KL Converge! 2015 will take place from 27th to 29th of August at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and promises to be both exciting and informative. KL Converge is organised by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
The annual conference and exhibition (2nd installment this year) to demonstrate the “power of converged communications in advancing digital lifestyles” for all Malaysians. The “iconic event” further provides an avenue for multimedia, applications, Internet and creative content industry players to share ideas and realise new opportunities. KL Converge is designed as a multi-platform creative industry conference and exhibition showcasing the latest achievements and opportunities in the music, film, gaming and Internet space with a special light on the ASEAN countries.
The Internet of Things (IoT) related topics, apps, workshops and technology showcases will feature prominently, paving the path to living a digital lifestyle and becoming “a smart digital nation”, it said.
This year, Malaysians can expect an exciting line-up of speakers that includes prominent local and international names from the music, Internet, film and application-development fields. Professional developers and students alike who want to find out what their programming skills are really made of, will be able to participate in a number of application development hackathons.
Some of the exhibitors include Axiata, Astro, U Mobile, Telekom Malaysia, Digi, Maxis, Measat, Maxis, RTM, Media Prima and others.
Among some of the highlights of KL Converge! 2015 is the Symposium and Digital Lifestyle Exhibition. Speakers from both the industry and public sector will have the opportunity to discuss key elements that empower a smart digital nation including Digital Economy, Digital Learning, Digital Innovation and Digital Governance.
Malaysians, who are interested in understanding the digital lifestyle further, can participate in the Digital Lifestyle Malaysia and myMaker exhibitions. Both will demonstrate inventions in robotics, programming, apps development and much more.
There’s also the Malaysia Developers’ Day, which will see innovators and entrepreneurs building mobile apps over the course of 24 hours. Focusing on the theme “Internet of Things (IoT)”, the winning team of Malaysia Developers’ Day will receive a USD 1,000 cash prize. Winners will also present their apps at the KL Converge! 2015 gala dinner and one team will take home the USD 10,000 grand prize.
In addition, five selected teams from secondary schools will be present at KL Converge! 2015 to pitch their entries to a panel of judges for the Liga Remaja Kreatif video competition. At the same time, the Game Jam 2015 session will display applications developed by the creative Malaysian youth from 12 secondary schools. The 60 students from the 12 schools will also take part in a unique Lego Education Workshop focused on programming and pro-active problem solving skills using Legos.
“The Internet has become the powerful enabler in all areas of our lives. We are witnessing the era of rapid emergence of online businesses and millions of online and mobile transactions. Online learning has become mainstream and there is an exponential raise in consumption of online content for entertainment”, said MCMC Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie. “The time has never been more apt to seize the opportunities that the industry offers and push through with making Malaysia a smart digital nation and an innovation-based economy.
“KL Converge! has become a successful platform to bridge the gap between Malaysia’s innovation and creativity and the global multimedia content supply chain. This is a sure way to emppower the industry to realize its potential as an engine for creation of high-income jobs and national growth. The opportunities are undeniable as are the multitudes of our local talent”, he added.
KL Converge! 2015 is open to public and entrance to the event is free of charge. Registration can be made on the KL Converge website.