After months of gruelling competition, three teams emerged victorious in the inaugural SEAMAC Asia Pacific Mobile App Challenge.
Organised jointly by J-Seed Ventures, StarHub i3, IE Business School and Applied Innovation Institute, SEAMAC 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.
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.