Cardboard Carnival 2019

EM Sunrise and The Xpress Train’s TXT KOTO Association organised Malaysia 1st ever Cardboard Carnival.



Pheww!! What a week! UEM Sunrise and The Xpress Train’s TXT KOTO Association organised Malaysia 1st ever Cardboard Carnival on 12th and 13th of October 2019 in conjunction with the grand opening of Mall of Medini. TXT KOTO Association (KOTO stands for Know One, Teach One) is a community project by The Xpress Train to help individuals acquire and share knowledge, ideas, technology and skills.

The Cardboard Carnival will consist of Design Thinking workshop and competition for university students, corporations, and working adults.  The Cardboard Carnival was inspired years ago by the video Cain’s Arcade (https://youtu.be/faIFNkdq96U). This story of a 9 year old kid who used his creativity and a pile of discarded boxes never fails to arouse our students to action. Every students have an opportunity to engage in the process of designing cardboard, midway-style games.  They are producers and creators as they take their games from the initial stage of brainstorming to the finished products being played by hundreds of people at the Carnival. They also get to share their vision and hard work with an authentic audience.

The Design Thinking Workshop helps individuals, employees and colleagues personally transform as they get exposed to the iterative Design Thinking process--empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test and co-create, and storytelling. Benefits of the Design Thinking Workshop include:

Innovation. Increasing workplace productivity and efficiency

Connecting with your end users/customers

Teamwork and collaborative efforts

Teambuilding and camaraderie

For us, creating cardboard games allows students to practice mindsets and toolkits that we think are important for happy, productive people. Kids take action, think critically, enhance problem-solving abilities and creativity,  inculcate financial literacy and live imaginatively in the course of this project. We have impressed recycling and sustainable development into the students which is our top aim of this whole project. Meanwhile, the Design Thinking workshop helps to guide our process and reminds all of us of the importance of iteration. And yeah, they did solve a ton of problems!

All the participants recognize the significance of bringing their own vision to light. Projects are filled with a bewildering array of topics: engineering, mathematical thinking, space and more. Their pride in their work radiates form them!