13 Feb 2018
(Yangon, 13 Feb 2018) The final 10 teams battled head-to-head in the 2018 MPT MCF Myanmar Youth Technopreneurship Development Program, with the final winners announced on Sunday 11th February 2018 at the MICT Hall in Hlaing Township, Yangon. The winning teams were Secret Art, DigiSportal and, Doctor Kyaw.
Having made it through an application process and a pre-selection round, the final 10 teams, selected from around the country, battled it out to achieve fame and glory in the inaugural program. Organised in conjunction with MPT and the Myanmar Computer Federation, the program aims to encourage the development of the next generation of technology-savvy entrepreneurs in Myanmar, by using technology to Move Myanmar Forwards.
10 teams competed for the chance to win one of three company registration, 6-month residency at Kanaung Hub, a Yangon-based incubation centre for new companies that supplies extra support during early development. Winning teams also received a cash prize of 5,000,000 Ks. to help with early business costs. In order to achieve success in the competition, the teams spent the past week at an intense boot-camp style program in Yangon, where they attended meetings, workshops, hackathons, and mentor sessions to improve their business sense and fine-tune their interpersonal skills.
Winner one, Secret Art, designed an audiobook app for the Myanmar market. Including also Dhamma and children’s stories, the app allows users to stay in touch with books while also helping develop Myanmar literature. Winner two, DigiSportal, made DiGiCafé, which will connect cybercafés with players, in a very similar fashion of how ride-sharing apps connect taxi drivers with passengers. Partnered cybercafés will be featured on the DiGiCafé platform, and players can easily search for the nearest cybercafé near them, and book seats for them and their friends. Winner three, Dr Kyaw, allows everyone with a smartphone to have access to affordable healthcare, with a free app that makes it simple for users to track their health through the use of an AI-powered chatbot. Users answer a series of questions about their health complaint before being advised what to do next, for example medical attention, go to a pharmacy or deal with it alone etc.
MPT is heavily involved in improving outcomes for Myanmar youth. The development of this new Technopreneurship program is one of the many efforts MPT has established to improve Science and Technology education around the country. MPT believes that the power of access to the communication and information transfer can improve the lives of everyday people in Myanmar, and develops many CSR efforts to make this goal a reality.
“We at MPT are extremely proud of the final competitors of the 2018 Myanmar Youth Technopreneurship Development Program. As major partner, we love seeing the ways young Myanmar people are using world-class technology to develop innovative solutions to local problems experienced by people around the country. These competitors have shown impressive growth over the course of the competition as they refined their product or service, and we can’t wait to see how the winners will use the amazing opportunities awarded to them to develop their business plans even further. We congratulate competitors for their hard work in this year’s competition,” said Yoshiaki Benino, Chief Operating Officer of MPT-KSGM Joint Operations.
Some of the other teams competing included Baby Lovers, Myanmar CNC, Myanmar CNC, Team Liquid, Team Hexasky, Particles, Butterfly and My Player. (a platform to advise new parents on best practices for baby health, a tool for automatic machine cutting of woods and metals in factories, a sales tool for Myanmar farmers, a travel planning tool for Myanmar tourist destinations, a trusted philanthropy platform, Voice Activated Home Automation System Using Arduino and My Player-media device) and they received the runner-up awards of 500000 MMK each as well.
“Our team Dr Kyaw is so excited to be one of the winners of this amazing competition. We would like to thank MPT and MCF for creating this great competition, I’m so happy that I have had a chance to apply the skills I have learnt over the past years in a practical way. Our project Dr.Kyaw is all about improving the quality of lives of people in Myanmar, it’s so good that we can now do this on a bigger scale with the support of 5000000 Ks. prize money from MPT and a 6 month residency at Kanaung-hub. Congratulations to all of the other competitors who have worked so hard over the past month, it was great to meet all of you,” said Dr.Kyaw, One of the winner Team.
“What a great group of final contenders we had for the first MPT MCF Myanmar Youth Technopreneurship Development Program! It has been great to work with MPT to find the best new Myanmar technology entrepreneurs seeking to improve outcomes for every day Myanmar people. We are very proud of all the competitors and their efforts, and we look forward to welcoming the winners to Kanaung Hub for a 6 month residency,” said U Khun Oo, President of MCF.