To develop students’ life skills by inspiring them to create with technology.

When students consume, their inborn creativity is not nurtured. By making students creators, rather than just consumers of technology, we nurture their inborn passion to learn. This natural way of learning allows students to develop deep understanding of concepts and nurtures their life skills.

Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, 3D printing, and other upcoming technologies will play a role in every aspects of our children’s lives. Technology will therefore be the core knowledge, regardless of their choice of career.
While tech will become an important tool in this competition, we believe in nurturing the students’ life skills. With machines taking over many functions, students need to be as unlike machines as possible to have a job in the future. Life skills such as creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking become indispensable.


The Young Innovators Challenge is a youth innovation program designed to help youths in Malaysia to develop technical and life skills in the areas of embedded system, problem-solving, innovation, and entrepreneurship through workshops, competitions, and an accelerator camp.
Young Innovators Challenge is a Sime Darby initiative which started in 2016. Young Innovate is a program by DreamCatcher which has been established since 2013. Realizing the similar approach to engage youths of Malaysia in terms of building innovation capabilities, Sime Darby and DreamCatcher, and later on Chumbaka, collaborated for the Young Innovators Challenge in 2017.
The Young Innovators Challenge is open to all 13 to 17 year-old students from national, private, and international secondary schools across Malaysia.


The Young Innovators Challenge is divided into three stages:

Boot camps will be held at schools throughout Malaysia for participants to learn about Arduino and Design Thinking. Participants will then come up with an idea to solve a real-life problem before building a solution using open source components.

Participants will exhibit and pitch their projects at host universities across Malaysia.

Top 15 teams from the state-level competitions will be selected for the National Accelerator Camp, which will be held at Shaftsbury, Cyberjaya. Participants will be mentored by professionals. The winning solution will be developed for community adoption. The award prize-giving ceremony will be on 20th November at the Sime Darby Convention Centre (SDCC), Kuala Lumpur.
Form a team of 2 or 3 members in your school. Register your team here.
Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on 30 JULY 2019.
Maximum 4 teams per school and each team does not exceed 3 members.
No. For ease of communication and group work, team members must come from the same school.
Digital badges provide Chumbaka an effective way to recognise learning because the focus is on evidence-backed competency achievement. Digital badges are widely adopted across many sectors (over 3,000 organisations across the world). They provide a way to validate individuals based on skills and achievements. Because digital badges are based on an open specification, you can receive and share other digital badges across different providers.

More details about digital badges can be found from this link.


No funding will be provided for projects.
English is used for presentation, course delivery, and learning material.
Open source denotes a software or a hardware for which the original source code and design are made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Embedded system is a computer dedicated to performing a dedicated task. An example of an open-source embedded system is Arduino. You can find out more about Arduino from
You can purchase from Chumbaka by contacting for the Arduino sets that come with Learning Manuals and a comprehensive set of components.

You can also buy components, and NOT the Learning Manual, from local electronic shops or online through Cytron at Remember to apply the discount code YMAKER19 for a 10% discount.
You can purchase components from our partner’s online store at Remember to apply the discount code YMAKER19 for a 10% discount.
No, this program promotes open-source hardware and software such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
Students built projects as diverse as automated egg hatchery, smart cushion for bed sores, crocodile detector, smart stick for the blind, and many other innovative solutions to address real-life challenges. More examples are available from Chumbaka’s Facebook page and Young Innovators Challenge Facebook page.
All ideas and solutions delivered during the Young Innovators Challenge belong to the organiser and its partners. If the solution is chosen for commercialization, due consideration will be given to reward and recognise the originator of the idea.


You must first decide on one person whose problem you wish to solve:
  • Fisherman
  • School bus driver
  • Nurse
  • Security guard
  • Lorry driver
  • Store keeper
Identify a real-life problem that the person faces. Hence you must first understand what the problem is before arriving at a solution. This is where you apply your design thinking skill.
Your prototype must be functional and not merely a mock-up. It must be a solution to address a real-life problem of the person you chose. You may use a simpler component to demonstrate a concept, for example using a tilt switch to simulate an accelerator, but it must be functional.
Technical (30%)
  • How well the prototype works?
  • How innovative is the project?
  • How well they understand the coding?
Problem Solving (40%)
  • How well they understand the problem?
  • How accurate and consistent is the solution at solving the problem?
  • How impactful is the solution?
Learning (30%)
  • How well they pitch?
  • What have they learned?
  • How strong is their teamwork?
The state-level competition will be held in an exhibition format and open to the public. The evaluation process will be performed during booth visits by the judging committee. The judging committee includes academicians, industry experts, and relevant government agencies.
For questions on the state-level competition, kindly contact Chumbaka at For questions on the National Accelerator Camp, kindly contact the Sime Darby team at
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