THE basics of mobile technology and its influence in today’s society were among the topics discussed among students, lecturers, and individuals who attended DST’s “Future Meet Ups” at the DST headquarters in Tungku Link yesterday.
Leading the session was Md Zulfadly Ismail, an IT enthusiast who founded Anak IT Brunei – an non-profit centre founded in 2010 to share skills, knowledge and experience in the IT field.
Ninety-five individuals from several higher institutions under Institute Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) such as Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College (MTSSR), Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School, Pusat Latihan Mekanik, Wasan Vocational School, Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering (MKJB), Sultan Bolkiah Vocational School, Business School, members of the public and DST, joined the sharing session.
Dayang Hjh Safrina binti Pehin Dato Hj Abd Rahman, DST’s Manager of Group Corporate Communications, said, “Mobile technology plays a very influential role in social and business interactions.
“It has also become a marketable asset. This is evident as we observe the various types of mobile applications widely available and accessible to the general public.
“At the same time, we are also aware of the evolution of mobile phones, particularly smartphones that support and provide a sustainable business for mobile apps and vice versa.”
“For this week’s ‘Future Meet Ups’ session, we are providing an insight into this particular topic as a potential area of investment for potential start-ups along with the understanding of the product itself.
“By bringing a representative from a community of IT experts knowledgeable about the product and technology involved, participants can learn the ingredients and recipe that make up the product before it reaches the market.
“Such learning of skills, knowledge and experience is what we look forward to share as part of our ‘Future Meet Ups’.”
The afternoon session began with a comprehensive introduction about the revolution of basic mobile application technologies which includes an introduction to the Smartphone and Mobile App technologies.
The session continued to enlighten the participants with types of mobile apps available, and later continued to a tutorial demonstration on the technical components required to build the mobile application.
The session ended with an open discussion and sharing activity about what the participants had learned.
Md Nazirul Hakeem bin Abd Azis, an instructor from Business School, said, “I came to DST’s ‘Future Meet Ups’ to expand my knowledge so I can reach more to my students on how to do business in the IT industry.
“I have tried to learn programming but it’s quite difficult due to the limited time I have.
“However, because of DST’s ‘Future Meet Ups’, I know now that I can make my own mobile app although I have zero knowledge on programming.”
‘Future Meet Ups’ is part of DST’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, “Future Series”, an initiative to create platforms to nurture promising Bruneian ICT individuals through investing in them to generate business opportunities aimed at driving innovation and creativity in Brunei.
DST will host more ‘Future Meet Ups’ in the coming months. For further enquiries, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Look out for the upcoming ‘Future Meet Ups’ sessions on DST’s official Facebook page and DST’s official Instagram @dstbn.