Transport app winner allows commuters to share traffic info

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The team behind Trip Barker were awarded P100,000, plus a nomination to the 2014 Mobile Premier Awards at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain next February. The transit app contest, said to be the first in Southeast Asia, drew participants from as far as Cebu for a three-month hack-at-home competition to develop an app that will ease commuting in the megacities of Cebu and Metro Manila. At the culminating event held last October 14 at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center Auditorium in UP Diliman, finalists got to demonstrate how their apps worked and the various benefits each offered. DOTC secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya cited the developers for creating tools that the commuting public can use for navigating the two giant metropolis. [caption id="attachment_14021" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The winners of the first Philippine Transit App Challenge. Credit: Nick Wilwayco"][/caption] There were also three special award winners, each with a P50,000.00 prize., a Web- and SMS-based app that gives commuters printable transit directions for jeepneys, buses, and trains in Metro Manila, took the Open Community Award. The Transport Award went to for its app that provides Cebu City commuters with route-planning tools as well as a route editor for city planners and contributors. Manila Train Guide, a trip-planning app for Metro Manila?s railways, which highlights nearby places of interest, won the Inclusive Technology Award. Meanwhile, Rklamo, an app that provides a tipping mechanism via SMS for PUV drivers with good behavior was the Voter?s Choice and received P30,000.00. The Philippine Transit App Challenge, which was launched by the DOTC alongside the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Cebu City government in early July, netted 17 entries from which ten finalists were chosen.]]>

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