THE day certainly turned out well for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s team BEAMS when they were crowned champion in the TADHack Local category of the Telecom Application Development Hackathon Kuala Lumpur (TADHack KL) 2017.
Held at Digi Malaysia Headquarters in Subang Jaya, team members Tan De Zhern, Chong Zan-Wei, Gerald Lee Sze Inn, Low Wei Leong and Cheong Pei Bin – all of whom are Utar Faculty of Information Communication and Technology alumni – received a cash prize of US$500 (RM2,045).
Apart from the prize, the team also benefitted greatly by learning about the power of telecom application development, best practices shared by expert speakers, useful hacks using telecom technologies to solve local and global problems, along with the chance to present innovative ideas to the global industry, and meeting the global community of telecom app innovators.
Despite already pursuing their respective careers, the team continued to make good use of the knowledge and skills taught during their studies at Utar, to realise their aspiration for solving real-world problems with technology and innovation, which at the same time will also benefit the society.
Led by their aspiration to participate in the hackathon, the team’s victory also testified that success certainly knows no boundaries as long as one is determined.
“Although this is my seventh time taking part, competing in the hackathon is more than just a hobby or routine to me.
“It is, in fact, a place where I can make use of my ideas and programming skills to come up with real-world solutions, and I will continue to do so for the future competitions,” said Tan.
Fellow team member Lee said the hackathon motivated and challenged them to think of effective solutions to solve real-world problems in the shortest time possible.
“It was also a platform that enabled us to learn even more from the other participants,” he said.
“With the education received at Utar, the team was grateful to have learnt about teamwork, expectations when working under tight deadlines and problem-solving skills, which greatly contributed to the team’s win at the hackathon.
“Utar has definitely laid a good foundation for us to utilise our knowledge and skills for this hackathon because the challenges we faced during our studies were the teaching tools that taught us how to analyse problems, think of the right solutions and work together with the team members to execute the ideas,” said another team member Low.