Proudest Moments in 2018 – Google Demo Day Asia

Google for Entrepreneurs (GFE) – recently rebranded as Google for Startups – brings together a group of compelling investable startups each year under a program called Demo Day. Google Demo Day Asia, the first-ever Demo Day in Asia, was hosted in Shanghai, China on last September 20, brought 10 awesome startups across Asia Pacific region.

Google Demo Day Asia has passed. You may find a lot of good coverages around it on the net. My post will focus on the journey that my team and I took to be involved in that once-in-a-lifetime, prestigious occasion. I hope this post will be useful for anyone who want to participate in the next Demo Day.

The Beginning

Every once in a while, life-changing opportunity emerges in unexpected way. Browsing around my Facebook feed during my time away from work – national Eid’s holiday – I found this post from a friend of mine, Yansen of KIBAR. KIBAR happens to be GFE partner in Indonesia, and the one who facilitates Demo Day Asia in Indonesia. So, thanks Yansen.

A Facebook post announcing Demo Day Asia
The post that triggered it all

Clicking on the link in that post, filled the form, submit my early 40-pages pitch deck, and finger-crossed. Nothing to lose. Oh by the way, I submitted one of DycodeX‘s flagship products, SMARTernak, an Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence-based solution for livestock farming.

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5 Unique Startups of Bandung

Yesterday morning, my team and I had an honour to be mentioned by Tech In Asia Indonesia in its Instagram post, that DycodeX is considered as one of five unique startups from Bandung city, Indonesia.

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Specifically, let’s take a look at second image:

5 unique startups of Bandung. DycodeX
DycodeX with its Precision Livestock Farming product – SMARTernak

I’m thankfully depicted as curly handsome skinny boy 😅 while in reality I am curly and handsome, but not that skinny.

The introduction bubble says in English:

Established in 2015, this startup has a goal to implement Internet of Things (IoT) as technological solutions. DycodeX is the only startup from Indonesia that has privilege to participate in Google Demo Day Asia on last September 2018 in Shanghai.

We did participate in Google Demo Day Asia, which was one of my proudest moment in 2018. It was a long selection process until we’re selected as the only startup from Indonesia participating in the first ever Demo Day in Asia. After selected, the preparation was even longer and exhaustive, yet very rewarding journey. Google Demo Day is Google’s way to highlight top startups from across the globe.

The mentioned product – SMARTernak – is one of DycodeX’s flagship products, that’s developed to help improving cattle farming and contribute to feed the world along the way. It’s also one of the efforts to support government program for Indonesia to be beef self-sufficiency in 2026. Please go here to know more about the product.

It’s an honour to be recognised as a unique startup among 4 other great startups, especially e-fishery, which one of early player in fishery/agricultural space in Indonesia, that’s recently managed to secure $4 million funding.

So, thank you Tech In Asia Indonesia for recognising us. It’s indeed one of the best year-end surprises.