As the introduction of Nongsa D-Town project, on Thursday, 28 November 2019 we held a seminar in Singapore, themed “Talent Pool Accelerator and Gateway to Indonesia”. The event brought up current issues on developing digital economy, including the existence of digital talent pool with adequate infrastructure to decrease the business cost. More than 180 participants from many start-ups, SMEs, community builders, investors attended this event.

Led by the executives from various digital-based companies, this event started with a fireside chat session with Marco Bardelli (Director of Nongsa D-Town) and Omar Giri Valliappan (Managing Director Strategy, Business Development and Services of Sinar Mas Land). Both are representatives from co-joined companies that develop the Nongsa D-Town.

Guillaume Estegass (Smart Buildings Lead, Asia – Microsoft) then presented the idea of smart building by Microsoft and its potential existence at Nongsa D-Town. The event is closed by a lively panel discussion on the value of building and maintaining an overseas team by Billy Jantiko (Business Lead – Glints), Wilson Tan (Business Development Director – Web Imp Pte Ltd.) and Ivan Lim (CEO – Real Estate Doc) panelists and Daryl Chung (Head of Special Projects –E27) as the moderator.

“The availability of digital talents is arguably abundant in Indonesia and very reachable from Singapore, and this has become a promising potential to be explored between two countries; in which Singapore is the center of business and Batam, Indonesia provides the necessary talents and location. This is what we are doing at Nongsa D-Town, to attract local and multinational startups to look at Batam as the most strategic alternative to their businesses’ expansion. The increasing job opportunities and demand of skillful workers will drive growth in digital, creative, and technology industry.” as elaborated by Marco Bardelli (Director – Nongsa D-Town).

Nongsa D-Town is expected to be the solutions to what both countries need. This development is designed to be the ecosystem that can facilitate all aspects of life – work, live, and play.