NUS Computing students win Amazon Web Services Challenge at AngelHack Beijing 2019

21 August 2019
Computer Engineering student Dalson Tan (fourth from left) and Business Analytics student Teo Jin Ming (second from right) at AngelHack Beijing 2019.

21 August 2019 – NUS Computing students Dalson Tan (Computer Engineering, Year 4) and Teo Jin Ming (Business Analytics, Year 4) emerged as winners of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Challenge at AngelHack Beijing Hackathon 2019. The AWS Challenge is one of four challenges presented at the hackathon held from 13 to 14 July in Beijing, China.

AngelHack Beijing Hackathon 2019 is part of the AngelHack Global Hackathon Series held around the world annually. Dalson and Jin Ming competed in the hackathon with their NUS Overseas Colleges Beijing teammates, NUS Engineering students Neo Kang Wei and Ethan Ng, and NUS Industrial Design student Jocelyn Tan. The team was one of 21 international and Chinese teams to compete in the hackathon.

Teams working the AWS Challenge were tasked to build an innovative mobile or web application uses at least one AWS service. Dalson and Jin Ming’s team successfully developed a web-based analytics dashboard to help university professors and researchers streamline research administration processes and help users find suitable research participants for their projects. The team deployed their code on the AWS Amplify platform – a JavaScript library for frontend and mobile developers to build cloud-enabled applications.

“As exchange students, our experience in the different local universities such as Peking University and Tsinghua University gave us the opportunity to speak with various researchers and to gain a good understanding of the problems they faced,” said Dalson on behalf of his team. “This helped us to create a multi-sided platform that is able to hit the nail and solve an existing problem.”

The team won $1,000 in AWS credits and the opportunity to work with AWS for future startup developments. “Winning the award was a rewarding testament to our efforts and we are excited to partner with AWS and NUS Enterprise to make our product a reality,” Dalson added.

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