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University of Nottingham hosts AirAsia Hackathon

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The University of Nottingham Malaysia hosted the AirAsia Hackathon from 1 to 3 March 2019. The event attracted some 300 participants who were ready to explore digital-centric thinking around the future of aviation.

The participants were required to work in teams of five and present a concept to a panel of aviation and technology experts and the top five teams will qualify to compete at the Aviatar 2019 Grand Finale at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA).

The launch of the competition witnessed the attendance of Deputy Director General of Higher Education Dr Mohd Nor Azman Hassan, AirAsia Deputy Group CEO (Technology and Digital) Aireen Omar, Embassy of France to Malaysia Economic Counsellor Emmanuel Ly-Batalon, The Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) Chief Executive Office Dr Liew Kan Ern and University of Nottingham Malaysia Provost and CEO Professor Graham Kendall.

“We are very pleased to be working on this project to encourage young people to be innovative and competitive in their area of aviation technology. As a leading research university, we host an aerospace centre and today it gives us the opportunity to work with a very young and dynamic group. We sincerely hope that through this competition, we can plant a seed in developing future careers in aviation and aerospace” Professor Kendall said during his welcome address.

Aerospace centre

In November 2014, University of Nottingham Malaysia entered a partnership with M-AeroTech Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) in conjunction with with leading public universities Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), to bring its expertise in aerospace to the Asia Aerospace City (AAC), which launched its Research and Technology (R&T) Centre in Malaysia.

UNM entered into a partnership to conduct research and provide vocational training in the area of aerospace. The deal was inked between officials from The University of Nottingham, AMIC and MARA at Farnborough International Air Show, UK in July 2014.

“The fact that we are able to host such an important aerospace event is a testament of our success story. This event has attracted over 100 industry players many participants, all of whom are impressed by us.  AirAsia is hugely impressed with our organisation of the event and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped out.  This is genuinely an excellent showcase for UNM, our reputation, our research and our work ethics,” said University of Nottingham Malaysia Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor Andy Chan.

(Article image caption: Dr Mohd Nor Azman Hassan (5th from the right), Professor Graham Kendall (4th from left), Aireen Omar (5th from the left) at the officiel launch)

(Thumbnail image caption: Professor Kendall delivering the welcome address)


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Posted on 13th March 2019

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