Reaching out to ICT leaders via online fest

Penang has turned to the latest digital technology including using state-of-the-art CCTVs to monitor the streets.— Filepic

THE three-day TechFest2020 was held online with live telecast from the Unesco World Heritage site in George Town, Penang.

The digital event featured the Road-to-World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) Malaysia.

It had a lineup of over 200 on-demand sessions featuring live dialogues, webinars and keynote addresses by prominent global speakers.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who attended the live telecast, said that with WCIT, the state was now in conversation with ICT companies that represented 90% of the world ICT market.

“Digitalisation will lead us to further growth and prosperity, ” said Chow.

“To make Penang attractive and relevant to investors, we need to depend on technology and Industrial Revolution 4.0.

“I hope that after this event, more ICT companies will invest in Penang.

“I believe that WCIT 2020 will position Penang and Malaysia as the IT gateway to Southeast Asia, connecting the world.”

Chow added that among the technological and digital steps taken by the state were installing hundreds of CCTVs with facial recognition ability on both the island and mainland, integrating municipal services with smart technologies and implementing the Penang Smart Parking system.

“Due to the pandemic, we are into food security and urban farming as well.

“We are in collaboration with ThinkCity and UN Habitat to come up with the Penang Nature-based Climate Adaptation Programme, ” he added.

During the three-day digital festival, there were also sessions offering insights and inspiring success stories from industry leaders and new innovative business models.

A statement by web host Exabytes said the festival aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs, captains of industry, government leaders, academics, investors and consumers.

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