SPH Digital wins first prize at Google hackathon

SPH Digital wins first prize at Google hackathon
The winning SPH team.
PHOTO: SPH

The digital arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH Digital) has bagged the top prize at the Google PWA/AMP Hackathon for its winning ways to enhance a newspaper digital platform.

Held on May 16 at Google Asia Pacific at Mapletree Business City, the event saw the four-man SPH team beating seven other teams from regional tech companies and startups.

The hackathon was a follow-up to the Google Mobile Academy event in April, where organisations had to deploy a working prototype using two technologies - Progressive Web Apps (PWA) and/or Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).

Called The Straits Times Agile Tech team, the winning group was able to combine the two technologies to enable The Straits Times website to perform better on mobile devices, especially Android ones, and give readers the best user experience.

PWAs take advantage of new features supported by modern browsers so that web apps, which link straight to the content they link to, can feel more like an actual app and not just a tab. Websites will load faster and can work even without any network connection.

Mr Julian Tan, Head of SPH Digital, said: "This win shows the commitment SPH Digital has in exploring what can be done with the latest technologies to ensure that our digital products are always stable, secure, and at the top of its class."

chenj@sph.com.sg

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