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The Hangout Malaysia

Born in London, Growing in Malaysia
World’s first startup space located inside a research laboratory

The Hangout program is a startup acceleration program by City University London and located inside The Imagineering Institute. It is incorporated within the institute, thereby being the world’s first startup entrepreneur space located inside a research laboratory. Entrepreneurs will have full access to highly advanced lab tools and machines for prototyping with an emphasis on creating a constructive symbiosis with world’s leading academic researchers, mentors, and advisors, who are successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Based across the Johor Straits from Singapore in Iskandar, The Hangout Malaysia provides a program to develop ideas into successful businesses, supported by seed financing, lab research, advanced hardware, humanware (engineers, etc), mentorship, and a creative office community space. Our team is anchored by Adrian David Cheok, a chair Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University in London, who’s expertise in mixed reality, virtual gaming, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers and ubiquitous computing, fuzzy systems, embedded systems and power electronics, represents the chief focus of our accelerator.


    3D Printer, Milling Machine, Tools, etc


    Research Fellows & Research Engineers


    Computer Programmers & Engineers


    Inventing the Future of Internet

Our Team

Meet the Imagineers behind The Hangout Malaysia!
Prof. Adrian David Cheok
Prof. Adrian David Cheok
Imagineering Institute, Director
Director of the Imagineering Institute, Iskandar Malaysia and a chair Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London.
Charles J Thomas
Charles J Thomas
The Hangout Malaysia, CEO
Currently the co-founder and CEO of Ideal City Design Group Inc, a company with a strong interest in innovation.
Yair Goldfinger
Yair Goldfinger
The Hangout Malaysia, Imagineer
Serial entrepreneur and active Angel Investor. At 26, he co-founded ICQ, the world’s first internet-wide instant messaging service, which was acquired by AOL in 1998.
Bjoern von Siemens
Bjoern von Siemens
The Hangout Malaysia, Imagineer
Managing director and 25% shareholder of S-CAPE GmbH and S-CAPE sales & service GmbH (, which specialize in the digital integration of operating rooms in hospitals.
Tan Yinglan
Tan Yinglan
The Hangout Malaysia, Imagineer
Joined Sequoia Capital in 2012 and is part of Indian team as a Venture Partner based out of Singapore where he set up the Singapore office and manage investments for Sequoia Capital.
Steve Zades
Steve Zades
The Hangout Malaysia, Imagineer
Steve is a pioneer and leader in the fields of innovation, building networks, marketing and value creation through big ideas that scale. Of recent note Steve pioneered the new business model for Keurig Coffee that was just acquired for $13.9 billion by JAB
Michael Yap
Michael Yap
The Hangout Malaysia, Mentor
The Founder of The Co-Foundry, a startups venture-accelerator, and Chairman of Skyvest Ltd, a venture investment company.
Tuomas Mäkilä
Tuomas Mäkilä
The Hangout Malaysia, Mentor
I’m a software engineering generalist with a wide experience on academic education, practice-oriented research and hands-on start-up activities. Specialties:- General software engineering – Software development methods and processes – Software development platforms – Startup business – Research methods, funding and organization – Academic (pragmatic) education +I can code :)


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Video of the week from Fred Wilson at AVC: Yancey Strickler from Kickstarter gives an extraordinary talk how we can create business in a way that reverses the growing gap between the rich and the poor, while creating better sustainable city economics. As we develop and define the utopian theses of Iskandar we are at a unique point in that we can still "define what it means to be a company from Iskandar" and create our own "schools of thought that can change the world".
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The future of Human Interaction Event, including the Open Source Market, Workshops Forums (ie: How to onboard future co-founders and shareholders ;-) and Keynotes, and the Startup Weekend Hackathon is part of:

17-18 September 2016
12pm – 10pm
Mall of Medini

KREATIF is the first of three installations of Iskarnival 2016.

Join us as we showcase local talents in the creative industries. Creative and critical thinking forum & talks, start-up ideation, hackathon, interactivity, film screenings, workshops and exhibitions of creative content.

· Biji-Biji Initiative
· DA+C
· Imagineering Institute
· Space8
· The Tomoe

· Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
· Raffles University Iskandar
· Malaysian Official Designers Association (MODA)

· Local & Foreign Feature Films
· Local & Foreign Shorts
· Curator: Daily Seni

· Johnny Come Lately
· Green Love
· Shiehiel
· The Otherside Orchestra
· The Pinholes
· The Psalms
· The Trees & The Wild
· Curators: Ikhya , KLEX, Soundscape

· Psycusix flow and juggling
· Mahdi Moudini magic show
· Hands Percussion drum performance

· Tempatan Fest
· Pusat Kraftangan Johor

· Anggun Kasih

· Eh He
· Ikebana

· Ekaphap Duangkaew
· Erik L’Hereux
· BC Ang

This event is brought to you by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, UEM Sunrise Berhad and Iskandar Investment Berhad; with support from Kerajaan Negeri Johor, IRDA and Majlis Perbandaran Johor Bahru Tengah.
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"The Future of Human Interaction" Hackathon/Conference is just 3 weeks away. We are looking to attract Johoreans who wish to be part of the emerging local Startup ecosystem, as well as KL and Singapore hackers who will be provided with Iskandar's "Neutral Ground" to develop and learn about IoT, AI, VR, AR and Chatbots. All free; it will be Iskandar/JB's biggest tech event of the year. Stay tuned for list of conference speakers and local Founder Rockstars. Also, bring your IoT tricks to the Open Source Market outside the Imagineering Institute Labs to share ideas with other techs. This is a not to be missed event for all Startup Hackers, Hustlers and Hipsters. ... See MoreSee Less

Iskarnival Kreatif 17-18 September 2016

September 27, 2016, 12:00pm - September 28, 2016, 10:00pm

ISKARNIVAL KREATIF 17-18 September 2016 12pm – 10pm Mall of Medini FREE ADMISSION KREATIF is the first of three installations of Iskarnival 2016. Join us as we showcase local talents in the crea...

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Startup Weekend Ipoh UTP Edition

November 11, 2016, 6:00pm - November 13, 2016, 6:00pm

REGISTRATION HERE : Startup Weekend Ipoh welcomes, all businesses, unemployed visionaries, fun loving social activists and university students to pitch their startup idea and ...

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