Photo - MDeC Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali; and CEO Dato' Yasmin Mahmood (standing in the middle above the winners holding the two trophies), some of the merit recipients and the Malaysian contingent after the awards ceremony.
Malaysia finalists secured eight awards at the International Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) 2014, held recently in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali, and chief executive officer Dato' Yasmin Mahmood led 94-strong contingent to the 15th cycle of the awards comprising students, companies and Malaysian judges, including 17 winners from the Malaysia leg of the APICTA awards.
At the finale in Jakarta, the National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM) was as the winner in the 'Research and Development' category while local company Ecava secured the award in the 'Industrial Applications' category.
UPNM's won for GEMPALOCATE: Earthquake Zone Emergency Personal Locator, a self-rescue application to help locate earthquake victims trapped in buildings while Ecava's winning entry was named 'IntegraXor' an application, which allows users to access web browsers without additional devices.
The six Merit recipients comprised Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Multimedia University (MMU), Foon Yew High School of Johor Bahru, Cytron R&D (MSC), Blinkware Technology and Web Bytes.
"We are immensely proud of the Malaysian contingent teams' achievements and hope these wins will inspire and attract more high-calibre local companies to take part in future APICTA and show their capabilities by competing with other strong players at the local and international level," said Yasmin.
She also thanked the sponsors, Silverlake Axis, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Huawei, Telekom Malaysia (TM), Prestariang, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Malaysia Debt Ventures (MDV).
More than 183 nominees from 14 Asia Pacific countries competed with their projects in 17 categories in the Jakarta finale, which was officiated by Indonesia's Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mr Rudiantara.
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