Director of Telkom's Innovation & Strategic Portfolio, Indra Utoyo presenting the 1st place prize to Sasbuzz, the winners of the BestAppsID contest at Bandung Digital Valley.
Telkom Announces The Winners of The BestAppsID Competition
BY :PRESS RELEASE
JANUARY 20, 2015
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) has once again proved its commitment to support the development of the digital creative industry in Indonesia through the BestAppsID event. Held at the end of November last year at Sasana Budaya Ganesha, Bandung, the BestAppsID has entered an increasingly fierce competition where three winners were announced during the awarding of the Grand Final Night of BestAppsID in Bandung Digital Valley, last week.
Director of Telkom's Innovation & Strategic Portfolio, Indra Utoyo stated that the digital creative industry is a huge potential and need to be developed in Indonesia. Telkom as a company with TIMES (Telecommunication, Information, Media, Edutainment & Services) business portfolio is ready to support the development of the industry, particularly by encouraging the local creative industry players to innovate and compete in the BestAppsID event.
"In 2014, Telkom has become more aggressive in facilitating Indonesian's startup entrepreneurs. This plan is in accordance with Telkom's determination to be the locomotive of growth of the digital creative industry in Indonesia," said Indra Utoyo.
BestAppsID is a non-stop 24 hours coding competition in search for the best applications that take advantage of the API (Application Programming Interface) of the Telkom Group. This competition, which was organized by both Telkom and Telkomsel in cooperation with the Bandung Digital Valley is all about challenging startup company, community and student developers to create original creative applications from Indonesia.
The grand finalists, who have been selected during the previous competition, will also return to compete for the prize of hundreds of millions and a trip to Silicon Valley, USA. The selection of the BestAppsID winners cannot be separated from the role of qualified judges and industry professionals such as; Indra Utoyo (Director of Innovation & Strategic Portfolio Telkom), Hari Sungkari (MIKTI), Muhammad Zaky (National ICT Council), Halim Sulasmono (Executive General Manager of IT Service & Solution Telkom) and Joddy Hernady (Executive General Manager of Innovation & Design Center Telkom).
After a long exhausted debate for selecting the best three participants from 23 teams, the judges finally announced "Sasbuzz" as the first winner, "Perjam" as the second winner, and "X-Agent" as the third winner. As the first winner, "Sasbuzz" is entitled to a prize of 60 million dollars and a trip to Silicon Valley.
The BestAppsID competition can be regarded as Telkom's efforts to improve the Global Competitive Index of Indonesia within the field of creative digital industries, forming the Digital Creative Society and supports Indonesia's Creative Economic Vision 2025 by providing Vertical Industry Solutions and build Digital Creative Ecosystem and Partnership, as well as a collaboration in Digital Business.