Thursday May 21st 2009
Greetings from Indonesia! The Yahoo! Mobile asian team had just wrapped up this year’ s Yahoo! Mobile Developer Awards (YMDA) in Jakarta, Indonesia. I’ m glad to report that it was another huge success!
There were 50 teams from various parts of Indonesia taking part in YMDA Indonesia, competing against each other build the best mobile-optimised applications for five of Indonesia’s leading corporate brands – Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Code Jawa, Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL), VIVA News, and Yamaha Motor Kencana.
The teams built mobile applications based on briefs given by the sponsor companies. Submissions were judged on usability, quality, innovation, effective use of technology, and relevance to each sponsor company and its customers.
But in the end, the Best in Show award was given to team “Vcool” who created an information portal for VIVA News to help Indonesian Soccer League fans to stay up-to-date with match scores, schedules, news and statistics. The mobile application incorporated other interesting features like SMS match reminders and video highlights. Impressive!
Each of the category winners received US$10,000 and the overall Best in Show winning team won an additional US$10,000.
You can go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/clasia_media to see pictures from the event as well as screenshots of the winning mobile applications.