Indonesia’s Young Innovators Win 1st Prize in Global Initiative

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    8 February 2009
    Indonesia’s Young Innovators Win 1st Prize in Global Initiative

    Jakarta. Indonesian students claimed the top spot at “Code for Resilience,” an international innovative competition held by the World Bank in London on Monday.

    The representatives, a research team from Yogyakarta’s University of Gajah Mada, developed an application called Quick Disaster for disaster risk reduction, which can be installed on mobile phones.

    The app performs a variety of functions to warn against an impending disaster. Real-time location data sends out a warning when users enter areas that are prone to particular natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis — all of which are a common occurrence in the archipelago.

    In addition, when a disaster strikes, the program provides evacuation routes for users to follow.

    The innovation beat off more than 60 submitted applications from all over the world before being chosen as a top 10 finalist, along with other teams from Bangladesh, Haiti, India, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, the United States and Vietnam.

    “This award proves that Indonesian youth can compete in technological innovations at an international level,” said team leader Daniel Oscar Baskoro, as quoted by on Tuesday.

    Quick Disaster also received an award from the Understanding Risk Forum in Excel, London.

    Daniel and three of his teammates, Zamahsyari, Bahrunnur and Sabrina Woro Anggraini will stay in London until the middle of July to join a study tour with some of the world’s leading technology firms, including Mozilla, Google Campus and the Impact Hub.

    The post Indonesia’s Young Innovators Win 1st Prize in Global Initiative appeared first on The Jakarta Globe.


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