BENGALURU: A slew of initiatives, including financial support to Aadhaar-based companies, were announced at country’s first hackathon, dedicated to innovating on theAadhaar platform. The 24-hour marathon coding competition, conducted by incubator Khosla Labs and Nasscom, also announced an appstore dedicated to such applications, to be launched by the end of this month.
About 140 participants across India showed up for the event. Entrepreneurs and working professionals alike were looking at applications like cashless-payment for retailers using Aadhaar in tier-II cities, one-stop Aadhaar authenticated app for all retrieving one’s documents from different government agencies and more. Each team, consisting of 2-3 members were given fingerprint and iris scanner to simulate their app.
The winners will get a one-on-one with Vinod Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems, a fingerprint scanner and about 3-6 months of coworking space inside Khosla Labs. To recover the operational cost involved in running the Adhaar project, talks are on to charge 5 paise per Aadhaar-based authentication.
Additionally, all major taxi-hailing companies are keen to use authentication for onboarding drivers on its platform, said CEO Srikanth Nadhamuni, Khosla Labs. “For a digital India, you need a digital identity. We now have the technology, the critical mass of enrollments, and the right political support, to carry such hackathons forward,” said Ravi Gururaj, member of Nasscom Product & Executive Council.
Source : ET