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Malaysia, Microsoft Hosts Hackathon to Promote Tourism
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/dec/04/malaysia-microsoft-hosts-hackathon-promote-tourism/
Source Date: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Malaysia
Created: Dec 04, 2013

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture is working together with the Selangor State Development Corporation and Microsoft Malaysia to host a hackathon called ‘Discovery MY Apps’ which aims to tap the creativity of local software developers to promote Malaysia’s tourism potential.

The organisers saw more than 500 students and software developers participate in the event. They were provided with resources such as Windows 8 devices to build their apps. Microsoft also provided technical support by appointing specialists to guide the participants as they go about in creating their respective apps.

Furthermore, developers also had access to a free online Microsoft training through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, thanks to the Multimedia Development Corporation and Microsoft’s partners.

“Collaboration is essential in spurring Malaysia’s efforts to become a developed, high-income nation by 2020. Tourism, just like all sectors in Malaysia, require expertise from both the government and private sectors to contribute towards achieving the nation’s vision. ‘Discover MY Apps’ is a perfect example of how various stakeholders can pool their individual strengths together for a greater cause,” said Othman Omar, General Manager, Selangor State Development Corporation.

The winners of the ‘Discover MY Apps’ will be announced in January 2014 and all the apps developed at the hackathon will be made available on the Windows Store.
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