Rewarding sustainable solutions

Congratulations: (from left) Ding, SAP Malaysia managing director Cynthia Quah and Digital Penang chief executive officer Tony Yeoh presenting the mock cheque to Teh, Quek and Ng of Team MMUx.

A CROWDSOURCED flood prediction and alerting system by Multimedia University students was hailed the “winning solution” at the inaugural Ernst & Young (EY) Young Technology Professional Challenge (YTPC) 2022.

Team MMUx, comprising Lim Min Ying, Jeffrey Quek Shue Yew, Teh Ghee Ang and Ng Jin Yang, bagged the top prize with Teru-Teru.

The team received a cash prize of RM12,000 for their effort.

The results were announced at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur last month.

Focused on solutions to help a city municipality achieve its sustainability goals, the judges looked to reward transformative ideas that centred on innovation, technology and people.

The participating teams were assessed on various aspects during the course of the challenge: ideation and innovation, realisation and build, business case presentations and teaming.

First runner-up Team Data Phantom, comprising International Islamic University Malaysia students Mohammad Hakeem, Abdul Rashid and Muhammad Syafiq, received a cash prize of RM8,000 for Greeyner, their residential waste management solution.

University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Tan Ming Jun, Soo Weng Kit and Chin Yaw Hon, together with UCSI University student Lee Mei Yan, took home a cash prize of RM6,000 as second runners-up in the challenge. Team Four Runners’ solution, Regreen, focuses on corporate sustainability adoption.

All three teams were also offered paid internships of no less than eight weeks or conditional offers of employment at EY Malaysia.

EY YTPC programme director Anderson Ding said the aim of the challenge was to help youths explore the tremendous career opportunities that technology offers and to open doors to help them discover their potential.

“By taking part in this challenge, participants had the opportunity to glimpse into the real working world and find out how technology can catalyse transformative change from the organisational level to the broader ecosystem of society.“We are committed to developing future-ready technologists, equipped with the relevant business acumen and commercial awareness,” Anderson, who is a partner at EY Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd, said in a press release dated Dec 7.

The participants also had the unique opportunity to learn collaboratively through coaching sessions with experienced professionals from EY, SAP and Digital Penang, as they built their respective solutions on the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) during the eight-week challenge.

The EY YTPC, held in collaboration with SAP and Digital Penang, is a local challenge for university students and young graduates to test their business acumen, commercial awareness and technology skills.

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