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Published by Afterschool.my on Jul 26, 2016, 11:08 am
A team of students from the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)’s School of Computing and Technology brought pride to Asia and Malaysia, as they were the only Asian and Malaysian team to reach the ATOS IT Challenge 2016 Finals, which was held in Paris, France recently.
The ATOS IT Challenge is an annual effort by ATOS, global leader in digital services and Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games, to nurture next generation of IT professionals. This year, the competition theme was the “Right to be Forgotten: Manage your Online Persona”. Students were required to develop a smartphone application to help track and manage personal data from the perspective of an individual, a citizen, an employee or a consumer.
The team spent 9 months working on their mobile application, which enabled users to better manage their Twitter account, delete tweets and prevent cyber-bullying through text analysis and deep learning.
Team “Go n Gone” was also awarded as the Best Team on Social Media for their active engagement with their followers on the internet. Apart from global exposure and cash prizes, the students also won themselves an internship opportunity at ATOS Malaysia.
“From the faculty’s point of view, the team has reached the pinnacle. Although they did not win the competition, being on stage for the global level, being the only team from Asia and Malaysia to be in the finals, was already and extraordinary achievement. The faculty and APU are really proud of them,” expressed Prof. Dr. Ir. Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Dean, Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET), APU.