Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said that the implementation of Industry 4.0 in Indonesia requires the support and role of startups or startups.
"The Industrial Revolution 4.0 requires the participation of startups as implementers and problem solvers to realize Indonesia 4.0. For this reason, the technology solution ecosystem formed by Startup4Industry will support the creation of the ecosystem," said the Minister of Industry when inaugurating the Startup4Industry Program which was broadcast online, Wednesday.
The Minister of Industry said that since the launch of Making Indonesia 4.0 by President Joko Widodo in 2018, the Industry 4.0 roadmap has guided efforts to revitalize the industrial sector by using digital technology.
The main objective is to increase productivity and quality more efficiently so they can compete in the global arena.
Under the Making Indonesia 4.0 program, the Ministry of Industry has implemented various strategies to encourage the application of 4.0 technology in the country, including through implementing a pilot project for the implementation of Industry 4.0, training for Industry 4.0 transformation managers, socialization, and seminars on Industry 4.0, assessment and mentoring for INDI 4.0 (Indonesia Industry 4.0 Readiness Index), e-Smart IKM, and the Startup4industry program.
On the same occasion, the Director-General of Small, Medium, and Various Industries (IKMA) Gati Wibawaningsih explained that the Startup4Industry 2020 Program has a series of activities that will last until December 2020.
"There is a problem-solving based competition using Industry 4.0 technology to deal with the impact of COVID-19," Gati said.
The agenda for this activity also includes solution discussions between problem owners and technology startups, Tech Link, or business meetings with industry, especially the SME sector, and implementing webinars and workshop series.
"On the day of the launch of Startup4Industry 2020, a national seminar was also held with the headings Startup, Technology Provider in the New Normal Period and Startup Vs Big Industry, Disrupting or Empowering The Giant?" Said Gati.
The National Seminar is an event to convey the benefits of Industry 4.0 technology and to strengthen the existence and role of startups as the main technology providers in new normal times.
The implementation of the Startup4industry Program in 2018 and 2019 has successfully made several achievements, including the number of competition participants reaching 220 startup players, with 15 implementation projects carried out by startups in the IKM sector, and 26 IKM using technology solutions from the startup.
Furthermore, one of the finalists at the 2018 Startup4industry competition, namely MSMB, could win the 2020 Hermes Startup Award, an international competition that was first organized by Deutsche Messe, organizer of the Hannover Messe. (Antaranews)