JAKARTA – Forest Interactive, alongside Forest Interactive Foundation, launches #seKODlah – Developing Future Innovators, an intensive technology-based 5-month learning program, to help 33 scholars from various universities in Indonesia learn skills related to technology and prepare their portfolio for future careers in the digital technology industry.
This program is also a part of KampusMerdeka’s Independent Studies program, an initiative under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology in Indonesia.
The #seKODlah x Kampus Merdeka program began on August 25, 2022 and will run until January 13, 2023. Starting with two general lecturer sessions, with Founder & CEO Johary Mustapha leading the first, #seKODlah students heard Johary talk about his journey, from growing up in a middle-class family to being the Founder and CEO of a multinational telecommunications company. Johary also reminded the scholars attending that they have to strive and work hard, and not give up if they dream of building their own technology company.
Johary also affirmed the company’s efforts to encourage more talents to be involved in the digital technology field.
“Even to this day, it’s still clear that there are several resources challenges faced, especially in terms of having clear understanding of the suitable technologies with the current market demand,” said Johary.
In the second general lecture session, Sharon Maurenn, Co-Founder & CEO of Wallet Codes, talked about the inspiration behind her leadership and the journey of shipping a product and establishing a start-up. As a female leader, Sharon also shared her journey building this company to what It is today, how not having a background from technology does not affect the process, and the key is effort and to never stop learning.
Throughout September to October 2022, five workshops were held with the speakers of each workshop being talents from Forest Interactive. Wennie Chung, Deputy Head of Project Management, conducted two-part workshops focusing on project management, meanwhile Bayu Waskita, Team Lead of Back End Development did one that is focused on software development.
The #seKODlah x Kampus Merdeka program consists of various workshops in a series covering project management, software development, web development, and cybersecurity. Besides that, capstone projects, career coaching, and industry introduction are also scheduled to be a part of the program, while prizes will be awarded to the top two scholars that will stand a chance to travel to Malaysia and visit Forest Interactive’s HQ office.
About Forest Interactive Foundation
Founded in 2021, Forest Interactive Foundation aims to nurture and develop talents through sustainable initiatives and programs, establishing empowered communities and upholding sustainable environments for our own people and the world’s future innovators in tech. As the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Forest Interactive and a UN Global Compact member, we are committed to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the following areas:
- Future Innovators
With the goal of developing future innovators in a fast-changing world, we shape initiatives that can help students prepare for a future where they can thrive with technology, one of it being the #seKODlah program.
We strive to bring our company’s culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion to the broader community. By harnessing our strengths for social good, we are able to empower marginalized communities in our increasingly connected world.
- Community and Environment
We are committed to sustainable actions and best practices:
- Demonstrate empathy and sensitivity to the needs of others.
- Aim for responsible material inputs that are renewable, recyclable, or reusable.
- Bridge public and private partnerships in support of SDG 17.
- Be a part of the climate accelerator program by implementing SBTi in line with the 1.5°C pathway.
Prior to its establishment, Forest Interactive Foundation, through Forest Interactive, has empowered more than 3500 students and 2,000 people in the communities through more than 38 initiatives. Visit forestcares.org to learn more.