Bandar Seri Begawan - 'Embracing the Creative Evolution' is what the theme of the fifth annual technology and entrepreneurship forum, THiNKBIG Innovate 2012, will be when it takes place at The Empire Hotel and Country Club on October 24, as announced by the organisers; iCentre and Asia Inc Forum yesterday.
The forum is expected to bring together 250 delegates from the ICT industry, government, business community, educational institutions, students and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Carrying the aforementioned theme of `Embracing the Creative Evolution', it was explained in a press conference yesterday at the iCentre that the forum will focus on the said creative evolution that is taking place around the world and is pushing the boundaries of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Explaining the reasoning behind the choice of theme, Delwin Keasberry, Programme Manager for Asia Inc Forum, said during the press conference, "One of the things we try and do with our Think Big Innovate forum is that we try to set a trend, that is, before things get hot or mainstream, we try to highlight these things."
"We believe that in the next few years, for corporations, organisations, NGOs, and SMEs, the digital multimedia engine behind marketing will be one of the things used more and more," he continued.
"We're seeing more and more people carrying a smart device nowadays. We're seeing more and more apps coming out. We're seeing how anybody can now make a video and upload it on YouTube. It's no longer down to an agency to make a video looks good or anything, as of nowadays, everyone can do it."
"That is part of the creative evolution -the power is in the hands of the people," he highlighted.
Keasberry added that this is not necessarily one of the mainstream things in Brunei yet, but that it is something he and Asia Inc Forum see coming and being adopted more and more this year and in the years beyond.
According to a press statement from Asia Inc Forum, "The six drivers that will most likely shape the future workforce include longer life spans; a rise in smart devices and systems; advances in computational systems; new multimedia technology; the continuing evolution of social media; and a globally connected world."
All of these are strongly underpinned by ICT as the enabler of the global creative industry in general.
It was revealed at the press conference, which also saw the attendance of Farah Ahmadnawi, the Marketing and PR Executive Officer for iCentre, that topics discussed at the upcoming THiNKBIG Innovate 2012 will bring together an exciting mix of topics around digital media, start-ups, creativity and going global in a format that aims to both inspire and ignite entrepreneurship and innovation in Brunei.
Among the speakers being featured are a number of distinguished thought leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe, including Kim Davidson, the Founder of SideEffects Global (Canada), which is a world leader in 3D animation and visual effects software that has been used in the creation of digital animation for blockbuster films such as The Avengers, Captain America, Inception, Avatar, Spider Man, the Harry Potter series and more.
Also being featured is Lo Sheng, Co-Founder of Muvee (Singapore), a start-up that pioneered and patented automated video editing software; along with Ash Singh, Founder and CEO of Interactive Sg (Singapore) whose company produces the "360 entrepreneurship platform" on television.
Aulia Halimatussadiah, CTO and Co-Founder of Nulisbuku.com, Indonesia's first online self= publishing start-up will also be featured at the upcoming forum, as will Stanley Han, Co-Founder and CEO of Koobits, a. Singaporean software company that focuses on interactive digital publishing.
"The Innovate 2012 Forum is a platform for inspiration, learning and ideas in building better businesses and markets, a stronger industry and firmer framework for encouraging entrepreneurship, as well as understanding how the world is embracing the emerging technologies," said Delwin Keasberry.
"We have put together a programme that is certain to inspire, excite and make a difference here in Brunei," he stressed. "We have .firmed up speakers who are leading technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs who have built technologies and businesses that have made significant impact on the world."
"So this is the forum that you should not miss," he added.
Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) is onboard as a corporate partner, and speaking at the press conference, BIBD's Deputy Manager of Corporate Communications, Sonia Kaur, said, "At BIBD we believe that education is one of the key pillars for a progressive nation.
"This year, we have launched a number of initiatives to emphasise our commitment in supporting local education," she said, before adding, "similarly, part of the focus of this year's innovate forum is on education - how the delivery of education can be enhanced and made more efficient through innovation and adoptions of technology."
She highlighted that BIBD is committed to the country's future in ICT and entrepreneurship, and that they feel the forum is a wonderful avenue for a bank to participate in education, entrepreneurship development and innovation in Brunei.
For more information and to register for the forum, those interested can do so by contacting Ms Nanette Ramos at 2226555.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin