Friday, 18 October 2019 | 06:06 WIB

Supported by Sinar Mas Land, Purwadhika Hosts International Robotics Competition

Supported by Sinar Mas Land, Purwadhika Hosts International Robotics Competition (sinarmasland)

TANGERANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - Sinar Mas Land actively encourages the transformation of BSD City into the first integrated smart digital city. In the effort to meet this goal, the company is committed to fully supporting every development of digital technology and digital innovation in the property area.

One of the digital technology education institutions based in BSD City, Purwadhika Startup & Coding School, in collaboration with Makeblock Indonesia, the Makeblock China representative, presents MakeX Indonesia as the 2019 International Robotics Competition at ICE BSD. This event aims to foster the enthusiasm of young Indonesians in creativity and robot technology development in Indonesia.

"Sinar Mas Land strongly supports the development of technology and digital innovation, as we believe these two things will drive our progress in the future. Therefore, we are seriously working on the Digital Hub, which will become a forum for educational institutions, communities, startup businesses, as well as multinational companies," said Irawan Harahap, Project Leader of the Digital Hub at Sinar Mas Land, at ICE BSD City, Tangerang, on Sunday (10/06/2019).

Irawan said BSD City is open to everyone, including children who are interested in robotics technology, at the event. "We hope they can contribute to advancing the field of digital technology in the future," he added.

Purwa Hartono, President Director of Purwadhika Startup & Coding School, explained that current technological developments have been extraordinary. The tasks that are normally done by humans are now starting to be done by digital workers, such as software and robots.

"Therefore, we are preparing the young generation in Purwadhika to be able to compete in creating software and robots. Our attention has apparently received good interest from the public, so we think it is time to create a national scale competition while preparing the Indonesian delegation for competition at the international level," Purwa said.

To note, MakeX Indonesia 2019 is attended by various schools in Indonesia such as Al-Amjad (Medan), Bina Bangsa School, Chandra Kumala School, Jakarta Intercultural School, Canaan Global School, Marsudirini School, Sampoerna Academy, Singapore National Academy, Tarakanita School, Creative Insan Bogor Vocational School, SMK PGRI 3 Tanggul, Muhammadiyah Vocational School, Tengaran Vocational School, Barumun Vocational School, Jatirogo Vocational School and Cybereye community from Jakarta, Semarang, Malang, Bandung, Banjarmasin, Bogor, Bekasi, Purwakarta, Medan, Tegal and Surabaya.

Purwa also explained that there are more than 100 teams competing to become Indonesian representatives at the MakeX International Competition to be held in China in December 2019.

"Indonesian representatives will compete with more than 30 other countries in the international event," he said.

For information, MakeX Indonesia 2019 has two competition categories, namely MakeX Starter (aged 6-12 years) and MakeX Challenge (ages 12-16 years). In MakeX Starter participants are asked to build, design, and program Makeblock products and compete to complete the missions and obstacles they are given.

Meanwhile, the MakeX Challenge participants were asked to build and assemble Makeblock kits into robots. Assembled robots are expected to be suitable and able to solve the problems and obstacles provided.

In addition to the MakeX Starter and MakeX Challenge, at this event a competition was also held by the children of Purwadhika graduates for the Coding for Teens program.

The contestants were asked to present their work in the form of Smart Home products based on the Internet of Things (IoT) program.

"The best work will get prizes in the form of a Code Starter scholarship program at Purwadhika Startup & Coding School," he said.

Along with the 2019 MakeX Indonesia event, Purwadhika also launched a "Code Starter" educational program for students from kindergarten through high school. The program has 3 classifications, starting from Starter 1 for children aged 5-7 years, Starter 2 for ages 8-10 years, and Starter 3 for ages 11-16 years.

By joining this program, children can learn many things related to technological development, ranging from Digital Marketing, Animation, Coding Fundamental, Game Development, Mobile App Development, Robotic, and others.

"This program aims to be a place for the nation's next generation to become a digital smart generation that can move forward Indonesia," Purwa said.