Reflections

Community Development

Meet Tauqeer: The Resilient Artling

Ever known someone in your life with an exuberant drive for creativity and change? We do, our someone is none other than the legend and artist himself, Tauqeer! Take on a journey of métier and mettle, artful tenacity and a fetching Tinman. Do you share his craftsmanship and resilience?
Talent Development

Let's Hear from Natalia Shahrilnazim, our HR intern

Here at Biji-biji & Me.reka, we encourage and believe that culture is important and our team feel empowered to share their experience of working in an impact-driven enterprise. Let's hear from our intern Natalia Shahrilnazim, a Human Resource intern, on her experience!
Community Development
Digital Literacy
Makerspace Education
Rapid Prototyping

Affordable Online Learning Tool: Duckie Pi's Origin Story

Many children lack the accessibility to comfortably learn online. In fact, some can’t even connect to the internet! Hence, Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace joins forces with Taylor’s students to formulate a low-cost, affordable electronic device named Duckie Pi to bridge the digital gap.
Community Development
Digital Literacy
Talent Development

PPR Youths Improve Livelihood With Digital Literacy

With the right knowledge and accessibility, the Internet can be a marketplace of opportunities for its digital surfers, including the ones from impoverished backgrounds - given that they know how to utilise it. The Me.reka Belia programme aims to bridge this gap of digital literacy knowledge within the underprivileged community.
Community Development
Digital Literacy
Talent Development

Meet The B40 Youths’ Hustling Entrepreneurship

Many B40 individuals have diligently taken on the challenge of hustling as an entrepreneur. From youths with an online business to mothers with a physical kuih-muih stall, meet the hustling entrepreneurs who work defying all odds for the betterment of themselves and the community.
Community Development
Digital Transformation
Talent Development

NGOs Take A Leap Toward 21st Century Skills

29 NGOs joined the 4-week NGO@Makerthon programme where they dug deeper into understanding the sustainability of a social enterprise model, learnt about product innovation for the benefit of the B40 community and much more! Let’s meet some of these inspiring NGOs and see what they have to say!
Civic Engagement
Design Thinking
Talent Development

Bridging the Gap Between Youths and NGOs

This is no ordinary project. We travelled cross-country from Peninsular Malaysia all the way to East Malaysia to meet hundreds of youths. Incredible pitches and amazing ideas brought together the talented youths and NGOs looking for fresh perspectives and ideas.
Civic Engagement
Design Thinking
Talent Development

Bridging Youths with NGOs: Tapping into Potentials

With inquisitive minds and pristine perspectives, Malaysian youths are a community of leaders ever ready to materialize positive change in the country. Youths partnered up with various NGOs across 8 states to implement sustainable solutions to challenges faced by these organizations.
Civic Engagement
Rapid Prototyping
Social Entrepreneurship

Celebrating Malaysia Day and Concluding Protecting Our Frontliners

This year's Hari Malaysia observes each Malaysian battling and persevering through the state of the nation in collaborative ways to eradicate the spread of COVID-19. The PPE Initiative has witnessed a powerful movement by fellow Malaysians each coming together in the face of adversity to protect and uplift one another.
Digital Entrepreneurship
Talent Development
Future Careers

Digital Careers As The Future of Work

As technology integrates itself into the normalities of life, digital careers are mushrooming. This translates to more job opportunities for the digitally literate. It is time to embrace these emerging career prospects and equip the youth with the necessary skills to kickstart their digital career.
Civic Engagement
Rapid Prototyping
Social Entrepreneurship

Protecting Our Frontliners: Appreciating the Initiative's Volunteers

It is a rough time for Earth's most social species, where everyone seems to be divided, disengaged, and distressed. But that is not stopping humanity from breaching the veil of disconnection for goodwill and civic mobilization. We take care of each other, or as Malaysians are coining it "Kita jaga kita".
Civic Engagement
Rapid Prototyping
Social Entrepreneurship

Protecting Our Frontliners: Decentralized Medical Gown Production

Frontliners workers who are the backbone of our effective health system amidst the pandemic risk their lives every day to ensure minimal spread of COVID-19 and provide for us. In their time of need, the Rakyat is here to provide the necessities to show this pandemic what true Malaysian solidarity feels like.
Civic Engagement
Talent Development
Community Development

Rethinking Social Change in Unprecedented Times

The catastrophic impact of the outbreak has been staggering economies, national development, and the most vulnerable communities, even worsening the severity of those already facing socio-economic inequalities. With COVID-19 amplifying the conditions and awareness of various social calamities, how would our respond accordingly?
Civic Engagement

There are millions of aliens in Malaysia

Barefooted, living off scraps for pocket money, out of school, denied of nationality. Statelessness is still a pullulating social issue in Sabah and the numbers of undocumented youths continue to grow, thousands of them never had proper education growing up thus a vast deal of them remain unemployed.
Makerspace Education
Community Development

Transforming Community Spaces to A Regional Network

Imagine a space equipped with tools and resources that are free for use by the community to improve their personal skills. That’s Ruang Reka for you! As a community space providing opportunities for the skilled and unskilled youths, Ruang Reka aims to create Science, Technology, Innovation and Engineering (STIE) awareness.
Digital Literacy
Community Development
Talent Development

Why Teach Digital Literacy to Stateless Youth?

The undocumented children of Malaysia are stripped of countless opportunities and potential due to legal rights and issues. In this age of information, digital literacy is a viable solution to assist these youths in overcoming all odds. Let us eradicate this division by introducing them to the online world.
Civic Engagement
Opinions

Yes, systemic racism exists. In Malaysia too

Think about those times you hear about a joke that cashes in on a racially associated stigma, and the time you've been told that Chinese phone seller is going to scam your money, or maybe you've heard some Malaysians criminalizing immigrants in our country. Yes, racism does exist among us.
Opinions

The lockdown has not been the holiday we had imagined.

Family, friends, romantic partners, and co-workers - we all miss them. most of us would give everything just to have a "normal", face-to-face conversation instead of our laptop screens. Social health is as important as mental health, as long as we build awareness on staying connected, the better we sustain ourselves.

News
Digital Entrepreneurship

We join Microsoft in upskilling 1 million Malaysians

Brace yourselves for a field day of digital mobilization Malaysians! The inclusive “Bersama Malaysia” initiative by Microsoft is proud to launch the first datacenter region in Malaysia, as part of the nation's digital transformation, the initiative plans to upskill 1 million Malaysians of all socio-economic backgrounds, young adults and people living with disabilities to thrive this digital era.
News
Digital Entrepreneurship

Penjana boost MDECs Workforce Upskilling and Reskilling Program

The digital economy is here to stay! People, we are standing on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter businesses, income levels, and career opportunities. With Penjana, MDEC is spearheading the digital leap to ensure Malaysians are skilled to face the shift in skill demands in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Community Development
Digital Transformation
Makerspace Education

Impact for Change Platform: Initiatives In Action

Let’s have a look at 3 ongoing initiatives at Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace’s Impact4Change platform. From creating shelters out of hotels to improving application development, this platform bridges the gap between students and industry players to achieve a common goal.
Digital Entrepreneurship
News

Microsoft upskills Malaysians to revitalize local economy

Skilled in the art of web development? Think you have the tenacity of a freelancer? Or perhaps you curate blogs with great panache? Microsoft Malaysia and the Biji-biji Initiative have teamed up to empower Malaysians to roam the digital planes of the Gig Economy with independence, sustenance, and confidence.
Community Development
Digital Transformation
Makerspace Education

Impact for Change Platform: How Does It Work?

The Impact4Change platform is a collaboration between Taylor’s University and Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace to connect students with industry players to engage, curate and innovate solutions to real-world problems.
Community Development

Rumah Rakyat: One-stop solution for PPR communities

Impactors who wish to help the community may not have the right tools, resources, and information. Rumah Rakyat is a one-stop solution that bridges the gap between the underprivileged and changemakers in improving accessibility to initiatives and resources for the betterment of the community.
Community Development
Rapid Prototyping
Digital Transformation

Your Quick Guide to Understand Duckie Pi

Learn more about the features and functionalities that go into DuckiePi - a budget-friendly device created to assist with e-learning. The mechanisms of the device work just like your everyday chromebook. Keeping the B40 community in mind, it was designed to be affordable.