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Credit: Ministry of Communications and Informatics

Credit: Ministry of Communications and Informatics

Indonesia to produce talents with coding knowledge through the Del Arrbey Coding and Start-up Academy

An announcement made by the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (KOMINFO) highlighted the launch of the Del Arrbey Coding and Start-up Academy (DACSA). DACSA’s objective is to produce talents with programming or coding skills that will satisfy the need for human resources in response to the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

The Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara showed appreciation for the launch of the Del Arrbey Coding and Start-up Academy (DACSA) which aims to meet the needs of the human resources (HR) for programming and coding talents. According to him, Indonesia is lagging behind its neighbours, especially Singapore, at present.

“The big issue that Indonesia has is the lack of people equipped with the knowledge of coding. Coding is not just the language of the program, but also it is the reason behind the creation of a new process. Coding is late in Indonesia is. Coding is missing in Indonesia,” he said during the launch of Del Arrbey Coding and Start-up Academy (DACSA) in Sopo Del Tower Jakarta, on 31 May 2018.

The Minister mentioned three stages in the introduction of coding, “Start with the long term, then the short term, and continued promotion and communication.”

According to him, long term meant including coding in the SMK curriculum. It needs to be done; he had submitted the initiative to the previous Minister of Education and Culture (KEMDIKBUD), Anies Baswedan, as well as the current Minister in office, Muhadjir Effendy.

"The sources of talents in the digital world start-up are collectively known as the 3Bs: the Bay area in San Francisco, Beijing, and Bangalore. Indonesia is late. Coding has been taught in Singapore even before kindergarten. We cannot compare to Singapore, but the idea is similar,” he added.

Short term meant that students should be encouraged to learn at home on their own at the high school level.

As for promotion and communication, Indonesia can initiate activities involving coding such as coding day, coding camp, and even offer coding internships.

Introducing coding is one way to deal with the Industrial Revolution 4.0. The Minister said, “We must respond by accepting the change. The industrial revolution is a result of the advent of technology and we should adjust to by changing the process.”

Arrbey Consulting Chief Strategy Consultant Handito Joewono narrated how the birth of this DACSA thinking began. He said that it was the brainchild of some of the officials of the Del Technology Institute.

“From that meeting, the desire to make something more meaningful not only in Medan and North Sumatra, but also for the whole of Indonesia, was born. And if possible, even in the whole world. Let's start with the Del Arrbey Coding and Start-up Academy (DACSA),” he added.

Mr Handito also hopes that this activity will aid other start-ups in becoming the next unicorn. Unicorns are companies that have reached US$1 billion in valuation.

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