MIRI: Some 800 visitors, mainly secondary school students, attended the two-day Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Digital Maker Expo 2017 held at Curtin University Malaysia.
Themed “Inspiring Innovators for Digital Nation”, the event provided the opportunity for visitors to learn more about cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, embedded systems and programming.
The highlights of the event were the establishment of “First Digital Maker Movement” as well as #mydigitalmaker Hub at Curtin Malaysia by Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDeC).
Digital Maker Movement is an initiative by MDeC to transform Malaysian youth from being digital users to digital producers.
This includes equipping them with skills in coding, app development, 3D printing, robotics, embedded programming and data analytics.
#mydigitalmaker hubs, meanwhile, are multipurpose resource spaces in institutions of higher learning that facilitate digital making and serve as centres for educators, students and industry experts to converge and network. With the creation of the hub at Curtin Malaysia, there are now 11 #mydigitalmaker hubs across Malaysia.
Speaking at the launch of the IEEE Digital Maker Expo, Curtin Malaysia pro vice-chancellor, president and chief executive Prof Jim Mienczakowski lauded MDeC for its bold move to create an active movement and dedicated digital maker spaces in universities to encourage youths to become digital producers.
Curtin Malaysia signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with two industry partners – Keysight Technologies and Sirim Measurements Technology.
Prof Mienczakowski said the MoUs marked another milestone in the university’s effort to develop smart alliances in providing industry-centric teaching and research.
“Through events such as IEEE Digital Maker Expo, we hope to inspire more students to become digital makers, and with the #digitalmaker hub, establish an active digital maker community here in Sarawak,” said expo organising chairman and IEEE Curtin Malaysia Student Branch president Jeff Kong Sheng How.
The expo was closed by Sarawak Assistant Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who is also Curtin Malaysia management board chairman.
Lee congratulated the IEEE Curtin Malaysia Student Branch for hosting a very successful expo and promoting engineering, science and technology among young people.
“In this digital era, industries are in great need of technologically-savvy talents that can help enhance the quality of life in the future,” he said.