Fitness app gets MIT-affiliated award

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  • Monday, 08 Sep 2014

YOUR PERSONAL FITNESS FRIEND: A virtual pet that inspires healthy living

Exercise a virtual pet and get motivated to exercise yourself.

That’s the idea behind Feeion, the student designed app that beat four other teams to win the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global Startups Lab Malaysia Best Prototype award.

The app, created by eight computer science students is based around a virtual pet that reflects the user’s body size or health status.

Feed it and watch it get fat. On the other hand, if you exercise it, you can watch it get trim.

The team that created the motivational app is called LeadAlways, consisting of students from KDU, Taylors’ and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

The MIT Global Startups Lab Malaysia 2014 is a seven-week programme where they were mentored by technology and industry leaders in Malaysia and facilitators from MIT.

To qualify for the programme, the recipients were nominated by the university, and subsequently went through a  process that included resume submission, interviews, elevator pitches, and video pitches. 

They were mentored in ideation, market research, writing business plans, pitching and fundraising.

40 participants from universities were chosen to participate in the programme.  

MIT Global Startups Lab Malaysia 2014 is a partnership between the Multimedia Development Corporation together with the MIT Global Startup Labs and the entrepreneurship unit within the Education Ministry.

There were also other MIT Global Startup Labs Malaysia 2014 award winners.

The Best Project Presentation Award was awarded to team SimpleBox Lab with their mobile application ShopINS.

The Most Promising Project was won by team Running Bus with their idea of a mobile application that reduces students’ waiting time for campus buses by notifying them when a bus is about to reach the bus stop.

It also allows students to view live coordinates, estimated arrival time and capacity of campus buses that are installed with a GPS tracker within.









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