THE Malaysian Innovation Foundation or better known as Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM), an agency under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry introduced its programme called Asean Youth Forum on Innovation and Creativity (AYFIC) recently at the National Science Centre witnessed by Science, Technology and Innovation minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, who is also the chairman of YIM.
It is being held in conjunction with the launching of the Science Awareness Programme organised by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
This three-day forum, with the theme Youth and Innovation as agents of change, is endorsed by Asean and will be held in Labuan, Federal Territory from April 18 till 20. One hundred participants between the age of 18 to 35 will be selected as representatives by their respective Asean member countries to deliberate issues related to innovation and creativity.
In addition, youth representatives from Asean partners China, Japan and Korea will participate in this inaugural event.
This event is aimed to promote Malaysia as a hub for Innovation and Creativity among the youth and to provide a platform for them to share their insights on this issue, thus promoting better understanding and collaborations among them.
“We chose to hold this event in the Federal Territory of Labuan as the island is an excellent place for Asean youths to explore and understand the importance of innovation even at grassroots level.
“There is a common misconception that innovation is technology-driven.
“However, we believe innovation does not only apply to the technology aspect but should be made a daily routine starting from the grassroots,” Dr Maximus said.
AYFIC is organised by YIM in collaboration with the Malaysian Department of National Unity in Labuan, and has received the support of many organisations and institutions.
Co-founder of Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network, Khairun Nisa, who specialises in green policy issues, is one of the speakers in AYFIC on Green Innovation.
During the event, participating youths will not only engage in forums but by the end of the forum, a social innovation workshop will be conducted to identify and start a worthwhile social improvement project in a location selected by the participants.
Other activities include community engagements such as tree-planting, art and craft as well as traditional music and dance sessions.
To make this forum more interesting, participants will experience the unique culture of Labuan through the homestay programme and may even have the chance to explore the innovations of their homestay fostering parents.
For more information, visit www.yim.my/ayfic2011 or call 03-8994 1714.
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