Mentor for Startup Weekend Bintulu

I’m very honored to be one of the mentors for the first ever Startup Weekend organized in Bintulu. This event is made possible by Techstars, Google for Startups, Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS), Grab, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), MaGIC, University Putra Malaysia (UPM) Bintulu Campus and The Founders Club.

My role during this event was to check out the progress of the teams and question them on every aspect of their startup ideas. This would make them think deeper and take their idea further into the next level. I also shared some of my experience in regard to product design, marketing and most importantly — everything about startup. Hopefully this have inspired them and changed their perspective.

I also met a ton of awesome people from all over the country, such as the guys from the Founders Club, MaGIC, and even senior lecturers from University Putra Malaysia (UPM). Most importantly, I’ve met so many people who are passionate with their startup ideas and this is really unprecedented in Bintulu!

Hopefully this event (and other events that are similar) can be carried out more frequently in Bintulu so that we can help more people to build their startups, at the same time enhancing the startup ecosystem for Bintulu.

Shell STEM School Geek-a-thon Competition

I feel very honored to be invited to become the industry technical judge for Shell’s STEM School Geek-a-thon Competition, which was held in my hometown, Bintulu.

10 teams of students of different academic levels were taking part in this competition. They had to come out with creative solutions that incorporate arduino and android applications to solve common domestic and environmental problems and try making the world a better place to live in.

My main role was to check out their prototype, especially the coding that they wrote; and making sure that it is both functional and without plagiarism. Overall, most the projects were really cool and creative!

At the end of the competition, 2 teams were chosen to represent their school to take part in state-level competition in Kuching in 2 months time. I wish the students well, and hope that they will continue to uphold their passion and dreams. Can’t wait to see what they can achieve in coming years!