Claco Music, Erdo, Jetbay win SEAMAC Mobile App Challenge 2014

After months of gruelling competition, three teams emerged victorious in the inaugural SEAMAC Asia Pacific Mobile App Challenge.

Organised jointly by J-Seed VenturesStarHub i3 IE Business School and Applied Innovation InstituteSEAMAC is designed as a platform that helps create employment opportunities for youth, enhancing dialogue between developers and industry partners and to incubate viable businesses.

In the course of Challenge, more than 350 teams from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Malaysia competed to develop mobile apps that addressed the specific needs and pain points encountered in education, healthcare, finance, and entertainment.

The three winning teams all hailed from East Asia. Claco Music (Taiwan), Erdo (Taiwan) and Jetbay (China), won the first three places in the same order, sharing a cash prize pool of S$25,000.

Come March, the triad of winners will be off to Barcelona, competing against winning teams from the University Mobile Challenge, Arab Mobile App Challenge and EU Mobile App Challenge winners in the Global Mobile Challenge at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015

Claco Music, the first-prize winner, is a music-training app enabling students to practice their instruments with the help of backing music accompaniment. It currently has over 2000 tracks in its database.

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In second place, Erdo is a specialised music player app that first measures the quality of the user’s hearing and then customizes and optimizes the music being played, enhancing the user experience.

The third-prize winner, Jetbay is a travel research and booking platform for China, providing foreign tourists with reliable information on what to do and where to go in the country.

The panel of 10 judges who selected the three winners from a field of 26 finalists included Jeffrey Paine, founding Partner of Golden Gate Ventures; David Dacus, founder & CEO of HitPlay; James Tan, managing partner of QuestVC; Neal Cross, and managing director & chief innovation officer of DBS Bank.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.