Big Data Week Kuala Lumpur to Drive Data Economy in Malaysia

Big Data Week 2017 will kick off on the 2nd – 3rd October with the anchor conference Next Big Tech Asia alongside with Smart Cities Asia in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Hosted and jointly organised by MDEC, HRDF and Knowledge Group, the week long festival is expecting to welcome over 3,000 attendees, 60 global experts and chief data scientists.

The anchor event will feature over 60 global experts and chief data scientists from leading organisations like Google, Facebook, San Diego City, Helsinki City, New South Wales Government, Fusionex and iFlix to share their experience in turning data into insights.

Dr. Karl Ng, Director, Data Economy said, “MDEC sees Big Data Week as an ideal avenue to promote Data Science as a career as well as to highlight the successes obtained by organisations adoption Big Data Analytics. And, for the first time, we will be introducing the topic of Artificial Intelligence to ensure that Malaysians are able to leverage off this up and coming, market-ready technology.​”​

(From left) Sashikala Devi Gopallan, Director of SME Division for HRDF; Selva Nagappan, Managing Director of Knowledge Group and Somasundaram Nagappan, Head of Strategic Partnership, Data Economy Division for MDEC at the official launching of Big Data Week Malaysia

HRDF has agreed to sponsor 150 SMEs to participate in the main conference, to ensure insights are accessible to everyone. Knowledge Group along with MDEC and ADAX will also be jointly organising free big data trainings throughout the week.

Dato’ CM Vignaesvaran, Chief Executive of HRDF explained, “Training is expensive especially for Small and Medium Enterprises, but SMEs made up the majority of businesses in Malaysia. This is one of the initiatives by HRDF to help our local SMEs so they can be part of substantial programmes such as the Next Big Tech Asia 2017. An investment for their companies, and for the country.”


The festivities will wrap up with TechJam, a casual event to be held in APW Bangsar. In keeping with the theme “It’s Data Science, Not Rocket Science”, TechJam will showcase big data in a way that the general public can appreciate how it’s being used to improve our daily lives. It will also feature food trucks, music, drone performances and insightful discourse about data science.



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