Technology contest receives outstanding entries in the field of education technology.
The Edtech Asia Hackathon 2016 was held over two days on April 9 and 10 at the UP Co-working Space in Hanoi Creative City, organized by Topica and Edtech Asia with sponsorship from Facebook and Google. Rewards totaled $90,000, with $80,000 coming from Facebook for the best mobile app. The programming contest had two to four people in each group, who had 48 hours to create innovative and unique technology products in the field of education. This was the first time it was held in Vietnam.
The Hackathon attracted 19 teams with expert members in the field of education technology. The eight examiners were outstanding individuals inside and outside of Vietnam, including CEOs/Founders/Co-Founders/CTOs of EdTech Asia, GotIt!, VNG Corporation, Topica Edtech Group, FPT, Yola, Tinhvan Education, and GAMOTA.
The winning team was ACT, with Muziktator - a program focused on music teaching that solved common problems in traditional music teaching methods, such as high tuition fees, difficulties for beginners, and uninteresting lessons, among others.
Second place went to Eezy and its Kid REC program, whose main aim is to focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for kids. The program also picked up the Facebook award for best mobile app. Third place was taken by Powerify and its Somia app, which is in the field of English learning with special features that allow people to enhance their knowledge while sleeping.
The Topica Award was presented to JustDoIt for its Virtual Book app. The team created a platform for people to share education contents in 3D, viewable on iPad or other 3D devices such as Oculus Rift, Hololens and Magic Leap.
Representatives from Facebook and Google said they have been paying attention to the development of the technology world in Vietnam over recent years and have recommended other innovation contests like Hackathon be held.