Photo - Hong Kok Cheong, Country General Manager, IBM Software Group Malaysia
Technology solutions company IBM's first nationwide student developer contest in Malaysia sees The A-Team from KBU International College as the winners of the IBM Bluemix Appnovator Challenge 2014.
Hong Kok Cheong, country general manager of IBM Software Group Malaysia said the KBU International College's A-Team beat four other teams in the finals of the competition, which was aimed at inspiring cloud innovation.
The A-Team's winning application called 'MyCity' allowed citizens to report infrastructure issues such pipe leakages, malfunction traffic lights, street lights, potholes and flash floods via their mobile phones, said Hong.
Runner ups were Tunku Abdul Rahman University College with their 'Park 4 You' application that helps drivers locate empty parking bays and payment kiosks at parking lot and another team from KBU International College with their 'Lost & Report' application that allows users to report and upload recent incidents regarding stolen car numbers, wanted criminals, lost items, based on the user's nearby location.
The five finalists that made it to the finals were selected from more than 120 teams throughout the nation to develop new applications for smarter cities, he said.
"The competition unleashed creative thinking and spurred innovation among the country's brightest and talented developers to experiment on an agile platform," said Hong. "IBM Bluemix provides instant resources and runtimes for the students to develop apps that address pressing societal issues and business challenges."
"Selecting the winner and runner up out of the five finalists was not an easy task," said Vincent Ler, business unit executive, ecosystem development, IBM Software Group ASEAN. "A few elements that we had to consider were the completeness of the solution, the story-telling, as well as the potential for commercialisation."
Ler as lead judge for the competition was joined by co-judges Christopher Song, senior executive for Policy and Strategy of the Talent Division at national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] and Cheng Ping Onn, founder, Neruti Technology.
This competition is an application development contest organised by IBM Malaysia to encourage student programmers to develop and deploy applications on IBM's next generation cloud platform, IBM Bluemix.
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