12 Jul 2013 11:19
KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 (Bernama) -- StartupMalaysia.org is pleased to announce the
launch of "D-Code", an initiative that aims to solve the problem of the lack of
coders and developers in the country. This initiative will address the shortage
of quality developers in the country. Coding is the language of the internet and
is touted as the 4th literacy after the 3 Rs. StartupMalaysia.org through D-Code
aims to increase the population of coders among youth.
D-Code is a brainchild of StartupMalaysia.org's founder, Dash Dhakshinamoorthy
and has come to existence with the support of the Ministry of Finance Malaysia
and Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd. The idea of catalyzing, creating and connecting a
community of young coders attracted the stakeholders who collectively believe
that this will also spur better quality technology entrepreneurs.
StartupMalaysia.org, is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dash to help
increase the number of fundable startups
The pilot phase of D-Code in 2013 aims to introduce coding to approximately
1,620government primary and secondary school students and teachers and 500 youth
through two different programs.
D-Code Camp 2013, the school program is delivered as an exciting 5 day
residential camp nationwide program involving approximately 1,620 primary and
secondary school students as well as teachers nationwide. 24 Camps will be
rolled out between May and November 2013. StartupMalaysia.org has partnered with
Codecademy US to provide them with customized content for the camps
The second D-Code program for 2013 is a 3-day intensive 'D-Code Bootcamp' from 5
- 7 July in Kuala Lumpur conducted by 4 international facilitators from Silicon
Valley and Australia. Targeted at youth between the ages of 18 and 30, this
bootcamp will gather 500 youths encompassing coders and non-coders to work
collaboratively in developing Google Chrome Applications and Extensions using
for D-Code Bootcamp2013.
Conceptualized and realized by StartupMalaysia.org, D-Code sign-posts a national
pivot from passive tech usage to proactive tech innovation, nurturing a critical
mass of young people in Malaysia with the advanced technology skills necessary
to become globally relevant high-tech entrepreneurs.
"Coding is the language of the Internet and is crucial to creating the critical
thinkers and problem solvers of tomorrow. Introducing coding skills to schools
in Malaysia will unleash powerful potential and plant the seeds of high-growth
entrepreneurship in our young people. This is the vision of StartupMalaysia.org
- to airlift the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are pleased that the Prime
Minister has shared our vision and has lent his support to the program through
the Ministry of Finance and Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd. We also take this opportunity
to thank our partners Ministry of Education Malaysia and DiGi Telecommunications
Sdn Bhd for their support for D-Code" stated Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, Founder of
"Around the world, coding education is a pre-requisite for the power to create
and innovate. It is a way of life and is increasingly shaping our day-to-day
lives. Our personal and professional lives will be increasingly dominated by
gadgets and computer programs. As technology marches forward, our youth should
not be left behind in its wake. Like any language or skill, the ability and
enthusiasm to code is best developed early in life. Programs like D-Code will
help expand access to computer programming which I hope will inspire more youths
to explore education and career opportunities in technology. The exposure is not
just about programming but fostering that desire to build imaginative things,"
said Nazrin Hassan, CEO of Cradle Fund Sdn. Bhd.
The D-Code launch is also being held to mark the Countdown to the 4th Global
Entrepreneurship Summit 2013 (GES) to be held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2013.
With less than 100 days to the event, the GES is envisaged to empower and
connect entrepreneurs from around the world.
Why Empowering and connecting? Because GES KL 2013 will convene global
stakeholders from throughout the entrepreneurship ecosystem to stare ideas and
best practices and develop solutions for some of the most intractable issues
that prevent the growth of entrepreneurship and businesses. Networking will be a
given, and participants will take back new perspectives that will have lasting
Selected participants from the D-Code Bootcamp 2013 will also attend as
participants of the inaugural Global Startup Youth (GSY), a side event to the
GES spearheaded by StartupMalaysia.org . GSY will see 500 young hackers,
hustlers, domain experts and youth leaders from at least 50 countries (including
Malaysia) come together for an exciting 3 day program at the GSY. The youth will
join hands to work together on ideas and develop prototypes to solve current
"We at the Ministry of Finance would like to congratulate StartupMalaysia.org
and Cradle Fund on this initiative and their vision to create this critical mass
of programmers and developers among Malaysian youth. We believe this is critical
for Malaysia to move towards becoming a developed, high income and happy nation
and are happy to support D-Code in 2013. We are also very excited about the
forthcoming 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the Global Startup Youth. We
hope Malaysian entrepreneurs and youth take full advantage of the many learning
and sharing opportunities that both these landmark events will present to them
to network and exchange ideas in a truly global platform" said Tan Sri Dr. Mohd.
Irwan Serigar Abdullah, the Secretary General of Treasury Ministry of Finance
About D-Code Camp 2013
D-Code Camp 2013 is an exciting 5-day residential program involving
approximately 1,620 primary and secondary school students as well as teachers
nationwide. 24 Camps will be rolled out between May and November 2013.
StartupMalaysia.org has partnered with Codecademy US to provide them with
customized content for the camps as well as continued online learning post-camp.
Thus the D-Code camp is a hybrid between online learning and classroom teaching.
To this end, StartupMalaysia.org has invested in training a cohort of local
coders in training the camp participants. The train the trainer program was
conducted in early April 2013 by Codecademy trainers.
During the Camp, participants will be immersed in the full complement of coding
Selection criteria for participants are based on criteria jointly developed by
the Ministry of Education and StartupMalaysia.org aided by a standardized test
developed by the technology partner, Codecademy.
Exciting post camp activities are also being planned for the participants.
Students will be sharing their knowledge with their peers through an online
learning portal at www.d-code.co. They can continue to learn at their own pace
and challenge themselves through the growing D-Code online community.
Participants will also work on a post-camp project which is to be completed
within a month after the camp for evaluation. 10 participants with the best
projects will go on a one-week study visit trip to the tech entrepreneurship
capital of the world, Silicon Valley, in the United States in December 2013.
To follow the activities and progress of the participants:
About D-Code Bootcamp 2013
D-Code Bootcamp2013 is a 3-day intensive bootcamp from 5 â€" 7 July in Kuala
Lumpur attended by 500 youth. The D-Code Bootcamp 2013 is conducted by 4
international facilitators from Silicon Valley and Australia.
Targeted at youth between the ages of 18 and 30, this bootcamp will gather 500
youths encompassing coders and non-coders to work collaboratively in developing
participants will refine their ideas after the Bootcamp and submit it for
evaluation to be in the running for the main prize of ten (10) scholarships to
attend a 2-week immersion camp at Silicon Valley in November 2013.
Startup Malaysia.org is pleased to join hands with DiGi Telecommunications Sdn
Bhd who has come forward in support of the Bootcamp as the official broadband
partner for this Bootcamp. For more information:
StartupMalaysia.org is a not-for-profit organization that aims to create the
next generation of high-growth entrepreneurs by providing them with experiential
enterprise education and networking opportunities. StartupMalaysia.org is a kind
of a launch pad or an 'accelerator plus' comprising a community of likeminded
people/organizations who come together to find exciting ways to inspire people
to launch and grow scalable startups that are truly meaningful and enduring. For
more information, visit www.startupmalaysia.org
Codecademyâ€™s team of coders and educators are building a better way for anyone
to learn - and teach - how to code. Its mission is to turn a world of technology
consumers into one of empowered builders. Code fluency is changing from a highly
specialized skill to a form of basic cultural and professional competency. Code
is literacy. Now, with over a million active users, Codecademy is not only
educating the world, but also gathering data on how people learn online, what
keeps them motivated, and what sorts of projects and social support enhance both
retention and apprehension. The company also advocates for digital literacy in
education and beyond.For more information, visit www.codecademy.com
Cradle Fund Sdn. Bhd. (Cradle), an agency under the Ministry of Finance, is the
organization that manages the Cradle Investment Programme (CIP). The Ministry of
Finance has allocated RM100 million for CIP since its inception in 2003. An
additional tranche of RM50 million was added in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, under
the 10th Malaysia Plan.
Cradle now runs two programmes, the Cradle Investment Programme for funding
development and commercialisation of technological ideas and companies, and the
Coach and Grow Programme, a market-driven training programme for entrepreneurs.
Cradle Investment Programme (CIP)
The Cradle Investment Programme (CIP) is Malaysiaâ€™s first development and
technology commercialisation funding programme that enables Malaysiaâ€™s budding
innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs to transform their raw technology-based
ideas in the ICT, non-ICT and high-growth technology industries into
commercially viable ventures or local start-up companies, with the ultimate aim
of commercialisation. Cradle offers two types of conditional grants â€" pre-seed
(CIP Catalyst & U-CIP Catalyst) and seed (CIP 500). The pre-seed grants offer
funding of up to RM150,000 to teams of individuals to develop their innovative
technology ideas into prototypes or proof-of-concepts; while the seed grant
offers funding of up to RM500,000 to help Malaysian start-up companies with
innovative technology products/services to eventually attain commercialisation.
To learn more, please visit Cradleâ€™s portal at www.cradle.com.my. Applications
for the grants are also submitted online via the portal.
Coach and Grow Programme (CGP)
The Coach and Grow Programme is market-driven and intended to bring together key
players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to train entrepreneurs in growing their
businesses to greater heights via coaching, networking, and showcase events. For
more information, visit www.cradle.com.my.
Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN)
Cradle recently launched two new initiatives, which are Malaysian Business Angel
Network (MBAN) and Angel Tax Incentive. Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN)
is a new initiative to grow more accredited angel investors through education &
training. Equally important is that MBAN will also monitor angel investment
statistics in Malaysia. MBAN aims to be an agent of growth for Malaysia's
startup scene, putting Malaysia on the map as the go-to market for innovation,
growth & entrepreneurship.
Angel Tax Incentive
Angel Tax Incentive was announced in 2012 during the National Budget 2013 by
Malaysiaâ€™s Prime Minister. Angel Tax Incentive was created so that angel
investors could be accorded a tax deduction of up to RM500,000 in the third year
(after 2 years) of his or her shareholding in newly invested companies. Its
objective is to stimulate and encourage angel investments from the private
sector in technology based start-up companies in Malaysia.
SOURCE: StartupMalaysia.org / Ministry of Finance Malaysia
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