Pune | Sanitation Hackathon


Are you a Hacker with passion for Development then Sanitation Hackathon is the right avenue for you. Join us on 1st and 2nd December at Infosys, Pune and build mobile and web based solutions for the biggest Sanitation challenges!

– Top two teams get to work on their ideas further through the Hatch accelerator program

– Top six teams get amazing gadgets as prizes – iPods, Hard drives Cameras, Mobiles etc.

– All teams get a Sanitation hackathon trophy 

– All registered participants get a cool sling bag with exciting goodies – TShirt, Coffe mug, Leather business card holder, wall clock, wall planner etc.

– Winners get an opportunity to meet with the World Bank Chief in India, at New Delhi





News: 2nd Webinar on Sanitation Hackathon – 28th November(Wednesday), 2pm (IST)

Are you the techie who missed the Sanitation Hackathon webinar??

The 45-minute Sanitation Hackathon Webinar on Friday November 23rd was the first virtual  experience with technologists — not only as designers but also as users/ beneficiaries — to look at the sanitation challenge personally. Organized by Infosys, more than 40 participants attended the webinar; and Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS) participated as expert speakers. The organisers connected from Pune; the partners from Bangalore and Delhi and there was participation from across the globe.

Startling facts about sanitation were spotlighted.

     · 2.5 billion people around the world have no access to improved sanitation. 

     · Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills more than 4,000 children a day worldwide. 

     · 1 billion people have no facilities at all and forced to defecate in the open. 

     · Of these, 46 million people (12%) who defecate in the open everyday live in urban India. 

     · Of 38,000 million litres of wastewater generated across 900 cities everyday, only a third is treated.

The WSP team listed the 14 sanitation problem statements and shared one story connecting the sanitation problem to the life of every participant:

“Your house is one of the 3 crore urban households dependent on septic tanks and 0.6 crore on pit latrines.  Every morning, water from your toilet, shower and kitchen goes into the drain and disappears. What happens to it? You probably pay a private contractor (who are not regulated at the moment) for septage to be collected. None of it is treated. Do you care of know where it goes?  Most collected septage is disposed off in drains and water bodies.”

Once the context was shared, the challenge was defined for participants to design a safe and foolproof collection/ disposal method of the septage from the household to a treatment plant.

After- WSP provided the statistics and information on the sanitation situation, Infosys described the judging criteria for innovations such as potential impact, complexity of the solution, creativity in design, user-friendliness and sustainability. They also shared that incubators like The Hatch for StartupsIndian Angel NetworkStartup Village and 91 Springboard would be present at the Hackathon and keen to support winning prototype designs. The Infosys team further clarified questions on logistics like participants needed to carry their own equipment like laptops and devices to test their software to the Hackathon.

Those who will be present from the team include:

Sameer Govind Joshi, Infosys/Raghavendra Raju, IIHS/Ravi Kumar Joseph , WSP/Vivek Raman, WSP/Ammu Menon, WSP/Barkha Khanna, WSP 

The agenda would be:

Sanitation background 

Overview of the event

Do’s and Don’ts


Please confirm your participation by accepting the invite.

 When: Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 2:00 PM (IST)  

 Join the live meeting https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/Infosys/join?id=PG6Z5Q&role=attend&pw=STt-%5C%5Bc4F

Telephone Conference:

Call Number: +91 (Std Code) 60017333

Participant Code: 4317375901


This December, civic technologists team up with subject matter experts to find innovative solutions to challenges facing the sanitation sector.


What is a Hackathon? 
A hack-a-thon event (also known as an apps challenge, hack day, hackfest, or codefest) is an intensive marathon competition of brainstorming and computer programming that draws together the talent and creativity of software developers and designers.

The Sanitation Hackathon:

The Sanitation Hackathon challenges programmers to develop innovative software solutions that address real-world problems in sanitation.

In December 1-2 2012, technologists will team up with sanitation subject experts in an intensive marathon to find innovative solutions to challenges facing the sanitation sector. 

The event, organized by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program in partnership with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) and Infosys in India in addition to dozens of local and global partners, will take place around the simultaneously in several cities around the world.

Problem Definitions:
During the months leading up to the event, experts on sanitation and members of the public will create, submit and vote on “problem definitions” that highlight specific sanitation challenges that could be mitigated by innovative ICTs.

Then, during a weekend-long marathon event, teams of programmers in cities around the world will develop innovative solutions to these problem definitions.

In India, the first brainstorming event was held in Delhi on 27 September 2012, the second in Pune on 12 October, 2012.

The final event – Sanitation Hackathon – will be held in Pune from 1-2 Dec 2012.


More information is forthcoming and you can also contact the following persons for further details:

(1) Raghavendra Raju –  rraju@iihs.ac.in 

(2) Vandana Mehra – vmehra@worldbank.org 

(3) Vivek Raman –  vraman1@worldbank.org

(4) Ravi Joseph – rjoseph1@worldbank.org

(5) Ammu Menon – amenon@worldbank.org

Some images from Delhi Brainstorming session:


Some images from Pune Brainstorming session:




Incubation Partners:



How to reach Infosys Pune Hinjewadi Phase 2

From Pune Railway Station

a. City Buses: City Buses ply every half an hour from Pune Station to Hinjewadi Phase 3. It takes around 1 hour to reach Infosys Phase 2 campus from Pune station.

b. Radio Cabs: Radio Cabs are also available at Pune Station. You need to book a cab to drop you at Infosys Phase 2 Hinjewadi.                                                                                               

From Pune Airport: Prepaid cabs are available at airport.                                                                                

From other places in Pune: One can reach Wakad from anywhere in Pune by local city bus. From Wakad many rickshaws and buses are available to reach Infosys Campus in Hinjewadi Phase 2.Below map shows how to reach Infosys Campus in Hinjewadi Phase2 from Wakad.                                                                                                  


General FAQs:

1.      What is the Sanitation Hackathon/ SanHack? Where can I get more details about this?

Sanitation Hackathon is an intensive marathon technology (Coding) event to find innovative solutions to challenges facing the sanitation sector in the world.

You can get more details about this at =>

For details about the event in India => /pune

2.      What is the crux of this event?

Sanitation Hackathon  is a World Bank event spread over 1st and 2nd of Dec 2012 and will take place simultaneously in 13 cities globally.  The India edition of this will happen at Infosys Campus, Phase 2, Hinjewadi, Pune. During this event participants will create Apps to solve pre-defined problems related to Sanitation. They will need to get their own laptops, software, and any other equipment.

3.      What are the date(s) for this event?

The main (Coding) event will start on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 07:30 am and continue through to 18:30 (6:30 pm) on Sunday, December 2, 2012. (through the night of Dec 1).

A pre-event will be held for registered participants on Friday, Nov 30 at The Holiday Inn, Hinjewadi, Pune at 18:00(6 pm).

4.      Is there any event preceding the actual Hackathon event?

Yes, there is a pre-event seminar organized on 30th of Nov for registered participants at The Holiday Inn, Pune at The Holiday Inn, Hinjewadi, Pune at 18:00(6 pm).

5.      Where is the Sanitation Hackathon happening in India?

This event will be held simultaneously in 13 cities of the world. In India, the venue is Infosys Ltd Phase2 campus in Pune.

Address –

Infosys Ltd,


Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park


Pune 411057. Phone – 020 398 27000

6.      How do I register to participate in this event? Is there a registration fee?

Click on this URL to register your participation http://www.rhok.org/event/pune-india

Registration is FREE for the event.

7.      Is this an individual or a group event?

A  participating team can  have 1 to to 4 members. It is advisable to have at least 2-3 members, since there could be multiple tasks per team.

8.      Can the individual/team register on the spot on Dec 1, 2012?

You must register by the 30th of Nov to enable you to attend the pre-event on the 30th, where you will  get more details about the event.

9.      Is there any registration fee for the event?

Registration is FREE for the event

10.  What is the reporting time for the event, for participants?

Dec- 1, 2012; 07:30AM @ Infosys Ltd, Phase 2, Hinjewadi, Pune

11.  Since it is an overnight event, will there be facility for parking my vehicle?

There is ample parking space at the venue and the volunteers / security guards will direct you appropriately.

12.  For the event, do participants have to get their own devices – laptops/iPad/software/dongles etc?

Yes, please bring your own devices with the required software(s) and devices. You will have access to basic Internet at the site.

13.  Are there arrangements for retiring/ sleeping?

Yes, informal arrangements for retiring/ power naps have been made for all.

14.  Do I have to carry my own food?

Food and beverages shall be sponsored (free) on both the days (Regular meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on 1st Dec AND Breakfast and Lunch on 2nd Dec). However, should you have specific food/ dietary requirements; you are free to bring your own food.

15.  How much time do we get to complete the app development?

You start on 01-Dec-2012 around 1000 Hrs and end on 02-Dec-2012 at 1300 Hrs (approx. 27 hours).  In fact, you can choose to start working on your App well before the event starts so that you complete it during the event.


Application Development related FAQs:

16.  What kind of applications can be developed as part of the Hackathon?

Any application / software (no constraintsJ) that would offer a solution/ address the pre-defined problem statements (which will be shared well in advance) faced in the sanitation sector.

17.  What are the coding standards that are to be followed during coding?

You have to follow the generic coding standards as per the technology / platform that you choose.

18.  How much time do we get for coding?

You will start actual Coding on 01-Dec-2012 around 1000 Hrs and end on 02-Dec-2012 at 1300 Hrs (approx. 27 hours). You can choose to start working on your App well before the event starts so that you can complete it during the event.

19.  Is there a restriction on platform/ OS/ technology etc when we create the application?


20.  I heard the participants will have to make a “presentation” to the jury. Can you tell me more about this presentation?

Yes, each team may need to make a presentation to the jury, explaining the features of the Application and how it addresses the problem.  The template for this presentation shall be shared with you. Please plan accordingly.

21.  Will the application development tool(s) and machine be provided by the company (Infosys, World Bank etc.) or it is required to be arranged by the individual/group on their own?

Participants are required to get their own hardware/ software/ manuals/ devices etc. Access to internet shall be provided by the organizers. However, should you need high speed internet access, you are advised to bring your own devices?

22.  Is access to internet available? If yes, can any sort of technical help be taken from internet for developing the application?

Yes. Internet access is available – you can take help from anywhere/anyone including the Internet.

23.  Do we have to create the App from scratch at the Hackathon or can we start working on it even before the event starts?

You can choose to start working on the App even before the event starts. Please ensure you understand what needs to be developed (to avoid rework) – you may reach out to the Hackathon team in you have queries.

24.  Who will own the IP (Intellectual Property) for the developed App?

The IP for the developed app will rest with the creator/developer of the App.

25.  Will there be any Subject Matter Experts available at the spot for any guidance / support?

Yes, there would be sanitation experts (SMEs) who would help understand/ interpret the problem statements and any other help you may seek on the sanitation domain. You will also have access to some technical experts – though it may not be possible to ensure availability of experts on all platforms/technologies.

26.  What happens if my solution / application developed is accepted? Are there any subsequent events planned after this event for the winners?

Yes. There are post Hackathon events which are planned. Details will be shared in the pre-event on the 30th of Nov.

27.  How will the evaluation be done?

The evaluation will be done by panels of sanitation experts and technical experts. You may have to make a presentation / demo of your application to this panel.

28.  When will be the winners declared?

The winners will be declared on the evening of 2nd of Dec.




Infosys Campus
Hinjewadi Phase 2



Event date and time 
Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 09:00 to Sunday, December 2, 2012 – 18:30

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