The fair will expose children and parents alike to the wonders of creation in technology and not just using it to create things.
“Jobs of the future will require critical thinking, problem-solving, programming, data analytics, knowledge about artificial intelligence (AI), to work alongside AI,” says Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) vice-president of talent and digital entrepreneurship Sumitra Nair.
Although 75 million job roles are expected to disappear by 2022 according to the “Future of Jobs Report 2018” by the World Economic Forum, she says that another 133 million roles are expected to emerge.
Sumitra says that countries all over the world are scrambling to prepare their young generation to face the changing global job landscape and Malaysia is no exception.
“We know that one of the most important ingredients for industry development is talent,” she adds.
Visitors of the fair will get to immerse themselves in hands-on workshops that let you explore and play around with digital tools to create robots or simple programmes.
The fair is just one part of the My Digital Maker Movement, she says, stressing that it is not the most important part of their efforts to prepare the next generation of digital-savvy Malaysians.
She explains that the My Digital Maker Movement is a grassroots initiative that aims to create a nation of digital makers by transforming Malaysian youth from digital users to digital makers.
A variety of exciting activities focused on digital skills education is available at the fair for the entire family, not just the children.
The workshops are very popular in the past years and visitors are highly encouraged to pre-register for them at mydigitalmakerfair.com, she adds.
Sumitra also encourages tech companies and other potential partners to attend the fair.
She adds that it would be a good opportunity to see how they can collaborate or help educate the young generation on technology and groom them as potential future talent for the industry.
Engage Media Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Chung Tack Soon says there will be a fun and highly immersive Space Exploration Pavilion at the fair.
The Pavilion is created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing.
The United States Embassy to Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur will also be showcasing an interactive photo exhibit and education video screenings courtesy of NASA.
“We will also allow visitors to experience how industries use technology in their businesses,” he says, adding that the film industry has been chosen this year.
Every stage of movie making, from pre-production to post-production, and even music and soundtrack will all be part of the experience, he explains.
Chung says there will be 10 competitions for visitors to take part in, talks with about 30 speakers and about 45 exhibitors at the fair.
The #mydigitalmaker Fair 2019 will be held on Sept 14 and 15 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec).
Entrance fees are RM5 for those between seven to 17-years-old and RM10 for adults.
The fee for those below the age of seven is free.
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