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, Tiket.com, 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.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.