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June has brought to us two accolades for our work. I am delighted to share with you that our civic technology platforms I Paid a Bribe and I Change My City, one enabling citizens fight corruption and the other an online Citizen to Government platform to raise and resolve civic issues, have been recognised for their impact in bringing social change through civic action.

The Swacchata app (official app for the Swacch Bharat Mission) developed by our I Change My City team, was adjudged as one of the 41 Gems of Digital India. It gives us a sense of accomplishment in being recognized as one of the chosen 41, out of 1600 e-Governance initiatives across the country, all of which are deep, broad, highly sustainable and stand to play a defining role in fulfilling the dream of a New India. Such recognitions reaffirm faith in the path we have taken towards urban transformation and motivates us to strive harder towards our goals.

I Paid a Bribe, our app to prevent corruption, won the Audience Choice Award for the Global Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge 2017. There were 103 finalists around the globe out of which 19 were chosen to be in the final round, showcasing innovative technologies which contribute to improve integrity in systems, practices and governance. Keeping our fingers crossed for the Global Award that is yet to be announced.

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I PAID A BRIBE wins Citi Tech for Integrity Audience Choice Award

One of the six demos that Citi Bank lines up across the world, the Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I) asked technology innovators to come up with solutions in the areas of financial transactions, cyber security and addressing red tape.

Swacchata Application declared one of the 41 Gems of Digital India

41 Gems of Digital India are innovative initiatives that are set to change the way governance is delivered.  These are the creme de la creme of eGovernance initiatives that use technology to solve myriad problems of governance.

Janaagraha invited at the Connecting Start-up Cities segment of the Asia Pacific Week hosted by FNF in Berlin

Srikanth Viswanathan delivered the key note titled “Active Citizenship + City Systems: The magic recipe for Smart Cities at a segment called Connecting Start-up Cities at the Asia Pacific Week in Berlin hosted by Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

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Here’s what Mr. Pronab Mohanty, Deputy Director General, Unique Identification Authority of India, Bengaluru has to say about platforms like I Paid A Bribe (IPAB). He shares how innovative technology platforms like IPAB are enabling citizens like him in fighting corruption.

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Taking the idea of Active Citizenship to Corporate Citizens

Janaagraha has a rich history of cultivating the spirit of volunteerism. We have always had a good number of citizen volunteers coming forward to support our programmes by contributing their unique skills and capabilities. We are now reaching out to corporate citizens with a year- round calendar for engaging with them in the spirit of active citizenship.

Here’s a snapshot of our recent engagements with employees of Credit Suisse @ City Park Building and Delphi office venues in Powai. We set up kiosks and interacted with employees to introduce them to our civic technology platforms- Swachhata application and ichangemycity.com that enables citizens to raise and resolve civic issues.

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