Winners for DiGi’s Challenge for Change Ideation phase announced


  • TECH
  • Monday, 24 Feb 2014

HERE THEY ARE: DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd CEO Henrik Clausen (centre) with the winners (from left) Lim Fern Yit, Asharudin Abdul Buhari, Alex Wong Kek Liang, and Kum Peng Han.

DiGi has announced the winners for the “Ideation Phase” of its Challenge for Change (CFC) contest which invites anyone with an idea for an app to come forward and present their idea.

The announcement of the winners marks the end of the first stage of CFC which is now in its fifth season, and the beginning of the Apps Development phase.

A winner was picked for each of the four category — Connected Citizens, Learning & Edutainment, Discovering Culture, and Health & Wellness.

Alex Wong snagged the crown for the Connected Citizens category with his “Tag A Price” idea which if turned into an app will allow consumers to compare grocery prices before making a purchase.

“This app will pull and reconcile pricing information available from agencies like the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK), as well as supermarkets and shops,” said Wong. With the rising cost of living, he feels users fill find the app invaluable.

Moving on, the Jalan Jalan app idea was selected as the winner of the Discovering Culture category. With this app, anyone can us the platform to promote their district or town to attract more visitors while earning extra income as a tour guide.

Lim Fern Yit wants his Jalan Jalan app to help both locals and foreigners discover exciting new places in Malaysia.

The two other winners are Asharudin Abdul Buhari for his 1Auto idea for the Learning & Edutainment category and Kum Peng Han for his Running Paws idea for the Health & Wellness.
1Auto will help users maintain and troubleshoot simple car problems with do-it-yourself (DIY) guides.

“The detailed step-by-step guide for simple maintenance will save users money and should they need to visit a workshop they will, at least, be armed with enough knowledge about the problem,” he said.
Running Paws intends to make jogging more fun by introducing gamification features such as a virtual pet that will accompany the runner.

“Having a running buddy always makes exercising more fun. With this app you will be able to collect points, ‘claim territories,’ get bonuses and customise your companions,” said Kum.

More than RM200,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs for the CFC which has three phases — Ideation, Apps Development and Commercialisation. The four winners in the Ideaton phase walked away with RM5,000 and a smartphone package.

The second phase — Apps Development — will be a 36-hour non-stop app hackathon and is expected to kick off on Friday night. At the end of the contest, the apps will be released on Google Play, Windows Store and Apple App Store.
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