National ICT Month comes round again


GAME ON: Support staff busy making sure that the game machines are in operation for the upcoming WCG 2012 (Malaysian and Asian) battles. It is one of the events lined up in the Pikom's National ICT Month's calendar.

By ZAM KARIM bytz@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: The National ICT (information and communications technology) Month 2012 has kicked off.

A whole bunch of programmes have been organised with the aim of promoting local ICT products and services, as well as finding solutions to several industry challenges. T.H. Woon, chairman of Pikom (the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia) which is a co-organiser of the event, said the industry is projected to grow by about 9% to 10% this year, but the sector faces several challenges.

He identified talent retention, capability and capacity building, commercialisation impetus, and global economic uncertainty as some of the challenges.

“We hope events like the National ICT Month will help provide greater awareness and understanding of the industry,” he added.

The other co-organiser is the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti). It is the fourth consecutive year that both have joined forces to organise the event.

On the events calendar, is the Digital Lifestyle Expo (DLE) 2012 and the World Cyber Games (WCG) Asian Championship 2012, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre until Sunday.

“The DLE is all about showcasing the latest ICT trends, lifestyle products and gadgets, as well as software applications,” Woon said.

On display are emerging technologies, consumer electronics, PC-based and online games, e-government solutions and e-commerce applications, while there are several country pavillions for exhibitors from overseas.

This year’s WCG event, meanwhile, has been taken up a notch; Malaysia is hosting the Asian championship round.

The three-day event will see adrenaline-pumped teams and individuals battle it out in videogames DOTA 2, FIFA 12 and Tekken 6 to win the honour of representing their respective countries at the finals in Kunshan, China, in November.

Teams and individuals from nine countries, including, India, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, are in the running.

Huge pow-wow

Another high point of the National ICT Month 2012 is the Leadership Summit 2012, from Sept 27-28, where top-notch leaders from the sector will meet to discuss and review the current state of the industry.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) chief executive Datuk Badlisham Ghazali are among them. MDeC is caretaker of the MSC Malaysia initiative to leapfrog the nation into a knowledge economy.

Another highlight is the launch of Pikom’s ICT Strategic Review 2012/2013. This study of the local ICT sector is for the consumption of ministries and government agencies, the ICT community, and anyone interested in the state of the industry.

Then there’s the Smart Sourcing Summit 2012, from Oct 10-11, which provides a platform to look at the outsourcing industry, its issues, its visibility, and the services of Malaysian providers. It will also enable business-to-business networking opportunities.

A Pikom PC Fair is also on the list of supporting events for the National ICT Month. This time it is collaborating with universities and colleges for the cash-and-carry event that offers bargains on computer peripherals and other devices.

This series — called University PC Fair 2012 — kicks off from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Skudai, Johor, from Sept 27-29.

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