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Innovation Room to produce digital workers as Indonesia welcomes new industries

Innovation Room to produce digital workers as Indonesia welcomes new industries

An announcement
made by the Ministry of Communication and Informatics highlighted the
Innovation Room built by the Ministry of Manpower to facilitate
creative young people who will become the future industry backbone of

The Ministry of Manpower built an
Innovation Room in order to facilitate creative young people, similar to the co-working
space facility that was provided in the Ministry of Labour Employment building,
which was designed to help young people in developing digital and ingenious
business projects.

During the inauguration on 28 June 2018,
Minister of Manpower M. Hanif Dhakiri said, “I invite creative young minds and
millennials, with big dreams to come in droves and take advantage of this

This Innovation Room will hold the future
industry backbone of Indonesia. The Minister added, “The Innovation Room also
manifests the Ministry of Manpower’s commitment in improving the quality and
capacity of the young workforce as we welcome the new industries and be able to
compete globally.”

Looking forward, Minister Hanif believes
that the facility will be able to produce digital workers for new professions
that have not been introduced in the schools.

He mentioned, “For example, UI / UX
Designer who will design applications that are pleasing to the users, as well
as social media marketing, digital marketing, data scientist, and so on.”

The Minister of Manpower also added that
updates on latest technologies and industry insights should be offered through
programs in the Innovation Room. This will educate the youth on knowledge
related to production and process technology so that they will eventually
create prototypes, test and demonstrate, duplicate and adapt technology that is

The creation of the Innovation Room will
support Indonesia’s potential as a start-up country. Start-up rank data as of
22 June 2018 shows that there are a total of 1,830 start-ups in Indonesia,
making it the 6th in the world.

Furthermore, Minister Hanif explained that
the Innovation Room development is based on a broad understanding of
Indonesia's potential as a country with a high start-up rate. "A total of
1,830 start-ups based on start-up rank data as of June 22, 2018. With these
numbers, Indonesia ranks 6th in the world," he explained.

He predicted that the number would increase
because the potential for Indonesia’s internet use is very high. Data from the
Indonesian Internet User Survey and User Identity Survey of 2017 conducted by
the Association of Internet Service Providers Indonesia showed that the number
of internet users in Indonesia have reached 143.26 million or 54.68% of its total

He added, “The Internet users in Indonesia
are dominated by young people, aged 19-34 years, which accounts for 49.52% of the
total number of internet users.”

Minister Hanif encouraged banking partners
and venture capitals to collaborate with the creators of the said Innovation

He added, “We hope that through this
collaboration a lot of new creativepreneurs will be born. Moreover, this
collaboration will bring forth a beautiful job model that was started by the
Ministry of Manpower.”

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