Kochi, Oct 18: A group of young technophiles from Kerala are flying to Bangkok next month for a global hackathon competition after claiming first prize in the BlackBerry JamHack held in Bangalore by telecom giant Research in Motion in association with technology incubator Startup Village.
Jibin Jose, Anoop Nayak, Nithin George and Bijin Abraham make up the Qedge team which developed the prize winning "Story Board" - an innovative application that provides a novel way of showcasing presentations using BlackBerry mobile phones.
The quartet, representing Hangout India, will take part in the BlackBerry Jam Asia 2012 in Bangkok on November 29-30, competing against international teams in the "Asia-Pacific Finals".
The JamHack at Bangalore involved 40-hours of non-stop coding, from 7:00 pm on October 12 to 12:00 pm on October 14, at the offices of Innoz Technologies. It featured teams from all over India, including 32 students from Kerala.
"We love hearing and telling stories. So we thought of creating an app which will convert a boring conventional presentation into a story-telIing experience," said Quedge's Nithin George. "My team is proud to have created this product and to have survived 40-hours of coding. We dedicate our success to Startup Village and its CEO Sijo Kuruvila George for inspiring entrepreneurship in us."
Startup's CEO hoped the team's win will encourage more students from college campuses to create and innovate. "It is wonderful to see college students thinking out of the box and taking on challenges like these. We are seeing the next generation of entrepreneurs at work here," said Sijo.
Bangalore is among 10 cities in the Asia-Pacific region to host the BlackBerry JamHack. Besides advancing to the Asia Pacific Finals, winning teams in each city get BlackBerry devices and RIM's consultancy to develop their apps further.
Teams making it to the finals in Bangkok will be vying for a prize pot that includes cash award, a chance to be at the much-anticipated global launch of BlackBerry 10 and RIM's support for marketing their apps.