A collaboration between IEEE Indonesia Section, IEEE Region 10 and IEEE Singapore Office

Written by Ewell Tan, IEEE Asia-Pacific Office

“When the Most Important Technology is Teamwork”

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has impacted our lives significantly. As we weather the global health crisis together, many of us are adapting ourselves, devising strategies and developing new ways to combat this pandemic. Engineers, researchers, innovators and businesses from various sectors are also working on leveraging technology to alleviate the effects of this unprecedented challenge.

The advancement of technology and digital communication plays a vital role in the current situation where most people have to work from home and students are required to continue their studies through online platforms. With this new model of digitalization in many sectors, IEEE Indonesia Section took this opportunity to organize a webinar series namely IEEE Leadership Summit: Engineering in COVID-19, collaboratively with IEEE Region 10 and IEEE Singapore office (a.k.a IEEE Asia-Pacific office). The first webinar was conducted on 2nd May 2020 to mark the Indonesia National Education Day, with a theme “When the most important technology is teamwork.”

IEEE Indonesia Section Chair, Prof. Wisnu Jatmiko and IEEE Region 10 Director, Prof. Akinori Nishihara delivered welcome remarks and applauded the success of this webinar with 237 participants. To grace the event, Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro, the Indonesian Minister of Research and Technology, National Research and Innovation Agency gave a keynote address and shared his perspectives on the importance of creating new opportunities, new jobs and new initiatives collaboratively, while we fight this global health crisis. This pandemic is a wake-up call for all sectors; only through collaborative efforts by governments, industries, academics, researchers, scientists, and engineers, can we fight through this together.

IEEE Indonesia Section Industry Relations Chair, Agnes Irwanti presented the activity report of this webinar series. Prominent speakers including IEEE Region 10 Director-Elect, Mr. Deepak Mathur; IEEE R10 Industry Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Chris Lee; Arief H. Gunawan from Telkom Indonesia; Dr. Patrick Liew, the Chairman of GEX Ventures Pte. Ltd. and Dr. Denny Setiawan from the Indonesian Ministry of Information and Communication presented their insightful perspectives on how the technologies, digitalization, engineering and innovation play a part collaboratively to face these global challenges.

After these presentations, Mr. Kuncoro Wastuwibowo from Telkom Indonesia and Dr. Ford Lumban Gaol, the Chapter Chair of IEEE Indonesia Computer Society chaired the open discussion session.

The webinar concluded with a closing remark by Mr. Satriyo Dharmanto from PT. Multikom Global – Indonesia and Mr. Kuncoro Wastuwibowo.

“Through teamwork, we all shall overcome our common enemy together.”