August 8, 2009
In a grand ceremony held at Shanker Hotel, Lazimpat, Nepal’s first Open Source Software competition concluded on 8th August 2009. The 8 months long Open Software Challenge Nepal (OSCN) 2009 was able to attract 83 projects out of which 12 had made it to the grand finale.
Leaping ahead with the spirit of the open source movement and promoting a platform by rewarding the innovative software developers in Nepal, OSCN was the first of its kind of a pioneering event conceptualized and hosted by D2Labs.org. OSCN was jointly organized by D2Hawkeye Services and Tribhuvan University, Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk. OSCN had also been greatly supported by FOSS Nepal since Jan-05-2009.
Total prize money of over 2 Lakhs was awarded today, where the first winner of the event received a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000 (One Lakh) from the Honorable Minister for Information and Communications, Mr. Shankar Pokharel. Similarly, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 were awarded to the second and third place winners accordingly while the first in the designer project received Rs 30,000 separately.
The following is the list of top 12 projects which made it to the grand finale.
• Academic Routine Scheduler
• CI in Inflation Forecasting
• Electronic Liver Diagnosis System
• General Accounting Software
• Java API for Grid Computing
• LIVE Event Broadcast using peer to peer
• Mobile Tracking
• Real Time Face Tracking and Recognition
• Sabdarth: Nepali Dictionary
• SaralScrum: Project Management Tool
• Wind Horse
The event was hosted by vibrant Shikshya Thapa Gautam. Chief Guest, Honorable Minister for Information and Communications, Mr. Shankar Pokharel, graced the event with his presence.
During the ceremony, Mr. Rudra Pandey, COO Verisk Health Inc., USA, the chief guest and Mr. Shashidhar Ram Joshi, HOD – Electronics & Communication, IOE, gave their views on open source movement in Nepal and highlighted the points which could help Nepal move ahead in the field of open source.
The iconic Hari Bansha Acharya and Madan Krishna Shrestha along with our chief guest and Rudra Pandey encouraged the winners by presenting them token and prize money.
The winners from the ceremony are mentioned below in their respective categories:
Category: Open Source Software
First Prize Winner
Project: LIVE Event Broadcast using peer to peer
Member: Sumit Shrestha
Second Prize Winner
Project: Real Time Face Tracking and Recognition
• Abhishek Dutta
• Anjan Nepal
• Bibek Shrestha
• Lakesh Kansakar
Third Prize Winner
Project: Java API for Grid Computing
• Akash Deep Shakya
• Manoj Shakya
• Saurabh Manandhar
Category: Web Design
First Prize Winner
Member: Buddha Bir Lama
More details and follow up information on OSCN can be found at http://d2labs.org/oscn