Straight from the heart of India’s Silicon Valley comes Technagara – a geospatial platform for urban solutions serving citizens, government agencies and businesses. Developed by the Bangalore-based social tech startup Mapunity, the city-neutral platform was developed with the aim of serving over 126 cities across the country.
Technagara, which aims to develop smart, tech-aided urban solutions, allows users to create apps for any city or community, thereby localizing it, which has contributed to its growth even beyond India. Since its launch, the platform has gained international attention, and currently has applications for gated communities in Bangalore as well as cities as far afield as Harare, Zimbabwe and Kansas City. Technagara currently hosts data from over nine different areas, including education, environment, health, transport and heritage, among others, and allows users to report issues on the ground, upload photos of utility inspection reports and request more buses.
“Technology should solve larger urban problems and the Indian IT talent should be utilized to solve the problems here, unlike now where most Indian talent is busy servicing foreign firms,” founder of Mapunity Ashwin Mahesh told The Hindu. The Ashoka fellow and entrepreneur-urbanist co-founded Mapunity in 2006 with the aim of using technology to tackle social and developmental challenges.