PH to hold first Foursquare hackathon outside of US

Forty-six teams of Filipino application developers will strive to create the next big social/location/mobile (SoLoMo) app at Foursquare Hack Day Philippines on Dec. 1.

The event, organized by Smart Communications and WebGeek Philippines (WebGeekPh), is the first Foursquare Labs-approved developer event outside the United States.

Sajid Mehmood, a member of Foursquare Labs’ New York-based platform engineering team, (standing) speaks during the media briefing

A total of P60,000 in cash prizes and software subscriptions worth nearly $4,500 await the teams that will develop the best SoLoMo app using foursquare API (application programming interface). The API will enable them to come up with apps that interact with the Foursquare location and recommendation platform.

Participants of the hackathon or programming marathon, which will be held at the Smart headquarters in Makati City, will be given nine hours to build their apps.

Spearheaded by the Smart Developer Network (Smart DevNet), the telco’s developer community, the event is anchored on the existing partnership between Smart and Foursquare Labs. The latter is the company behind Foursquare, the location-based mobile service that allows users to “check in” at specific locations and share information with their social networks.

Foursquare is widely used worldwide and has a large fan base in the Philippines. Foursquare apps are available in all mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.

Some well-known apps using foursquare API are Foodspotting, Path, Instagram, and The Weather Channel.

Sajid Mehmood of Foursquare Labs’ New York-based platform engineering team, hackathons are very effective because these give developers so little time to work on their apps.

“They are forced to focus on what is important. Sometimes participants are even surprised by their own output,” Mehmood said.

Apps in the December 1 event will be judged based on the quality of software development, user experience, user interface, innovation, and quality of demo pitching.

Participants may use a mix of programming languages, application frameworks, and development tools during the hackathon. They must demo their app using a smartphone.

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