Big goals have been set out by Futurise and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) on the 17th of June at Cyberjaya, during the inaugural MyDroneX Expo – an event dedicated to the new technology and its plethora of usage in all aspects of modern life, from food delivery to agriculture. This is a big step for the government agency Futurise as well, in an attempt to commercialise intellectual properties.
It may sound ambitious in its current premature foray but that’s exactly what drone technology entails, hence how the expo attracted many drone and tech enthusiasts who share the same vision as Futurise and its acting CEO, Mahadhir Aziz. In fact, Aziz is already in talks with the Transport Ministry and the Communications and Multimedia Ministry to implement guidelines and licenses for DroneTech, a step ahead in the right direction.
The event was educational as it is entertaining. Most importantly, it was inclusive in its approach – bringing in a crowd of industry players, professionals, hobbyists and students who are as hopeful as the leaders in DroneTech like Aziz and Gopi Ganesalingam, Vice President of GAIN at MDEC. The event was officiated by YB Tuan Hee Loy Sian, Chairman of the Selangor State Environment, Green Technology, Science and Consumer Affairs Committee.
In line with the event’s progressive theme, YB Tuan Hee Loy Sian was quoted saying: “DroneTech is an industry for the visionaries, the forward-thinkers and the disruptors. Those who dare to break the status quo and reinvent the way things are done; from healthcare to security. Your bold idea today, supported in the right ecosystem will one day lead to a better way to do business, build things and improve the wellbeing of many.”
The event’s main highlights include an informational conference led by industry experts from World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Lead of Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). This was accompanied by an array of activities like a showcase, a Fun Fly session, and a university drone competition featuring 17 teams from 10 public and private higher education institutions. They include: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), New Era University College, Sunway University, Taylor’s University, USCI University, UniKL Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT), University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Univerity Technology Mara (UiTM), and University Tenaga National (UNITEN).
Additionally, the drone demo demonstrated refreshing and highly useful learning points like drone in inspections, agriculture, surveillance, emergency response and a stunt demo by local film makers and stuntmen to illustrate how drones can be used for filming action movies. The demonstration was made possible at Cyberjaya, Malaysia’s first drone testing zone.
“We firmly believe that Malaysia has the ability, expertise and infrastructure to make a serious impact in DroneTech”, said Safuan Zairi, GAIN’s team leader from Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). He added, “The presence of international DroneTech subject matter experts such as WEF, FAI, Drone Fund, GSMA, OMADA and Drone Industry Insights as well as the overwhelming support from our local DroneTech players seen today for MyDroneX is an encouraging testimony that we are on track and that Malaysia’s DroneTech industry is ready for lift-off.”