9 of our EEE students spent 48 hours prototyping and pitching their prototype and business plan at two hackathons - International Science Enterprise Challenge 2017 (ISEC2017) and Bosch BoT Hackathon held on 13 -14 May 2017. Both were intense competitions which demanded a new level of thinking and presentation skills, coupled with broad understanding of engineering applications.  In both competitions, our EEE students emerged in the top finalist positions to qualify for pitching at the next level.  READ MORE

International Science Enterprise Challenge 2017 (ISEC2017)

4 EEE students – Melvin Ryan (DCPE Yr 3), Pan Ziyue (DCPE Yr 2), David Santoso (DCPE, Yr 3) and Julian Kang (DEEE, Yr 2) – participated in the ISEC2017 held on 13 – 14 May at Singapore Science Centre. The theme for the challenge was food production to feed world hunger.  Students were mixed and matched in groups across different schools, polytechnics and ITEs.

Melvin’s group clinched the First Runner Up position in the finals with their pitch about a prototype to dehydrate food wastes from affluent countries, transform them into pellets and transport them to poorer countries to be used as fertilizer to increase production of millet. Julian’s group, though it did not enter the finals, received the Most Innovative Award for their pitch about a prototype to buy and redistribute near expiry food with on-demand pick-up delivery with cooperation with local supermarket. Both First and First Runner Up winning teams would be required to pitch to an international selection panel, after which, one team will be chosen to represent Singapore.

International Science Enterprise Challenge Team
From left: David Santoso, Melvin Ryan, Pan Ziyue and Julian Kang

Bosch BoT Hackathon

5 year 3 DCPE students emerged as one of the top 3 finalist teams after spending 48 hours at Blk71 NUS Enterprise hacking a novel IoT solution composed of Bosch XDK sensors, LoRa, SigFox, NodeMCU, chatbot, and AWS.  The theme of Bosch BoT Hackathon 2017 (13 – 14 May) was making our current buildings even smarter, more comfortable and efficient.  The only polytechnic team competing at the Hackathon against 15 others from various varsities, which included NUS, NTU, SMU, SIT, they created a Data As A Service (DaaS) as their value proposition to building owners (REITs), potential tenants, realtors, and general public. The data of interest was the correlation between human traffic with property price such that an informed decision can be made or agreed on the dynamic pricing of property rental via graphs displayed on D3, and query to a chatbot. In this hackathon, Bosch loaned a set of XDK sensors to each team.

However, our students whipped out their own Bosch XDK sensor that transmitted sensor data to Bosch IoT Cloud at the early hours of this hackathon. The panel of judges were impressed by the preparedness of our students.

The students, Low Jun Qian, Kabeta Takuma, Jonathan Loh Ding Yue, Oh Zhi Hua and Jaden Edwin Chua, clinched the Second Runner Up position in the pitching of their prototype and business plan at the Boschville, a conference attended by 250 participants from government agencies and established firms in the IoT industry at Star Gallery on 16 May 2017.  Each of them was awarded a Bronze medal, Certificate of Participation and a Fitbit Alta.

hackathon team
from left: Oh Zhi Hua, Jonathan Loh, Low Jun Qian,
Takuma Kabeta and Jaden Edwin Chua

Finalist presentation
DCPE students @ the Finalist’s Presentation

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