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SmoothTalk app winner of Singapore BattleHack 2014

Zafirah Salim | Sept. 15, 2014
Developers of SmoothTalk will represent Singapore and be the first team from Asia at the BattleHack World Finals, competing for a US$100,000 grand prize.

Team TalkWithMe emerges victorious with their SmoothTalk app (from left to right: Mark Thien, John Lunn (Senior Global Developer for PayPal and Braintree), Ben Liew and Awaghad Ashish Krishnarao)

Team TalkWithMe emerged victorious yesterday (September 14, 2014) in the Singapore BattleHack 2014 - a 24-hour hackathon organised by PayPal and Braintree - where participating teams were tasked to create an app that helps solve a local problem.

The winning team, which comprise of Ashish Awaghad, Mark Thien and Ben Liew, won the competition with their hack SmoothTalk, which is a custom iPhone keyboard that translates typed input into a desired language in real time across all apps. This enables users to communicate effortlessly, regardless of their linguistic backgrounds.

The trio will be representing Singapore in the BattleHack World Finals in Silicon Valley in November, where they will compete against 13 other teams for the grand prize of US$100,000.

On the other hand, second place was awarded to Team Rubicon Social. They developed the HERO app, which allows people with varying disabilities to discover and find appropriate sports games to participate in.

Lastly, the third place went to Team Fantastic Four, who created an app to connect users to small business professionals, anywhere and anytime. The second and third placing teams won PlayStation 4 consoles and Polaroid cameras respectively.

"Team TalkWithMe brilliantly solved a social problem for Singapore and many multilingual societies by providing a game changing keyboard tool with technology made available just a few days ago. I am excited to see what they will create at our World Finals," said John Lunn, Senior Global Director, PayPal and Braintree Developer Network, who is also one of the judges for Singapore BattleHack 2014.

"Overall, the creativity and code we saw over the weekend proved that Singapore has world class developer talent. It was our first BattleHack in Asia, and we will definitely be back," he added.


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