PH holds Mobile App Developers’ Day Competition

Teams in Mobile App Developers day

Following on the success of Malaysia Developers’ Day during the the past few years, AT&T, A Space Manila, Golden Gate Ventures and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) recently feted the first “Philippine Mobile App Developers’ Day” competition.

Held on the grounds of A Space Manila,a popular local community of innovators, about  60 contestants formed 11 teams to participate in  the challenge. As a part of the challenge themed “Smart City and Community Involvement”,  they were to create a mobile app within 24 hours.

About $9,000 of seed funds were awarded to all the winning teams, which also got a six-month mentorship from the Singapore-based venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures.

The team that won the grand prize of $6,000 created an app called “TollPass” which enables smarter road tolls for reduced traffic jams and delays.

The team with second prize of $2,000 completed app “E-Jeep Tracker”, which helps passengers to know the distance of the next e-jeep (a battery-powered jeeponey used as public utility vehicle in Manila and has have specific routes).

The third prize of $1,000 went to the creators of “What Are You Craving For?” app which eliminates ques by identifying restaurants suitable for a particular choice of food, which also have shorter wait-times when ordering for takeaway or dining in.

To guide the teams in building innovative apps within a very tight time-frame, they received access to tools as well as expert mentorship.

Jake Jennings, executive director of international external and regulatory affairs of AT&T, as quoted by A Space Manila, said: “Encouraged by great enthusiasm and talent we saw in the ASEAN region this year, we decided to take the idea to the Philippines, where we believe there’s talent, creativity and interest. We seek to promote innovation and creativity to build a richer, more connected digital ecosystem across the region.”

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.