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TomTom Spurs ‘Smart Cities’ Ideas Through India Hackathon

Pune, India, 6 December 2018:  TomTom, the leading independent location technology specialist, concluded its four-month India Hackathon aimed at fostering ideas on smart – city, mobility and homes using TomTom Maps APIs.  Total prizes worth INR 4 lakh were awarded during the hackathon.

In all the event received 14000 developer registrations. For the qualifier round there were 2800 entries and five teams which made which made it to the grand finale were assigned mentors from TomTom to provide guidance. The finalists presented their idea and demonstrated their app to the final jury consisting of TomTom’s senior global leaders on 1 Dec at the TomTom Pune office. Team ‘CS_Sizzlers’ which included Ramkumar R.N, Suresh A.S, and Venkatesh Mallu won the grand finale with their viable app on smart commuting. The first runners up Pragya Shukla and Akshit Pradhan called Team ‘Apps’ created a smart home & area guide application. The augmented reality travelogue built by members of team ‘DroidBots’ Sabarinath.S, Shivom Thakkar and Saif Lakhani won the second runners up position.

Dr Heiko Schilling with the winning team
Dr Heiko Schilling with the winning team

“Along with enabling smart cities with the latest traffic and navigation information, TomTom also empowers developers with Maps APIs,” said Barbara Belpaire, General Manager, India, TomTom.  “The hackathon stems from a combination of the two and establishes us as a leading location technology company with the technical community in India. More importantly, collaborating with students and senior technologists sparks innovative solutions for apparent societal challenges.”

About TomTom:

TomTom is the leading independent location technology specialist, shaping mobility with highly accurate maps, navigation software, real-time traffic information and services.

To achieve our vision of a safer world, free of congestion and emissions, we create innovative technologies that keep the world moving. By combining our extensive experience with leading business and technology partners, we power connected vehicles, smart mobility and, ultimately, autonomous driving.

Headquartered in Amsterdam with offices in 37 countries, TomTom’s technologies are trusted by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

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Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist based in Mumbai. He has 25 years of technology journalism experience, and he's well known in the Indian IT industry. He is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines in India and has written technology articles for India's leading newspapers groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers. Brian also writes on Aviation, startups and covers topics directed at small and medium businesses. He also has event experience and once put together the conference program for CeBIT and INTEROP events in India. Email: brian9p@gmail.com Twitter: @brian9p Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/pereirabrian

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