2018 Best Nine

My #2018BestNine? It’s not easy.

I’m super thankful to experience many memorable, proudest moments in 2018. But I’ll try anyway. So here we go, ordered by date, ascending:

  1. Successfully did a big field trial of one of DycodeX’s flagship products – SMARTernak – in Padang Mengatas, West Sumatera.
  2. DycodeX’s 3rd anniversary. We’re growing.
  3. DyCode’s 11th anniversary. Wow… 11 years!
  4. Successfully help a telco operator to deploy its first-ever NB-IoT network.
  5. My Alora’s 2nd birthday. She’s a big girl now.
  6. Solely represented Indonesia to Google Demo Day Asia 2018, Shanghai. The first-ever Demo Day in Asia.
  7. DycodeX won RiceBowl Award 2018.
  8. After non-stop 4 months of R&D, we successfully deployed another flagship product – Smarterbike – with a bike sharing service in Yogyakarta called JogjaBike.
  9. Pitch SMARTernak to the President of Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo.

What’s a great year. Good bye 2018. Welcome 2019.

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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The Proudest Moment of 2017

Seharusnya saya menulis cerita ini pada sebulan lebih yang lalu, tepatnya tanggal 18 November 2017, ketika salah satu peristiwa sangat penting terjadi. Menunda menceritakannya bukan disengaja, pun tidak bermaksud menganggap peristiwanya kurang bermakna. Hanya saja, perlu rasanya diceritakan secara lebih komprehensif, dimulai dari alasan terjadinya, untuk menghindari kesalahpahaman hahaha… And I just found the time to write about it during this year-end holiday.

Sekitar akhir September 2017, tiba-tiba datang sebuah pesan WhatsApp dari teman lama. Seorang teman seangkatan waktu berkuliah di Fisika ITB, yang sejak beberapa tahun lalu – tidak tahu persisnya – terpanggil untuk mengabdikan hidupnya sebagai dosen di Program Studi Fisika ITB. Bahkan seingat saya, setidaknya 6 teman seangkatan Fisika 99, memilih berkontribusi balik ke Fisika sebagai dosen, suatu pilihan yang sangat terpuji.

Kembali ke pesan WhatsApp tadi, isinya cukup mengejutkan. Bagaimana tidak, saya dinominasikan sebagai penerima penghargaan Alumni Berprestasi dari Program Studi Fisika ITB untuk FMIPA Award 2017, atas dasar kontribusi ke dunia Fisika melalui entrepreneurship. Wow! Ya, walaupun masih sekedar nominee, tapi setidaknya ada pihak yang me-recognize apa saja yang saya lakukan selama ini, yang mungkin saja bermanfaat, sehingga layak untuk dinominasikan. Itupun cukup berarti. Continue reading The Proudest Moment of 2017