Check out the teams at StartupHouse and the apps they’re working on.

Transit Watch
The Star

Team members: Mazlan Paiman and Haimi Edzwan Hashim
This mobile app is a community-based, crowd-sourcing platform for express bus commuters. It aims to reduce the number of accidents among express buses as well as provide critical information to commuters on estimated time of arrival, location of the bus and which bus operators are safe. It also alerts its users if the bus is violating speed limits. That way, they’ll have a safer commuting experience, especially for long distance journeys. All you have to do is install the free app, key in the perimeters – bus operator, bus registration number and destination – and it starts tracking.

The Star

Team members: Henry Chew, Khoo Chun Qhai and Naveen Segareen (not pictured)
This video streaming platform enables musicians to connect with their fans and to reach out to a larger audience through live performances, shows and competitions. Musicians have to subscribe for services like high quality streaming and stream slots as well as recording gadgets that will allow them to record their music anywhere. And their fans will get to watch their performances for free. Co-founder of FlowCastv, Henry Chew, 24, hopes that this app will motivate artistes to make music, release albums, and most importantly, realise the potential in the local music industry.

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Recipe Diet Atkins
The Star

Team members: Syed Muzani Syed Ahmad Safri, Muhammad Shahrir Bahar and Asmahani Abu (not pictured)
There are a lot of cookbooks around, but have you seen one with halal recipes for the Atkins diet? With 25 recipes and counting, this digital cookbook has lots of options for Muslims interested in the Atkins diet. Hard-to-find ingredients from the Atkins diet, like konjac noodles, stevia, and flaxseed are sold via the app. The app is already available for download on Google Play Store and the team plans to attract more users by featuring more recipes and introducing an English version.

The Star

Team members: Dean Nazmuddin, Yong Shen Feng, Jayson Ng (not pictured) and Gerard van de Bosch (not pictured)
This food social platform is specially designed to optimise the meal invitation process to create a happy, fun and welcoming dining experience by encouraging everyone to eat together. For safety purposes, app users have to register through their Facebook account and provide their phone number. Then, they have the option of choosing who they want to meet by selecting either private or public Jioness. Private Jioness involves meal invitations to Facebook friends while public allows users to meet people who are within a five to 10 kilometre radius.

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Peng Leng Zeng
The Star

Team members: Edison Tan and David Kiew (not pictured)
Finding food promotions closest to you has never been this easy! This app helps speed up the meal selection process by informing users about food promotions available around them. In this way, people are encouraged to try out new restaurants and food without breaking the bank. And users can see which restaurant or promotion has rave reviews and why.


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Championing children’s education

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I lost my mother to the Japanese war

 Whenever Allied planes bombed Sandakan town as part of its campaign to liberate Borneo, Daniel Chin Tung Foh’s grandfather would rush the whole family into a bomb shelter behind their house.  During its heyday, the British North Borneo Company had developed Sandakan into a major commercial and trading hub for timber, as well as […]

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A witness to the Double Tenth revolt

 Chua Hock Yong was born in Singapore, but his grandfather moved the family to British North Borneo (now Sabah) to establish their business in 1939 when he was a year old.  The Japanese invaded Borneo shortly after, but the family continued living in their shophouse in Gaya Street, Jesselton, now known as Kota Kinabalu.  […]

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An encounter with victims of the Sandakan Death Marches

 When the Second World War came to Borneo, Pelabiu Akai’s mother moved the family back to their village in Nalapak, Ranau.  Although the Japanese were known to be ruthless and brutal conquerors, they left the villagers to their own devices and Pelabiu had a largely uneventful life – until she came across gaunt-looking Allied […]

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Sarawak’s only living child prisoner of war

 Jeli Abdullah’s mother died from labour complications after giving birth to him and his twin brother. To his Bisaya tribe, this was seen as a bad omen, and his father did not know what to do with the twins.  Fortunately, an Australian missionary couple decided to adopt the newborns. But misfortunate fell upon the […]

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Lest we forget

AFIO Rudi, 21, had never thought much about his grandfather Jeli Abdullah’s life story until an Australian TV programme interviewed the 79-year-old about being Sarawak’s last surviving World War II child prisoner of war (POW). The engineering student then realised that despite living in Sarawak all his life, he also didn’t know very much of […]

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A native uprising against Japanese forces

 Basar Paru, 95, was only a teenager when his village in the central highlands of Borneo was invaded by the Japanese Imperial army.  “The Japanese told us not to help the British. They said Asians should help each other because we have the same skin, same hair,” Basar recalled. “But we, the Lun Bawang […]

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Left behind in wartime chaos

 Kadazan native Anthony Labangka was 10 years old when the Japanese Imperial Army invaded Borneo during World War II.  Sitting in the verandah of a modern kampung house on a hot afternoon in Kampung Penampang Proper, where he has lived his whole life, Anthony recalls the hardships of the Japanese Occupation.  The villagers were […]

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The Hidden Cut

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