App Challenge Tech Camp, June 3, 2012

Tech Camp

Speakers from the government in one of several panel sessions.

“You must communicate with the ministry of interior, the ministry of transportation, and the public transportation authorities”, that is the challenging comment always given to us as an emerging civil society initiative working on sustainable transportation. This is exactly what Green Arm has started doing in its “Kefaya Za7ma” (enough traffic jams) campaign aiming to promote walking, cycling, and choosing public transportation.

On June 3rd, a wide range of stakeholders and experts gathered in a large brainstorming workshop, the “Tech Camp” marking the start of the Cairo App Challenge. The Tech Camp was carried out in partnership with the World Bank and other civil society initiatives, while attendants included mobile phone operators, NGOs, software developers, young entrepreneurs, specialized research institutions and representatives of relevant governmental bodies, international organizations, and other stakeholders including multinational IT companies.

The purpose was to start the journey of the multi-month App Challenge process. On that day, a set of clear problem statements were crystallized and put forth as the set of problems that will be “hacked” in the subsequent App Challenge. The five topics consisted of: Gender & Safety; Data collection; Driving behavior & education; Route planning; Transit & public data information systems.

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