Sikkim boy makes India Proud : Wins Australia Gov Hack Competition 2016
15 Sep, Sydney : Ashish Chhetri hailing from Pakyong East Sikkim in india wins Australia Gov Hack. According to report there were several Computer Programmers from other countries like Austria and New Zealand who attended this core hack programming competition.
Finally Ashish Chhetri made up to Top-3 finalists !
The Australia gov hack is a coding competition to build a working prototype based on govt data which is held every year. 3500 developers from Australia – New Zealand took part in the two day event. Ashish Chhetri and his partner utilized the child care and transportation data released by the govt to build their project “aaya” working 44 hours over the two days. The winners were announced at a grand ceremony on Sept 16, where his project was declared the winner.
He and his teammate, Sourav Shah both competed against 3500 other developers from Australia and New Zealand to reach the finale of this mega event. They were declared winners at a grand ceremony on Sept 16. The two have now been invited by Department of Innovations to take this project forward.
Ashish has a background in Computer Engineering from SMIT. Post his graduation he worked in Bangalore for 5 years with major MNCs. He moved to Sikkim to work in a startup from his well-paying job at Honeywell.
Ashish incidentally moved to Australia only a couple of months ago from Sikkim after 3 years of effort to get things off the ground. His projects in Sikkim include smart file tracking system using RFID for the Department of Information technology. He also taught at ICFAI and built applications for restaurants to use. The limited scope of IT for local entrepreneurs sent him on a trip to US for 5 months where he worked on his project www.mymonkeycap.com with a goal to get the entire Northeast online with his brother. The project is supposed to go live by Jan 2017.
Currently, in his role as a senior engineer at Petsure, Australia’s largest veterinary insurance company – he has already received numerous kudos for his work.