“Wow, why didn’t I think of that?’’ We have all gone through such Aha! moments when we saw how simple ideas such as car pooling and cash back reward platforms turned into great innovations. Being regretful for not being a part of an idea is not the solution. And boy, do we have brilliant students who have decided to be a part of this ecosystem by showcasing their final year project.
Hence, SS12 competition was introduced to Malaysia this year. SS12 was the world’s first ever accessibility-themed hackathon and makeathon originated from California 10 years ago that aims to develop empowering projects for the community through competitions. In Malaysia, SS12 is managed by startupcampus.asia in collaboration with IEEE USM Student Branch to foster a culture of innovation among university students and professionals by providing an inspiring platform for the community to highlight their creative ideas.
IEEE SS12 Malaysia 2017:
Malaysia’s first ever SS12 competition was recently held at @CAT Penang on the 2nd of August 2017. IEEE SS12 Malaysia 2017 has successfully gathered participants from 7 universities across Malaysia to present their projects and compete. The participating universities include Universiti Sains Malaysia Engineering Campus (USMKKJ), Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).
In this competition, every participant was given 6 minutes for their projects presentations and demonstration, 2 minutes for Questions & Answer session. It was then judged by industry representatives from National Instruments, Vitrox, Myreka and @CAT based on four key criteria, which are innovation, practicality, complexity and working design. The judgement will be conceptual selection, whether it is relevant to the final year project abstract and useful, creativity, originality of the idea and technology, plus scalability.
Unlike usual design/final year project competition which marks the ending point for winner after the competition ends, IEEE SS12 Malaysia 2017 provides the winners with opportunity to continue their journey by funding them to compete in SS12 Asia Stage, which takes place in India this year. The organisers believe by providing the winner with the opportunity of competing in SS12 international stage, they will be able to gain oversea exposure, exchange of innovative ideas and broaden their worldview subsequent helped them to improve further and trigger real innovation.
Champion: Artificial Eye by Yap Yee Yang and Ng Mun Kit
Artificial eye was a low-cost wearable blind assistance system which is expected to be capable of solving issues encountered by the visually impaired and blind, thereby improving their lives. This team will be representing Malaysia to compete in India for SS12 Continental Level with an all-expenses paid trip up to RM3000!
First Runner Up: Enhancing the Handwriting Instruction through Interactive Learning with Augmented Reality for Preschool Children by Nor Farzana Syaza Jeffri
This project is an augmented reality application with an interactive physical book that will appeal to the three learning modalities to enhance the preschool handwriting instruction.
Second Runner Up: Development of Control Algorithm for Spot Cooling by Andy Tan Wei Keat and Chan Hao Jie
This project’s aim is to develop a Control Algorithm for a Spot Cooling system and helps to detect and track a non-human decoy.
Creativity and innovation are both essential elements in today’s dynamic environment. It is often said that creativity is the seed of innovation and university students have always possessed unlimited creativity and ideas just waiting to be inspired and nurtured.
Hence, IEEE SS12 Malaysia 2017 aims to inspire these students and young professionals to create a lasting impact on society, through innovation in their respective fields of profession. This aligns with the theme of SS12 2017: Enhancing the quality of life through innovation.
IEEE SS12 Malaysia 2017 was initiated by Simeon Yeoh Hong Boon, founder of startupcampus.asia and co-founder of IEEE USM Student Branch, with the intention of fostering the seeds of innovation among university students and professionals in Malaysia. Simeon Yeoh envisions to revolutionize the education system through usage of creative technology and implementation of entrepreneurial spirit. He seeks to implement entrepreneurship concepts into students’ projects, no matter the scale. Simeon Yeoh views an innovative mind as a form of competency, akin to other traits such as leadership or work ethics. This prepares university students to be more competitive, and always ready for a challenge. He also wishes to inspire more university students to innovate and create products or solutions that can be commercialized in the market, ultimately developing their products into something great such as startups!
SIMEON YEOH HONG BOON
Founder of startupcampus.asia
LIM SENG YEW
R&D Senior Manager of Vitrox
Chan Cheng Yee joined NI Malaysia Sdn Bhd in the year 2011. Prior to this, he worked in multi-national companies for 17 years, such as Sony, Intel, and Benchmark Electronics. He was one of the pioneer team members of Intel Board Design Center specializing in Intel Desktop Board software. He possesses a Bachelor Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Lincoln. Cheng Yee is passionate about STEM and he is the LEGO Robotics mentor for SMK Simpang Empat. He is also an amateur radio operator and he will go on air whenever he is free.”
CHAN CHENG YEE
R&D Project Manager of National Instrument
Percy started his immerse interest in electronics at an early age of 10. At 12, he was admitted to National university of Singapore under a special arrangement to pursue his interest in engineering. In 1997, his design of a computer guided Catheter guide wire simulation device, earned him his 1st patent with the US patent office. In 2003, Percy graduated with an honors degree in Bachelor of Science (Computer Engineering) from Drexel University in the US. During his time with Drexel, he involved in the Spiral project involving design of High performance computer design using FPGAs. In 2005, he furthered his tertiary education and received his Master of Science specializing in VLSI system design from Westminster University in London.
Mr. Lau Ting En is one of the founding member of Myreka Technologies. He started out as an embedded engineer developing and implementing Digital Signal Processing algorithm. Throughout the 10 years in Myreka Technologies he took on different role as embedded system architect and project manager. Today he is leading the R&D department of Myreka Technologies as Head of Department.
LAU TING EN
HOD of R&D department of Myreka Technologies
IEEE SS12 Malaysia 2017 will not be made possible without the strong support by the project director, Tan Ting Feng and his managing team, IEEE Malaysia Section and IEEE Young Professional Malaysia.
IEEE SS12 Malaysia 2017 is a nationwide innovation competition, providing the golden opportunity for students to compete locally and even globally, encouraging them to work on their ideas in order to make them a reality! Bridging innovation with the qualities of entrepreneurship is the ultimate goal for both IEEE USM Student Branch and startupcampus.asia.
‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.’ – by Ralph Waldo Emerson (American Philosopher)
Do you want to make a difference through your own project? Come approach us and we looking forward to host you in IEEE SS12 Malaysia 2018!