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MyScript® Announces Winners of Online Hackathon for Innovative Applications of Digital Ink Technology

Global app challenge awards $20,000 in prizes to developers leveraging industry-leading handwriting recognition APIs for text, math, shape, and music


MyScript® is pleased to announce the winners of the MyScript App Challenge, an online hackathon for developers. Participants were invited to build applications using application programming interfaces (APIs) available in the MyScript Cloud Development Kit (CDK) or Application Toolkit (ATK). These tools are available free of charge for non-commercial use on the MyScript Developer Program web site. Utilizing the MyScript APIs, developers could incorporate multiple handwriting recognition engines including text, math, shape, and music.

Fing’R Mote, an app created by Patrick Percevaux that allows users to use handwriting to control their TVs or IP TV boxes from a smartphone, won the competition’s Grand Prize. With the app, users can use handwriting as an input method to quickly and easily find programs and change channels. Users can also leverage intuitive gestures to browse device menus, control volume, and perform other common functions. The app offers a simple interface to enhance the user experience when controlling their devices.

The 1st Runner Up was awarded to Numbers and Letters Game. Created by Samir Toumi (ST-Design), the game allows users to use handwriting to complete arithmetic and text puzzles. The app is available for preview by the developer and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. Future plans for the app include Facebook integration, online challenges, additional levels, and a children’s version of the game.

Draw & Dial, an app created by Faisal Almahdi, was awarded 2nd Runner Up. With Draw and Dial, users can use handwriting to quickly search and find phone contacts by simply drawing letters. Utilizing MyScript Superimposed technology, users can continuously write characters on top of each other, providing simple dialing with little to no distraction in situations such as driving. The app is available now on the Apple App Store.

Application submissions were judged on four main criteria including effective use of the MyScript APIs, app design, utility of use case demonstrated by the app, and innovation in the use of handwriting recognition. The competition was judged by a global panel of industry experts including team members from MyScript Labs, analysts from IDC and Jon Peddie Research, and tech media including Android Rundown.

In parallel to the formal judging process, the general public was invited to vote for their favorite hackathon projects. Spell Script, an app created by Nebojša Kamber and Branko Sedlar, won the Popular Choice Award. The game allows users to practice their handwriting and spelling skills in a fun and interactive way in their selected language of English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Added motivation for the user is a scoreboard of top players, sorted by their spelling level, on a daily, weekly and “all time” basis.

“We challenged developers to use our industry-leading APIs to affect the way we interact with devices in the ever growing Internet of Things including our cars, homes, and learning environments,” said Gary Baum, VP of Marketing at MyScript. “The winners created some fascinating use cases for how digital ink can be leveraged to enhance the user experience and simplify the interface between human and machine, effectively bridging the gap between the analog and digital worlds.”

To view all the submissions and winners, visit

About MyScript®

MyScript is the acknowledged market leader in accurate, high-performance handwriting recognition and digital ink management technology. MyScript technology combines digital ink management with easy searching of handwritten text, as well as the accurate recognition of complex mathematical equations, geometric shapes and music notation. MyScript solutions are available on all leading desktop and mobile operating systems including Microsoft® Windows®, Apple® Mac OS®, Linux®, iOS® and Android™. With nearly 100 languages supported and a truly international team, MyScript serves customers worldwide from its headquarters in Nantes, France, and regional offices located in China, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. For further information, please visit


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