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EE announces professional geo-location app Periscope as winner of 4G hackathon

EE has announced the winners of its recent 4G hackathon, which saw some 90 developers code for over 30 hours to create innovative new apps for businesses.

Held at the HUB Westminster, EE's 4G hackathon (opens in new tab)endeavoured to highlight the benefits of super-fast mobile broadband for developers. In addition to the LTE-provisioning telecoms giant, the competition was judged by Google and Mubaloo.

Five winners were selected across a range of categories, with live video and geo-information viewing platform Periscope (pictured, top) anointed the best overall business entry.

"Periscope was virtually a finished platform with a seriously impressive UI. The fact that you could hear a gasp when it was being presented was evident that the team impressed not only the judges but also fellow developers," commented Mark Mason, Mubaloo CEO.

He added: "It was the type of app that would get investment to be built into a proper platform and could be used for a range of applications by the public sector and enterprise."

Other winners included Finder App, which was selected as the top entry in the augmented reality for business category, and Spizza, which took the gong for best real-time collaboration in the private sector and utilised a hashtagging concept to bring together live videos at events.

"The hackathon was designed to pioneer the next generation of business apps and push the boundaries of what's possible on 4G. The quality of the apps the developers came up with greatly impressed all of the judges. All of the developers who turned up fully understood what 4G would enable them to do and seemed to open them up to thinking how they can utilise it moving forward," noted Paula Gunnell, senior propositions manager at EE.

All entrants walked away with an EE 4G mobile Wi-Fi device, with prizes including free 4G contracts and vouchers for Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.

LinkedIn, PeerIndex, Pusher and were the chosen API partners for the event.

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