BattleHack 2014 showcases brilliant coding ideas

September 26, 2014

BattleHack has got to be one of the more interesting hackathons around. With a Battle Axe as the grand prize and good food provided for the entire 24-hour coding marathon, it almost doesn’t feel like a programming competition at all.

Last weekend, programmers gathered at event venue Le Danz for BattleHack’s Singapore stop. They were asked to build an app that could solve a local problem, while incorporating a payment or donation feature. Upon being presented with their task, the participating teams rolled up their sleeves and got down to work.


After 24 hours of toiling, the Battle Axe trophy went to Team TalkWithMe for their SmoothTalk app. The app incorporates a custom iOS keyboard which translates the input language into a desired language in real time, addressing the issue of multilingualism in Singapore.

Hoiio was there as well to lend our support as one of the event partners. Being an event partner meant that, on top of the three winners chosen by the judging panel, we could also select a winning team of our choice.

Based on criteria of originality, usefulness and level of real-life application, KC chose Team FundForFun to win the Hoiio category.

Using Hoiio’s IVR API, Team FundForFun created an app that allowed the elderly to call to a number and share their dreams, be it lavish or simple, which will then be submitted in the form of voice-recorded requests to the app platform. Users can then vote for their favourites and make donations through the app to fund the realisation of the old folks’ dreams.

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Team FundForFun receiving their prizes

For their innovative idea, the team received a sponsored prize of FitBit Zips. Being an event partner for BattleHack is meaningful for us because by providing the API, budding coders with the passion to make a difference can build their apps more easily.

Congratulations to all winning teams! To see who else won, click here.

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Hack & Roll 2014

January 27, 2014

Last weekend was another 24-hour of hackathon, organised by the NUS Hackers, where 18 cool hacks were created.

I personally enjoyed Djengue Unchained (a pun on Django Unchained).

Because firstly, their video reminds me of our video which we created in another hackathon!

And secondly, we blogged about dengue alert in Singapore last year. The solution was x-Dengue, a service that SMS you on the dengue clusters.

Djengue Unchained brings the solution to a new level – detecting before it happens!

Victor introducing Hoiio API

Victor introducing Hoiio API

Hack and Roll 2014

Melvin with his improvised standing desk :)

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Hoiio + Wego API = FareHound

October 16, 2012

In the last 10 days, developers worked together to create travel apps for THack 2012.

Hoiio is an API provider for the competition. So is Wego, a travel search portal.

As well as being API providers, Hoiio and Wego also jumped into the fun of hacking!

Myself and Choon Kee from Wego teamed up to create FareHound – an SMS application to monitor airfare prices.

You can SMS flight search such as “SIN to SFO on Dec 25 with $1000″ to +65 8537 2489 (up for a limited time only).

For Developers:

FareHound is fully open source on github. It uses Typesafe Stack (Scala + Akka + Play! web framework).

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THack is Back to Singapore

September 27, 2012

Last year, Hoiio API is one of the API providers for THack, a travel hackathon.

This year, the annual event is back to Singapore, with a change in the competition format. Instead of a 24-hour code-without-any-sleep hackathon, you now have around 8 days to create your travel app.

If you are developer, come and show what you’re made of in Singapore.

Perhaps another winner will find Hoiio API useful.

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Hoiio supports Hack & Roll 2012

February 27, 2012

NUS Hackers organized Hack & Roll 2012 (a 24 hour hackthon from 19th Feb 1pm to 20th Feb 1pm) to encourage students to build apps that would benefit the NUS community. The Hoiio API team supported the event by offering a special signup for the participants so that they can use their free $10SGD credits without trial restrictions, i.e. they can use their credits to sms/call any number.

The following apps built during the hackathon made use of Hoiio API:

  • Geek Rave by team N-Team is a web app that allows students to show off their projects and have other students “rave” about it. When someone raves about your project, you’ll get an SMS notification.
  • Vigilance by Semantics3 is a mobile Android app that sends SMS alerts to parents when their child/ward is in a dangerous area.
  • Cab 2gether by team GiveUsPlaybooks! is application for people who want to share cabs.

Additional coverage and results of the event can be found at e27.

Edit: added links to blog post by Semantics3

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Hoiio Wins in NTU Ventures’ National Hackathon

December 19, 2011

Over 48 hours, 20 teams participated in 48hacks, a national hackathon organized by NTU Ventures.

Hoiio took part, and I am proud to announce we have emerged Top 5!

We created Hoiio Wave, a device to keep drivers safe on the road. Here is an awesome 3min video showing how Hoiio Wave works.

In this hackathon, there are 2 requirements – developers have to use Arduino and Mindwave.

We added 1 more requirement for ourselves, that is to use our very own Hoiio APIs :) In the hack, call back API is used to make a call to the spouse of the driver, while IVR API is used for anyone to call a number and find out the driver’s current attention level.

This hack also demonstrated that our RESTful API can be programmed in any environment. For this hack, the Arduino WIFI host shield is the actual hardware calling our RESTful API.

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Guidebnb = Airbnb for Local Guides

October 20, 2011

In the last post, we pay compliment to the winning app from THack – Where-Is-My-Travelling-Parents

This post, we want to pay compliment to the app that the Hoiio Team created!

Yeah, we did not just provide API, but also participated in hacking an app.

In that 24-hr, Yew Meng and me created Guidebnb, an app that helps you find a local guide to travel with. This is an Airbnb for local guides! You can try out Guidebnb with your Facebook account right away, or read more for details.


How to use Guidebnb?

  • Register using your Facebook account (we will auto set your city, gender, age)
  • Enter your phone number (for travelers to reach you on your phone)
  • Enter your preference as a traveler (what kind of tour guide you want to hook up with ?)
  • Enter your preference as a local guide (what kind of traveler you want to hook up with ?)
  • Save changes!
  • When you travel to a city, for example Singapore, call this local number +6565918703, and press “1″ to connect to a random local guide!

Also helps you find nearby hotels

  • Finding nearby hotels is another function that the app provides
  • When you call the local number +6565918703, you can press “2″ to search for the nearest hotel!
  • A list of hotels will be read out to you. You can either send an SMS to yourself with the hotel information, or press “1″ to transfer to the hotel receptionist.

Three APIs were used

  1. Facebook for social profile
  2. Expedia for hotel search
  3. Hoiio for SMS and IVR
Once again Hoiio APIs are put to good use :)
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Where-Is-My-Travelling-Parents Wins THack Singapore

October 19, 2011

2 weeks ago, we announced THack, a 24-hour travel hackathon to be held in Singapore. The hackathon concluded with Where-Is-My-Travelling-Parents emerging as the winner!

Where-Is-My-Travelling-Parents is an app that helps to notify family members on the whereabouts of a traveller. The idea is pretty awesome as there is NOTHING that the traveler, nor his family, needs to do. Look at the parties involved here.

The family members are notified automatically in these 2 ways:

  • When the flight landed, they are notified. OAG API is used to track the live flight information.
  • When the tour group reached a destination, the tour leader will “check in” by making a phone call, and this trigger the notification. This is made possible using Hoiio IVR API!

The SMS notifications are, of course, sent using Hoiio SMS API.

For more details, watch how the app works.

4 out of 6 apps used Hoiio API

We are also proud to say that Hoiio API has proved to be a very valuable API for the hackathon. Out of the 6 apps presented, 4 were using Hoiio API (there were 9 APIs to choose from)!

And the winning app fully make use of both our IVR and SMS capabilities.

“Simple to use” is one of the key reason why developers choose us.

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Travel Hackathon on 16th Oct

October 07, 2011

THack, a hackathon organized by Tnooz, is an event where developers produce awesome travel apps in 24-hour.

Following a September hackathon held in Boston, the event now moves to its next city – Singapore! And it will be held in the luxury Shangri-La Sentosa Resort!

Hoiio API is proud to be one of the API providers for THack. This is together with a couple of travel APIs such as:

If you are interested in hacking out a travel app, you can register here.

For developers who have registered, see ya on 16th Oct!

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