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THE NATIONAL BIG APP CHALLENGE 2.0 GOES LIVE

5 Aug 2015

Solve issues using open data for RM410,000 worth of prizes!

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 AUGUST 2015 - MDEC and Tentspark today jointly launched the National Big App Challenge (BAC) 2.0. The competition require participants to develop apps that showcase the importance of Big Data Analytics (BDA) in solving Malaysia’s pressing issues for the good of society through open data, while highlighting the talents of homegrown software specialists. This year, there will be up to RM410,000 worth of prizes to be won.

This is a continuation of the Big App Challenge 1.0 last year which saw the participation of over 200 teams. The National Big App Challenge is a competition that is open to students, developers, technopreneurs and software companies. In this year’s challenge, teams are encouraged to think Big Ideas and develop applications that will take advantage of big data and government open data.

BAC 2015 will consist of 2 coding competitions, or Hack2WK’s titled Cyberjaya City Hacks and OpenGOV Hacks. Cyberjaya City Hacks focuses on innovations that can improve the city life with the use of open data whereas OpenGOV Hacks require participants to solve challenges affecting citizens, government agencies and businesses through government open data. Each Hack2WK will be preceded by an ideation workshop followed by the hackathon taking place over the weekend. 10 finalists will be chosen from each Hack2WK and they will be given 5 more days to fine-tune their app before they submit their videos to face the judges in the grand finals.

The first prize for each Hack2WK is RM10,000 cash and the top 3 winners of each Hack2WK get to join the BDA Accelerator program. The grand prize winner will win a trip for 2 to the United Kingdom worth RM50,000.00 including a chance to visit London’s vibrant startup scene and private sessions with leading startups and open data experts.

Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer of MDEC said “This time around, we welcome the private sector as well as government agencies who are interested in sponsoring their data for the challenge. This increases the dataset variety, and contestants get to engage with these datasets to design innovative solutions. Aside from giving our talents a platform to shine, we hope to bring together the ICT community to take a closer look at data that touches our daily lives. Developers, designers, and data enthusiasts of all kinds can collaborate on exciting projects looking at the opportunities around analytics in the information we see every day. Ultimately, we want them to build working relationships that goes beyond the event”.

In line with the Digital Malaysia initiative, the National Big App Challenge 2.0 is a strategic platform for Malaysia’s best and brightest to explore new challenges and take their skills to come up with solutions for big data. As the country move towards becoming a digital nation, similar competitions will be one of the key drivers of interest and growth for the local ICT industry to grow.