MDEC's MTM moves into week four, featuring fintech, agtech, funding

  • Digital disruptors week focused on fintech, funding, Islamic finance
  • Includes conference on esports, fintech showcase, Maxis Spark UsahaWIRA

MDEC's MTM moves into week four, featuring fintech, agtech, fundingThe Malaysia Digital Economy Corpration will run its fourth set of events after covering digital investments, the digital ecosystem, and the digital workforce for its Malaysia Tech Month 2021 (MTM21) in the first three weeks of August.

Entitled the Digital Disruptors Week, week four will deep dive into the digital-led disruptions of today, from Islamic FinTech and cryptocurrency to mobile commerce, digital banks, and mobile eSports, it said in a statement.

Starting from July 29 and concluding Aug 30, MTM21 is a virtual curation of digital and technology events geared promoting investments in the digital economy, organised by MDEC.

The month-long curation of contents features over 40 events and more than 300 local and international industry speakers and investors, rolled out across four themed weeks encapsulating MDEC’s NADI Digital Pillars – new skills, adoption, disruptors, and investments.

The Digital Disruptors Week taking place from Aug 23 to Aug 27  will kick off with a FinTech Showcase, featuring presentations from Malaysian FinTech companies that are taking on the world such as Soft Space, JurisTech and Innov8tif, MDEC said.

On Aug 25, Creative Tech Summit eSports Conference, a one-day event focused on the eSports industry, will begin.

Topics include “Business and Investment in eSports;” “Behind the Scenes of Professional eSports Athletes and Player;” and “Alternatives to eSports Job Opportunities”.

Notable satellite events from MDEC’s esteemed partners include Spark UsahaWIRA by Maxis, an extension of the telco’s UsahaWIRA campaign which highlights the importance and role of digital technology as a key component of entrepreneurship in Malaysia today, MDEC said.

This two-day event, starting on Aug 24, will see successful entrepreneurs share their journey on digital entrepreneurships, on top of multiple workshop sessions hosted by industry players. 

It will also feature Maxis’ SME Help Squad, which will be present to guide entrepreneurs towards grants and digital solutions that will benefit them, MDEC said.

Other highlights include:

  1. Regulators bootcamp (Aug 23 9.30am to 10.30am). A panel moderated by Ruslena Ramli, head of fintech and Islamic digital economy at MDEC that will discuss the latest innovation, partnerships, business models and trends happening in Malaysia surrounding the FinTech space. Notable names are Ng Sai Kit, vice chairman, Malaysian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association; Wan Malawati Wan Mansor, deputy director, financial development and innovation, Bank Negara Malaysia; and Azrina Azmel, deputy general manager, Securities Commission Malaysia.
  2. From Islamic finance to halal tourism – future trends in the muslim lifestyle market (Aug 24, 11.00am to 12.00pm). The panel session will discuss future trends of the Muslim lifestyle space, particularly halal tourism, Islamic finance, and digital payments.
  3. Alternative funding: No longer an option but mainstream (Aug 24, 11.00am to 12.00pm). A panel moderated by Elain Lockman of Ata Plus with panellists from alternative funding platforms PitchIN, Fundnel and MyStartr, this sessions looks at how the alternative funding scene has evolved in the country five years on
  4. Five lessons of resiliency and how exponential technologies are transforming businesses and society (Aug 26,12.00pm to 1.15pm): A collection of talks from manufacturing to healthcare, cyber secruity and robotics, it features companies such as Blinkware, Inmagine, LGMS and Aerodyne, which will dive into how they remain resilient in the COVID-19 pandemic, and how technology will transform business and society in the near future.
  5. Empowering the economic sectors with drone tech adoption (Aug 27, 11.30am to 1.00pm). A session on drone tech and how it has become increasingly more prevalent, and how it can empower various economic sectors surfaces. It features a panel  PwC UK, SME Corp, IIB Ventures at Iskandar Investment Berhad, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM)
  6. Empowering the agriculture sector with digital agricultural tech Adoption (Aug 27 2021, 2.30pm to 4.00pm). A panel on food security and agriculture technology and how it has become increasingly relevant at the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and global disruptions in the supply chain. It features experts from the government, agriculture sector and academia.

For more information on Malaysia Tech Month 2021, visit here.

Visitors and participants will be able to keep track of MTM’21’s many events and talks as well as network with fellow attendees via the Hubilo Events app, which can be downloaded on Google Play as well as the Apple App Store.



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