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Mobile apps to make everyday life easier to be rolled out

Singaporeans can soon download a range of mobile apps designed to make everyday life easier, thanks to the recently-ended Apps4SG Competition series, which saw about 80 submissions.

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans can soon download a range of mobile apps designed to make everyday life easier, thanks to the recently-ended Apps4SG Competition series, which saw about 80 submissions.

The apps range from those aimed at foodies and wheelchair users, to post-secondary school students seeking information on entering polytechnic.

One mobile app, called Hawkeree App, allows users to post and share photos and details of their meals online.

Chua Sihao, co-inventor of Hawkeree App, said: "We started by thinking of how we can benefit the Singapore community. The first idea that came to our minds was that food is something that's really, really common. Everything is about food. So we decided to do something about food."

Chua, 21, and Kugan R, 27, who noted a lack of apps on hawker food, designed one that taps on users' photos and reviews of hawker fare.

The data will then show up when users search for hawker food in places near to them.

They hope to launch the app by this year.

The Hawkeree App prototype is one of 12 finalists of the Apps4SG Competition.

Although many apps are available in the market, finding one that matches the uniquely-Singaporean needs can be tough.

That is why the competition has one main criterion -- to use government data to develop apps for Singaporeans.

One such app that scored with the judges is a mobile app that targets post-'O' Level students and helps them choose the right polytechnic course.

Tan Choon Seng, winner of the competition, said: "During my secondary school days, after I got my 'O' Level results, I actually took a week to decide which course I want, the course I'm interested in, and to calculate the course requirements.

“If I had the app back then, I would have taken around one or two days to find out about all the courses and their requirements."

Users key in their 'O' Level scores, and a chart immediately shows them the courses they are eligible for.

Data from all five polytechnics are stored in the app and are searchable by categories.

Another app that is set to be rolled out will benefit wheelchair users by mapping out wheelchair-friendly routes.

The app is being tested in the Ang Mo Kio area for now, but the team who invented it hopes to launch it for use islandwide. 

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