Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) today announces the kick-off of the seventh edition of its Digi Challenge for Change (DigiCFC 7) programme inviting Malaysian public and local developer communities to ideate and build innovative mobile apps for social good.
DigiCFC 7 is one of the seven flagship programmes for Digi Empower Societies, a commitment to enable the internet for all communities to inspire a better Malaysia, the Telco said.
Open to all Malaysians, DigiCFC 7 is scheduled to start from mid-June 2016 until early October 2016. The challenge will be carried out through three main phases:
- Phase 1 – Crowdsourcing ideas for social good (16 June – 17 July, 2016)
Malaysians are invited to submit their ideas at the DigiCFC website. Shortlisted ideators will then be engaged in planned activation sessions and pitches to select the best three issues facing Malaysians that will be developed into mobile apps. The three winners will walk away with RM5,000 each.
- Phase 2 – Hackathon to develop mobile apps (1 August – 20 August, 2016)
Under this phase, developers are challenged to build mobile apps in addressing the three issues by participating in [email protected]
- Phase 3 – Pilot mobile apps (22 August – 25 September, 2016)
The three finalists selected from the Hackathon will undergo a 30-day validation period. They will need to show Proof of Concept by running their product in a chosen beneficiary group or community.
The winning team will receive a grand prize of RM50,000 and invited to participate in the Digital Winners Conference to be held in Oslo, Norway in October 2016. The two runner-up teams will receive cash prizes of RM10,000 each.
Albern Murty, Digi’s Chief Executive Officer said that DigiCFC has always been advocating innovation, by leveraging on the power of the internet to drive positive societal impact. “Over the years, DigiCFC has evolved to create relevance while keeping the fundamental value of empowering change constant. This year we are challenging Malaysians to come up with ideas to address some of the most pressing issues faced by children, youth and women in the country. We’ll then work with the developer community to create mobile apps that serves as a conduit to engage the various communities,” said Albern.
DigiCFC 7 is supported by Facebook Malaysia, Google Malaysia, MaGIC, MDEC, Microsoft Malaysia and UNICEF.