Yesterday, I went to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Bangi, to deliver a talk on physical programming. This is the third such talk that I have been delivering in various local universities, with the previous two at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and Multimedia University.

However, UKM is of note because of the reception that I received there. It was the biggest crowd of students that I had ever addressed, with about 50 students attending and filling up half the lecture room. Also, I was treated to a simple working lunch there with some of the staff.

The students themselves seemed interested in the talk as they were quite attentively listening, and also asking relevant questions and providing suitable answers. I actually took it as an opportunity to survey most of the students to see if there are any potential ones for hiring.

I have two reasons for delivering this talk – one is to pitch ourselves as a career destination of choice; and to expound the concept of physical programming, which is not new but is an enlightening thing. I do hope that the students heed my advice and to always think before they code.

As an engineering startup, it is vital for us to build strong links with local universities. This is critical to ensure that we will always have a supply of fresh graduates and also to ensure that we can collaborate on cutting edge research work.

I’d happily go back to UKM regularly.