A great year for Malaysian Makers

By Kal Joffres

When we look back on 2014, I think we’ll see it as a turning point for the maker community in Malaysia. The idea of a community of innovators who tinker and prototype is going mainstream.

Over 2,300 people took part in 34 Makeweekends across the country this year. Another 1,000 youth took part in Boxventure, a series of movie screenings we run to inspire people to start projects.

I want to thank you for the support you have given us this year. It couldn’t have happened the way it did without your help and the fact that — in some way — you share with us a vision of making Malaysia a better place by turning people into problem solvers and builders.

To get an idea of what’s been happening at Makeweekends, here’s a look at what’s happened at Makeweekend Hack Your City, where we challenged people to make cities more people-centered. Products from Makeweekends this year won national awards and grants, including the Genovasi Challenge.

There are a lot of great things in store for 2014. Makeweekend has attracted international interest and we’ll be seeing Makeweekends happening in other countries next year. It’s exciting to see something Malaysian being adopted abroad. Makespace, our collaborative working space for building new products and projects, is open.

Thanks again for your support and we wish you a Happy New Year from everyone at Tandemic.

P.S. Here’s an overview of Makeweekend in 2013: