26 February 2015

MUST Students Win First Google Cardboard Hackathon Organized by Globe Labs P50,000.00

Is it exciting to interact and travel to different places that you have not been too? Certainly, it is a refreshing experience! Using your smartphone and virtual reality app, then you can explore pre-historic animals and travel abroad! Wow!

In the first Google Cardboard Hackathon organized by Globe Labs (Developer community of Globe Telecom), the Mindanao University of Science and Technology(MUST - www.must.edu.ph) graduating IT students win the grand prize of P50,000.00.

The co-founders of web development startup Webnified.com, Raven Duran, Edmund Salcedo Jr, and Geoff Diaz create an app called 3DU, a Modularized Augmented and Virtual Reality System Education Technology which let users talk to each other in real-time.
1st Prize winner 3DU’s immersive virtual university app Webnified.com
1st Prize winner 3DU’s immersive virtual university app
According to the winners, the app is designed for students and teachers who would like to feel and explore the real-world experience without leaving the classroom.

In the second place, it went to monstAR developed by Erwin de Torres, Jeffrey Santiago, Karl Patrick Camota, and John Carlo Rolluqio who bagged P30,000.00. MonstAR is a 3D Virtual pet-monster on an Augmented Reality experience.
Winners of Globe Labs Google Cardboard Hackathon celebrate their victory
Winners of Globe Labs Google Cardboard Hackathon celebrate their victory
The third spot went to Dayo-rama developed by RailCasiano, Karina Zambrana, and Rex Cruz who received P20,000.00, the said app lets users a chance to watch the history.

How it works?

The virtual reality apps have to be downloaded on a smartphone fitted with a Google Cardboard viewer kit. The package may be created using simple tools such as a fold-out cardboard, lenses, magnets, Velcro, and a rubber band or bought ready-made.
“We want to help increase the learning engagement of students and teachers without making them spend a lot. This desire gave us the drive to fly to Manila and join the Google Cardboard hackathon which we luckily won. Through the support of Globe Labs, we hope to create more virtual reality scenarios to help them with the lessons – from history, to science, to practically anything,” said Duran, the team leader.
Anne Michelle Santos, a Developer Relations Manager of Globe Labs, said: 
“We are thrilled with the creative and interesting apps which the developer community has produced for Google Cardboard and which we may eventually adopt to give our millions of customers a different kind or virtual reality experience.”
Once the 3DU app is fully developed, Globe Labs will provide an additional P80,000 to the team, help them publish the app in Google Play, and assist in its promotion. Those interested to support 3DU or get updates can visit http://3du.webnified.com/.

Meanwhile, 3D mood board and sound space, CONFETTI won P35,000 under the Ayala Museum particular category. CONFETTI allows users to paint images and generate sound through movement. It also creates a collage made of clippings from current Ayala Museum shows.

“We wanted to explore the space that Virtual Reality provides, by creating something that doesn’t replicate existing/actual reality. There’s merit in recreating the world or the reality we’re familiar with, but we were intrigued by the possibilities that can be made with VR, as we treat the space it generates as a blank canvas of sorts. Basically, anything is possible within VR. We were also motivated by the partnership with the Ayala Museum, hence our decision to build something that was heavily inspired by art, sound, and the process of creation,” said young developers Carl Rosario Flor, Claudine Rodriguez and Mike Co Lu.
They added: 
 “One thing we realized during the competition is that innovation doesn’t have to be grand or complicated. It always begins with the intent to challenge existing standards, and thinking that there’s always room for improvement. In filling our hearts with this desire, we believe that we can solve problems in our society, even with just an idea and the ability to build things.”

The 3DU and CONFETTI apps will be displayed at the new Globe Gen3 Stores in Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City and SM North EDSA in Quezon City. CONFETTI will also be used at the Ayala Museum.

 Image/Source: Google Telecom PR


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