KUCHING: Mar 10: Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak), Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) and Faradale Media-M (FMM) had their chance to take a sneak peek into D-Virtual Park, the first virtual reality (VR) theme park in Malaysia.
The purpose of the visit to the park located at Serba Dinamik facilities and Smart Hub in Kota Samarahan on Mar 10 was to explore potential collaborations and linkages in future programmes as VR technology will become an increasingly important and accessible tool in various industries as the state moves towards Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).
Forty six representatives of the local community in Sarikei completed a one and half days workshop today called Randau Digital organised by the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) and Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) in collaboration with the Sarikei Resident Office.
Closing the workshop at the Sarikei Innovation Centre this afternoon, Madam Felicia Tan, Resident of Sarikei called on the local communities in the division to equip themselves with digital knowledge and skills to participate in digital economy.
She urged the people to take advantage of Sarikei’s potentials as a Food Basket in central region to utilize digital technology and platform to improve the production and marketing of Sarikei’s food products not only locally but also internationally.
The participants comprise Ketua Masyarakat, Ketua Kaum, local entrepreneurs, and youths from Sarikei, Pakan, Julau and Meradong districts.
The workshop programme aimed to enhance awareness on digital economy among the local communities and, to encourage rural communities to take initiatives to ensure that their communities are digital-ready.
This programme featured speakers from various relevant agencies including a representative from SMA who spoke on Sarawak’s digital economy strategy. Meanwhile, a representative of Pustaka Negeri Sarawak spoke on community digital readiness – the involvement of community and library and, a speaker from CENTEXS that briefed participants on technical and digital training programmes offered at the institution. Participants were also exposed to the various steps towards becoming digital entrepreneurs (usahawan digital).
This programme is the third community engagement workshop organised by AZAM Sarawak this year, after the ones in Bintulu and Kapit divisions, as part of SMA’s Digital Inclusivity programme which was initiated in 2018 and will run until 2020.
This Randau Digital is also organised to coincide with Sarikei Division’s Pesta Nenas dan Buan-buahan 2019 which was held from 22 November to 1 December.
Recently, two Malaya-based social entrepreneurs made their way to a sharing event organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) in Kuching, Sarawak. Founder of Grow the Goose and Borneo Cocoa, Ida Faranina Othman has been an entrepreneur for 16 years, from owning and running a baking studio, event management company, supplier of corporate gifts, production house, advertising agency, photo studio to a kids party planning outfit.
Her entrepeneurial passion grew in her since her younger days. At 10 years old, she wanted a t-shirt that everyone wears. “I wanted it so my mum asked me to save up. So I sell things like recycled cans until I was able to collect enough money.” At 12, she started a cupcake business while at 15 she babysits.
Hence, after she took a break to focus on her family, she noticed a gap in the market on child empowerment programmes. It was a little experiment with her children that led her to launch ‘Grow the Goose’ — a social enterprise focusing on financial empowerment programmes for children to help them attain financial wisdom before entering adulthood.
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KUCHING: Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak is organising a knowledge sharing on commercial swiftlet farming to be held this Nov 12 at Kompleks AZAM, here.
The knowledge sharing aims to share and educate participants on the route to a successful swiftlet farming investment, a lucrative enterprise which is attracting more and more Sarawakians.
It will be delivered by Dr. Charles Leh, AZAM member and Honorary Curator of World of Birdnest Museum, Singapore. Dr. Charles was a zoologist and curator of natural history at the Sarawak Museum from 1982 to early 2018 when he retired.
He was also an adjunct lecturer with UNIMAS from 2002 to 2014 at the Faculty of Resource Science and Technology. He conducted research on swiftlets and its farming for over 30 years and he wrote several books on the secret of swiftlet farming and A Guide to Birds’ Nest Caves and Birds’ Nests of Sarawak.
“I hope that participants will gain an insight on the potential of this industry particularly with upcoming technological advances such as AI, as well as steps to conserve our biological resources,” said Dr. Charles.
About 50 participants comprising members of AZAM, local entrepreneurs, government officers of the relevant agencies, non-profit organisations and, professionals and students in the related fields are expected to attend.
This knowledge sharing is a part of activities organised for members of AZAM and is also open to non-members.
Other AZAM’s activities organised for its members earlier this year included a study trip and rural community outreach programme in Niah, Miri Division and, in Lawas of Limbang Division as well as, a knowledge sharing session on Social Enterprise.
Admission to the talk on swiftlet farming is free and the limited seats are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Those interested in joining this event can contact AZAM Sarawak at 082 411799 (Nissa Normin) for further information.