Despite wireless application protocol being a fledgling technology, a competition to find the best WAP applications in the country attracted 21 entries, with the overall winner taking it away for two applications aimed at giving people information on the move.
Auckland developer Iain Falconer, of e-In Limited, won the information category of the awards, held in Auckland last night and sponsored by cellphone maker Nokia, for a bus schedules program which plans bus routes around Auckland. Users enter their location and destination and receive information on which buses to take and where to catch them. In future it is planned that the system will automatically know where users are and need the destination only.
Falconer also won the business applications award with a work management system aimed at mobile staff such as tradespeople. The applications allows jobs to be scheduled and allocated to people working in the field.
Three independent developers from Wellington got together to build the winning application for the entertainment category. Cynthia Lim, Chris Harvey, and Richard Hawkes built Next2Hours to deliver information on travel, music, movies and theatre events every two hours in Wellington and Auckland. Wellington users also get access to train timetables to help them to the events in question. The trio plans to expand the service to other cities around New Zealand and then the world.
Nokia product marketing manager Euen Burke says Falconer won the overall title for being someone who “really recognises what you can do with WAP".