Photo - Attenders gather for Microsoft's Malaysia Developers Conference
Technology solutions giant Microsoft is continuing its strategy to support Malaysia's local developer community with its latest Malaysia Developer's Conference, which attracted more than 400 local developers from startups to independent software vendors.
Held at the Telekom Malaysia Convention centre, the event - //bina/ - provided a platform for developers for both growth opportunities and the sharing of new skills. Participation by partner companies also added a wider market access to attenders.
National ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] chief operating officer, Ng Wan Peng, said: "Providing the right foundations for the creativity and passion of our local talents to flourish is equally as important as recognising them."
"Programmes such as //bina/ is in line with our efforts to spur the growth of a vibrant Digital Economy in Malaysia and complements MDeC's initiatives, which are focused on enabling up-and-coming creative local talents to create world-class applications and content," said Ng. "With ICON3 and the Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC), we aim to empower developers to move up the value chain by engaging the industry and individuals to spearhead the use of digital technologies to produce high quality creative content. MDeC's is to drive the nation's digital economy and accelerate efforts to spur generational change through technology, and that is what we are accomplishing here."
Dinesh Nair, director of developer experience and evangelism at Microsoft Malaysia sad the platform //bina/ pointed to the potential of the local developer community.
"Microsoft has been driving innovation and creating a real impact in transforming Malaysia for more than 20 years," said Nair. "We are inspiring students and software developers to take up the challenge to gear up for success, personally and professionally. Only by nurturing our local talents and providing a healthy ecosystem can we achieve the nation's aspirations of becoming a high-income, knowledge-based, and innovation-driven economy."
Microsoft is becoming more open
"Nation-building is not solely the role of the Government alone but is a shared responsibility with the private sector and other key stakeholders," he said. "Partnerships are key to achieving this; from the technology that is needed to drive these innovations, to the support system and the infrastructure these innovations are built on, and that is why we are committed to working with the Government and industry stakeholders to invest - and invest big - in empowering our Malaysian talents."
Telekom Malaysia's head of mass marketing operations [MMMO] Moharmustaqeem Mohammed, agreed. "At Telekom Malaysia [TM], we couldn't agree more on the key components in building a truly advanced, digital nation - innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration. //bina/ is the perfect avenue where all these key components come together."
"As the Innovation Partner of the event, we are delighted with yet another partnership with Microsoft to help local developers and startups realise their potential," said Moharmustaqeem. "This event also allowed us to share our resources in support of Malaysia's startup ecosystem for creative and innovative solutions through our Innovation Exchange (IX) Accelerator Programme. Leveraging our competitive advantage as Malaysia's leading integrated information and communications group, IX is designed to stimulate ideas within TM whilst driving innovation across the industry. We look forward to the birth of more Digital Icons for Malaysia through our collaborations with Microsoft such as //bina/, with hopes that IX can assist these icons in fast forwarding the future of digital in Malaysia."
Microsoft's Nair added: "As a company, Microsoft is becoming more open in the way that we work with and collaborate with others in the industry, in how we listen to customers, and in our approach to the cloud - especially in today's mobile-first, cloud-first world. We contribute to and partner with open source communities and promote interoperability to make it easier and less costly for customers to develop and manage mixed IT environments. Our presence at the Malaysian Open Source Conference (MOSC) 2014, and our collaboration with OSDC for the MyMAD Hackathon at //bina/, are prime examples of how we are promoting development initiatives using Open Source Tools for our local talents and providing commercial viability for their ideas."
"Microsoft is opening doors for the local developer community to showcase their talents both locally and globally. We are dedicated to not only help Malaysian developers harness their talents and accelerate their progress, but also to provide an environment in which they can thrive," he said.
//bina/ was held in collaboration with MDeC and TM.
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