Hack for Good, Malaysia’s first Narrow Band IoT HACKATHON

Team NBEE IOT emerges as the winning team in the Professional category for their NB-IoT bee farming project Hack for Good, Malaysia’s First Narrow Band Internet of Things hackathon. Ericsson, in a joint initiative with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), MCMC and Axiata Business Services, under the brand Xpand, announce the winners.

Hack for Good encourages university students and experienced professionals to build IoT solutions relevant to Malaysia. Focusing on various themes, teams are tasked with creating Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) solutions and innovations using Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform, or making existing solutions NB-IoT compatible. Rewarding winning team with prizes totalling RM 51,000, they also the opportunity to get onboarded to Ericsson Garage’s Incubation Program.

Open to University and tertiary education students from all private and public institutions in Malaysia as well as professionals, around 140 entries were received for this competition. The top 11 ideas are shortlisted, and a Pre-Hack Workshop is carried out to prepare the participants with the necessary skills for the prototype development. Participants are given a month of hacking time to develop the prototype, using Celcom Malaysia’s NB IoT Network and Ericsson APIs. During the hacking period, periodic progress meetings with industry mentors are carried out.

The winning team in the Student category is itVengers, for their Project on real time monitoring of paddy farms. NBEE IOT is declared as the Overall Hackathon Winner. NBEE IOT Team Captain Shee Tze Jin says, “We are honoured to be selected as the winner of the Hackathon and are excited to join the incubation program by Ericsson and its partners. Our ideas were inspired by the need to address current challenges faced by Malaysians in agriculture. Through this competition, we were able to learn from the experts in the industry and successfully bring our ideas to life. We definitely welcome the industry support to innovators like us through initiatives like this Hackathon.”

Datuk Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus, Chief Officer, Communications and Digital Ecosystem Sector, MCMC says, “The Digital Lifestyle Malaysia (DLM) promotes and accelerates the development and adoption of applications and services in the Internet of Things Ecosystem. We look forward to working with the winners of this Hackathon to further develop their prototype and would like them to utilize the myMaker IoT Lab facility for this purpose. Events like the NB-IoT Hackathon today will assist the country in its journey towards a Smart Digital Nation.”

Meanwhile, Todd Ashton, Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh says, “We and our long term partners UTM and Axiata are very encouraged by the strong participation and the innovative projects that have emerged from the Hackathon. We are delighted to be working with the best minds in the country, helping them translate their winning ideas into viable business solutions that will benefit the country.”

Hack for Good is the first of its kind, end-to-end cellular Internet of Things hackathon covering the complete ecosystem from device, connectivity, IoT platform to apps, to provide a unique opportunity to university students and professionals to build IoT based solutions relevant for Malaysia.


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