Smart DevNet ‘among PH’s fastest growing online communities’

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014


SOFTWARE developers are sometimes seen as a breed apart, preferring to interact with codes and computers. But the rapidly growing membership of the Smart Developer Network (Smart DevNet) shows their desire for a community program that allows them to work with and learn from each other. In the emerging digital space, developer communities are fostering various collaborations for technologies.

Smart DevNet, which was organized by Smart Communications, Inc. in July 2012, has grown its membership to more than 5,500 developers and technology enthusiasts. This makes Smart DevNet one of the fastest growing online communities in the country.

Hackathons

Smart DevNet engages local developers primarily through hackathons or coding marathons that encourage them to form teams and create globally competitive mobile applications and websites that can make a difference in the lives of Filipinos. In the past year alone, Smart DevNet organized and supported about 50 developer events.

So far, these events have produced apps such as Project Noah Mobile, which provides critical weather information such as location-based probability of rain, intensity of rainfall, and projected typhoon track.

Developers have also been able to interact with each other via https://www.facebook.com/groups/smartdevnet/ where they can post relevant articles or ask each other questions.

Showcase

“Developers used to operate mostly under the radar. But now they have this venue where they can showcase their abilities and network with like-minded people,” said Jim Ayson, senior manager for partner management and developer relations at Smart.

“As long as we’re able to, we at Smart DevNet will continue to support developers through our events and programs. These new rock stars deserve a chance to shine,” he said.

Smart developer evangelist Paul Pajo said Smart DevNet has more exciting projects in store for local developers. “We will soon launch the Smart API (application programming interface) which will allow them to incorporate Smart services like SMS and MMS to their web and mobile apps. That’s definitely something to look forward to.

In the meantime, developers who want to try our APIs can check out the freemium version at http://developer.smart.com.ph,” he said. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 22, 2014.

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