JomHack: 30 teams hack for glory at first-ever 24-hour LoRa hackathon in Malaysia

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The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Cyberview Sdn Bhd in partnership with The Things Network Netherlands and Pixaworks Sdn Bhd recently successfully organized and completed JomHack: IOT for Smart Cities with LoRa. The 24-hour hackathon focused on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions aimed at potential real-world deployments in Cyberjaya and other smart cities, powered by LoRa technology.

Harnessing technology to solve real-world problems

The inaugural event saw 30 teams of three members each from different computer programming, app development and engineering backgrounds, pit against each other and against time. Teams were tasked to ideate and develop usable IoT solutions which can be adopted and implemented in Cyberjaya.

Ten winning projects were shortlisted, with the top three teams selected as grand winners. Teams are judged based on their ability to build solutions around the “Smart Cities” theme, real-world application, innovation and individual capabilities of the teams.

The top prize went to the Water Leakage Detection System project team, that took home a MYR5,000 cash prize.

Leong Yok Tien, 28-year old startup founder was pleasantly surprised at his team’s win. With this project, he hopes to address the common yet critical water leakage problems in the country.

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WinnersProjectTeam members Cash Prize
ChampionWater Leakage Detection System· Leong Yok Tien

· Ng Kok Kwan

· Adel Maratova

1st runner upWater Quality Monitoring Application· Muhammad Amin Bin Ab Halim

· Mohd Syakiruddin Bin Yusof

· Muhammad Nor Sabrie Bin Johari

2nd runner upSmart Car Park Management System·Darween Reza Bin Sabri

· Kok Chee Khean

· Shee Tze Jin


Seven other winners received MYR300 as consolation prizes.

All participants at the hackathon used Long Range (LoRa) technology – a signal modulation technique that provides long-range communication link for low-power wide-area network. This can reach up to 2-3km in urban areas and over 15km in sub-urban areas.

The technology was provided by The Things Network (TTN) Netherland, a global, open, crowd-sourced IoT data network with over 200 communities worldwide.

Learn more about LoRa here.

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Johan Stokking, co-founder and technology lead of the TTN said he was largely impressed with the determination and innovation demonstrated by hackathon participations. He went on to say “..without a doubt, the best group of hackathon participants I have ever seen.”

JomHack: Smart Cities with LoRa was sponsored by Atilze Digital Sdn Bhd, DekatKu Sdn Bhd, 3ciety Sdn Bhd, System Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd, and Gain Secure Sdn Bhd.

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