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PROGRAMME OVERVIEW
  • What is the Young Innovators Challenge?
    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.
  • How is Young Innovators Challenge different from Young Innovate?
    The Young Innovators Challenge is a Sime Darby initiative which started in 2016. Young Innovate is a programme by DreamCatcher which has been established since 2013.

    Realising the similar approach to engage youths of Malaysia in terms of building innovation capabilities, Sime Darby and DreamCatcher, through its social arm Chumbaka, collaborated for the Young Innovators Challenge 2017 and will be collaborating once again in 2018.    
  • Who can participate in the Young Innovators Challenge?
    The Young Innovators Challenge is open to all students in local, private and international secondary schools aged 13-17 years old, across Malaysia.
PROGRAMME PARTICIPATION
  • How does the programme work?
    The Young Innovators Challenge is divided into three stages:

    PROTOTYPING: MARCH - JULY 2018
    • Boot camps will be held at schools throughout Malaysia for participants to learn about Arduino and Design Thinking. Participants will then come up with an idea to solve a real-life problem before building a solution using open source components. 

    STATE-LEVEL MAKER FAIRS & COMPETITIONS: JULY - AUGUST 2018
    • Participants will exhibit and pitch their projects at host universities across Malaysia.

    NATIONAL ACCELERATOR CAMP: 24TH - 30TH SEPTEMBER 2018
    • Top 15 teams from the state-level competitions will be selected for the National Accelerator Camp. Participants will be mentored by professionals. The winning solution will be developed for market adoption. Venue will be advised later.
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  • How do I participate?
    Form a team of 2 or 3 members in your school. You can participate in the state-level competition by registering your team through the online form available on this website.
  • When does registration close?
    Registration will close at 11:59PM on the 30th of May 2018.
  • Is there any limit to the number of participation from each school?
    Schools may send as many participants as they want as long as each team does not exceed 3 members. It is common to have one school sending multiple teams taking up different challenges.  
  • What if my school does not have any team to join the competition? Can I register as an individual?
    No, only team participation is allowed.
  • Can I form a team with my friends from other schools?
    No. For ease of communication and group work, team members must come from the same school.
PROJECT DETAILS
COMPETITION JUDGING
  • How do we decide on a project?
    You must first decide on one industry to work on, from the following: 

    1.  Food and Agriculture
    2. Automotive/Mobility
    3. Healthcare
    4. Home & Shelter
    5. Heavy Equipment & Machinery
    6. Retail & Customer Journey

    Identify a problem to solve. Hence you must first understand what the problem is before arriving at a solution. This is where you apply your design thinking skill.

     
  • What sort of prototypes do we have to come up with?
    Your prototype must be functioning and not merely a mock-up. It must be a solution to address a real-life problem. You may use a simpler component to demonstrate a concept for example a tilt switch to simulate an accelerator, but it must be functioning.
  • What are the judging criteria for our ideas?

    • Technical (30%) - How well does the prototype work?, How innovative is the project?, How well do they understand coding? 
    • Problem Solving (40%) – How well do they understand the problem?, How accurate and consistent is the solution in solving the problem?, How impactful is the solution? 
    • Learnings (30%) – How well do they pitch?, What have they learnt?, How strong is their teamwork? 

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  • Whom do we present our projects to during the state-level maker fair and competition?
    The state-level competition will be held in an exhibition format and open to the public. The evaluation process will be performed during booth visits by the judging committee. The judging committee includes academicians, industry experts and relevant government agencies. 
  • What if I have any further enquiries?


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