We nurture and develop talents for the digital economy, empower our society and preserve the environment through sustainable programs. Not only are we involved in school education-related initiatives, we also have a passion for the betterment of the environment and our future leaders: the youth of today.
Bayu Hackathon is named after the majestic Sabah, also known as Negeri Di Bawah Bayu or Land Below The Wind in English! The state is blessed with beautiful natural treasures and warm Sabahan hospitality. Bayu hackathon aims to gather the brightest minds of Sabah to develop solutions to address community issues faced by Sabahan pertaining to Quality Education, Sustainable Cities & Communities & Life on Land in Sabah. It's also a platform to connect local tech talents to local tech companies. It's a hackathon for Sabahan, to Sabahan, by Sabahan! Bayu Hackathon is sponsored by Jawala Plantation Industries and endorsed by Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) Sabah.
#seKODlah is a flagship programme of Forest Interactive Foundation that aims to nurture future innovators, with particular focus on improving their skills in new technologies and employability. The 4-month career immersion program sponsored by CIMB & CIMB Foundation requires the participants to undergo a four-month-long series of structured training and mentoring, before applying their acquired skills and knowledge through a capstone project and internship placements at partner companies.
Reaching out for the second consecutive year after the first #ForestCares initiative last year, Forest Interactive continues its effort to empower the indigenous community at Desa Temuan in Damansara Perdana, Selangor. School closures due to the pandemic have brought significant disruptions to education across Malaysia. As schools in the Klang Valley started reopening in October 2021, Forest Interactive donated essential healthcare items, everyday school supplies, and gardening equipment to help reopen and facilitate the operations at Tabika Kemas Desa Temuan, a community kindergarten. With the goal of shaping future innovators in a fast-changing world, Forest Interactive hosted a group poster-making activity with the students, aged 4 to 6, to introduce them to parts of a computer and modern-day electronic devices. This activity aimed to help children prepare for a future where they can thrive with technology, a key focus of Forest Interactive’s commitment to developing future innovators through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program.
Women of the world want and deserve an equitable world and a sustainable future. First celebrated on March 8, 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) calls for women worldwide to celebrate their achievements, raise awareness for accelerated gender parity, and stand up against social stereotypes and violence. At Forest Interactive, we have always believed that gender equality is a basic human right and it’s essential that we uphold inclusivity in the workplace by treating all talents fairly at work, regardless of gender. This includes empowering women to excel in decision-making roles and in high-level corporate leadership.
Forest Interactive collaborates with Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Malaysia to provide clean drinking water to the indigenous Jakun community at Kampung Patah Pisau in Pahang. Launched in 2014 by GPF Malaysia, the Malaysia’s Communities Unite for Purewater (CUP) initiative aims to uplift the welfare of underserved rural communities through the provision of clean water. As part of the initiative, Forest Interactive’s sponsorship seeks to empower the Jakun villagers with access to clean and safe drinking water. Forest Interactive continuous support to GPF Malaysia in raising awareness on hygiene and sanitation practices through Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) training and community engagement activities with its employees at Kampung Patah Pisau. Activities include learning about the importance of handwashing, safe water management, as well as proper nutrition and diet in order to improve the health conditions.
Forest Interactive’s #SapotLokal and #DukungBisnisKecil is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives by Forest Interactive Foundation. It’s a buy-local, give-back campaign to purchase daily necessities to help local shops effected by the pandemic and to alleviate the difficulties faced by these orphanages and families.
Forest Interactive organized a series of program under #ReForestation – a campaign to fight climate change and to contribute to environmental conservation for a sustainable future. A series internal communications and events were held in collaboration with Forest Interactive’s Art Club and Free Tree Society (FTS).
Malaysia Future Leaders School (MFLS) is a program designed by the Institute of Leadership Excellence and Development under KBS, and its strategic partners which include the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Outward Bound School. The foundation co-organized the program for four days on Dec 20, Dec 21, Dec 22, and Dec 24 at Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur, comprising various youth development activities for more than 100 students from all over the country. A few selected talents from Forest Interactive will be speaking on a wide range of topics — start-up pitching, digital marketing, personal branding — to better prepare the students towards a career that is critical to the nation’s digital economy blueprint.
Forest Interactive is proud to have partnered with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for LEVEL UP @ SCHOOLS Kelantan. We are glad to be a part of an initiative to gear up the game industry in Malaysia by introducing game development fundamentals to students from 15 high schools across the Kelantan state.
Mikail Iman was was spotlighted as a participant of LEVEL UP @ SCHOOLS 2019 after he inspired the team with his interest in game development. Forest Interactive then gifted him his own laptop so he may continue to explore this interest and as a tool for continuous learning
Forest Interactive participated in the #MyDigitalMaker Fair 2018, an event organized by MDEC, The 2 days fair is a great inspiration builder for students and digital enthusiasts showcasing many tech products and innovations, interesting conferences, amazing shows, and also an awards ceremony for the best projects created by the students themselves. Our CEO, Johary Mustapha, was invited on stage for the Level Up @Schools Award Ceremony, a CSR project that we sponsored, with a goal to teach the students on game development.
#CAN Feed The Hungry is an initiative to share basic needs, spreading love and care, and making genuine connections with our street friends. Three years on, this program has grown in numbers, whether with donations, volunteers, or street friends reached — an ongoing effort that speaks to Forest Interactive’s CSR efforts to address social inequalities.
In the continuing pursuit to further Malaysia’s creative and entertainment industries, Forest Interactive—alongside organizers, the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)—participated in Kre8tif @ Schools, a program launched by MDEC to usher a new breed of Malaysian animators from the special education sector. As an official partner of MDEC, Forest Interactive participated in the career talk and workshop, as well as sponsoring three new Wacom tablets to the students of SM Pendidikan Khas Vokasional Shah Alam.