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APEC APP Challenge

China wins with app to encourage women’s enterprises

Young entrepreneurs from Asia-Pacific region economies developed applications to promote women’s participation in the economy, which is one of the priority areas of APEC Chile 2019.

Viña del Mar, May 17, 2019.- The APEC App Challenge was held during the Second Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) and the Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) in the Valparaíso Region. The competition was organized by APEC Chile 2019, the Asia Foundation and Google.

A total of 11 teams of software developers and designers from APEC member economies participated in this, the third version of the event. The goal of the competition was to create web and mobile apps that will help women entrepreneurs connect with mentors, advisors and potential investors in order to promote their businesses.

Two young developers from China, Tingqiao Zhou and Hailong Han, won first place with their “Fund She” application, a space in which women entrepreneurs can showcase their businesses so that investors can choose which ones they are interested in.

“I feel powerful because we have faith in our project. But today we were a little nervous because it is APEC, which is such an enormous platform. We felt very nervous when we gave the presentation and now we are very excited that we finally did it,” explains Tingqiao Zhou.

The creators of “Fund She” received a US$3,000 prize and an exclusive training session with an online export growth expert.

The second place prize went to the team from New Zealand. Emily Melhuish, an electrical engineer, and Betty Yin, a software developer who works for an anti-crime start-up, presented HIVE, an app that provides information on how to grow women-owned enterprises.

Third place was shared by the Republic of Korea and Chile. Korea’s Aree Oh, a software engineer from Kakao Mobility, and data researcher Hyerim Kim implemented LIPP, an app that facilitates the creation of a portfolio for women entrepreneurs that can be seen by investors who wish to partner with them.

Meanwhile, Chileans Camilo Lillo, a developer with the start-up Jumpitt Labs, and Rodolfo Fuentealba, a graphic designer from the same organization, created Revoo, a mobile app that generates networks of potential suppliers and includes a chat tool that allows users to talk to each other in any language, with simultaneous translation.

Lillo and Fuentealba were not the only Chileans who participated in event. Other local projects include Women Breaking Barriers, which was developed by Catherine Alegría and Francisca Hernández, and WMN, created by Eduardo Muñoz and Enrique Carvajal.

The APEC App Challenge event ended with a conversation in the El Internado Cultural Space in Valparaíso, where participating teams and local programmers discussed how to increase women’s visibility in this area.

 Check photos of this event here.