Since July 9, 2015, when Malaysia first announced and rolled out its National IoT Strategic Roadmap, many have asked what happened next? I have been very persistent in my opinions regarding how to grow IoT in the country such as going beyond conferences, funding, digital transformation and create a healthy ecosystem. I was expecting that 2017 can different from the previous years. Although they are many IoT activities in Malaysia I felt the pace is still insufficient. If Malaysia wants to compete and become more competitive, we need to generate 100K IoT professionals by 2020. Thus, we do we start?

Here’s where FAVORIOT plays a key and significant role in helping the Universities to equip the graduates with relevant and up-to-date hands-on skills. Recently we have six (6) Malaysian Universities agreed to partner with FAVORIOT whereby we provide our FAVORIOT platform for their Lab usage, projects, and Beta trials. The hands-on experience with a commercial IoT middleware will help to increase their skills in developing IoT solutions. There are Tutorials with sample source codes to quickly connect either their Raspberry Pi or Arduino onto FAVORIOT.

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Developing the New Generation-IOT together with the Universities

The IOT journey is long-winded and full of challenges. There are many barriers to overcome. But with the right skills and ecosystem, we can achieve our objectives to become IoT hub of the Region.

About the Author

Dr. Mazlan Abbas is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of FAVORIOT Sdn Bhd. He is an IOT Evangelist and a Thought Leader. He received an award as 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by World CSR 2017. He is ranked No. 20th Thought Leader in IOT by 2014 Onalytics Report – “The Internet of Things – Top 100 Thought Leaders”, ranked Top 10 in IoT Top 100 Influencers by Postscapes 2016/2017, ranked Top 100 in Smart Cities Top Experts by Agilience Authority Index May 2016. He is also a Global Vision Board Member. You can reach him on LinkedIn or Twitter. Check all his presentation slides HERE.


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