Smart DevNet, WebGeek to hold Foursquare Hack Day Philippines

Wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and local web enthusiast group WebGeek are inviting local application developers to the country’s first foursquare hackathon on December 1. The event called “Foursquare Hack Day Philippines” will be the first foursquare-approved developer event outside the United States.

The event is being produced through SMART’s partnership with foursquare, a leading social mobile app that focuses on location checking and venue rating and recommendations. It is widely used worldwide and has a large fan base in the Philippines. foursquare apps are available for all leading mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone.

Awesome prizes await developers who will build the best mobile app using thefoursquare API. The hackathon (or programming marathon) will be conducted over a 9-hour stretch at the event.

The Smart Developer Network (Smart Devnet) will be flying in Mr. Sajid Mehmood of foursquare’s platform engineering team based in the web company’s New York City HQ to share with Pinoy developers the ins and outs of the foursquare API, which allows developers to come up with apps that interact with the foursquare location and recommendation platform.

Those interested must form a team composed of two or three members, and register at http://hackday.webgeek.ph/ Ticket price is pegged at P1,000 per participant, but discounts will be given to early-bird registrants:

October 29 to 31 (80% discount): P200/head. Duo – P400; Trio – P600
November 12 to 17 (50% discount): P500/head Duo – P1,000; Trio – P1,500

“The Philippines is hardly lacking in talented developers. Through our events like Foursquare Hack Day PH, Smart DevNet is giving local apps developers a venue to showcase and refine their skills. We want to help create a vibrant ecosystem in the Philippine tech scene,” said Jim Ayson, Smart senior manager for partner management.

Meanwhile, Smart developer evangelist Paul Pajo said, “Smart – through its developer community program called the Smart Developer Network or Smart DevNet – has a proven track record in putting the local developer community in the spotlight. Just a few weeks ago, Smart and the Department of Science and Technology launched the Project NOAH mobile app, which was one of the winning apps in Smart’s recent Davao HTML5 DevDay hackathon.”

At Foursquare Hack Day, which will be held at the Smart headquarters in Makati, apps 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 also do a live demo their app using a smartphone.

In 2012, the Smart-foursquare partnership created Philippine Internet history by teaming up for the first Philippine foursquare partner badge, the Smart Live More badgewhich debuted during the Lady Gaga concerts.

Parties interested in more info about the hackathon may join the Smart DevNet Facebook group (at http://facebook.com/groups/smartdevnet) , or email events@webgeek.ph for more details.

Additional information on Smart DevNet may be found at http://smart.com.ph/developer .

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