FOSTERING INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY IN ENGINEERING

12 Jul 2013 11:19
Five global technology leaders join forces to promote closer government, industry and academia collaboration and to cultivate industry-relevant talents PENANG, July 4 (Bernama) -- Global technology leaders Agilent Technologies, Altera, Intel, National Instruments and SilTerra jointly organized the 3rd Innovate Malaysia Design Competition (IMDC) 2013. The competition is held with the support of Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp), Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and managed by Dream Catcher Consulting Sdn Bhd. The year-long competition, which was open to all engineering and computer science final year undergraduates, culminated in the Grand Finale today. Out of the 183 participating teams, one overall champion walked away with the coveted grand prize of the Innovate Malaysia Excellence Award. YB Senator Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid bin Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Economic Planning Unit presented the award to the winning team from Universiti Sains Malaysia. The multi-disciplinary engineering design competition aims to develop industry-relevant technical talent to ensure the sustainable development of high-tech electronic industries. In addition to enhancing the close government, industry and academia collaboration, the competition also promotes a culture of continuous innovation and advances students’ skill-sets in practical design engineering. "Competitions like Innovate Malaysia exemplify how public-private partnerships can effectively optimize young Malaysian talent. The support of leading E&E companies has enabled our university students to innovate using the latest technology. I am confident that collaborative efforts like this will help propel our young talent to drive Malaysia's economic transformation forward," said YB Senator Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid bin Omar. The competition is held in tandem with their final year project. Throughout the competition period between July 2012 and July 2013, participants were guided by their respective universities’ supervisors. The teams were also mentored by their technology sponsors and underwent various engineering and software design training. This allowed participants to work with world-class technology platforms and high-tech industry tools to gain hands-on industry experience. “The Innovate Malaysia Design Competition is increasingly being regarded by universities and students as a platform that offers real value to their final year projects. This program offers participants firsthand knowledge of the cutting-edge technologies and trends across the whole spectrum of E&E. In addition, they worked closely with industry leaders to tap the rich source of industry know-how and bring their projects to the next level of excellence. They also have the opportunity to develop and commercialize their projects further through the grants offered in this competition,” says Puan Shidah Ahmad, Vice President and General Manager, Agilent Technologies. All projects were carried out on selected industrial platform supported by the technology companies. The platforms are the “Test and Measurement” by Agilent, “Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA)” by Altera, “ATOM” by Intel, “Integrated Circuit” by SilTerra, with software support by CEDEC, and “Embedded Acquisition & Control” by National Instruments. TalentCorp provided soft skills training to all the participating teams. These training sessions were held at various universities across the country to help groom future talent in presentation, communication and inter-personal skills. The IMDC 2013 received tremendous response with a total of 354 participants, comprising 183 teams from 20 universities nationwide. The projects were judged on innovation and creativity; performance specification and complexity; practicality of design and verification of prototype on the selected platform. * For more information on Innovate Malaysia Design Competition, please visit: http://innovate.dreamcatcher.asia SOURCE: Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: TalentCorp’s Communications Unit Tel : 03-78397051 Name : Mariena Malek / Syaheeda Hasbullah Tel : 03 78397053 Fax : 03-78397001 E-mail: mariena@talentcorp.com.my / syaheeda.hasbullah@talentcorp.com.my --BERNAMA