Photo - Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, MDeC.
Following last year's success of the inaugural national Big App Challenge (BAC) to Malaysian developers, the national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and Tentspark have announced BAC 2.0 to help bolster the continued interest in Big Data Analytics (BDA) development.
MDeC chief operating officer Ng Wan Peng said the competition is open to individuals, developers, ISVs (independent software vendors), tech startups and students to develop apps that show how BDA can help solve societal issues by using open data sets made available by industry partners and the government.
More than RM400,000 (US$106,355) worth of prizes are on offer, said Ng, adding that BAC 2.0 has been expanded to two coding competitions (Hack2WK's); known as Cyberjaya City Hacks and OpenGov Hacks. Cyberjaya City Hacks is looking for smart city solutions using open data sets made available by our supporting partners, Cyberview; Majlis Perbandaran Sepang and MapIT MSC.
She said that the apps should aim to improve city life, while OpenGov Hacks calls on participants to solve challenges affecting citizens, government and businesses using the available government data sets. The apps created may provide creative solutions for the environment, food, culture, transportation, and so forth.
"This year, we welcome the private sector as well as government agencies that are interested in opening up their data for the challenge," said Ng. "This increases dataset variety which provides greater opportunity for participants to engage and design innovative apps. Aside from giving our local talents a platform to shine, we hope to bring together the industry and government to take a closer look at data sets that affect our daily lives and making these data available for developers, designers and data enthusiasts to collaborate and innovate creative solutions. Ultimately, we want the collaboration and innovation to extend beyond BAC 2.0."
An ideation workshop will launch each Hack2WK followed by a hackathon involving 10 finalists who will be chosen from each Hack2WK. The finalists will be given five more days to fine-tune their app before submitting their videos to face the judges in the grand finals. Interested participants may register online as well as view more detailed information on the incentives on offer by visiting www.bigapp.my.
Ng said BAC 2.0 was aligned with the Digital Malaysia initiative to promote the use of digital technology in providing real life solutions for the people, business and government.
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