TAR UMT Hosts Two-Day International Pitching Competition Amidst the Pandemic Situation
Author: Dr. Bradley Ho Chee Yuen
Affiliation: Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (TAR UMT), Malaysia.
Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (TAR UMT) successfully organised and hosted the inaugural iSpark International Pitching Competition (IIPC) 2021 on 25 and 26 October 2021, in conjunction with the International Conference on Digital Exchange and Applications (ICDXA). The competition buzzed with an air of excitement despite it being held online as international borders remained closed amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
This competition witnessed a total of 19 finalist teams from Iran, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, presenting their ideas to a panel of 14 judges consisting of academicians and industry leaders. The participants were judged meticulously based on the criteria set by the IIPC Organising Committee.
Blowing the judges away with their novelty, scalability and close attention to the goals outlined in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the team from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam was named the overall Champion of IIPC 2021 with their innovation “Edible Films for Instant Foods”. Second and third places were awarded to University of Indonesia, Indonesia (Mini Precision Agriculture Swarm Bots Services) and TAR UMT (Wanderer) respectively, while Universitas Tarumanagara, Indonesia (CUBE), TAR UMT (Roomus), and Universitas Tarumanagara, Indonesia (Kawan Jahit) were awarded consolation prizes.