Inaugural Borneo International Drobotex 2019 offers peek into world of robotics

Len (centre) speaking to reporters as representatives from Tegas and SMA (left and right respectively) listen in.

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KUCHING, Sept 30: Sarawak will be hosting the inaugural Borneo International Drone and Robotics Explore (Drobotex) 2019 this coming weekend.

The event, scheduled for October 4-6 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), will see teams from schools and higher learning institutions in Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand participating in not just the exhibitions, free talks, workshops held throughout the event but also various robotics and drone competitions.

Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif told a press conference that the event would be graced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on October 4 at 9am.

“The objectives of the Borneo International Drobotex 2019 are to develop new pool of talents in digital skills, enhancing the students’ experiential learning outside of classrooms, bridging the gap on new technologies and future possibilities, and to promote Sarawak as a key player in Digital Innovation in Borneo,” he said.

Len said there would be 15 partners and exhibitors from three main industries namely drones, robotics and digital innovation industries. Among them, he added, were Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak, PPKS/ICATS vocational college, Malaysia Civil Defense Drone Unit, Kinabalu Ideal Exchanges, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Robotics Academy, HDU Drone Academy Malaysia, Digital Economy Hub, The Learning Curve, Aerodyne Kenyalang, and RERO/Vincenzo Labs.

He disclosed that among the topics to be presented during the free talks are an introduction to drone operation, aerial drone safety and laws in Malaysia, drone pilot careers, exploring the Internet of Things, autonomous drone programming, and even the Coding Game: Battle of Bots.

“Other than that there would also be five main competitions in the event besides the Junior Innovate Challenge, namely Line Follower Race, Maze Solver Challenge, Drone Obstacle Race, Drone Delivery Service and Tiny Whoop Drone Race that would involve some 200 individuals and international teams,” said Len.

He urged interested members of the public, students and teachers to come for the Borneo International Drobotex 2019 between 10am to 5pm daily, and participate in the workshops and talks as entrance would be free.

The event is organised by Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (Tegas) and Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA). — DayakDaily