Patriotic-themed hunt with smartphones as navigation tool


(Front row, from left) Teik Peng, Justin, Jazz, Junior Chamber International Bukit Bintang president Denny Kong, Kuala Lumpur Society for International Affairs president Jack Lim and Mystery QR founder Nihil Khandelwal at the press conference on the Merdeka Android Warriors Hunt 2020. With them are event sponsor representatives.

A treasure hunt to look for QR codes at 26 locations within a generous time span of 10 days.

This is what the Merdeka Android Warriors Hunt will be like.

There will be no need for participants to be at a set venue at an appointed time.

Nor will there be the usual jostling that comes with having to navigate through large crowds.

What they must have, however, is an active, reliable mobile data plan and a smartphone - only those that are powered by Android are eligible which explains the event title.

On how she came up with the idea for an event with a targeted participation of 10,000 that will also comply with the new normal, organising chairman Jazz Tan remarked in jest that the treasure hunt was one good thing that had come out of the many hours staying at home during the movement control order.

“I am an extrovert. So throughout the whole time, my thoughts were on how to get people to come out but at the same time comply with health and safety requirements like physical distancing.

“In the end, we came up with the format for this treasure hunt which would be educational for our participants and help our sponsors to brand and market their businesses,” said Jazz, who is also Fuhla chief executive officer, an app development company.

A collaborative effort with Junior Chamber International Bukit Bintang and Kuala Lumpur Society for International Affairs, the treasure hunt is a community project and participation is free.

Top submissions that complete the most checkpoints with the highest marks and the fastest time before 6pm on Aug 31, wins.

Prizes include tickets to a water theme park, a day’s drive in a Porsche and a year’s pass to a stand up comedy club.

Entrance for participants is free.

Revealing that there will be mystery tasks for participants to complete in order to score extra points, Tan assured that each one had been tested and tried by the organising team themselves.

“One of the mystery tasks is to say, ‘I love Malaysia’ 20 times within 20 seconds. A team also gets extra points if the members are of different races and of different ages,” said Jazz.

Marketing manager of a gourmet burger chain, Sasha Lim, said what attracted her to hop on as a sponsor was the patriotic theme and the adventurous element within the hunt as participants are required to traverse around Kuala Lumpur in search of clues.

Such events also act as a good platform for sponsors to raise awareness for their businesses.

Jimmy Hooi, a cook in a neighbourhood cafe in Taman Bukit Indah, which is one of the checkpoints, said this was especially true for eateries located in the suburbs.

Present at the launch was Bukit Bintang Pemuda Negara chief coordinator Justin Prabakaran, who was the guest-of-honour.

“Events like this bring out the importance of technology and how everyone should learn how to use it. It’s easy. The moment one knows how to use social media, that is already the first step,” said Justin.

Also present as guest of honour was Bukit Bintang Federal Territories Residents Representative Council chairman Tan Teik Peng.

Teik Peng reminded that adherence to health guidelines under the new normal was everyone’s responsibility.

“This is one way for us to recognise the sacrifices made by our dedicated frontliners who have made Malaysia safe again. Adhering to the standard operating procedure set by the government is our way of honouring them. Otherwise, all their efforts would have been in vain,” said Teik Peng.

The family-friendly event is from Aug 22 to 31. To enter, visit https://fuhla.com/merdeka-2020/

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