Community Updates

Last year, {Code for Asia} started assembling talents that came through #codeathon through a CodeNomad bootcamp and you can catch a glimpse of it below: Since then, our alumni has continued coding and organising their local communities. EDvengers Assemble Bok Woon, Dana and Raeveen from Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia respectively started development on EDvengers to power our efforts at scaling regionally through an all-in-one hackathon management + learning + community development platform. Bok Woon and Read more…

Why take part in #codeathon 2018?

Last year’s winners and supporters had a tour of Google Singapore and its MakerSpace, as Googlers taught them to DIY artificial intelligence… #codeathon 2018 is back, targeting all interested learners from around ASEAN with the theme of “Learning and Earning”! This year, ASEAN youths stand to win a funded trip in December to build their products with extensive on-site support thanks to our generous sponsors. If collaborating, nature, friendships and technology sound like your sort Read more…

Coding for Success

Chaos As technopreneurs, we are quite used to living life on the edge and improv… Until we met the kids of CATCH Plus. Energetic. Loud. Rowdy. Tell-it-like-it-is. The CHILDREN AND TEENS COMMUNITY HUB PLUS (CATCH Plus) is a holistic activities programme for children from low-income families in Jalan Kukoh, under the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Constituency. At this multi-coloured estate with a “hanging” basketball court and wide, open space, it is not uncommon to find families Read more…

What made the girls stay back?

Women used to run the world, or at least the computing world. It remains a bit of curious history as to why they dropped off the radar – but that’s work for other people to do. Our job is to inspire and kickstart people’s interest in coding – and make it fun for them while they are at it! Code for Communities (Nanyang Girls’ High School, 20 July 2016) from Code for Asia Society on Vimeo. A Read more…

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. Jackson started out the day with a lesson in entrepreneurship: What is the best way to Read more…

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 Read more…

Digital Academy – Day 1

Time: 11:15pm Location: Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.   Where might we be going?   Why, to Kuala Lumpur for a 3-day Digital Marketing workshop, of course! Setting off with 87 product design students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Code for Asia collaborated with Tech Society and Xu Bo to pioneer the school’s first workshop abroad.   Happy, cheery faces of organisers. Probably unaware of unforeseen challenges ahead.   A speedy coach took us from Singapore to Parkroyal, located Read more…

What brought kids, parents and seniors out in Singapore?

While I was sharing our Guizhou project idea in Suzhou to a conference room of developers, working professionals, students and entrepreneurs, our awesome team members finished a marathon training for Michigan and NTU students at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre. How I ended up speaking in Suzhou had to do with cost of living. Upon arriving in Shanghai from Guiyang, Gray and I decided that Shanghai was too expensive and we needed to collect ourselves together Read more…

Field Report: Kuala Lumpur-Chengdu-Guizhou so far

It’s that time of the year to hit the road and see what people have been up to again! Incidentally, this trip was also my first time in KL city centre despite having transited in its airport many times and I was instantly won over by Malaysian warmth. It’s that feeling where you know that you’ve always had this idyllic neighbour, but really all you remember about them are konfrontasi and 1MDB… So the friendliness and Read more…

How do you teach history in a communist country? (China, April 2016)

When we first started engaging Wang, a history teacher in Wen Hua Secondary School in Yunan (posted there as a Teaching Fellow from Teach for China) to do some Maker experiments (however you call it, actually), it was very open-ended. Deliberately so, because we think it’s important to be patient enough to let ideas grow out of people’s minds rather than prescribe Key Performance Indicators from the outset. In between, it came as a shock that Read more…