The iFish team from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) has become the first winner of Asia Pacific Global Problem Solver Challeng 2017, hosted by Cisco Networking Academy Asia Pacific on 30 November 2017.
Consisting of Anindityo Agung Baskoro, Muhammad Nur Ardian, Monika Sekar M.I., and Fajar Sidik Abdullah Kelana, the team has successfully won the competition, developing the iFish or Internet of Fishery System. They beat 132 teams from Asia Pasific region. In the finals they beat the teams from the Philippines and Singapore.
“Obviously, we were proud to carry the names of UGM at the international level,” said Monika on Monday (4/12) at UGM Main Office.
Monika said in the competition all participants were asked to find a solution to social problems in the society by utillising internet technology. Of all 133 concepts of ideas that came in, five were declared to go through to the final round.
The UGM team won due to the idea of technology integration of intensive aquaculture with local fish farming through the iFish. This was seen as helping fish farmers increase fishery productivity while the technology was able to give information real time on the condition of the fish pond, such as on dissolved oxygen, pH, and pond temperature.
“Weather and condition outside the pond greatly affect fish farming. This information will inform the farmers the real condition of the pond and they will farm the fish accordingly so as to make optimum yields,” he said.
Fajar explained the iFish consists of microbubble diffuser, submersible pump, micro-controller, and internet router. This technology is equipped with three sensors on temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
“A notification will be sent to the mobile phone or computer that is connected with the system in the pond, hence the farmer will directly know the real condition,” he said.
iFish is developed with a number of features that give monthly data and graphics on the pond condition as well as communication forum between farmers.
“Going forward, we will develop this app further to be applied for the society,” he said.
On this achievement, the iFish UGM team is entitled to win an opportunity to make a visit to Cisco Innovation Hub in Sidney, Australia, in February 2018. They will get a mentoring from Cisco for the development of iFish.
Rector of UGM, Prof.Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., appreciated the iFish UGM team that had won in the world competition. This showed the world the innovation made by the UGM students to solve problems among the society.
“We were proud of this achievement. UGM continues to encourage its students to make innovation and join competitions while implementing the outcomes for the society,” said the Rector.