In 2014, after our partners endorsed us as “Hackathon of the Year”, we’ve decided to up the game and organize a 300-person hackathon in Kuala Lumpur this June.
It is not the largest hackathon by size, but it is definitely the coolest hackathon for many defining factors:
1) Respectable Judging Panel
We had the priviledge of having industrial thought leaders, serial entrepreneurs, investors and subject matter experts to become our judges.
Seriously, they are the best in class.
During the judging session, I owe them a proper introduction; So here you go, in no specific order, they are:
Gan Chun Yee
Stephan H. Wissel
2) Supportive Partners and Venue Host
Our 3 main themes — Mobile Commerce, Big Data and Smart City help us to determine which partner we should work with.
We are lucky to have Sunway Group supported us throughout #AHKL2015 program; On behalf of the team, I want to express my sincere gratitude to:
The Pinnacle, Sunway
Sunway Digital Waves
#AHKL2015 would have been much less awesome if it wasn’t for any of above-mentioned partners and supporters. ‘Nuff said.
3) Domain Experts and Mentors who have “been there, done that”
They have either involved in building some of the best startup in this country or won hackathons, their shared experience and advice has certainly helped our participants deliver better project outcomes and make less mistakes.
Yit Min, Toh
All mentors are thoughtfully curated and invited to top up the “learn by doing” experience our participants had during #AHKL2015.
4) 300 Hackers, Designers & Innovators
Our participants are one of the kind. They have created 70 projects in 24 hours.
50% of them are university students, 50% are professionals;
All are self-starters.
We observed and drew conclusions that in this hack, we had:
a) Most Female Participations
b) Unprecedented, 100% code submissions for review purpose.
c) Out of the box, never seen before innovative project ideas which includes pot holes map plotting and car distance singling and detection algorithm
d) 70% were joining hackathon for first time, AngelHack being their first hack
50% of 11 finalists intend to continue developing their product immediately; 40% planning to continue improve the idea in next 3–6 months. All of them need some form of mentorship and guidance in which myself and our partners, especially MDeC and TM will continue to work collaboratively to support the deserving teams.
5) Resourceful and “PIF” Team
“PIF” = paying it forward
None of the above would have happen without a capable, committed and strong-will team.
The execution is flawless when each member taking matters into own hand and covering each other’s blind spots with their wits and resourcefulness.
I deeply appreciate the team for bearing with my impatience and rather disorganized behaviors at times.
They’re a group of multi-talented people who is willing to spare their personal time for none other than following causes:
to spurs innovations with global market potentials
We set out to organize the best hackathon ever to beat our own records, and we did it again.