35 teams shortlisted in hackathon


THIRTY five teams have been shortlisted in the CIMB Group’s inaugural 3D Conquest hackathon.

This is from an initial list of 715 teams, comprising 3,000 university students.

Running on three tracks – Data Science, FinTech and Coding – the 3D Conquest was organised to identify the region’s young digital talents as part of CIMB’s contribution towards Asean’s future development.

The Data Science track challenges students to build predictive models and segmentation frameworks that target revenue and profitability. The Fintech track requires students to reimagine banking solutions by developing innovative digital-related ideas that can improve the way we serve our customers and keep banking relevant, while the Coding track focuses on improving the mobile payments space with skills tested in coding, solutioning and development of prototypes for digital identity validation. CIMB Group group chief people officer Datuk Hamidah Naziadin said: “CIMB’s youth development agenda across Asean is on empowering talents and developing leaders of tomorrow.”

“With the Fourth Industrial Revolution already upon us, it has become more crucial than ever to develop digital leadership among our youths, which requires not only data-driven skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, but also mental agility, particularly in an operating landscape where disruption has become the norm.

“More than 50% of Asean’s youth is under-30, and CIMB believes that by equipping them with the right digital competencies now, Asean could later tap into this deep digital talent pool to help realise the region’s true economic potential,” she added.

One for the album as Hamidah (centre, in red corporate shirt), Samir (back row, eighth right), Devabalan (back row, ninth left), Mariani Mohd Nasir (back row, left), Cheam (back row, second left) and Pohlschmidt pose together with the 15 winning teams.
One for the album as Hamidah (centre, in red corporate shirt), Samir (back row, eighth right), Devabalan (back row, ninth left), Mariani Mohd Nasir (back row, left), Cheam (back row, second left) and Pohlschmidt pose together with the 15 winning teams.

Winners who have graduated will be offered employment with CIMB, while those waiting to complete their studies will be offered internships.

The 35 winning teams covering all three tracks were shortlisted from three in-country events in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore, and come from across Asean including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

They will now advance to the grand finale in Kuala Lumpur, in January, where participants for each track will vie for the championship prize and a study trip to Silicon Valley.

The seven champion teams for this in-country round are The Datanian (Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation), NRGO (Institut Technologi Bandung) and Jet Et Al (Thammasat University, Mahidol University & Chulalongkorn University) for the Data Science track; JAKE (University of Reading Malaysia) and Wholistic (Universitas Kristen Petra) for the FinTech track; with mamadei (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman) and GaryTambahSatu (Universitas Gadjah Mada) for the Coding track.

A total of 715 teams registered when the competition was launched in September and 394 teams went to the next round after a series of assessments and presentations.

After undergoing the second assessment, 213 teams qualified for the country-level in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

The competition is supported by Cloudera and Fusionex for the Data Science track, SAS and Amazon Web Services for FinTech and Oracle for Coding, with Malaysia Airlines as the official airline for the fourth consecutive year in supporting CIMB’s youth development initiatives. The competition is also supported by the Education Ministry, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation and Big Community.

Those present included CIMB Group group consumer banking CEO Samir Gupta, CIMB Fintech head, Innovation Lab Devabalan Theyventheran, CIMB Group group human resource director Mariani Mohd Nasir, SAS Malaysia managing director Cheam Tat Inn and Malaysia Airlines Berhad head of Digital Peter Pohlschmidt.

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