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Change Retail Banking Through The HSBC Openlab Innovation Challenge!

From now until June 2019, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad is hosting the first ever HSBC Openlab Innovation Challenge to attract new talents, startups, designers, digital innovators and developers from all industries with innovative digital ideas to solve real-life retail banking challenges. 

Be it re-thinking existing banking propositions by building a disruptive digital banking alternative, or re-designing banking processes by leveraging rich data, better UI/UX, and real time risk assessment, or even re-inventing customer engagement through the digitisation of customer service participants of the HSBC Openlab Innovation Challenge 2019 are given the opportunity to work on their ideas using an openlab sandbox to create a working prototype of their solution. 

 

The HSBC Openlab Innovation Challenge 2019

 Different from a traditional Hackathon model, the HSBC Openlab Innovation Challenge 2019 allows participants to work on their solutions from the comfort of their own home/ office and provides them with access to a live sandbox openlab that has 200 Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), software development kit, as well as synthetic data to help them build their prototype. 

Once shortlisted, participants will then present their solutions to a panel of judges. The ideas will be evaluated based on several criteria including relevance to the problem statement, solution completeness/ workability as well as the uniqueness of the solution. 

Tara Latini, Country Head, Retail Banking and Wealth Management HSBC Malaysia said, “Malaysia is the first market where HSBC launches such a challenge and this clearly demonstrates the Bank’s commitment to the nation and its talented community of digital innovators. “

“As a global organisation which operates in 66 countries and territories, we at HSBC understand that digitisation is changing financial services at a rapid pace. We see that many of the current banking products, services and processes can be made better and faster via digitisation, better UI/UX and creative use of data. Therefore, through the HSBC Openlab Innovation Challenge, we aim to revolutionise the way financial products and services are designed and delivered to our valued customers,” she added. 

For this Challenge, the openlab software platform is made available to all contestants. Openlab is a sandbox with software development kits, application program interfaces and datasets that facilitate new use case development and proof of concepts.

Supported by technology provider Open Banking Project (https://www.openbankproject.com/), openlab aims to enhance collaboration between businesses and technologists. 

The HSBC Openlab Innovation Challenge is a great opportunity to showcase your talents, learn new skills, gain exposure to the banking and fintech industry, grow your network through meeting new people including industry experts, and build your business by kick-starting your idea. On top of all these, you and your team who create the code, apps or other intellectual properties get to own all the intellectual rights. 

What are you waiting for? Register your team now and stand to win attractive cash prizes for the best digital innovations: the first prize is RM8000, the second prize is RM6000 and the third is RM4000. 

For registration and more details, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/openlab-hsbc-tickets-60266606041?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete. The team registration closes on 5 May 2019. Shortlisted teams will be notified accordingly. 

 

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Can You Hack It : Hong Leong Bank Hackathon Details!

If you are a programmer looking to join the FinTech and banking sectors, here is your chance! Hong Leong Bank just announced the second Can You Hack It hackathon! Here are the full details!

 

Can You Hack It : A Hong Leong Bank Hackathon!

Can You Hack It is Hong Leong Bank’s way of discovering and seeking out fit-for-hire participants with a knack for solving problems and digital innovation. During this 24-hour hackathon, participants will have the chance to explore the limits of their imagination in the field of financial products and banking services.

In addition to RM 15,000 in cash prizes, participants will get the chance to get hired by Hong Leong Bank, or even receive funding and support for their projects!

Held in collaboration with JomHack Malaysia, Google Cloud and Rakuten RapidAPI, Can You Hack It seeks to reward individuals and teams who demonstrate innovation and ideas for better banking through the use of shared APIs.

At the end of the 24-hour hackathon, individuals and teams participating in Can You Hack It will demonstrate their working prototypes to a panel of key HLB executives and observers from the local digital industry and VC scene.

 

Can You Hack It Details

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Date : To be held on 27 and 28 April 2019

Venue : Menara Hong Leong in Damansara City, Selangor

Prizes : RM15,000 in cash, potential employment opportunities and even further funding and support for incubator or accelerator programmes for promising projects

Judges : Key Hong Leong executives, and observers from the local digital industry and VC scene       

 

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The Grand Challenge 2018 Hackathon Guide – Kuala Lumpur!

The Grand Challenge 2018 Hackathon series is coming up! If you are a tech entrepreneur who wants to get some skin in the game, or just want to show the world how smart you are, this is your chance! It’s time to show the world what you can do at the Grand Challenge 2018 hackathons!

Updated @ 2018-09-17 : Added details of the KL hackathon and pictures of the Johor hackathon. Congratulations to the winners!

Updated @ 2018-08-27 : Added pictures of the Sarawak hackathon. Congratulations to the winners!

Updated @ 2018-07-22 : Added the Sarawak hackathon details! Updated the Johor hackathon details!

Updated @ 2018-07-14 : Added the travel expense bonus for the Johor hackathon!

Updated @ 2018-07-04 : Added pictures of the Penang hackathon, and details of the Johor hackathon.

Originally posted @ 2018-06-28

 

The Grand Challenge 2018 Hackathons

The Grand Challenge 2018 Hackathons is a series of four different hackathons, each with a different challenge. So you will have not one, but up to four chances to prove your worth!


  • The Grand Challenge 2018 hackathons are backed by MDEC and the Penang state government
  • Anyone can join the Grand Challenge 2018 hackathons, and registration is FREE!
  • Every hackathon will last 3 days, and have RM 15,000 worth of prizes!
  • A panel of judges from various backgrounds will select the winners based on their creativity, marketability, uniqueness and impact.

 

How To Join The Grand Challenge 2018

You can sign up for one, or ALL of the four Grand Challenge 2018 hackathons by :

Register online here!

Call +6016-482-3528

Email vel@itt.asia

Web www.thegrandchallenge.my

 

The Penang Grand Challenge 2018

Theme : Outdoor Billboard Monitoring System

Location : @CAT Penang, Level 3, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, 16, Gat Lebuh China, Georgetown, 10300 Penang

Date : 29th June to 1st July 2018

Full Details : Click HERE!

 

The Sarawak Grand Challenge 2018

Theme : Smart Logbook & Hiker Tracking

Location : Kuching, Sarawak

Date : 24th to 26th August 2018

Full Details : Click HERE!

 

The Johor Grand Challenge 2018

Theme : Smart Tourism

Location : IskandarSpace, Unit 02-02, Level 2, CIMB Leadership Academy, No. 3, Jalan Medini Utara 1, Medini Iskandar, 79200 Iskandar Puteri, Johor

Date : 7th to 9th September 2018

Full Details : Click HERE!

EVERY team that registers for The Grand Challenge 2018 Johor will receive RM 150 CASH for travel expenses!!!

 

The Kuala Lumpur Grand Challenge 2018

Theme : Occupancy Sensors For Parking Lots + Garage Lighting System

Location : KnowledgeCom, 3 Two Square, Petaling Jaya

Date : 21st to 23rd September 2018

Full Details : Click HERE!

 

The Grand Challenge 2018 Schedule

Are you up for the challenge? These hackathons are not for the faint of heart! Check out the schedule for all four hackathons :

Day 1ScheduleDay 2ScheduleDay 3Schedule
7:00 PMRegistration8:00 AMBreakfast8:00 AMBreakfast
8:00 PMDinner9:00 AMProject Management Basics9:00 AMPitching 101
9:00 PMIce Breaking & Briefing Session10:00 AMHackathon continues!10:00 AMJudging
10:00 PMUsing Technology to Address Problems of Today12:00 PMLunch11:00 AMTop 5 Teams Pitching
11:00 PM onwardsHackathon begins!1:00 PMCritical Thinking in Problem Solving12:00 PMPrize Giving and Lunch
2:00 PMHackathon continues!
7:00 PMDinner
8:00 PMHow to Attract Investors
9:00 PM onwardsHackathon continues!

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Penang Grand Challenge 2018 Details

Theme : Outdoor Billboard Monitoring System

Location : @CAT Penang, Level 3, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, 16, Gat Lebuh China, Georgetown, 10300 Penang

Date : 29th June to 1st July 2018

Problem Statement : Outdoor billboards are one of the biggest advertisement platforms in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the tracking and monitoring process for the advertisements are really time consuming and hard with traditional method.

Outdoor billboard owners should get permit from city councils to own such billboards. They have to pay permit fee for each time they change advertisements on the billboards too.

For an example, let’s say ABC company owns a billboard in Georgetown. They place an advertisement for Pepsi for 3 months. They need to approach the city council and get permit for the advertisement and specify the duration of advertisement will be displayed. Assuming after the 3 months, they change to Colgate advertisement, they need to approach the city council again to obtain for new permit. The challenge here is, the billboard owners do not approach the city council to get new permits.

This is causing loss in revenue for city councils. Besides city councils can’t review the content of these advertisements to make sure they can be displayed in public places.

Specifications : Proposed idea must utilize Internet of Things (IoT) based solution.

  • Track the location of the billboards
  • Track the duration of the advertisements
  • Create alerts in case of advertisement changes and due dates
  • Create reports for City councils
  • Alert on defaulters

Justification : Creating IoT based solutions for Outdoor billboards will monitor the content of the advertisement to make sure they are appropriate for public display.

Such monitoring system will force the billboard owners to apply for appropriate permits which will generate income for city councils.

Potential Stakeholders : City councils

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Sarawak Grand Challenge 2018 Details

Theme : Smart Logbook & Hiker Tracking

Location : Kuching, Sarawak

Date : 24th to 26th August 2018

Problem Statement : Every year hundreds of thousands of hikers enter our forests and return without any problems but a small amount of them on the other hand encounter into problems such as:

  • Injury in forest
  • Go off the track
  • Missing
  • Unable to contact the hiking station in case of emergency
  • Report a crime while in jungle
  • Receive information/ update from forestry etc.

Challenge : The Grand Challenge Kuching participants should develop solutions to :

  • Help the hikers to navigate through the jungle
  • Enable the hikers to communicate with their base station
  • Report crime or send a distress signal with coordinates
  • Receive updates or information from the Forestry Department

The following data sets will be prepared and provided by the organisers :

  • Forest map (sample)
  • Terrain details (sample)
  • Trekking routes
  • Forestry contact information
  • Other relevant data

Participants that require additional data sets should make their requests by 10 August 2018.

Specifications : The solution should be cost-effective, and easy to implement, with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT), with solutions based on Bluetooth, LoRA, WiFi, Zigbee, LoRAWAN technologies, etc.

Requirements : Participants must create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) within 36 hours, with a focus on :

  • Functionality and usability
  • Marketing strategies and commercial angle
  • Business model for the product developed

Teams should comprise of 3-5 members with tech and/or business backgrounds. Organizers will not provide any hardware, so if any are required, participants should prepare and bring their own hardware.

Potential Stakeholders : The Malaysian Forestry Department, National Parks, Regional Forestry Departments.

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Johor Grand Challenge 2018 Details

Theme : Smart Tourism

Location : IskandarSpace, Unit 02-02, Level 2, CIMB Leadership Academy, No. 3, Jalan Medini Utara 1, Medini Iskandar, 79200 Iskandar Puteri, Johor

Date : 7th to 9th September 2018

Challenge : Develop solutions to promote Iskandar Puteri attractions, enhance visitor experience, provide information about local attractions, encourage visitors to explore them, promote local businesses and events. Participants should focus their MVP to the Iskandar Puteri area.

The data set will be prepared and provided by Iskandar Investment Berhad, which would include :

  • Location map
  • Local attractions
  • Promotions
  • Other relevant data

Participants that require additional data sets should make their requests by 10 August 2018.

Specifications : Solutions developed must make use of one of these technologies :

  • Internet of Things
  • Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Analytics

Requirements : Participants must create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) within 36 hours, with a focus on :

  • Functionality and usability
  • Marketing strategies and commercial angle
  • Business model for the product developed

Teams should comprise of 3-5 members with tech and/or business backgrounds. They must stay in Iskandar Space during the hackathon but are allowed to explore the area to gather details, pictures or other necessary information.

Stakeholders : Iskandar Investment Berhad and Iskandar Puteri

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Register online here!

Call +6016-482-3528

Email vel@itt.asia

Web www.thegrandchallenge.my

 

Kuala Lumpur Grand Challenge 2018 Details

Theme : Occupancy Sensors For Parking Lots + Garage Lighting System

Location : KnowledgeCom, 3 Two Square, Petaling Jaya

Date : 21st to 23rd September 2018

Problem Statement : First Solar is a photovoltaic manufacturer of ridge thin film modules (solar panels), and a provider of utility-scale PV power plants and supporting services.

The scope for this hackathon is narrowed down to office parking lots where all lights need to be dimmed whenever there is no car or movement. However, the lights need to automatically brighten when movement is observed, and an alert notification sent out.

Specifications : In addition to the automatic dimming and brightening of the lights, the system needs to generate two specific reports :

  • Report on each detected movement, which sends a distress signal with vehicle geo-location, speed, and photo with registration number, etc.
  • Report on monthly energy usage and the amount of energy saved.

Participants must develop a solution that is cost effective and easy to implement. Organisers will not provide any hardware, so participants should prepare and bring their own hardware.

Requirements : Participants must create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) within 36 hours, with a focus on :

  • Functionality and usability
  • Marketing strategies and commercial angle
  • Business model for the product developed

Teams should comprise of 3-5 members with tech and/or business backgrounds. They must stay in KnowledgeCom during the hackathon.

Data Set : The data set will be prepared and provided by the organisers, and include :

  • Energy consumption calculator (kWh sample)
  • First Solar contact information
  • Other relevant data

Potential Stakeholders : First Solar Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

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iflix Seize Ctrl Hackathon Reveals Local Hacking Talents

26 September 2016iflix, the world’s leading Internet TV service for emerging markets, offering subscribers unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more, hosted its inaugural 24-hour hackathon Seize Ctrl in conjunction with its ‘Hacked by Mr Robot’ campaign to celebrate the Season 2 Finale of its hit exclusive Emmy award winning show, Mr. Robot.

 

iflix Hackathon Seize Ctrl

Seize Ctrl was conceived in true Mr. Robot fashion – a hackathon designed to have coders dig deep into the iflix systems and application, and find ways to improve, create, evolve or takeover features and functionalities within the iflix service.

12 teams, consisting primarily of college students and young developers, competed in the grueling 24-hour challenge, with iflix’s engineering teams providing guidance and mentorship. Seize Ctrl allowed iflix to further cultivate innovation within the Malaysian technology ecosystem, providing a forum for talent to build features from ideation to prototypes/actual working proofs of concept, a process that typically takes months to achieve, in just 24-hours. The challenge was immense and results were astounding.

The winning team, known as the The Hackbots led by Ghis Bakour took away the top cash prize of RM5,000 for their development of “Campaigns,” a feature that allows iflix users to initiate campaigns around their content choices and wishes. Producing a working prototype in less than a day, The Hackbots programmed a feature in-app that allows users to crowdsource opinions and votes for movies and TV shows they want to watch on iflix.

This exceptional display of innovation is perfectly in line with iflix’s commitment to understanding what its members want and delivering on that demand. Second and third placed teams also took away cash prizes, while other teams received Mr. Robot merchandise and iflix subscriptions.

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CEO of iflix Malaysia, Azran Osman-Rani said, “There are so many incredibly talented people in Malaysia’s tech community and iflix is honoured to have had the opportunity to create a forum for them to explore their creativity and innovation. Seize Ctrl is a testament to our ongoing commitment to promote excellence in the Malaysian ICT industry through supporting and growing young local talent.”

Seize Ctrl was organised in conjunction with iflix’s ‘Hacked by Mr. Robot’ campaign to celebrate the two part season 2 finale of iflix’s first run exclusive and worldwide smash hit, Mr. Robot. The campaign included the ‘hacking’ and takeover of digital billboards across Klang Valley, the iflix website and mobile app, in addition to the social media accounts of a number of Malaysia’s most high profile celebrities and influencers including Sazzy Falak, Jehan Miskin, Roshan from K-town Clan, Ann Osman and many more. Mr. Robot finale episodes aired exclusively on iflix less than 24-hours after their initial U.S. broadcast, followed by the immediate availability of Seasons 1 and 2 as full box sets on iflix.

 

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JomHack Hackathon: Smart Cities With LoRa

Cyberjaya, 11 August 2016 – The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Cyberview Sdn Bhd – the Cyberjaya Tech Hub Enabler – together with The Things Network Netherlands and Pixaworks Creative Sdn Bhd recently successfully completed a 24-hour Internet of Things (IoT) hackathon known as JomHack: IoT for Smart Cities with LoRa. Held from 5-7th August at the Cyberview Living Lab in Cyberjaya, the event saw 30 teams, each comprising three members with various computer programming, application development and engineering backgrounds, collaborate and develop usable IoT solutions which can be adopted and implemented in Cyberjaya, within the allocated 24 hours. Commenting on the inaugural 2016 event, Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, MDEC said, “The IoT represents the next frontier of Information Technology, with tremendous new capabilities waiting to be explored. With JomHack, we are a step closer to transforming the nation and fundamentally reshaping the way our cities operate. Through the partnership with Cyberview Living Lab, The Things Network and the ideas we see brought to life by the participants, we look forward to planning the future of our connected Malaysia.”  

JomHack Hackathon Winners

Ten winning projects were shortlisted with the top three teams selected as grand winners based on their ability to build IoT solutions around the “Smart Cities” theme, real-world application, innovation and individual capabilities of the teams: Seven other winners from the top ten received RM300 as consolation prizes. For 28-year old startup founder Leong Yok Tien, the win was a pleasant surprise to him and the team, “It’s an honour for us to be recognised at this hackathon, given the brilliance showcased by the participants here. With our project, we hope this would soon address the common yet critical water leakage problems in our country, and we look forward to seeing the related parties adopting our solution in real-life application.” Participants also made use of Long Range (LoRa) technology – a signal modulation technique that provides long-range communication link for low-power wide-area network which can reach up to 2-3 km in urban areas and over 15 km in sub-urban areas. The technology was provided by The Things Network (TTN) Netherland – a global, open, crowd-sourced Internet of Things data network with over 200 communities worldwide. Johan Stokking, co-founder and technology lead of the TTN said at the judging ceremony that he was largely impressed with the determination and innovation presented despite the time constraint for the participants. He enthused, “Part of becoming a smarter city involves setting up the right opportunity and infrastructure that invites community participation. JomHack certainly hit its mark with these brilliant pitches from its very talented community from all over the country. I’m happy to surmise that everyone here is without a doubt, the best group of hackathon participants I have ever seen.” Sharing his thoughts on JomHack, Mahadhir Aziz, Head of Technology Hub Development Division, Cyberview Sdn Bhd said, “Innovation is at the heart of daily life here in Cyberjaya. As Malaysia’s Capital of Creation, we are beyond excited to have played host to such a prestigious event. Through this collaboration with MDEC and The Things Network Netherland, we are proud to be part of a movement that could improve the living experience of the community in the long term. We hope that these ideas will be developed to become enablers and key elements of our smart city vision that is driven by a culture of innovation and supported by unparalleled connectivity, sustainability, security and liveability.”ervices Sdn Bhd, and Gain Secure Sdn Bhd.  

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