ASEAN Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX)


ASEAN Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX)

ASEAN Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX) is an initiative by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to enable businesses, governments, academia and professionals to rapidly adopt Big Data and Data Analytics as a tool to empower decision making and innovation. It was established at the end of 2016 as a result of a successful public private partnership between MDEC and Ansys Sdn Bhd to build and enhance Malaysia’s big data ecosystem.

First launched in March 2017 as Malaysia’s and the world’s first physical data exchange, ADAX is based in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur and seeks to be the definitive Data Analytics Exchange Hub for knowledge, information, resources and collaboration for the ASEAN region.

ADAX is mandated to build a critical mass of talent pool in the Big Data Analytics category while developing the ecosystem and fostering collaboration amongst businesses, start-ups, academia and professionals so that Data Analytics becomes an integral part of business innovation and decision making.

The ADAX office is located at The Vertical, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur




The dedicated in-house data scientist team at work


ADAX focuses on four pillars to drive their initiatives:

Training & Education – For students & working professionals to develop cutting-edge, innovative data analytics and entrepreneurship skills in physical and virtual classrooms.

Best Practices – Provide knowledge to start-ups and organizations on data analytics.

Industry Development – Engage with businesses and educational institutions to nurture and harness analytics through various initiatives.

Advocacy – Partnering with industry players to grow the big data and analytics ecosystem.

In collaboration with industry leaders and education providers, ADAX offers Massive Open Online Courses, Job Matching, Shared Training & Tech Labs, organise Hackathons, provide accelerator programme and facilitate industry Collaboration.

Data Star

Data Star is shaping the future data professionals of ASEAN and will help Malaysian achieve 20,000 data professionals by 2020

In an effort to accelerate the talent development of data professionals in Malaysia, ADAX and MDEC in partnership with universities and leading industry partners collaborated to introduce the Data Star programme. The Data Star Programme is a 6-month finishing school for graduates that includes two months of intensive data science enablement and mentorship with experienced data scientists and placement at industry partners. It is expected to help Malaysia achieve 20,000 data professionals by 2020.

The learning paths have been curated in accordance with the Data Professional Skills Framework, a platform to support data and analytics knowledge development focused on three areas: Data Engineer, Data Analyst and Data Scientist.

Students will be provided with the foundation skill sets for each of the knowledge areas. Courses would include lectures and labs sessions, hands-on programming and interactive sessions. Each of the learning paths includes a mentorship, project presentation and soft skill development days.

Graduates with a PhD, Masters or Bachelors in Mathematics/Statistics, Computer Science, Actuarial Science, Engineering, Economics or Science are invited to apply while a knowledge in programming is an added advantage.

Participants of the Data Star programme gain mentorship with industry experienced data scientists, relevant business exposure and are provided an allowance during the training sessions and industry placement.

Data Star’s first intake was on the 24th of July 2017

Data Science Enablement

ADAX acts as a physical infrastructure for start-ups and provides members with access to readily available data analytics platform. ADAX provides education and training for businesses and organisations to better understand and embrace BDA.

Delivery, Technology and Industry Partners

ADAX works closely with several local and internationally renowned delivery partners to ensure the highest quality of services. These include IBM, Microsoft, CADS, SAS, Open Data Institute, FusionEx, EY, Iverson, Quandatics, ABeam Consulting, ITrain, Databyte Academy and Dream Catcher. ADAX also counts Cloudera Inc, Sedania Innovator Berhad, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, TDATA Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and DataMicron Systems Sdn Bhd as technology partners.

Currently, ADAX has several partners that offer industry placements for participants who take part in the programmes offered by ADAX. These industry partners include Kasatria, Fave, Celcom, Petronas, GHL, Leo Burnett, Hong Leong Bank, Tapway, Datalynx, FusionEx, MDEC, Astro, Maybank and Quandatics.

Contact Details

ASEAN Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX)
Level 27, Tower B
Vertical Business Suites Avenue
3, Bangsar South
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2724 2700