Computer Science Students Vincent Thong Chen Loong and Chong Su Rene have won Digi Youth "Free Your
Ideas"competition not Challenge for Change Social Venture competition.
DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd ("DiGi") is dialing it up on the youth frequency with its latest platform, 'Free Your Ideas' Facebook contest, giving away a total of RM60,000 over the next six weeks.
This contest commences from 20 October 2010 to 30 November 2010, youths nationwide are encouraged to rally together and voice their passion for an idea, aspiration or social cause.
The final week winner wasn't display due to voting disqualifications.
The project with the most votes each week stands a chance to be seed-funded by DiGi. The unique entries received to-date exhibit the wide range of youth passion points that include championing social causes.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are some entries that look at fulfilling personal aspirations. For instance, three best friends have mooted the idea to have one last skydiving adventure together before parting ways to further their studies.
This idea was inspired by the Buddyz™ feature from DiGi's latest youth pack, DiGi Easy Prepaid. To bring the Buddyz™ theme to life, the contest is open to groups of two to four youths between 13 to 30-years-old. Each week, DiGi is granting up to RM10,000 to the team that generates the most votes for their idea.
The students were participated for this contest on Week 5 (17th November 2010 until 23rd November 2010) and won RM 10.000 of cash prizes .
By PRIYA KULASAGARAN
Students win first prize for their innovative mobile phone application that directs users to eco-friendly businesses.
ENVIRONMENTAL awareness and location-based service (LBS) technology proved to be a winning combination for three Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) students at the recent Samsung bada Varsity Developer Challenge finals in Kuala Lumpur. Team G-Polaris, comprising computer science students Khoo Han Ni, Chai Jian Wei and Peter Lau Yi Zhong, emerged as the first place winners of the competition. Together with their supervisor-lecturer Azlan Othman, they walked away with the grand prize of RM15,000, a Samsung Wave smart phone each and a year’s subscription of Mobile World magazine.
Supported by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the challenge required tertiary students to develop innovative mobile phone applications using bada. Bada, meaning “ocean” in Korean, is an open smartphone platform by Samsung which enables applications to utilise hardware by providing interfaces for interactive elements such as 3D graphics and motion support.
Out of the 22 entries received from 18 local higher education institutions, four finalists were picked to demonstrate their applications before a panel of judges. The judging panel consisted of MDeC vice president Saifol Bahri Shamlan, Samsung Malaysia Electronics’ Mobile Phone marketing department head Lee Jui Siang, Mobile World managing editor Kashminder Singh and Murasu Systems Sdn Bhd founder Muthu Nedumaran.
The winning team was selected based on a slew of criteria, such as innovation (creativity, technicality and commercial viability), technical aspects (user interface design and quality of experience) and general aspects (achievement of objectives, business model sustainability and implementation of new technology). Called ‘Green Polaris’, team G-Polaris’ application provides users with the LBS technology to direct them to eco-friendly companies and outlets, as well as tips and updates on environmental sustainability. The team was also the only one to get its application approved for sale at the online Samsung Apps Store prior to the finals.
The other teams had interesting ideas as well — Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s team Doa Nazihah for instance, created the “Doa Recital for Muslim Pilgrims” application to help Hajj pilgrims recite prayers through text and audio aids. Their spiritual approach earned them the runner-up prize of RM10,000 and a smartphone each.
Meanwhile, third place winners team Rois et Reine of the Management and Science University received RM5,000 and smartphones for “The Pianist”, an application that teaches users how to play the piano with sounds and chords. Team Rois et Reine also won a year’s subscription of Mobile World magazine for the most innovative team name and logo.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, who was present at the finals, said that such competitions were important to bridge the gap between academia and industry. “These competitions are crucial to help students keep abreast with the latest workplace trends, as well as network with key industry players. “We definitely need more of such avenues for young local talent to be recognised,” he said after handing out the prizes to the winning teams.
Team G-Polaris of USM being congratulated by Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah
Team from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) beat team from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in the final of the Intervarsities ICT Security Quiz organized by F-Secure Corporation. Congratulations to Bharik Anil Chandra, Shankar Karuppayah & Nurul Syafika Nadiah Md Zabarudin of the winning team from the School of Computer Sciences, USM. Congratulation also to their mentors, Professor Sureswaran Ramadass and Dr. Aman Jantan.
Computer Sciences Students Won Intervarsities ICT Security Quiz
USM students win study trip tp Helsinki
ENDEAVOR from Computer Vision Research Group (CVRG) has emerged as Winner for the e-health category of the MSC MALAYSIA APICTA AWARDS 2010. ENDEAVOR in it’s basic form is a software that allows viewing, sharing, analyzing, discussing, 3D-visualizing of medical images. The major focus of CVRG is soft tissue delineation and visualization with special interest in tumor delineation, 3D visualization and quantification. CVRG is continuously enriching ENDEAVOR through its active research while converting some of the research components into customized applications. ENDEAVOR’s award winning customized applications include ENDEAVOR-ANNOTATION – a real Time collaborative annotation application that facilitates virtual collaborative discussion of medical cases through images thus offering specialist advice and expertise to remote clinics and hospitals with limited facilities. The second customized application is ENDEAVOR-WML, for delineation, 3D Visualization of White Matter Lesions in human brain. A landmark achievement of this application is the international impact created by securing 3rd place in the Brain MRI Multiple Sclerosis Segmentation Grand Challenge, organized by the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society (MICCAI), ranking ahead of entries from prestigious Institutions such as John-Hopkins University and INRIA. Research University Grant, Universiti Sains Malaysia, funds this research in Medical Imaging. This research is backed by a multidisciplinary research group from: School of Computer Sciences, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute and School of Medical Sciences. It is supported by Post Doctoral research fellows, Postgraduate and Undergraduate research students and Software Engineers. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mandava Rajeswari leads the team. For further details and contact, please refer to
Assoc. Prof. Mandava Rajeswari receiving MSC Malaysia APICTA Awards 2010 for ENDEAVOR project
Our students Abraham Lock Jun Jiang and Loh Chong Hooi under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Rahmat Budiarto won a silver medal at NRIC 2010 held from 26 to 28 MAY 2010 at USM. In overall, USM won 1 Gold, 6 Silvers and 1 Bronze. Congratulations to the team on the success of their product called "Dynamic Quality of Service Mechanism for High Definition Internet Protocol Television in IPv6 Networks".
Our students won a silver medal at NRIC 2010