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Engineering students win hackathon challenge

Published: 8 May 2017
The winning team
The winning team: Ow Zheng Yang, Sean Michael Morais, Velayuthan Segar, Lim Si Zhe and Lai Teng Kang

A team of Year 2 Engineering students from the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus became the champions during the Ultimake Makerthon competition last 8 and 9 April beating out 12 teams from other universities.

The winning team composed of Ow Zheng Yang, Sean Michael Morais, Velayuthan Segar, Lim Si Zhe, and Lai Teng Kang created an educational solution for the underprivileged called the OzyBox. The prototype solution addresses issues in education and is controlled through a mobile application. It teaches young learners the rudiments of programming, electronics, basic components as well as coding.

Sean explained what their solution is all about: ‘’OzyBox is an interactive electronic cube that kids and students can pursue their interest in programming and electronics. It comes with a mobile application with 4 user languages and several modules in the form of green boxes. The mobile application enables the user to understand the circuitry of each module without the need to pry open its parts.’’

During the competition, the team constructed a working prototype, which they have described in their project proposal beforehand, from scratch within the 24-hour hackathon and using only tools and materials provided.

‘’To keep cost down, we used an affordable development board which goes along with our physical prototype. Production cost for one OzyBox is estimated at RM65 which is very ideal for institutions that have small school budgets,’’ added Velayuthan who helped pitch their business model to the judges during the viva session.

‘’Creating the educational solution saw us pull together all the understanding we have developed in a number of our undergraduate modules including project management, programming, systems design and computing,’’ said the team leader Yang.

As grand prizes, the team received RM1,000 in cash and boxes of Raspberry Pi 3, small single-board computers. In addition to the prizes they received, the students developed an understanding of teamwork, professional programming standards and presentation skills.

‘’We are all extremely proud to see our undergraduate students translate their interdisciplinary knowledge they have learned in the classroom into ideas that are useful to the society,’’ said the university’s Assistant Professor Dr Suan Hui Pu, who helped proof their idea.

The Ultimake Makerthon is a 24-hour hackathon for university students. Hosted by Nottingham University Malaysia Campus, the competition’s goal is to foster creative ideas with current available analogue and digital tools. Engineering students ages 18 to 30 from different colleges and universities had participated in the hackathon.

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