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Taiwanese programmers win Facebook app contest

‘WORLD HACK’:The app they developed allows users to search items they have ‘liked,’ beating 300 entries to win them a trip to the firm’s California headquarters

By Chen Ping-hung and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A Taiwanese team was announced on Monday as being among three grand prize winners in the Facebook Developers World HACK competition.

The win comes only days after Taiwan’s Taipei Assassins defeated South Korea’s Azubu Frost in the Grand Final of the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship in Los Angeles on Saturday, bagging the US$1 million top prize.

The two other winners in the Facebook Developers World HACK were the “Chained Story team” from Argentina and the “BoostMate team” from Russia.

Cheng Yi-ting (鄭伊廷) and Zhang Zhusee made up the “ team” from Taipei. The “” application they developed allowed Facebook users to search items they have “liked” by indexing and archiving them into categories for future reference, such as articles, links, books and videos.

For their top-rated effort in this international “Hackathon” competition, they were awarded the Grand Prize of World Hack by Facebook.

More than 300 applications were developed during August and last month by more than 2,000 developers competing in the contest organized by Facebook.

The company said the competition aims to encourage developers to design apps that utilize the Facebook platform in innovative ways.

Facebook said the three Grand Prize winning teams have earned a trip to Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California, where they are to meet with Facebook engineering team members.

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