[Featured Developer] Game Development with the CHIKKA API

chikka sms api

by Vic Vera

Ever wanted a phone number that can be programmed to respond to its users? Your own service that can be accessed by anyone via SMS? The Chikka API enables the developer to own a Chikka short code (i.e., a special phone number) that allows any person using Smart, Sun and other telco networks to send and receive messages to and from your own short code.

As long as your programming language has an HTTP POST request method, you can connect Chikka with your server and receive a JSON string containing the user’s message and phone number. You can also send messages to the user by sending a CURL request from your server to Chikka. With access to all major cellular networks, your reach is incredible.

To learn more visit the COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION here

What does Battleships feature on the Chikka API?

Battleships is an example of an app that would traditionally require an Internet connection for its services but is circumvented through SMS and the Chikka API. Imagine being able to use a Twitter app offline while still being able to send Tweets and receive Mentions, a weather app that could update itself via SMS, an emergency email on the go, or other services that would only require just enough data to fit inside the SMS body. If need be a bit more space in the SMS body, use compression techniques that comply with SMS encoding. The Chikka API enables the user to use SMS messaging as more than just a messaging app.

SOURCE CODE: https://github.com/vicboyv/Battleships & https://github.com/vicboyv/BattleshipsServer


Are you ready for AngelHack Manila 2014?

The biggest hackathon in the world is back in Manila! Join your fellow developers at our new venue at A-Space Manila at 110 Legazpi St. Makati from July 26-27 2014 and get a chance to win awesome prizes! We’ve got cool devices up for grabs as well as the Grand Prize of being accepted into AngelHack’s Spring 2014 HACKcelerator program! The event is already sold out but if you want to know more: http://www.angelhack.com/event/angelhackmanilaspring-2014/ .

20.PH.NET & Beyond: A look at the future of Internet Services



Twenty years ago, on March 29, 1994, the Philippines was first directly connected to the Internet.

Yes, it was 20 years ago that a Philippine educational network called PhilNet connected to the Internet, paving the way for the establishment commercial ISPs and the widespread use of the Internet in the Philippines today, including an entire digital industry.

To commemorate this occasion, a series of events have been organized to give focus to the historical event. The anniversary is called “20.PH.NET” which refers to the “20th Anniversary of Philippine Internet.”

Various groups and communities around the Philippines are encouraged to organize their own events commemorating the anniversary in order to spread awareness of the milestone and encourage reflection on the state of the Internet in the Philippines today and where it should be going.

SMART DevNet is contributing by organizing an event to be held on the afternoon of March 29 to be targeted at the developer and startup community. The event is called “20.PH.NET & Beyond” and will focus on the Internet trends of TODAY that point towards the FUTURE.

This will be held at the JUMP Experience Center at the 4th level of SM Megamall from 1-4 PM on March 29, 2014.

Somewhat modeled after TED Talks, the event will include talks on the future of technology by various internet companies. We have invited some our technology partners to give their view on the future of various industries that have benefited from the internet. These range from online real estate, cloud computing, data security, transportation systems, to operating systems.

The target audience is our developer community and tech enthusiasts in general.

The event will be free of charge but attendance will require registration via Eventbrite. (http://20PHNET.eventbrite.com)

See you there! #20PHNET

Program Details: 20PHNET & BEYOND

12:30 – 1:15

Jim Ayson (Smart DevNet)
Introduction: 1:10-1:30

John Dang (ZipMatch)
The Future of Online Realty Services: 1:30-1:50

Milo Pacamarra (Trend Micro)
The Future of Internet Security: 1:50-2:10

Markku Lepisto (Amazon Web Services)
The Future of Cloud: 2:10-2:30

Douglas Ma (Uber)
Technology and its Impact on Transportation: 2:30-2:50

Edison Tan (Microsoft)
The Future of Operating Systems: 2:50-3:10

Wrap-up, Refreshments, Networking: 3:10-4:00



Try out the new SMARTDevNet Freemium APIs!

In case you missed it and you weren’t able to drop by the #DevNet5000 CHRISTmas meetup, we do have some thing to make up for it! Check out the newly minted SMARTDevNet Freemium APIs at:


If you do develop an app using this freemium APIs do tell us about it appspartner [at] smart [dot] com [dot] ph

Just want to fiddle around? Use the API console https://developer.smart.com.ph/api-console

SMARTDevNet API Console

The SMARTDevNet API Console

Celebrate SMARTDevNet’s 5K members & CHRISTmas with us tonight!


Celebrate SMARTDevNet’s 5K members milestone & CHRISTmas meetup tonight!

We would like to invite everyone to join the Smart DevNet team for a  Christmas MeetUp to wrap up the year! We’ll be serving drinks (beer and cocktails), exchanging geek lore,  and generally be making merry! Come join us!!

We’ll also be celebrating our reaching over 5,000 members on our Facebook Group!So our hashtag for the evening is #DevNet5000. 

This is on December 16, 2013 at 9 pm at K-Pub BBQ, The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City. 

Register for FREE now at: http://bit.ly/devnet5000


PWDO Caritakathon winners Foxfree team picks up its Nexus 7 and other prizes!

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The recent PWDO “Caritakathon” sponsored by Smart DevNet yielded a grand prize winner in the person of the “Foxfree” team for its web design for the Tondo Blessed Hope Bible Blessed Church. The winning design is up online at its own domain at  http://www.tbhbbc.com .

Last night, members of the Foxfree team – Noni Devora and Robert Dominique Magboo dropped by our office to pick up their prizes. Here in the above photo, we see Paul Pajo of Smart DevNet presenting Noni and Robert with two Android tablets, a new edition Google Nexus 7 and a Lenovo tablet  – as well as a Smart Bro LTE Pocket Wi-Fi modem.

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Onward to more competitions to come!

Final 8 for #Hack2Help #AngelHack Davao

The Final 8 in no particular order: Rescue Point, Disaster Awareness and Relief System (DARS), K9Donations, Likay, iCalamity, Enlist, Disaster Buddy & Pledge2Help.

The Prizes:

The Teams:

Rescue Point (http://www.hackathon.io/25765 and http://www.hackathon.io/25767)

Windows Phone 8 Application for Disaster. The mobile application routes map for various key points of the place using HERE Maps. The application utilizes the offline capability of HERE maps. It uses routing to direct volunteers, victims to nearest key points or as selected by the user. The application tracks dead bodies from location to location for family and relatives.

Disaster Awareness and Relief System (DARS) (http://www.hackathon.io/25879)

Provides victims and rescue agents with a systematic mobile and web platform that integrates pre, per and post disaster solutions by providing: 1. Live feed directly from PAG-ASA that notifies individuals of oncoming weather based disasters 2. A method for victims to indicate that they need help, which will be stored and indicated in a map system for rescue reference. 3. Guidelines for what actions to take once a disaster is announced, during a disaster and after a disaster. 4. Display locations of relief centers and establishments where victims can proceed to attain aid.

K9Donations (http://www.hackathon.io/k9donations)

This web-based app will track donations and send SMS to the donor of the whereabouts of the donation and will send SMS to the contact person of beneficiaries in affected areas of an incoming relief operation.

Likay (http://www.hackathon.io/likay)

Likay is a responsive web and mobile SMS app for disaster prevention and mitigation. It will utilize data from wunderground.com, and use SMS via Youphoric API for location-based alerts and notifications. As a crowdsourced app, registered users can also send their SMS ‘tweets’ which will then be posted real-time on the web front-end.

iCalamity (http://www.hackathon.io/25794)

Track the people close to you by sharing locations. Our search and rescue portal allows viewers to track and prioritize the deployment of manpower. Overseas Filipino Works can stay informed with their families from across the globe. Our app is an Android mobile app, jQuery Mobile platform using HERE API, and our own custom mobile SMS Api, combined to make a simple yet effective approach towards locating people. With iCalamity.com, you will never have to face any calamity alone.

Julia of Enlist (http://www.hackathon.io/25848)

App that tests and reinforces first aid knowledge of volunteers.

Disaster Buddy (http://www.hackathon.io/25883)

This mobile application is a great companion for people who live in disaster prone areas as it solves several communication problems and guides you in the survival process.

Pledge2Help (http://www.hackathon.io/pledge2help)

With climate change affecting the world, many countries have been devastated by natural calamities like storms, earthquakes, and many more. Despite the preparations that these countries’ government make, there will always be unforeseen incidents. Victims of these unforeseen incidents in natural calamities will need all the help they can get from all people who are willing to help. This application running on web and mobile is designed to be able to consolidate any help that people can provide, by gathering pledges for donations whether in cash or in kind. People can choose from among different pledge stations helping a calamity-stricken area, and donate money or goods. The pledge stations are recognized organizations that help distribute the donations to the victims. With this, proper distribution will be guaranteed and done in an efficient and effective manner.

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