NUS BBA 06 November 2015

Our Overseas Colleges students make their mark in international hackathons

Congratulations to our NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) students who have been flying our flag high in several overseas hackathons.

In Las Vegas, Cheung Ho Yeung and Lee Cheryl, who are with the NUS College in Silicon Valley programme, together with NOC friends from the School of Computing, won one of the top five prizes of US$20,000 at Money20/20.

Money20/20 is a gathering of more than 600 developers from over 15 countries. It is supported by 10 influential fintech brands, making it the largest fintech hackathon globally. Teams competed for over 24 hours to develop innovative solutions for the payments and financial services sector.

To add icing to the cake, the team also won another prize: the top Blockchain sponsored prize of US$5,000 in Bitcoin. Blockchain is the world’s most popular Bitcoin wallet with more than four million users.

Ho Yeung is a Year-4 Business Administration student, while Cheryl is a Year-4 double-degree student in Accounting and Computing.

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The team that won at the Money2020 hackathon are: (from left to right) Cheung Ho Yeung, Yap Jun Hao, Lee Cheryl, Benjamin Lim and Lin Xuanyi.

Over in New York, four Business School students from the NUS College programme there – Ng Kian Siang, Albert Ho, Jolie Goh and Felicia Tao – were part of the team that won the Start-up Challenge at the Hearst Immersive Hackathon. All four are Year-3 students. The rest are also from NUS.

The team beat hundreds of other developers, designers and entrepreneurs with their app that simplifies reading the news on smart watches.

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The team that won the Hearst Hackathon comprised (from left to right): Ng Kian Siang, Albert Ho, Chia Teck Yuke, Choo Yan Sheng, Goh Jian Kai, Jolie Goh and Felicia Tao​.

Also in New York, Albert Ho and Business School alumnus Colin Pang, together with three other New York programme friends, wowed the judges at the “Super Heroes vs Master Hackers Hackathon” with their security software that protects digital identity. This 36-hour hackathon was co-organized by Rise New York and Barclays Accelerator.

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The team at the ‘Super Heroes’ hackathon comprised (from left to right): Albert Ho, Goh Jian Kai, Chia Teck Yuke, Choo Yan Sheng and Colin Pang.