Malaysia’s first-ever science and technology fair – judged by Ivan Teh

Malaysia’s first-ever science and technology event– #mydigitalmaker Fair 2017– was a major success with more than 20,000 visitors showing up to view and experience digital tasks developed by trainees.

The two-day youth-engagement occasion organised by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) occurred at Hall 6 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. It was held in conjunction with the Petrosains Science Festival 2017.

The event concentrated on producing awareness amongst students and moms and dads on how innovation will play a huge part in the future job landscape.

It also commemorated the innovative creations and accomplishments of leading young digital makers and additional instilled their passion in digital making.

Supported by the Communication and Multimedia and Education ministries, #mydigitalmaker Fair 2017’s objective was eventually about shaping tomorrow’s digital leaders of Malaysia and further speeding up Malaysia’s digital economy.

In line with these themes, MDEC’s #mydigitalmaker Fair included plenty of innovative and innovative digital tasks from young Malaysian students who used many recyclable components to construct their innovations.

Additionally, there were multiple pitching sessions and task demos that included internationally acknowledged and award-winning groups who represented their respective schools at the highest level of competition.

Among the sharing sessions, the highlight of the weekend was the “Battle of the Digital Ninjas” section which had student groups who trained under the Digital Ninja Programme taking the stage to pitch their concepts to a panel of judges.

The trainees, having gone through a series of digital upskilling and management courses with world-renowned technology companies in addition to experiencing instructional and experiential journeys to Silicon Valley, stole the program as they presented their concepts on solving real-life issues during the “Shark Tank” like sector.

The evaluating panel included MDEC ceo Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Fusionex handling director Datuk Seri Ivan Teh, Economic Preparation System (EPU) deputy director-general Johan Mahmood Merican, Nano Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Dr Rezal Khairi Ahmad, MDT Innovations chief operating officer Sim Hon Wai, Teak Capital Management handling director Chok Kwee Bee and Microsoft Malaysia Legal, Federal government and Business director Jasmine Begum.

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The first reward went to Team Unmei for its concept to motivate people in urban locations to plant more greens through its Cloud Farm app. The group included Putera Faizal, Vinishwaran, Nurina Huda and Ain Sofena from Sekolah Tun Fatimah and SMK Taman Megah Ria, Johor.

“I didn’t anticipate to win the first reward and now that my team has won, I am more confident and motivated to pursue digital technology courses in the future and end up being an effective software engineer.

“We were influenced by the popular game FarmVille, and thought of creating something that can secure the environment,” said Group Unmei leader Ain Sofena.

Team Unmei won RM1,275 throughout its pitch. In an unscripted moment, Ivan Teh generously included RM10,000 more to support the team’s ideation.

“Innovation is proliferating and we are constantly amazed with new findings and innovative achievements. In the future, lots of jobs will require digital competency and this is the very best time for us to start educating our kids and their moms and dads about innovation and its effect to the nation’s digital economy.

“Through #mydigitalmaker Fair, we get to highlight the many profession options in shop for these bright young minds and we permit them to experiment with lots of elements of technology such as coding, robotics, animation and numerous others, so they can select what they want to be in the future,” said Yasmin.

Moms and dads and trainees who checked out the reasonable also had the chance to understand further that professions in the digital technology market are as essential and in need as standard choices.

They likewise quickly found how there are ample resources and initiatives that the Government and personal institutions have actually established in their effort to nurture more digital creatives and innovators. These consist of Robotics, 3D printing, Enhanced Reality (AR), Virtual Truth (VR) and Information Analytics sectors.

The #mydigitalmaker Fair 2017 likewise saw lots of instructional activities, career talks with crucial industry gamers Simplify Studios, Les ‘Copaque, and IBM, a “brain-picking” session called “CEOs and Kids” with guest CEOs from regional digital technology business such as The Truck, Kitamen, YouthsToday.com, TudiduT Studio and Kurechii. The latter had the CEOs share their ideas on what future careers would be.