Imagine Cup 2011 – Story of Team Cyber Knightz from Malaysia

Cancer, one of the top killer that end our human life. Four students from Asia Pacific University College of Technology and Innovation (UCTI), Malaysia designed Health3 to lead cancer patient to a healthier lifestyle and increase their survival chances. The team is consist of Tan Jit Ren, Chan Wai Lun, Wong Mun Choong and Ker Jia Chiun. With the help from Muhammad Anis Ur Rehman, mentor for this project, they have successfully enter the worldwide final of Imagine Cup.

Check out their project at Imagine Cup People Choice’s Award and support them if you like their project by casting your vote on them. They will heading to New York City represent Malaysia in Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Final in Software Design category  this coming 8th – 13th of July 2011. They will be competing with teams around the world. I’m lucky enough to get contact with them and learn about their story as one of the Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) Social Media Team.

Q: Tell us about your project?

Health3 is an application designed to improve the health of a cancer patient focusing on three important factors, which are the well-being, medication and emotional support. Cancer patients can get state of the art technological approach towards food monitoring, medication intake monitoring, body vitality tracking, interactive physiotherapy exercises and awareness of nearby essential places to gain help and support. The ability to link up with cancer based NGOs, cancer experts and other patients create an integrated environment whereby it gives the patients emotional support as well as the feeling that they are not alone in fighting this cancer war. With cloud, cancer patients can also gain the benefits of Health3 via a lite version which can be deployed on mobile devices. The lite version also comes handy with an emergency help function that detects the location of cancer patients and alert related parties for immediate medical attention when activated. Health3 also comes with a quick report generation function that gathers data of past activities with Health3 to help doctor analyze cancer patients’ health status for better decision making. Focusing on the ability to customize, Health3 enables each distinct cancer patient to have the most sophisticated health monitoring application in addressing their needs individually. The whole idea of health application has been taken to a brand new level which changes the concept of how health applications are deployed on technological devices to fully maximize the benefits of health application with the aim to lead patients to a healthier lifestyle and increase their survival chances.

Q: Why did you create this project? What inspired you to create this project?

We get inspiration from people around us, even relatives of us who died due to cancer.

Q: Is this your first time joining Imagine Cup? How does it feel like?

It was our second time. First time we did not do well during the local final in 2010 but managed to grab a side award which consists of “Best Implementation of Multipoint” then we continue to learn and managed to win 2011 Imagine Cup Malaysia Final. The journey is simply amazing as we meet a lot of people and learn from them.

Q: How has your participation in the Imagine Cup impacted your life?

Exposure, experience and team work which prepares us to real life challenges and very good experience for us as a platform to be a business partner in the future.

Q: What is your plan on your project after Imagine Cup 2011?

Further enhancement and development will take place and we will deploy our application to National Cancer Society Malaysia and other cancer based NGOs as they already show their interest in us.

“Imagine Cup is the platform to realize creative ideas in helping people across the world”

by Team Cyber Knightz from Malaysia, Imagine Cup 2011

Find out the latest update from Team Cyber Knightz by liking the team on Facebook fans page.You can also stay tune in my blog for more update on Team Cyber Knightz and event of Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Final at New York City or follow the official Imagine Cup fans page or Twitter.

by Ooi Keng Siang – MSPSMT via Ooiks’s Blog

Introducing Team Cyber Knightz from Malaysia

Team Cyber Knightz will represent Malaysia at the Imagine Cup 2011 worldwide finals in New York City in this coming July. The team is participating in the Software Design competition and will be competing with the other teams from countries around the world in the same category.

Team Cyber Knightz developed a project call Health3 . Health3 is an application to improve the health of cancer patients focusing on three important factors, the well-being, medication intake, and emotional support. Patients can get state-of-the-art technological approach towards food monitoring, medication intake monitoring, body vitality tracking, interactive physiotherapy exercises and awareness of nearby essential places to gain help and support. With cloud, patients can also gain the benefits of Health3 via a lite version on mobile devices. Our aim is to empower the cancer patients, let them know that they are not alone in fighting this cancer war, and lead them to a healthier lifestyle.

The team consist of 4 members. They are Tan Jit Ren, Chan Wai Lun, Wong Mun Choong and Ker Jia Chiun. All of them are from Asia Pacific University College of Technology and Innovation (UCTI) and Muhammad Anis Ur Rehman is the mentor of the team.

This is just a short introduction of the team. Find out the latest from Team Cyber Knightz by liking the team on Facebook fans page. You can also stay tune in my blog for more update on Team Cyber Knightz and event of Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Final at New York City.

by Ooi Keng Siang – MSPSMT via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia – Day 3

Just like the worldwide final in Imagine Cup, Imagine Cup Malaysia also have a mini half day culture day for all the competitors to enjoy and learn about the culture of the place. Since Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia is having at Sarawak this year, so we will be exploring the unique culture of Sarawak this year. I’m super duper excited toward this activity because this is also my first time here at Sarawak.

All of the competitors are taken to the Sarawak Culture Village. Finally, after some tough competition in the hotel, we can have something green today! It is a small village purposely build for tourism purpose (Well, it is impossible for us to go all the way into the jungle to see the long house for now). There have Bidayuh Longhouse, Iban Longhouse, Penan Hut, Malay House, Chinese Farmhouse and many more. Other than that, there is also a theater for the multi-cultural performances. All competitors are invited to watch the traditional dance of Sarawak there. In the end, all competitors are invited to join them on the stages too. I’m not good in describing the view of the village through words, why don’t you take a look at the photos I had taken through out the whole activity by yourself.

Aren’t this year Imagine Cup Malaysia is very amazing? Yeah for sure.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia Result

So which team shall be flying Malaysia flag on the worldwide final of Imagine Cup 2011 at New York City, US this year? Let me give you the list of all the winner this year in Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia.

Software Design Category

  • Champion: Cyber Knightz (UCTI)
  • First-runner Up: Filius Educata (UCTI)
  • Second-runner Up: Asia Science (UCTI)

Other Awards

  • Innovation Award: Cyber Knightz (UCTI)
  • Phone 7 Mobile Development Award: V-Real (TARC)
  • Azure Cloud Computing Award: RGBY (UKM)
  • Presentation Superstars Award: Asia Sciences (UCTI)

As you can see, UCTI swap the most prizes in Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia and they won twice in Imagine Cup Malaysia so far. I bet the university is putting a lot of effort pushing their students in Imagine Cup competition. Well done and great job. Since last year Team HDC went all the way into top 6 of worldwide final of Software Design, so we are expecting the team this year to do even better! We are counting on you team Cyber Knightz to bring back the cup this year.

I shall be tagging along with the team to the worldwide final of Imagine Cup 2011 at New York City, US. I’m selected as one of the 25 Microsoft Student Partners of Social Media Team that will bring you all the most up to date of the event at NYC through social media channel. I can’t wait to be there. New York City, I coming together with Team Cyber Knightz.

Cyber Knightz (UCTI)

Team Members:

  • Tan Jit Ren
  • Chan Wai Lun
  • Ker Jia Chiun
  • Wong Mun Choong

Project Overview: Health3 (Pronounced as Healthy) is a health minded application that targets to improve the health of a cancer patient from the very basic needs of a human, which are food intakes, exercise and emotional needs. By just taking three simple steps provided in our application, which are customize, deploy and start monitoring, cancer patients can find all the useful utilities that will help them in improving their health and increasing the chance of survival.

 

Filius Educata (UCTI)

Team Members:

  • Mohamed Mahmoud Talaat El Bedwihi
  • Ong Yi Ling
  • Desiree Chow Yik Fong
  • Derek Ooi Jiun Yee

Project Overview: Our project is a one-stop solution that utilizes  web and mobile technologies in order to contribute greatly to the prevention of the serious issue of domestic abuse against women in urban areas. The web application is meant for the women themselves (victims or survivors) and for women’s rights groups. The general public and government bodies are also provided with minimal access. The mobile applications is mainly catered to the women themselves, and to their trusted friends. On the mobile side, our most important feature is the “panic response”. If a women is in an abusive situation, activating this function on her mobile phone will send out notifications to her trusted people and NGOs. Her location is identified using GPS, and an audio recording of what is going on will be stored securely elsewhere (on the cloud). this cloud be used as evidence in the future. In the web application, we provide functionality for the women to connect to each other and share their stories, to connect to the  women;s rights groups, to access available shelters, and to educate themselves on abuse through content that has been provided by the right groups. We also provide functionality fr the NGOs to reach out to the women with education content, shelter detail updates and to maintain statistical data that are to be viewed later on by government bodies. For the general public, we have incorporated a reporting system which they can easily use to anonymously report domestic abuse cases in their neighborhood. With this, we hope contribute in the fight towards gender equality and prevention of abuse towards women.

 

Asia Science (UCTI)

Team Members:

  • Hamed Mortaji
  • Perinba Selva Nayagi Ramachandran
  • Krishnashree A/P Tamby Raja
  • Ali Arabzadeh Ahaleriz

Project Overview: The project is an enterprise system that manages transmission of power in power substations. The project is divided into 3 major parts: Desktop Applications, Azure Application & Thin Client Application.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

 

 

Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia – Day 2

Today is the day, the judgment day for all the competitors of Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia. It all start at 9am sharp. All teams are given 10 minutes to present their idea / solution to the judges at their own booth. 10 minutes presentation at an open area is very tough I can said. I can know how nervous the competitors are through their face expression. Walking around at their own booth with a script while rehearse what they are going to present next.

While they are presenting, I was running around to take their photo (see below) and shooting their video. I hardly got time to learn about their great and innovation ideas wish I really wanted. the interesting thing is some of the competitors told me that they actually read my blog for those tips of presentation and follow my blog through out the event. Yeah, that is the reason why I here in the Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia to blog about this great event happen at Kuching.

I was given a chance to give a talk to the secondary students whom come and learn about the great ideas bring by the top 30 teams. This remind me that some countries that are actually sending secondary students for the Imagine Cup because they bet the others in the local final. So I’m telling the secondary students to think out of the box as they might be the next top 30 who will be presenting at next year Imagine Cup Malaysia. Who’s know right?

After the whole busy morning, the top 6 teams that successfully enter the final has announced after lunch time. They are Filius Educata (UCTI), Excalibur (UTM), Asia Science (UCTI), KCast (KDU), Cyber Knightz (UCTI), RGBY (UKM)! 3 out of 6 teams from UCTI which the university that won the champion last year. I bet the university is putting a lot of effort and support on their students in Imagine Cup. This year, I’m manage to squeeze in and watch the top 6 teams presentation. Each teams blast me off with their nice polished user interface. Well done! The Imagine Cup Malaysia this year is sure getting tougher compare with last year.

For those who didn’t manage to enter the top 6 finalist, don’t give up. I can see you all have a great ideas or solutions but the presentation skill and user interface design skill are just not good enough compare to those who manage to enter the top 6. The world still need you all, the great ideas and solutions you all come out. So don’t give up and I really want to see you all standing on the stage again next year.

Next agenda waiting for us is the grand dinner. That what we are waiting for. The grand dinner with top 3 teams presentation and follow by the result announcement of the Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia. We got traditional dance performance entertaining us while we all are having our dinner.  All 3 teams from UCTI won the top 3 places in Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia. Great job UCTI. Want to know the final result of Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia, check out my next post.

Update:

Thousand apologizes to Team KCast and The Third Cloud from KDU for renaming the photo wrongly.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

 

Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia – Day 1

Finally is the day, Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia local final at Kuching, Sarawak. I took an early flight from Penang to Kuching together with Team 1StepAway and Team Vertex. It was a smooth ride I can said. Actually I though Imagine Cup this year will be roughly the same with last year at Pulau Langkawi, but I was wrong. This year is more grand, huge and lot nicer compare with last year.

This year Imagine Cup Malaysia is held at Pullman Kuching Hotel. It was really a nice hotel for having Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia. While all the competitions whom already arrival are busy setting up and declaring their booth, I run around and took some pictures of the event. One thing I notice this year is, most competitions come with well prepare compare with last year. They bring a lot of stuffs to declare the booth, equipments for tomorrow booth presentation, their own team T-shirt and so on. Well done. I can see the quality of Imagine Cup this year has improved compare with last year.

Other then that, the MSP team also prepared a lot of fun activities for the competitors. For example, MSP team is giving 3 minutes to each team to share what they want to tell the others about Imagine Cup. I see a lot of team come out with very creative way to express their idea. Besides, MSP team is also prepare a lot of activity to keep our competitors busy tomorrow, so that they can enjoy the most out of it tomorrow (let’s not let the cat out of the bag yet). Not to forget the Kinect and XBox game tomorrow too. Good jobs MSP teams!

After brief all the competitors the flow of the competition. A welcoming dinner is waiting for us. We are having our welcoming dinner at Grand Margherita Hotel instead. A thumb up for this one too. We have a live dance and live band for the dinner. Of course great food as well. Aren’t it just sound like the international Imagine Cup? At the end of the dinner, all team went up to the stage to receive a token of participating in Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia. Some of the teams even bring their university’s flag. Sweet!

I super duper looking forward to tomorrow event where Top 30 teams need to present their idea to everyone. I will definitely run around and learn as many stories as I can. Interesting day waiting for me. Check out the picture.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia – Here I Come

Just 1 more day before Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia local final will be kick off at Kuching, Sarawak. I can’t express how excited I am toward this event. First, I love to see how students apply their creativity and innovation idea to solve the world’s problems. Second, I’m never been to Sarawak before, this will be a great experience again. I had been attending Imagine Cup Malaysia final event since year 2008, so I’m not going to miss out this year too. Yes, I’m going catch my flight to Kuching to attend this event tomorrow.

I’m fully sponsored by Microsoft Malaysia as a student journalist / blogger together with 5 others bloggers to make a full coverage of the event from 4th of May till 6th of May. My task to to tweet and blog about the Imagine Cup event and provide everyone on the web the latest update of the event. If you would like to catch the latest update of the event stay tune in my Twitter and Blog or you can catch the other 5 blogs too. They are

If you miss out my post which universities or teams that had successfully grab their ticket to Kuching, you can see it here.

If any of you unable to attend the event live at Kuching, then stay tune on the web to get the latest update! Expect lot of tweets and blog posts from me within this few days!

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia Final Preparation

1 more week before the Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia local final kick off at Kuching, Sarawak. Just 1 more week before I can see the great ideas bring by students this year. I so excited! I never been to Sarawak before, so this double the excitement. I can’t wait!

Previously I see a lot of good idea bring by the competitors, but the presentation they gave cannot full express their idea thus miss a lot of points. Just 1 more weeks left, competitor shouldn’t focusing on their development any more, but shift their focus on their presentation more.

I want to share my personal experience on imagine cup presentation . This is my personal point of view and it is NOT related with any Malaysia final round guideline or what so ever. I would said, take it as a reference only.

  • Presentation script / storyboard. It is highly recommended to script what to present or write a presentation storyboard.  A good presentation start with a good planning.  Carefully plan what should be included in the script because presentation time given is limited.
  • Creativity! Start with problem then solution, this simple presentation no longer work. Put in some creativity like role playing to make the whole presentation as smooth like watching a movie yet provide audiences with all information about the solution thought the movie. Let’s give the judges some surprises through out the “show” and prevent them from falling asleep.
  • Practice make perfect. There is no short-cut to make a perfect presentation. Practice until you remember the script without the paper, no more la, lu, lo, ok, a, etc. A smooth presentation is possible only if a lot of practice is done, so go practice the script even you are in the washroom!
  • Make it simple. The judges usually came from different professional field with different background. Most of the judges are from business background instead of technical background. Instead of explain a long detail how the algorithm work, competitor should tell how this algorithm can solve the problem and give a better impact compare if without this algorithm.
  • Prepare for Q&A. Try brainstorm questions that judges will ask after listen to your presentation. For example like detail break down of cost, competitor analysis and etc. If those information that judges ask for did not cover or not detail enough in the presentation, put all in the appendix slide. Surprise your judges that you are fully prepare to answer any question they might throw to you. Try to do several rounds of presentation to others before final like lecturers, you might collect ton of interesting questions for final presentation Q&A preparation.
  • Project sustainability / Business value. Hot question that will definably ask by the judges. It is highly recommended to show how the project can sustain during the presentation, for example by government funded, collaboration with business partner, by startup and etc. Try to avoid becoming open source as the reason for your project sustainability, because only a few open source projects are able to sustain and most judges knew that. Be sure you have the prove if you said your project is funded by some organization. “Project build to solve the millennium goal, but unable to sustain themselves; it soon will becoming another millennium problem.“, quote from one of the judges during Imagine Cup 2009 Malaysia final.
  • Competitor analysis. Another hot question ask by judges. Do a simple search whatever there are some similar solution out there or not. If there exist similar solution, do a competitor analysis or you can even compare with old method with your new solution. don’t assume the judges know nothing about other products out there, they knew it. Show why your solution is more better than others, what feature your solution have while others don’t.
  • Research, research and research. A statement without proof are merely just a sentence. It is always better to tell “XX,XXX number of people killed by TB and $X,XXX,XXX had been spend on this each year.” then “Many people killed by TB and many money spend on this each year.”. Judges usually only believe on real number. Please DO NOT create those fact by yourself. If your application interface also did some research according to user feedback, that is also a research, show it!
  • Backup plan. Always have one or two backup plan in case something go wrong. Prepare a backup machine, video record your software solution (especially for application that required Internet connection), have a local hosted server (if your web is hosting at other places on the Internet), take all installation software needed, bring your own wireless broadband and etc. Murphy’s law – ”Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.
  • Don’t distribute booklet for the judges! It is very commonly to see presenter distribute booklet or something for the judges to read before presentation start. This distract the judges concentration on your presentation as some of judges might reading your booklet when you presenting. You always have the chances to disturb booklet or provide more information to them when they visit your booth.

Phew, another long list, I hope some competitor really spend some time read out. I really hope the quality of Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia can be improve. My camera are ready to capture the picture and my blog are ready to tell some story of Imagine Cup team. See them in 7 more days!

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia – Top 30 Finalist Team

Yeah, finally I got the complete list of top 30 finalist teams for Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia for Software Design category. They all will be going to Kuching, Sarawak for the local final which will going to be held on 4th – 6th May. I shall be there to give you all the update of the event, so stay tune on my blog or my twitter for the live update.

The champion of the team will be representing Malaysia to New York, US for the worldwide final. So which university enter the top 30? Here you go

Top 30 Finalist Team (according to alphabetical order):

  • 1StepAwayUSM
  • Asia ScienceUCTI
  • Augmented Reality Story BookMMU Cyberjaya
  • Bear MarioUKM
  • Easy TeamIIUM
  • ECESTYUUM
  • ExcaliburUTM
  • Filius EducataUCTI
  • Green SoulUniMAS
  • IDenverUPNM
  • IMGSUTHM
  • KCastKDU
  • Klang Valley TeamUM
  • MarcadorUTeM
  • My ImaginationTARC
  • NT-WASTEUniSZA
  • RGBYUKM
  • Sonic JetUSM
  • SycostTARC
  • Team CyberKnightUCTI
  • The BondLUCT
  • The FrontiersUPM
  • The Third CloudKDU
  • TheGreenPUPM
  • TuffahUTeM
  • VertexUSM
  • V-RealTARC
  • WASPendingUPM
  • WTH2UTAR
  • YHAMMU Cyberjaya

USM, TARC and MMU are always the big players in previous Imagine Cup Malaysia, but this year I can see UCTI, UUM, KDU and many other universities are bring quality teams to the game. Yes, Microsoft Malaysia and all university in Malaysia are working hard to rise the quality of the local final. I’m really looking forward to see what the students going to bring this year. I shall see them in Sarawak in 20 more days!

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

Imagine Cup 2011 – Story of Team 1StepAway

Everyone is familiar with the problem of inflation due to increase of fuel price. Even we ourselves as the average consumers are affected by the increase of fuel price, not to mention about the bottom billions. More money is spent on petrol and even more on goods yet salary of the people are not increasing at the same time. A team from Universiti Sains Malaysia had inspired by this problem. The team believe that by controlling the fuel usage for delivering goods by vendors and companies, it could contribute to maintaining the price of goods even when the fuel price increases.

Their solution is a management system, which is used to manage the fuel usage of delivery trucks. Through a more effective fuel utilization, this will help maintain the price of goods and therefore prevent inflation, which is good news for everyone, especially to the bottom billions and below average families who are having problems coping with the higher cost of living nowadays. With their solution, they aim to solve the first Millennium Development Goals, which is end poverty and hunger.

Meet the mastermind behind this great idea, Team 1StepAway. The team consist of Ng Poh SingSteven Chan Yew ChoongTan Chee Yong and Hoong Jo Lynn. All of them are from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia. They are all course mate and currently in second year of Degree of Computer Sciences. Not much second year students dare take the initiative to join Imagine Cup, I’m proud of their courage.

So how they came across Imagine Cup? They came across Imagine Cup through school’s promotion. The school showed to them how past year students competed in Imagine Cup and also achievements on both local and international competition. That inspired them, and together with encouragement from lecturer, they finally joined Imagine Cup this year. They are very excited about Imagine Cup as this is their first time joining Imagine Cup but yet very worry too! Although they don’t have  100% confidant but they will give their best in whatever they do!

I bet they must be expecting a lot from Imagine Cup especially from what they have been told by their seniors and lecturers at school. So what a team of second year students expecting from Imagine Cup?

“Something out of the text book of course! Of course this includes new experiences, meeting new friends and more people from the industries, explore more knowledge etc. Because this is the first time we joined it so we can’t really tell you much about this but we will definitely gain something good from it.” – Team 1StepAway

Photo of Team 1StepAway

“If you never try, you’ll never know that you might be just 1 step away from your dream.” – Team 1StepAway

Video interview with Team 1StepAway

They had made it into Top 30 of Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia of Software Design category. I shall see them in Imagine Cup 2011 Malaysia local final at Kuching, Sarawak. No matter what is the outcome of the competition, the team is definitely making a different than other students. With their success, I hope their story can inspires more students to join in Imagine Cup especially the second year students.  For future update of the team, stay tune.

by Ooi Keng Siang (Microsoft Student Partners) via Ooiks’s Blog