ChaloBEST began in January 2011 as a studio-based learning experiment at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) to make transportation data publicly available over the web, SMS, smartphones, and print media using free and open source software, geospatial web databases, and community crowd-sourcing.
In 2012 we were supported by the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS) as first-prize winners in the Sankranti Transform Urban India competition held at the India Urban Conference 2011. For a quick intro, see our YouTube ChaloBEST Pitch from November 2011.
Since December 2012 we have continuing support from Topomancy LLC and large group of volunteers and enthusiasts. ChaloBEST has been made possible through the kind assistance of officials of BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking) to our students and mentors since January 2011.