Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) hosted the Melaka state-level Young Innovators Challenge 2019 (YIC 2019) recently. The competition was sponsored by the Yayasan Sime Darby and supported by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). A total of 23 teams from eleven secondary schools took part in this competition where the students are given the opportunity to develop projects they are passionate about and at the same time to nurture their life skills.

YIC 2019 is an annual programme aims at catalysing maker movement among the young generation. In this programme, students are mentored by teachers to solve real-life problem using open-source embedded system and software. In this year’s competition, the focus is on helping six chosen professions, namely fisherman, school bus driver, nurse, security guard, lorry driver and storekeeper.  Their jobs often come with different difficulties that are usually not discussed or solved by the general public. So, participants are required to pick one of these professions and identify one real-problem, then solve it using technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Internet of Things (IoT).

A few months before the competition, the teachers from all the participating schools were invited to attend Train-The-Trainer workshops at the faculty, jointly conducted by Chumbaka Asia. The teachers were given technical training and advice about the competition so that they can impart the knowledge to their students, who participated in YIC 2019.

As a result, Team The Roboternato from Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK) Pulau Sebang and Team The ST. Davians from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tinggi St. David clinched the gold awards at the competition. There were three silver prizes awarded to Team CHS One from SMJK Katholik, Team The Dextrous from MRSM Tun Ghafar Baba and Team Be Humble from SMK Gajah Berang. The competition also presented three bronze prizes to Team Fiducias from Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka, Team CHS TECH from SMJK Katholik and Team AKSES from SMK Ayer Keroh.

Well done!