Sikkim boy Ashish Chhetri wins Australia Gov Hack competition. Ashish currently works as a Senior Engineer at Petsure, Australia’s largest veterinary insurance company.
Australia Gov Hack
The Australia Gov Hack is a coding competition to build a working prototype based on Government data which is held every year. The winners were announced at a grand ceremony on September 16.
There were several computer programmers from other countries like Austria and New Zealand who attended this core hack programming competition. Close to 3500 developers from Australia and New Zealand took part in the two-day affair.
His project which won the competition was named Aaya. The child care and transportation data released by the Government was put to good use by Ashish and his partner Sourav Shah. They worked 44 hours over the two days to complete it. The two have now been invited by Department of Innovations to take this project forward.
Ashish has a background in computer engineering and has worked with various MNC’s in Bangalore. He was also part of a startup in Sikkim and has only recently moved to Australia. His projects in Sikkim include smart file tracking system using RFID for the Department of Information technology. He also taught at ICFAI and built applications for restaurants to use.
But the limited scope of IT for local entrepreneurs sent him on a trip to US for 5 months where he worked on his project with a goal to get the entire Northeast online with the help of his brother. The project is supposed to go live by Jan 2017.
You can check out his project here