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Malaysians Won the IBM SmartCamp ASEAN 2013
By Azizul Rahman Ismail - on 16 Oct 2013, 10:52am

Malaysians Won the IBM SmartCamp ASEAN 2013

The winning team. 2nd from left: Wong Joe Foong, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pembinaan TMC Sistem Sdn Bhd

Slope monitoring enterprise Pembinaan TMC Sistem Sdn Bhd beat five other South-east Asian to win the IBM SmartCamp ASEAN 2013 regional. Their winning entry was a cloud-based early warning system that predicts landslides using a system of sensors that can pinpoint possible landslides with up to 2mm of accuracy.

“We were surprised to be the winner. We had very strong competitors from our fellow ASEAN finalists. With this win, we hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with IBM especially in terms of SoftLayer and Informix technologies and develop a solution that’s reliable and proven in the marketplace,” said Pembinaan TMC Sistem Sdn Bhd Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Wong Joe Foong.

He added that the idea for the system came from his first-hand experience when the Gua Tempurung landslide a few years ago.

Six companies across Southeast Asia were selected from 54 applicants to compete at IBM SmartCamp ASEAN 2013, held at the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2013 from October 10 to 11. The other five participants: ConnectedHealth and Gametize Pte Ltd from Singapore; Wegen Tech (Philippines), BlueBox Technology Co Ltd (Thailand) and Peritus Solutions Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) pitched ideas related to healthcare, energy, agriculture and education.

The ideas of each applicant at the camp were judged by United States Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at Department of States Lorraine Hariton; MDeC’s Chief Operating Officer Ng Wan Peng, the Director of Technology Ventures Division at MTDC Hj. Mohammad Hazani Hj. Hassan and IBM’s Director, ISV and Developer Relations for Growth Markets Mauricio Sucasas.

The winner from this round will advance to the semifinals that will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on October 30 and 31 to qualify for the final round that will held in the United States in February 2014.

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