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A FREE mobile app to help reunite pets with their owners through image processing with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology earned its creators national recognition recently.

Titled “Pet Lost & Found System”, the project was the top entry for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) track at the Innovate Malaysia Design Competition 2021.

Beating 35 other finalists, the team comprising Sim Jin Yi, Tan Hoe Theng and Jayson Sawat – all of whom are Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science final year students at INTI International College Penang’s School of Engineering and Technology – was crowned national champion, winning an RM5,000 cash prize.

Sim said the best part of the experience was learning new technologies when developing the project.

“The competition was very challenging but also rewarding.

“The insightful feedback and guidance from our supervisors allowed us to reflect on our ideas throughout the process.

“I look forward to participating in a competition like this again in the future to gain more valuable experience,” he shared in a press release dated Sept 28.

Jayson said being part of the team was most exciting, especially as his teammates were on the top students’ list.

“It was an honour to work with them on a project based on my idea. It was a proud moment knowing our team had won the first prize.

“Even with such a simple innovative idea, we managed to make it to the championship.

“It allowed me to showcase my video-making skills, aside from testing my field of study,” he said.

Tan shared that the contest provided them with an avenue to gain knowledge in various areas.

“As we were new to AI, there was a huge learning curve for us.

“The best part of the competition was learning new knowledge.

“Learning is more important than winning,” he said.

He added that the competition gave the team the chance to “get to know more people from other universities and colleges”.

Team advisers Chai Yoon Yik and Koo Lee Chun, both of whom are senior lecturers at the institution’s School of Engineering and Technology, lauded the students’ ability to learn quickly and pick up essential skills during the pandemic.

“They are a group of self-motivated, competent and determined students.

“Their passion, willingness to learn, and determination made the team a winner in this competition,” said Chai.Commending the team on their win, INTI International College Penang chief executive Hemalatha Murugiah said such competitions allow students to continue learning outside the classroom.

“At INTI, we are committed to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, which are not only learned in the classroom, but also during time spent taking part in external activities.

“Through this competition, our students were able to think creatively to address real-life problems with real-life solutions.

“I’m very proud of the team for all their hard work. We expect to see great things from them in the future,” she said.

The Innovate Malaysia Design Competition 2021 is an engineering design competition open to final year engineering, computer science, and science and mathematics undergraduates in Malaysia.

It was aimed at promoting innovative culture in engineering design work, tackling real-world problems with practical engineering solutions, and producing the brightest talents for product development, further research and commercialisation.

It garnered entries from 274 teams from 27 universities nationwide, but only 36 teams were shortlisted as finalists.

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