By JIRAPAN BOONNOON
Charoenrath Vilailuck, chief executive of Samart Corporation, said recently that the contest aimed to strengthen Thailand’s technology industries, enhance business knowledge and increase funding.
The contest focused on the economic development policies of the government, which aim to drive the economy through innovation, technology and creativity.
The firm and its partners also provided consultation and training for start-ups until they are confident enough in their products and services to enter the market.
The JabJai For School team snatched the Samart Innovation Award.
Narin Khurana, CEO of JabJai Corporation, said JabJai For School was a platform for schools to open savings accounts for students and link them to their fingerprints so that they can buy lunch, shop for stationery and other stuff or check attendance.
It is easy, fast and safe.
JabJai For School is also the first app in Thailand that allows parents and students to monitor each student’s money-management and eating habits.
It will send a notification directly to parents’ mobile phone every single day of the time students arrive or leave school.
This tool is also useful for school administrations and can report back in real time.
Schools can secure supplies and check and limit the access rights of staff.
“The Young Technopreneur contest is more than just a competition.
“They gave us guidance and all the support that we really need and I believe that with their help we can really reach our goal.
“The application will also change Thailand into a cashless society in the near future,” Narin said.
The firm provides its app to over five schools, such as Songkhla Vocational College, with around 6,000 users.
The firm in the near future will make its app available to the mass market.
Narong Sirilertworakul, president of the NSTDA, said the agency and its business partners had staged Young Technopreneur for five years.
More than 660 young people have been trained in basic business skills and about 30 businesses have been established.
“This result is admirable and it is the beginning of the good and creative innovation of Thailand’s young people,” he said.
The agency will also provide a start-up voucher to support new technopreneurs as part of its mission to drive innovation and new technology business in the country. “We have revised training programmes to conform with current technology trends and contest topics next year by using past projects.
“Five contest topic groups are about technology and businesses related to the Thailand 4.0 policies such as food, agriculture, biotech, health, wellness and bio-med, smart devices, robotics and mechatronics, smart logistics and smart energy,” he said.
Chalermpol Tuchinda, director of Software Park Thailand under the umbrella of the NSTDA, said the contest would provide consultants to the competing teams so that they understand business models and business plans.
Other awards include first runner-up, which went to HOPS: Seamless Shopping Experience, an app for promoting marketing information.
The second runner-up was O Orchid, a care and management system for orchid farms.