Why Digital Malaysia? Is MDeC still Relevant for Malaysian Entrepreneurs?

After a prolonged slumber, the tech ecosystem in the Klang Valley is about to see the re-emergence of a monthly learning, growing and sharing gathering, branded as the DNA-TeAM Disrupt series. Co-organised by Digital News Asia and the long established Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM), the monthly event seeks only one objective – To attract anyone who has a passion for technology, for two hours of sharing and learning and networking and camaraderie. And yes, you may have 500 contacts on LinkedIn and over 500 friends on social media but the time invested in the monthly Disrupt series will probably do you more good in realising your dream of building a technology based business.

The format will consist of two speakers who will speak for a maximum of 25 minutes with a moderator then facilitating an interactive dialogue between the speakers and the audience. Different opinions are highly encouraged!

The topic will change every month with the kick-off topic posing the question: Is MDeC still relevant with the advent of Digital Malaysia?

Datuk Badlisham Ghazali has been invited to speak on behalf of MDeC with Ganesh Kumah Bangah confirmed at the other speaker. It should be noted that Ganesh has built MOL Global into one of the world’s top gaming payment providers. How much of his success is down to the MSC and MDeC?

Is Digital Malaysia and the slew of Entry Point Projects (EPPs) it will introduce a natural extension of what theMultimedia Super Corridor (MSC) needs to really take off? After all, we are now in Phase 3 (2011 to 2020) of the MSC vision. Where Phase 2 was about creating economies of scale, Phase 3 is focused on empowering the nation and enhancing the ICT sector towards achieving the goal of a high-income and developed nation by 2020 in line with the New Economic Model (NEM).

“We want ICT to be more pervasive with a wider economic footprint. Our strategies in the three main clusters (Creative Multimedia, Shared Services Outsourcing and Infotech) have been realigned to put stronger emphasis on wealth creation and high-value investments,” said Badlisham at the launch of Phase 3 last year.

Is Digital Malaysia the outcome of this realignment of strategies Badlisham talks about? Will Malaysian companies be the drivers for the various Digital Malaysia EPPs to be announced or will they be led by the multinationals?

The answers, or perhaps, more questions will be known at the inaugural Disrupt on 19 Sept 2012 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Plug & Play Technology Garden in The Gardens South Tower, Mid Valley. For registration, please visit TeAM.

DNA-TeAM Disrupt series is organised by DNA and TeAM, support from IBM Malaysia and , with Amanz.myBFM89.9Big Orangelowyat.netmajalah techMalaysia and Malaysia as media partner.