From left to right - Regional Red Hat Challenge@Labs 2014 winning team from Singapore Polytechnic Lindon Ng, Tan Zai Wei, Preshant Achuthan together with Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive from IDA Singapore and Arun Oberoi, Executive Vice President of Global Sales & Services, Red Hat.
Open source solutions provider Red Hat, Inc has partnered with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to launch the fourth regional Red Hat Challenge@Labs, a knowledge-based technology competition for tertiary students across Asia Pacific.
This year saw a total of seven participating regions including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
With the theme 'Smart Living, Smart Homes', the competition aimed to challenge students to develop smart home solutions using open source technology and address the challenges faced by individuals and enterprises today as they build these solutions.
The finals of the competition were held yesterday at the IDA Labs at the National Design Centre in Singapore, where 10 finalist teams demonstrated and pitched their applications, along with a business proposal to a panel of industry experts.
The judging panel comprised of Sachin Shridar, Senior Director of Consulting Services at Red Hat; Richard Koh, Country Manager of Singapore at Red Hat; Laurence Putra, Paypal evangelist and GeekCamp founder; Jeffrey Pane, Partner of Golden Gates Ventures and Director of Founder Institute Singapore; and Alvin Ng, Consultant of IDA Labs Singapore.
Team Smart Homie - made up of Tan Zai Wei, Lindon Ng and Preshant Achuthan from Singapore Polytechnic - emerged the winners of the competition. Their application aims to battle climate change through an effortless Smart Home that will help homes save electricity with ease. Individuals can control their home appliances at anywhere remotely, monitor the amount of consumption they have spent on each appliance and turn them on and off at a specific time.
The team's winning entry topped 109 other entries, and the trio won a grand cash prize of US$10,000 (approximately S$13,000) as well as an internship opportunity of up to six months at Red Hat in Beijing.
"This is the fourth year of the challenge that Red Hat has been doing but it is also one with many firsts. It is the first time we had it in Singapore, the first time we are partnering with IDA, and this is also the first time we have the application development element added on the challenge [which helps to] promote a very fun way of learning," said Richard Koh.
"Red Hat will continue to support the ICT environment in Singapore, and work together with, and support IDA in trying to build the capabilities of ICT for the country, as well as develop Singapore as the innovation and technology hub through the introduction of open source technology," he added.
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