MTM’21 1st Week: Focusing Malaysia As The Heart Of Digital Investments

People wearing protective masks cross a street in front of Petronas Twin Towers, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

The Malaysia Tech Month 2021 (MTM’21) is off to an exciting start. After a two-day anchor event headlined by some of the world’s best and brightest in technology, MTM’21 will move into Week One of this month-long curation of events, which will focus on Digital Investments.

MTM’21, happening from 29 July to 30 August 2021, is a virtual curation of electrifying digital and technology content geared towards promoting investments in the digital economy, organised by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia’s lead agency in digital transformation.

It will be feature over 40 events and more than 300 local and international industry speakers and investors. The content will be rolled out in four themed weeks encapsulating MDEC’s NADI Digital pillars– New Skills, Adoption, Disruptors and Investments.

Taking place from 2 to 6 August 2021, Week One, titled “Heart of Digital Investment”, will focus on Malaysia as the hub of digital investments in the region. Participants can engage with experts and existing investors on Malaysia’s digital investment landscape, how they can establish and grow in the country, with a view on the region’s investment outlook.

The week will kick off with the launch of the Malaysia, Heart of Digital ASEAN (MHODA) portal. The new portal is established by the Digital Investment Office (DIO), a collaboration between the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and MDEC, acting as a single window to coordinate and streamline all foreign and domestic digital investments in the country including leads from all the Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs).

As a follow-up to the MHODA portal launch, 2 August will also see a speaking session on the DIO. Titled “Digital Investment Office – Your One Stop for All Digital Investment Needs”, the session will explore how the DIO serves as a unique value proposition for Malaysia’s upcoming digital investments.

Key sessions on Week One that audiences should look out for:

“Asia Digital Outlook – Indulging the Dynamics, Underlying the Predictions”
How can Malaysia help technology grow across ASEAN? What are its opportunities for investors and investees? This session serves as an outlook on Malaysia as ASEAN’s digital hub through the perspective of venture capitalists (VCs) who are entrenched in the region, such as Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups Singapore; Jeffrey Paine, Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures, Singapore; and Thomas G. Tsao, Chairman and Founding Partner of Gobi Partners Malaysia.
(2 August 2021, 2.00pm to 3.00pm)

“The New Age of Innovation Centres: Realising Potential Return of Investment”
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the critical need for better research, technology and innovation. How are technology parks shaping up to provide what the industry needs in testing, prototyping and collaboration? Dzuleira Abu Bakar, Group CEO of Technology Park Malaysia (TPM), seeks to answer these questions through TPM’s perspective.
(3 August 2021, 11.00am – 11.45am)

“Enabling Cities to Become Global Tech Hub for Emerging Technologies” 
This panel discussion explores how Malaysia is poised to become the Heart of Digital ASEAN by enabling cities to become global tech hubs for emerging technologies. Focusing on technology-enabled innovation with real problem statements, emerging tech hubs such as Cyberjaya, Penang and Iskandar will share their views and experience on their journey to become SEA tech leaders.
(4 August 2021, 3.00pm to 4.00pm)

“A Sharing Session by DUG – Growing Footprint from Malaysia”
Australian-owned DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) is a company at the forefront of high-performance computing. They design, own and operate some of the largest and greenest supercomputers on Earth, with data centres in Kuala Lumpur, Perth, Houston and London. Dr Matthew Lamont, Founder and Managing Director of DUG, will be sharing his insightful journey with growing DUG’s footprint from the heart of Malaysia, and their exciting future in the country.
(5 August 2021, 10.00am to 11.00am)

“Cybersecurity Investment Footprint in Malaysia”
Moderated by Anwer Yusoff, Head of Industry Engagement and Collaboration, CyberSecurity Malaysia; and featuring speakers from intelligence and security companies such as Trovicor, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and other notable firms, this panel discussion aims to dive into the cybersecurity investment footprint in Malaysia.
(5 August 2021, 11.00am to 12.00pm)

“Making Malaysia the Hub of IT Excellence: the Schott AG Germany story”
German multinational glass company Schott, a skilled partner for high-tech industries ranging from healthcare to aerospace, is in the midst of establish its regional IT service hub in Malaysia. Mirko Götze, VP and Head of Regional Information Solutions of Schott, will be talking about why the renowned company has chosen to invest in Malaysia.
(5 August 2021, 3.00pm to 4.00pm)

“The Growth of Global Business Services in Malaysia – A Holistic Perspective”
Global business services (GBS) companies are the largest contributor in MSC Malaysia’s performance, adding up to 50 per cent of investments, 66 per cent of exports, and 61 per cent of jobs created. This panel discussion, which include representatives from longstanding GBS establishments in Malaysia with global brand names like Roche, Dell, HSBC, Jabil and others, seeks to provide a holistic perspective of the industry during the New Normal.
(6 August 2021, 11.00am to 12.00pm)

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