PHOTO - (from left) CodeAr.my Commander in Chief Zafrul Azhar Noordin; and Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)
A collaboration between gaming software firm CodeAr.my and human capital development organisation MIGHT-METEOR Advanced Manufacturing should help develop future generations of Malaysian IT professionals for a global environment, according to the signatories.
Under the agreement, the notion of gamification with its design and activation principles will help to develop skilled mobile developers, as CodeAr.my has set a target of recruiting and training 1000 developers within the first year.
From its unofficial launch in San Francisco at the G-Summit, the CodeAr.my platform has been a big hit - with CodeAr.my already being in talks with Microsoft for future contracts, and having forged a strong linkage with Stanford University to further enhance the platform's capabilities through research and development.
Commander in Chief of CodeAr.my, Zafrul Azhar Noordin, said, "Mobile is the future, so we are charting and preparing the nations talent for this new wave. CodeAr.my is a capability development platform, and through the contracts already available, we will give valuable exposure to industrial work originating in Silicon Valley. Our micro training modules are specially designed to cater for such learning environments, and we believe by exposing Malaysia's university and college students to this experience, we will give them an amazing heads up for their future. Participating students will get the chance to experience remote collaboration first hand, utilising this innovative gamified environment".
Zafrul said that student-powered hackathon events, which offer a learning experience outside of the classroom, bring together an opportunity for students to work with industry professionals, learn from them, and hone their collaboration, teamwork and communication skills. "Such learning experiences are held over 2-3 days at a time, with at least four (4) events being held annually at each University. This also showcases how different models of learning help students to gain real experience, and this will contribute to the skill development through their virtual apprenticeship."
There are plans to facilitate competition within universities - pitching local graduates against overseas graduates to see just how well each can perform in actual projects.
"Our excitement is in seeing how this will help build the next generation of information technology professionals," said MIGHT-METEOR executive director, Jasmin Baba. "MIGHT-METEOR is fully behind innovative organisations who are taking new approaches to solving existing problems, and the CodeAr.my Platform certainly has the potential to develop human capital significantly in this area."
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