University of Indonesia students took home the grand prize of GIS Hacks competition for a prototype app designed for oil and gas companies to cut operational costs.
Students from across Indonesia participated in a geospatial hackathon that aims to create the next cutting-edge location-based app that will make a difference to how people live, work and play in their communities.
The hackathon, which was aptly called GIS hacks, is one of the exciting highlights in the Geographic Information System (GIS) week organised by the School of Computer Science of Bina Nusantara University together with Esri Indonesia.
With the theme: “GIS Application in Big Data Era”, the GIS week gathered 400 industry practitioners, students and the academe for a week-long celebration on the transformative impact of GIS technology and its role in the country’s journey towards the fourth industrial revolution.
According to Esri Indonesia CEO, Dr Achmad Istamar, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) plays an indispensable role in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).
“The key enablement for 4IR is the fact that we are now bringing together massive amount of data for in-depth analytics. Geospatial technology and Geo-Artificial Intelligence are the keys to integrate the data, draw conclusions and present the findings to make decisions,” he said.
Mr Istamar further adds that to reap the benefits of 4IR today, Esri Indonesia has been commissioned by its clients to deliver innovative Geo-Artificial Intelligence capabilities, based on spatial data that would substantially enhance planning, resource allocation and decision-making in Indonesia.
Taking home the grand prize are University of Indonesia students Muhamad Iqbal Januadi Putra and Fadhili Akbar for a prototype app specifically designed to help oil and gas companies cut operational costs by efficiently identifying pipeline routes and streamlining business processes.
The winners were chosen by a panel of industry experts which include Dr. Edy Irwansyah, ST., M.Si, Lecturer at BINUS University, Mohamad Heru Prasetyo, S.T., Senior Geomatics Engineer at PT Pertamina Internasional EP and Reza Refialdo, Technical Support Team Lead at Esri Indonesia.
“We are happy to have been chosen as winners. This achievement inspires us to develop our technical know-how even further as a way to give back to our communities. We thank Esri Indonesia for the opportunity to showcase our innovation and look forward to more exciting innovation using GIS technology,” Iqbal and Fadhili said.
According to Dr. A. Istamar, the quality of the entries for the GIS Hacks competition exemplifies the growing talent pool of the youth.
“It is through initiatives like this that geo-enables them to better understand the world around them and innovatively address real-life issues.”
Among the prize the winners will receive include cash, software licenses, and training and exam vouchers. Winners are also encouraged to explore career opportunities with industry leaders such as Microsoft, Lenovo, Telkom and Bank Muamalat.