STUDENTS have about a month until Oct 20 to come up with an innovative yet practical business idea for the HSBC Young IT Entrepreneur Awards 2004 (Yitea 2004).
First initiated in Hong Kong, Yitea is being held for the third consecutive year in Malaysia. The Star is the media partner for the contest here.
The slog will be worth it though as this time round – on top of the attractive monetary prizes and trophies – the three top teams will also get a chance to visit Seattle, the United States, where they can look forward to networking with successful young netpreneurs while learning about the latest IT and media developments. Highlights of the trip include visits to Microsoft, the Seattle Times online newspaper and the Flight Museum of Boeing.
To promote the competition, a team from HSBC Malaysia has been visiting colleges and universities around the country. From Sarawak to Penang, the institutions include Inti Sarawak, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), KDU College Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Taylors Business School, Subang, and the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (Apiit).
The roadshows are aimed at introducing the Awards programme, and its benefits for students. HSBC also explained the terms of the endorsement of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) and their support in the Awards.
A HSBC Malaysia representative says the students they met were really enthusiastic about the competition and asked many questions.
Those interested in getting a HSBC team to visit their campus can contact the bank's Public Affairs Department at 03-2270 3893. Other colleges notched down in the calendar for a talk are Multimedia University (MMU) and Universiti Malaya.
The competition is open to full-time Malaysian undergraduates or diploma students aged 25 and below from local public or private universities or colleges.
Teams should comprise not more than three students who may be from different faculties and institutions. Individual entries are not permitted. This year, teams are allowed to include one international student studying in the local institutions.
Each team can only submit one proposal and all submissions must be written in English.
How to enter Entries are strictly via the official entry form available on the bank's website at www. hsbc.com.my.
Simply download the official entry form and fill in the necessary details.
It can then be submitted either via e-mail to email@example.com, or by mail to:
HSBC Young IT Entrepreneur
HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd
P.O. Box 10244
50912 Kuala Lumpur For more details, e-mail “IT Awards Enquiries” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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