MANILA, Philippines – A “trip planner” mobile application was picked as Best App at the recently concluded Philippine Transit App Challenge, the first contest of its kind in Southeast Asia.
The winning entry, Trip Barker, is a community-based app that aims to lessen commuters’ hassles by allowing them to share weather, traffic, and events in real-time with other users.
The app also determines travel time, number of transfers, and estimated total fare for specific routes within Metro Manila.
Using a simple, no-frills interface, Trip Barker recommends routes to the commuter using mass transit and public utility vehicles.
The 6-man team behind the app, led by Mikhail Torres, received P100,000 at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center Auditorium in University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman on Monday.
Their app was also nominated to the 2014 Mobile Premier Awards at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in February.
Trip Barker bested nine other transit apps, including Sakay.ph, a web and mobile phone app service that gives commuters printable transit directions for jeepneys, buses, and trains in Metro Manila.
Sakay.ph won the Open Community Award.
A Cebu-based app, Transit.com.ph, won the Transport Award for its route planning service for Cebu City commuters.
A trip-planning app for Metro Manila’s railways, Manila Train Guide, won the Inclusive Technology Award.
These three special award winners each received a P50,000 prize.
Another web and mobile app that gives incentives through good behaviors of public utility vehicle drivers, Rklamo, received P30,000 for being the Voter's Choice.
The Philippine Transit App Challenge was launched by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Cebu City Government on July 2.