Mobipass: No tickets, No Queue, No Hassle wins RM8,000

Thursday, 20 December 2007 – Two Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Engineering students, David Low Jia Wei and Lim Ee Lee won the second prize worth of RM8,000 cash during the Scope International ICT Competition 2007 recently for their innovative project, MobiPass, a mobile ticketing soloution using SMS service. The prize ceremony was graced by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Kong Cho Ha, the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

“The idea of mobiPass is to transform conventional paper tickets into simple SMS Text Messages that can be sent directly to your mobile phone, PDA or any other handheld device,” said David Low who is also a current Electronic & Communication Engineering Student.

“In addition to the convenience of wireless delivery, mobiPass offer users the additional benefit of removing the vulnerability of paper tickets that you could easily lose,” he added further.

“Frankly speaking, we were not expecting to win any prize as we just finished our final exam and had very little time to prepare for our presentation and we missed the skill enhanced workshop which was arranged for the shortlisted teams so it is a great surprise for us when were were informed that we will be awarded the second prize,” David shared.

The inaugural Scope International ICT Competition 2007 is a nationwide competition organised by Scope International (M) Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank UK. The competition successfully attracted 350 participants who submitted 145 entries – 109 for the professional category and 36 for the student category.

“By organising a nationwide business ICT competition, it helps provide a platform for students and working professionals to develop, share and present their innovative ideas plus getting recognition from industry leaders,” said Edwin Nevis, CEO of Scope International (M) Sdn Bhd.

“With our presence in Malaysia and as the largest software development centre in the country, our aim is to always scan the market to look out for fresh experienced talented individuals in the area of ICT,” he added further.

Winning the competition was from the Columbus team of the professional category winning RM15,000, a plaque and a Certificate of Excellence for their project idea of using GPS technology and a Bluetooth headset to develop a high-tech sensing cane for the blind. The winning student entry was from the UV-ICU team of University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) who received RM12,000, a plaque and a Certificate of Excellence for their project idea of using ultraviolet light and photodiode detection technology to help the blind detect counterfeit notes.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Mok, Public Relations Officer,
Corporate Communications Department,
Curtin Unversity of Technology Sarawak.

Michelle Mok, Public Relations Officer,
Corporate Communications Department,
Curtin Unversity of Technology Sarawak.

Tel : +60 85 443939 (O)
+60 85 443806 (D)
+60 17 8203328 (After hours)
Fax : +60 85 443838
Email : michelle.mok@curtin.edu.my

 

From left: Arif Siddiqui, Chief Information Officer and Head of Kuala Lumpur Global Shared Services Centre, Scope International, David Low Jia Wei, Curtin Sarawak student, Jan Verplancke, Chief Information Officer, Group Technology & Operations, Standard Chartered Bank, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Kong Cho Ha, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Julian Wynter, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad, Lim Ee Lee, Curtin Sarawak student and David Awcock, Standard Chartered Systems Development Group.

Happy winners, Lim Ee Lee and David Low posing with their mock cheque.

 

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