TWO IoT (Internet-of-Things) and robotics-enabled experimental projects which focused on boosting production in the country’s agricultural sector were recognised at the Pikom ICT Awards in Kuala Lumpur .
Air Project, developed by SJK(C) Yuk Chai pupils, is aimed at performing small-scale farming activities at home and encourages the younger generation to take an interest in farming, while EdSense, created by KDU University College undergraduate students, is aimed at easing the monitoring work of crops and livestock for farmers while increasing production levels at a cost-effective manner.
These two educational institutions are among the five schools and three universities who will represent Malaysia at the 18th International Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (Apicta) at Guangzhou, China, from Oct 9 to 13.
The other six are SMK Damansara Jaya, Foon Yew High School (Johor Baru), SMK Damansara Utama, Foon Yew High School (Kulai), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Thirteen SMEs, entrepreneurs and organisations will also join these young recipients at the International Apicta awards, which will also see participants from 16 other economies vying for top spots in six major categories with 28 subcategories.
The objective of the MSC Malaysia Apicta Awards is to recognise outstanding individuals, students, entrepreneurs, SMEs and organisations in Malaysia who have contributed to the development of the MSC Malaysia’s initiatives as well as developed applications and services to benefit Malaysians. The awards, organised by Pikom, is an initiative of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
The awards are broadly divided into eight categories, namely Student, Consumer, Industrial, Inclusions and Community Services, Business Services, Public Sector & Government, Cross Category and Technology.
The International Apicta Awards aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the digital divide for each of the member economies in the Alliance.
The National ICT Association of Malaysia also honoured the contributions and achievements of the recipients of the Pikom Leadership Awards in four categories, namely CIO Excellence Award, Member Excellence Award, ICT Organisation Excellence Award and Technopreneur Excellence Award.
The winner of the ICT Organisation Excellence Award was Affin Bank while the Member Excellence Award recipient was FireEye Malaysia.
The Technopreneur Excellence Award was presented to Andrew Tiang from N2N Connect while the CIO Excellence Award recipients were Chong Chin Kan from QSR Group and Sher Khan Akbar Khan from UEM Group.
Guest of honour Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof presented the awards to the recipients.
More than 1,000 guests attended the event where each guest also received a copy of the first issue of Pikom’s quarterly magazine, my.iT.