Startup Asia Hackathon Highlights Indonesian Talent

October 13, 2012

10:00 am

Today is the kickoff for the Startup Asia Bandung hackathon, a two-day event that’s bringing together over 600 developers in Indonesia to show off their programming chops.

Bandung, Indonesia, is a pocket of startup activity amidst a developing country of over 240 million. It’s home to the Bandung Institute of Technology, a prestigious university with over 20,000 students. The event will draw a wave of students, plus independent developers and designers. According to the organizers:

“Bandung has much to offer to the region. But its technical superiority isn’t well publicized. Home to many universities, it is the alma mater of many technical and UX leaders who are rising stars in Indonesia. Its community of developers deserves to be celebrated, which is why we’re excited to run this hackathon in the very heart of Bandung.”

The event is run by Tech in Asia, a region-wide technology blog. Local tech blog DailySocial also runs events in Bandung. I attended one in February about mobile commerce, an area that’s set to take off in Indonesia as Internet-capable phones outnumber PCs.

In other words, developers at today’s hackathon have a huge potential market. Indonesia has the third-largest Facebook presence, with over 43 million users (which is less than 20 percent of its huge population). And investors from other countries are starting to take notice of Indonesian startups.

The hackathon will be followed by 90-second pitches of the best ideas, with prizes including MacBook Airs, iPads, Samsung products, and cash. Spectators, get your free tickets here.

Tech Cocktail is a media partner for Startup Asia Bandung.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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