Caption Happy winners of the Challenge; From left, Cheong from Pei Yuan High School, Kampar Centre, Tan from SMK Bandar Utama Damansara, KL and Adeline also from Pei Yuan.
Kuala Lumpur, Monday 25thJuly 2016 – The Department of Information Technology at HELP University recently organized HELPTech Day 2016, an annual event aimed at providing students with information and insights into the Information Technology (ICT) industry and key emerging technologies. HELPTech Day 2016 showcased the wide ranging and innovative technology projects developed by HU students in collaboration with industry.
Among the highlights, the prize-giving ceremony for HELP’s InterSchool Ideas Challenge, organized by the Department of Information Technology, HELP University and the University of Malaya Centre of Innovation and Commercialisation.
The winners of the Challenge, Tan Jun Wei from SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (2), who created an app named “SMART”, enabling students to remain healthy while pursuing their studies. Adeline Chong HuXin from Pei Yuan High School, Kampar came in second with her app, “ILLNESS CHECKER” and in third place, Cheong Suet Xuan, also from the same school as Adeline Chong, with her app, “UNITRAVEL”.
All of them agreed that the competition had resulted in greater creativity and innovation when coming up with their individual ideas on various apps to be used.
The prize-giving ceremony was officiated by Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-President and Chancellor of the HELP University together with HTC Malaysia’s Marketing Manager Cherry Ong. The main aim of the competition, focused on developing the ideation and innovation skills of students, was to provide them with the opportunity to work on challenges faced by their community in the areas of education, health and community.
It was designed to train participants on their ideas framework so as to harness their innovation skills and create solutions that would positively impact the target community with the use of mobile apps. As part of the competition, HELP IT lecturers conducted story-boarding techniques workshops for around 1,500 students from 30 schools in East & West Malaysia.
HTC Malaysia Country Manager, Cheong Wah Tong said,
“With the idea of supporting the young at HELP University Interschool Ideas Challenge, we are proud to give them the tools of encouragement to progress further in the field of IT & Technology. Over the past few years, HTC have developed great devices for Malaysians. This time around, in acknowledging that the younger generation are the moulding blocks to the future, HTC wants to give back to younger Malaysians and help them create a brighter tomorrow.”
Among the many speakers for HELPTech Day 2016 were professionals and leading experts from the IT industry such as Zyllem Malaysia, SAS Visual Analytics, HTC, AsiaSoft, Garena, PLAY Interactive, Designex3D, NexStream, CM Asia and the University of Malaya Centre of Innovation and Commercialization There were workshops on e-Sports/gaming by Garena and mobile app development. These various organizations set up booths displaying the latest technology and ICT information for students.
Nabil Feisal, Country Managing Director of Zyllem Malaysia said it was an enjoyable experience meeting up with students during HELPTech Day. The educating and empowering of young IT enthusiasts with career enhancing skills in mobile-app building is crucial with today’s ever changing technology.
Schools from various states attending include Poi Lam High School, Ipoh, Pei Yuan High School, Kampar, and St Columbia from Sarawak, Methodist Boys School, KL; Sri Bestari, KL, SMK Bandar Sri Damansara 2, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 2, SMK Seri Garing from Rawang, SMK USJ 8, SMK SS17, SMK St Mary and SMK Seri Garing from Rawang.
Dr Sien Ven Yu, Head of the Department of Information Technology said,
“HELPTechDay is aimed at generating interest in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) amongst school children by providing them an overview of the current state of the ICT industry, and showcasing the wide-ranging and innovative technology projects that have been developed by our students and the industry. Our focus this year is on mobile apps, and our industry partners showcased various apps on controlling VEX robots, wearable technologies, and InternetOfThings smart home devices. A special highlight of the TechDay was the 3D printing pen!
Our students presented mobile apps including career testing, finding accommodation, student information, course enquiry. There were also projects using mobile apps to control an arduino powered model car, and Lego Mindstorm robots. The main feature was a 3D house printed with our in-house 3D printer with lights controlled from a Smart House mobile app.”
HELPTech Day 2016 represents yet another initiative by HU’s IT Department to enhance and promote IT education and to meet the rising demand for IT professionals in the country.
Among the career opportunities available for ICT graduates are gaming development, 3D designers, games testers, multimedia/games/web designers, animators, network engineers, database administrators, software developers, mobile apps developers, etc.
For more information on this press release, please contact Juliet Chan/Dharshini Ganeson, Corporate Communications Department on tel. no:- 0126250207/0122872686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on www.help.edu.my