Digital Academy – Day 3

The final day was packed with entrepreneurial spirit, and the students got the chance to both challenge themselves, work in team, and present the ideas and solutions that they had worked on the previous days. Day three was a good mix of lessons, drama classes and pitching. The Students also got a chance to learn from experienced young entrepreneurs.

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Jackson started out the day with a lesson in entrepreneurship: What is the best way to sell a pen? The students learned about how important it is to sell a solution that others actually need! But entrepreneurship isn’t just about selling a product, the students were introduced to how important it is to actually have a market, viability and a good team!

After the lesson, the students got the opportunity to work on their pitching techniques. An important part is your performance on stage, and the students got the chance to try out different drama techniques to improve their presentations.
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Shortly after the students got to pitch their idea in front of everyone, but first it was time to learn from the experienced. A panel of entrepreneurs shared their experience as young entrepreneurs and what the journey had thought them so far. There was a lot of vice advice, and also some good life lessons!
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“If it is not working, admit that it is not working, and move on. But don’t give up on the vision that you started with!”

Finally, it was the students turn to present their work, and yes, we were impressed! In only three days the students had managed to create interesting and valuable ideas, worked with webpages and web design to present their products, and finally, in only two minutes, pitching the idea to an audience!

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We really hope that some of our entrepreneurial spirit inspired them, and maybe, one day, we will see them again as owners of their own business.

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All the teachers involved in this Digital Academy had a great time, and we want to thank everyone for joining us on this great journey!

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Digital Academy – Day 2

After an exciting first day we set of on the second day of the workshop. We were all eagered to learn more about Kuala Lumpur and the rich history of the city. We enjoyed a guided city tour, where we got to explore some of the famous sites and monuments. Our guide did a fantastic job teaching us about the country of Malaysia and the culture of Kuala Lumpur. We first had a stop at the world famous Petronas Towers. We got a great view to the towers, and a very good spot for pictures. After a photo session we moved on to a delicious chocolate factory, where we also got to taste the famous white coffee of Malaysia. Getting our caffeine fill for the day we got to explore the rest of the city like the national museum of Malaysia, and the King’s palace.

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After our tour we set of to the very impressive offices of MaGIC. They welcomed us to their offices and provided workspace for us, where we hosted the afternoon sessions. After a catered lunch we began the second part of our program. First we had a panel debate about entrepreneurship in Malaysia. We also got a very interesting talk about 3d printing, with a live demo.

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After this session we moved on to learn about websites. Ingrid and Mari gave a short lecture on how to build websites in WordPress, before letting the students try it out for them self. Although we encountered some minor WordPress issues we were able to get everyone working on a website. Having received a step-by-step guide by the lecturers the students got to work. They explored the various options in WordPress and had fun experimenting with different ideas and templates. All of the coaches helped out in the work session, making sure everyone got of to a good start. Seeing how none of them had any previous experience with creating webpages, we were amazed at the results. We also applaud their engagement to the task, and their passion for their work.

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After the work session we were ready for dinner. Some of the students were so engaged in their work that they forgot all about the food, but we made sure everyone was well fed. After a tour around their offices we called it a day, and headed back to our hotel for some rest before our last day of workshop.

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