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IoT Challenge


What is the age requirement for this challenge?
Participants must be 18 years old and above.


What is the challenge about?
To find out more details about the challenge, download the info pack here.


What is NB-IoT?
Narrowband IoT or better known as NB-IoT is one of the low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology currently available in the market. To learn more, please click here.


How much time do I have to commit to the program?
You can choose to attend the Challenge Introduction either on:

  • Thursday, 23 May (4.30pm - 8.00pm) in Penang,
  • Saturday, 25 May (9.30am - 1.00pm) in Kuala Lumpur, or
  • Monday, 27 May (4.00pm - 7.30pm) in Kuching

If your pitch video gets selected to proceed to the next stage, you will be required to attend these sessions:

  • IoT Workshop - Saturday, 20 Jul (9am - 6pm) in Kuala Lumpur
  • Pitch Preparation - Friday, 16 Aug (5 - 8pm) in Kuala Lumpur
  • Pitch Day - Tuesday, 20 Aug (9am - 6pm) in Kuala Lumpur


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


Does Maxis claim ownership of intellectual property rights for my idea or innovation if I participate in the Challenge?
No, your ideas are yours to keep.  


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


How do I sign up?
Fill in the registration form to join one of our Challenge Introduction days to learn more about the NB-IoT kit and problem statements. The link to submit your pitch video for the challenge is on the IoT Challenge website.


Do I need a team?
You can attend as an individual or as a team for the Challenge Introduction. There will be a speed dating session during the Challenge Introduction Day where you can form teams for the actual Challenge. The ideal team should consist of 2-5 pax with a mix of programming and business/marketing skills.


Am I required to use the Maxis NB-IoT kit to develop my solution?
Yes.  A briefing on NB-IoT will be given during the Challenge Roadshow to help you come up with a solution for the pitch video. If your idea gets selected you will be given the Maxis NB-IoT Kit during the IoT Workshop day to be used for your prototype.


Do I need to return the NB-IoT kit after the challenge and what happens to my data?
No, you would not be required to return the starter kit after the challenge.


Can I submit more than 1 idea for the pitch video?
Yes, you may. 


How are the ideas selected for the IoT Workshop?
A panel of judges will be looking at your submission to see if it meets the selection criteria. We are looking for innovative solutions using Maxis NB-IoT that can solve real world problems in line with the problem statements given. Your pitch videos must be a maximum of 2 minutes long and submitted via a YouTube link. The submission page will open between 13 May - 30 June 2019.


When will I know if my idea has been selected for the IoT Workshop? 
You will be notified in the first week of July via email.


Why is Maxis doing this? 
At Maxis, we are highly passionate and driven about defining what's next within in the technology space. We truly believe that great ideas are generated from a vast collection of people of different backgrounds, and want to empower these innovative ideas with technology so that they can be shared and driven into reality. We are constantly working hard to bring new technology applications that can benefit the Malaysian society as a whole, and what better way to start this journey than to use our recently launched NB-IoT network as the connectivity enabler for your solution.


What if I have more questions?
No worries, just 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 :)