Thai startup Socialgiver, Australia’s OTTO win 2nd Singtel-Samsung App Challenge

Mr Somchai Lertsutiwong (CEO,AIS, Thailand), Mr Arch Wongchindawest and Ms Aliza Napartivaumnuay (Socialgiver, Grand Winner of 2015 Singtel-Samsung Regional Mobile App Challenge), Ms Chua Sock Koong (Group CEO, Singtel), Mr Edgar Hardless (CEO, Singtel Innov8)

Socialgiver of Thailand has won the 2nd Singtel GroupSamsung Regional Mobile App Challenge.

The Socialgiver platform connects consumers, businesses and charities to create meaningful social impact.

Socialgiver offers consumers special rates from businesses that have excess capacity such as hotel with extra rooms or restaurants with extra dining spots. Part of the money earned is then donated to charity, while ensuring the business receives tax rebates.

OTTO from Australia was another startup that bagged the Samsung Innovation Award. OTTO was chosen by Samsung as it demonstrated the greatest level of synergy with the smartphone-maker’s product portfolio.

Both teams will have the opportunity to work with the Singtel Group and Samsung to market their apps to Singtel Group’s footprint of over half a billion mobile customers across Asia, Australia and Africa. They will also enjoy prime product placement on Samsung content and services platforms.

“As income levels rise in the emerging markets and smartphones become ever more affordable, what was once a luxury good is now fast-becoming a basic necessity. The right mobile apps now have the power to create new economies and improve people’s lives by helping them save time, energy and money,” said Mark Chong, Singtel’s CEO International.

The mobile app was chosen out of over 700 participants from Africa, Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand,

“The Singtel Group-Samsung Regional Mobile App Challenge is a platform to encourage talented app developers to grow their companies and bring their innovations to market more quickly. At the same time, we seek to help our customers gain access to a larger variety of apps – whether it is to automate their homes or manage their lifestyles,” said  Yong Sung Jeon, President & CEO, Samsung Electronics South East Asia & Oceania.

The challenge, jointly held by the Singtel Group and Samsung, started in May 2015 with local competitions in Africa (Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Madagascar and Niger), Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, where two finalists per region were chosen.

These teams attended a two-day mentorship programme in Singapore in October and represented their countries in the final pitching session in Jakarta on December 9.

Judges include industry leaders such as William Tanuwijaya, Co-founder & CEO of Tokopedia, as well as senior representatives from the Singtel Group and Samsung.

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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.