Satya Nadella giving keynote speech at the Microsoft Developer Festival in Jakarta on Thursday (26/05). (Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Satya Nadella Promises Microsoft's Support for Indonesian Developers

BY :TABITA DIELA

MAY 27, 2016

Jakarta. Tech giant Microsoft has promised to support the Indonesian developer community through a series of educational programs in schools, funding for startups and tools for developers, according to a statement issued on Friday (27/05).

The statement follows the company's developer festival in Jakarta a day earlier in which Satya Nadella, Microsoft chief executive, said developers will play a key role in enabling businesses to evolve and grow using integrated technology.

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"At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more," he said.

"If we’re going to achieve this mission, we must empower every developer in Indonesia with the technology and platforms to express their creativity and change the world."

Andreas Diantoro, Microsoft Indonesia president director, said the company has been working with a local non-governmental organization Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB) to provide an end-to-end support from education to job opportunities.

With YCAB, Microsoft rolled out Indonesia M-Powered, a multi-years program that aims to have 500 startups by 2020. These startups will be enrolled in BizSparks, Microsoft's initiative that provides free access to cloud services, software, and mentorship for startups.

The program, Andreas said, will match 10,000 "underprivileged" universities and high school graduates, providing them with skills.

Microsoft and YCAB Foundation have also created a job platform called GenerasiBisa.id that provides job listings and online classes.

A local startup that provides educational content, Kelase, had received $81,000 cash grant from the company to provide more contents.

Rudiantara, the Communication and Information Technology Minister, said Indonesia is welcoming investors who will provide support for aspiring developers and technopreneurs in a bid to provide job opportunities in the country.

“Indonesia needs tech-savvy people who aren’t just consumers, but who are also providing services that meet the needs of our people," he said.

Microsoft's support is in line with the government's focus to promote local small and medium enterprises and to create at least 1,000 technopreneurs and rake in, at least, $130 billion in 2020.

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