National Information Technologies JSC identified the winners among students-developers of mobile apps developed using open data from the data.gov.kz portal.
In the contest, the students of universities and colleges in Astana, Karaganda, Almaty and the “’Bolashak’ scholarship holders studying in Canada and USA participated. Within the contest period, 24 solutions were submitted. The applicants made use of data on healthcare, education and culture entities, as well as some other sets of 700 data contained in the data.gov.kz portal. The entries were evaluated by a competent jury that included IT professionals and well-known Kazakhstan’s bloggers.
“The contest proved that there is a great potential in Kazakhstan for developing the ICT sphere. The students who are just getting to know all the intricacies in their future occupation are already creating very interesting mobile apps that would be useful to lots of people. All the submitted projects were executed with high professionalism, with major part of projects being related to searching for educational, medical, and cultural institutions in Astana. In addition to the winners’ works, the jury’s attention was attracted by originality of the other projects: “Astana Expert”, “Meken”, “Z-map”», “Open Data Tr”, NIT JSC Chief Architect Tair Sabyrgaliyev told. He also added that all participants will be given the opportunity of promoting their solutions through the open data portal where the links to mobile apps will be placed after final debugging.
Under the jury’s evaluations, the first position was occupied by Olzhas Toyteyev, the student in International IT University (IITU) who had developed the “Kindergartens” app. Having used the “List of Astana Kindergartens” data set, the winner presented to users a catalogue of Astana kindergartens that shows location thereof on the map, their contact details, etc. The application is intended for parents wishing to choose a kindergarten for their kid, and there is also the capability of posting comments and opinions on these or those pre-school institutions.
The second prize was awarded to the developer of e-Licensing app Sabit Tulbayev, IITU student. He developed the directory of organizations that provide services on the licensed business activities to citizens. For instance, is a person needs to undergo technical inspection of his/her vehicle, he/she can find the list of technical service stations and location thereof, or a list of notaries located in the appropriate district in the city. To systematize the information, the author had performed a large-scale analytical work with the data at data.gov.kz.
The ‘Astana Guide’ prepared by its author Adil Yerganiyev, a student in Suleiman Demirel University, was awarded the third prize. The app is a catalogue of social and cultural sites in Astana with geographical position and contact details. The author had used all the data on Astana sites contained on the open data portal. The jury members emphasized the author’s scrupulous approach to designing the app.
It should be reminded that the contest was announced on September 12 this year with a view to popularizing the data.gov.kz portal, as well as to motivating Kazakhstan youths to develop helpful mobile apps. According to the contest terms, the applicants had to develop a mobile app using API, on the iOS, Android etc. platform. The developer reserves the copyright.
On October 23, 2014, the winners were awarded with letters of appreciation and valuable prizes.