Top 3 Winners of TNB Blockchain Hackathon (Pitching Day)

TNB Blockchain Hackathon judges and participants

Did you know that Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has its own ICON Hackathon Series?

ICON Hackathon Series

ICON Hackathon Series started in mid 2017 as an internal hackathon event for TNB staff. Now TNB has opened up the opportunity for other companies to participate under ICON Hackathon Series.

The objective of ICON Hackathon Series is to instill the innovation spirit among TNB staff, develop an innovative culture, discover potential new technology for TNB’s application, and identify possible new invention for incubation programs.

There were two ICON hackathon events which took place towards the end of 2017; one was for IoT technology with theme “Enhancing Employees Productivity Through IoT”, and the other one was Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence with theme “Enhance TNB Support Service Through Chatbot”.

What is Blockchain?

More details regarding Blockchain can be viewed online via the following links:

Thanks to the famous Bitcoin, you probably have heard about Blockchain, the underlying technology of Bitcoin.

A blockchain is a decentralized, distributed and incorruptible digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers.

Here are 5 basic principles of the blockchain technology (source):

  1. Distributed database. Each party on a blockchain has access to the whole database and its complete history. No single party regulates the data or the information. Every party can validate the records of its transaction partners directly.
  2. Peer-to-peer transmission. Communication occurs straightforwardly between peers. No central node.
  3. Transparency with pseudonymity. Every transaction and its respective value are visible to anyone with an access to the system. Users can choose to remain anonymous or provide proof of their identity to others. Transactions occur between blockchain addresses.
  4. Irreversibility of records. Once a transaction is recorded then it cannot be changed, because it is linked to every transaction record that came before it (“chain”).
  5. Computational logic. The digital ledger means that blockchain transaction can be tied to computational logic and in essence programmed. Users can set up algorithms and rules that automatically trigger transactions between the nodes.

TNB Blockchain Hackathon (Pitching Day)

This year (2018) is their first ever blockchain hackathon with the theme “Tokenization of Employee Reward System” with the objective to explore and apply staff reward system tokens through blockchain technology in TNB.

The blockchain hackathon registration ended on 16th March 2018. The participants joined the briefing day (19th March) where started hacking their project, and prepared for the pitching day (26th March) at Might, Cyberjaya.

I was honored to be invited to the TNB Blockchain Hackathon pitching day for the team presentations:

Team: 404 Not Found, Universiti Tenaga Nasional

Team: 404 Not Found, Universiti Tenaga Nasional

The project name is “LightSOS — Employee Reward System”. The idea is to encourage employees to help each other, and receive rewards. It uses a token system where every employee gets SOS tokens to seek help, and receive Light tokens to help other employees.

Team: Blockchainers, Blockchain Technology (M) Sdn Bhd

Team: Blockchainers, Blockchain Technology (M) Sdn Bhd

Their project is an Ethereum (ETH) based employee reward system. It is a rather complete system, in my opinion. The online dashboard allows you to send rewards with messages to other employees via Ethereum public blockchain. You can check the transaction list, as well as shop on the TNB market place using your received coins. They even shared their project code on Github!

Team: Midori, Chaintope Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Team: Midori, Chaintope Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Their project is about green energy referral and reward system. They applied Decentralised Application (DApp) for Net Energy Metering (NEM) — a billing system that credits small customers at the full retail electric price for any excess electricity they generate, and sell to their local electric company.

The DApp records reward in smart contract in the blockchain, then the token can be used at the TNB marketplace. No server, fully decentralized.

Team: EPC Blockchain, EPC Blockchain Sdn Bhd

Team: EPC Blockchain, EPC Blockchain Sdn Bhd

EPC Blockchain creates a competition between TNB buildings to reduce energy use. It keeps track of energy saving and CO2 emissions using NEM blockchain. The savings are automatically calculated and converted to coins. The savings are then used to purchase gift cards.

Team: Gyantope, Chaintope Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Team: Gyantope, Chaintope Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Gyantope is a blockchain based knowledge sharing platform where employees can share their expertise with others. It is like a Facebook on blockchain — employees can post status, join events, share articles, join interest groups, and earn rewards for sharing.

The winners are…

TNB Blockchain Hackathon winners

At the end of the event, the TNB Blockchain Hackathon top 3 winners were announced (not in order):

  • EPC Blockchain, EPC Blockchain Sdn Bhd
  • Team Midori, Chaintope Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Gyantope, Chaintope Malaysia Sdn Bhd

The grand prize winner will be announced at the TNB Blockchain Conference in May 2018. First prize winner will receive RM3000, whereas two consolation prizes worth RM1000 each will be given to the other winners. All the best to the finalists!

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

OPPO F5 Full-screen Smartphone with A.I. Beauty Recognition Technology

OPPO F5

OPPO F5

OPPO F5 was officially launched in Malaysia on 2 November 2017.

It comes with full screen display (18:9 aspect ratio) and A.I. beauty recognition technology to personalizing beautification on your selfie image.

20MP front camera with A.I.

OPPO F5

 

OPPO F5 equipped with 20MP front camera with F2.0 aperture and 16MP rear camera with F1.8 aperture.

The front camera uses the A.I. Beauty Recognition Technology to capture a better selfies of you.

The A.I. Beauty Recognition Technology learned facial features of different people from a global image database of human faces.

With over 200 facial feature spots are scanned, it is able to recognize your skin’s tone, gender, and age then make personalized beautification enhancements.

“…this technology can give you the most appropriate beautification enhancement,” said Product Manager of OPPO Malaysia, Ken NG.

The F5 front camera supports portrait mode with bokeh effect and front HDR mode.

For security, OPPO F5 now supports Facial Unlock without a touch. Fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back.

6-inch Full-screen Display

OPPO F5 is the company’s first 6.0-inch full-screen FHD+ display smartphone. The screen resolution is 2160×1080 pixels with 18:9 aspect ratio.

OPPO F5 x Arena of Valor

OPPO F5 x Garena AOV

OPPO also announced partnership with GARENA, the developer of Arena of Valor (AOV; Chinese:王者荣耀), the most popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) mobile game.

GARENA praises OPPO F5’s 4G RAM and 6″ FHD+ display allows players to enjoy better AOV gaming experience and outstanding graphic.

Every OPPO F5 owner will receive a free Joker hero character in AOV.

OPPO F5 specs

OPPO F5

Here is the OPPO F5 specs in Malaysia:

  • Processor: Mediatek MT6763T, Otcta-Core (2.5GHz)
  • GPU: ARM Mali G71 MP2 800MHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB (expandable to 256GB)
  • Cameras: (Rear)16MP F/1.8, (front) 20MP F/2.0
  • Display: 6.0 inch FHD+ (2160×1080)
  • Operating System: ColorOS 3.2, based on Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Battery: 3200mAh
  • SIM slot: Dual Nano SIM cards and MicroSD card (total 3 slots)
  • Colours: Black and Gold

OPPO F5 6GB edition with 64GB storage will also available in China Red colour. OPPO F5 Youth edition will be announced later.

OPPO F5 price and availability

OPPO F5 price

OPPO F5 price in Malaysia is RM1298. Pre-order starts from 2nd November till 10th November 2017.

It is available offline at OPPO Concept Store and 888 authorised OPPO sales points across Malaysia, as well as available online at OPPO Official website and e-commerce partners (Lazada, 11street, Shopee, and others). Celcom and SenHeng too bring OPPO F5 to customers.

OPPO

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7577) Gaming Laptop in Malaysia

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7577) gaming laptop is the company’s latest model in Inspiron 7000 gaming series.

Dell Gaming series

Dell Gaming computers are engineered with your gaming needs in mind. They have fast processors and powerful graphics cards for better gaming experience. For serious gamers, Alienware (subsidiary of Dell) offers high-performance professional gaming computers.

Dell Gaming series fills the gap in between Dell computer for home users and Alienware for gamers by offering affordable gaming computers.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop launch event
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop launch event

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop is powered by Intel 7th Gen quad-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics and NVIDIA Max Q Design Technology.

The display is 15.6-inch anti-glare IPS wide viewing angle Full HD display. Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) display is also available.

The audio output is enhanced by Waves MaxxAudio Pro software. It has 2×2 WiFi antenna design for better wireless connection performance. The SmartByte software automatically prioritises gaming and video content to keep games and videos smooth.

It has a huge cooling vents and dual fans to keep the laptop cool and quiet while under high gaming load. The mono-hinge design positions the display away from exhaust airflow.

The laptop uses magnesium alloy for better rigidity. Its keyboard has 1.4mm keystroke travel.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop - RED
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop – RED

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop has a SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Type-C port that supports DisplayPort, Power Delivery, and Thunderbolt 3 with transfer speed up to 40Gbps. It allows you to connect multiple devices using a single port (with device support) and supports video output up to two 4K displays (or single 5K display).

Other connectivity includes 3x USB 3.1 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0 port, Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port, media card reader, and headphones jack.

The laptop’s weight is 2.65KG (2.85KG for UHD model) with integrated 56 Whr, 4-cell battery with quick-charge ability. An hour of charging time can get up to 80% battery capacity.

Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop is user DIY upgrade friendly. All you need to open the base cover is unscrew single screw. Almost every component is serviceable as documented in the service manual

Price in Malaysia

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop price in Malaysia starts from RM3,899 (Intel Core i5). Available in Matte Black and China Red.

Current Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop configurations and prices:

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptops

Dell Malaysia

Innergie Smart Crossover Charging Solution for Travelers

Models displaying Innergie's PowerGear ICE 65, WizardTip, and LifeHub Plus
Ms Claire Wang (right), Global Director of Innergie Business and Mr Derrick Ho,Director of Innergie SEA together with Innergie's latest innovative charging solution PowerGear ICE 65 (travel adapter), WizardTip (attachable super-speed USB charging connector) and LifeHub Plus (a charging hub).
Ms Claire Wang (right), Global Director of Innergie Business and Mr Derrick Ho,Director of Innergie SEA together with Innergie’s latest innovative charging solution PowerGear ICE 65 (travel adapter), WizardTip (attachable super-speed USB charging connector) and LifeHub Plus (a charging hub).

Innergie made its entry into Malaysia by introducing the smart crossover charging solution — a portable charging set that allows you to charge all your mobile devices (smartphone, tablet and laptop) with ease.

Models displaying Innergie's PowerGear ICE 65, WizardTip, and LifeHub Plus
Models displaying Innergie’s PowerGear ICE 65, WizardTip, and LifeHub Plus

It consists of 3 Innergie products: PowerGear ICE 65 (travel adapter), WizardTip (attachable super-speed USB charging connector), and LifeHub Plus (a charging hub).

1. Innergie PowerGear ICE 65

The PowerGear 65 is a universal laptop adapter with interchangeable plugs that compatible with electrical power grid of over 150 countries.

It comes with a bag of 6 different laptop charging tips, covering most laptop brands and models in the market.

6 laptop charging tips included
6 laptop charging tips included

In case your laptop does not work with the included tips, then you may request a free tip for your laptop model under Innergie’s “free tip program” at all Innergie participating retailer’s outlets or via Innergie website.

2. Innergie WizardTip

Innergie WizardTip adds an extra USB port
Innergie WizardTip adds an extra USB port

Lightweight ultrabook laptop has only 1 or 2 USB ports and, after connecting a mouse and flash drive, you probably do not have spare USB port to charge your mobile device.

The WizardTip can be attached to the PoweGear ICE 65 to create an instant USB port to charge your mobile device.

3. Innergie LifeHub Plus

LifeHub Plus is a charging hub which can charge up to 3 devices, each port provides up to 2.1Amp fast charging power.

The built-in smart chip can auto detect the type of devices attached and adjust the power so that it does not over-charge and support fast charging at the same time.

When extended, the LifeHub Plus  offers a 4.5 meters cable allowing you to charge devices without space and distance restrictions.

Traveler’s charging solution

(left) PowerGear ICE 65 universal laptop adapter and (right) LifeHub Plus USB charging hub
(left) PowerGear ICE 65 universal laptop adapter and (right) LifeHub Plus USB charging hub

Innergie products are compatible with each other. You can connect LifeHub Plus to PowerGear ICE 65 to charge your mobile devices in the room. The combination of two is all you need to charge a laptop and mobile devices wherever you travel.

Price

Innergie is offering a special, limited quantities “Traveler’s Power Pack” with all three products.

You can buy the PowerGear ICE 65 with WizardTip and LifeHub Plus at 20% discount for RM325.00. Or, if you do not need the LifeHub Plus charging hub, you can buy the PowerGear ICE 65 for RM209 and get a free WizardTip (worth RM39). The promotion end on 30th September 2016.

For your information, the price of LifeHub Plus charging hub alone is RM159.

You can buy Innergie Traveler’s Power Pack on Lazada and all participating retailer’s outlets:

  • Acute IT
  • ALL IT Hypermarket
  • A-Sashi Technology
  • Brightstar Computer
  • Digital Match
  • Flash Gadgets
  • HardNet Technology
  • Harvey Norman
  • IT Comp Sales & Services
  • IT Stuff Computer Store
  • Kinsei Information System
  • Magnetone Mediaworld (Penang)
  • Microtech Computer
  • Top Marco Network
  • Thunder Match Technology

The Innergie products come with 3-year original manufacturer warranty and $1 million USD product liability insurance.

About Innergie

Innergie, a brand of Delta launched in 2008, is a leading provider of consumer power products and power solutions.Founded in 1971, Delta is a global leader in power and thermal management solutions and a major player in industrial automation, displays, and networking.

For more information about Innergie products, please visit www.myinnergie.com

RHB Bank Hosts The 1st FinTechathon in Malaysia with Startupbootcamp

Fintechathon by RHB and Startupbootcamp
Fintechathon by RHB and Startupbootcamp
Fintechathon by RHB and Startupbootcamp

The Malaysia’s first Financial Technology Hackathon (“FinTechathon”), themed “Wealth Management for Millennials”, was hosted by RHB Bank with Startupbootcamp (SBC) from 13 to 15 May 2016 at RHB Complex, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

Millenials are born from early 1980s to 2000. Report says 45% of working millennials (age 21-34) are not saving for their retirement. And, by the end of this decade, millennials will represent the largest ‘adult’ group.

Banks and traditional financial advisors are facing a challenge to adapt to the new customer profile. They are looking for digital solutions in wealth management services to let the new generation embrace them.

“The FinTechathon is part of our Digital Strategy, as we seek to tap into the Fintech ecosystem to find solutions that de;liver superior customer experience for our clients.” said Rohan Krishnalingam, RHB Banking Group’s Chief Operation Officer.

FinTechathon challenges

The challenges of the first FinTechathon covered acquisition & retention, big data, and banking relationship, such as:

  • How can technology be used to better attract and tailor wealth management services to millennials.
  • How can big data and analytics be used to strengthen the advisor-client relationship and to predictively offer/customise wealth propositions to advisors?
  • How can technology be used to encourage millennials to save and ultimately grow their wealth without the need for human advisors?

The 19 teams at FinTechathon were provided free Wi-Fi connectivity, food and beverages throughout the event. They were given access to Application program interfaces (APIs) by Thomson Reuters.

The teams are guided by business & tech mentors made up of experienced RHB personnel and leaders among other sponsors and partners of the event.

The 1st FinTechathon has 3 categories winners: Best Overall Innovation, Best Challenge Fit and Best Technical Solution. The total cash prizes of RM15,000 was sponsored by RHB.

RHB Fintechathon Winners
RHB Fintechathon Winners

FinTechathon Winners

Here are the FinTechathon winners:

  • Best Overall Innovation – won by team AgentHero with members Bobby Ong Chong Eu and Lee Teik Ming. The app is designed to teleport a financial advisor to customer’s doorstep.
  • Best Technical Solution – won by team Muin Bot with members Raja Hafify and Jonathan Wong. Muin Bot is an intelligence chat interface that works as another channel for millennials to engage the bank and financial advisors. It is also an avenue for banks to capture or reach millennials.
  • Best Challenge Fit – won by Team A with members Leong Yok Tien, Tan Khai Ping and Chew Chit Siang. The app acts as a goal oriented wealth assistant.

“The FinTechathon presented excellent exposure to new ideas and concepts around wealth management. We are very excited to explore some of the solutions further as we develop our wealth management proposition that will be increasingly digital led,” added Rohan.

Managing Director of Startupbootcamp FinTech Singapore, Steven Tong said “We are very happy with the solutions we saw today. There were ideas that could potentially be a good viable business in innovating areas of wealth management in the future. We will definitely watch out and monitor these talents and hopefully see their applications in our 2017 program!”

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