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Malaysian developers challenged to produce 'Big Data’ apps

AvantiKumar | Sept. 24, 2014
The Big App Challenge is the first of its kind in the country and a ground-breaking platform for software companies to use BDA, said MDeC and Tentspark.

Dato Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, MDeC  

Photo - Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, Multimedia Development Corporation.


According to Malaysia's national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] and IT consultancy Tentspark, the inaugural National Big App Challenge (Big App) is a unique competition, which will demonstrate the importance of Big Data Analytics (BDA) in helping to solve Malaysia's national challenges.

Co-organised with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Big App is the first programme of its kind under the National Big Data Initiative, said MDeC's chief executive officer Dato' Yasmin Mahmood.

"Big data is now everywhere, in every sector and every organisation," said Yasmin. "The Digital Malaysia 354 Roadmap has identified Big Data Analytics as a major catalyst to the digital economy and has put efforts in place to help Malaysian enterprises unlock the value driven by data, to create spillover multiplier benefits and competitiveness enhancements."

She said the local software specialists and software houses could help solve national issues and build societal well-being through using Big Data Analytics [BDA] and open data. In addition, the use of BDA could potentially help Malaysia towards the national goal of becoming a developed digital economy by 2020.

Participants in this pioneering endeavour will use open data sets from the Malaysian government to build applications that show the power of Big Data Analytics to develop advanced forecasting and predictive modelling, said Yasmin.

"On the back of this, we are  happy to partner with Tentspark  to run the inaugural National Big App Challenge,  which will see local software developers and companies coming together to drive big data usage and adoption, while identifying and rewarding companies with exceptional solutions," she said.

 Ideation workshop

"The national Big App Challenge presents a good opportunity for us to share our knowledge and expertise with the community and help to promote the growth of Big Data Analytics in Malaysia," said Tang Siak Kwan of Tentspark.

A key feature of the Big App Challenge is the Ideation workshop slated to take place next month, said Tang. The workshop will provide participants with an introduction to Big Data Analytics and act as a platform for finding answers to questions and discussions, and the crystallisation of ideas. The participants will then have 4 weeks to develop a prototype of the Big App solution for submission.

"Competitions such as Big App Challenge will allow local developers to gain hands-on exposure to build applications designed around data, and gain insights of operating on datasets from all facets of the business by understanding volumes, sources, and integration points," added MDeC's Yasmin.

The Big App is open to individuals/students, start-ups, and software companies in Malaysia with prizes worth more than RM100,000 [US$30,821] to be won. Participants are allowed to develop their solutions on any IT platform.

Free registration and submissions can be completed online by 31 October 2014 at the National Malaysia BDA portal [], which is also a repository of BDA knowledge, case studies, and funding information.

The Big App Challenge will conclude in an awards ceremony cum Big Data conference that will be held in November 2014, featuring presentations by the top three winners.


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