Mah Sing Foundation held the Grand Finale for the inaugural Mah Sing Young Nation Builders Challenge (Mah Sing YNBC), whereby four top teams comprising of secondary school students had to pitch their prototypes to reimagine the living space within their communities to a panel of judges at Icon City, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
At the Grand Finale, cash prize up to RM12,250 was awarded to the schools and team. The winning team and school were awarded RM6,500, while the first runner up bagged RM3,300. The third team and school won RM2,000 and RM450 whilst the fourth and final team took away RM450. Also, the other 6 teams had also exhibited the projects and the team with the best exhibition won RM300.
The winners are as below.
First place: Team DJ Cyborgs, SMK Damansara Jaya
Second place: Team F-Link, SMJK Yoke Kuan
Third place: Team Guard Eyes, SMJK Yoke Kuan
Fourth place: Team Safety, SMJK Yoke Kuan
Best Exhibition: Team R.Bin, SMJK Yoke Kuan
Dato’ Indera Syed Norulzaman, Mah Sing Foundation’s Chairman said, “Mah Sing YNBC is our inaugural event which was carefully planned over the course of a year. I’m immensely pleased to see the fruition of the Foundation’s hard work. It was a pleasure to witness young minds actively recognise the issues that affect their community and identify plausible solutions and working ideas that they then implemented with the support from the Foundation. I have great hope in the future, not only of our Nation but globally, is in better hands as we witness the calibre of young empathetic minds working together to solve problems.”
Mah Sing YNBC is a first of its kind competition to engage students, aged 13 to 17 years old, to improve their communities with the aim of cultivating the next generation of nation builders from our schools’ classrooms. Ten (10) teams consisting of 50 students from Klang Valley schools were shortlisted from the 1st phase of the programme where they submitted a preliminary idea based on the Challenge’s themes.
At the Grand Finale, each team were given 15 minutes to pitch to a panel of judges which include, Mah Sing’s Chief Design Officer, Kevin Lew, Biji-biji Initiative’s Chief Operating Officer, Juliana Adam, Epic Communities’ Project Manager, Philip Tan and Community Builders Union’s Founder, Pixie Cigar. Each team presented the location they chose, the problem faced the solution, the impact of the solution and their future plans. All four teams had impressive ideas and solution to the problem faced through the techniques adopted during the four-day boot camp.
“The finale celebrates the end of the competition, but not the end of the kids’ journey as nation builders. As they graduate from school, we hope to see them use what they’ve learnt from this competition – grit, teamwork, initiative, communication –to keep solving problems around them and to continue to be change makers in their communities,” said Andrew Yong, EdSpace’s Co-Founder, a partner of Mah Sing in the execution of this programme
Incorporating Design Thinking into Mah Sing YNBC
In addition to judging the final four at the Grand Finale, Mah Sing’s Chief Design Officer, Kevin Lew also shared his knowledge on Design Thinking to the participants during the 4-day boot camp held at Selangor Information Technology and Ecommerce Council (SITEC), i-City, Shah Alam from 23 to 26 March 2019. The boot camp consists of immersive series of workshops that equipped the 10 teams with real-life skills to help them build their project’s prototype. He also shared useful tips and the dos and don’ts on design thinking and its applicability in the property industry and gave the students insight into town designing and large scale planning.
The competition was designed so that the children could learn to observe and empathise with the challenges faced by their community. They were given 5 Design Challenges to choose from, in the areas of accessibility, natural disasters, cultural and heritage protection, environmental conservation, as well as transportation and connectivity. They were tasked to come up with solutions and test their prototypes. Mah Sing YNBC was built around the design thinking framework and their ideas will be guided by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals