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Bangladeshi tech firm wins UN award for public toilet app

  • Published at 10:44 pm August 4th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:20 am August 5th, 2017
Bangladeshi tech firm wins UN award for public toilet app
Technology research organisation Preneur Lab, which developed mobile phone application Dhaka Public Toilet, has received the United Nation’s World Summit Award (WSA) 2016 in the Smart Settlement and Organisation category. The tech firm’s CEO Arif Nezami, who was leading a five-member delegation, accepted the prize at the mBillionth Award ceremony in India on Friday. In his reaction, Nezami said they had undertaken the project keeping the public heath issue in mind. The Austria-based organisation, World Summit on the Information Society, which awards the mobile applications every year for development initiatives, had announced Preneur Lab as the winner on March 20. Preneur Lab developed the software in association with the Access to Information (A2i) programme under the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh and development agency WaterAid Bangladesh. The app enables users to locate public toilets nearest to them in Dhaka. Primarily, 19 pieces of information have 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.