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Be Creator Rather Than Consumer

Be Creator Rather Than Consumer

John Tay
SERDANG, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- For the past four years, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has been developing the maker's community in Malaysia via the myMaker initiative, a technology-based programme to inspire teenagers.

MCMC Digital Lifestyle and Society Department director John Tay said the initiative aimed to generate a creative society and a creator through a comprehensive plan and root programmes to instill the 'love' for invention.

Targeting young innovators and professionals, he said myMaker initiative wanted to bring the communities together to share and build creativity and innovation and put their skills to good use.

"Basically, we want them to recycle, convert or fix a broken thing to create something useful, without wasting the resources. In US (United States) culture, they encourage creativity from young...people are so passionate to innovate," he told reporters during the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) 2016 here today.

The maker community's culture started in Bay Area, California in 2006 and Malaysia adapted the concept four years ago, starting from a smaller scale.

Tay said MCMC had Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Cyberjaya, a platform for children and students to be trained from basic innovation training to advance programming.

He said there were three groups of makers, firstly zero to makers (what can I do and what should I do), secondly makers to makers which was sharing the ideas among them and further developing the innovations, and thirdly, makers to markets, where it contained commercial value.

"So, you need to allow children to think and create something...it (invention) comes from them. They need to be exposed to science and technology. We tend to be consumer base, so we want to create a platform to generate innovative society from young," he added.

In Malaysia's context, Tay said there was a need to create more awareness among students and parents in the science and technology field.

MCMC is promoting the initiative through social media, exhibitions, seminars and its engagement with schools. Among the areas for the participants are 3D design and printing, drones, robotics, musical and IOT programming.

KLESF aims to enhance school student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and increase awareness on the importance of STEM in socio-economics and development.

The three-day fair which started yesterday is being held at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) from 9am to 6pm.

Admission is free.


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