Samsung held the Malaysia’s first Solve For Tomorrow competition in 2015. The competition challenges university students for solutions on everyday issues facing by Malaysians.
The Solve For Tomorrow competition is open to public and private university students nationwide and received 108 submissions from 16 universities.
20 student teams were shortlisted to present their prototypes at the finale of Samsung Solve For Tomorrow, themed as a Learning Festival, held at the White Box @ Publika. They are required to outline a cause or problem, develop a solution and submit a working prototype.
Top 10 finalists had five minutes to pitch their ideas and working prototypes, plus five minute Q&A session with the judges:
- Mr. Ken Ding, Head of Product Innovation, South East Asia & Oceania, Samsung Electronics
- Prof. Madya Dr. Arham Abdullah, Director, Industry Relations at the Ministry of Education
- Encik Rushdi Abdul Rahim, Senior Vice President, MiGHT (Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology)
- Mr. Tan Eng Hoo, Founder & Vice President, MyTRIZ
- Encik Mohd Yazid bin Sairi, Assistant Director, Industry Relations, at the Ministry of Higher Education
The top three prize winners will join the Learning Trip to South Korea and spend time with key minds at Samsung headquarters’ key minds who will share their expertise, insights, and learning. The top three winning teams also received an internship at Samsung Malaysia and Samsung devices, as well as sharing an RM60,000 seed grant to improve and advance their prototypes.
Solve For Tomorrow by Samsung offers a platform for students to experience a technopreneur’s journey and get their prototypes market ready.
“With Solve For Tomorrow, Malaysian students can take an active stance in making a positive change for all through using their ideas and creativity with technology. We want to support the Government’s focus on a holistic approach to education, through the emphasis of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics,” said Mr Lee Sang Hoon, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics.
“Innovation in Education” learning forum was also held at the same day with a panel of key opinion leaders and experts in innovation and technology including Dr. Amani Salim, lecturer at International Islamic University Malaysia specialising in nanotechnology, and Dato’ IR Hong Lee Pee, President of AAET (ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology) who discussed on whether key stakeholders were doing enough to encourage students to embrace innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship to take them through life.