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Top In Tech Innovation Awards Raise the Banner of Excellence
Published:  Mar 6, 2024 2:42 PM
Updated: 6:42 AM

Malaysia aspires to evolve into a dynamic hub for technology and innovation, boasting a vibrant startup ecosystem with a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit infusing its businesses. This requires a whole of nation approach with various stakeholders playing their role.

Malaysiakini and Digital News Asia, two independent media who place integrity at the heart of their work, are playing their role as well with the introduction of their Top in Tech Innovation Awards, a platform to highlight and amplify the efforts of those who are using technology and being innovative around how they sharpen their competitiveness and improve the impact their work has.

Only eight categories with a max of 12 winners are chosen by a small group of no-nonsense judges who are respected leaders in their space. Malaysiakini and DNA do not interfere in the judges' decisions.

Not all categories has winners and for the 3rd edition awards, judges felt no finalist had done enough in two categories to be awarded as winners, namely the Best Pivot - Startup and Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration - Commercial.

This reflects a shared commitment by the judges and Malaysiakini and DNA to ensure high standards for Top in Tech Innovation, which we aspire to grow into the most credible and respected tech based innovation awards in the country.

The judging process in January culminated with the award ceremony held on Feb 28 with the support from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

“This award signifies the tremendous progress we have made in fostering a culture of innovation in Malaysia. As we look at the diverse 8 categories of these awards, from 'Innovator of the Year' to 'Young Innovator,' it becomes evident that innovation knows no bounds. It can emerge from any corner of our society, at any age, and in any field. It's this inclusivity of innovation that makes Malaysia's innovation landscape so unique and promising,” said  YB Tuan Chang Lih Kang, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

A Golden Opportunity to Share Your Success Stories with a Wider Audience

“The tech industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world and innovation is a major reason for this growth. Hence this is why we introduced the Top In Tech Innovation awards, an award that focuses on credibility and authenticity to those who are doing exceptional work,” said Karamjit Singh, CEO of Digital News Asia.

“This year we have seen many tech disruptions such as the introduction of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and tech that allows you to have human-like conversations, deep learning and much more. Let us rally behind our Malaysian companies and make them the champions in this age of technology disruption,” said Premesh Chandran, Co-Founder of Malaysiakini.

Congratulations to all of our Top In Tech Innovation Awards Winners & Merit recipients! 

1) Innovator of the Year (An individual award)

Winner: Steven Ng Yong Beng for Anti Slip Eco Safety Shoes

Merit Mention 1: Lt. Kolonel Bersekutu (PA) Frank Tan for Smart Integrated Helmet

Merit Mention 2: Stefan Chew for SafeBATH Series Range of Assistive Bath Devices!

2) Young Innovator of The Year Winner: Team Bitara from SMK Tung Hua for Flash Guard System 

Merit Mention: Team SJKC Yuk Chai for AI Caregiver with IOT

3) Most Promising - Startup 

Winner: AI Labs

Merit Mention: Global Cerah

Most Promising - Growth Company 

Winner: SS Rover

Merit Mention: Direct Lending

4) Best Pivot Growth Company 

Winner: Dreamory Entertainment Group

5) Most Value Creation 

Winner: Involve Asia

Merit Mention: CARSOME

7) Best Brick & Mortar Adoption 

Winner: Merchantrade Asia

Merit Mention: GDEX Berhad

8) Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption for Federal Level 

Winner: Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia

9) Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption for State Level 

Winner: Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation

Merit Mention: Pengurusan Air Selangor

10) Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration for R&D

Winner: University Malaya for Integrated RF Energy Harvesting System in 5G Wireless Sensor Node for Internet of Things (IoT) Application

Merit Mention for R&D: University Malaysia Sarawak

Winners took home unique prizes

● A custom designed Trophy by the Ghetto Playground Waste Art & Sculptures

● Ad Inventories worth up to RM 80,000 from Malaysiakini and Digital News Asia

● Cash Prize of RM1000 for the Young Innovator category

● Complementary access to selected MDEC funding programmes 

A Big Thank You to Our Outstanding Judges and Participants!

1) Innovator of the Year

Lead Judge: Datuk NK Tong, Group Managing Director, Bukit Kiara Properties Sdn Bhd

  • Sharala Axryd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS)

  • Suresh Thiru, Start-up Advisor, Angel Investor

2) Young Innovator of the Year

Lead Judge: Prof. Ir. Eur. Ing. Ts. Dr. Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Chief Innovation & Enterprise Officer, APU / APIIT                                                                   

  • Elain Lockman, CEO & Co-Founder, Ata Plus

  • Karamjit Singh, CEO of Digital News Asia

3) Most Impactful Academia-Industry Collaboration

Lead Judge: Thillai Raj, Chief Technology Officer, BAC Education Group

  • Naguib Mohd Nor, Chief Executive Officer, Strand Aerospace Malaysia

  • Karamjit Singh, CEO of Digital News Asia

4) Most Impactful Public Sector Agency Driving Digital Adoption (Federal & State Level)

Lead Judge: Dato' Seri Wong Siew Hai, President, Malaysia Semiconductor Industry Association

  • Dr. Abdul Reezal, President/CEO, Resanix Technology

  • Dr. Gabriel Walter, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, QEOS

5) Best Brick & Mortar Adoption

Lead Judge: Raja Teh Maimunah, CEO AEON Bank (M) Berhad

  • Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, Founder & CEO Babydash 

  • Karamjit Singh, CEO of Digital News Asia

6) Most Value Creation

Lead Judge: Dr V. Sivapalan, Senior Partner & Co-Founder, ScaleUp Malaysia Accelerator

  • Mohd Safuan Mohd Zair, Chief Ecosystem Development Officer, MRANTI

  • Pennie Lim, CEO and Founder of HOMA

7) Best Pivot 

Lead Judge: Chen Chow, Co-Founder, Fave

  • Aizat Rahim, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Dropee

  • Johnson Lam Hooi Liang, Chief Innovation Officer, SOLS247, Founder, KakiDIY / KakiRepair

8) Most Promising 

Lead Judge: Ganesh Bangah, Executive Chairman, Commerce.Asia

  • Karamjit Singh, CEO of Digital News Asia

  • Lavinie Thiruchelvam, Founder & CEO, Babydash Sdn Bhd

Our Special Appreciation and Gratitude to all of our Partners and Sponsors

This year’s Awards we were proud to have on board our:

Innovation Partner & Venue Host - Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI)

Digital Economy Partner - Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Strategic Partner - MyDigital 

Digital Tech Education Partner - Asia Pacific University of Technology & InnovationTelco Partner - U Mobile

Gold Sponsor - Cyberview

Ecosystem Partners - PIKOM, Selangor Information Technology & Digital Economy Corporation(SIDEC), Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre (SCENIC), Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC), Digital Penang, SME Malaysia, Internet Alliance and Proficeo

Media Partner - BFM, The Business Station

If you missed the award ceremony, you can watch the replay of the Top In Tech Innovation Awards 3rd Edition HERE. You can also visit our award photo gallery here and our Facebook page for more upcoming events.

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