Published on 28 Jun 2022

SCSE’s “Lethal Combo” of Students in final TOP 5

The ”lethal“ combo! Students from DSAI, CS, and CE were named finalists in Google Cloud Hackathon for Startups for all sections.

Group photo of 5 awardees.Team Members (from left): SCSE year 3 students - Claudia Beth Ong (DSAI), Darryl Tan Kah Heng (CE), Teo Jia Sheng (CS), Chew Loh Seng (CE) and Candy Salome Lim (CS).

Over the course of 2 months, Team CenterPoint from SCSE year 3 students, consisting of Candy Salome Lim (CS), Chew Loh Seng (CE), Claudia Beth Ong (DSAI), Darryl Tan Kah Heng (CE) and Teo Jia Sheng (CS) joined the Google Cloud Hackathon for Startups, from 10 April to 10 June.

The first round of the hackathon required them to prepare a slide deck, describing their idea and the several pain points that it helps to alleviate. The team met up several times in the week to straighten out the slide deck contents and the main functionalities of their proposed idea, CenterPoint. The main purpose of CenterPoint was to suggest a convenient and centralized meet-up point for groups given everybody’s location.

The team was quite delighted when they found out that they had been chosen for the second round of the hackathon. The team was only given two weeks to develop a working prototype for the second round of submission. They split their duties equally, with Candy and Jia Sheng working on the front-end, Loh Seng and Darryl working on the setup of the back-end communication, and Claudia working on the algorithm to get the suggested places. The team had to meet every other day, amidst their busy schedules, to hold discussions about the development and progress of their project. In the end, they managed to submit a working prototype, along with a video demonstration on how the web application worked. 

Photo of undergraduate student team on stage presenting.

Eventually, their team got through to the final stage and was selected to be one of the top 5 teams to give a live pitch in front of the judges from Google at Google Singapore Office. The journey leading to that has not been easy. Most of them have other day time commitments, such as school and summer internships and they had to juggle all that with their hackathon workload over the weeks leading up to the live pitch. However, it was satisfying to see their idea materialize on the big stage and to see it receiving a lot of love from the panel of judges from Google. These made them proud of what they had accomplished and made all the effort that they had invested in this hackathon worthwhile.

Group photo of students at Google Cloud office.

After the pitch, the team, along with other contestants were invited to have a tour around the beautiful Google Office as well. Overall, it was an unforgettable and educational experience for all the members of the team.

Abhishek Pandey   
Head of VCs and Startups   
Google Cloud India 

Min Fang   
Customer Engineering   
Google Cloud 

Michael Langford   
Head of VC & Startup   
Ecosystem JAPAC

Natalie Plucco   
Cloud Strategy Advisor   
Google Cloud 

Thye Yeow Bok   
Head of Startup Ecosystems