MANILA, the Philippines, Dec. 9, 2014 – The creators of an app called TollPass won the US$6,000 grand prize at 2014 Philippines Mobile App Developers’ Day on Sunday night. The winning app, TollPass, offers a solution for smarter road tolls in order to reduce traffic jams and delays.

Organizers Jake Jennings, Executive Director of International External and Regulatory Affairs of AT&T*, A SPACE Manila, Golden Gate Ventures and Philippine Software Industry Association presented the award on Sunday.  

The event took place on Dec. 6-7 and drew more than 60 contestants from the Philippines to compete under the theme of “Smart City and Community Involvement”. They split into 11 teams.

Second place and $2,000 went to the creator of an app called “E-Jeep Tracker,” which tells a passenger how far away an e-Jeep is from where he or she is waiting, and therefore how long the wait will be. An e-Jeep is an electronically powered form of public transport in Manila that drives along specific routes rather like a bus.

Third place and $1,000 went to a team that created an app called “What Are You Craving For?” which eliminates queuing in lines by identifying restaurants with shorter wait-times for when ordering for a pickup.

All the winning team members also received six-month mentorship by Golden Gate Ventures.

AT&T, A SPACE Manila, Philippine Software Industry Association and Golden Gate Ventures co-hosted the event at A SPACE facilities in Manila. Participants received access to tools, knowledge and mentor support to build powerful apps within a very tight time-frame.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.