Story Of Mehvish Mushtaq – Woman Who Developed First Android App For People Of Kashmir
- IWB Post
- July 11, 2015
In 2013, a 23-year-old woman named Mehvish Mushtaq Hakak developed Kashmir’s first app ‘Dial Kashmir’. Mehvish is a Computer Science engineer from Srinagar.
Dial Kashmir contains over 500 contacts (phone numbers, e-mail ids and addresses) of government departments, commercial services and private numbers. It also features ‘Find Pin code’, ‘Railway timings’, ‘list of holidays’, ‘Muslim Prayer timings’, etc.
“Dial Kashmir is an application that may be described as a virtual yellow pages directory.”
“It has the contact details of essential services in Kashmir. The main idea behind developing this app is helping people connect easily. It is not easy to find phone numbers in Kashmir.”
Motivation behind the innovation:
“I remember once I had to call my cousin’s school for something important but couldn’t find contact details. I knew that everyone faced such problems in connecting to various services and that’s how the idea came about.”
“The tricky part was finding the numbers and details of the services I was putting in my app. I am not sure if it was an inspiration but what motivated me was the need of an App exclusively for the use of people living in Kashmir.”
“Once I came to know that an animal had died in a certain neighborhood and one of the residents was able to get hold of the municipal authorities through the app. When things like this happen, it feels good. Also, people check train timings and Prayer timings on the App, it feels nice to help people in little ways.”
“I hadn’t thought that this app would become so popular and get some 4,000 downloads and a rating of 4.75 on 5.”
“They were always supportive of my work and egged me on to chase my passion – as a result the app Dial Kashmir was born.”
“I would say not everything is picture perfect in Kashmir but people are picking up pieces and moving towards a better future. I am looking forward to add new services and features in the app.”