UNITEN nabs 1st runner up for The SAS FinTech Challenge 2017 – 2018


From left: Lee Chong Keat, Chew Jing Yao, Nik Muhamad Mirza Hilman Bin Baderolsham and Lim Kien Seng happy with their achievement.

KUALA LUMPUR, 31st May – Four students from College of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT), UNITEN have succeeded in winning first runner-up for The SAS FinTech Challenge 2017-2018. The final was held in Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on May 31. The winning group comprised of three Software Engineering students; Kien Seng, Chew Jing Yao and Nik Muhamad Mirza Hilman Bin Baderolsham as well as an Information System student, Lee Chong Keat.

SAS FinTech Challenge 2017-2018 (“The Challenge”) is a competition designed to encourage students and academics in Malaysia to contribute ideas and develop innovative solutions to enhance the banking experience and solve organizational business pain points.

SAS (previously known as “Statistical Analysis System”) in collaboration with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) aims to excite students and academics in the FinTech ecosystem while accelerating its use in the financial services industry. ‘FinTech’ is defined as computer programs and other technology used to support or enable banking and financial services. FinTech is the new technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial services.

The competition took seven months to reach the final stage. The first stage required submitting a proposal. Impressing the judges and outperforming the competition earn a place in the semi-finals. After successfully reaching the semi-final, SAS provides training and mentorship to the team for 4 months. For the semi-final event, teams were given 10 minutes to present their ideas and prototypes.

When asked about his feelings regarding the achievement, Chew Jing Yao said, “I am really glad to have teamed up with these friends, we had so many experiences working together. This is probably the fourth or fifth competition we’ve joined as a group,  yet this was the first time we worked together on one thing for like, seven months.”

UNITEN and NADi would like to congratulate Kien Seng, Chew Jing Yao, Nik Muhamad Mirza Hilman Bin Baderolsham and Lee Chong Keat once again for their great achievement. It is certainly a feat that makes UNITEN proud.


Image source: College of Computer Science & Information Technology Facebook page.


Written by: Nurul Izzahtul ‘Ain bt Mohd Razih.


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