The Delhi Rape incident which happened in December, created a feeling that, women of India could no longer walk the streets without the fear of being attacked. It sparked a major awakening in the country, with people expressing their anger and disbelief in protects and other means. Nasscom in January opened a App contest, which required developers to submit apps that would help in women's safety, with the theme being "Collaborating forces for Women Safety". Nasscom reportedly received over 75 entries from all over India, out of which 10 were chosen as winners.
The winners were awarded at the Appframe Contest 2013 and Nasscom would help these apps to reach women of the country through appropriate platform. The apps were selected include ‘Go Surakhsheit' app developed by Hughes Systique Corporation, ‘Nirbhaya' developed by Pune-based Smart Cloud Infotech Limited, 'FightBack' by Tech Mahindra, ‘Sentinel' by Technosol Pvt Ltd, ‘SafeBridge' by Telerik India, 'iFollow' by Aucupa Innovative Solutions, ‘One Touch SOS' by Ideophone, ‘inE' by Rain Concert Technologies Pvt. Ltd, ‘SafeTrac' by KritiLabs and ‘PanicGuard' by PanicGuard Ltd.
Go Surakhsheit which was selected as the top app reportedly offers powerful tools for woman to use during emergency situations. It can send an SMS to list of pre-provisioned contacts, post the same as a status msg on Facebook. It also sends a call to a emergency number and at the same time trigers a loud alarm to seek attention for nearby help. You can download the app for Android at Google Play.
"Women have constituted a significant workforce of the IT industry which has set the benchmark for global practices around recruiting, retaining and retraining women. To ensure their safety, the industry, government, and law enforcement agencies need to come together and partner to devise appropriate measures," said Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM.