The results of the challenge were announced on 12 October 2017, at the OneMap IdeaWorks! Exhibition and Award ceremony. A total of 22 teams participated in the challenge, with 12 teams competing in the school category.
Participating teams chose one of 76 challenge statements posed by various government agencies, institutions and community organisations. The teams proceeded to solve the challenge by developing an application built on OneMap’s geospatial capabilities.
Team Bro Code, made up of Year 1 Computer Science students Tay Yu Jia, John Phua, Foo Guo Wei, and Year 3 Computer Science student Ng Shao Hui, won the 2nd Prize in the school category.
The team developed One Route, a mobile application that uses information on Singapore’s extensive network of parks, nature reserves and cycling paths to suggest cycling routes to users. Users can also customise their workout or journey based on desired distance, difficulty and locations.
Yu Jia explained that Team Bro Code took on the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s challenge to create a map-based app that suggests cycling routes due to the rise of the bike-sharing economy and the Urban Development Authority’s plans to extend cycling routes.
“Currently, other applications in the market usually focus more on routes for cars and public transport, and the resulting routes are not cyclist-friendly. Hence, we aimed to solve this by leveraging on the available and untapped cycling routes around us,” said Yu Jia.
The second Computing team, Team Optimal, made up of Year 3 Business Analytics students Chang Hong Jie, Goh Jie Da, Patrick Ching and Sheryl Toh, clinched the Most Innovative Award.
The team developed a mobile application, called EzTravel, to help commuters get to their destinations in the event of a train breakdown. The application uses analytics and real-time updating features to plan the fastest and least congested route.
Hong Jie explained that the team chose the Ministry of Education’s challenge statement--Finding optimal travelling routes in the event of a MRT breakdown--as the challenge presented one of the most pressing issues in Singapore.
“Through our application, we try to disperse the crowds at the respective MRT stations, using pre-selected bus stops. We also estimate the crowd congestion levels at the bus stops based on the location of our users and suggest routes that avoid highly congested areas,” said Hong Jie.
Hong Jie added, “All in all, there isn’t any existing solution out in the market that combines these features meaningfully for the public.”
“It had been an enjoyable experience for us, and we were extremely thrilled and heartened to know that our hard work and long nights paid off. We didn’t exactly expect to win as the other teams also created interesting and great solutions,” said Hong Jie.