PUTRAJAYA, 8 May 2017 – The Autodesk Malaysia Design Competition 2016 (AMDC 2016), the design competition jointly organised by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Prestariang Group comes to an end today with winners receiving their prizes at the prize-giving ceremony. Up to RM100,000 cash prizes were given to the winners for their outstanding entries using the Autodesk software and tools. The winners and respective institutes of higher learning also received certificate of participation and other prizes to culminate the event.
In total, there were 18 groups of winners at all levels from across different institutions of higher learning in the country. The overall winning entry (i.e. Best of the Best) came from the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIA) team led by Muhammad Faiz bin Mohd Noordin as team leader. Its team members include Nazrin Pamnan @ Ramnan, Ajmal Ismail and Balqis Mohamad Wazir with Fadzidah Abdullah as their lecturer.
AMDC 2016 received a total of 198 submission where Politeknik Port Dickson (PPD), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as the institutes with the most entries. Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) had the most winning teams with a total of six teams in both Advanced and Intermediate Industrial Design Category.
Present at the closing ceremony is YB Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Higher Education. An exhibition tour showcases the winning entries was held during the ceremony, allowing guests to have a closer and better understanding behind the creative works from the teams with members present to explain in detail their concepts. This was a great opportunity to meet the inspiring young minds of Malaysia who have gone all out to express their creativity using Autodesk.
First introduced in 2009, AMDC started as a way to encourage students’ ability in design and 3D drawings using Autodesk software and tools. The design competition utilises the Autodesk software to inspire young talents towards an innovative and creative culture. Now, AMDC 2016 is the 6th competition, the initiative has grown to attract more students who are eager to showcase their creativity and innovation in hope of emerging as winners for their categories. Over the years, the competition categories have also expanded to include students from all disciplines for undergraduates as well as postgraduates from all higher education institutions in Malaysia, including Private Higher Education Institutions.
“What started as a small effort to encourage students to expand their innovative minds using Autodesk software has become the prominent design competition that many students look forward to. The interest in digital technology and how it can shape or change our lives has definitely increased among young Malaysians. It is no surprise as society moves towards a digital way of life where technology is increasingly making a huge impact in how we work, communicate, live and relate,” said Dr Abu Hasan Ismail, President and Group CEO of Prestariang.
Themed “3D for Society – Dreams, Design & Deliver”, AMDC 2016 encouraged participants to explore their creativity and use the power of imagination to design for social good. Their entries highlighted socially conscious elements to create a great living environment for the society. Students had to come up with a design problem or issue and propose their creative solution to the problem in the fields of architecture, industrial design and creative media, representing the nature of Autodesk software which are three dimensional (3D).
In each category, the teams were allowed to participate in either the Advanced level (open to students undertaking Degree or Master programmes) or Intermediate level (open to students undertaking Diploma/Certificates programmes). Each entry was judged by a panel of judges based on the originality of design, whether it was clear and comprehensive, the 3D design using Autodesk software and their presentation skills.
“While the focus is creativity each year, for 2016, we decided that it was time to extend this creativity for social good. Ideally, we do not only want to invoke innovation from participants but also to invoke their imagination of how their creativity contributes to the betterment of society. The entries that came in were not only creatively outstanding but they also hit the right note when it comes to designing for social good. As a representative for the organiser of this competition, I feel extremely proud to know that there are many young Malaysians who are not only highly creative but have a spirit of compassion and humanity whereby they are able to think out of the box for the greater good. ” said Dr Abu Hasan.
(by Corporate Communications)