The most innovative solutions declared winners at PayPal's Hackathon

The most innovative solutions declared winners at PayPal's HackathonSome of the most innovative solutions won hearts at PayPal's recent hackathon which was meant for creating tech-based solutions for challenges faced by non-profit organizations.

15 NGOs focusing on the economic empowerment of underprivileged sections of society and over 150 developers participated in the hackathon clocking nearly 5,400 hours of non-stop coding.

Here are the winning solutions this year :
-An alert mechanism for Gramium that notifies the loan taker about loan payment dues and deadline, helping the NGO scale and reduce defaulter events
-A donor management system through a web and mobile app that allows the NGO Child to onboard new donors and analyse donation patterns using heuristic data so that the NGO can financially plan for an activity as well as establish an emotional connect with the donors through personalized greetings and by allowing them to track their proceedings
-Web apps for students, mentors, and administrators to help Surabhi Trust overcome administrative challenges and enhance the quality of education being offered to underprivileged children

The team supporting the NGO Gramium won the hackathon for their simple, yet innovative solution, taking home the grand prize worth Rs 1,20,000. The team for the nonprofit Child was declared the runner up, while that representing Surabi Trust won the Best Use of Technology award. The winning NGO also received a cash prize of Rs 20,000, while the runner up NGO received Rs 10,000 to help put their solutions to action.

The previous editions of the Opportunity Hack in India have seen path-breaking solutions:
- A mobile app for volunteer management for the Blue Cross of India to further enhance the capability to report animals in distress and ambulance support requests for animals
- An SMS-based intervention system for alcohol addiction in collaboration with TTK Hospitals that has the capability to track problems reported by patients or their families for early intervention
- A volunteer and sensor onboarding solution to seamlessly integrate Sensors Without Borders’ platform, which captures metadata from sensors embedded with a range of community-oriented stakeholders, including schools, nonprofits and state agencies

“Opportunity Hack brings together our vast base of enthusiastic employees and engages the larger developer community in the country, challenging them to use their skills to help nonprofits overcome their most pressing real-world problems with executable and results-oriented tech-based solutions. This year, we once again witnessed the enthusiasm and the tremendous collaborative spirit such a platform can engender, with some highly innovative prototypes being created to help the participating NGOs take their social causes forward and make a sustainable impact on our society,” said Guru Bhat, GM Technology and Head of Engineering at PayPal.