Feb 19, 2016

President Jokowi Visited Telkom's Work Area in Silicon Valley

During his visit to the United States to attend the US-ASEAN Summit, President Joko Widodo took some time to visit Silicon Valley in San Francisco, USA, on Wednesday (17/2) afternoon local time.

During his visit, the President visited the office of a tech company Plug and Play to get the latest information from the technology entrepreneur ecosystem in Silicon Valley. Plug and Play is a Silicon Valley-based venture company, which facilitates startup and rookie business in information technology.

During that occasion, PnP reported to the President that one of Indonesia's state-owned company PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) has been in cooperation with Plug and Play. Telkom Director of Innovation & Strategic Portfolio Indra Utoyo explained that regarding the company's cooperation with Plug and Play, Telkom has opened its first office in Silicon Valley through its subsidiary, Metra Digital Investama (MDI).

"MDI is the first Indonesian company, which cooperates with Plug and Play," Indra Utoyo said. According to Indra, cooperation with Plug and Play is essential to support the development of ecosystem startup in Indonesia, which serves as a bridge between Indonesia and Silicon Valley.

Indra said that in regards to the impact on the ecosystem, the establishment of an Indonesia-Silicon Valley axis will make Indonesian startups qualify to go global and will spur further development of digital ecosystem that has increased capability, a Silicon Valley-experience mindset through an immersion program or learning experience program in Silicon Valley, provides access to network of global mentorship and opens access to global market that is ready to face the challenges of global competition.

Indra reaffirmed that cooperation with Plug and Play allows Telkom access to startups in Silicon Valley as well as asserts Telkom Group's physical of presence when sending Telkom's Startup Indigo to Silicon Valley through its Global Startup program.

"We look for seeds of innovation/technology from startups in Silicon Valley to synergize the market with Telkom group and also to send at least two selected, qualified Indigo startups to join the Immersion program in Q2 of this year," Indra Utoyo said.

When he toured Telkom's work area in PnP, President Jokowi asked team Telkom, which was led by Deputy EGM Digital Service Ery Punta Division and they were accompanied by the Director of Portfolio MDI, G.N. Sandhy Widyasthana, to support the government's target in preparing 200 startups in 2016. Telkom has set a target to foster development.


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