Nineteen-year-old Tan Choon Seng beat over 200 participants with his EduChoices app to be crowned the winner of the Apps4SG competition.
He was awarded the top prize of S$10,000 (US$7,864) at the awards ceremony held at the National University of Singapore's University Town on Wednesday (8 January 2014).
Garnering the most votes from the audience at the awards ceremony, Tan's EduChoices app enables students and parents to leverage on education data to make informed decisions when choosing schools.
Coming in second was the app Route My Day, which finds a common location for people to do multiple tasks to help improve productivity.
The app Wheeling Freely took home the third prize. The app assists wheelchair users to automatically identify barrier-free for point-to-point travel.
The app Safety@SG received a special recognition award for good use of geospatial data. By plotting the statistics and incidents on accidents involving school children on a map, the app allows parents to appreciate the safety of school zones.
All the winning apps will be considered for seed-funding for further development, according to a joint media statement by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), Ministry of Finance (MOF), and Singapore Land Authority (SLA). For instance,
The Apps4SG competition was launched in April 2013 by the IDA, MOF and SLA. Participants were challenged to use government data from data.gov.sg and OneMap to develop apps that will make Singapore a more sustainable and competitive city.
Hackathons and workshops on application development were organised throughout the competition to help participants develop concepts and enhance their app development capabilities.
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