at UNIMY, Putrajaya , 12 Jan 2018

All tertiary education students in Malaysia are invited to join the first-ever Disrupt-IT Challenge, a unique IT research-and-design team challenge for creative business ideas utilising the innovation of technology. Prizes worth RM40,000 are up for grabs plus the opportunity to be mentored by a notable industry expert to make the winning business idea a viable application. 

DISRUPT-IT Challenge has officially launched  to all tertiary education students in Malaysia where the IT research-and-design team challenge encourages future tech-preneurs of Malaysia to utilise technology and creativity in creating game-changing business ideas that address issues faced by industries and are aligned to areas of interests such as affordable and clean energy; industry, innovation and infrastructure; and sustainable cities and communities by Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Higher Education Department Director-General.

The challenge is a collaborative effort between UNIMY, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Taylor’s University, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin and Multimedia University and is sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education, Prestariang, and Malaysia Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC). 

Also present at the launch were representatives from universities partner; University of Computer Science and Engineering (UNIMY), Universiti Mara (UiTM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Taylor’s Universitiy and Multimedia University (MMU).

“We are excited to bring together the brightest young minds in Malaysia in our first-ever Disrupt-IT Challenge to showcase their talent and creativity on a unique platform,” says UNIMY Vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr. Khairuddin Ab Hamid who is the organising chairman of the challenge. “True to its name, the competition challenges students to come up with business ideas that not only disrupt traditional methods but at the same innovate and transform how things are done in industries for the better. I am excited to see what this young talent will present – no doubt, their ideas will be fresh, unorthodox, original, and will open up minds in terms of out-of-the-box thinking.”

The focus of Disrupt-IT Challenge’s submissions is to identify a specific problem within industries and derive at commercially viable solutions that will positively create a market impact in the industry, both societal and sustainability. In teams of up to five members, contestants are required to propose a tech-based project with a disruptiveness angle to it, be it mobile applications, software, web applications, hardware and business proposals though it is not limited to these ideas. 

“Teams will be judged based on the innovativeness of their proposal, which aside from commercial viability must also illustrate a capability for execution,” explains Prof Datuk Dr. Khairuddin Abdul Hamid. “From the submissions, we will select 10 finalist teams whom will all undergo workshops, seminars and coaching organised by one of our sponsors MaGIC where they will be mentored by industry professionals and renowned entrepreneurs. This is the ideal opportunity for our finalists as they will receive valuable coaching that I am certain they will not get elsewhere. Aside from the coaching, they will also be mentored on how to fine-tune their business proposal and produce a working prototype for the finals. Who knows, their prototype might just be chosen by an industry expert or investor who will serve as a mentor in a continued relationship to advise and assist the team in furthering their project, which is a chance of a lifetime for our student participants.”

At the launch, Dr. Abu Hasan Ismail, Group Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Prestariang Berhad and main sponsor of Disrupt IT sent a great message video from Silicon Valley to all participants to wish good luck. In his video message, he also announced that next year challenge winning prize’s will be trip to Silicon Valley. Dr Abu has always driven forward his philanthropic agenda in creating next generation digital leaders with competent critical thinking skills, entrepreneuship spirit and altruistic ethos, solving global issues with technology as their base. Passionate about elevating the talent of the industry, he envisions competitions like Disrupt-IT as catalyst to not only encourage and motivate the young bright minds of today but also chart a career path that will take them to new heights.

The online submission deadline for the challenge has extended to 12 November 2017 while the finals will be held on 28 January 2018. There will be three finalist prizes up for grabs for the teams – RM15, 000 for first place, RM10, 000 for second place, and RM5, 000 for third place. Four other awards will also be presented to our finalists – Best Pitch Award, Best Business Model, Best Exhibition Booth and Best Creative Idea with a cash prize of RM2, 500 each award for the winning teams. 

The Disrupt-IT Challenge is free for all to enter. For further details on submission requirements and the challenge itself, go to www.disruptitchallenge.wixsite.com/-2017 or visit Facebook @dit.challenge.  Both competition kit and judging criteria are available for download on the website. 

(by UNIMY )