HERE Hackathon Manila

January 1, 2015

To cap off the year, SMART DevNet (Smart Communications’ developer community program) held “HERE Hackathon Manila” at Sacode, Smart Tower, Makati City last December 6, 2014.

HEREmaps-smartdevnet-bannerUsing the HERE Maps API, participants came up with location-based applications for one of the following predefined scenarios (as quoted from the event page):

  • Maps have evolved from paper to digital, interactive, personal, and relevant. What does a personal & contextual map mean to you? Create a map application that delivers a contextual and personal experience for end users.

  • Make a difference by developing a location enabled solution that helps people with disabilities live more fulfilling lives (apps for the physically challenged).

  • Create a location enabled solution that will promote sustainability and protection of environment (apps for disaster prevention and the sustainability of our environment).
  • In 2013, over 98m Chinese tourists traveled outside of China, spending more than $125B+. Create a location enabled solution that will help Philippines become a top destination for Chinese tourists (apps for inbound tourism).

Teams had seven (7) to work on their apps, with mentors on site in case they need assistance or have questions.


The following teams were able to pitch: HERE I GO, DitoMe, iCARE, DUR, TurnX, PINASaya, Manila Commuter App, Smart Places, GeoMinder, TourMe, NavigAide, CALEM, and Entries were judged based on its relevance, creativity, user experience and viability.

Panel of judges.
Panel of judges.

An application with gamification and rewards features TurnX won third place. In second place is a location-based reminder application called Smart Places.


Top prize app NavigAide helps Android users share his/her current location to a friend as he/she is traveling, alert someone in case of emergency by shaking their phone, locate nearest hospitals and police stations, and check traffic status. This was developed by Jayvic San Antonio, Arisa Ochavez, Karl Len Dimla, Rhiza Mae Talavera, and Arvin John Tomacruz. They took home an iPad mini each, one month passes to 47East co-working Space, and Spinnr goodie bags.

HERE Hackathon Manila Champion, Team NavigAide
HERE Hackathon Manila Champion, Team NavigAide

Other event photos on Facebook.

HERE Hackathon Manila is brought to you by HERE Maps, Smart DevNet and 47 East.

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