Ericsson, UTM, AXIATA Xpand & MCMC pick the winners of ‘Hack for Good’ - Malaysia’s first Narrow Band IoT HACKATHON

  • Over 140 entries received for the Hackathon with prizes totaling RM 51000
  • Malaysia’s first NB-IoT Hackathon aimed to foster smart IoT applications for a Digital Malaysia
  • Winners have the opportunity to prototype their ideas through an incubation program


Grand Prize Winner

Ericsson, (NASDAQ: ERIC) in a joint initiative with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), MCMC and Axiata Business Services, under the brand Xpand, announced the winners of Hack for Good, Malaysia’s first Narrow Band Internet of Things hackathon.

Hack for Good, which was launched in March 2018, encouraged university students and experienced professionals to build IoT solutions relevant to Malaysia. The ‘Hack for Good’ hackathon focused on the following broad themes: IoT Saves Lives, IoT Sustains Water, Energy and Utilities, IoT Transforms Road Transportation, IoT Modernises Agriculture. Teams were tasked with creating Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) solutions and innovations using Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform, or making existing solutions NB-IoT compatible. Prizes totalling RM 51,000 and the opportunity to get onboarded to Ericsson Garage’s Incubation Program are being awarded to the winning teams.

The hackathon was open to University and tertiary education students from all private and public institutions in Malaysia as well as professional developers, programmers, designers, and engineers. Around 140 entries were received for this competition across both the student and professional category of entries. The top 11 ideas were shortlisted, and a Pre-Hack Workshop was carried out to prepare the participants with the necessary skills for the prototype development. The participants were given a month of hacking time to develop the prototype, using Celcom Malaysia’s NB IoT Network and Ericsson APIs. During the hacking period, periodic progress meetings with industry mentors were carried out.

Participating teams were evaluated based on originality, novelty and wow factor, usefulness and practicality, execution and quality of the prototype, business potential and Ericsson technology and API adoption.

Team NBEE IOT emerged as the winning team in the Professional category for their NB-IoT bee farming project. The winning team in the Student category was itVengers, for their Project on real time monitoring of paddy farms. NBEE IOT was declared as the Overall Hackathon Winner.

NBEE IOT Team Captain Shee Tze Jin said, “We are honoured to be selected as the winner of the Hackathon and are excited to join the incubation program by Ericsson and its partners. Our ideas were inspired by the need to address current challenges faced by Malaysians in agriculture. Through this competition, we were able to learn from the experts in the industry and successfully bring our ideas to life. We definitely welcome the industry support to innovators like us through initiatives like this Hackathon.”

Speaking on the occasion, YBHG. Dato Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus, Chief Officer, Communications and Digital Ecosystem Sector, MCMC stated,” the Digital Lifestyle Malaysia (DLM) promotes and accelerates the development and adoption of applications and services in the Internet of Things Ecosystem. We look forward to working with the winners of this Hackathon to further develop their prototype and would like them to utilize the myMaker IoT Lab facility for this purpose. Events like the NB-IoT Hackathon today will assist the country in its journey towards a Smart Digital Nation.”

Todd Ashton, Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh states, “We and our long term partners UTM and Axiata are very encouraged by the strong participation and the innovative projects that have emerged from the Hackathon. We are delighted to be working with the best minds in the country, helping them translate their winning ideas into viable business solutions that will benefit the country.”

According to Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar, the Vice Chancellor of UTM, " Initiatives like the Hackathon serve as a great engagement platform between industry and academia to develop young talents in IoT technology. We are confident that this Hackathon will strengthen the technology incubation capabilities at UTM as part of the Innovation Center for 5G partnership with Ericsson.”

Asri Hassan Sabri, Chief Executive Officer, Axiata Business Services in congratulating the winners said, “As a solutions provider for large enterprises, we are focused on the B2B and B2B2C segments across multiple industries and I am encouraged to see how so many ideas and concepts have emerged through this hackathon that will fulfil the addressable IoT demand in Malaysia. With the aim to improve social lives and economic scalability, participants had invested significant thoughts and efforts into creating unique NB-IoT products that will take the industry forward. Xpand is proud to have been part of this initiative with the best minds and industry leaders like Ericsson, UTM, MCMC and others sponsors here today. We hope to collaborate further with likeminded organisations in challenging our young innovators to pursue IoT solutions and the world of enterprise.”

 “Hack for Good” is the first of its kind, end-to-end cellular Internet of Things hackathon covering the complete ecosystem from device, connectivity, IoT platform to apps, to provide a unique opportunity to university students and professionals to build IoT based solutions relevant for Malaysia.

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( From left to right ) Yang Berbahagia Dato' Mohd Ali, Chief Officer Of Communications And Digital Ecosystem Sector of MCMC; with the winning team in the Student category, itVengers

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( From left to right ) Professor Dr. Shamsul Sahibuddin, Pro-Vice Chancellor UTM; Yang Berbahagia Dato' Mohd Ali, Chief Officer Of Communications And Digital Ecosystem Sector of MCMC; His Excellency, Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, Swedish Ambassador to Malaysia; NBEE IOT, the Overall Hackathon Winner ; Mr. Todd Ashton, President of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh; Mohd Fazlin Shah, Director - Regional Services Management & Malaysia Sales, Axiata Business Services; Dr Leow Chee Yen (Bruce), Senior Lecturer UTM; Mr. Vivek Malhan, Head of Enterprise Solutions & Partnerships, Axiata Business Services.

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NBEE IOT, the Overall Hackathon Winner

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The winning team in the Student category, itVengers


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About UTM: Since it became a full-fledged university in 1975, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), located both in Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur, has played a pivotal role as Malaysia’s largest contributor of technical and professional workforce for the local industries, government agencies as well as multinational companies.

Along with its vision to be recognised as a world-class Entrepreneurial Research University, UTM is set to be the centre of academic and technological excellence. Its mission is to be a leader in the development of human capital and innovative technologies that will contribute to the nation’s wealth creation.

UTM is now regarded as Malaysia’s premier institution in engineering, science and technology and ranked in the top 1% league in the World University Rankings in the field of engineering and technology.

UTM’s vision is in line with the nation’s aspiration of becoming a knowledge-based, innovation-led economy that is grounded in creativity and innovation with high value creation.

About Axiata Business Services Sdn Bhd. : Axiata Business Services Sdn Bhd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), one of Asia’s largest telecommunications groups with over 320 million customers across 11 countries across ASEAN and South Asia. Operating under the brand “Xpand”, the company is focused on providing new and cutting-edge enterprise communications solutions to the multi-billion dollar addressable market of Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C) companies across multiple industries within the Axiata footprint. 

Xpand’s portfolio of services include enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, global communication products, international wholesale services, as well as value added services, a suite of digital services and payment platforms. Xpand also manages Qorus Alliance, a consortium of mobile network operators from 12 countries within Asia committed to providing the best and seamless mobile network experience to consumers, under its umbrella.

Leveraging the resources and established operations of Axiata as well as industry leading strategic solutions partners, Xpand is uniquely positioned to offer its MVNx, Carrier, B2B and B2B2C clientele leading enterprise business solutions in Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, and Myanmar within ASEAN and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan in South Asia.