BackSociety » Tech » Vietnamese-Made App Wins Top Prize at SXSW

Vietnamese-Made App Wins Top Prize at SXSW

The Vietnamese creators of English-language pronunciation app ELSA took home the top prize at SXSWedu's 2016 Launch Startup competition last week.

CEO Van Dinh Hong Vu, 33, and the app's CPO, 29-year-old Ngo Thuy Ngoc Tu, were awarded top marks for their pronunciation program along with fellow creator and CSO Xavier Anguera, reports Tuoi Tre.

The app, whose name stands for English-Language Speech Assistant, assists non-native English speakers in improving pronunciation through voice recognition software, which identifies the missed or mispronounced sounds in a speaker's words.

Since its launch, ELSA's Android version has been downloaded 7,000 times, while its newer iOS version racked up 2,000 downloads in two days. For Tu, the positive user feedback is a sign the app is working.

“More than 10% of users have cleared all available levels of the app, many of whom responded positively, saying it was the app they had been waiting for,” said Tu, according to Tuoi Tre. “Regular users of the app experienced drastic improvements in their pronunciation and came gradually closer to achieving a native-like accent.”

This year's SXSWedu startup finalists were selected by an advisory board from over 100 applicants whose work contributes to the improvement of early, K-12 and higher education.

[Photo via ELSA, video via YouTube user Khanh Nguyen]

Related Articles:

Vietnamese Travel Startup Triip Gets $500k in Seed Funding

Check out Vietnam's Top 15 Most-Funded E-Commerce Startups

Vietnam Developing Crowdfunding Regulations for Local Platforms

Related Articles

in Tech

$189m Plan to Give 300,000 HCMC Students Tablets Draws Criticism

Last week the HCMC Department of Education proposed a plan to equip 300,000 primary students with tablets for the coming school year, reports Thanh Nien. With a pricetag of VND3 million – VND 5 m...

in Tech

'Flappy Bird' Creator To Release New Game Tomorrow

Well, Nguyen Ha Dong, the Vietnamese app developer who at one point was pulling in $55,000 per day, is officially back in the spotlight. After releasing a new version of ‘Flappy Bird’ earlier this mon...

in Tech

'Thirsty' Concrete Drinks Rainwater, Eliminates Flooding

Concrete isn't exactly a sexy topic. Even though we drive on it and build things with it, the average person seldom gives the gray stuff a second thought.

in Tech

2 More Weeks for AAG Repairs, Hanoi to Get Free WiFi Network

In the ongoing saga of Vietnam’s temperamental WiFi connection, we’ve got good news and bad news.

in Tech

3 Vietnamese Make “World's Most Influential Scientific Minds” List

3 Vietnamese scientists: Dam Thanh Son, Nguyen Son Binh and Nguyen Xuan Hung, have made Thomson Reuters’ list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.

in Tech

40 Years Later, Vietnam Begins Identifying Its War Dead

Martyr cemeteries are a common occurrence across Vietnam. In countless communes in every province, modest gravestones mark the resting places of Vietnam's fallen soldiers in neat, orderly rows. T...