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MDEC and Cyberview host first-ever LoRa hackathon in Malaysia

By Azizul Rahman Ismail - on 15 Aug 2016, 8:54pm

MDEC and Cyberview host first-ever LoRa hackathon in Malaysia

JomHack participants, judges, and partners from MDEC.

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Cyberview Sdn Bhd, together with The Things Network Netherlands and Pixaworks Creative Sdn Bhd, recently completed a 24-hour Internet of Things (IoT) hackathon known as JomHack: IoT for Smart Cities with LoRa.

The event, which was held from August 5 to August 7 at the Cyberview Living Lab in Cyberjaya, saw 30 teams collaborate and develop practical IoT solutions that can be adopted and implemented in Cyberjaya within 24 hours.

Participants made use of Long Range (LoRa) technology provided by The Things Network (TTN) Netherland to provide a long-range communication link for low-power wide-area network.

From there, 10 winning projects were shortlisted, with the top three teams selected as grand winners based on their ability to build IoT solutions around the 'Smart Cities' theme, real-world application, innovation, and individual capabilities of the teams.

“The IoT represents the next frontier of Information Technology, with tremendous new capabilities waiting to be explored. With JomHack, we are a step closer to transforming the nation and fundamentally reshaping the way our cities operate. Through the partnership with Cyberview Living Lab, The Things Network and the ideas we see brought to life by the participants, we look forward to planning the future of our connected Malaysia,” said Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC.

Darween Reza Sabri, Kok Chee Khean, and Shee Tze Jin, the second runner-up of the JomHack: IoT for Smart Cities with LoRa, were awarded RM1,000 for their 'Smart Car Park Management System'. First runner-up Muhammad Amin Ab Halim, Mohd Syakiruddin Yusof, and Muhammad Nor Sabrie Johari, were awarded RM2,000 for their 'Water Quality Monitoring Application.

The champion, Leong Yok Tien, Ng Kok Kwan, and Adel Maratova, were awarded RM5,000 for their winning project: 'Water Leakage Detection System'.

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