Our Experiences on Running a Hackathon

Part Two

We were asked by some of our readers about the ideas that were presented during the hackathon. We saw a diversity in ideas, highlighting the potential of an identity platform like Aadhaar. It was interesting to see many teams having different perspectives on implementing various concepts. Here is a summary so that people understand the potential of what one can do with Aadhaar in 24 hours!
Personal Digital Locker
An online platform for users to securely store and manage their personal documents. These can be uploaded either by the owner, or by an authorised entity issuing these documents (say an exam result uploaded by the board that conducts the examination). Tagged to the owner’s Aadhaar number, these documents are stored along with other meta-data. The owner is in full control of his/ her documents and can choose to share any or all of them with others. Variants of this idea include:
  • a locker for medical records
  • a repository for personal media and memorabilia, with a ‘will’ to transfer ownership
  • an address book - to share with entities for address change requests
  • OAuth to control the sharing of identity information
  • PKI to sign and protect documents
Aadhaar OAuth

A unified and seamless online authentication mechanism used to transfer or re-use identity across various domains. Similar to the OAuth protocol or Facebook Connect, developers can use Aadhaar OAuth as a reliable service for authenticating users. This can be used:

  • on various Govt. websites with single sign-on capability to maintain a valid and up-to-date profile of the user
  • across mobile apps that require secure authentication, e.g. financial transactions

Reputation System

A system that builds a cumulative reputation of a person or entity by correlating information from multiple sources (based on Aadhaar authenticated data) and using it for various purposes such as:

  • Taxi driver verification (with reference to the recent Uber incident in India)
  • Criminal record lookup
  • Service providers (maids, drivers etc.)
  • Skills registry - to authorise a user to perform certain tasks (like drive a truck loaded with chemicals, only upon certification)
  • Loan approvals using Aadhaar data and financial data from third parties

Attendance Management

Managing employee and visitor attendance through secure Biometrics and Aadhaar authentication. This system can support:

  • Analytics, to help improve school timetables based on attendance patterns
  • Visitor management, to track and identify visitors - including couriers, delivery personnel, plumbers, electricians, etc.
  • Visitor management - to replace the visitor register

Contract Management

Using Aadhaar to identify people and ensure that they enter into a valid and documented contract or agreement. For instance:

  • Unattended bicycle rental
  • Apartment rental

De-duplication Registry

A thorough de-deuplication system built for different industries that uses Aadhaar to process multiple applications, identify and remove duplicates and hence reduce the risk of fraud. E.g. insurance.

Ticketing System

Using Aadhaar to ensure that only the right person can travel, through a valid, session based ticket. This works at the instant of booking the ticket and is consecutively verified during the time of travel. It could work with IRCTC, bus services, and at airport security.

Payment Apps

Various apps that power mobile and web based payments see tremendous potential with the rise of eCommerce and social networks. Bill pay, or payments at Point-of-Sale using AEPS (Aadhaar Enabled Payment System) enables instant and secure transactions.



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Author
Sanjay

Sanjay Jain is a technologist by passion and an EIR at Khosla Labs. Get in touch with him for any questions on the Aadhaar Hackathon.