ISLAMABAD: Ground breaking applications have emerged at APIthon chapter II, where 70 participants were engaged in rigorous coding based on open APIs (Application Programming Interface). The event was attended by over 70 participants, selected out of 250 teams. APIthon chapter II, hosted by Abacus Consulting at the National Incubation Centre in Islamabad, provided an opportunity to startups, entrepreneurs and app developers to consume over 40 APIs. “Such events are extremely important for our youth and startup community to get in touch with the large enterprises to create solutions for the bigger problems. I believe APIthon is a wonderful platform!” said Irfan Wahan Khan. ‘Host Inn’ team (winners of APIthon II) provides a platform for those who are looking for hostels. It allows the users to find options available in specific areas and select and make payments using the same app. The team won an opportunity to visit Silicon Valley through the event partner, Draper University, free 15,000 UBER credit and assistance in seed funding by Ignite. ‘Mad Hunt’ team stood second in the competition. Their application helps people suffering from anxiety and depression by helping them engage with their surroundings physically and their friends enhancing the entire experience using augmented reality. The team won mentorship from the Silicon Valley-based organization, Angel Hack, 10,000 free credit by UBER and assistance in seed funding by Ignite The third position was secured by ‘Mera Paisa’, a mobile application aimed at serving the unbanked population of Pakistan. The team won 7,000 credits by UBER and assistance in seed funding by Ignite. “Events like APIthon potentially result in similar success stories like those of UBER in Pakistan,” said Safee Shah. The jury consisted of Ali Iqbal, Mariam Hussain Randhawa and Mudassar Nazar, Omer Salimullah, Sana Khan and Faizan Aslam. The inaugural ceremony was addressed by Irfan Wahab Khan, Amir Ibrahim, Kabeer Naqvi, Yusuf Hussain, Safee Shah, and Abacus Consulting’s Managing Director Abbas Khan. “Events like APIthon are encouraging people to come and help companies to get an insight into how to co-create solutions,” said Amir Ibrahim. All participating teams were mentored by industry experts in order to help them consume APIs efficiently and error-free. Later, Abacus Consulting MD Abbas Ali Khan distributed prizes amongst the winners.