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Government Open Data To Be Used at 48 Hour Hackathon

 

The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) together with their partners, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM), Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi (KPT),  Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and GITN Sdn Bhd (GSB) successfully launched the 48 Hour Open Data Private Sector Hackathon yesterday at the MCMC building in Cyberjaya.

The hackathon themed “Unleashing The Power of Open Data for Innovation” is divided into 2 categories between adults and high school students. It will run from the 25th till the 27th for adults, while school level students will compete for 30 hours. The main aim of the hackathon is to promote the use of open data. MAMPU run the governments open data platform www.data.gov.my and are working to make as many government data sets available to the public as they can. The next stage is to make sure that citizens and busineses use this data. A hackathon where people are encourage to conceieve, design and develop apps based on open data is a perfect way to get people involved and demonstrate just how powerful open data can be.

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YB Datuk Joseph Entulu

YB Datuk Joseph Entulu, minister from the prime minister’s department said in his officiating speech at the event, “MAMPU plans to improve the analytical abilities through a systematic and structured  coaching approach in order to create data analysts by using the Public Sector Big Data platform available at MAMPU”. To date there are 1,336 open data sets available on the open data portal and he hopes it will reach 1,500 data sets by the end of this year.

Also officiating the event was the Director of MAMPU, Dato’ Sri Zainal Rahim. Dato’ Sri was happy to announce the lucrative prize money available in each category.

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Dato’ Sri Zainal Rahim

“For the open category, the winners take home RM 10,000 while the runners up go away with RM 7,500 and third placing receive RM 5,000. Students category prizes are RM 3,000 for the winners, RM 2,000 for the runner up and RM 1,000 for 3rd placing. That is quite a large sum of money”, he said in jest while addressing the VIP’s.

YB congratulated Dato Sri on MAMPU’s initiative to have the 48 hour hackathon and being the 2nd year running with the first in 2015 which was also a big success. He added that as the years pass the hours seem to be increasing since the one in 2015 was only 33 hours.

He added that the Digital Revolution is moving at a rapid pace and we need to take steps to prepare ourselves strategically to face the challenges that will come in the face of this reality. In light of that, Malaysia is also taking steps to be on par globally with the changes brought about in this digital revolution.

The open data is currently being populated by Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia and Malaysian Centre for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI) as well as Kementerian Sumber Asli.

Participants for the hackathon include 4 schools, 17 universities and 25 government agencies with each team consisting of 4 members.

Team Minions which consisted of Choo, Teng, Kai and Chin says they are looking to provide solutions into the area of medical healthcare. “Our aim is to make it easy for people to access healthcare”, says their leader Choo.

Students from University Malaya Faiz, Hazim, Faizal and Firdaus on the other hand says they want to look into ways of predicting unemployment rates for undergraduates. Whereas Vokasional College Sepang team of Muhd Ilham, Rais and Muhd Asyraf were in the midst of discussing which field of interest they want to go into when the hackathon kicked off.

We wish all teams participating best of luck!

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The Participants

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