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Yahoo Gives Students Prizes for Widgets

Internet search engine firm Yahoo has presented awards to students from four Singapore educational institutions, for developing mobile widgets deemed creative and useful. Widgets are small software applications designed to perform a specific function.

Four student teams from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Nanyang Polytechnic (NP), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) received cash prizes for mobile widgets they developed as entries to Yahoo's inaugural mobile developer awards. The widgets were created using Yahoo's latest mobile development platform, named Yahoo Blueprint.

Tan Geok Leng, chief technology officer, Infocomm Development of Singapore (IDA), commended the winning entries, saying the Singapore market, with its high mobile penetration rate of 135 per cent, was an ideal testbed for mobile applications.

Winning Ways

The winning entries compromised:

-- A widget developed by students from Nanyang Technological University, to help customers locate DBS Bank branches and ATMs. The widget also has additional features such as an expense calculator and access to current bank promotions.

-- A widget developed by the student team from Temasek Polytechnic for food company Kellogg Asia. This includes calorie and body mass index (better known as BMI) calculators and other health tips.

-- A widget developed by students from Singapore Polytechnic to encourage travel with Malaysian Airlines. Features include a tool to help travellers determine the most attractive fare, destination guides, weather forecasts and a currency converter.

-- A widget designed by the Nanyang Polytechnic student team for travel website UEEEU.com. This includes a language translator, a world time indicator, destination guides, hotel and vehicle search and reservation functions, and a travel planning tool.

NTU's entry was further declared "best in show" by judges from Yahoo and the IDA.

The winning widgets are expected to be available on Yahoo Go 3.0, Yahoo's mobile software suite, at a later date.

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