Dhaka Public Toilet, a Bangladeshi mobile phone application, has won a United Nation’s World Summit Award (WSA) 2016 in the Smart Settlement and Organisation category.
The Austria-based organisation, World Summit on the Information Society, which awards the mobile applications every year for development initiatives, made the announcement.
Preneur Lab, a technology research organisation, developed the software in association with the Access to Information (A2i) programme under the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh and the development agency WaterAid Bangladesh.
The Dhaka Public Toilet app enables users to locate public toilets nearest to them in the capital. Initially, 19 pieces of information had been integrated into the app, including hygiene facilities, women friendliness, as well as water support of around 2,000 toilets at shopping malls, hospitals, rail stations, mosques, temples, and specialised toilets in city corporations.
Preneur Lab has been hard at work, developing different digital services and tech products. Its chief executive officer Arif Nezami said: “We are working with the government to ease citizen services.”
“Word Summit Award recognition will promote our journey of bringing new services for the masses. Recently, we started our footprint in artificial intelligence and virtual reality.”
With regard to the achievement, ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said: “Different initiatives have been taken to establish smart cities in the country. WSA recognition for this toilet mapping app is another feather in the cap of success stories of Digital Bangladesh led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
WSA is a highly diverse and democratic award system that selects and promotes the world’s best digital innovations with impact on society across 187 countries.