SMK Sacred Heart students win Mobile Apps Hackathon 2021 competition

From bottom left: Lau, Moh and Yek explaining their app called Medicare to the judges through a virtual meeting.

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KUCHING, July 27: Students from SMK Sacred Heart, Sibu comprising Ezra Yek Nai En, Moh Nian Chun and Zavier Lau Zhimuk won the Mobile Apps Hackathon 2021 (MAC 2021) competition last Sunday after four days of intense learning and project development, with live pitching by the top 11 teams to a panel of judges.

Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) in a statement today said Yek, Moh and Lau which named their team ZAMOHEZ, was the winning team of MAC 2021 with their Medicare App.

SDEC explained that their mobile app is designed to allow patients to communicate with their medical providers without having to visit hospitals or clinics.

Their software also includes a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator, a medical appointment reminder and the capability to save personal medical information.

The team won the top prize of RM2,500 in cash at the competition.

Meanwhile, the runner-up of the competition went to team Change Maker comprising Isaac Yong Wei Onn and Edwin Ting Heng Wei, both from SMK Bintulu.

SDEC said their app is a platform for students to participate in numerous online competitions in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It allows teachers-in-charge to manage the student such as tracking their project progress.

Team Change Maker received a prize money of RM1,500 for their app.

Additionally, the second and third runner ups of the competition were teams Twinlight comprising Lily Hwang Ying Yee and Grace Lu Tao Eng from SMK Telang Usan and Riam Road Secondary School respectively and Oreo Hijackers (Law Siang Hui, Lewis Wong Rui Jian, Hiew Zhien Yeung from SMK Sungai Maong).

Both teams were awarded with prize monies worth RM1000 and RM500 respectively.

SDEC said MAC 2021 was organised in collaboration with Chumbaka, and the Education, Science and Technological Research Ministry.

The competition has attracted 100 teams and 246 secondary school students throughout Sarawak.

In the competition, students were given five minutes to pitch the mobile apps that they have created during the final judging round.

SDEC’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship head Hazwan Razak, Sarawak Science Centre’s chief executive officer Shariman Jamil and Borneo Digital’s marketing executive and Co-Founder of Lean In Sarawak, Alexandra Nastassia were the judges of the competition.

Hazwan said, “It was a difficult decision to select the winners for this programme.

“The judges were impressed by the lengths and efforts that each of the 11 teams went to create their apps.

“As part of SDEC’s effort to build and raise digital talents in Sarawak, there will be many more possibilities like these,” he said in his closing remarks. — DayakDaily