On the hunt for new design champs

HP (Malaysia) marketing development manager Victor Chin, Teh, MDEC talent and digital entrepreneurship vice-president Sumitra Nair, Sit, Higher Education Department industry relations director Prof Dr Arham Abdullah and Epic Collective Sdn Bhd group chief executive officer Johnson Oei at the 2018 ACA Championship Malaysia launch.

ONCE again, Acestar Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with Adobe Systems, has launched the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Championship Malaysia to select the cream of the crop as representatives to the grand ACA World Championship 2018.

The world championship aims to identify the next generation of design professionals using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Acestar founder and chief executive officer Natalie Sit said this was an annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that served as a platform to enable young creative talents to shine in both the local and international arenas.

In its passion for enhancing the creative industry in Malaysia, Acestar, alongside supporters and sponsors including HP, Adobe, Red One Network, the Higher Education Ministry and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), go the extra mile in encouraging young talents to reach beyond their abilities and help put Malaysia in good stead in the global creative field.

While thanking the sponsors, Sit said the creative field was a growing and promising industry and Malaysians needed platforms to showcase their talent.

“Similar to last year, we will take our champions to the Adobe Systems headquarters complex in San Jose, California in the United States, to meet all the top creative directors of Adobe to let them have more exposure.

“Passion and creativity are all that we are looking for and there are already 500 registered contestants.

“Our target this year is 800 to 1,000 participants from all educational institutes around the country,” she said.

Acestar is sponsoring the return flight tickets and accommodation for the champion. The first runner-up will be sponsored by Red One Network Sdn Bhd, the company’s chief sales officer and co-founder Ben Teh said at the launch.

ACA Championship Malaysia 2017 winner Nicole Low Yi Ling, 22, said it was overwhelming to fly to the US as it was her first overseas trip.

“As an introvert, it is quite hard for me to mingle with others, especially strangers from all over the world.

“But I do not want to miss this golden chance to change myself and leave my comfort zone. I even made some friends from Japan, South Korea and Morocco.

“We are still in touch with one another,” said Low.

She said the ACA World Championship had helped to improve her designing skills as well as her personality.

“This is not about winning or losing, but the experiences and lessons that we are going to treasure for a lifetime,” said the 3D animation design undergraduate from UCSI.

This year, the top 30 finalists will go through a live test on April 12 in Bangsar South City, Kuala Lumpur.

Participants must be between the ages of 13 and 22. Registration is open until March 18.

The 2018 ACA World Championship will be held from July 29 to Aug 1 in Orlando, Florida in the US.

For more information, visit www.acachampionship.my

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