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Invitation to Participate in CeBIT 2013, Hannover, Germany (by 4th January, 2013)

MATRADE is pleased to invite your company to participate in the Malaysian Pavilion at CeBIT 2013 in Hannover, Germany from 5-9 March 2013. Since its inception in 1986, CeBIT had rapidly developed into one of the world’s leading ICT exhibitions, featuring a wide array of innovations for users across industries.

CeBIT 2012 featured 4,200 exhibitors from 69 countries and a total of 312,000 visitors from all over the world visited the exhibition. For 2013, visitors and technology enthusiast will be guided to the exhibition via four integrated platforms:-

– CeBIT pro (showcases professional ICT solutions for business operations)
– CeBIT gov (ICT solutions for the public sector)
– CeBIT life (ICT solutions for consumers)
– CeBIT lab (Research & Development for Innovative ICT)

Each of these platforms is tailored to the interests of specific user groups and provides an optimum basis for bringing together top-level decision-makers from both suppliers and end-users of the industry.

Based on the encouraging results & feedback obtained this year, MATRADE has again decided to participate in the platform of CeBIT pro featuring ICT solutions for business operations in 2013.

The Malaysian Pavilion will consist of twelve (12) booths where exhibitors should only display Made-in-Malaysia products/services in their booths during the exhibition. For more details, including terms of participation, please see General Information attached.

Interested companies are to register their participation online at the link to the MATRADE website below:


A crossed cheque of RM8,000.00 for participation fee made payable to “MATRADE” or a Maybank2u slip of RM8,000.00 (MATRADE’s Maybank Account # 564294102597)for participation fee together with 2 copies of your company’s product brochures should be sent to MATRADE latest by Friday, 4th January 2013 to the following address :

Chief Executive Officer
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)
6th Floor, East Wing, Menara MATRADE
Jalan Khidmat Usaha, Off Jalan Duta
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
(Attn: Mr Muzzafar Shah Hanafi)
Tel: 03-62077670 Fax: 03-62037281

Only complete applications with the participation fee mentioned above will be processed. All applicants will be informed on the outcome of their application within two weeks after the above closing date. The participation fee is non-refundable upon confirmation of your participation by MATRADE.

For more information on participation, please liaise with Mr Muzzafar Shah via email: muzzafar@matrade.gov.my or telephone number: 03-6207 7670.

National Bumiputera ICT Directory (by 21st December, 2012)

The National Bumiputera ICT Directory is a collaboration between Yayasan Usahawan Baru (New Entrepreneurs Foundation) and Persatuan Usahawan dan Industri ICT Bumiputera Malaysia (NEF). It is one of the 14 programs under PUsh Initiative that was recently launch by Y.A.B Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak on 7th November 2012.

There are 9 categories in the directory:-
– Software Development
– Animation / Games / Visual Effects
– Consultancy
– IT Services / System Integration
– Hardware Design / Manufacturing
– ICT Trades
– Web /Mobile Contents & Applications
– Shared Services & Outsourcing (SSO) / Datacentre
– Training

Benefits are as follows:
– FREE Listing for Printed (1 category) and Online (3 categories) Directories
– AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION for all PUsh Inititative programs
– FREE subscription for (3) three months to TenderAsia worth RM149.85/month
– Increase business opportunities
– Increase exposure of Bumiputera companies from existing competitors

NEF would like to invite all Bumiputera ICT companies to register and be part of the directory exercise. Registration can be done online at Registration Form for FREE !
Closing date to register is on 21st December 2012.

For more information, please call The Management at 03-7722 2706 or email at admin@myNEF.com.

New Entrepreneurs Foundation National Bumiputera ICT Directory is supported by:
– Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)
– Unit Peneraju Agenda Bumiputera (TERAJU)
– Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM)
– Malaysian Debt Venture Berhad
– Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd
– Telekom Malaysia Berhad
– Astro Awani
– UTEM Holdings Group of Companies
– Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission
– Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu Berhad (MTEM)
– Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Strategic Branding & Marketing (12, 15, 16 December 2012)

A branding & marketing exercise for your tech business, which consist of a 2-hours awareness & preview session (FREE of charge), and a 2-days bootcamp for RM188.

2 complimentary ticket for paid TeAM members

Program myNEF National Distribution Network (by 7th December 2012)

As part of PUsh Initiative programs, myNEF National Distribution Network will be established by New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF). This programme will help to market and create sustainable retail ICT and Creative businesses throughout Malaysia.

NEF is calling for ALL Malaysia ICT products owner or sole distributor to participate in myNEF National Distribution Network. Interested companies are encouraged to send in company details. Non-Bumiputera Malaysian companies are allowed to participate in this effort as well.

The target market for these software or content includes:
1) State Government and Local Councils
2) Local Schools
3) Local Businesses
4) Local End-consumer

For your information, NEF expect at least 600 retailers/resellers to be appointed by end-of year 2013. All submission of application must reach New Entrepreneurs Foundation office not later than 7 December 2012, 4.00pm.

MTDC Technology Conference 2012 (6th – 7th December, 2012)

MTDC Technology Conference 2012, held in conjunction with MTDC’s 20th Anniversary, addresses issues on the establishment of a complete commercialisation ecosystem to promote healthy development of technology start-up/spin off companies, highly capable, knowledge-rich entrepreneurs and the market factors that stimulate growth of technology businesses in Malaysia.

Among the important components to be covered in the conference are:

– Entrepreneurship
– Funding and investment
– Incubation and growth
– Technology innovation

Date: 6-7 Dec 2012 (Thu-Fri)
Venue: Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur
Cost: Malaysian MYR100 / Non-Malaysian USD100
Click HERE for more info

SNAP Week 26 – previous week’s tech ecosystem highlights

Government facilitates, private enterprise runs

If you study economic history, you will find that sustained economic development has only happened when the private sector takes the lead. But many developing countries which are in a hurry to catch up and attain developed nation status feel that the initial push to get things off the ground and running has to come from government.

Count Malaysia in that category. Count Malaysians in that category too. If only I could collect RM1 each time I heard the plea, “Our government must do more!”

But you can successfully mix the two. If government does its job well in being the facilitator and connector for business, private enterprise can move much faster.

This is in fact what is happening in the Northern Corridor Economic Region through the efforts of implementation agency Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA). Specifically I am struck by how the NCIA identified a local company QAV Technologies Sdn Bhd and got things going there.

Another agency, CREST, aims to follow the same path as NCIA but with more of a focus on commercialization and innovation in mainly engineering and technology companies.

With government getting its act together, there has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.

As always, if you have any valuable feedback, send your thoughts to admin@digitalnewsasia.com.

Have a productive week ahead.
Best regards,

Karamjit Singh

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Firefox OS and Mozilla Developer Network event (12th November, 2012)

Web developers! Please join Mozilla’s Developer Engagement team on Monday, 12 November for a fun and informative evening; featuring talks by friendly folks from the UK, US, and Canada. We’ll be speaking on Firefox OS, HTML5 Apps & Games, Firefox Addons, Open Web documentation, and also hosting talks on a variety of subjects by the local Mozilla community.

What to expect:
We’ll open with talks on some of the key technology projects we work on. We’ll give you an idea of what the Mozilla Developer Network is all about. By the time we are finished you should have a good understanding of:
– Firefox OS
– HTML5 Games & Apps
– Firefox Addons & Developer Tools
– How to contribute to and localize Open Web Developer Documentation

– Jeff Griffiths (Vancouver, Canada) – Add-ons SDK (Jetpack)
– Ali Spivak (San Francisco, USA) – MDN Product Manager
– Matthew MacPherson (Montreal, Canada)
and more!

Date & time: 12 November 2012 (Mon) 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Plug & Play Technology Garden, Level 7,
Garden South Tower, MidValley City, Kuala Lumpur
Register here: http://mozilladevelopernetworkkl2012.eventbrite.com

Asia E-Commerce Conference 2012 (5th – 6th November, 2012)

The 2nd Asia E-Commerce Conference 2012 is one of the largest global e-commerce event where it brings together speakers from renowned FORBES 500 companies that offer a wide range topics. Asia E-Commerce Conference is special designed for senior manager, director and business owner of E-Commerce and ICT Companies. It provides a professional platform for sharing of best practices and experiences, discussing market strategies, current business issues&trends, networking and business matching opportunities.

The increasing power and importance of e-commerce in business world has received more attention from government and business ever since the level of interest in e-commerce has become higher among Asians. 2nd Asia E-Commerce Conference 2012 involves e-commerce industry leaders to share and exchange new ideas and findings about e-commerce thus provide higher degree of exposure for participants.

This conference provides a platform which is beyond boundaries for delegates from different background to discuss the latest challenges and generate solutions that related to all aspects of e-commerce. This conference acts as a forum for all participants to present their research result and communicate the underlying technology in so far as the field of e-commerce concern. Furthermore, various ICT companies can also grab the opportunity to perform benchmarking where they can compare their performance metrics with each other within the industries to achieve superior performance.

Date: 5th – 6th November 2012
Venue: Sime Darby Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur
Sign up HERE: http://www.e-commerceconference.com

Further discount for TeAM members.

Speakers list:
John Lawson, Colderice
Jan Croeni, Mydeal
Jason Lee,ebay
RameshRajandran, Digi
Suraj Mishra, Momenta biz
Paul Srivorakul, Ensago Ltd
Anthony Liem, merah putih incubator
Marcus Ho, Internet Success Hub
Pawoot Pongvitayapanu, Tarad.com

Discover how to transform your business model into a successful e-commerce business
Evolution of e-payment & m-payment. How innovation help to expand your online business?
Challenges and innovation of the era of new media integrated marketing
E-Commerce Best Practices-Winning Pricing Strategies

Who will be present/ event targeted at:
CEO, CFO, MD, CIO, CMO, Head of Marketing, Head of ecommerce, eCommerce consultant, digital marketing director/manager

Industry: Payment solution providers, Alternative payment platforms, Conventional payment and transaction platforms, eCommerce & mCommerce platform Providers, Security and Authentication Providers, Digital & Mobile Marketing, Content Developers, Hosting / data center, Fulfilment & delivery

Digital Malaysia Corporate Accelerator Programme (1st November, 2012)

A 3-month intensive accelerator programme for startups based in Malaysia

Date & time: 1 Nov, 2012 (Thu) 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Venue: Kristal Ballroom, TM Convention Centre, Menara TM, Jalan Pantai Baharu, Kuala Lumpur
Please RSVP to events@startupmalaysia.org by 26 Oct 2012 (Fri)

Ins & Outs to Funding (29th – 30th October, 2012)

The difference about this funding event is the focus in applying for funding and its outcome, rather then just listening about talks. This is an interactive workshop, which will give the Ins and Outs to the available funding, BUT before getting your hands dirty in filling up the Funding forms! Allow us to assist you in positioning and coming up with a strategic alignment by using the Business Model Canvas, follow up by filling up the needed forms the next day. We can assist you with the Business Plan as well, first-come-first-serve basis.

Date & time: 29 – 30 Oct, 2012 (Mon – Tue) 9:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: Room IB 20, MSC Malaysia Technology Commercialization Center (Located within MMU Cyberjaya)
Cost: RM 100.00 only (Includes Business Canvas Model, stationary, not include F&B)
Please RSVP to jramlee76@gmail.com by 26 Oct 2012 (Fri) afternoon.

MVCA Exit Strategies Workshop 2012 (23rd October, 2012)

Check out an upcoming event which will provide comprehensive understanding of venture capital and private equity investment disciplines.

Learn how to:
• Acquire essential knowledge on Exit trends and strategy
• Have insight to live case studies
• Directly interact and share issues with VC and PE experts

• Marsh Singapore / Clifford Chance / Navis Capital / CMS Opus Private Equity / and more

Non-member RM 600 per person. Discounted price for TeAM members.

Date & time: 23 Oct 2012 (Tue) 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Securities Commission, Kuala Lumpur

SNAP Week 23 – previous week’s tech ecosystem highlights

Eating out of his hands!

HE wowed them, he inspired and he heard their one-minute pitches, almost 30 of them. And he probably was the first billionaire in Asia to appear on Google Hangout. Only at the DNA-TeAM Disrupt series.

I am talking about none other than the most famous angel investor in Malaysia, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, founder of the Berjaya Group.

Speaking to a packed audience of around 150 people, many of them entrepreneurs, Tan had the crowd in stitches with some of his anecdotes. But it was mostly pin-drop silence as they took in his every word as he shared the lessons he had learned investing RM200 million (US$66 million) into 20 startups over the past 12 years.

The video that accompanies the story is just over one hour long, but I assure you, this is one video absolutely worth watching.

With Tan’s interest in Internet startups, it is also fitting that we featured two promising startups in Malaysia. Both could not be further apart when it comes to their founders, for one, Fadzarudin Shah Anuar is just into his first business and is 24 years old while the other, Zafrul Noordin, had been running a traditional business for about seven years before deciding to chase his Internet dream last year.

Who says only those below 35 can launch Internet-based startups?

The other stories I like are two commentaries by DNA editors. One raps Microsoft’s knuckles for not walking the talk after being in Malaysia for 20 years, while the other takes a look at why Apple is launching an iPad Mini.

Rounding off the week is a piece about how the Malaysian-born CEO of Singapore’s National Research Foundation, an academic turned entrepreneur, is trying to encourage more academics to get involved in the entrepreneurial world.

As always, if you have any valuable feedback, send your thoughts to feedback@digitalnewsasia.com.

Have a productive week ahead.

Best regards,

Karamjit Singh

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Setting up Business in USA, a continuation, by ASU SkySong (17th – 18th October, 2012)

Learn about Market Access, Investment, Funding, Partnership, Soft Loading, and many other aspects in bringing your business into United States.
Sectors and areas that ASU Skysong is interested and can potentially assist:

– Bio-Tech
– Defence
– Green Tech
– Hospitality
– ICT & Technology
– Medical / Health care
– Oil & Gas
– Services

Date & time: 17 – 18 Oct 2012 (Wed – Thu) 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Room IB20, MSC Malaysia Technology Commercialisation Center, MMU Cyberjaya

Please RSVP by emailing to Jamie at jramlee76@gmail.com by 12 October 2012

SNAP Week 21 – previous week’s tech ecosystem highlights

More on Budget 2013, and an interesting JV

I am highlighting a few more Budget-related stories to you. One is a superb wrap-up with selected comments from some of the top tech leaders in the industry, and the other is one half of a debate between me and A. Asohan on whether the Budget was a good one or not for the ICT industry. Read Asohan’s piece and tell me if you share his disappointment.

Edwin Yapp was on the ground for BFM’s Breakaway annual conference and wrote a piece that I found really insightful from the panel session featuring the likes of Mark Chang and TS Wong. Check out which one of them regrets selling his Apple shares on hearing that Steve Jobs was being brought back to run Apple in 1996!

Meanwhile, IT retailers must be wishing for the blissful days before smartphones and tablets started eating into the market share of laptops and when margins were above 10%. As we highlighted on Sept 28, IT retailers claim they are hurting big time and about to die off. However Pikom, the National ICT Association, is telling them to adapt to market forces and move up the value chain.

If you know MDeC’s Dinesh Nair, then you are going to do a double-take on reading about his move to Microsoft. Yup, the one-time hacker and still OSS advocate is joining the ‘dark empire.’ What was his motivation? A. Asohan has that story for you.

One story I am excited to share with you is a joint venture formed by two local tech companies, MOL Global is well known in Asia, while the other, Soft Space, is an eight-month old start-up that is already creating waves. Read about the rationale for their JV and also the background on how Soft Space began life.

In July I had written about how startup maxman.tv was due to launch its action-packed content channel. Well, it did. But what is interesting about the entrepreneur running maxman.tv, Ahmad Izmir, is his angel. It is apparently one of the Naza brothers. But which one?

As always, if you have any valuable feedback, send your thoughts to feedback@digitalnewsasia.com.

Best regards,

Karamjit Singh

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Advanced SEO Bootcamp (6th October, 2012)

Learn to increase your website Return on Investment by improving your Search Engine Rankings & Online visibility.

Date & time: 6th Oct 2012 (Sat) 9:30am – 5:00pm
Venue: Cititel Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur

Asian Business Semiinar Ciircuiit (3rd – 4th October, 2012)

Brought to you by Tan Chong Centre of ASIAN Management Studies

Latest Update From Financial Institutions (2nd October, 2012)

MIRC will be organizing the Funding Forum 2012 in October 2012 to bring greater awareness to all SMEs and Technopreneurs on the latest financial updates and options of funds and loans available in the current market. This event anticipates will attract more than 150 local delegates to attend, including soon-to-be entrepreneurs, existing Entrepreneurs, Technopreneurs, Government agencies and financial institutions.

Date & time: 2 October 2012 (Tuesday) 9:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: MCA Innovation Resource Centre (MIRC)
Level 13, Wisma MCA,
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Register for a seat here: http://mircforum.eventbrite.com

BFM Enterprise Breakaway 2012 (28th September, 2012)


BFM89.9 – The Business Station, and co-sponsor, Maxis, are thrilled to bring you the annual BFM ENTERPRISE BREAKAWAY 2012, BFM’s flagship entrepreneurial forum. The annual conference and exhibition is a unique platform that matches business owners, with angel investors, potential business partners and vendors, business experts and also customers. The first BFM ENTERPRISE BREAKAWAY last year convened over 600 entrepreneurs! Mark your calendars for:

9am to 6pm, Friday, 28 September
Sime Darby Convention Centre

Find out what investors look for in a business, set your business apart through branding, take on business expansion successfully and figure out what’s holding your business back! “Real People, Real Stories, Real Results” is the theme of this year’s Breakaway, so expect a spectacular lineup of entrepreneurial hotshots and unsung heroes like Mark Chang, founder of Jobstreet, Tan Thiam Hock of Alliance Cosmetics Group, Henry Goh of MACROKIOSK and Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke of HELP University, just to name a few. BFM’s guest stars, Jeevan Sahadevan of Action COACH, Raymond Phoon of PowerUpSuccess, Shankar Santhiram of EQTD Consulting and Lee Jia Ping of The Listening Tree will also be making their appearance. Join them and BFM’s very own Freda Liu and Malek Ali as we take you on a journey that will truly enhance the way you run your business!

As a friend of BFM, you can register at the very special rate of only RM150 (Normal: RM180)! Just register as an “Affiliate” and indicate Promotional Code: EB12E to enjoy this exclusive privilege!

For more information, detailed programme lineup and to register, log on to www.bfm.my/breakaway now!

Leadership Summit 2012: The Power of Mobile Social Commerce (27th – 28th September, 2012)

Leadership Summit 2012: The Power of Mobile Social Commerce

Learn from the following parties revolving the mobile topics:
– Telekom Malaysia
– Hewlett-Packard
– IBM, Gartner
– Sunway E-Systems
– MOL Friendster
– and more…

Date: 27 & 28 September 2012
Venue: Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur

The Launch of Entrepreneur Academy (EA) (22nd September, 2012)

Entrepreneur Academy will be organizing a new program by MAD Incubator – the Entrepreneur Academy Home Run and we will be launching it soon. The Entrepreneur Academy Home Run is a tri-annual event for business entrepreneurs. The inaugural EA Home Run serves as a launching platform for Entrepreneur Academy, which is designed to be a far reaching and content rich online portal for entrepreneurs to learn, acquire knowledge, build networks and create business opportunities.

You will have the chance of lifetime to meet professional and experienced business coaches such as Victor Lau, Andrew Tham, Vincent Chew, Chu Tzu Ming, Maresa Ng, Riyaz Mahendy, Evelyn Samuel, as well as Andrew Wong, where they will deliver talks on different topics, such as Selling Skill in NLP way, Branding, Networking Strategies, Entrepreneurship Development, etc., which could benefit you in different ways.

We strongly suggest would-be entrepreneurs, existing entrepreneurs, business owner, start-ups, potential entrepreneurs, as well as students to participate in this event.

Date & time: 22 Sept 2012 (Sat) 9:00am – 6:00pm
Venue: Auditorium A, SEGI University, Kota Damansara
Admission fee: RM50.00 (RM30.00 for TeAM Staff and Members)
RSVP: rsvp@entrepreneur-academy.asia

How to Write A Business Proposal for Venture Capital Funding (20th September, 2012)

One of MVCA’s objectives in promoting the venture capital and private equity industry is to encourage more investment activities and deals for its members and industry players.

This one-day Business Plan Bootcamp, is the first workshop organised by MVCA targeting at entrepreneurs to further coach the entrepreneurs the right and most effective way in writing business proposals that can actually attract and convince the venture capitalist and other investors to invest in their businesses.

The speakers for this event will include venture capitalists, angel investors and expert trainers and advisors who have assisted and guided some of the most successful business owners in Malaysia.

Date & time: 20 Sept 2012 (Thu) 8:30am – 3:00pm
Venue: Plug & Play Technology Garden, Level 7,
Garden South Tower, MidValley City, Kuala Lumpur

Click HERE for the Registration Form
Benefits for Entrepreneurs and other participants;
• Learn what actually venture capitalists and investors look for in a business plan
• How to present the important business details concisely and effectively
• Get to know the industry players better and build the rapport, and more

Benefits for Venture Capitalists and Investors;
• Better and clearer business proposals for consideration and evaluation
• Potential in increasing the number of investment deals
• Better assessment of the entrepreneurs – way of thinking, perception of VCs and more

Who should attend this workshop?
• Entrepreneurs who are looking for funding: Pre-seed, Seed & Early Stage, Growth
• Researchers and innovators
• Academician and students

The workshop is limited to only 50 participants to encourage close discussion and interactive participation.

Registration Fee: RM100.00 per participant

Perdana Leadership Foundation CEO Forum 2012 (19th September, 2012)

The world is going through rapid changes, brought on by the 2008 financial crisis. What will be the new order to emerge from these crises and how can Malaysia best negotiate the new landscape that is unfolding?

The Perdana Leadership Foundation CEO Forum 2012 aims to highlight the challenges facing Malaysian businesses in the 21st century. More than25 Malaysian CEOs and industry experts will give their opinions on a wide range of issues connected to Malaysia and its global challenges:productivity, talent management, world politics, competitiveness, andresource sustainability in an event that promises lively interactions and new insights.

If you hunger for meaningful dialogue, frank discussions and unique perspectives, as well as the chance to exchange views and ideas, the Perdana Leadership Foundation CEO Forum 2012 is an event not to be missed.

Date: 19th September 2012 (8.30am – 6.30pm)
Venue: Berjaya Times Square Convention Centre, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Who Should Attend: CEOs, COOs, Directors, Heads of Department, General Managers, Senior Executives, Business Owners, and all who are interested to gain business insights

Keynote Address: “Post GE-13: What Can Malaysians Expect?” by YABHG TUN DR. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD
Special Session with ERNST & YOUNG: “What is Stopping Us? Impediments to Malaysian Success”

Only RM400 per delegate. Register by 24th August 2012 for a 20% discount. Group Registrations of three (3) or more from a single organisation are entitled to a 10% discount. Further discount for TeAM members.

For more information and registration form, visit www.perdana.org.my/ceoforum, call 03-8885 8965 (Maizatul) / 03-8885 8960 (Imanizah) / 03-8885 8953 (Izyan) or e-mail maizatul@perdana.org.my / imanizah@perdana.org.my /izyan@perdana.org.my

ITX Asia 2012 (12th – 14th September, 2012)

ITX Asia is an ICT exhibition with 4 main sub-events :
1. Cloud Computing Showcase
2. ERP Asia Showcase
3. ITX Asia Conference
4. Enterprise IT Awards Asia

While the event is held locally, it aims at targeting the regional market across Southeast Asia.
ITX aims to :
• Establish Malaysia as an emerging global hub for information and communications technology and gateway into Asia
• Accelerate the synergy between innovation and application in enterprise and SMEs
• Provide a platform for ICT organizations, R&D sectors & institution to showcase their innovations and services
• Promote the importance of technology-driven solutions in reducing the operational costs while enhancing the productivity

For more info, kindly visit http://www.cyberview.com.my/smetechcentre/events/itx-asia-2012-klcc/

PIKOM Digital Lifestyle Expo and World Cyber Games Asian Championship 2012 (7th – 9th September, 2012)

PIKOM would like to extend the warmest invitation to your esteemed company to be part of the 3rd Annual PIKOM Digital Lifestyle Expo (DLE) 2012. A technology showcase of latest trends, lifestyle gadgets and applications that can enrich users’ lifestyle.

PIKOM DLE 2012 will be held as follows:

Date: 7 – 9 September 2012
Venue: KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur*

*Held with World Cyber Games (WCG) Asian Championship 2012 & World Cyber Games (WCG) Malaysia National Finals 2012

DLE will once again provide a market driven platform the IT industry players to notch up your sales and marketing activities. With an expected turn up of 60,000 visitors, DLE will definitely gauge and gather market feedback on your product range.

DLE will include the following segments:
– Consumer Electronics, 3D TV/LED, AV & Home Entertainment
– DCIM (Digital Camera, Imaging & Media)
– Games
– e-Government Solutions, e-Commerce & Software Solutions
– Mobile, Social Network & Mobile Applications
– Country Pavilions

If you are interested to be part of this event, we urge you to make your space booking early to avoid disappointment as booking is on first-come-first served basis. For more participation information on DLE, please contact Melissa Lim or Tiffany Chung at 03-79552922 or email to dle@pikom.org.my.

IBM SmartCamp ASEAN 2012 (by 24 August, 2012)

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it connects start-ups with investment firms, serial
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To know more, CLICK HERE
For guidance and enquiries, write to 1kiangjy@my.ibm.com


Specialised Marketing Mission on ICT to Manila, Philippines (by 15 August, 2012)

MATRADE is pleased to inform that we will be organising a Specialised Marketing Mission on ICT to Manila, The Philippines from 15th to 17th October 2012.

2. The objectives of the mission are to explore opportunities between Malaysia and Philippines companies in ICT products, software and related services, promoting exports of Malaysian ICT products, software and related services to Philippines, to strengthening business relationship between Malaysia and Philippines and to familiarise Malaysian ICT companies with business environment in Philippines.

3. Thus, MATRADE is pleased to invite Malaysian companies offering ICT related products, software and related services to participate in this mission. Participating companies should only promote Made-in-Malaysia related products during the mission. Interested companies are to register their participation online at the link to the MATRADE website below:


The programme shall include:
(a) One-to-one business matching;
(b) Sales pitch session;
(c) Roundtable discussion; and
(d) Networking with Philippines counterparts

4. The participation fee is RM800.00 per participant per city, to be paid by crossed cheque made payable to “MATRADE”. Hotel reservation will be advised later. The fee will be used to cover some of the administrative costs in arranging the mission, local ground transportation and networking receptions as indicated in the programme. Other costs, such as air tickets, accommodation, meals (other than that indicated specifically in the programme) as well as other incidental costs will be borne by individual participants.

5. Only complete applications with the participation fee mentioned above will be processed. All applicants will be informed on the outcome of their application within 2 weeks after 15th August 2012 (closing registration date). The participation fee is non-refundable upon confirmation of your company participation by MATRADE and it is also applicable to personnel participation, meaning that MATRADE will not refund should one of the company representative (should company representative is more than one) pulled out from the delegation. For more information on participation, please liaise with following officer:

Mr. Muzzafar Shah Hanafi (03-6207 7670 / muzzafar@matrade.gov.my)

Technology news update: DNA Snap 8th Edition

We’ve got the Silicon Valley covered!

DNA has its eyes and ears on the Silicon Valley this month, thanks to Goh Ai Ching of Piktochart who is sending us a weekly snap shot of her experiences in the Valley.

To recap, Ai Ching was the winner of Startup Malaysia’s search for the 10 most promising startups in Malaysia. She also writes a weekly piece for Startupmalaysia.org which you can check out. Her first piece for DNA is a delightful read, you will enjoy it!

One of the things Ai Ching is already facing is the need to hire good engineers and It’s a pain point all growing companies face. In that case you will be most interested to read a short piece I did on Code Army, a start-up launched by an experienced entrepreneur with 12 years of running his company under him.

I raise this point about his experience because I think it gives Zafrul Noordin, the commander-in-chief of Code Army an edge in building his promising startup that aims to create a platform for virtual talent with elements of Gamification added in. Zafrul claims it has got Microsoft and Stanford excited, so do check it out.

Related to recruiting talent is an excellent piece by The Growth Guy, Verne Harnish. A Fortune magazine columnist specialising in fast growing companies, DNA is the only media in Asean that carries his columns. See what Harnish has to say about the importance of team effort in recruiting.

I am already out of space but do take some time to read the other articles we have carefully highlighted for you as the top stories from last week. Enjoy!

As always, if you have any valuable feedback, send your thoughts to feedback@digitalnewsasia.com.

Best regards,

Karamjit Singh

I didn’t know that I didn’t know anything: Valley myths debunked [[ View more ]]
Using game design principles to tackle talent shortage [[ View more ]]
Recruiting top talent: A team effort [[ View more ]]
Stuxnet, Flame and the new world disorder [[ View more ]]
Malaysian at the helm of top US software testing lab [[ View more ]]
Empowering volunteerism the social way [[ View more ]]
Innity audience reach on par with Google, according to comScore [[ View more ]]

Technology news update: DNA Snap 7th Edition

One hot potato of an EPP

THE MyEmail Entry Point Project (EPP) undertaken by Tricubes Bhd was thrust into the spotlight last week when Bursa Malaysia rejected the regularization plan submitted by Tricubes.

The project itself is not in jeopardy though, so claims the main stakeholders. How do we know? DNA was the only media that got reactions from Pemandu and Khairun Mokhtar, Tricubes CEO.

In other main news, the details of Digital Malaysia, the country’s blueprint to take Malaysia into the next phase of our digital future, was unveiled this week.

After you’re done with that, check out how Malaysian entrepreneurs take advantage of technology platforms offerred by multinationals to create their own innovative solutions and services.

Meanwhile, living up to our promise to keep readers on top of the Evidence Act, I am proud to bring you the first reaction piece from the service providers themselves. See what MOL Friendster Hotspots chief, Ganesh Bangah, the owner of an operator of one of the largest Wi-Fi hotspots in town, Telekom Malaysia and one other operator have to say.

One other interesting article is my candid chat with NSN Malaysia boss John Lancester-Lennox where he talks about why he thinks the vendor-operator landscape in the industry is “a bit broken”. It was an eye opener for me.

Last but not the least, do also read about how one local music streaming provider is unfazed by the entry of Apple’s iTunes into Malaysia, as well as Edwin Yapp’s questions as to whether we are addicted to our gadgets and gizmos or not.

Most of these articles were exclusively on DNA, and I do believe you will not find them anywhere else. We try to keep to our promise to be your eye on the tech ecosystem so that you don’t have to go anywhere else to find out about the tech news that matters in Malaysia.

By the way, many of you will have already known about DNA’s show on business radio BFM89.9 every Thursday at noon. My guest last week was Dr Sureswaran Ramadass, a professor who has in his two decades at USM, received US$8.5 million in grant money for various research projects.

As always, if you have any valuable feedback, send your thoughts to feedback@digitalnewsasia.com.

Best regards,

Karamjit Singh

1Malaysia e-mail to go on, says Pemandu, Tricubes [[ View more ]]
Digital Malaysia details out … finally! [[ View more ]]
Embedding innovation in the tech ecosystem [[ View more ]]
Evidence Act: An issue to be solved technically, not legally: MOL [[ View more ]]
‘Vendor-operator landscape is broken’ [[ View more ]]
Malaysian music streaming provider unfazed by new iTunes service [[ View more ]]
Addicted to the lap-pho-blet (laptop/phone/tablet) [[ View more ]]

BITAS Conference 2012, Malaysia (10th July, 2012)

IASA will be hosting the prestigious BITAS Asia 2012 Conference (Business IT Architecture Series) in PJ Hilton Hotel, Malaysia on the 10 July (Tuesday).

Themed Integrating Business & Technology Successfully with Enterprise Architecture, BITAS Asia 2012 Conference will highlight not only the importance of business and IT integration but also to gain the knowledge and skills on how to best implement Enterprise Architecture for outstanding business results.

A successful Enterprise Architecture delivers Financial Improvement, Constituent Service Improvement, Reduced Redundancy, Economic Development and Fostering Democracy. BITAS has outlined the major components for a successful Enterprise Architecture: Framework Architecture, Technology Architecture and Skill Sets Architecture.

Attend BITAS Conference & Master Class and discover how BITAS can help you add value to your business success, including:
– The lessons learnt in implementing successful Enterprise Architecture for business transformation
– Tested and proven skills-set, framework and technologies that accelerate and support your Enterprise Architecture journey
– Proven techniques in integrating technology with the business from practical experience
– Detailed Master Class sessions illustrating what successful Enterprise Architecture entails and finer points on how to go about it

BITAS is designed for:
– IT Architects who want to benchmark their practices with global best practices based on ITABoK (IT Architecture Body of Knowledge) and TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework).
– IT Management Personnel / IT Professionals who need a strategic integration between business and IT to deliver technology values for the business
– Business Stakeholders who want to understand how IT can become a profit centre and deliver strategic advantages for the business
– Project Managers who want to increase the success of IT projects.
– Aspiring Architects who want to chart their careers as IT Architects.

Click HERE to download the event agenda
Click HERE to register for the event.
Visit http://www.bitas.asia for more information.

Join us for Ctrl+Alt+Compete, a Startup Documentary at GSC Signature @ The Gardens on 7 July 2012

Invitation to PIKOM – MSC Malaysia InnoTech Pitching (5th July 2012)

PIKOM in collaboration with MSC Malaysia will be organising its first edition of the PIKOM – MSC Malaysia InnoTech Angel Pitching on 5th July 2012. We would like to cordially invite you to participate in this first ever Angel pitching event.

About PIKOM – MSC Malaysia InnoTech

1. PIKOM – MSC Malaysia InnoTech pitching event is a platform for you to pitch to PIKOM Angel Chapter (PAC) members at one go. These Angels have been carefully invited based on their focus and willingness to invest in ICT and technology companies.

2. In our continuous efforts to serve the companies better, we would like to ensure that the selected and ready companies undergo coaching sessions to prepare them for an impactful pitch based on our standard pitching format. In order to facilitate this selection process, we would require all companies planning to participate in the pitch to comply with a framework that has been carefully structured to present your company in the best possible light and maximise your opportunity ro receive funding.

3. In light of the above, we would require you to fill up the Company Profile Form and an Executive Summary.

4. We will do the first round of short listing and you will be notified whether you are selected accordingly. the date of the PIKOM – MSC Malaysia InnoTech pitching is 5th July 2012 (Thursday) and details will be send to companies selected.

5. Please return the duly completed Client Profile Form and the Executive Summary by 15th June 2012 to:a. Jeralyn Quinsayas – jeralyn@pikom.org.myb. Wan Edi Sophean – edi@pikom.org.my

Easy eCommerce Conference 2012 (4th – 5th July, 2012)

Learn: how to start, maintain, manage, and brand your online business
From: Exabytes Network, MOLPay, PayPal, Christyng.com, Nexus Mediaworks, Catcha Digital, SearchGuru.com.my, Cari.com.my
At: Easy eCommerce Conference 2012

Date: 4th – 5th July, 2012
Venue: Berjaya Time Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Invitation to Intel SMB Workshop (3rd July, 2012)

Intel Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd is organizing a half day SMB Workshop for you to explore further on the latest business solutions from Intel. The event entails an introduction on the “Be Amazing” campaign, a demo showcase on Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Intel Small Business Advantage as well as Intel Embedded Solutions. At the same time, you will also get the latest updates from Acer and other partners as well!

So come join us at this eye opening seminar and be part of the Intel SMB Workshop!

-== Limited Seats Only. First come first serve basis ==-

Event details:
Date & time: 3rd July 2012 (Tue) 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (The Intermark 348, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur)

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