Four RMIT Vietnam students won first prize in a mobile applications development contest staged as part of ‘Saigon Mobile Devcamp 2011’, held late last year in Ho Chi Minh City.
The event, conducted by Orange France Telecom, TPL (Tech Propulsion Labs), FaberNovel, and Chili Review, attracted technical people and students from a number of Vietnamese universities.
The students won their prize for an application called My Care which has some featured functions like:
- Supports people in emergency cases
- If there is an emergency (e.g. accident) -> press the button -> application sends emergency message to designated contacts and nearby smart phones with My Care
- Recipients of the emergency message can see the location of the emergency on a Google map, and can find the victim easily
- It also has a function to search for nearby hospitals -> it presents a list of nearby hospitals (based on the location of the phone.)
These students got a trip to Beijing and have their application developed and offered to the market by Beijing-based Orange Telecom laboratory. They also received a cash prize of 3,000,000 VND.
The proud winners, all from the Bachelor of Information Technology program, were Nguyen Phuong Duy, Nguyen Thanh Huy, Thai Ly Cuong and Mach Vinh Hung.
“We are very glad to see that our IT students do so well outside the classroom, especially in new areas of IT such as mobile applications,” said Barend Scholtus, Academic Services Manager of IT Program.
“Our Bachelor of IT program includes a course in Mobile Application Development, and is at the cutting edge of software development.”