Modi holds contest to develop app for prime minister's office

NEW DELHI - Narendra Modi, India's tech-savvy prime minister who is active on social media, wants a mobile app for his office and is inviting innovative ideas from Indian citizens, the best of which will be developed in association with Google.

Indian government's Web portal ( is a platform by which the government hopes to build a partnership between itself and the citizens. Hoping to accomplish this with the help of local innovators, it has launched a contest to create and develop the mobile application for the prime minister's office.

The contest, which is open to Indian citizens only, includes three phases -- idea submission, wireframe or blueprint development, and app development. The deadline for phase 1 is March 12 by 5pm.

In the first phase, anyone with an idea on what features such an app should include can share it, and vote on other people's ideas. After all ideas are submitted, teams of developers will be invited to present rough blueprints for how they would build the app.

Finally, "out of all the entrants, the five developer teams with the best designs will be invited to build an app -- with some mentoring from Googlers -- and the winning app, as chosen by an independent jury, will become the official app of the Prime Minister's Office," Google said in its Asia-Pacific blog.

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