Face-to-face contact, will remain a key business and innovation driver in the years to come as was apparent at the recently held iNNOVATE Tech Show co-located with the third edition of the Global Drone Conference & Exhibition at MATRADE Kuala Lumpur
After three days at the tradeshow, it is clear that the pandemic will not slow down the process of industrial transformation – to the contrary, businesses must move even faster to achieve the process of digitization and sustainability. Businesses must look at thriving not just locally but also internationally especially as the international borders are opening up again after two years.
As His Excellency Diego Velasco, Ambassador of Chile to Malaysia, said in his speech during the Opening Ceremony, “We are confident that the roles of Chile and Malaysia are well established as hinges and platforms for our respective regions, namely South America and Southeast Asia.
Very much as it was 500 years ago, when the first link between today´s Chile and today´s Malaysia was documented. This was in 1521 with the landing in the Straits of Magellan at Tierra del Fuego -land of fires- of Panglima Awang, a teenager sailor former resident in Melaka, who became the interpreter of Ferdinand Magellan in the first circumnavigation of the world.
What then took years of harrowing efforts to explore our blue planet, with the same spirit of teamworking that was needed then, today we can visualize a common future working together for the advancement of our nations and regions, this time with the clear notion that the sky is the limit.”
On the local front, Ybrs. Dr. Nor Azlina Ariffin, Undersecretary of the Technology Transfer and R&D Commercialization Division, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) who officiated the Opening of the event said “Malaysia’s adoption and application of digital and advanced technology to create and unlock new opportunities will maximise the potential of the digital economy as well as achieve inclusive, responsible and sustainable socio-economic growth.
Malaysia will also aggressively attract investment in the digital economy to become the regional leader. The focus will be on mainstreaming digitalisation for inclusive development, accelerating R&D&C&I as well as capitalising on the potential of advanced technology.”
“Just looking at all the technologies on display here, these are solutions to real business problems such as labour shortage, inefficient production lines, poor customer service, use of human beings for dangerous work. It is fascinating to see how far we have come from just two years ago. We can now confidently say that even farmers and lorry drivers can work remotely with the use of Artificial Intelligence and robots.” declared Ms. Hanniz Lam, Managing Partner of Best Events Productions Sdn Bhd, the company producing the iNNOVATE Tech Show and Global Drone Conference & Exhibition 2022.
“While having 40 local and international exhibitors, 60 speakers, 1705 trade visitors from 42 countries, 5 product launches and 3 MoUs signed within the three days, may be considered a small event for some, we view this event as a preview of bigger trade shows. It is our way of instilling confidence in companies to take part in bigger events that we are planning in the near future.” Ms. Lam adds.
It is worthy to note that not only non-profit associations such as Malaysia Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) and Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) were supportive of the trade show. Government agencies such as InvestKL, MRANTI, MDEC, SME Corp and MyCEB also showed their support.
As a Supporting Partner to the Global Drone Conference & Exhibition, MRANTI invited YB Dato´ Sri Dr. Adham bin Baba, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation to make a special announcement during the event about the plan to dispatch 200 drones to flood hotspots nationwide as an early measure towards facing the coming monsoon season.
He said the drones under the Special Emergency Drone Task Force (PTK2Dron2022) initiative coordinated by the Malaysia Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI) could support and help rescue work by disaster management agencies.
MRANTI also hosted Drone Regulation Talks and the Drone Career Day inviting local universities to apply for jobs in the drone industry as part of the Malaysian Drone Technology Action Plan 2022-2030 (MDTAP30) a national agenda to support the drone ecosystem in Malaysia, which has the potential to generate growth of RM50.71 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and can create 100,000 job opportunities by 2030.
“It is important that politicians now keep their word and provide the appropriate framework conditions so that the momentum of the trade fair can be translated into concrete action. We are looking forward to seeing even more exhibitors from abroad next year.” An attendee of the show shared.
From left: Prof Madya Dr Yon Rosli Daud (Deputy General Manager-Business Ventures, Open University Malaysia), Prof Dr Siti Aishah Hashim Ali (General Manager- Learner Experience & Technology, OUM), Assoc Prof Dr Ahmad Izanee Awang (President/Vice-Chancellor, OUM), Ybrs. Dr. Nor Azlina Ariffin, Undersecretary of the Technology Transfer and R&D Commercialization Division, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) and Sarah Bakri (Managing Partner, Best Events Productions Sdn Bhd)
Hanniz Lam, Managing Partner of Best Events Productions Sdn Bhd
From left: YBrs Illyaquila Fateen Ismail, Assistant Director, Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), YBrs Brig Gen Sr Dr Zambry Mohamad Rabab, Director, Geospatial Security, Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM), Ybrs. Sr Mohammad Zaki bin Mohd Ghazali, Director General of Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM), YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Adham bin Baba, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), YBhg. Datuk Ts. Dr. Haji Aminuddin bin Hassim, Secretary General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), YBrs. Safuan Zairi, Chief Ecosystem Development Officer, MRANTI and YB Datuk Khairul Shahril bin Idrus, Chief Information Officer, National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA)
Tradeshow attendees learned how to manage building temperatures with the use of nanofluids, discovered Autonomous Driving Solutions with the use of AI and IoT. How they could power their production lines using ERP systems and Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Solutions or how they can build resilience into their supply chains. From large-scale solutions such as the digitization of development and production processes in manufacturing, to data acquisition using a range of drones equipped with high-end sensors or cameras for agriculture, land management, disaster management and security and surveillance to robots used in plantations, the iNNOVATE Tech Show and Global Drone Conference & Exhibition offered a broad picture of the technological options for the industry of today and tomorrow.
Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) and Malaysia Japan Economic Association (MAJECA)
Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA & MASSA, who gave the Welcome Remarks at the C-Level Round Table Discussion held during the event said “This Tech Trade Show and Roundtable Discussion is timely as businesses, more than ever, should leverage on platforms such as this to network, dialogue and reconnect and reach out to new markets and potential partners. Many technology leaders and global brands across the digital ecosystem, industry sector which include Space Tech, Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, Agrotech, Robotics and Connectivity, have shared and showcased their innovations and insights across the Tech Show and the third edition of the Global Drone Conference & Exhibition.”
Muhammad Azmi Zulkifli – Chief Executive Officer at InvestKL
Laurent Maillefer – Robotics & Discrete Automation, ABB and Jean-Bernard Boura, Founder of Pen Aviation
Tan Sri Azman Hashim of MAJECA and MASSA, Ms Su Fun Ng of MAJECA and MASSA, Mr Keiichi Sato of Mitsubishi Electric Sales Malaysia and Mr Tozaki Toshio of Transcosmos Malaysia
Dr. Darius Ngo, Business Innovation Unit Head of Yokogawa Electric (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Mr. Jiin Joo Ong, CTO of Garuda Robotics
Raja Muda of Perlis, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail
In the Closing Ceremony of the event, the Raja Muda of Perlis, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail said “Under IR 4.0, digital transformation technology catalyzes the digital economy, including the green and sustainable economy, which are vital in preparing Malaysia for an ever-changing, challenging future.
Digital domains will eventually merge with physical and biological domains through the pervasive evolution of digital transformation technology.
It is essential for the private sector to lead a responsible and sustainable approach in providing products and services and develop innovative solutions to improve our social and natural impacts on positive endeavors.”
Ending the speech, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra added, “We must be adaptable, enthusiastic about new knowledge, foster an attitude towards lifelong learning, and eager to contribute to a future that reflects our shared belief, values and visions.”
The next iNNOVATE Tech Show takes place on 23 & 24 October 2024.
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