ITB Students Develop Fake News App for Microsoft-Backed Competition


APRIL 07, 2017

Jakarta. A group of young app developers from Bandung Institute of Technology will present an app that can detect fake news in an international competition organized by tech giant Microsoft in the Philippines later this month.

The Indonesian team, called "Cimol" will represent Indonesia and compete against teams from Southeast Asia in the regional finals at "Southeast Asia Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017," held in Manila on April 23 to 26.

The team's Hoax Analyzer app won over the judges at the Indonesia Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 last month, defeating other finalists from Bandung's Indonesian Computer University, Bogor Agricultural University and University of Amikom Yogyakarta. In total, 521 Indonesian students competed.

"The Hoax Analyzer app was created to reduce the amount of hoax information spreading. We hope that our invention would be really beneficial to Indonesian society, or perhaps the world," Adinda Budi Kusuma Putra, one of the Cinmol team members said.

In Manila, finalists will compete to be eligible for the subsequent competition, "World Final Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017" held at Microsoft Technology Center in Seattle, the United States in July.

The winning team will win $100,000 and Microsoft Azure cloud computing services valued at $120,000.

"In comparison to the [Indonesian] Imagine Cup over the past few years, the competition this year was not based on categories, which actually gave contestants freedom of creativity in innovating. We hope our finalists will achieve great success in the international competition in the United States," Anthonius Henricus, a director at Microsoft Indonesia, said.

Microsoft's Imagine Cup is a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create apps that shape how we live and work.