A group of Philippine developers created a big idea. So big that it that will bring them to Silicon Valley. This group is the Davao and Pampanga-based developers who created PageSnapp, a web application that allows businesses to instantly create an Android mobile app using content from their Facebook pages.
Tech in Asia earlier announced the series of AngelHack competitions happening around Asia. Team PageSnapp was part of the Manila leg of the AngelHack Spring Global Challenge, and was named the winner from over 250 developers who competed. The participants were only given 24 hours to do the coding and make the software work.
AngelHack awarded Team PageSnapp with a $5,000 travel grant to Silicon Valley where AngelHack will introduce them to incubators and investors to help turn their big idea into a startup. The event is also organized with mobile telco company Smart and business incubator IdeaSpace Foundation, and the two organizations will give the startup team two Smart LTE iPad minis, an incorporation grant, and a 12-week mentorship through the help of the Smart Developer Network (Smart DevNet)
They will also get a $20,000 investment from Asia Pacific Ventures, and at least $20,000 worth of services from sponsors.
Why did they win? AngelHack founder and CEO Greg Gopman, also one of the event’s judges, says the team created an application “that would help these businesses make apps easily.”
It’s a very unique application. It’s one of those things that other people have tried to do but have not figured out how to do simply.
Another judge of the competition, Josh Constine of TechCrunch, said:
This project will help a lot of small businesses get online and get mobile, and bring their services to a bigger audience.
Other members of the panel of judges comprised leaders in the startup, developer, and venture capital communities.
Building from experience
One of the members of the group, Rolly Rulete, has already gained experience in local coding marathons. He was a part of the team that won the best use of Smart’s APIs at an HTML5 hackathon, which became the mobile app for Project NOAH, a disaster prevention and mitigation program developed by the government. He also developed the Android version of the eLeksyon2103 app, the information and learning mobile app of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections.
Meanwhile, Jim Ayson of the Smart partner management and developer relations team says that the company is “happy that the idea of hackathons is picking up steam in the local developer scene.” He added:
Smart DevNet believes every organization, from corporations to the public sector, can use hackathons as a source of product innovation, allowing ideas from independent developers to bubble up to the surface. AngelHack Manila has allowed us to bring the best practices of a California-style hackathon to Manila.
PageSnapp will join the other 31 winners of the AngelHack Spring Global Challenge conducted in various cities in Asia Pacific, North America, South America, and Europe. All the winning teams will present their startups to investors, influencers, and media during the Global Demo Day in Silicon Valley this September. Ten of them will also be given booths at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco on September 7 to 11.