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Carpooling app wins Sri Lanka’s Janashakthi tech prize

ECONOMYNEXT – A carpooling app written by group of undergraduates had won the top prize of million rupees from a contest sponsored by Sri Lanka’s Janashakthi Insurance.

The contest or ‘appathon’, which sought solutions to reduce traffic congestion, was also backed by Google Developers Group.

Sajini Shanilka Koongahawatta, Sulochana A. Kodituwakku, W. M. Umesh Prabushitha Jayasinghe and S. G. H. Liyanage, wrote the ‘Take Me There’ app. Other teams won prizes of 200,000 and 100,000 rupees.

June Fernando, Chief Executive of Janashakthi General Insurance said innovation was fundamental for progress.

"This initiative was therefore conceptualised and rolled out with the aim of creating a more perceptive generation of solution-seeking, technologically-driven young minds for the future," Fernando said.

"We will continue in our efforts to help Sri Lankan youth discover their limitless potential in combining innovation and technology through an extension of this initiative in the year ahead."

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