KUCHING: TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub at i-COM Square here is a precursor to the Digital Village at Samajaya Free Industrial Zone, Assistant Minister of Urban Planning Datuk Len Talif Salleh said today.
He said the digital village is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2020.
In April this year, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg announced the setting of a digital village with an allocation of RM30 million.
Len, who is also TEGAS (Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak) chairman, said while waiting for the completion of the digital village, the innovation hub was set up.
“The hub, occupying the third of floor of i-COM Square, has about 5,100 square feet with the main components being co-working space, conference room, event space, mixed reality corner, sky booth, sound production room, 3D printing, management office, pantry and chill area backed by Internet speed 100 mbps.
“The hub is managed by TEGAS and serves as a platform to nurture talents, support entrepreneurs and develop innovators for Sarawak,” he said at the opening of the hub by the chief minister.
He said the hub offers start-ups the opportunity for expansion, ready access to high-speed broadband, with 100 mbps and later to be upgraded to 150 mbps, funding and facilitation opportunities, entrepreneur-friendly eco-system and talent development programmes.
In a move to enrich the eco-system, he said TEGAS signed MoUs with 11 companies as strategic partners for #innovatesarawak campaign to promote creativity and innovation as well as to provide growth opportunities for start-ups.
The companies include Sarawak Shell Berhad, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Australian Trade and Investment Commission, SME Corporation Malaysia, Swinburne University of Technology and IMR Group of Companies.
Len said the first tech start-up, TRIFOLD, is currently incubated in the hub under the TEGAS Swinburne mixed reality future project.
“This first of kind of collaboration utilises new and advanced technologies such as Microsoft Hololens to inspire youth and ultimately accelerating growth of Sarawak’s digital economy,” he said. – dayakdaily.com