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iOS developers take out $10k prize at iOS vs Android Hackathon event

A team of Australian iOS developers have won $10,000 for their health focused app 'Medic', which provides non-urgent medical advice to users not needing to call 000.

Team Bonobo+1, made up of Michael Del Borrello, Nathan Hamey, Ben Hamey and Daryl Teo, were awarded the prize at Melbourne's iOS vs Android Hackathon event last weekend, with team member Ben Hamey saying he hopes the app will be released to the public shortly.

"We think Medic is a genuinely useful app and we will be releasing it onto the app store after a bit more refinement," Hamey said.

"We can see potential for a series of apps that would leverage SAPI data in a similar way to help solve everyday problems."

The team was one of eight competing in the competition; with six Android and two iOS teams developing seven apps between them.

Telstra's search and directory subsidiary, Sensis, sponsored the event, with senior partnerships manager, Tim Corr, saying the judges were impressed with Medic's simple yet effective interface and user experience.

"The Medic app generates a series of large, clear information cards with a simple layout to help users focus and remain calm, with only one recommended option presented at a time," Corr said.

"It is well designed and thought through from a user-perspective...the judges also noted that the app was an easily scalable solution that could easily translate to other industry segments and had a real 'wow' factor in terms of design and integration."

Using server application programming interface (SAPI) to help users determine the severity of their medical situation, the app helps find a nearby doctor for users and has functionality to email or SMS a family member to keep them updated on the situation.

A $250 prize was also awarded to entrant Eric Bae for the best new feature request, while the people's choice award of $500 went to an Android transport app 'Friend Compass'.

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