CHINICT inspires great high-tech notions

By Lu Na
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CHINICT, a conference focused on China's tech-innovation and entrepreneurial network, welcomed its ninth edition on May 20 at the Tsinghua University Science Park in Beijing.

The conference still highlighted two parts: Talking one-on-one with high-tech business leaders to introduce and share their latest achievements and products, as well as awarding high-tech achievements made in the Hackathon.

Franck Nazikian, founder of CHINICT, speaks during the opening of the conference.

"A Hackathon (a contraction of "hacking" and "marathon") is an event gathering developers who, organized into small teams, join forces and race to develop an application (product) prototype within 24 to 48 hours. The big difference of CHINICT is that we make things happen." Nazikian talked about the highlights of this year's conference, "We give the opportunities to young kids, young 'developneurs' (a word Nazikian invented to talk about entrepreneurial-minded developers) to create an actual prototype and let investors see their applications in order to make their (developneur) dreams come true."

As a great platform for young high-tech talent and investors, Franck planned to focus on establishing a more powerful Hackathon and making more global and impactful applications to change the world.

"We received over 10,000 applications from people worldwide who wanted to join in the Hackathon this year. But we just selected the very best. Among these people, we had 15 really creative projects created over yesterday (May 19) and the day before yesterday (May 18) and we will present some of these projects to the world this afternoon," Franck said in the lunch interview.

Responding to the question of new products created in the last two days' Hackathon, Franck said they designed a payment gateway to allow economic transactions between Chinese and non-Chinese. "In China, you are mainly using Alipay. But outside of China, they use other payments instead. So how can these two payments then communicate? Therefore one of the Hackathon projects is to create a payment gateway between both."

After that, Nazikian also introduced a fun application called "Moods." He subsequently took out his cell phone and showed what it will look like. "You're basically in a place and you ask yourself simple questions such as, 'Are you happy?' or 'Are you in love'? Whenever you answer the question, you will see a large map, with geo-location, and you can see the emotional state of mind of the whole world at all times.

Nazikian also proudly talked about their new application called KITTYFUL. KITTYFUL, which was created during the eighth CHINICT Hackathon in 2012, is a free application which allows millions of cat lovers to publish, share and rate feline pictures. It is available in ten languages on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.

Another major aspect of the conference was the presenting of the CHINICT awards to companies that have achieved outstanding results. This year's awards went to top companies such as Qihoo/, Playfish and YeePay.

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