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Samsung encourages young Malaysians to create Solve for Tomorrow

AvantiKumar | Sept. 22, 2015
This competition is to effect real change in communities by solving social issues with technology, says Samsung Malaysia's Lee Sang Hoon.

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Photo - The three winning teams and the team who took home the People's Choice award, pose for a photo with (standing, second from left, L-R) Dato' Roh Jae Yeol, Director of Corporate Affairs, Samsung Malaysia Electronics; Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman; CEO, MiGHT (Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology); and Lee Sang Hoon, President, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

Digital solutions firm Samsung Electronics is encouraging young Malaysian university students to create solutions in its Solve for Tomorrow competition, held for the first time in Malaysia and supported by the Ministry of Education.

Samsung Malaysia Electronics' president Lee Sang Hoon said that ideas "can be powerful and inspire real change in the communities we live in."

"With Solve for Tomorrow, Malaysian students can take an active stance in making a positive change for all through using their ideas and creativity with technology," said Lee. "We want to support the Government's focus on a holistic approach to education, through the emphasis of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics."

This approach was demonstrated by 20 student groups at the finale to the Solve for Tomorrow competition, themed as a Learning Festival at the White Box @ Publika in Kuala Lumpur. The competition required student teams to outline a cause or problem, develop a solution and submit a working prototype.

This was then further shortlisted to the penultimate top 10 finalists who presented their ideas along with working prototypes to Ken Ding, head of Product Innovation, South East Asia & Oceania, Samsung Electronics; Prof Madya Dr Arham Abdullah , director, Industry Relations at the Ministry of Education; Rushdi Abdul Rahim, senior Vice President, MiGHT (Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology) and Tan Eng Hoo, founder  & vice president, MyTRIZ and  Mohd Yazid bin Sairi, Assistant Director, Industry Relations, at the Ministry of Higher Education.

"Continued focus and investment in science & technology is what Malaysia needs if we hope to have sustainable growth beyond 2020 and stay ahead of our economic competitors. In this respect, we see the parallel between Samsung Solve for Tomorrow and the Government's Science to Action (S2A) Programme to transform the economy in areas that touch the lives of the nation," said Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, chief executive officer, MiGHT (Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology) in his keynote address.

Health and technology was behind the top three winners of the Solve for Tomorrow competition - the Flex Controlled Electrical Wheelchair from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC), the Lower Extremity Exoskeleton (LEE) Device from TARUC and the Interactive and Portable Rehabilitation for the Disabled (IPRD) by Monash University Malaysia.

The People's Choice Award was given to the Insect Zapper idea from TARUC, to catch flying insects by increasing swing area while using less wrist energy.

This first Solve for Tomorrow competition garnered 108 submissions across five Demo Days at selected university hubs.


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