BITS students develop first aid app with Red Cross Society

red BITSThis group of students from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) – Tushar Dhalwani (Pilani campus), Rishabh Garg (Pilani campus), Bhuvan Gupta (Goa campus), Akansha Pandey (Hyderabad campus), Shrey Bansal (Hyderabad campus) and Rahul Mittal (Hyderabad campus) – were interning with ICRS in New Delhi for seven weeks during the summer where they were asked to develop a first-aid app.

As computer science students, it was right up their alley, but they had their fair share of impediments along the way. “It was a challenge to get to know each other and work together in such a short period of time. Additionally, ICRS didn’t have an IT department to guide us through,” shares Tushar.

This group of students from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) – Tushar Dhalwani (Pilani campus), Rishabh Garg (Pilani campus), Bhuvan Gupta (Goa campus), Akansha Pandey (Hyderabad campus), Shrey Bansal (Hyderabad campus) and Rahul Mittal (Hyderabad campus) – were interning with ICRS in New Delhi for seven weeks during the summer where they were asked to develop a first-aid app.

As computer science students, it was right up their alley, but they had their fair share of impediments along the way. “It was a challenge to get to know each other and work together in such a short period of time. Additionally, ICRS didn’t have an IT department to guide us through,” shares Tushar.

Compared to other first-aid apps in other countries, this app has a better user interface with bigger and clearer icons and pictures and is easy to use. “The idea is also for other engineering students like us to understand that one can also and should contribute to the social sector with our existing skills,” Tushar says. The mobile app is available for free download on all Android-based phones and is a digitized version of a first-aid manual published by the Indian Red Cross and the Belgian Red Cross last year.

Most other countries have their own first-aid apps that restrict usage to its country and are inaccessible to Indian users. This is what made the need for an official first-aid app for India even greater. Since its launch, the first-aid app has garnered nearly 5,000 users across the country in cities like New Delhi and Bengaluru.

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