Indonesia: The Next IT Hub

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“The center (of Asia) is not China nor India. It’s Indonesia, Cristophe Thomson said on our own conversation at @StartupLokal 2nd Anniversary event co-host with @e27sg Singapore for Echelon Jakarta Satellite. You can read more about his opinion on his upcoming book: Jakarta! –  published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama and will be launched soon.

Inside the room, panelists are discussing on how to make Indonesia as the next IT hub, how to be the next Sillicon Valley. But Phil Whickham, CEO of the Society of Kauffman Fellows, said: Don’t try to become Sillicon Valley!

Sillicon Valley is unique. Indonesia should be Indonesia. We must know what we can build, what makes our ecosystem unique and figure out how we can connect. Because our startup is like neuron in the brain that will only good when it’s connected.

And that’s exactly what us from StartupLokal community been trying to do. The initiators, myself @salsabeela, @nuniek, @nataliardianto and the associates @bayu99 @ilmanakbar @hadigunawan, try as hard as we could to help grow and nurture the startup ecosystem in Indonesia. We partner with several Indonesia’s digital activists and creating @ProjectEden, an accelerator to incubate new ideas to become startups.

Telkom Indonesia playing important roles in providing infrastructure as the backbone of startup ecosystem. Indonesia Wifi @Wifi_id project will make 500,000 wifi access points available all over Indonesia. The Project expected to be complete within this year.

We’re grateful with amazing line of speakers on our anniversary & judges for Echelon’s startup pitch: Brynerio, 4ID (Indonesia), Danny Wirianto, Mindtalk (Indonesia), Harry K. Nugraha, Intel (Indonesia), Kevin Mintaraga, Project Eden (Indonesia), Michel Birnbaum, SVCA (Singapore), Mohan Belani, E27 (Singapore), Phil Wickham, Kauffman Fellows (USA), Sarim Aziz, RIM (Singapore), Sri Safitri, Telkom (Indonesia), Simone Brunozzi, Amazon Web Service (Singapore), Vincent Lauria, Golden gate Ventures (USA)

I find Simone @simon session very interactive and exciting, we know for sure, step by step, on how to start a startup. A very nice opening session for around 350 participants that mostly ‘new comer’. I can read on twitter timeline that people are inspired to start their own startup.

Big thanks to our generous sponsors: Finpay Online Payment Gateway, Telkom Indonesia and also E27 sponsors Amazon, Microsoft,  Global Brain and Blackberry. Thanks Telios.Tv for the opportunity for startups to promote their services.

Thanks our host partner e27 & their solid team: @mohanbelani @joashweecikai @gabtwitx– it was fun working with you guys.

The venue, Telkom office at Kebon Sirih, was packed with enthusiasts from 10am to 6pm, on Saturday, holiday weekend. Everybody was in awe with the energy in the room! :D

“Huge potential, amazing energy, very creative people!” are some of the comments I overheard from Japanese, Singaporean, French, American at the event.

The future is bright for Indonesia. Our job now is to stay positive, start building and make it happens.

 

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