XMUM Student Excels at Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge (MGAC)

2019-08-30

The Innovation Center congratulates XMUM Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) forth-year undergraduate student, Lorraine Teh Kai Hooi, on participating Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge (MGAC) Campus Champion and making it to the Top 60 Global Finalist this year.

Spending around 24 hours surviving in the depths of Gombak jungle is one of my greatest life-changing experience. From gathering different types of firewood non-stop (mostly wet due to the rain) to starting and maintaining fire throughout day and night, a simple basic campfire allowed me to learn the survival skills which would last for a life time,” said Lorraine Teh Kai Hooi who has just came back from Jungle School Gombak.   

Recognised as the Best Innovation on Campus by Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers, MGAC is Maybank’s award-winning and premier recruitment platform that has been running for the past 7 years. It aims to challenge participants’ intellect, stretch their creativity, and test their endurance. The challenge welcomes students from all disciplines and nationalities from across the globe and puts them in a series of challenges designed to push the very limits of their potentials.

This year, out of more than 35,000 applicants from over 105 nationalities, Lorraine has been chosen as one of the Top 60 Global Finalists after a rigorous assessment process, including 17 Malaysian Campus Levels challenges and 7 National / Regional Levels challenges in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore. Before this, she was also chosen as the Campus Champion during one of the Campus Levels challenge held on 25 May 2019 at Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU).

The comprehensive challenge of MGAC 2019 Global Finals, which was held in Kuala Lumpur from 29 July to 8 August 2019, “has pushed me to the edge, literally, in all aspects possible: physically, mentally and emotionally”. According to Lorraine, those physical challenges included having less than 24 hours of sleep in 10 days, exploring and collecting firewood (using a machete) deep in the Gombak forest for at least 12 hours, battling it out with paintball followed by a full hour of hot yoga.

At the same time, being appointed as the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of her online lingerie company, La Sansual, Lorraine was also tested intellectually when she had to build an Arduino RFID kit without any background knowledge or access to Google search in less than 3 hours as well as figuring out a solution for a merger between her company and Geonet, a technology company that specializes in image recognition & data privacy, to venture into the healthcare industry, in which she succeeded after “cracking her skull for almost 48 hours while collecting those firewood”.

The emotional struggles Lorraine was forced to face, especially after being completely cut off from the outside world for at least 5 days, comprise of a change of leadership (after much team bonding) in less than 3 days, getting scammed with no investment funding from the start till the end, and to “sell” her online lingerie start-up company’s (LoVenus) interactive game to the public crowd in Lot 10, achieving the 2nd highest ‘sales points’.

“A huge shout out and thank you to all the organising committee for showing me how my educational background plays more to my strength rather than my weakness, even in a ‘business’ case challenge such as this. I may not have been able to fully unleash my unseen potential in the world of ‘Zhukogord’, as hoped by all of them, especially Ms Sophia Ang (Head of Talent Attraction and Workplace Futurisation at Maybank), who saw it in me even before I realized it myself, but I promise from now on, I will work hard to plant that seed until it grows big and strong enough to change our world,” said Lorraine, as a closing note to that once-in-a-lifetime experience, which has both impacted and inspired her greatly.

 

Lorraine (3rd left) and her team members (from other universities) presented Bamboo-cooked omelettes for breakfast in Gombak Jungle.

 

Lorraine (1st left) is pitching for an unexpected yet potential private equity funding.

 

Game Up, after 6 hours of crowd-funding all around Kuala Lumpur.

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