The Jakarta Post
Over 100 developers gathered at the Harris Hotel in Tebet, South Jakarta, on Saturday to participate in the Jakarta Hackathon (HackJak) app-making competition.
The event, which was organized by the Jakarta administration and the Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI), in collaboration with Daily Social and the World Wide Web Foundation, invited developers to create an application or a web-based service to monitor both the city's public transportation system and its 2014 budget.
Jakarta Tourism Agency deputy head Sylviana Murni said the administration hoped the developers could create a service that would distribute useful information on transportation routes and traffic hotspots to Jakarta's residents. She added that the service should also help the administration monitor its budget spending.
'People can criticize [our systems] but it has to be constructive, for everyone's benefit. We thoroughly support efforts that can heighten our efficiency in spending our budget,' Sylviana said as quoted by kompas.com.
The challenges facing the administration in handling the budget include effectively spreading information about the city's events and programs.
The winning app or service developer will be awarded a grand prize of
Rp 50 million (US$4,323). Other prizes include two Macbook Pro laptops, which are regarded as the most efficient for problem-solving.
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