Brunify has been announced as the Pitch Day: LiveWIRE Hackathon winner against five teams walked away with a cash prize of BND2,000 and was awarded BND1,500 for a Special Project Award by Progresif.
In second place went to the Studapp team and brought home a cash prize of BND1,500, and in third place won by the SWO-Tech team with a prize of BND1,000.
Six teams were successfully pitched their ideas and judged by subject matter experts based on their feasibility, commercial value, team composition, innovation, financial prospects, and the business’s alignment to the six core areas.
Yesterday, the Pitch Day and prize presentation were held at the Banquet Hall of the Progresif HQ Building.
This year, a total of 25 participants from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), Politeknik Brunei (PB), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA); and Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) participated in the three-day LiveWIRE Hackathon that was held on March 18 to 20.
Throughout the event, the participants attended numerous workshops to provide them with the skills and knowledge by LiveWIRE Counsellors, including Business Model Canvas, Introduction to Finance and Pitching, and Branding & Marketing workshop as part of the content conducted by a representative from Progresif Sdn Bhd.
Industry experts from Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), Progresif Sdn Bhd, and Mindtrex Academy were also invited to mentor them to further refine the ideas and validate their business proposals, allowing them to learn, network, collaborate, and produce results as part of the process.
The LiveWIRE Hackathon aims to encourage participants to collaborate and develop appropriate solutions from a broader perspective, with a focus on six core areas, namely Environment (Energy Transition and Waste Management), Agrotechnology, Digitalisation, Smart Manufacturing, Edutainment (Education and Arts & Culture), and Entrepreneurship.
At the end of the event, the participants are expected to be well-equipped with the knowledge gained from the event and produce business ideas that can lead to business opportunities worth the further investment and to be carried forward through LiveWIRE programmes such as LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovator and Business Awards.
Also present during the prize presentation, the Corporate Manager of BSP Haji Jaafar Haji Bakar; In-Country Value Manager of BSP and Chairperson of Shell LiveWIRE Brunei Hajah Rosita binti Haji Hassan; and the CEO of Progresif Sdn Bhd Hajah Nurul Haniah binti Hj Md Jaafar.
The event was organised by Shell LiveWIRE Brunei and supported by Strategic Partner, Progresif Sdn Bhd, and Ecosystem Partner, DARe.