Building Telegram bots

As part of the Brunei Geek Meet Hack Day on Sept 17th I built a Telegram bot that retrieves

  • PSI readings to indicate the haze levels
  • News (initially from Brunei Times but later moved to Borneo Bulletin due to Brunei Time’s closure)
  • Weather

Telegram bot: https://telegram.me/apibn_bot

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telegram_bot_news

Updates post event:

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Utilises

Hack Day / Get Together

Saturday, Sep 17, 2016, 1:00 PM

It’s A Grind Coffee House
G20, Citis Square Jalan Komersil Bandar Seri Begawan, BN

3 Geeks Went

Our next hack session returns! We’re open to suggestions as to the meeting location: ideally a place with power and Wi-Fi =) Thought it would be nice of it could get any suggestions from you guys.As always, feel free to come early/late/stay as long as you wish.These sessions serve as a place to:• Hack on a project• Learn something new• Ask us …

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Leaflet vs Openlayers

Presented at Brunei Geek Meet on 19th August

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Essentially trying to serve as a quick start guide to using

Mockups and more with Keynote + Mapping with Openlayers

Friday, Aug 19, 2016, 6:30 PM

Au Lait
Ground Floor Seri Q-Lap Mall, Kg Kiulap Bandar Seri Begawan, BN

3 Geeks Went

Hello everybody! Continuing from the previous BGM session of #DesignAndCupcakes (thanks for all the cupcakes Yasmin!) and our last hack session, we’ll be sharing some findings with all of you.Agenda• 6:30pm: Event Kick off• 6:35pm: Mockups and more with Keynote (and some Powerpoint) Firdaus will be covering how to use Keynote/Powerpoint to gener…

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Brunei Bus Map

As part of BruneiGeekMeet’s Hack Night on August 5, I managed to create a Brunei Bus Map for the the possible future bus route of Brunei as per their expression of interest. These are not currently running routes.

brunei-bus-map

Hack Night / Get Together

Friday, Aug 5, 2016, 7:00 PM

Starbucks, Mabohai Shopping Complex
Kebangsaan Road Bandar Seri Begawan, BN

4 Geeks Went

Our monthly hack session returns this Friday. These sessions serve as a place to:• Hack on a project• Learn something new• Ask us questions• Or just come to hangout! 😄But most importantly to have fun!It is open to everybody of all ages and all levels of knowledge. We are even welcome to those interested to learn more about technology or wanti…

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UBD/eG.InC Community Outreach Programme

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I was lucky enough to be involved in the organisation of the community outreach programme held at UBD recently.  They had the idea of a challenge which is similar to a hackathon/hack day. I tried to keep things similar to how they do things at Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) and consolidated the problems faced by each of the organisations at communityoutreach.bruneigeekmeet.com

Some media coverage of the event and the last link about one of the organisations at the event itself

The day itself saw some teams being bestowed with prizes:

  • Micronet: worked on a database solution for Care and Action for Strays (CAS) (Website / Facebook)
    • managed to get a working prototype using Access
  • Laksamana College for Business: worked on a database solution for the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (Facebook / Twitter)
    • managed to implement an Android app prototype
  • Maktab Duli: working on solution for Orang Kurang Pendegaran (OKP)/Association for the Hearing Impaired as part of a skill / mentoring app (Facebook)
    • provided some good ideas and some interface designs for the app

Some notable mentions on my end where:

  • Projek k-3: with a great delivery of their presentation but also a great idea of upcycling existing clothes gathered and to use the youth to help out with the creation of upcycled products
  • The team that created a short video which felt like it was very on-point with regards to trying to raise awareness of volunteering

While each organisation hand some specific issues unique to there, there were a common issues faced by many of these organisations:

  • lack of a volunteer database / communication system so they can reach out to volunteers when running events
  • lack of a personal database to keep track of the things and to run reports
  • lack of public awareness of the organisation or events run by the organisation
  • the need for financial assistance

All in all, I feel that it was a good first step in there being more events such as this to work on actual real world problems rather than the typical business plan competitions that I usually see around. Brunei Geek Meet will try its best to help foster these kind of projects, especially after the event itself, as a part of giving back to the community but also as a way for the general public to get involved, to participate and learn.

Moving on from here, I’ll be consolidating the presentations/solutions provided by the teams and to liaise with the individual non-government organisations on how best they want to proceed with their projects. Once settled we’ll probably have more frequent Brunei Geek Meets with some days particularly catering for hack days or specific projects.

So if you’re interested in helping out, do get in touch by

  • leaving a comment
  • or emailing me at tim_AT_thewheatfield.org
  • or joining us at the next Brunei Geek Meet

Brunei Map – Mukims & Kampongs

As part of Brunei Geek Meet’s Data Hackathon

  • Managed to gather data from the Survey Department http://survey.gov.bn/web/survey_department/map
  • To map out kampongs and mukims in Brunei
  • Webapp allows you to search for kampongs / mukims and explore the neighbourhood around any selected area

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Demo: http://thewheat.github.io/brunei_map/
Repo: https://github.com/thewheat/brunei_map

Is Brunei Mobile Data Really that Expensive?

I’ve heard complaints that DST, one of the Brunei mobile telcos, rip people off with regards to charging for data. Let’s see if that’s true.

So I compared Brunei’s cellular data from DST and Progresif Cellular to different telcos in 4 countries

And I’ve come up with this spreadsheet.

On a cursory glance, it seems that

  • UK has pretty good prices in all data tiers
  • we have one of the worst excess data charges
  • DST pricing isn’t that great when data usage is under 5GB
  • with plans using more than 5GB of data (and especially > 10GB data), DST is actually very good so long as you stay within the quota amount

Hope to do more in-depth look soon