Hybrid int’l symposium on digital industry transformation draws 1,500 attendees

Mohd Morshidi (right) witnesses as Abang Johari (seated) tests out a flying simulation game.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 7: The two-day International Symposium on Digital Industry Transformation 2022 which started today drew some 1,500 in-person and virtual attendees across Sarawak.

The symposium is organised by Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Innovation and Talent Development, Yayasan Sarawak, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), Sarawak Centre of Performance Excellence (Scope) and Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC).

It is the main highlight of the Centexs Digital Tech Event 2022 taking place from May 27 to June 20 and in conjunction with the International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (IDECS) 2022 to be held on June 21 and 22.

Centexs chairman Tan Sri Mohd Morhsidi Abdul Ghani hoped the symposium will be able to trigger and stimulate the exploration and deployment of new technology and innovations in organisations.

“The main objective of this symposium is to provide a platform on the advancement in science and technology towards digital industry transformation in Sarawak.

“It aims to stimulate an interdisciplinary network and discussions between industries, government servants, researchers, graduates, technology developers, development implementers and practitioners from all domains in industries,” he said when speaking at the opening of the symposium by Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg at the centre near Rampangi here today.

Abang Johari cutting a ribbon to open the symposium witnessed by (from left) Dr Sim, Sagah and Mohd Morshidi.

Sessions held as part of the Digital Tech Event include the Centexs National Digital Industry Transformation Hackhatons, Bringing Immersive Technologies to Foster STEM Take-Up as well as Centexs Digital Academy with Industries and Centexs Digital Academy with Communities which offers various free and paid workshops and training especially in digital skills.

Digital technology, Mohd Morshidi pointed out, will not only support one specific industry sector, but influences horizontally across many industry sectors and the same goes within the organisations.

“As such, strategies need to be crafted and designed in order to fit the specific needs in realising the next step in their digital journey.

“The transformational opportunities in industry via advanced digital technologies and digitalisation can be a significant part of opening more jobs especially for our young generation, including in advanced mobile communication, cloud, big data analytics, smart devices and many more,” he said.

Mohd Morshidi added that organisations can use these technologies to scale up their daily performances, accelerate growth and gain a competitive advantage and become leaders in the industries.

“Digitalisation can add social value and has the potential to ensure a sustainable industry sector in Sarawak,” he said.

Among those present at the event were Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn, Deputy Minister of Education and Innovation Dr Annuar Rapaee as well as Centexs chief executive officer (CEO) Syeed Mohd Hussien Wan Abdul Rahman. — DayakDaily

Abang Johari (in black suit) together with other distinguished guests touring the 5G Lab.