Win S$10,000 With Grab’s First Ever Artificial Intelligence for South East Asia Challenge

The contest aims to curb traffic congestion using AI with your help.

Grab, the leading e-hailing app in Southeast Asia, has kickstarted its first-ever AI for S.E.A challenge. A strategic initiative by Grab, the challenge aims to promote the use of data and AI to solve some of Southeast Asia’s biggest urban challenges, such as traffic congestion and safety.

To drive awareness about the challenge, Grab organised roadshows in major cities across the region, with the Malaysian leg taking place early this week at the Grab Malaysia office. The roadshow which saw almost a hundred interested participants, also included knowledge sharing sessions by Ir. Dr Karl Ng Kah Hou, Director, Data Economy of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation and Mr Laurence Si, AWS Country Manager for Malaysia, and an opportunity for potential participants to network with some of Grab’s data analysts.  The roadshow, which kicked off in Singapore and followed by Jakarta, will continue on to Manila and lastly, Ho Chi Minh CIty.

The three challenge themes are:

  • Traffic Management: Traffic congestion in Southeast Asian cities are some of the worst in the world, which impacts mobility and economic growth. Using Grab’s data, build an AI model to alleviate traffic congestion on Southeast Asia’s roads.

  • Computer Vision: By making ride-hailing more efficient, passengers can find their ride quicker, and drivers can earn more. Build a data model that can optimise and automate the process of identifying vehicle details such as make and model.

  • Safety: Southeast Asia contributes to 25% of total global road traffic deaths. How can AI proactively identify dangerous or reckless driving in real-time to prevent accidents from happening?

Interested individuals can visit the official website to learn more about the challenge themes and download corresponding datasets. The deadline for submission is 17th June, and shortlisted candidates will be informed on the week of 24th June.

A Demo Day for finalists to present their solutions will happen on the week of 2nd July, where winners will be announced on the same day. The top 50 participants will be offered a full-time position at Grab, as well as cash prizes for the top five individuals. The overall winner of the challenge will walk away with S$10,000. For more information, visit