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Exclusive report by Nurunnasihah Ahmad Rashid
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 -- A hydroelectric power generator with a capacity of 250 watts per litre, designed by team Pico Hydro from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), won first place in the MTDC Business Challenge 2019 (MBC 2019).
The group of undergraduates beat 30 other teams of students from public and private universities, polytechnics and community colleges who took part in the competition organised by Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) and UTM Centre for Student Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (UTM XCITE) from Oct 12-15.
The winning team received a prize that consisted of RM10,000 in product development funding, together with MTDC's consultative services.
MTDC chief executive officer Datuk Norhalim Yunus said the innovations featured this year were projects that benefited society such as the hydro generation system which Pico Hydro developed.
“Innovations are not necessarily technologies based on research and development alone or that require sophisticated and expensive equipment. Whatever technology that is advantageous to the community is also categorised as innovation.
“As an example, if our innovation is focused on the rural areas, it may not require high technology. What is important is a simple innovation that is easily managed, not complex and affordable,” he told Bernama after officiating at the closing ceremony of MBC 2019 here today.
He said Pico Hydro's project was an innovation that should be promoted and commercialised as it held many benefits and did not pollute the environment.
Meanwhile, UTM XCITE director, Associate Prof Dr Mohd Zaidi Abd Rozan, said the programme supported the efforts and interests of students with the passion to develop innovations and technologies at an early stage.
“It also represents an acceleration platform towards commercialisation for products and innovations by students from higher learning institutions and instil the entrepreneurial spirit among youths.
“We are not emphasising profitability for the developed projects. Instead, our focus this year is more towards helping or benefiting the communities in need,” he added.
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