iTrainKids Awarded ‘My Digital Maker Hub’ Status by MDEC and Expands Beyond KL

The #MyDigitalMaker movement was launched by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) as a joint public-private-academia partnership to build a nation of digital makers, and mobilise our young generation of Malaysians to embrace technology in their everyday lives through the innovation of apps, websites, hardware, games, and other exciting innovations. iTrainKids is proud to be part of the growing #MyDigitalMaker movement, having recently been awarded the My Digital Maker Hub status by MDEC in January 2019. My Digital Maker Hubs are collaborative spaces where communities of children, educators, and industry experts come together in the activity of digital making, learning, or mastery of digital making knowledge.

According to Sumitra Nair, MDEC’s Vice President of Talent & Digital Entrepreneurship Division: “As a government agency committed to nurture and develop the digital workforce, MDEC is pleased to welcome private digital making academies for children such as iTrainKids to open their doors as collaborative spaces via the My Digital Maker Hub initiative. As we head towards a high-income knowledge-based digital economy, the government aims to ensure that the demands of current and future industry-relevant talents are met. This can be achieved by working together with the public and private academia in providing sufficient access and platform to children, educators and industry experts to work jointly in the learning process of digital making.”


Sumitra Nair, MDEC’s Vice President of Talent & Digital Entrepreneurship Division


iTrainKids co-founder Dato Eric Ku, “We’ve seen an increasingly healthy demand for such spaces in other parts of the country, especially during MDEC’s massive two-day My Digital Maker Fair 2018 event we participated in at Bukit Jalil stadium, that saw throngs of children in school buses from all corners of the country, crowding around our booths for the opportunity to try their hand at coding.According to Sumitra Nair, MDEC’s Vice President of Talent & Digital Entrepreneurship Division: “As a government agency committed to nurture and develop the digital workforce, MDEC is pleased to welcome private digital making academies for children such as iTrainKids to open their doors as collaborative spaces via the My Digital Maker Hub initiative. As we head towards a high-income knowledge-based digital economy, the government aims to ensure that the demands of current and future industry-relevant talents are met. This can be achieved by working together with the public and private academia in providing sufficient access and platform to children, educators and industry experts to work jointly in the learning process of digital making.”According to Sumitra Nair, MDEC’s Vice President of Talent & Digital Entrepreneurship Division: “As a government agency committed to nurture and develop the digital workforce, MDEC is pleased to welcome private digital making academies for children such as iTrainKids to open their doors as collaborative spaces via the My Digital Maker Hub initiative. As we head towards a high-income knowledge-based digital economy, the government aims to ensure that the demands of current and future industry-relevant talents are met. This can be achieved by working together with the public and private academia in providing sufficient access and platform to children, educators and industry experts to work jointly in the learning process of digital making.”


iTrainKids co-founder Dato Eric Ku, “We’ve seen an increasingly healthy demand for such spaces in other parts of the country, especially during MDEC’s massive two-day My Digital Maker Fair 2018 event we participated in at Bukit Jalil stadium, that saw throngs of children in school buses from all corners of the country, crowding around our booths for the opportunity to try their hand at coding.According to Sumitra Nair, MDEC’s Vice President of Talent & Digital Entrepreneurship Division: “As a government agency committed to nurture and develop the digital workforce, MDEC is pleased to welcome private digital making academies for children such as iTrainKids to open their doors as collaborative spaces via the My Digital Maker Hub initiative. As we head towards a high-income knowledge-based digital economy, the government aims to ensure that the demands of current and future industry-relevant talents are met. This can be achieved by working together with the public and private academia in providing sufficient access and platform to children, educators and industry experts to work jointly in the learning process of digital making.”According to Sumitra Nair, MDEC’s Vice President of Talent & Digital Entrepreneurship Division: “As a government agency committed to nurture and develop the digital workforce, MDEC is pleased to welcome private digital making academies for children such as iTrainKids to open their doors as collaborative spaces via the My Digital Maker Hub initiative. As we head towards a high-income knowledge-based digital economy, the government aims to ensure that the demands of current and future industry-relevant talents are met. This can be achieved by working together with the public and private academia in providing sufficient access and platform to children, educators and industry experts to work jointly in the learning process of digital making.”

iTrainKids team with then-CEO of MDEC, Datuk Yasmin Mahmood at the My Digital Maker Fair 2018 launch.

“Many parents came up to us and enquired if we were going to open up a class in their respective locality beyond our existing location in KL Trillion—which is why we’re excited to announce that iTrainKids has heard the positive feedback, and will indeed be expanding to include several new branches in Da Men, Subang; Seremban; 1 Utama and Puchong.” For the full schedule of iTrainKids upcoming classes, parents should check out www.itrainkids.com/schedule/. (Kindly note that aside from Da Men and Seremban branches which are currently operational, 1 Utama and Puchong are expected to be up and running by the second and third quarter of 2019, respectively.)


“The best way we can transform passive users of technology into confident digital makers and inventors, is if we get kids to fall in love with the mindset of ‘learning’ in the first place; where they get addicted to problem-solving and working out new solutions, in whole new ways—this is really what ‘coding’ is all about,” says Amirul Syafiq, Lead Programme Innovator of iTrainKids.

“Everyone talks about future proofing today’s workforce to prepare people for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), AI and robots taking over the world, etcetera… but I’d like to stress that the most important step of all this, is—building a strong love of lifelong learning and solving ‘problems’ first (or in coders terms, ‘bugs’!) from an early age. On this bedrock, the future is preserved.”

Founded in 2011, iTrainKids offers specialised coding workshops, daily classes and school holiday boot camps for children between the ages of 7 and 16. Over 3,000 Malaysian children have learned to become coders and makers of various apps, games, and websites and more since the establishment of iTrainKids, which focuses on hands-on experiential learning to teach coding principles and applications to kids.


Caption: Meet Masaru, our bright young Star Coder and iTrainKids’ graduate whom we roped onboard to be a role model to other kids and teach them some coding tricks!

Beyond coding classes, iTrainKids also currently collaborates with a growing number of international schools to create complementary or supportive curriculum that help foster more digitally competent students. The company’s focus in 2019 further includes working with NGOs and corporations to spread the joy of coding to the underprivileged; as well as nurturing a growing community of iTrainKids Star Coders—talented high-performing students who are specially handpicked by iTrainKids and empowered to give back to their society, inspire and train other young padawan coders like themselves—by participating in our regular coding events throughout the year.

Linking back to the importance of ‘lifelong learning’, and the secret sauce that sets iTrainKids apart from other coding centres, Eric concludes that: “Beyond training, iTrainKids offers kids a zero-to-hero pathway to start building their own products and entrepreneurial dreams.”

It is part of a larger ecosystem, the iTrain Group of Companies, that offer the entire lifelong learning journey of digital transformation and growth for individuals across all ages and levels: which includes Asia Dev Academy, a coding academy for fresh graduates, school leavers and startup founders who want to learn coding or app development within months, and embark on programming careers; iTrain (M) Sdn Bhd, an advanced digital technology certifications and training powerhouse; iTrain Asia Pte Ltd, its Singapore-based certifications body; and 1337 Ventures Sdn Bhd, a technology accelerator and early-stage venture capital builder for startups across Southeast Asia.

As we are in the midst of expanding further across the nation, iTrainKids is seeking for the following collaboration partners:

  • Franchisees: Partners looking to bring technology-based classes to their neighbourhood and set up coding branches under the iTrainKids’ banner name.
  • HR Employee Benefits programmes: Companies who wish to boost their employees’ productivity by enabling working parents to send their kids for inhouse 9 to 5 coding classes while they work.
  • Education Institutions: Schools or Academic Institutions looking to provide coding classes as part of their education syllabus

CSR Programmes: Corporations looking for avenues to build digital literacy in underprivileged children.

Write in to iTrainKids at info@itrainkids.com if you would like to explore any of the above collaboration opportunities with iTrainKids. If you’re a parent who wants to find out more about iTrainKids or simply explore which course is best for your child, drop by any one of our centres at KL, Subang or Seremban for a guided tour and consultation, by filling up this quick online form.

Contact details:  For further information, send an email to
info@itrainkids.com or call the iTrainKids team at +603-2733 0337.


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