Friday, October 26, 2012

CCIS Talk: Exploring the Path of Mobile Technology by Francis Pang

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk:

Title: Exploring the Path of Mobile Technology
Speaker: Francis Pang, CTO, Convep Mobilogy
Date: 1 November 2012
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: SE105, Faculty of Engineering and Science, UTAR KL Campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Admission: Free


In this talk, Francis, an alumnus of UTAR, will share his journey of his career after his graduation, which lead him co-found his own technology company, Convep Mobilogy Sdn. Bhd, and how one should learn and start exploring mobile development as well as the current emerging trend of mobile technology.

Biography of Speaker:

Francis is the co-founder of Convep Mobilogy Sdn Bhd, a company with vision to bring Convenience to People thru Mobile Technology. Mobilogy which is derived from Mobile Technology was first formed by the founders as during that time mobile technology was still an upcoming technology that not many have ventured into. Foreseeing the trend, the founders of Convep Mobilogy started the company and focused on mobile technology by bringing to the market smartphone applications such as MyDistress, MyMall, AppsAsia and many more apps that brings convenience to users on mobile devices such as iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and not forgetting the older java enable phones. Most recently, Convep Mobilogy Sdn Bhd was awarded merit winner at the Apicta 2012 ICT Awards.

In creating Convep Mobilogy, Francis draws his experience from multiple mobile companies such as UNOS Enterprise which also won the Best of Prime Minister Award and Best of E-Communication Apicta award on Apicta 2008 ICT awards. UNOS Enterprise focus was on bringing mobile banking, mobile coupon, and VOIP to users via mobile devices such as blackberry and symbian phones. Products that Francis was involved included AmGenie, a mobile banking solution for AMBANK and UNOS Pro which provides live traffic reports, coupon, GSC booking, VOIP and many more.

Going further back, at Chilliwire Technologies Sdn Bhd, Francis was the co-founder of the company and founder of MobiGo framework as a small footprint framework which increases the effectiveness of the J2ME developments and reduces up to 50% development time and effort required of a normal J2ME development project. His aim was to develop the world's first enterprise scale mobile development framework that would be adopted as the standard approach by all mobile developers. Other achievement in the company include mobile face recognition which allow nano technology company Nanoident, to implement face recognition algorithm in mobile devices, medical mobile scanner which allow user to collect information from water and blood sample to diagnose the water or blood content to check for sickness.

Prior to Chilliwire Technologies Sdn Bhd, Francis was the Senior R&D Consultant of Mobiepay Sdn Bhd, a research & development arm of E-Pay Asia, a leading provider of electronic top up services for prepaid mobile users in South East Asia whose dual listed on Australian Stock Exchange and the AIM segment of the London Stock Exchange. At Mobiepay, he is in charge of software development for mobility. During his tenure with Mobiepay, Francis researched on various technologies and platforms such as cryptography, midlet certificates and mobile framework which was used as the mobile front end system for MobiCharge platform, the widely acclaimed successful airtime reload management platform used by tens of thousands of retailers in several countries, transacting more than 300,00 transactions per month and still growing.

Before joining Mobiepay, Francis served as Senior Mobile Engineer for Ozura Sdn Bhd, an international developer and publisher for mobile games and wireless entertainment which is a subsidiary of NextNation Communication Bhd. During his tenure with Ozura, Francis led a team of 8 mobile developers focusing in developing mobile games and mobile application, at the same time assuming the role of a Project Manager and he manages various projects for telecommunication companies such as Maxis Bhd and Celcom Bhd. Francis was in charge of initiating the research on a new algorithm to improve mobile development effectiveness for all the mobile developers in the company, as well as holding critical roles such as the Project Manager for multiple projects in the company. He often represents the company attending various mobile technology conference and events such as the Asia Game Developer Summit,. He is also the representative for the company in attending various games launching ceremonies and telecommunication quality assurance meetings.

In the early days, Francis represented his university to participate in the Microsoft Imagining Cup competition in year 2004, where he worked on a project call "EzCash" which allow easy cash transfers between users of mobile phone amongst each other through web services. He is also a member of MENSA Group International, an intellectual exchange forum for privileged members.

Francis was an active member back in his university days where he held various positions such as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for various clubs and societies where he completed his Degree in Computer Science from University of Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).
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