Team's smart news solution is tops

They spent over 24 hours to build on their idea that news content can be personalised for a user with just a simple voice command. The creative solution went on to snag four technology enthusiasts the top prize of $10,000 at the Smart Living Hackatho
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They spent over 24 hours to build on their idea that news content can be personalised for a user with just a simple voice command. The creative solution went on to snag four technology enthusiasts the top prize of $10,000 at the Smart Living Hackathon held over the weekend. Their creation involves using a person's existing data, such as his interests, to figure out what kind of news to compile and present to him after he speaks a command, such as asking for the day's news. The team comprised (from far left) advanced software engineer Mark Lven Tupa Palejaro, 32; full stack developer Choo Yan Sheng, 30; project engineer Alexander McColl, 27; and cyber defence account manager Albert Puah, 28 (not in photo). Over two days, 35 teams of four, using the voice-controlled Google Assistant platform, explored how voice technology can transform the way people live. The event was held at co-working space Level3 at the Mapletree Business City in Pasir Panjang. It was organised by StarHub and OCBC Bank in collaboration with Singapore Press Holdings. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2018, with the headline 'Team's smart news solution is tops'. Print Edition | Subscribe