Startups shine at MSC Malaysia APICTA 2014 awards
By Digital News Asia November 3, 2014
- Winners to represent nation at international event in Jakarta
- CatchThatBus and Netizen Testing walk away winners
TWO startups walked away with winners at the MSC Malaysia APICTA 2014 Awards, organised by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the National ICT Association (Pikom) to celebrate the best homegrown digital innovation talents.
CatchThatBus and Netizen Testing were amongst 17 individual category winners and 15 merit recipients at the 15th edition of the MSC Malaysia APICTA Awards.
All winners and merit recipients will go on to represent Malaysia at this year’s International APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Alliance) Awards which will be held in Jakarta from Nov 27-30, MDeC said in a statement.
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“As we strive to advance the country towards a developed digital economy by 2020 … the MSC Malaysia APICTA programme aims to support this effort by inspiring innovation and creativity through ICT towards achieving global excellence and competitiveness,” said MDeC chairman Abdul Halim Ali.
“We hope more Malaysians will be encouraged to innovate via ICT and to equip themselves with the necessary skills and tools to compete at the global level.
“To facilitate these objectives, MSC Malaysia APICTA will not only be recognising the winners, but will work with strategic partners to develop them further for the world stage,” he added.
Startup CatchThatBus won in the Best of Tourism and Hospitality. The company connects passengers to express bus operators, and also increases the productivity and profitability of individual bus operators.
The company was founded in 2013 and received an RM150,000 grant from Cradle Fund under its CIP Catalyst programme, before landing an undisclosed amount of funding from Singapore-based investors in May this year.
Netizen Testing, which won in the Best of Startup Companies category, was founded in 2011 as a UX (user experience) testing firm, and has now expanded into a user testing, research and web user experience consultancy firm.
This year’s awards saw 337 submissions, MDeC said. Other notable winners include:
- Best of Communication Applications: ZCC-OCDMA Code For Symmmetric Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) in Access Network (University Malaysia Perlis);
- Best of Retail & Supply Chain Management: Xilnex Retail Business Solution (Web Bytes Sdn Bhd);
- Best of Industrial Applications: IntegraXor (Ecava Sdn Bhd);
- Best of Sustainability and Environment Technology: Estimation of Future Design Rainstorm Under the Climate Change Scenario in Peninsular Malaysia (National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia);
- Best of Tertiary Student Project-Creative Multimedia: White Collar Time (Multimedia University);
- Best of Tertiary Student Project: My 2nd Eye Project (Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, UTeM);
- Best of Secondary Student Project – Dotshub (Foon Yew High School, Johor Baru); and
- Best of Primary Student Project: Robowis Space Marshal (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Yuk Chai) (pic below).
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