InRio, Incredible app for Indian Paralympians in Rio


Arhan at the launch of his app, InRio

Our Indian Paralympian team is all set to conquer the Rio Paralympics 2016 and cross the last mark of 171 medals this year. But there would be somethings that might trouble the Indian Paralympians in upcoming 2016 Summer Paralympics in a different country, far from their contingent!

Arhan Bagati, 16-year-old athlete from the tech-city Gurugram, keeping all those difficulties in mind has developed – InRio – an app loaded with all the useful information to help the Paralympians move around easily in different country, access relevant contact details and much more.

“I was working with the Paralympics Committee of India and I started it, because I wanted to run in the Sports for Development Run. Incidentally, my father knew the treasurer of PCI and I went to him to fill the form for running. They needed somebody who could make an audio-visual. I started because I thought I can make an audio-visual as I am good at it,” Arhan told ANI in year 2015 when he launched this app.

“In Rio, when the athletes will go, they will have all their information readily available, their emergency contacts, diet and a nutrition plan available for them, along with a map, restaurants and places to visit. All these facilities will be available on the app,” he added.

The most important features available in the app are:

  • Emergency contact details of the Indian embassy.
  • Route maps to nearest disabled-friendly kiosks.
  • Option to send SOS messages to specific numbers.
  • In-built health monitor in which athletes will have to feed in some parameters and they will be able to check their performances.
  • Food advice on what the athletes should eat.
  • Profiles and details of other Paralympians so they can connect with each other
  • Information on restaurants and places to visit.
  • List of Disabled-friendly gyms.
  • Language translator.

Arhan, a student of class 12 student in Gurugram has been following the struggles of differently-abled sportsmen and trying to help them through technology for quite some time now.

According to him, most participants at the Paralympics face issues such as mobility among others on foreign soil. “They have to plan their schedule and destination in advance because of that. They have to plan other activities such as for shopping in a foreign country, though most facilities are disabled-friendly.”

Arhan even convinced his father Tapesh Bagati, who is a businessman, to fund the expenses of one of the participants this year. The app will be updated every four years depending on the hosting country of the games.

The Paralympics are scheduled from September 7th to 18th, 2016 and the Indian contingent has 18 athletes representing the country in various events. We wish them the very best!