Role of Technology Ecosystem in Restarting the Economy
By Digital News Asia July 24, 2020
- Cyberview debuts monthly webinar series in conjunction with 23rd anniversary
- New technologies encouraged to be developed, tested in line with smart city roadmap
Cyberview Sdn Bhd (Cyberview), the Tech Hub Developer of Cyberjaya recently held the first of its live monthly webinar series, themed “The Role of Technology in Restarting the Economy”. The webinar discussed how a technology ecosystem would catalyse the development of tech and innovation as society and businesses are pushed to fast-track digitalisation, in the post Covid-19 era.
With lockdowns across the world beginning to ease, aside from the US which is going in the wrong direction, and people learning to adapt to a new norm, the panel discussion focused on how technology will continue to play a key role in rebuilding economies. The speakers included Shafinaz Salim, head of Technology Hub Development division of Cyberview; Richard Ker (pic, left), vice president, Partnership and Ecosystem Development of Aerodyne Group and Usamah Zaid, founder and CEO of WAU Animation.
“In conjunction with Cyberjaya’s 23rd anniversary, we are excited to kick off Cyberview’s series of online panel discussions to talk about various topics of interest in today’s new world. At Cyberview, we champion Cyberjaya as a vibrant global tech hub, and the centre of Malaysia’s tech innovation. With digitalisation and technology becoming more important than ever before, we are bringing together industry players and stakeholders in Malaysia’s tech and digital scene to engage with the relevant audiences,” Shafinaz said.
Aerodyne’s Ker shared how his company has been benefitting from Cyberjaya’s ecosystem. “Generally, a technology ecosystem allows companies to localise their services and contents, and eventually expand their businesses. For example, although Aerodyne is slightly more than 5 years old, we have succeeded in entering over 25 countries by leveraging the technology ecosystem that these countries have. Specifically, for Cyberjaya, the thriving ecosystem allows us to collaborate with other technology players, investors and the government agencies who are based here. For example, we were very glad to be able to provide our services in enforcing the Movement Control Order (MCO) together with Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) recently, with an outstanding achievement of running 62 drones in 1,364 flight hours, covering over 55,000 kilometers in distance.”
As a pioneer figure in paving the way for a flourishing Malaysian digital creative industry, Usamah (pic, right) shared his perspective on how his digital creative journey started in Cyberjaya. “Starting a business in animation was not easy but being in Cyberjaya gave us the opportunity to be connected with other players in the ecosystem which include Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) that has given us continuous support since 2013. We also get to work with other animation players here in Cyberjaya. In today’s ever-evolving world, we must study the industry landscape to fulfill gaps, as well as diversify and modify our business scope to stay relevant and resilient.”
The points Usamah makes, resonate with Cyberview and infact underpin the introduction of Cyberjaya’s new Masterplan which aims to help the smart city fill gaps in its value proposition to companies globally, while ensuring it stays relevant.
The new Cyberjaya masterplan further complements the technology ecosystem where Cyberjaya has been divided to four districts – North Cyberjaya, West Cyberjaya, South Cyberjaya and Downtown Cyberjaya, with a strong focus on the three new technology clusters – Smart Mobility, Smart Healthcare and Digital Creative.
Cyberview believes these districts will propel Cyberjaya as the centre for Malaysia’s tech innovation by providing a platform for creators and innovators to launch their businesses, while creating an ecosystem that encourages synergy between companies from different industries and of various sizes.
Shafinaz emphasised on the importance of remaining agile and flexible when adapting to today’s new normal. “Cyberview’s role as the Tech Hub Developer of Cyberjaya allows new technologies to be developed, tested, and piloted in Cyberjaya in line with our smart city roadmap. Although there are shared challenges that we are overcoming, we must focus on the future. It is imperative that companies take a step back and analyse their business processes and strategies in order to remain competitive and resilient. After all, the future is a world shaped by technology.”
For the full recording of Cyberview’s first webinar edition, visit Cyberview’s Youtube channel at https://bit.ly/2YVwZdk.