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Homing in on the HULT Prize

  • Published at 03:56 pm January 6th, 2019
Vol1 19 Features pg 6
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Four Bangladeshi students win second prize in on-campus round of HULT at UPM

The Bangladeshi team of four students with their idea ‘MakerHub’ won the second prize in the on-campus round of HULT Prize at Universiti Putra Malaysia 2019. Four of the team members were from four different fields of studies in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM): Tahzinul Islam, Master of Innovation and Engineering Design, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering; Akif Islam, Bachelor of Software Engineering, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology; Prokriti Wazed Sikder, Bachelor of Biotechnology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences and Tahiya Islam, Master of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Despite their varying backgrounds, they all came together to pitch their idea ‘MakerHub’ in a Business Idea Pitching Competition by the name of HULT.

The team was formed only four days before the main competition, and had two days to brainstorm and prepare for the presentation as they juggled final week exam preparations simultaneously.  After staying awake the whole night preparing for the main competition, they considered giving and backing off from the competition. Ultimately, they didn’t want to let all their efforts go to waste just like that and decided to see things through. They went on with sleepy eyes and nervous hearts to pitch their ideas.

 Among the 15 local and international teams, they secured their position as the first runners-up. 

The HULT Prize is an idea pitching competition where there are three levels - on-campus level, regional level and the final level known as the UN Finals. It is an annual competition organized by HULT International Business School and United Nations Foundation. The theme for each year’s competition is selected by former US president Bill Clinton. 

The team behind ‘MakerHub’ won RM 1500 and certificates signed by Bill Clinton for each team member and six months of free workshop and training opportunity from World Startup Festival. 

The campus director for HULT Prize UPM for 2019 was Ismam Zishan. Zulker Nayeen was the executive director and Ahsanul Hoque Khan Shuvo was the additional director. All of them are Bangladeshi students studying in Universiti Putra Malaysia.