Code For India Hackathon

May 16, 2014

For the third time, my daughter and I teamed-up for a Hackathon. This time it was at Google for the “Code For India” Hackathon. The goal of the Hackathon was to create solutions to solve challenges related to problems in India. We picked the challenge related to advancing financial literacy for kids through gamification. Our solution called “Kaisa Paisa” (means “how money”) is a game plus simulator. You can check it out here: http://kaisapaisa.com

Since the Hackathon ran late, we didn’t stay till the end. Today, I was at the TieCon and happened to see a story about the Hackathon on the front page of the IndiaWest newspaper. Imagine my surprise when I saw this paragraph in the story:

Teams competed for several prizes donated by Google and Intel. The “most popular” project – Kaisa Paisa, an app for AIF that allows kids to develop financial street-smarts through games – was developed by Nik Kalyani and nine-year-old Gia Kalyani. The father-daughter team received a Moto G smartphone for developing the winning application.

Read the full story here: http://www.indiawest.com/news/18929-code-for-india-hack-a-thon-builds-new-apps-for-india.html

How exciting!

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Check out some of the cool artwork my daughter created for the app: