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Malaysian Students Show the Way at the BlockchainSPIRIT Hackathon in Singapore

A University based in the UK is taking up the slack for Malaysia’s shortage of blockchain professionals. The institution, through its program, is helping develop the next generation of startup CEOs.

The University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM), based in the UK has a split campus programme which allows students from Malaysia to study the first two years in their home country then the final two years at the world-class research center at Southampton University.

Blockchain developers are in short supply and also in high demand around the globe and on Upwork, blockchain developers are reportedly among the top 20 fastest growing jobs. UoSM works with industry to ensure their pool of talented students can contribute to new roles of the future.

A group of such Malaysian students from UoSM have just won an award at a competition in Singapore.

The team of four from the university competed in the BlockchainSPIRIT Hackathon at the Nanyang Technological University. They won the “Most Impactful Project” for an app designed by the group which improves courtroom recordings. Engineering students Do Wen Rei, Delveer Singh, and Chia Tze Hank, created ‘Legal-chain’, a solution that uses speech recognition technology to generate court transcripts for legal proceedings.

Do Wen Rei commented how they had struggled with selecting how to go about the process:

‘Being new to blockchain technologies, we had been struggling to choose which platform to use. We were fortunate that the technical trainers were patient with us and helped us get started” adding, “We did not expect to win this prestigious award. We are very proud to have had our project recognised in this way.”

Prof Rebecca Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Asean) and chief executive officer of UoSM said that she was highly encouraged that students from the University their practical solutions were recognised by professionals:

“Having students take what they have learnt from their course to create practical solutions, embodies our University Mission to change the world for the better…We are incredibly proud of the determination, passion, and inventiveness of our students and delighted that their efforts have been recognised by digital leaders in this way.”

As blockchain continues to make inroads in Malaysia, the government continues to show caution with its cryptocurrency regulation. The Malaysian Central bank, Bank Negara, has not outlawed cryptocurrencies and continues to allow exchanges to operate in the country. Malaysians are able to trade providing exchanges or individuals collect full details of the trader in addition to current ID.

The new guidelines were introduced earlier this year after Bitcoin’s drop in value.

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