The iDeals team comprising of 19 year old Clint Siadis and 19 year old Ryan Soemodihardjo of Suriname is the winner of CANTO/Ericsson’s third i-Create e-Content Mobile Apps Competition. The annual competition rewards the most creative and innovative mobile application (apps) developers in the Caribbean. The competition was staged in all CANTO member countries.
Team iDeals emerged front runner with their submissions entitled iDeals under the e-Business & Commerce e-Inclusion & Participation category. iDeals is a mobile application for Android which offers you a wide range of exclusive deals in Suriname. iDeals is constantly updated with new deals from the participating cities and businesses and notifies users instantly through push notification.
Signature Coding of Trinidad & Tobago came in second place with TNT Movie Guide under the Mobile Recreation and Entertainment category. TNT Movie Guide is a multi-platform mobile application that provides movie information with theatres and show times in Trinidad & Tobago. It also provides trailers, reviews from Rotten Tomatoes™, new movie indicators and offline availability. TNT Movie Guide also uses the mobile phones’ built in location capabilities to calculate distance from cinemas.
Third place went to iFrontier led by Achmed Neijhorst, Managing Director and team lead of iFrontier an ICT company based in Suriname. The application named Yepi Seti is an android mobile application in the Mobile Government & Participation category. The application is designed to help local communities and the government in Suriname to foster a better neighbourhood and environment. Citizens get the opportunity to immediately report issues which are wrong in their neighbourhood and are informed when these issues are resolved. In this way government and citizens can work together to improve local conditions.
In fourth place was team KleverApps out of Grenada with their Mobile Learning & Education entry called TAMCC Mobile. TAMCC Mobile was developed by Kevin Johnson and Andel Bartholomew as a new means of advertising for the TAMCC College based in Grenada.
This app helps inform current and prospective students of the programmes and courses available at the college. TAMCC’s events, time table for all programmes, extracurricular activities and much more will be implemented into the application to help the students be up to date with the current information.
The submissions were judged in the following categories ranging from relevance of the application, quality and comprehensiveness, ease-of-use, functionality & design, quality of design, value added through interactivity & multimedia, quality of craftsmanship and strategic importance to the region. There were four (4) experts in the field of ICT used to judge the competition hailing from Barbados, Belize, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.
The top three winners will be provided with an all-expense paid trip to Aruba where they will attend the prestigious Ericsson i-Create e-Content Competition award ceremony at CANTO’s 29th Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition (CANTO 2013). Other prizes include cash, computer tablets and internships. CANTO thanks its platinum and headline sponsor Ericsson.
CANTO is recognized as the leading trade association of the ICT sector for shaping information and communication in the Caribbean. Founded in 1985 as a non-profit association of 8 telephone operating companies, CANTO has now grown to over 123 members in more than 34 countries. A Board of Directors appointed by the membership directs policy of the Association. This strategy is executed by the staff of a permanent Secretariat based in Trinidad and Tobago.
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