Rewarding creativity in ICT

Whiz kids: Best of Tertiary Student Project (Software / Hardware) category winners (from left) Tan Jit Ren, Wong Mun Choong, Wai Lun and Ker Kia Chiun.

ALTHOUGH only in primary school, Delia Salvina Nabilah Mohd Salleh wanted to share the beauty of her city with the rest of the world.

In a video titled Urban Landscape of Putrajaya, she showed off the city and provided explanations to go with the images.

“I made the video to teach people about Putrajaya,” said the 12-year-old from SK Putrajaya Presint 11 (1).

“Putrajaya has many beautiful buildings and because it is my city, I want people to know more about it.”

Her teacher later found out about the MSC Malaysia Asia-Pacific ICT Alliance (Apicta) awards and advised Delia to submit her video.

Delia emerged winner of the Best of Primary Student Project category and will represent Malaysia for the regional contest that will take place in Brunei on Dec 5.

Students from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology bagged both the Apicta and merit awards for the Best of Tertiary Student Project (Creative Multimedia) category.

The team, comprising Teh Yong Quan, Tamara Astari, Yuen Wai Leong, Muhammad Shafiq Romli, Nabilah Raihan and Mohd Azlan Abu Hassan, produced a videogame called Paradigm Shift for their final year project.

Set in two different time settings — the present day and some time in the future — the graphics and gameplay were so impressive that some people doubted the videogame was done by them, said the students.

The merit winners in the Best of Secondary Student Project category designed an alarm system named Neighbours Wonders.

The students; R. Kotanda Ram, R. Sri Ahrivesh, S. Kavin and Thandrapani Murugan, had previously won third prize in the Genius Olympiad 2012 International High School Project Fair on Environment, for their alarm system which is meant for installation in parallel houses in a neighbourhood.

“If a thief enters one house, the occupants can press a button and the buzzer will sound in their next-door neighbour’s house,” said the 14-year-olds from SMK Kulim.

“The thief won’t know that the system has been activated and can be caught. This will reduce crime in the neighbourhood and also increase unity among neighbours.”

A common feature among the award winning designs was that the winners had envisioned a product to fill in gaps that they felt existed in their daily lives.

Students from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation created the WizBoard application for lecturers to use when teaching their students. Their creation won the Best of Tertiary Student Project (Software / Hardware) category.

“Sometimes students have trouble with language but with the WizBoard, a teacher can teach and the application translates it to whatever language each student is more comfortable with,” said group leader Chan Wai Lun.

Best of Start-up Companies category winner Piktochart Sdn Bhd was represented by one of its founders, Goh Ai Ching, who said the company was generating a six-figure income per month within just eight months of its establishment.

To address the lack of visuals during business presentations, the company provides an easy way for their users to create infographics.

Multimedia Development Corporation Stakeholder Relations vice-president Niran Noor said the Apicta awards showed that Malaysians are very talented.

However, due to the consistent gap in marketing, many innovative ideas produced were not reaching the end point, said Niran, adding that they hoped to bridge the gap.

Coaching would be provided to the winning teams to improve their presentations and readiness of the products. “Over the years, the competition has become a lot tougher. So before going for the international competition, we need to make sure that the winners are well-prepared,” he said.

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