#Asia Every tech startup’s must-have guide to Jakarta

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tech startup's guide to Jakarta

With its huge population, abundance of investors and soaring mobile phone users, Indonesia is a country ripe with potential to take the technology scene in Asia by storm.

With the boom of the country’s vibrant tech startup scene, services by these disruptive startups have increasingly become part and parcel of the population’s daily lifestyle. Prime examples include leaders like Go-Jek and Traveloka, who have dominated in their respective fields.

In this travel guide, we bring you useful tips to tour this bustling city.

Co-working spaces

Like the startup craze, the number of co-working spaces in Jakarta has blossomed. You can easily find one that caters to your basic needs, and beyond. Check out these spaces ideal for budding entrepreneurs to grow their startup:

Or bookmark this page which contains a listing of 16 co-working spaces in Jakarta.

People to know/meet

A trip to Jakarta doesn’t happen just any day.

While you’re there, make the most of your time meeting some of Indonesia’s most outstanding individuals in person. Every one of them has made their own praiseworthy contribution to the prospering startup field.

All of them will be speaking at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2017, so catch them there for an exciting experience! Check out which sessions they’ll be speaking at.

Accelerator/incubator programmes

With the rise of tech startups, you’ll find many accelerator and incubator programmes coming up as well. In fact, the Indonesian government also bolstered incubating efforts earlier this year. If you’re searching for a good and suitable programme to help boost your startup, here are some that you can consider.

Getting around

Just thinking about getting through Jakarta’s infamous, nightmarish traffic jams can leave you shuddering. Even for the locals, it’s no better. However, with some handy tips and a list of your available commuting options, you can better prep yourself for the battle ahead.

Private hires are by far the most common mode of transport, even for the locals. Bluebird and Express are two of Jakarta’s more reliable taxi providers, and cabbing around is a convenient way to beat the heat. But if you can’t stand being stuck in traffic jams and/or are in a rush for time, two-wheelers will be your best bet.

  • UberMOTOR: Fares are fixed and displayed in the app before you hop on the bike.
  • GrabBike: Launched in 2015, GrabBike offers medical insurance for all passengers and drivers, for your peace of mind.
  • Go-Jek: Needing no introduction, their green helmets and jackets have become a trademark of the city landscape.

Where to stay

Not sure where to stay in Jakarta? It can be a tough decision to make if you’re staying in Jakarta for the first couple of times. Proximity to our conference venue is key to ensure that you get to Jakarta Convention Center in the shortest time possible. Here are some mid-range hotel suggestions we’ve got:

On a budget? You may want to consider staying at these guest houses:

For more hotel suggestions, check out our list here.

What to bring

  • Pocket Wifi: Unless you want to keep combing for places that have free wifi, bring your own pocket wifi for a stable connection!
  • Travel Adaptor/Charging station: Does scrambling around for a two-pin plug with a flat electronic device sound nice to you?
  • Powerbank: Your electronic devices aren’t going to run the whole day without getting a power boost, so remember to bring this!
  • Raincoat/Umbrella: Being a tropical city, you never know when the occasional shower will hit you. Bring along a raincoat to cover yourself and avoid getting drenched!

If you’ve any other tips that we’ve left out below, please feel free to contribute in the comments section below!

Doors to the sixth edition of Tech in Asia Jakarta 2017 will open in nine days’ time, where Tech in Asia will play host to 5,000 tech fans comprising startups, corporates, investors, developers, and more from all walks of life.

Hear from an all-star lineup of speakers and power-packed agenda, and get to rub shoulders with the movers and shakers of the local startup ecosystem. Get your passes before it’s too late and we’ll see you on November 1 & 2!

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