that he was planning to invite ideas from the public for developing a mobile app for his office. He added that the government would work with Google for selecting the best ideas to develop the app and it’s features.
Commenting on the initiative, Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India & South-East Asia, “We announced about five months ago that we will contribute on the Digital India initiative and the app development contest is a step in that direction. We are very excited to be a part of the Prime Minister’s vision and would urge every Indian to come forward and participate in the app development contest and become a cohesive part of governance and decision making in the country. ”
The contest has been divided into three phases: the first phase will seek ideas from the public on what they would like to see in the mobile app for the PMO, the second phase will involve building wireframes, and the final phase will include short listing, judging and building the app.
Talking about the announcement, Shri Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO, MyGov said, “ Through the PMO app contest we wish to use technology effectively to encourage innovation, aspiration and enhance connectivity. We want to provide every citizen access to the PMO through a mobile device. And since this is an app for the people, we are inviting people to submit ideas on the features they would like to see in their PMO’s mobile app.”
Chetan Krishnaswamy, Country Head- Public Policy at Google India added, “To realise the Government’s Digital India vision, we are collaborating with MyGov to develop a mobile app for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) through a contest. With this we wish to support the Government’s agenda and provide every citizen access to the PMO’s office through a mobile device.”
Here is how you can be a part of building the PMO mobile app.
● Have an idea on what you would like to see as a feature in the mobile app, share it on www.mygov.in.The features can be around i) The kind of Information you want to see from the PMO – i.e. latest updates. ii) Interaction with the PMO. Submit your idea, or vote for an idea now on www.mygov.in . Last date for submitting ideas or voting is 12th March. The shortlisted features will be a part of the mobile app.
● Once the idea is in, the next step is to build the app with the shortlisted features. Register your team and submit your wireframes and be the chosen one to develop a mobile app for the PMO. Ten wireframes will be shortlisted to compete for the development phase.
● In the final stage, five finalists will be chosen by the jury, to compete for the ultimate prize of making the Prime Minister Office’s mobile app. These finalists will be mentored by Google, the technical partner of the contest.
An external jury will judge the contest and choose the final app.