Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd has reinforced its dedication to bring the power of the internet top more Malaysians in order to build a strong digital community that can participate, navigate and thrive in the internet economy. The company does so by launching DiGi Societies, which combines various community programmes to enable different community groups , women, youth children, and the underprivileged as well as netizens from urban and rural areas to enjoy the benefits of staying connected.

DiGi Empower Societies consists of the following:

  • Digi Challenge for Change – Partnering social change makers to enable innovative internet solutions that create sustainable, inclusive socio-economic impact for communities
  • Digi CyberSAFE – Nurturing a safer internet for all by building digital resilience and fostering responsible digital citizenship among Malaysian children
  • Kg Internet For All (IFA) – Enabling connectivity, and easy ownership of smart devices for rural and remote communities
  • Digi Internet For All Women – Promoting greater usage of the internet to inspire and empower women in Malaysia
  • Digi WWWOW Awards – Recognising Malaysians that use the internet for good to increase online creativity and entrepreneurism in the country
  • Telenor Youth Forum – Creating a global platform for young opinion leaders to connect and share digital communication innovations that are transforming societies
  • Digital Winners – Bringing together leaders and innovators in media, technology and communications to share insights on innovation and digital business opportunities

Speaking at the launch of Digi Empower Societies YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery bin Cheek, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia expressed his aspiration to fast track growth of the digital economy in transforming Malaysia into a high-income nation. YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery said, “Our ability to innovate and use the internet as a catalyst to create positive social change and improve businesses can help spur growth of the digital economy, which in turn results in widespread impact on the whole economy. This can only happen with pervasive access to the internet – ensuring connectivity for the unconnected and amplifying use by savvy netizens.

Also part of the DiGi Empower Societies flagship programs was the launch of the sixth installation of Digi Challenge for Change which has a new focus on engaging Malaysian social purpose organisations (SPOs) and solution providers (SPs) to come up with an holistic approach to address a common community issue within Malaysia. This year’s programme is part of the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) Social Public-Private Partnership initiative led by Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) in collaboration with the Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS), and endorsed by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.  It will be focused on the development of innovative internet enabled solutions for a sustainable community impact.

Digi Challenge for Change is open to all Malaysian SPOs (non-governmental organisations (NGOs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and social enterprises). The programme spans over a year and is made up of three phases. It starts with Malaysian SPOs identifying social issues of a target community.  Three shortlisted SPOs are then paired with SPs to form Social Purpose Groups, develop scalable and sustainable solutions using internet-enabled technology, and piloted in one community. The winning Social Purpose Group will finally be required to further scale the initiative to other adjacent communities where appropriate.

The winning Social Purpose Group will take home an incubation package including a matching grant of RM250,000 (Digi and AIM) and the opportunity to be guided and mentored by the programme partners.