KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian government will further accelerate the digitalisation of selective government services delivery in response to the ‘new normal’ brought about by COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, announced on 5th June 2020 by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as part of the Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA), is driven by the delivery of services most affected during the movement control order (MCO).
In response to the current global health crisis, PENJANA has launched several initiatives to stimulate economic activity and promote economic recovery. One important such new initiative is MYHackathon, a project with the express aim of further enhancing digitalisation of selective government services delivery effected by the pandemic.
MYHackathon is an exciting multi-agency initiative, spearheaded by the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF), and championed by a taskforce team led by Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) with the support of the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation And Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and UniMAKER.
MYHackathon was conceptualised with the objective to address public safety and wellbeing challenges during face-to-face government services delivery. Through crowdsourcing and the cross-fertilisation of ideas, MYHackathon, by being inclusive, will stimulate talent development, create opportunities and enrich lives of the Rakyat. With these objectives in mind, MYHackathon is a result of government response to the pandemic, and the economic challenges it continues to create.
Significant recent progress in the efficient provision of public services notwithstanding, MYHackathon will help accelerate early efforts made towards the digitalisation of public bodies to meet the challenges of the ‘new normal’.
The MYHackathon will be organised in 2 concurrent tracks: SPRINT and MARATHON, held over as many as six rounds all over Malaysia. The SPRINT Ideation Track will be open to all Malaysian Citizens over 18 years of age registered as a group of individuals in teams of between two and five people.