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.

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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8 Winning Apps of WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012 Software Development Marathon

Malaysia WOWZAPP 2012 winners

WOWZAPP 2012 banner

Microsoft WOWZAPP 2012 Hackathon for Windows was participated by 413 students and software developers. The event has been recognized by the Malaysia Book of Records for the “most number of participants in a software development marathon”.

In this article, you will learn about the 8 winning apps of WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012, including the developers behind them and their download pages on Windows Store.

WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012 was part of the WOWZAPP 2012 Worldwide Hackathon held simultaneously in more than 30 locations worldwide from 9–11 November 2012 for 32 hours straight.

Participants were provided with the resources to build their apps, such as Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 and a free Windows Store registration code, as well as guidance of developer experts and trainers from Microsoft.

At the end of the event, 94 teams had submit 94 apps for consideration for the Windows Store.

8 winning apps of WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012

Malaysia WOWZAPP 2012 winners
Group photo of Dinesh Nair, Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism for Microsoft Malaysia with the proud winners of the Malaysia WOWZAPP 2012 Hackathon for Windows.

1. Food with Friends

food with friends
food with friends

A social networking app for foodies. Login with Facebook, search a favorite place and share it out! When they comment on any of your post on facebook, you will be able to see them on the app and arrange a food gathering!

Award: Best Overall (Student)
Developer: Lim Shang Yi
Download: http://aka.ms/MYFoodWithFriends

2. Tap Tap Color

Tap Tap Color
Tap Tap Color

An addictive casual games app that challenges the gamers to get points by tapping onto colored tiles. It can run in single player or multi-player mode.

Award: Most Fun
Developers: Marvin Heng Hiang Meng, Tham Cheng Bin, Yap May Kee
Download: http://aka.ms/TapColor

3. English4Kids

English4Kids
English4Kids

English4Kids is a educational application that aims to teach kids names of animals and fruit in a fun and interesting way! Fun music and voice overs keep kids entertained.

Award: Most Innovative (Student)
Developers: Mohammed Omar, Zoheir Ahmed
Download: http://aka.ms/EN4Kids

4. Meme Rockband 2

Meme Rockband 2
Meme Rockband 2

One or two players can run their virtual band thru this entertainment app. Players can select the musical instrument of their choice.

Award: Best of Show (Professional)
Developers: John Joel Saguit, Hassan Mohamad Basri, Beng Lon Mok
Download: http://aka.ms/MemeRockband2

5. Al Jazeera Hub

Aj Jazeera Hub
Aj Jazeera Hub

Al Jazeera Hub was designed to fetch Al Jazeera’s official feed, Facebook feed, Twitter feed and Youtube feed all in one beautiful panorama. Also, you can easily share within your social networks.

Award: Best Overall Mobile
Developers: Mohammed Omar
Download: http://aka.ms/AlJazeera

6. My Health

My Health
My Health

A functional app for everyone. It is a BMI Calculator and recommends activities for users.

Award: Best Social Impact
Developers: Tan Xiang Zhi
Download: http://aka.ms/MYHealth

7. Secret Recipe

Secret Recipe
Secret Recipe

Details about the retail chain of the same name, includes menus, promotions and franchise.

Award: iPay88 Challenge
Developers: Kee Yong Zheng
Download: http://aka.ms/SecretRecipe

8. Deal Hunt

Deal Hunt
Deal Hunt

This is an app that aggregates multiple group buying websites in Malaysia. Updating new deals every daily, it lightens the load of shopaholics! Now you do not need to spend time looking for deals, it’s all there for you!

Award: iPay88 Challenge
Developers: Eric Lai Weng Lec, Dhurkesh A/L Puspanathan, Ch’ng You Chao
Download: http://aka.ms/DealHunt

What did developers say about WOWZAPP?

“This has been an amazing experience for me to be able to learn new skills, network and exchange ideas with other software developers. WOWZAPP has provided me with access to resources and knowledge that will certainly help me to innovate and explore the possibilities in software development today and in the future.” – Lim Shang Yi, developer of Food with Friends app.

“Developing on the Windows 8 platform was fairly easy compared to other platforms. The resources and assistance made available to us during the Hackathon really helped us.” – Tham Cheng Bin, developer of the Tap Tap Color app.

“This is the first time we developed an app for Windows 8 and we found the experience really easy. There was ever-ready support from the Microsoft team on the ground to help guide us.” – John Joel Saguit, developer of the Meme Rock Band 2 app.

“WOWZAPP 2012 is a great place to meet and brainstorm with students, startups and developers whilst providing an opportunity to combine technology with entrepreneurship.” – Kee Yong Zheng, developer of Secret Recipe app.