Fling team wows judges at Startup Thailand’s hackathon event

Hundreds of international entrepreneurs and early-stage companies convened in Bangkok last week for Startup Thailand 2018, one of the country’s largest conferences devoted to showcasing innovation and promoting a sustainable startup ecosystem.

Startup Thailand is in its third year and operates under the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with other industry leaders and organizations.

Hosted at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center, the Kingdom of Thailand’s premiere venue for large-scale events, the four-day gathering featured mentoring sessions, breakout panels, pitching stages, and inspiring keynote speakers from key figures including Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

Fling participated in the event’s exhibitor expo, showcasing how we can design solutions using drones to speed up the delivery of packages and food orders across a city.

A five member team of engineers and software developers from Fling also took part in Startup Thailand’s weekend hackathon with support from Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Joe Hicks who mentored the group.

Under one of the hackathon themes sponsored by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Fling’s team explored how industrial drones mounted with a sensor could help identify and fix problems on transmission power lines, saving both time and labour for energy companies.

Using open-source software libraries, Fling’s team hacked together a prototype that could use sensors mounted on a drone machine learning and computer vision technology to classify objects that might interfere with transmission lines.

The end product was presented to a panel of judges during a five-minute pitch on stage and the six man team walked away as one of the top teams in the hackathon with a prize of 20,000 baht for their ingenuity and innovation.