MDEC-sponsored AngelHack sees 370 participants
By Digital News Asia June 20, 2016
- Agency claims it is Malaysia’s largest 24-hour hackathon
- Winning team from Asia Pacific University
THE AngelHack KL 2016 24-hour hackathon, held from June 4-5, saw 370 participants, up 25% from last year’s event, according to sponsor Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
In a statement, the agency claimed it was Malaysia’s largest hackathon.
MDEC said it worked with iProperty to sponsor the release of 65 million rows of user behaviour data and property-transacted pricing data which saw 20 data-driven applications being developed.
“We are proud to have sponsored AngelHack KL 2016 which has given our young local talents the opportunity to showcase their technical skills, capabilities and knowledge,” said Dr Karl Ng, head of Big Data Analytics Innovation at MDEC.
“We hope that initiatives such as this will help in growing and building the technology ecosystem,” he added.
The theme this year was online-to-offline (O2O) commerce, big data analytics and smart living, MDEC said in its statement.
This year’s event was held at the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall to allow members of the public to witness and experience how coders and developers create and develop software technology.
“AngelHack KL 2016 was a tremendous success this year,” said AngelHack Kuala Lumpur ‘ambassador’ Heislyc Loh.
“Not only did we exceed our participation target, we were encouraged to see higher participation and participants from diverse backgrounds,” he added.
Four individuals from Asia Pacific University emerged as this year’s champion with their custom digital innovation application and website, Kraud.
Kraud is a meetup planner for friends with group voting capabilities and discount offers, MDEC said.
The team will be representing Malaysia at the AngelHack Annual Global Demo Day and have won themselves a three-month mentorship programme with a pool of local and global mentors from Silicon Valley, it added.
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