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Maxis IoT Challenge 2020 FAQ


Part I: Registration

  1. What is the age requirement for this challenge?
    Participants must be at least 18 years old.

  2. How much time do I have to commit to the program?
    While there are no requirements on the time you spend developing your solution, it is highly recommended that you attend the introduction webinar on 10 September 2020.

    If your pitch video gets selected to go to the next stage, you will be required to attend the following sessions virtually, which you will be notified by email:
    • Business development workshop: 21 October 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Tech solution validation: 4 November 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Pre-demo day: 19 November 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Demo day: 26 November 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  3. Is the IoT challenge only for Malaysians?
    This challenge is open to all Malaysians and non-Malaysians who have a valid PR or work/student permit.

  4. Will Maxis claim ownership to my IP/idea/innovation if I participate in the challenge?
    No, your ideas are yours to keep.

  5. Are there any registration or program fees?
    No. There are no fees or charges.

  6. How do I sign up?
    Submit your proposal video on the IoT challenge website to officially register for the challenge. You are encouraged to join the introduction webinar to learn about the challenge and this year’s problem statements beforehand.

  7. Can I still sign up if I was a participant last year?
    Yes, all participants are welcomed as long as they meet the eligibility requirements listed in the challenge terms and conditions.

  8. Am I still eligible to join if I cannot attend the introduction webinar?
    Yes, you may still join the challenge even if you missed the introduction webinar as it will be recorded and published for reference. Simply complete the form on the site to register.

  9. Do I need a team?
    Yes, you would need to participate in a team consisting of two to five persons, ideally with a healthy mix of programming and business skills sets.

Part II: Solution development

  1. Am I required to submit an actual functioning solution or would a hypothetical one suffice?
    You will need to produce a functioning, minimum viable product prototype. But worry not, if your idea is selected, you will be given the time, mentorship, and technical guidance to do so.

  2. Will I be getting any support during the challenge and, if so, what are they?
    Yes, you will be given mentorship and guidance from industry experts to help refine your final solution, which will be presented on pitch day.

  3. May I submit more than one idea for the pitch video?
    Yes, you may submit more than one idea. But you will need to submit them through separate forms.

  4. How are the ideas for the IoT Challenge selected?
    A panel of judges, consisting of industry experts, will review each submission to see if it meets the selection criteria. You will find further details on said criteria in the challenge info pack.

  5. Is it mandatory to use Microsoft Azure as the development platform or would I be able to use other cloud platform providers?
    We highly encourage you to use the Microsoft Azure platform provided as part of the development phase of the challenge. Bonus points would be allocated as part of the solution development evaluation for successful use of Azure services.

  6. Would I be provided a starter kit to kick-start my solution build?
    No starter kits would be provided for this challenge. You would be free to develop your own hardware as you see fit as part of your solution build. Be creative!

  7. How do I test the developed solution with a live 5G network?
    For this challenge, it is not mandatory for you to trial your solution with a live 5G network; but should you have a device gateway / chipset as part of your solution that is already 5G enabled, you would be more than welcome to test it out on our network. You may drop us an email at iotc@maxis.com.my and we would get in touch with you.

  8. In terms of low latency, what sort of hurdles are expected for 5G to interface seamlessly with proprietary IoT devices?
    Low latency is achieved by design (eg: transit, compute load distribution between edge and core systems). The hurdle will be dependent on how we collaborate with different parts of the solution value chain to put together the low latency 5G solution – although this would be temporary as we continue to mature on the technology.

  9. When will I know if my idea has been selected for the IoT Challenge?
    You will be notified in the second week of October 2020 via email.

Part III: Tech solution validation

  1. What do I need to prepare for the solution validation?
    You are required to share technical documentation of your application on top of a link for us to run and validate your application. More details will be provided at the introduction webinar.

  2. What will happen to my solution and data after the tech solution validation and IoT Challenge ends?
    Your idea and solution are solely yours to keep. All information presented and shared will be kept confidential and not be reused.

Part IV: Others

  1. Why is Maxis doing this?
    At Maxis, we are highly passionate and driven in pushing the boundaries of technology. We believe that great ideas are generated when people of different backgrounds are brought together and empowered to turn their ideas into reality. We’re constantly working to bring to market products and services that will benefit society as a whole, and the IoT Challenge is one of the many ways for us to realise the full potential of our 5G network.

  2. What if I have more questions?
    Don’t worry, drop us an email at iotc@maxis.com.my, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! Promise, we don’t bite :)

  3. What is 5G technology?
    5G is the next generation of wireless technology. Just as 4G is slowly edging out 3G, 5G will completely change how we harness the power of the internet in the future. With vastly improved speed, lower latency and greater capacity, 5G will enable early adopters to sprint ahead of the competition. Learn more.