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> Disgrace YTL YES mYprize, The NO WINNER Competition (Yes)

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TSjiajilah
post Feb 25 2012, 01:07 AM, updated 8y ago

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mYprize is a competition organized by YTL Yes when they launched the Yes 4G network. This is a competition challenges developers from across the world to create unique applications, content or devices that highlight the benefits of YTL Communications’ 4G Network in Malaysia.

Together with the YES products launching, this competition successfully created a buzz in the community with prize over 1 million USD and how YES products are aim to serve the community better!

1. Top Applications: 1st: USD$200,000; 2nd: USD$120,000; 3rd: USD$80,000
2. Top 4G Devices: 1st: USD$200,000; 2nd: USD$120,000; 3rd: USD$80,000
3. Malaysian Only Prize: USD$120,000
4. Top Device Idea: USD$40,000
5. Top Application Idea: USD$40,000

Blogs about this competiton:
http://www.myprize.my/
http://www.ytlcomms.my/EN/innovation_network.aspx
http://ytlwimax.com/2010/01/former-aol-vp-...rize-challenge/
http://www.malaysianwireless.com/2010/01/u...obal-developer/
http://www.ytlesolutions.com/shownews.asp?newsid=50893

To learn more about this competition, search "mYprize" in Google.
You might notice that most of the pages within Yes/mYprize" domain were removed.
However, you can still get some screenshots/wording through Google cache and other website that blog about this event.
The discussion within developers in LinkedIn was deleted as well. (I'm 1 of the participants who successfully make it to 2nd round)

After more than a year delay, I finally received an update from the committee. Guess what, the competition is now ended with "NO WINNER" because "the panel of judges regretfully did not find any submission that met the standard required to win mYprize."

The judges panel:
Ishi Singh from Google Singapore, Head of New Business Development, Associate Director of MIT MediaLabs, Partner of Crosslink Ventures, a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist, Senior Consultant of Light Reading & Dato’ Badlisham, CEO of MDEC.

I beg your pardon? Did I missed out the clause that the organizer reserved the rights to cancel the competition?
Hundreds over brilliant ideas and prototypes submitted to the competition is now worth USD150 each.

Did you organize this competition just to fulfill your marketing strategy?
Is this how you going to end a competition where all the entrepreneurs put their best effort to participate?
This is very disappointed!

Regards,
KC



The NO WINNER email:

"Firstly, on behalf of YTL Communications, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your participation in the mYprize Global Developer Challenge.

We are pleased to inform you that based on the effort you have made in the development of the prototype, you will receive a merit award of USD150.00 for your submission entitled “XXXXXXXXXXXXXX“ in the “Apps” category.

mYprize was designed to be an international competition for entrepreneurs and innovators around the world to create the next wave of Mobile Internet applications and devices. Whilst we received a good number of interesting ideas and applications, the panel of judges regretfully did not find any submission that met the standard required to win mYprize.

Thus, in the spirit of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, YTL Communications has decided to issue merit awards to a larger pool of notable submissions as we wish to encourage participants like you to keep on innovating.

To facilitate disbursement of your merit award via direct deposit, please reply to this email with your bank account details. We will be sending proof of transfer to your email address.
You are free to take forward your submission without any obligations to YTL Communications.
For payment details and further information, please email us at innovation@yes.my.

Thank you again for your participation!

Sincerely,
mYprize Committee"

This post has been edited by jiajilah: Feb 25 2012, 01:24 AM
TSjiajilah
post Feb 25 2012, 10:15 AM

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Their network is another issue. What I concern is how can they "settle" a competition or actually a marketing campaign by just giving out $150 each. So the organizer got bored and have no time and YES launched successfully so they are just like, "Nah, here's $150, let's forget about the competition, thank you for your participation".

This post has been edited by jiajilah: Feb 25 2012, 10:50 AM
TSjiajilah
post Feb 25 2012, 11:35 AM

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Thirstyhorse, all the participants had put in so much effort for the design, proposal and the working prototype! The total prize money is 1million USD. I'm not saying I'm the winner but I just can't accept they can just cancel the competition with reason "no submission that met the standard required to win".

If this works, in the future all competitions (including those simple slogan competition) can declare their prize money for up to 10 million (WOW!!!) and easily saved the 10 million using the same way, "no slogan met the standard required to win, try again next time".

This post has been edited by jiajilah: Feb 25 2012, 11:36 AM
TSjiajilah
post Feb 27 2012, 05:49 PM

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They removed fanpage, Linkin group, related pages within their website etc.
You hit "error page" for all pages within their control.
This is very unprofessional way of handling event.

 

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