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‘TaxiBuddy’ wins first place at Dialog Ideamart Hackathon at UoM

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Taxi Buddy is an Application which gives immense benefits to Taxi drivers, Passengers and Automobile related advertisers. Taxi drivers can register with the application and discover hire opportunities. They will charged only Rs.30 per month with no initial charges.

Taxi Buddy connects to another app called Taxi, which the passengers will use to find the nearby taxi list. Taxi app is free to register and passenger will only be charged Rs.2 when he/she sends a taxi request. Automobile advertisers can advertise on TaxiBuddy by setting up a maximum budget to spend. Then the TaxiBuddy will send the advertisement to Taxi drivers. We will charge Rs.1 for one message we send to a TaxiDriver from the Advertiser. But will not exceed the maximum budget specified by the advertiser.

For more information on the App, check facebook page here

These functions can be used by any mobile phone having SMS capability and additionally we developed an Android App and a Windows Phone App to accomplish the same. We used all the APIs available at Ideamart platform to develop this system.

That is about the product we built.

Experience….

It was the most enjoyed hackathon ever. We had a great support from all the members in the ideamart team for the development of the product. Making a product which consumes four platform APIs at Dialog within one night is not an easy task. Great team effort and the technical support from Ideamart enabled us to complete this within a night.

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Team Extrogene

Our team had four members from Faculty of Information Technology,University of Moratuwa. They are Thusara, Thusitha, Lashan and myself, Ruwan.

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We first focused on implementing and integrating the software components to access Dialog Ideamart network APIs. After the midnight we started developing android and windows apps while testing and debugging the initial base product which is TaxiBuddy coupled with Taxi ideamart app. It was a tough night in terms of coding, testing, debugging and we couldn’t sleep even a single minute which was optional during the Hackathon. We were that busy with implementing our solution but enjoyed coding at the Hackathon.
We had four presentations time to time. First we had the initial introduction at the beginning. Then one minute pitch at midnight to explain what we had done so far and what we had left to complete. And another one at 2.00 AM to explain the progress. And the final presentation was at the end of the Hackathon before the judges, which was a demo of the product we developed.

TaxiBuddyINtroductory presentation_Photo Credit_Kazun Frankenstein Piyumal

TaxiBuddy Introductory Presentation, photo credit https://www.facebook.com/kpiyumal

At that time we had a working live product which could be used by anyone who has a dialog phone. Yes additionally with two working smart phone apps TaxiBuddy for android and TaxiBuddy for windows phone.
When we did the presentations we focused only on explaining the essential facts and no fancy stuff because we had a very limited time for the presentation and we had lot of functionality to cover  We are delighted to say, we presented really well and we won the first place at the Hackathon.

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Electronic club and Ideamart team did a great job with organizing this event including food and beverage, recreational area with games and a DJ. We enjoyed the event thoroughly and kudos to the organizers again.

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