Hyderabad: At a time when Telangana is going for crucial assembly elections, the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) has made a key announcement. TITA will be announcing the winners of the ‘Ungli Challenge’ where the winners will be getting Rs 5,000. The challenge was aimed to promote the right to vote till the polling day.
The association which has recently carried out a first of its kind political hackathon involving IT professionals, political parties, has launched a challenge to create awareness and encourage voting through this challenge. TITA President Sundeep Kumar Makthala performed a dance and threw a challenge to the other association members.
Voting plays a crucial role in the democratic system. The last year has witnessed voting of up to 71 per cent in the State. However, Hyderabad has seen only 53 per cent voting. Voting in places where software engineers reside had seen only 32 per cent. With an aim to increase voting percentage both in Hyderabad and among the IT areas, TITA President Sundeep Kumar Makthala has initiated the challenge.
As a part of the challenge, participants were to dance as per the pre-set choreography highlighting the importance of voting. These performances have to be posted on social media by using the #UngliChallenge along with messages on different networks including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The challenge that involves techies directly, engaging them to post their performance and messages on social media has attracted a lot of attention. The challenge that began on November 21 went up to the polling day. Top five dance performances and top five messages will be given a cash prize of Rs 5,000.
Makthala said with the success seen in the past initiatives such as political hackathon, TITA has rolled out this initiative. Participation from techies was largely aimed as a part of the challenge.