Malaysia Tech Month 2021 (MTM’21), a virtual curation of digital and technology content, was launched by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
The event, geared towards promoting investments in a digital economy and establishing the country as the Heart of Digital Asean, is organised by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
Taking place from July 29 until Aug 30, MTM’21 will feature over 40 curated events and more than 300 local and international industry speakers as well as investors.
Throughout the month, these industry leaders and tech innovators will share their thoughts and experiences through a variety of keynotes, workshops, discussion panels and matching sessions.
MTM’21 is aligned to MDEC’s recently unveiled “Digital Investments Future5” (DIF5) Strategy.
This five-year plan focusing on five key thrusts is aimed at attracting investments and advancing the nation’s digital economy in line with the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint.
The initiative, which will run from 2021 to 2025 following the 12th Malaysia Plan, aims to secure high-quality digital investments as it seeks to unlock new drivers of growth.
The line-up of internationally renowned speakers include futurist, bestselling author and populariser of science Prof Dr Michio Kaku, Renault Group chief scientific officer and co-creator of Apple Siri Dr Luc Julia and futurist as well as author of Ubertrends, Michael Tchong.
This line-up will be enhanced by Malaysia’s own business titans — Air Asia chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Internet and media mogul Patrick Grove and Carsome co-founder and group CEO Eric Cheng.
Other distinguished speakers include Bukalapak (Indonesia) co-founder Muhamad Fajrin Rasyid, Aerodyne Group founder and group CEO Kamarul A. Muhamed.
“The landscape today is vastly different,” said Saifuddin.
“However, the time has never been better for digital technologies as we navigate unprecedented as well as new socio-economic norms and radical disruptions to business and life.
“As we push the digital economy needle forward, we must not lose sight of the ultimate goal of our effort, the quality of life of the rakyat.”
He continued, “We are cognisant of their plight and concerns and continue to do our utmost to ensure technology serves to benefit the people, ensuring equitable opportunities for the many.
“We build, we connect, we facilitate and we make it happen.
“The launch of the second edition of the highly successful Malaysia Tech Month is testament to this.”
MDEC chairman Datuk Dr Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff said, “By driving conversations within our key industry sectors such as fintech and Islamic digital economy, besides fostering regional and global collaborations through business matching and investment facilitations, MTM’21 will take us several steps forward towards achieving our DIF5 goals.
“This will act as a catalyst of enabling our vision of Malaysia 5.0, a nation deeply integrated with technology, providing equitable digital opportunities to people and businesses.”
The content across the month will be rolled out in four themed weeks encapsulating MDEC’s Nadi Digital pillars — new skills, adoption, disruptors and investments.
Visitors and participants will be able to keep track of MTM’21’s events and talks, as well as network with fellow attendees via the Hubilo Events app, which can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
For details, visit mdec.my/mtm2021.