The official app Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) app has a ‘made in Goa’ component.
Recently an app building contest was held by MyGov along with Google. Prajwal Seth, a 19-year-old computer engineering student from BITS-Pilani, Zuarinagar, along with a team of six, had taken up the challenge.
Team ‘Sanskrit Bios’ was judged the best among the top five teams that were selected to work with MyGov and mentored by Google engineers to develop and refine their apps.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the app, ‘PMO India’, last week at a town hall meet, where he also felicitated the six engineers including Prajwal Seth.
Seth, the Goa-based student says the app is a hit and has already been downloaded 6,000 times. It has also received 330 ratings. Seth, who helped design the wireframes and screen designs for the app, developed an interest in app and website design back in his school days, when he worked on projects as a freelancer.
Since the team was spread out throughout the country, they connected online, even receiving mentoring sessions with Google engineers through Hangouts.
The ultimate prize was a Google-sponsored trip to its headquarters in Mountain View, California. Where they will meet and interact with the company’s developers team once the team acquire their visas.
The ‘PMO India’ app, available in ten local languages, provides updates of the activities of the Prime Minister, achievements of the government, and allows users to view social media updates from the PMO and listen to audio and video recordings. Users can also receive messages and emails directly from the PMO as well as notifications about important news and events.