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Microsoft Malaysia Rated Top 10 Tech Employer In 2018!

Microsoft Malaysia Rated Top 10 Tech Employer In 2018!

Microsoft Malaysia was just announced as a top 10 tech employer in the 2018 Graduates Choice Award! Here are the full details!

 

Microsoft Malaysia Rated Top 10 Tech Employer In 2018

Microsoft Malaysia was just ranked as a top 10 tech employer in the 2018 Graduates Choice Award.

Organised by HRINCAMPUS and supported by various University Board Members such as Taylor’s University, Sunway University and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the 2018 Graduates Choice Award features more than 360 nominees in total, as nominated by Universities nationwide.

The award also received the support of the Ministry of Education, MDEC and Career Development Centre Club Malaysia (CDCC).

Undergraduates from across Malaysia were then given the opportunity to vote for their favorite graduate employer brands. With 10 winners per contesting category, and 10 contesting categories in total, only 100 brands emerged at the top and were declared as the recipients of the Graduates Choice Award.

 

Microsoft Malaysia’s Record As A Tech Employer

With over 44 years of experience in the industry and 25 years in Malaysia, Microsoft Malaysia has long invested in the development of talent in Malaysia, with education-linked initiatives as one of its top priorities.

Events such as the Imagine Cup, which was hosted in Kuala Lumpur in April this year, provides an avenue for Microsoft to reach out to students who are keen to dive deeper into the tech industry.

Microsoft has also partnered with educational institutions, as well as the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports for the introduction of Digital ILKBS and the Ministry of Education to launch the STEM4ALL campaign.

These initiatives allow students to witness the work that is being done by Microsoft in Malaysia, inspiring them to join the company upon graduation.

The work culture in Microsoft has also evolved over the years, providing its employees with an inclusive and diverse work environment.

 

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SUFECS – Imagine Cup Asia 2019 People’s Choice Winner!

Team Caeli from India may have won the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia, but another team stood out from the crowd of truly excellent teamsTeam SUFECS from Malaysia. In fact, they impressed Microsoft Ignite Sydney participants so much, they gave the team an award!

Find out what the SUFECS project is all about, and why the team won the Microsoft Ignite People’s Choice Award!

Updated @ 2019-02-25 : Added a new video of Team SUFECS’s pitch at the Imagine Cup Asia 2019, with additional details on the SUFECS system.

Originally posted @ 2019-02-20

 

Team SUFECS From UTHM, Malaysia

The SUFECS team was formed by four students from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM).

  • Seah Choon Sen : Team Leader & Data Scientist
  • Tan Wei Yang : Technology Developer
  • Mek Zi Cong : Operations
  • Muhammad Adam bin Mazlan : Web Developer

 

What Is SUFECS All About?

Short for Smart Urban Farming with Automated Environmental Controlled System, SUFECS was developed to make urban farming easier and more accessible to both entrepreneurs and the common people.

Built to automate hydroponic vertical farming, it will continuously monitor and automatically adjust critical environmental parameters to ensure optimal growth. To do that, this enterprising team leveraged IoT devices, cloud computing and machine learning.

  • Multiple electronic sensors monitor conditions within the hydroponic system
  • A control module sends the environmental parameters to Microsoft Azure for processing and logging
  • Deviations from optimal conditions are automatically detected and corrected

The team has demonstrated that SUFECS does not only make it easy for anyone to grow their own crops in an urban, indoor environment, they are able to significantly speed up growth, reducing the time between planting and harvest.

They also showed that SUFECS has successfully increased the size of the plant, and the yield of the crops. This means their system will not only make it easier to setup and maintain an urban hydroponic farm of any size, it will create bigger and better crops.

 

What Can SUFECS Monitor & Control?

SUFECS is currently able to monitor and control six environmental parameters :

  • ambient temperature,
  • water temperature,
  • humidity level,
  • water level,
  • pH value, and
  • ambient light.

It will also monitor plant height, and alert you when it is ready for harvest.

The team is working to add the ability to monitor and control two additional environmental parameters 

  • electrical conductivity
  • dissolved oxygen level

The team has, so far, developed datasets for five different plant types using machine learning.

 

SUFECS Wins People’s Choice Award @ Microsoft Ignite Sydney

Microsoft held the Microsoft Ignite Sydney a day after Imagine Cup Asia, where they showcased the projects of the top 12 Asian teams.

At the end of Ignite, Team SUFECS received the most vote, and won the People’s Choice Award! Congratulations!

 

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These 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Winners Will Change The World

Asia has chosen their representatives to the 2019 Imagine Cup World Championships – Team Caeli from India! They also honoured Team RailinNova from China and Team AidUSC from the Philippines. Congratulations!

 

What Is The Imagine Cup?

Held and sponsored by Microsoft since 2003, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition.

Teams of students from across the globe work together with mentors and industry leaders to bring their biggest and boldest ideas to life.

The five Imagine Cup judges evaluated the merits of these 12 top teams in a three-step process :

  • a 3-minute product presentation
  • 5 minutes of hands-on time
  • a Q&A session

To avoid bias and group-think, the judges evaluated the teams independently, and even used an application to anonymously tabulate the results.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Winners

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Champion : Team Caeli from India

Team Caeli won over the hearts of the judges with their automated Anti-Pollution and Drug delivery mask specifically designed for patients that are suffering from asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions.

Their face mask had breakthrough features that will significantly improve the quality of life for patients with respiratory issues living in polluted areas.

Team Caeli will receive USD15,000 and head to the 2019 Imagine Cup World Championship, which will be held in Seattle in May.

If they win the World Championship, they will win USD100,000 in cash, a USD50,000 Azure grant, and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella!

1st Runner-Up : Team RailinNova from China

Team RailinNova developed the Rail Component Inspection Robot, which determines and identifies rail defects through multi-sensor monitoring. The solution strives to help railway companies to solve any issues more efficiently, and more economically.

For their excellence, Team RailinNova will receive a USD5,000 cash prize.

2nd Runner-Up : Team AidUSC from the Philippines

Team AidUSC came up with Aqua Check, a water contamination mobile application that enables detection of contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope. It won them third place, and a USD1,000 cash prize.

 

Special Mention : The Other 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Teams

Having watched all 12 teams in action, we must point out that all 12 Asian teams were truly exceptional. They impressed us, not only with the depth of knowledge, but also their poise and ability to think out-of-the-box in the conception and execution of their projects.

We also admire how their projects were created with social impact in mind. This gives us great hope in the new generation of entrepreneurs, who are seeking to improve society as a whole. We are all winners with young entrepreneurs of their caliber.

 

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The Five 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Judges Revealed!

The top 12 student developer teams from Asia are now in Sydney preparing to present a live demo of their projects. If they impress these five 2019 Imagine Cup Asia judges, they stand to win US$20,000 in prizes, and the coveted spot in the World Championship!

So who are the five 2019 Imagine Cup Asia judges? Let’s find out!

 

What Is The Imagine Cup?

Held and sponsored by Microsoft since 2003, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. Teams of students from across the globe work together with mentors and industry leaders to bring their biggest and boldest ideas to life.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals

This year, Microsoft organised the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals in Sydney, Australia. Hundreds of teams from 17 Asian countries submitted their projects, but just twelve great teams won a shot to participate in the Asia Regional Finals!

These twelve teams will compete for US$20,000 in prizes on 12 February, but only one team will win the ultimate prize – an all-expenses paid trip to the World Finals in Seattle!

There, the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Champion will participate along the best and brightest teams from across the globe to claim the title of World Champion, US$100,000 cash prize, and the chance to take home the Imagine Cup!

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Judges

The four 2019 Imagine Cup Asia judges will review each team’s project pitch and ultimately decide who will move forward to the 2019 World Championship this May for a chance to win USD100,000 plus a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Rachel Bondi

Marketing & Operations Director Microsoft Australia

As the Marketing and Operations Director, Rachel Bondi is responsible for the development and execution of marketing strategies across the full range of Microsoft’s products and services in Australia.

She also leads the business operations for the local subsidiary including long-term planning initiatives.

Kate Carruthers

Chief Data Officer at UNSW, Author and founder of IoT MAus

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is co-founder of several startups, including IoTM, and currently advises a number of startups.

Justin Garrett

Director in Academic Ecosystems at Microsoft

Justin Garrett is Director in Academic Ecosystems at Microsoft. Justin and his team work closely with university faculty, product engineers, and Cloud Advocates to create engaging learning experiences for student developers.

In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son’s soccer team, volunteering at an animal shelter with his daughter, and is an avid Pacific Northwest skier-mountaineer.

Mike Pesce

Author, Inventor & Futurist

Mark Pesce is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur, and innovator. He has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years and is a sought-after keynote speaker for major conferences and leadership gatherings.

Emily Rich

Managing Director for Aus/NZ Microsoft for Startups

Emily co-founded Jemsoft, an AI company, which was then acquired in 2017. Emily went on to co-found M8 Ventures, a venture capital fund, whose concentration is working alongside founders to build out robust commercialisation and sustained growth strategies.

Emily joined Microsoft as Managing Director of Startups for ANZ where she is committed to building out startup initiatives for this region for both startups and scaleups.

 

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Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 APAC Winner : Team PINE!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 April 2018 – Microsoft today crowned Team PINE from Malaysia as the winner of the Imagine Cup 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Finals, after a nail-biting finale against 14 other teams from across the region. Six other teams were also selected to continue their journey at the Imagine Cup 2018 World Finals which will be held in Seattle in July.

 

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 APAC Winner : Team PINE!

Team PINE developed a handheld sensing device that can help pineapple farmers efficiently and effectively evaluate optimal levels of ripeness prior to harvest, and in a non-intrusive manner.

According to Tan Yit Peng, a member of Team Pine, “Pineapples are the second most exported tropical fruit in Malaysia. Currently, a conventional method is used to determine the quality of a pineapple (Brix value) and this is done intrusively using a refractometer which leads to a lot of wastage. Our device will allow farmers to check the internal quality of the pineapples in order to ensure that the quality is optimum before harvest. It is a quick and easy solution that these farmers can use.”

When asked about the team’s feelings about being crowned the champions, she had this to say,” We are overjoyed about winning the regional finals and we look forward to waving the Malaysian flag proudly during the finals in Seattle!”

Congratulating the team, K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia said, “We are delighted that Malaysia has bagged the top spot in the regional finals of this prestigious Imagine Cup. It gives us immense pride and joy to see them take our flag to the global finals. With Imagine Cup, we continue to build on our goal to empower students and prepare the future workforce. To the fifteen teams from across Asia Pacific that gathered for the competition, I hope you feel proud of what you have accomplished thus far. Simply being here is deserving of congratulations.”

The first runner-up and second runner-up places were awarded to Team BeeConnex from Thailand, and Team 7x from Singapore, respectively.

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Team BeeConnex from Thailand came up with the Smart Hive; an IoT device that enables beekeepers to track and monitor the health of a beehive. The device is also able to alert beekeepers when potential issues are detected within the hive.

Singapore’s Team 7x created ProCubeX, an interactive smart-learning cube designed as an early intervention tool for children with dyslexia. The cube will intelligently generate an individualized education plan for dyslexic children, triggering multisensory stimulation as well as the parts of the brain responsible for language learning.

In all, seven teams from the Imagine Cup APAC Regional Finals were selected to continue their innovation journey to the next level at the Imagine Cup World Finals. The seven teams are:

Team Name Market Prize
Team PINE Malaysia Champion
Team BeeConnex Thailand 1st Runner-Up
Team 7x Singapore 2nd Runner-Up
Team Beehive Drone Indonesia *Worldwide Finalist
Team Classum Korea *Worldwide Finalist
Team En#22.45km Korea *Worldwide Finalist
Team SochWare Nepal *Worldwide Finalist

* In no particular order of merit

The student teams will take their innovation journey to the next level at the Imagine Cup 2018 World Finals. Held in Seattle this July, the World Finals will gather more than 50 student teams from all over the world, all vying for the top prize of up to US$100,000, mentorship opportunities with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, as well as Azure grants and credits to bring their winning solution to the market.

The 15 finalist teams which participated in the regional finals came from nine countries, including Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. These teams were selected from local finals that were held in each country earlier this year.

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3 Malaysian Teams Selected For Imagine Cup 2016 Regional Finals

Microsoft Malaysia recently announced the selection of three Malaysian teams to represent Malaysia in the Imagine Cup 2016 Regional Finals in June. Let’s take a look at what Imagine Cup is all about, and how these 3 teams stood up and above everyone else.

 

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2016

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition, which encourages students from all disciplines to use their penchant for technology to create new applications, games and solution to change the way we live, work and play.

During Imagine Cup, students are required to create a technology project from start to finish – therefore formulating a great idea, supporting it with a thorough plan, and eventually building the project for submission. Students can submit their work for three main categories – Games, Innovation and World Citizenship.

Category winners in the Imagine Cup 2016 National Finals will compete in the online Regional Finals to be held in June. If successful, they will go on to represent the nation in their respective categories at the World Finals in Seattle, USA in July, and stand a chance to go home with the grand prize of USD$50,000.

 

The Three Malaysian Teams

The Imagine Cup 2016 National Finals held in the historical city of Melaka from 12 to 13 April saw 250 students from all over the country, forming 19 teams, to compete in these three categories. A total of 50 ideas were submitted, out of which the following teams emerged victorious:

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Team Burning Hair from Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak

Project : Plug In
Summary : A game inspired by the very real-life situation of needing to charge a phone

For Chee Xian of Team Burning Hair, the Imagine Cup was an eye-opening experience. He said, “Competing in the Games category placed us in front of many challenges, especially with everyone bringing the best that they can to the table. We are very thankful for this opportunity and for our mentor John Hii as well, who guided and encouraged us to get to where we are today.” The team from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak created “Plug In”, a game inspired by the very real-life situation of needing to charge a phone.

 

Team InnovaBoard from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

Project : InnovaBoard (Balance Board)
Summary : An interactive ‘balance board’ aimed at helping people improve their body balance.

Najib Abdullah from University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and his team came up with the brilliant idea of InnovaBoard, an interactive ‘balance board’ aimed at helping people improve their body balance. “InnovaBoard provides interactive games and programs that make the experience challenging, but fun. Moreover, it is an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) enabled device that allows for data to be stored in the cloud, readily accessible by therapists, coaches or the users themselves,” he added.

 

Team BAWA from Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak

Project : Easing Mobility Challenges for the Visually Impaired
Summary : This project is aimed at helping the visually impaired by creating a low-cost solution that extends beyond the capabilities of a cane, turning it into a wearable product.

For Team BAWA, also of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak, winning the World Citizenship category was a satisfying culmination to all their hard work. Their project is aimed at enhancing the lives of others – helping the visually impaired by creating a low-cost solution that extends beyond the capabilities of a cane, turning it into a wearable product. Member Daniel Vong said, “As students, we often have plenty of ideas that have the potential to benefit society. However, the avenues to showcase our ideas are seldom available to us. The Imagine Cup provides that opportunity for us to not only share our thoughts, but to learn and grow as well.”

 

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