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2015 Malaysia Developers' Day: Driving the 'Internet of Things' in Asia

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AT&T and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Encourage Developers to Create Innovative IoT Apps for Asia  

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15, 2015AT&T* and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are giving Asian innovators and entrepreneurs a chance to show off their talents. The third annual Malaysia Developers’ Day will be part of the KL Converge! digital technology event in Kuala Lumpur. KL Converge! is jointly organized by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM), MCMC, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).

In 2014, more than 120 participants created 21 new app ideas. This year, teams from across Asia will compete. Their mission? In 24 hours, harness the Internet of Things (IoT) to build new apps for Connected Life, Connected Car or Connected Home in one of three categories:

  • Community Involvement
  • Smart City Solutions
  • Commercialization

Winners will share cash prizes worth US$13,000 (~MYR47,400) and Nanodegree scholarships worth US$20,000 (~MYR76,276) from AT&T and Udacity. Southeast Asian seed fund Golden Gate Ventures will also give each winning team six months of mentoring.

AT&T and MCMC will give the developer teams tools they need to quickly create new apps. That includes the powerful AT&T M2X IoT development platform. It offers a toolset to quickly create and refine prototypes, and cloud-based data storage to help collect, analyze and share IoT data. Tech experts will also be at the event to lend support.

Students and other future developers who want to build new skills can attend a coding 101 workshop the same day.

“We’re proud to sponsor this great event with MCMC,” said Carlton Hill, vice president, Device Operations and Developer Services, AT&T. “We want to inspire and empower Asian developers. Contestants will gain skills and find new ways to unlock the power of the Internet of Things in Asia.”

“Over the last two years, this event has really showcased Asian developers’ talents,” said MCMC Chief Officer for Content, Security and Information, Dato’ Mohd Ali Hanafiah. “This year, we hope to see even more innovation that will drive our region forward.”

In addition, 10 participants will be awarded Nanodegree scholarships, funded by AT&T and Udacity, to earn an online degree that will help prepare them for careers in the tech industry.

“Through AT&T Aspire, we are striving to foster innovation and provide people with the tools needed for careers in technology fields. These Nanodegree scholarships will provide the opportunity for hackathon contestants to continue innovating and creating technology that can build a better tomorrow,” said Charlene Lake, Chief Sustainability Officer, AT&T.

The 2015 event will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. It will begin at 9.00 a.m. MYT on August 27 and end at 5.00 p.m. MYT on August 28. The winning team in each category will receive a US$1,000 cash prize. The winners will also present their apps at the KL Converge! gala dinner on August 29, and one team will take home the US$10,000 grand prize.

To register online, visit: http://soc.att.com/1FNPq02

For more information on AT&T M2X, please go to: https://m2x.att.com/

Follow the conversation on Twitter with #ATThack and #M2X.

# The results and prizes for Malaysia Developers’ Day are subject to the terms and conditions in the contest rules.

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About MCMC

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is a statutory body established under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 (MCMCA) which implements and promotes the Government's national policy objectives for the communications and multimedia sector. MCMC regulates and promotes the development of the communications and multimedia industry which includes telecommunications, broadcasting, and online activities, postal services and digital certification. The Communication and Multimedia Act provides that MCMC undertakes a policy implementation role, while policy decision-making is vested with the Minister. The Minister may also give policy directions to the Commission. For more news and information, visit www.mcmc.gov.my.