Hackathon weekend at DiGi

PETALING JAYA: Think you can come up with a great mobile app and don’t mind spending the weekend working on it?

If you do, then D’House is the place to be.

DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (DiGi) is inviting mobile application developers and designers to its headquarters in Shah Alam to participate in Hack!@DGCFC kick-off on the evening of April 5.

App developers and designers will spend the next 36 hours transforming seven winning ideas from the DiGi Challenge for Change Ideation phase into mobile applications.

Hack!@DGCFC is offically the competition’s second phase.

Apps developed at the hackathon will be available for download and review by the public until April 30.

Late last year, DiGi invited Malaysians to submit ideas that can be turned into community-centric mobile apps, in keeping with the theme: “Bringing Malaysians Together, One App At A Time.” The seven winning ideas, announced in February, were chosen from close to 2,000 ideas submitted by students, app developers and non-governmental organisations.

Joachim Rajaram, DiGi’s head of communications and corporate responsibility, said the telco is eager to see these ideas developed into mobile apps.

“We are working closely with our partners to bring close to 200 of the most talented Malaysian mobile developers and designers together to collaborate on these ideas,” he said.

The hackathon will include sessions by programme partners like Google Malaysia and Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) as well as app experts to provide insights on a variety of mobile app related topics.

Google will be sharing the latest trends, investments and focus of the Android ecosystem while MSC-Malaysia caretaker MDeC will talk about its Icon programme that was created to spur entrepreneurship among the mobile developer community.

Experts in mobile app creation will also share their knowledge on creating applications for Android, Windows Phone 8, HTML 5 and iOS platforms.

At the end of the hackathon, judges will select seven apps — one from each idea — that best captures the theme of the challenge in bringing Malaysians together through mobile Internet.

These winners will be announced at the Challenge For Change finale in end May and will each walk away with RM25,000 in prize money.

D’House is located at Lot 10, Jalan Delima 1/1, Subang Hi-Tech Industrial Park.

To participate, register at www.dgcfc.my or sign up at D’House on April 5 from 4.30pm onwards.

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