PRESS RELEASE - USM students to represent Malaysia to the Imagine Cup World Wide Competition in Egypt

Penang, 5 June - Imagine cup is the Microsoft sponsored world's premier student technology competition

The seven Universiti Sains Malaysia students will be competing in the Software Design and Design for Development categories. The teams were the winners and 1st runners up for the national level competition on 18th May in Kuala Lumpur.

The theme of this year's competition is "Imagine a World Where Technology Helps Solve the World’s Toughest Problem".

According to Prof. Rosni Abdullah, Dean of the School of Computer Sciences "The teams had to 20 minutes in the Software Design part and 30 minutes in the Design for Development part to present and justify how their technology will be able to help solve the world's problems"

The seven students are from 2 groups called The Capricorn and Cosmic.

The Capricorn team consists of Lim Kian Long, Marilyn Lim Chien Hui and Steven Lim Jun Liang. They presented "GreenEVe2Peace" which functioned as an early warning and information system by text messaging (sms) to paddy farmers.

The Cosmis team members are Jasy Liew Suet Yan, Ooi Keng Siang
Matthew Phiong Yoon Kheong and Loo Wan Koe, supervised by Dr. Cheah Yu-N. This team put forward a Virtual Health Connect (VHC) integrated health system aimed to improve the quality of life and well-being of people through disease prevention initiatives. (An abstract of this project is available below)

Last year, the Imagine Cup Worldwide competition was held in France and dominated by contestants from Australia. This year, the Imagine Cup offers a prize of USD 25,000 for the winner of the Software Design category and USD 10,00 for the Design for Development category.

For more information, please contact

Public Relations Office
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Tel: +604 - 653 2519
Fax: +604 - 658 9666
E-mail:[email protected]


Project Write-Up

Project: Virtual Health Connect (VHC)

Team Members
Jasy Liew Suet Yan
Ooi Keng Siang
Matthew Phiong Yoon Kheong
Loo Wan Koe

Mentor: Dr. Cheah Yu-N


Virtual Health Connect (VHC) is an integrated health system aimed to improve the quality of life and well-being of people through disease prevention initiatives. The system consists of three main focus areas: immunization monitoring, disease reporting and response management as well as interactive health education. In line with United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), VHC targets to reduce child mortality and combat diseases such as malaria, dengue and AIDS/HIV by becoming a one-stop centre to electronically store patient’s health information especially vaccination records, enabling real-time discoveries besides monitoring infectious diseases and presenting health information in a simple but interactive manner. VHC has been selected as one of the top five finalists in Microsoft Imagine Cup’s Design for Development Award 2009 and will proceed on with the Worldwide Finals in Egypt.

Published: 05 Jun 2009

Contact details:

Universiti Sains Malaysia 11800 Minden Penang

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Websites: Link to Imagine Cup World Wide