20 February 2012

IT students win apps contest in Vietnam

A team of four students from the Bachelor of Information Technology program at RMIT Vietnam won first prize in a mobile applications development contest, during Saigon Mobile Dev Camp 2011, held late last year in Ho Chi Minh City.

The team received a trip to Beijing and 3 million VND ($134). In addition, their application will be developed and offered to the market by Beijing-based Orange Telecom laboratory.

“We are very glad to see that our IT students do so well outside the classroom, especially in new areas of IT such as mobile applications,” Barend Scholtus, Academic Services Manager for the Bachelor of Information Technology program, said.

“Our Bachelor of IT program includes a course in Mobile Application Development, and is at the cutting edge of software development.”

The students won their prize for an application called My Care, which provides support for people in emergencies and includes functions such as:

  • In an emergency or accident situation, at the press of a button, the application sends a message to designated contacts and nearby smart phones with the My Care app.
  • Recipients of the emergency message can see the location of the emergency on a Google map.
  • It also has a search function that presents a list of nearby hospitals based on the location of the phone.

The winners were Nguyen Phuong Duy, Nguyen Thanh Huy, Thai Ly Cuong and Mach Vinh Hung.

The event, conducted by Orange France Telecom, TPL (Tech Propulsion Labs), FaberNovel, and Chili Review, attracted technical people and students from a number of Vietnamese universities.

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