SEA Digest: Grab rolls out AI competition; Bukalapak partners MoEngage

Grab has launched its first artificial intelligence (AI) competition to identify and recruit talent in the region, while Indonesian unicorn Bukalapak has joined hands with Bangalore-based MoEngage to increase user engagement on its platform.

Grab rolls out AI competition 

Ride-hailing firm Grab has launched the Grab AI for SEA Challenge to recruit technologists across the region.

The top 50 participants will be offered an opportunity to join Grab’s data science and AI team. The first winner will receive a cash prize of S$10,000 ($7,261).

Grab Indonesia managing director Neneng Goenadi said around 1,500 participants from Southeast Asia, US and the United Arab Emirates have already registered to participate.

The submissions will end on June 17, and selected candidates eligible for the next round will be announced on June 24.

Bukalapak partners India’s MoEngage 

Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Bukalapak has joined hands with Indian marketing cloud platform MoEngage to drive cross-channel user engagement on its platform.

In a statement, MoEngage said Bukalapak is faced with low-push delivery rates and engagement and the partnership will help it improve customer engagement and create a personalized user experience.

MoEngage has previously collaborated with Tokopedia, Traveloka,, Kredivo, Viu, Fave, Hijup and others.

Tushar Bhatia, AVP of Growth at Bukalapak, said the unicorn’s priority is to reach out to its 50 million customers at the right time with the right message. The Indonesian firm claims to process half-a-million transactions a day on its platform.