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Big Data Week returns to provide insights to Malaysian corporations

By Chong Jinn Wei - on 17 Sep 2017, 9:00am

Big Data Week 2017 returns to provide insights to corporations big and small

(From L-R) Sashikala Devi Gopallan, Director of SME Division, HRDF; Selva Nagappan, Managing Director, Knowledge Group; and Somasundaram Nagappan, Head of Strategic Partnership, Data Economy Division, MDEC. <br>Image source: MDEC.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Knowledge Group and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) jointly announced the launch of Big Data Week 2017, which will be held on October 2 and October 3 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC).

Big Data Week 2017 will be held alongside anchor events Next Big Tech Asia and Smart Cities Asia. During that period, chief data scientists and global experts from over 60 organizations such as iflix, Fusionex, Facebook, Google, the New South Wales Government and Helsinki City will be attending the event to share their insights.

“MDEC sees Big Data Week as an ideal avenue to promote Data Science as a career, as well as to highlight the successes obtained by organizations adoption Big Data Analytics. And, for the first time, we will be introducing the topic of Artificial Intelligence to ensure that Malaysians are able to leverage off this up-and-coming, market-ready technology,” said Dr. Karl Ng, Director of Data Economy, MDEC.

The HRDF will also be sponsoring up to 150 small medium enterprises to ensure the shared ideas are accessible to big and small organizations. In addition, the ASEAN Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX) and MDEC will jointly organize free Big Data trainings throughout the week.

“Training is expensive especially for small and medium enterprises, but SMEs made up the majority of businesses in Malaysia. This is one of the initiatives by HRDF to help our local SMEs so they can be part of substantial programs such as the Next Big Tech Asia 2017. An investment for their companies, and for the country,” said Dato’ CM Vignaesvaran, Chief Executive, HRDF.

Big Data Week 2017 will wrap up during the more casual TechJam event in APW Bangsar. TechJam will showcase Big Data concepts to the general public in a way that is easy to understand on how it can improve their daily lives.

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