A group of International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) students recently held their long-awaited event, 'Time to talk: Digital Media Industries 2018'. The organising committee, made up of 27 students from both foundation and undergraduate programmes, brilliantly executed the themed event, held at the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Cyberjaya.
There were some special guests in attendance on the day, including IUMW Executive Director Azhar bin Harun and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Stephen Griffiths. Also in attendance were the Director of Sales and Marketing, Gary Tan, as well as deans and members from various faculties.
The organising committee managed to secure some esteemed speakers for the event, whose thought provoking topics undoubtedly captured the attention of the audience. The topics were as follow: Your Journey Towards the 4th Industrial Revolution (by FAVORIOT Co-Founder & CEO Dr. Mazlan Abbas), The Highs and Lows of a Marketplace Start-up (by Kwikcar Co-Founder & CEO Jared Chan), Brace Yourself for The 3D Age! (by EduCloud CEO Syed Farad Helmy AlHusaini), and The Audio and Visual Journey (by HITZ Radio Announcer Khalif Sultan).
Following the talks, a competition was held for the students where they pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges; Chan, Perbadanan Nasional Berhad. Vivi Gider, head of Sarawak Regional Office and MaGIC speaker, and Dr. Ahmad Sabri, Director of Strategic and Institutional Partnerships at IUMW. The student that stood out was Dzulhilmy Mohammad, who won the competition with his idea "Project Webpreneur".
Following the pitching session was the entertainment building session, once again requiring students to dig deep into their creative roots by creating an innovative video to market a product or service. The session was led and judged by Sultan and Tan, who were impressed with the standard of the videos and decided the winners to be Team Eagle, for their particularly creative video for their product, an office chair.
The committee worked hard during the five months leading up to the event, which helped its success. Event committee secretary Khairunnisa Noor Ismail said, "The event was a success! We would like to thank our supporters for their endless motivation and drive that pushed us to get to where we are now". Ashley Rowena Cardoza, also a secretary, hoped that the event would "create long lasting value to everyone who was involved and took part in the event".