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Axiata to support Malaysia’s aspiration to become a data hub

KUALA LUMPUR, Axiata Group Bhd is ready to support the government’s aspiration to become a data hub for artificial intelligence and big data analytics by developing talent through its Urbanlytics 2019, a datathon.

Held in collaboration with the Cities 4.0 and Asia School of Business, the fourth edition of the data-focused hackathon saw 210 participants book places in the battle, out of more than 600 applications.

Head of Axiata Analytics Centre, Pedro Uria Recio said the participant number is double that of the datathon last year, called Data Unchained.

In addition, Urbanlytics 2019 has also attracted a higher number of women, at 30 per cent of the 210, when compared to only 10 per cent in the previous datathon.

During the event, the teams need to come up with the best data solutions to real business challenges in 24 hours, starting Sept 21.

Besides Malaysians, Urbanlytics 2019 has also attracted participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the United States, with diverse backgrounds as data scientists, data engineers, programmers, data journalists and IT professionals.

“From our research, we found that in Malaysia there are 11 data scientists for each billion dollar of Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) who have machine learning skills.

“This is good compared to other countries in the region such as Thailand, with eight data scientists and Vietnam around seven to eight. Indonesia has only three data scientists with machine learning skills, ” he told reporters after a media briefing on the Urbanlytics 2019 here, today.

Participants in the 2019 Urbanlytics need to also come up with solutions for e-wallet, low carbon mobility planning with big data and low carbon city.

They are vying for a slice of the RM40,000 total price and titles such as the Best Data Scientist, Best Data Engineer and Best Business Consultant.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will give away the grand prize at the Smart Cities 4.0 Conference next Monday.

Pedro said the winner may be invited to join Axiata and its subsidiaries or assist them to become strong companies in the industry.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

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