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21 January 2019

CIMB’s 3D Conquest Discovers Budding Data Wizards, Coders and Disruptors

USD24,000, Silicon Valley trip and CIMB job offer for winners

Putrajaya: Budding data wizards, coding ninjas and digital disruptors were discovered at CIMB Group’s (“CIMB”) inaugural 3D Conquest – a hackathon-style competition open to university students across ASEAN. Three teams were crowned Champions in their respective categories of Data Science, Fintech and Coding at the Grand Finale recently. Thirty-three teams involving 115 participants from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam contended for the title of Regional Champion in their respective categories. Each Regional Champion team was rewarded with USD8,000 plus a trip to Silicon Valley, and all 115 contestants received a standing job or internship offer from CIMB.

The competition began on 18 September 2018, starting with 715 teams, or over 2,500 participants from 200 universities across ASEAN. Subsequently, 213 teams from seven countries made it to the country level held in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.  At the Grand Finale, a total of nine teams were selected as winners.

Dato’ Hamidah Naziadin, Group Chief People Officer, CIMB Group said, “As a leading ASEAN universal bank, CIMB’s aspirations are also focused on opening up opportunities for the region’s youths. This competition has been an excellent platform to discover the participants’ creativity and mental agility in the three categories featured. In today’s digital and data-driven era, ASEAN’s future prosperity depends on developing the region’s young talents with the necessary skills to leverage on data, digital innovations and disruptive technology. The impressive quality of the participants for the inaugural CIMB 3D Conquest bodes well for developing a robust pipeline of digitally-groomed talent to support CIMB’s future growth. My heartiest congratulations to all our winners from across ASEAN, and we look forward to welcoming them to the CIMB family.”

The Regional Champion for the Data Science category was Team Jet Et Al, from Thammasat, Chulalongkorn and Mahidol Universities, Thailand who used alternative sources of data to assess loan applicants’ credit risk, to supplement traditional credit risk models, while servicing the unbanked population in the ASEAN market. Team JAKE from University of Reading, Malaysia – Regional Champion for the Fintech category – developed a banking solution for the family that incorporated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) elements, giving parents better insights and control while introducing children to financial management. Team Mamadei from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Malaysia swept the Regional Champion title in ‘Coding’ where they  they developed a payment application that incorporates digital tokens for authenticating transactions.

The 1st Runner-Up teams took home USD5,000 each while the 2nd Runner-Up teams walked away with USD3,000 each. Details of the 1st and 2nd Runner-Up teams are as follows:

Data Science

·         1st Runner-Up: Team REK, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

·         2nd Runner-Up: Team E1, National University of Singapore

Fintech

·         1st Runner-Up: Team Wholistic, Universitas Kristen Petra, Indonesia

·         2nd Runner-Up: Team Vest Your Time, Thammasat University, Thailand

Coding

·         1st Runner-Up: Team INUvators, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

·         2nd Runner-Up: Team CIMB Wannabees, Singapore Management University

CIMB 3D Conquest is supported by Cloudera and Fusionex for the Data Science track, SAS Malaysia and Amazon Web Services for FinTech and Oracle Malaysia for Coding. Malaysia Airlines is the Official Airline for the fourth consecutive year in supporting CIMB's youth development initiatives. CIMB 3D Conquest is also supported by the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Disruptive Tech Asean.

More information about CIMB 3D Conquest can be found at 3dconquest.cimb.com

Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO, CIMB Group (standing, sixth from left); Dato’ Hamidah Naziadin, Group Chief People Officer, CIMB Group (standing, fifth from left); with (standing, from left to right) Fitri Abdullah, Managing Director, Oracle Malaysia; Prof. Dr. Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin, Deputy Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education; Alwin Loh, Head of Innovation & Digital Transformation, Malaysia Airlines Berhad; Avinash Gowda, Senior Manager, Enterprise Business Development, Amazon Web Services; Alan Chiew, Country Manager, Malaysia, Cloudera; Lawrence Si, Country Manager, Amazon Web Services; Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Office, Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC); James Houng, Senior Vice President, Fusionex; Andrew Martin, Group Publisher, Disruptive Tech Asean and Cheam Tat Inn, Managing Director, SAS Malaysia after the prize giving ceremony of the CIMB 3D Conquest grand finale with the Regional Champion teams representing Fintech, Coding and Data Science.