Brunei’s “Pokemon Go” for tourists

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Get UP is planning to build a tourism-based mobile app that rewards its users as they visit new places in Brunei, after winning the first Brunei Hacks coding contest held at the Progresif HQ in Gadong recently.

Team leader Phillip Yam said the app will have a similar mechanism to popular mobile game “Pokemon Go”, but instead of pocket monsters, users will stand a chance to get discounts, coupons and other rewards when they participated in activities listed in the app.

Yam said the app called Get Up is set to be launched early next year, with his team now listing down places of interests in Brunei while also approaching businesses who may be interested to subscribe to its service and offer rewards to users.

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“The idea of the app is for you to “get up” – you go out, explore and once you checked in using your smart phones at a certain place you’ll earn rewards,” said Yam, who is working full-time with Voffmon, a Malaysian IT firm that has branch in Brunei.

“There will also be activities for users to earn extra rewards or points, like taking photos or joining fitness classes in certain areas – which can translate to few discounts at certain business premises once they have collected enough,” he added.
Yam said the app is not specifically catered for tourists as it also aimed to bring Bruneians to understand their country better. The more difficult the activities or the more exclusive the places to visit are, the larger the rewards will be.

The app will be free for users, Yam said, as Get Up is only planning to profit through subscription fees obtained from participating businesses.

Brunei Hacks is a 36-hour coding competition that gathers local tech-preneurs to develop solutions for tourism, fintech and logistics based problems in Brunei. It also acts as an avenue for Brunei to develop its own pool of IT talents.

Winning the first Brunei Hacks, Get UP now plans to look more into its mobile app and tighten its loose ends so it would be more commercially ready by next year.

Other notable applications in the contest was a subscription based cab service that transports students to and fro their homes and schools called Shuu Shuu, which won the second place; and another tourism app for users to identify and schedule traveling itineraries called Trippin.

Brunei Hacks is a 36-hour coding competition that gathers local tech-preneurs to develop solutions for tourism, fintech and logistics based problems in Brunei. It also acts as an avenue for Brunei to develop its own pool of IT talents.

The competition was jointly organised by Singapore-based firm Glints and Grominda.

The Bruneian