JOHOR BARU: Forest City's master developer, Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd (CGPV) teamed up with the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre Centre (MaGIC) for a "Hackathon" event for 60 youngsters to create new mobile apps and websites.
Dubbed the Forest City Hackathon and Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue, the three-day event that ended today, was organised in conjunction with World Habitat Day, which is celebrated worldwide on Oct 2.
The event was supported by the Malaysia Entrepreneurs Development Association (PUMM).
The event was a corporate social responsibility initiative by CGPV to contribute to youth development and environmental conservation.
The 60 participants, comprising undergraduates and young adults working in engineering, business, information technology (IT) and finance and aged 21 to 40, had to come up with prototype business models which blended entrepreneurial skills with IT-savviness in order to address various environmental issues.
The participants were divided into 12 groups comprising five members each, and came up with a prototype of a mobile app or a website. Marks were given based on the prototype design, presentation and the digital solution it offered.
A hackathon refers to a gathering of computer programmers to work on a particular project over a short span of time.
Team GarGeon, comprising of brothers Jacky Tee and Darren Tee, Sam Young Chin, Ng Chee Lim and Cheong Hoong Jun, emerged as the winners of the Forest City Hackathon and Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue.
The team came up with an innovative automated solution that could promote recycling. They took home the top prize of RM10,000.
Second place went to a team named Stop Pollution, Best Solution (SPBS), which comprised of Boon Shi Ting, Chin Shin Yi, Low Ming Xiu, Boon Cheng Kai and Chew Kam Fatt, who are all students of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
SPBS won RM5,000 for creating a business model where food waste can be made into micro-organisms.
Meanwhile, Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd (CGPV) president Dr Yu Runze said that the Hackathon was in line with Forest City’s vision to build a world class Smart and Green City, and to become a youth entrepreneurial base in Southeast Asia which can provide a conducive environment for tech start-ups for youths in the region.
"Forest City will have its own Technology and Innovation Hub to boost the country’s IT, communications support and software development industry.
"In line with these plans, the master developer welcomes young talents who could design innovative business prototypes which can be implemented at Forest City.
“The hackathon, held alongside the Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue seeks to bring out the best in the exchange of ideas and problem-solving among young entrepreneurs,” said Yu.
Meanwhile, the Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue segment featured PUMM representative Victor Lee Wee Teck, Kelab Alami co-founder Dr Serina Rahman and MaGIC ventures and global partnership division representative Jacques Sun.
More than 150 people initially applied to take part in the Hackathon, but only 60 were selected based on their academic performance and backgrounds.