Photo - (Starting 4th from left) Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali, Chairman of MDeC; Yang Berhormat Dato' Jalani Johari, Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia; and Yang Berbahagia Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, MDeC with some of the judges and sponsors of MSC Malaysia APICTA Awards 2014.
This year's edition of MSC Malaysia APICTA sees the selection of 17 home-grown winners who will go on to represent Malaysia at the international finale in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 27th to November 30th, 2014.
Now in its 15th year, 337 innovators submitted their projects to MSC Malaysia APICTA organisers national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] and the National ICT Association of Malaysia [PIKOM].
"True to its mandate of driving the digital economy of the country, MDeC has been fully committed in spearheading various entrepreneurship programmes, which include the MSC Malaysia APICTA, with the aim of inspiring a culture of innovation via ICT across all levels of society: from exciting local companies to aspiring digital entrepreneurs and even digitally savvy students," said Datuk Jalani Johari, deputy minister of Communications and Multimedia, at the awards presentation ceremony in Wisma Radio, Angkasapuri.
"In the MSC Malaysia APICTA programme, MDeC has played a crucial role in nurturing and helping the winners go further, from providing coaching advice on pitching and business matching opportunities at the international level," said Jalani.
The chairman of MDeC, Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali, said, "Over the years, the MSC Malaysia APICTA has inspired Malaysians to optimise their talent for the global stage. As we strive to advance the country towards a developed digital economy by 2020 to achieve increased wealth, enhanced productivity and improved standards of living, the MSC Malaysia APICTA programme aims to support this effort by inspiring innovation and creativity through ICT towards achieving global excellence and competitiveness. We hope more Malaysians will be encouraged to innovate via ICT and to equip themselves with the necessary skills and tools to compete at the global level."
"To facilitate these objectives, the MSC Malaysia APICTA will not only be recognizing the winners, but will work with strategic partners to develop them further for the world stage. This is in alignment with Digital Malaysia initiative's ambitions which recognizes that a game - changing strategy is needed to transform, develop and grow our ICT Industry further," he said.
Out of 19 different categories, 17 individual category winners and 15 merit recipients were recognised within their respective categories, which included 'Best of Industrial Applications', 'Best of retail and supply managements', and 'Best of Sustainability and Environment Technology'.
Some of the notable MSC Malaysia APICTA Awards 2014 winners:
- Best of Communication Applications - ZCC-OCDMA Code for Symmetric Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) in Access Network (University Malaysia Perlis)
- Best of Retail & Supply Chain Management - Xilnex Retail Business Solution (Web Bytes)
- Best of Industrial Applications - IntegraXor (Ecava)
- Best of Sustainability and Environment Technology - Estimation of Future Design Rainstorm under the Climate Change Scenario in Peninsular Malaysia (National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia)
- Best of Tertiary Student Project-Creative Multimedia - White Collar Time (Multimedia University)
- Best of Tertiary Student Project - My 2nd Eye Project (Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, UTeM)
- Best of Primary Student Project - Robowis Space Marshal (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Yuk Chai)
- Best of Secondary Student Project - Dotshub (Foon Yew High School, Johor Bahru)
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