The Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has been championing the transformation of Malaysia into a digital economy since its inception in 1996. One of the many programs that MDEC has created to help with the digital transformation is the #mydigitalmaker program which encourages and empowers students to explore technology and discover their creativity in the digital space.
The #mydigialmaker movement is one of the many efforts which MDEC has undertaken. It is a trilateral collaboration between private sector, public sector and academia which looks to equip and empower young Malaysians with the skills and knowledge to help propel young Malaysians into a growing digital workspace.
The #mydigitalmaker fair has become an annual event where the children and partners of the movement are able to showcase their achievements and skills. Having over 500,000 students taking part in the movement, the #mydigitalmaker fair took place this year in the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil. The fair was populated by over 15 booths showcasing the various projects and skills that have resulted from the participation of the young minds over the past year. It was graced by the presence of the Minister of Communications and Mutimedia, Yang Bahagia Gobind Singh Deo.
One of the main differences in the fair this year, was the inclusion of a booth for the Digital Ninjas portion of the #mydigitalmaker movement. The Digital Ninja programme is designed to spur the spirits of the innovative thinkers and change makers among the Malaysian youth. The main goal of the programme is to gear these individuals to become the movers and shakers of global digital companies. The programme looks to Malaysians aged 13-17 years who posses a natural affinity for technology and digital creation and have shown tremendous potential in becoming digital experts of the future. These Ninjas attend a specially tailored programme which offers advanced Digital Making and Upskilling, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Entrepreneurship skills and career awareness and immersion to prepare them for life in a tech company. Upon the completion of this programme, they will receive guidance and endorsement from MDEC in applying for scholarships and university placements.
Young Malaysians are able to partake in the #mydigitalmaker programme through the Digital Maker Club modules which can be implemented in any school. The modules are a project based co-curricular club which empower them with the skills and knowledge they need in the span of the school year. At the end of the module, the youth will be tasked with a project. Promising projects have been submitted to international and national competitions.
If the modules aren’t available in school, the option of taking part in one of the 48 digital maker hubs is available. These hubs provide a space for not only the youth, but also teachers and parents to help them better understand how to empower the digital growth of their ward. The Digital Maker hubs are open to the public.
For more information on the #mydigitalmaker movement, visit their website at https://www.mydigitalmaker.com/.
Also published on Medium.