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App development program helps young people build new start-ups

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 15, 2020   /  01:52 pm
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The founders of the start-up Teman Netra present their online app during the Apple Developer Academy graduation at BSD City in Banten on Tuesday. Teman Netra seeks to help those with limited sight hear audio versions of books, restaurant menus and money, among other sources of written text, by scanning the items with a smartphone.(JP/Adrian Wail Akhlas)

A former bank employee, Marilyn Parhusip, and her five partners spent months developing an online application to better monitor household electricity usage and bills. They were among the young people taking part in a 10-month course organized by technology giant Apple’s Developer Academy in Indonesia last year. After finishing the app, Marilyn and her partners graduated on Tuesday and are now waiting for a license to launch their product in the Appstore, an online app-purchasing platform operated by Apple. “We are using a machine-learning system to monitor electricity usage in real time,” said Marilyn as she presented the Leastric platform at BSD City in Banten on Tuesday. “People can save 35 percent of their electricity usage if they have real-time data and information on the most-used electrical appliances. Thus, they can reduce spending and their envir...