• YOUNG INNOVATORS CHALLENGE 2017













Congratulations to the 15 teams selected for the National Camp Accelerator!
Inspiring the new generation of INNOVATORS

If you are a 13 to 17 year-old Malaysian youth and dreams to be an innovator, then you are invited to take up the challenge to solve a real life problem that is close your heart with an open-source embedded system.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Promoting Interest in STEM

This program aspires to bring back the awe of discovery and the fun of creativity in STEM subjects using a future-focused platform: embedded systems. Students work on a project that is in their area of interest, which drives them to explore the hardware and software aspects of an embedded system and discover new interests in other areas like science and mathematics.

Preparing for the Future

This program creates an environment where students can develop their life skills through the process of trying things out to figure out how things work and applying what they’ve learned into their projects. Life skills—such as communication, critical thinking, and tenacity—equip students to thrive in the classroom and when they enter the workplace. 

Creating Life-Long Learners
By introducing open-source hardware and software to students, this program teaches students that they can learn on their own because information is available online. Ultimately, the program aspires to impress upon students that their time in school is only the beginning to life-long learning.


  • PROGRAM OBJECTIVE
    The Young Innovators Challenge is a youth innovation programme designed to help youths in Malaysia develop technical and life skills in the areas of embedded system, problem-solving, innovation, and entrepreneurship through workshops, competitions, and an accelerator camp.

    Objectives:

    Catalyse the Maker movement
    to inspire interest in STEM subjects and to enable access to open-source technologies

    Develop Life Skills
    to reinvigorate the development of life skills, such as problem solving, tenacity, collaboration, life-long learning, etc.

    Solve real-life problems with technology
    to create the realisation that although using technology is fun, the objective is about solving real-life problems

  • HOW IS THE PROGRAM CONDUCTED
    About the Program

    The Young Innovators Challenge is a nationwide event that brings together universities, the community, and members from the technology industry to celebrate the creativity and inventiveness of secondary school students in Malaysia.

    Universities

    Universities adopt a group of schools to participate in the program, with university undergraduates serving as mentors to the students from the participating schools. This program gives universities the opportunity to influence students to explore careers in STEM-related areas. In addition, throughout the program, mentors and students develop skills in competencies and character qualities—life skills that will help them become life-long learners.

    The Community

    The program connects and brings together local communities—alumni, local businesses, foundations—in support of STEM learning at each participating school. Interacting with community experts is a good opportunity to spark students’ interest in STEM-related areas when they see the applications of STEM in real-life.

    Students

    Guided by mentors who are passionate about STEM, students pick a challenge that is close to their hearts, define a problem statement, and develop a solution that solves a real-life problem. The effort that students put into identifying the problem and understanding the opinions of the people affected by the problem, engages them in determining a solution and building their enthusiasm in STEM.

    Maker Fair and Competition

    The Maker fair is designed to get students excited about STEM and to be proud of their work. The program cumulates in a national-level exhibition, where the top teams converge for a five-day event. Here, students will have the opportunity to meet industry experts, STEM professionals, and fellow Maker enthusiasts.

  • WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE PROGRAM
    Exponential Growth of the Program

    The pilot program was started in 2013, with 4 teams from 2 schools in Penang. Today, the Young Innovators Challenge involves 17 universities, 400 schools, local community groups, and more than 30 sponsors, all working together towards the goal of igniting students’ interest in STEM and inspiring their passion for life-long learning. Yayasan Sime Darby is hosting the National Accelerator Camp for top 15 teams.

    Life-Changing Platform

    The Young Innovators Challenge is a platform for students, regardless of their academic level, to showcase their talent through their projects. The resulting projects show the students empathising with problems that their families and community face in real-life. Because the problems are real, the students are motivated and determined in completing their projects in time.

    The students’ renewed interest in STEM is obvious to their teachers and mentors. In many schools, teachers noted that their students became more confident in themselves because to do well in the exhibition requires the students to understand the embedded system and not just memorising facts and details. The teachers and mentors appreciate the development of life skills in their students, where they had to interact with different people with different opinions, to collaborate with others with similar interests, and ultimately, to become life-long learners.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Phase 1
Prototyping
By accepting the challenge and identifying the problem, students prototype their solution on an embedded system. 
Phase 2
State-level Maker Fair & Competition  
An exciting and structured event for students to showcase their project. Students pitch and demonstrate their project to a panel of judges, for a spot in the next phase. 

Phase 3
National Accelerator Camp 
An opportunity for the top teams to collaborate with industry professionals and to further improve their projects. 
CHALLENGE STATEMENTS
Describe how you would tackle one of the challenge statements in the areas of quality, safety, energy, environment and convenience listed below. You may choose to solve any problems that close to your heart within the proposed challenge areas .
FOOD & AGRICULTURE
AUTOMOTIVE / MOBILITY
HEALTHCARE
HOME & SHELTER
HEAVY EQUIPMENT & MECHINERY
RETAIL & CUSTOMER SERVICE

Who can join?

Youths between 13 - 17 years old residing in Malaysia. In your respective schools, form a team of 2-3 people. There is no limit to the number of teams per school.

how to join?

Register your team by 15 April 2017 to join the state-level competition. 


awards
FINAL NATIONAL EVENT
STAND A CHANCE TO Win aN OVERSEAS Trip 
to the greatest show & tell on Earth: 

The MAKER FAIRE 2017


© 2017 YOUNG INNOVATORS CHALLENGE
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Secretariat
National Camp Organizer
States Organizers
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