Thursday, September 6, 2012

Top Apps at the PinoyBBDev Hackathon

Philippine BlackBerry developer group PinoyBBDev hosted the PinoyBBDev Hackathon 2012 last August 4 and 5. Almost 100 developers gathered from around the country and spent 35 hours to develop apps for BlackBerry.

Twenty-Two Teams accepted the 2 day hackathon challenge last Aug 4-5. Attendees from several companies, schools, and freelancers join forces to create 22 Blackberry applications using different platforms namely Adobe AIR, HTML5, Native C++, Android and Cascades.

These teams hacked it out for over 35 hours straight. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are in place to support and provide consultations to the developers as needed. Food and beverages are also pouring to keep developers energized and up to the task.

For a complete list of participants visit:

At around 2pm of Aug 5, five Teams stood out from the challenge. Here are the BlackBerry PlayBook and the BlackBerry 10 smartphone apps that were awarded at the end of the hackathon:

Whack-A-Bunny Game
by APC
(Noel Anonas and John Manuel Sabariaga)

Whack-a-Bunny is fun and addicting game. This game is for everyone. Bored then play whack-a-bunny.

In Noel Anonas and JM Sabriaga’s Whack-A-Bunny app, you try to earn as many points as you can by tapping the bunnies that shoot up the holes. You can play it either in Unli-Whacking mode or Time-Based mode. The developer (Anonas) and graphics designer (Sabriaga) converted the Android app for it to seamlessly run on the BlackBerry platform. Whack-A-Bunny was voted as the best BlackBerry 10 app.

Balut: the Game
by Asian Friends! Go!
(Michael Go, Rachelle Lim, and Jillianne Aclan)

Balut: The Game shows how common things you see every day can be fun and competitive. Inspired by a Filipino delicacy, Balut: The Game is a game that has everything: challenge, competitiveness, addictive, etc.
This game shows how to eat a balut the fun way. Also, Balut: The Game will test an individual’s hand speed and as well as his/her hand eye coordination. How fast can you eat it? How many can you eat within 2 minutes?

Wimping out on an actual balut-eating contest? Don’t worry; you can still succeed—virtually, that is. The Balut app is a fun, unique and unmistakably Filipino app developed by Asian Friends! Go!, a developer team from De La Salle University and De La Salle – College of St. Benlide. The object of the game is to eat as many baluts as you can within a given time. “[We] decided to create the most local idea that [one] could come up with,” shared Michael Donavan Go, a member of Asian Friends! Go!.

by TeamName
(Marc Anthony Reyman and Arnie Armada)

Feel the power of a BlackBerry 10 application. Wanted to be a rockstar without actually learning how to play the guitar or beat the drums? This app is for you, play your favorite songs in your own way. Rock the house, play the guitar and drums at the same time. be the rockstar you always dreamed of, you only need ONE... OneMB.

Here’s one app for the rockstar at heart. The OneMB app lets you feel like you’re in a band as you virtually play your favourite songs and rock out on your BlackBerry device. “[It] pushes HTML5 to its limits, combining eye candy animation and multiple sounds,” says Marc Reyman, one of the app developers. The developers are a group of Computer Studies instructors from the Gordon College of Pampanga.

by Animo
(Ralph Vincent Regalado)

Salinlahi is an interactive application that allows learners, particularly beginner level children to learn the Filipino Language. Currently, the app includes 5 vocabulary lessons on basic Filipino and an interactive learning game.

De La Salle University professor Ralph Regalado’s nifty app teaches users the Filipino language. “It’s [meant] to reach out to…Filipino citizens abroad and to let everyone know our language and culture,” he shares. Regalado created the app with the help of his classmate, Maru Antay, who provided the designs.

Slide Syncer
by Zen Labs
(Jofell Gallardo and Joseph Ross Lee)

Slide sharing and collaboration via web and Mobile.

Crafted by Jopes Gallardo and Joseph Ross Lee, Slide Synced lets users perform real-time synching, sharing and collaborating on thoughts and ideas. The app lets you view and chat with other users, this app is for both web and BlackBerry smartphone use. Whether you’re an extremely busy student or a professional under tight deadlines, this app can be a big help.

Familiar technologies such as Adobe AIR, Android, Native SDK using C/C++/OpenGL, or Cascades (C++/Qt), and WebWorks using HTML5, CSS & Javascript were used by the app developers.

*credits to PinoyBBDev and Gadgets Magazine online

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