First Prize Winner: Team Easy City Net
Team Easycity Net’s “Chinatown in your pocket” app combines iBeacon (positioning system) and GPS, as well as Augmented Reality, to take the user on a journey through Chinatown. The free wifi access means users (without mobile data access) can still access real-time data on Chinatown sights and businesses. There is also a “Meet the People” feature that allows the user to take a picture with icons like Sir Stamford Raffles. Check out their presentation here!
Runner Up: Team Treasure Hunt
This app allows visitors to discover the secret treasures of Chinatown using iBeacon technology.The app offers visitors different treasure hunts to go on including temple treasure hunt, Chinatown food hunt and Secrets of Chinatown. Once the visitor chooses the hunt and ventures close to one of the landmarks on the hunt, the app offers information, hints and stories pertaining to that particular landmark. Visitors are able to share their journeys on social media with friends and family.
2nd Runner Up: Team CTwalks
Team CTwalks’ app, “Today Tomorrow @ Chinatown”, allows visitors to engage with the Chinatown Community. Visitors can use the app to schedule meetings with local volunteers and community guides at different locations in Chinatown. After the meeting, visitors can express their appreciation for the volunteer using the app by either leaving a thank-you note on their profile or by sending them an online cash donation. Check out their presentation here!
Best Tech Prototype: Team Maxus
Team Maxus’ mobile app, “The Looking Glass”, has two main goals: visual storytelling that leads visitors to points of interest and community engagement between visitors and locals by sharing stories on social media. The app uses iBeacon and Augmented Reality to create heritage trails and tell stories about Chinatown. Additional features include audio storytelling, social media functions and incentives like limited edition souvenirs and information about shopping deals in the area. Check out their presentation here!
Best Data Innovation: Team Visitr
Team Visitr analysed the data from the Overseas Visitors Survey provided by STB and created a contextualized recommendation engine. Team Visitr’s app uses this engine to recommend places to visit, food to eat etc to visitors based on if they are backpackers, business visitors or group travellers. Check out their presentation here!
Best Design : Team HeritageCraft
Team Heritage Craft demonstrated an innovative way to let children discover the stories and history of Chinatown: use popular mobile game, Minecraft, as ‘building blocks’ to recreate Chinatown. The result is a fun, engaging and interactive experience. Check out their presentation here!
Heritage Markers Challenge : Team 2D3S
Team 2D3S proposed an idea of a screen on a kiosk or Heritage Marker, which uses Microsoft’s Kinect technology to allow people to interact with a storyteller character. After the first interaction, the user can print a personalised QR code that other Heritage Marker-screens can detect and customise other content for this user. Check out their presentation here!
This team’s app, Chinatown Story Caravan, is an on-site storytelling app that provides authentic and personal stories collated from the Chinatown community. Users can also use the app to access guided tours, indulge in an immersive experience through a real-time camera mode, listen to street noises from the past and rate and bookmark interesting stories. Check out their presentation here!
This team’s app, Trailla, serves as a personal trail designer. Chinatown explorers can design and share their heritage trails using technologies such as Trail Design, Map Navigation and Gamified Social Interactions. Check out their presentation here!
This team has created a mini game app using heritage markers that allows visitors to experience what happens at a particular heritage site that site such as a Chinese medicine shop. Check out their presentation here!
This team’s mobile app allows a Chinatown visitor to create self-guided tours, share their stories on social media and access indoor navigation within the heritage sites. The app uses push wifi setup and location information, and provides an interactive gaming and interactive experience. The app can work offline as well. Check out their presentation here!
Chopes follows a community-led model for enhancing the Chinatown visitors' experience. It involves the “tissue paper aunties”, who sell CHOPES tissues that contain links to online stories that enable the creation of customized stories and tours. The Chinatown community takes the lead in the collecting and sharing of stories, and even guiding these stories. Proceeds from the community tours will then be used to fund more tissue packs or other community efforts. Check out their presentation here!
Team Check It Out!
The visitors can use this app to tell their stories using QR codes or Snap2Tell and learn about Chinatown’s history. The app also uses analytics to provide recommendations for more heritage and tourist sites in Singapore. Check out their presentation here!
An app complimented by urban street system to increase the legibility of Chinatown and enhance the experience. Check out their presentation here!
This is an image recognition app that uses augmented reality technology directory to identify what the visitor is looking at. It also provides a map directory to find new locations to visit. Visitors can also use the app to share personal experiences which are can be accessed by future visitors. Check out their presentation here!
Team My Chinatown Adventure
This app provides individual, gamified tour guides for a variety of people. It aims to draw in more visitors that otherwise have low/medium interest in the Chinatown area. This generates more engagement and exposure for Chinatown with content that are easily shared on social media. The technologies used in this app include Intel XDK, Cordova, MySQL, Google Maps, iBeacon and augmented reality. Check out their presentation here!