Cyberjaya City Hacks Challenge Makes its Debut at 2015 BAC 2.0

CYBERJAYA, 13 August 2015: Following the success of the National Big App Challenge (BAC) 1.0 in 2014 organized by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and Tentspark, the BAC 2.0 this year returns with the addition of the Cyberjaya City Hacks Chal-lenge (CCH) to its repertoire. The CCH is a competition open to individuals, developers, ISV, tech start-ups and students to compete in showcasing the best in innovative solutions through mobile applications.

Hosted at Cyberjaya, the competition is aimed at encouraging participants to combine crea-tivity and broadband, coupled with big data sets to develop applications designed at enhanc-ing the quality of life and performance of urban services in smart cities. These big data sets will be provided by Cyberview Sdn Bhd; Majlis Perbandaran Sepang and MapIT MSC Sdn Bhd.

Faris Yahaya, Managing Director of Cyberview, echoes this sentiment saying, “The CCH is an ideal platform to empower the society with greater digital capability. It promotes the use of broadband and creativity leveraging on Big Data Analytics (BDA) and open data, an ideal ap-proach to further develop and enhance smart city living.

This highlights our commitment to spur the growth of key technology focus area as a tech hub enabler, in order to transform Cyberjaya to a Global Technology Hub. Additionally, host-ing the CCH at the MCMC’s Creative Capital Experience Centre, clearly positions Cyberjaya as a creative technology capital and a true Living Lab for experimental programmes. Subse-quently, this also helps position our developers and the tech city’s profile to the world, as well as a channel to engage with the public.”

The CCH is made possible via a partnership programme called Connecting Cyberjaya. The programme is a collaboration with key strategic committees such as MDeC and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), to elevate Cyberjaya into a Global Technology Hub (GTH).

In addition to encouraging creativity within the mobile application space, these applications can potentially provide useful solutions to increase efficiency, reduce costs and wastage as well as to engage more actively with the citizens of smart city.

The CCH will be preceded by an ideation workshop, follow by a ‘Hack & Pitch’ process where ten finalists will be selected. The finalists will then be given five more days to fine-tune their app before submitting their videos to face the judges at the grand finals.

The top 3 winners of the CCH will each get to join the BDA Accelerator Programme worth RM50,000. Moreover, the CCH also offers a special prize worth RM10,000 to develop a Cyberjaya Smart City Pilot App.

The grand prize winner will receive RM10,000 in cash, and a trip for two to visit London’s vi-brant startup scene, attend Open Data Institute (ODI) Summit in London, as well as an oppor-tunity of-a-lifetime to meet Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of World Wide Web (WWW).

Author: Terry KS

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