Indonesia to Develop Its First Artificial Intelligence Research Center

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Indonesia to Develop Its First Artificial Intelligence Research Center

The known Indoensia's e-commerce platform Bukalapak in collaboration with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) launched Indonesia`s inaugural artificial intelligence (AI) research center aimed to give birth to the country’s AI engineering in the future. 

“Indonesia very much lacks AI engineering, which drove the establishment of the first AI research center,” said Bukalapak CEO and Founder Achmad Zaky at the Ideafest 2018 event in Jakarta on Friday, October 26.

Zaky argued that the availability of Indonesian-made AI is currently limited since most of the country’s AI experts choose to chase a career in an international technology company. He maintained that the facility makes possible for local talents to develop its capacity domestically. 

Bukalapak is committed to establishing a research center in numerous Indonesian regions such as in Medan, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya as a large-scale attempt to attract software engineers from across the nation.

Achmad Zaki and Minister Rudiantara |
Achmad Zaki and Minister Rudiantara |


Furthermore, Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara explained that the government also provides a program to develop young talents in the digital industry by partnering with world-renowned tech companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, and Google.

East Ventures Managing Partner, Wilson Cuaca, said that the domestic ecosystem enables the birth of numerous ‘billions of dollars’ tech companies. With the internet-literate population, tech companies are convinced to develop its business scale in just a couple of years. Therefore, the investors categorize Indonesia as a potential market.

Indonesia is currently home to four tech companies valued above US$1 billion which consists of Go-Jek, Traveloka, Tokopedia, and Bukalapak. Minister Rudiantara predicts that the future ‘unicorn’ company will come from the finance, education, or healthcare technology industry.  


Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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