STAYING true to its “#khabarbaik” spirit, Unifi organised its first ever hackathon to tap into creative young talents for brilliant ideas to resolve problems and enhance the service experience of its customers.
The 24-hour hackathon challenge was held at Multimedia University (MMU) in Cyberjaya, with over 110 local and foreign students from 13 public and private universities nationwide taking part.
Unifi’s call for creative solutions among students in this hackathon received participation from a total of 27 teams from various local universities.
The participants, comprising groups of three to five members with different backgrounds of expertise such as coding, hacking and designing, came together to build innovative and practical digital solutions within 24 hours.
The teams were tasked to ideate and develop innovative digital solutions, which could be adopted and implemented by Unifi.
Unifi acting executive vice-president Moharmustaqeem Mohammed attended the event and spent time getting to know the participants.
“Unifi is always listening and looking for ways to improve our services and processes so we can serve Malaysians better,” said Moharmustaqeem.
“We are committed to bringing ‘#khabarbaik’ to address our customers’ pain points and what better way to do so than through the best young talents who are also our customers.
“With that, we can create and adopt new solutions to meet their needs better.
“We are committed to deploying the ideas from the winning teams.
“The winners will be rewarded with an exclusive opportunity to work with the Unifi digital team, so we can roll out the solutions quickly to the market.”
The teams behind the 10 shortlisted projects were invited to present their work before a panel of judges.
After a gruelling coding exercise, the top three teams were selected as the winners.
They were judged based on their abilities to build exciting digital solutions aimed at enhancing Unifi customer experience. The key winning factors included innovation, originality and design, as well as technical ability.
The top three winners of Unifi’s Hackathon 2019 were Fast Data team from Asia Pacific University; Green Phoenix team from Universiti Malaya and Taylor’s University; and RGB team from Universiti Malaya.
Each winning team took home a cash prize of RM10,000 and an opportunity to incubate with the Unifi team to deploy their solutions to real-life challenges.