#Asia Indonesia plans to produce 1,000 technopreneurs by 2020 – here’s how

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The government will partner with Kejora to host a series of events to help nurture the new generation of technopreneurs

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Rudiantara discussed with participants of Facebook’s F8 Meetup Jakarta

On April 13, Indonesia got the chance to experience its first Facebook F8 Meetup, held in conjunction with the social media giant’s developer conference in San Francisco at KejoraHQ, Slipi, West Jakarta.

Apart from watching a recorded version of Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote speech and listening to presentation from Kejora’s portfolio companies, Cupslice and Qerja, on how they utilise the platform, around 80 developers and tech enthusiasts also got to listen to a presentation by Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara.

The minister explains the government’s goal to produce ‘1,000 technopreneurs’ as part of its e-commerce roadmap, which aims to reach an estimated US$130 billion transactions in Indonesia alone by 2020.

There are several milestones that government aims to achieve:

1. Hosting an ignition event inviting role models in the tech industry to inspire the new generation of technopreneurs, expected to be attended by approximately 8,000 participants.

2. Working together with Kejora, the government is going to hold five-day long ‘educational workshops’ to approximately 4,000 participants at KejoraHQ.

3. The government to host a nation-wide hackathons of 2,000 participants. In this hackathon, the government will host a programme to help participants execute their ideas under the mentorship of industry experts.

4. The hackathon event will be followed by a bootcamp of 1,000 participants.

5. The last stage of the milestones is an incubation programme including 500 startups, with 200 startups receiving seed funding per year. The government will run a three to six months collaborative programme designed to solve problems associated with running a startup.

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While the programme itself generally seems all right, e27 feels that there are some points that need to be addressed, such as what sets this programme apart from similar events such as Hackathon Merdeka and whether the number of technopreneurs in a country is directly related to the industry’s performance itself.

During a Q&A session, it could be seen there are other pressing issues that the government needs to address if they want to achieve their goals.

A developer who came all the way from the city of Pontianak in West Borneo discussed with Rudiantara the challenges of local startups, from insufficient presentation skills to the lack of supporting system in cities other than Jakarta, Bandung, or Jogjakarta.

While development disparity has always been a huge issue in the nation, and not something that exclusively affects tech community, the government perhaps also need to look into decentralising resources from Java to other major Indonesian islands, by actively approaching untapped markets.

 

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