Contageo - A Social Sharing Platform for Dengue
University of Malaya students won Bank Rakyat – YIM Ideation Challenge 2015 with their developed app, Contageo. The University of Malaya team, represented by two engineering students, Muhammad Hakim bin Mohd Haniff (Department of Biomedical Engineering) and Mohamad Hilman bin Nordin (Department of Mechanical Engineering) has been announced as the winner, and won a cash prize of RM 5,000. The prizes were given right after the final pitching, held in Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia, Cyberjaya last Tuesday.
University of Malaya also won the best presenter award, which include a cash prize of RM 500. The team was required to present their product and the business plan, and the judges have to give marks based on the set criteria, among others on whether the business is viable.
Contageo is a mobile app that informs users of dengue cases based on their current location. Additionally, users can contribute to the information by sending reports about dengue via the app where it will be made available to other users to see. The product is an alternative to the current available information dissemination practiced by the Malaysian Ministry of Health, in which all the dengue hotspots are listed on a map in its iDengue portal Information via the app can also complement the information provided by the local authorities on banners located at dengue hot spots.
The Contageo team also worked closely with the Tropical Infectious Disease Research and Education Centre (TIDREC) on understanding dengue, and the University of Malaya Entrepreneurship Centre (UMEC) to prepare for the competition. The University of Malaya Centre of Innovation and Commercialization (UMCIC) has also helped Contageo in marketing the app, as they are recently invited to the ASEAN USTART Conference and Showcase 2015 and listed under ASEAN University Startup Companies maintained by UMCIC.