AT&T and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) once again brought innovation to Asia. For the 2nd year, we co-hosted Malaysia Developers’ Day in Kuala Lumpur last week.

In 24 hours, more than 120 contestants from all over Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia and India, participated in a challenge to create a mobile app all under the theme of “Building a Digital Ecosystem.” Fifteen mentors were on hand to help the aspiring developers, including GoldenGate Ventures and McKensey Digital Labs. The winning teams for each category received $1,000 cash prize and six-month mentorship by Golden Gate Ventures.

AT&T has a long history of innovation – going back over a century to the invention of the telephone. Events like this one are part of our effort to keep expanding on the opportunities the Internet creates.

Here are the winners:

  • Best app for Community Involvement: Team Hacktivist for a charity app, called “Enact,” that connects corporate sponsorship with consumer’s charity based on the idea of ALS ice bucket challenge
  • Best app for Smart City: Team Accordia Global for “ARMS,” an app using a sensor with SIM card to detect air pollution level based on GSP location
  • Best app for Commercialization: Team Pocket Events for an app called “Pocket Events” that provides real time feedback – pre, during and post-events to help conference or event organizers meet the needs of participants

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This year, the three winning teams of each category presented their app at the Gala dinner attended by more than 550 guests of the Malaysia Minister of Communications with live voting. We closed the dinner by announcing the Grand Prize winner and presented the $10,000 check to the winning team – Team Hacktivist!

In addition, we awarded nanodegree scholarships to 12 participants, funded by AT&T and Udacity, for an online degree that will help prepare them for careers in the tech industry.

AT&T has a long history of innovation – going back over a century to the invention of the telephone. Events like this one are part of our effort to keep expanding on the opportunities the Internet creates.

AT&T/MCMC Developers’ Day also builds on the road that Malaysia started a number of years ago to cultivate a knowledge based economy. MCMC has created several programs and invested in education, science and technology to make that vision a reality. These polices are attracting global investment and we are proud to be part of this community.

I’m thankful to everyone who made the day a success – our talented participants, MCMC and the Malaysia government, and U.S. Ambassador Joseph Yun for his inspiring opening remarks – and looking forward to even more great things to come from the region.

This post originally appeared on the AT&T Global Public Policy Blog.

About the Author

Jake E. Jennings

Executive Director – International External and Regulatory Affairs at AT&T

Jake-Jennings

Jake Jennings is Executive Director of International External and Regulatory Affairs in Washington DC, where he advances AT&T’s International market entry regulatory strategy and public polices, with an emphasis on Trade promotion, the Asia Pacific region, and Internet Policy. Jake works closely with AT&T’s diverse business units, and the team of international external and regulatory affairs advocates around the world. In addition to obtaining government approvals to allow AT&T to operate in a jurisdiction, other responsibilities include efforts towards market liberalization, pro-competitive licensing procedures, reasonable compliance requirements, and polices to promote a secure and stable internet. Prior to joining AT&T in 2008, Mr. Jennings had been an Associate Bureau Chief for the Federal Communications Commission focused on domestic and international broadband and internet policies. Mr. Jennings is based in AT&T’s Washington D.C. office.

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