Autonomous Mall Tracking Application Takes Home First Prize At The UiTM-Oracle Hackathon


Oracle Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) just announced Team Tech Shack as the winner of the UiTM-Oracle Data Hackathon 2021 for its mall autonomous mall tracking agent (MATA). The agent enables shopping centers to remove the process of giving out physical number cards, yet be able to keep track of the number of customers inside the facility at any time, limiting contact and congestion to control the spread of COVID-19.  


The event focused on using technology to find solutions to issues hindering Malaysia from achieving its smart city vision and to come up with alternative solutions. The theme of combating the spread of COVID-19, was prevalent across the 14 teams of five individuals, each from the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, which participated in the virtual hackathon.  


“Urbanization, globalization, climate change and demographic change are all putting pressure on people’s quality of life, safety and security. Many city authorities have been put in a challenging position to tackle problems related to these topics in addition to the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re encouraged to see the talent at UiTM, as we seek new ways to connect, get better insights to foster a better environment and develop smarter and safer cities in Malaysia,” said Fitri Abdullah, Country Managing Director, Oracle Malaysia.


Taking the second prize was Team Amigos’ EZTrash, which tackles sustainability by creating a system that empowers a bin to “smartly” reject trash that is thrown erroneously and help citizens segregate what is recyclable by using the EZTrash system that will only open for the items they are programmed to accept.


The third prize went to Team iBlitz’ Crowd detection in museums, an application that provides real-time updates on visitor counts in key tourist spots, such as museums. Hosted on OCI, the project utilises deep learning object detection and counting as well as a machine learning algorithm that forecasts expected visitor count based on past data. iBlitz’s application also notifies visitors of peak periods at popular tourist destinations to enable them to avoid those time periods.


UiTM is a member of Oracle Academy, which offers institutions and educators access to a wide range of teaching and educational resources, including curriculum, classroom learning resources, software, cloud technology, practice environments, and much more. Marking the closing of the UiTM – Oracle Data Hackathon with a bang, UiTM announced that it will be renewing its Oracle Academy membership. 


This is the second Oracle-led hackathon held in Malaysia this year, with the first with students from the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) in August. 


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