SIX Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) students from the School of Computing and Informatics, recently represented Brunei Darussalam in the Asean Makerthon 2017. The three-day programme, held from September 8-10, took place at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Headquarters in Cyberjaya, Selangor.
The students who are under the Computer Network Security (CNS) programme produced prototypes of their projects and showcased their skills to the judges at the finals of the competition. Final year students – Abu Shaminan bin Omar, Muhammad Hanif bin Jumat, and Abdul Hazim bin Haji Jasmen Shah, presented their prototype on ‘Project Smart Farming’, while Abdul Muiz bin Abdul Kadir, Dayangku Nur Siti Khadijah binti Pengiran Haji Ali Kumar, Abdul Hafiz @ Ali Silmi bin Haji Ali Hassan, who will be graduating this year, presented theirs on ‘Project Smart Cities – Smart Street Lighting’. The students were among the finalists from 70 other participants from 12 countries comprising Asean member countries, South Korea and China.
The Asean Makerthon 2017 is one of the many initiatives by Asean to drive a vibrant and responsive ICT sector to encourage entrepreneurship and idea generation, and is in line with the Strategic Thrust 3: Innovation, of the Asean ICT Masterplan 2020 (AIM2020). The theme for this year is ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), specifically on Smart Cities, Healthcare and Agriculture (Track, Trace, Improve, Reduce).
The School of Computing and Informatics has successfully produced excellent programmers, software engineers and industrial leaders and continues to be the main drivers in areas of strategic importance nationally and globally. UTB continues to strive hard in producing graduates of tomorrow, with social and economic responsibilities who are entrepreneurial, and have embedded MIB values.