To­wards build­ing data-driven Asean

> Con­gre­ga­tion of big data in­dus­try play­ers fo­cus­ing on am­pli­fy­ing dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion

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BIG Data Week Asia 2016 con­gre­gated some 3,500 over par­tic­i­pants from around the re­gion to ex­plore and dis­cuss the lat­est tech­nol­ogy ad trends. The week­long event in­volved 84 world-class speak­ers, 38 lead­ing ex­hibitors, 41 spon­sors and 17 satel­lite events, all di­rected at build­ing a datadriven Asean.

BIG DATA GROW­ING BIG­GER An­chor event for Big Data Week Asia 2016 was Bigit Tech­nol­ogy Malaysia 2016 which ran on Sept 19 and 20. The two­day event was part of Malaysia Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Cor­po­ra­tion’s (MDEC) ef­forts to pro­pel dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion eco-sys­tems and grow op­por­tu­ni­ties in the area of Big Data and An­a­lyt­ics (BDA).

Speak­ing at the event were Har­vard Busi­ness School’s Prof Karim R. Lakhani, Cen­tre of Data In­no­va­tion, USA di­rec­tor Daniel Cas­tro, Cloud­era co-founder and CTO Amr Awadal­lah and Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity’s data sci­en­tist Lutz Fin­ger, among other lo­cal and re­gional speak­ers.

MDEC CEO Yas­min Mah­mood who of­fi­ci­ated Big Data Week 2016 was thrilled on the lineup of ex­cep­tional speak­ers this year. She was also de­lighted about the in­crease in aware­ness and the ris­ing num­ber of data sci­en­tist and data pro­fes­sion­als MDEC has pro­duced through its in­no­va­tive work­ing mod­els and in­dus­try-uni­ver­sity col­lab­o­ra­tions.

DE­VEL­OP­MENT AND PROGRESS Clearly, Malaysia is mak­ing steady progress to be­com­ing a hub as a BDA so­lu­tions provider es­pe­cially with 32 BDA com­pa­nies ex­port­ing their ser­vices and so­lu­tions and 47 BDA start-ups test­ing and stir­ring the mar­ket with its data an­a­lyt­ics in­no­va­tion. Aim­ing to fur­ther ed­u­cate the pool of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, MDEC has tied up with Cours­era to of­fer Mas­sive Open On­line Cour­ses (MOOCs) for work­ing pro­fes­sion­als across in­dus­tries.

More­over, MDC and the Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Fund are fur­ther look­ing at de­vel­op­ing the ad­vance­ment of tech­nol­ogy, sys­tems and pro­cesses that fall un­der the BDA um­brella.

MDEC was the host for this year’s Big Data Week Asia 2016. The event was of­fi­cially recog­nised as the big­gest in Asia this year. For more, visit the MDEC web­site.

(From sixth, left) MDEC in­no­va­tion cap­i­tal di­rec­tor Dr Karl Ng, Yas­min and HRDF CEO Datuk CM Vig­naes­varan with the top 10 Data Science MOOC Cours­era Malaysia par­tic­i­pants.

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