Clinch­ing the third prize in con­test

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iBM Malaysia, KBU In­ter­na­tional Col­lege’s in­dus­try part­ner, re­cently named two of the col­lege’s stu­dents as third prize win­ners for the Mo­bilithon Malaysia 2013.

Mo­bilithon Malaysia is a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion con­test that as­pires to cre­ate aware­ness and build skills on IBM Mo­bile­First plat­form among Aca­demic, IT Pro­fes­sion­als and en­tre­pre­neur com­mu­ni­ties.

The con­test aims to en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion in the mo­bile space through skills de­vel­op­ment, en­able­ment, shar­ing and learn­ing within the ecosys­tem.

Other than that, through the com­pe­ti­tion, IBM also in­tends to con­sol­i­date some in­no­va­tive mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions that could pos­si­bly add value to the in­dus­try and so­ci­ety.

KBU was rep­re­sented by stu­dents Alan Hoo Wan Hong and Wil­son Tham, who de­vel­oped an ap­pli­ca­tion called “RideOn”, which in­tends to as­sist com­pa­nies in ar­rang­ing shut­tle buses or vans for trans­port.

Cre­ator Hoo said, “The idea to de­velop RideOn was in­spired based on my own ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing to wait long hours for buses. Through this app, pas­sen­gers can sched­ule their trav­el­ling time ac­cord­ing to bus ar­rivals; the apps will no­tify the pas­sen­gers 15 min­utes be­fore the bus ar­rives.”

Hoo cre­ated this app to­gether with his part­ner. He said the com­pe­ti­tion served as an eye­opener for him.

“When de­sign­ing the apps, we only put em­pha­sis on the tech­ni­cal is­sues. How­ever, through this com­pe­ti­tion I learnt that we should add busi­ness sense into the apps that we are cre­at­ing to make it more mar­ketable,” he added.

Tham said: “It was a good ex­pe­ri­ence to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion as we learnt how to use the IBM Work­light apps to de­velop apps and suc­cess­fully com­pleted the RideOn apps.”

The fi­nal year stu­dent of BEng (Hons) Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tron­ics Engineering also added that such con­tests are good as it gives the taste of the real world and what is ex­pected of the stu­dents once they grad­u­ate.

Hoo and Tham were pre­sented with RM1,000 dur­ing the prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony.

School of Engineering and Com­put­ing head Lye Boon Han said: “KBU al­ways in­cor­po­rates up-to-date tech­nol­ogy and fun learn­ing tac­tics to en­gage with its stu­dents. IBM Mo­bilithon is an ex­am­ple of how we train our stu­dents and keep them abreast with the con­stant changes which are sur­fac­ing in the tech world.”

He said the IBM-KBU re­la­tion­ship has im­mensely ben­e­fited the stu­dents where ev­ery year both the in­sti­tu­tions have worked to­gether in com­pe­ti­tion such as IBM Smartcloud Camp.

The IBM Mo­bilithon was launched in Au­gust this year. The con­test drew 300 univer­sity stu­dents and fac­ulty staff mem­bers across the coun­try. Con­tes­tants were en­light­ened on the IBM Work­light, a cross-plat­form ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment tools.

Con­tes­tants were taken through the sem­i­nars over a pe­riod of 10 ses­sions. Af­ter the ses­sions, 10 fi­nal­ists were se­lected to pitch their apps, The train­ing was sup­ported by the Mul­ti­me­dia De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s (MDeC) K-Work­ers De­vel­op­ment unit.

KBU’s School of Engineering and Com­put­ing is a strong ad­vo­cate of fun-learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and state-of-the-art equip­ment. Rather than fo­cus­ing on the­o­ries and text­book learn­ing, the school en­gages its stu­dents with more hands-on train­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties to pre­pare them for the com­pet­i­tive job mar­ket.

The school also en­gages with lead­ing in­dus­try play­ers to train and keep the stu­dents in­formed with the cur­rent trends and in­no­va­tions. Its very own In­no­va­tion Day serves as a plat­form where stu­dents can rub shoul­ders with in­dus­try lead­ers to get hired in­stantly.

The col­lege of­fers engineering and com­put­ing pro­grammes rang­ing from BEng (Hons) Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic Engineering, BSc (Hons) Com­puter and Net­work Engineering, BSc (Hons) Soft­ware Engineering, BSc (Hons) In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy, and NCC Level 4 Diploma in Com­put­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact KBU In­ter­na­tional Col­lege, Ban­dar Utama, Pe­tal­ing Jaya, at 03-7727 3200, fax 03-7727 2733, e-mail en­quiry@kbu.edu.my or log on to www.kbu.edu.my and face­book.com/kbuin­ter­na­tional

(From left) Alan Hoo Wan Hong and Wil­son Tham with one of the judges of Mo­bilithon 2013.

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