Fostering game development skill set with LevelUp@Schools

KUALA KRAI, Kelantan – Forest Interactive, a global tech company has officially kicked off its collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for the 2018 LevelUp@Schools program. This joint effort marks the second time and two years in a row for Forest Interactive in endorsing MDEC’s on-going initiative with LevelUp@Schools.

LevelUp@Schools is an educational program created by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) with the support of the Ministry of Education of Malaysia (MOE) to extend exposure and forge game development skillsets to school students to learn ideation, creation, and completion of games. As a multifaceted tech company that understands the need for a platform that could spur the interest and nurture future talents in the highly progressive game industry, Forest Interactive has been working closely with MDEC in preparing the nation-wide agenda supporting the program in three different states for this year mainly Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, and Kuala Lumpur.

Acting as one of the main benefactors, Forest Interactive teamed up for its first 2018 LevelUp@Schools workshop conducted by MDEC at the Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) in Kuala Krai, Kelantan on 27th April and 28th April. The two-day event comprised of a game development workshop joined by 30 high school students and 15 teachers from the Kelantan region. Together, 13 employees from Forest Interactive volunteered and participated in the event where the aims to share deeper insights into the industry and spark the students’ interest were met.

The workshop session at Kuala Krai MRSM

“We are glad to be a part of the LevelUp@Schools program. We chose to join and start our support for the program in Kelantan this year as we had a successful pilot run last year with the state. Furthermore, as Malaysia rises to be the fastest growing creative technology industry with the expected 689.2 million (USD) in game revenue for this year alone, we not only believe that this type of program is crucial to empower these students and tell them that there are many opportunities within the huge industry in the future, but we also believe that it’s important to reach out to them and provide them with the training so they could build and sharpen their skills to prepare them for what’s ahead.” Said Rizal Amir Ibrahim, Head of Technology Development in Forest Interactive.

One of Forest Interactive’s volunteer teaching the students how to develop a game using Unity software

Forest Interactive and MDEC will continue to carry out the program to two other education institutes in different states in July 2018: Nilai University, Negeri Sembilan and UniKL in Kuala Lumpur. In addition, to further grasp the students’ understanding and involvement throughout the initiative, Forest Interactive have arranged for a coding competition for all the students involved from the three states (Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur) to win a fun trip to Kuala Lumpur and get the chance to visit the company’s HQ.

Forest Interactive and MDEC team with the students at LevelUp@Schools in Kuala Krai MRSM

About LevelUp@Schools

LevelUp@Schools is an educational program organized and coordinated by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and the Ministry of Education of Malaysia (MOE). It consists of a two-day workshop training with the objective to teach the basics of game creation and development. The LevelUp@Schools program covers all the Malaysian regions and each training gathers 30 students from different schools.

Upon the completion of their training, the students can choose to form a team and participate in the game creation competition set with a different theme each year. The winners will then be announced during the ‘My Digital Maker’ event in September 2018.

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About Forest Interactive

Established in 2006, Forest Interactive is an international tech company that provides multifaceted Platform as a Service and Value Added Service solutions with the headquarters located in the center of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and global operations spread across 36 countries. Throughout its inception, the company has entrenched itself to play an important part within the vibrant mobile tech industry, building a competitive portfolio of end-to-end solutions for telco, enterprise and content partners that reach out to approximately more than 2.9 billion subscribers worldwide and has already partnered with over 100 corporate clients and 93 mobile operators across Asia, the Middle-East and the US.

About MDEC

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.) is the lead agency in driving the digital economy in Malaysia under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. Since its inception 21 years ago, MDEC’s mission is to develop the nation’s digital economy. MDEC’s implementation efforts are centered on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalyzing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.

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