Inspiring Malaysian Youth to create Smart Solutions for SmartCity Living
Medini Iskandar Malaysia (MIM), master planner and master developer of the thriving 2,230-acre township MEDINI, has kicked off the ‘Medini Innovention Challenge 2016’ in a bid to encourage the youth community in Malaysia and across Southeast Asia to demonstrate their creativity via innovative ideas that can transform into inventions that contribute towards shaping Medini into a smart and sustainable city. The Challenge is intended to be a “spark plug” for innovative thinking and ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship among participants. As part of the Challenge, teams will be tasked to develop solutions based on four Medini Smart City qualities, namely Smart, Connected, Liveable and Efficient. Based upon its theme, ‘Icon of Future City Living’, the two-phase Challenge is open to students who are registered at public, private tertiary and higher education institutions.
“With our close proximity to world-class educational institutions such as those in EduCity, this inaugural Challenge is an ideal platform to spur creativity and strengthen the relationship between industry and academia. We are excited to see what these bright young minds can come up with when they are inspired to unleash their creativity. More importantly, we are eager to help our bright innovators and creators to commercialise at least one of their ‘innoventions’ so it does not just end with the Challenge. Not only could these ideas contribute towards Medini’s development, the Challenge hopes to cultivate more young entrepreneurs and talent in the country. Being smart and sustainable are among the core qualities that are shaping Medini as it becomes a city. In fact, this is what the future represents as we become a vibrant, liveable urban space where communities can seamlessly live, work and play.” – Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Students are to submit both written and video proposals online during the first phase of the Challenge. Deadline for Phase One submission is July 16, 2016. The written entries must provide a brief summary, plan sketches, business model, socioeconomic implications, and demonstrate how the idea will benefit Medini. The video presentation allows students to pitch their ideas in the most creative manner. To date, proposal submissions have been received from students in Malaysia and Thailand, whilst keen interests have also come from Singapore and Brunei. In Phase Two of the Challenge, 20 shortlisted teams will further develop their ideas into prototypes. All twenty ideas will be featured at an exclusive exhibition later this year, where final judging will take place to select the winners.
The Challenge offers prize money amounting to RM25,000 for two categories (i.e. undergraduate and postgraduate). Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their entries online at: www.medini.com.my/innoventionchallenge where they can learn more about the Challenge, and also about Medini. The Challenge is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Malaysia in collaboration with PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn. Bhd., Media and Game Innovation Centre of Excellence (MaGICx), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and Imagineering Institute.