eBay has organised ‘Opportunity Hack’ in Chennai and Bangalore to garner support for nonprofits in order to create solution for their technology problems. The programme saw huge participation from more than 35 NGOs and 300 developers from across the two cities. The 36 hour, open format event was held at the PayPal’s Development Center in Chennai and eBay Inc.’s Development Center in Bangalore. The event witnessed the participation from software developers and domain experts in the field of social media, mobile and data technology, which developed solutions for the nonprofits.
Speaking about the event, Anupam Pahuja, General Manager, PayPal Technology APAC, said, “It is truly inspiring to see technologists and nonprofits coming together to apply technology to simplify things. Their hard work and innovative solutions through the hackathon will better enable the organizations to add more value to the great work they do in the community.”
On the other hand, Ram Narayanan, General Manager, eBay Product Development Center, India, said, “I am proud of what engineers from eBay Inc. and the industry did at Opportunity Hack. Their collaboration with the NGOs has created many technology-enabled solutions for this sector, giving us a deeper insight into these organizations and their needs. This is the first step to building bigger and better solutions for the future with social consciousness.”
The Chennai Data Portal, a nonprofit based in Chennai, won the hackathon for their solution to improve the education system. The tool developed by them enables the Corporation of Chennai to better manage its schools and improve the quality of education by monitoring the quality of infrastructure, staffing, resource alignment and performance management. Team Everest was chosen as the runner-up from Chennai for their ‘E-Receipt and Donation Management’ tool that addresses the simple-yet-widely-prevailing problem of issuing manual receipts.