A proud win for QIUP

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QUEST In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity Perak (QIUP) beat nine other fi­nal­ists from uni­ver­si­ties across Malaysia to win the cov­eted IBM Mo­bilithon 2013 com­pe­ti­tion.

Called UniS­tat, QIUP’s mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion serves to ful­fil the de­sire of stu­dents who need ad­di­tional ways to keep in touch while on the go about cam­pus events, news alerts, ac­cess­ing cam­pus di­rec­to­ries and maps and other fea­tures.

Once com­pleted, UniS­tat will pro­vide re­al­world so­lu­tions to stu­dents study­ing in uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and in­sti­tu­tions.

Elated QIUP team leader Kana­havalli Mar­damutu said, “We were sur­prised to be the win­ner. We had very strong com­pe­ti­tion from our fel­low fi­nal­ists.”

Other mem­bers of the vic­to­ri­ous team were Ryan An­thony Lim, Chun Mun Chung and Ng Wei Kit, all un­der­grad­u­ates of the Bach­e­lor in Com­puter Sci­ence pro­gramme.

Kana­havalli fur­ther ex­plained what the UniS­tat is all about. “UniS­tat is a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion for uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges that can be im­ple­mented in their ad­min­is­tra­tive and man­age­ment sys­tem to en­sure a faster, as­sured and cheaper com­mu­ni­ca­tion so­lu­tion based on the cur­rent life­style.

“With the gov­ern­ment giv­ing ev­ery stu­dent an in­cen­tive of RM250 to pur­chase a smart­phone, this seems the best so­lu­tion for stu­dents to keep in touch with the hap­pen­ings at univer­sity.”

More than 200 pro­pos­als were sub­mit­ted by uni­ver­si­ties across Malaysia for this com­pe­ti­tion with 37 short­listed for the de­vel­op­ment stage. Fi­nally, 10 pro­pos­als were in­vited for the fi­nal round of pre­sen­ta­tion held at the One World ho­tel in Pe­tal­ing Jaya where the QIUP team was crowned cham­pion.

For this feat, the QIUP team re­ceived RM5,000 in cash prizes and ad­di­tional ben­e­fits.

Sec­ond place went to the team from Univer­sity Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man (UTAR) while third place was won by the team from Kolej Ban­dar Utama (KBU).

QIUP chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Ni­cholas Goh said the univer­sity is very proud be­cause this achieve­ment is a tes­ta­ment to QIUP’s philoso- phy of pro­duc­ing grad­u­ates who ex­cel in their re­spec­tive ar­eas of study.

“I also wish to thank the teach­ing staff at the univer­sity who have in­cul­cated a spirit of com­pe­ti­tion among stu­dents. My spe­cial grat­i­tude goes to the teach­ing staff of the School of Engineering and Com­puter Tech­nol­ogy un­der the Fac­ulty of In­te­gra­tive Sciences and Tech­nol­ogy,” he added.

School of Engineering and Com­puter Tech­nol­ogy vice dean, Pro­fes­sor Dr Bhanu Bhaskara was very im­pressed with the achieve­ment of the QIUP team as this was the first time the team was us­ing the IBM plat­form to de­velop the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion, which was a pre­req­ui­site for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The QIUP team had to first study the plat­form and then de­velop the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion. All this was done in a short pe­riod of about three weeks. That is a real achieve­ment and I truly com­mend the team for this feat.

“As part of win­ning the IBM Mo­bilithon 2013, the QIUP team have been of­fered three months full-time in­tern­ship with IBM to fur­ther de­velop UniS­tat from its pro­to­type stage cur­rently to fully func­tion­ing mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion.

“Af­ter the ap­pli­ca­tion is fully de­vel­oped, it can then be con­sid­ered for com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion,” said Prof Bhanu.

Other pro­pos­als mak­ing it to the fi­nal round came from Univer­siti Teknikal Melaka Malaysia (two pro­pos­als), Asia Pa­cific Univer­sity (two pro­pos­als), Univer­siti Malaysia Pa­hang, Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man Univer­sity Col­lege and Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia.

IBM Mo­bilithon 2013 is a mo­bile app de­vel­op­ment con­test to solve any is­sues com­monly found to­day and is open to stu­dents study­ing in uni­ver­si­ties in Malaysia.

For de­tails on QIUP, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

(From left) Chun Mun Chung, Ng Wei Kit, Kana­havalli Mar­damutu and Ryan An­thony Lim beat nine other fi­nal­ists from uni­ver­si­ties across Malaysia to win the cov­eted IBM Mo­bilithon 2013 com­pe­ti­tion.

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