Covare

Akhir tahun 2017, kami berada dalam persiapan sebuah kegiatan para BUMN di Paritohan, di sekitar Danau Toba, Sumatera Utara. Suasana dingin berkabut, karena persiapan dimulai sejak dini hari. Namun tampak sebuah pemandangan indah di tengah kabut: PT PPI menyajikan kopi Toba. Di tengah kesegaran yang ditawarkan kopi panas Covare itu, PPI memberikan kejutan dengan memberikan begitu saja kopi-kopi Toba Covare kepada siapa pun yang mengaku pecinta kopi.

Di tahun 2018, aku sempat beberapa kali bekerja sama dengan PPI, sebuah BUMN yang berfokus pada perdagangan umum dan khusus atas beraneka produk sejak dari hulu hingga hilir, baik lokal maupun lintas negara; bahkan beberapa kali berjumpa dengan Bapak Agus Andiyani, Dirut PPI yang sungguh visioner namun sangat rendah hati. Namun di awal 2019, kembali PPI teridentikkan dengan kopi.

Pada paruh pertama 2019 ini, para BUMN sedang mempersiapkan alat pembayaran bersama — LinkAja. LinkAja harus dapat digunakan di berbagai produk, layanan, event, dan situs BUMN. Termasuk di antaranya adalah rest area dan pom bensin di jalan tol. Kami tengah mempersiapkan soft launch sebuah rest area di KM 260 — sebuah kawasan bekas pabrik gula di Banjaratma, Brebes, bersama Direktur Pertamina Bapak Mas’ud Khamid. Kawasan ini akan diujudkan sebagai kawasan wisata (transit-oriented development) yang memanfaatkan bekas instalasi pabrik gula. Hall besar di Banjaratma dimanfaatkan sebagai café, resto, dan penjualan produk nasional. Di tengah persiapan yang melelahkan, tampak café yang sangat rapi, dengan brand Covare yang terkenal itu, dan masih buka di tengah malam. Sambil lelah, kami langsung menyerbu café itu, pesan brewed coffee Wamena, Aceh Gayo, dll. Setelah kesadaran agak pulih, kami baru sadar bahwa sang barrista di café itu tak lain dari Dirut PPI, Pak Agus Andiyani sendiri. Hoooo.

Melayani curiosity kami, berceritalah Pak Agus. PPI memang mendapatkan tugas khusus dari Pemerintah RI untuk membina kawasan-kawasan rakyat yang potensial menghasilkan kopi bermutu sangat tinggi. Pembinaan diujudkan dengan menentukan kawasan pilot, memberikan pembinaan langsung kepada rakyat, memberikan bantuan benih dll, melakukan pendampingan dan menjaga keterjaminan mutu, hingga membeli kopi-kopi olahan rakyat itu, serta mengemasnya secara istimewa, dan mendistribusikannya ke seluruh dunia. Kawasan pembinaan lengkap dari Aceh hingga Papua.

Semakin istimewa rasanya kopi Covare ini.

 

BPPT Buckber

BPPT invited Engineering Professional Organisations in a short iftar session today. The IEEE Indonesia Section was represented by some volunteers (incl Dr Hugeng, Dr Wahidin, Amanda, and yours truly), since the Excom members were too busy.

Surely here I met some old connections, happily. I met Prof Ashwin, Dr Lubis, Prof Suhono, etc.

Unfortunately, this was only a short session — ended just before Isya & Tarawih.

 

IEEE Indonesia Section Gathering

Opening of the Annual Member Gathering.

Presenting «Collaborative Industry Innovation» at IEEE Indonesia Section Annual Member Gathering 2019.

After Section Chairmanship Handover from Prof Fitri Yuli Zulkifli to Prof Wisnu Jatmiko.

IEEE Tencon 2017 – Industry Forum

IEEE Tencon 2017 was held in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. As a part of this great event, the IEEE R10 Industry Relations Committee has planned to carry out a higher-level Industry Forum to boost the engagement of the engineers from the regional industries & involvement of the IEEE in the industrial world. The speakers for this forum is none other than the IEEE President, Karen Bartleson, accompanied by representatives from regional innovative industries, including Telkom Indonesia.

This is arguably a paradox, though. Just after this forum, I had to resign my position (and any involvement) at R10 Excom, and chose instead to spend more time to solve real issues in Indonesia using technological (and digital) approaches. This will include small industry & entrepreneurship, agriculture, youth involvement, digital incubation, etc.

Parsifal

IEEE Sections Congress tahun ini berlangsung di Sydney, Australia. Jika tiga tahun lalu aku menghadiri congress serupa di Amsterdam sebagai Ketua IEEE Indonesia Section, maka tahun ini aku hadir di Sydney sebagai anggota Excom dari IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific). Aku terbang dari Jakarta ke Sydney dengan Garuda Indonesia, transit di Denpasar. Kegiatan IEEE sendiri cukup padat, dan akan ditulis di blog lain — andai sempat. Tapi, senyampang hadir di Sydney, aku meluangkan waktu berkunjung ke Sydney Opera House.

Lihat jadwal pentas di Sydney Opera House, jantung agak berhenti berdetak baca bahwa malam ini Opera Australia akan memainkan concert opera Parsifal. Parsifal! Wagner! Sungguh serendipity luar biasa. Concert opera ini adalah format konser yang memainkan sebuah opera: dengan musik lengkap, vokal, dan chorus, minus acting panggung. Dan yang luar biasa, malam ini hanya tersisa 2 tiket lagi. Aku langsung ambil tiket dalam posisi tengah dan agak depan.

 

Vokal utama malam ini tak lain adalah Jonas Kaufmann sebagai Parsifal, Michelle DeYoung sebagai Kundry, dan Michael Honeyman sebagai Amfortas. Chorus dari Opera Australia Chorus, bermain sangat megah di belakang Opera Australia Orchestra yang dipimpin konduktor Pinchas Steinberg.   

Tentu saja tidak diperkenankan mengambil foto selama performansi berlangsung. Jadi foto-foto diambil sebelum dan sesudah performansi.

IEEE R10 Excom Meeting

IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Executive Committee has just carried out its annual meeting in Hongkong, 21 January 2017. This new cabinet is led by Director Prof Kukjin Chun.

I serve in this Executive Committee as the Industry Relations Coordinator for the years 2017–2017.

R10 Industry Relation Coordinator

Just a couple weeks ago, I’ve got an invitation from IEEE Region 10 Director-Elect, Prof Kukjin Chun. He will be the Director of IEEE Region 10 in 2017–2018; and he invited me to be a member of the Executive Committee (Excom), as the Industry Relations Coordinator.

This morning I got an Excel file from the Region 10, containing the list of the Region 10 Excom next year (starting 01 January 2017).

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The IEEE Region 10 covers Asia–Pacific area. It covers a geographical area stretching from South Korea and Japan in the north-east to New Zealand in the south, and Pakistan in the west. It comprises of 57 Sections, 6 Councils, 17 Sub-sections, 515 Chapters, 60 Affinity Groups and 958 Student Branches. With a membership of 107,154 (about 25% of total IEEE membership), it is one of the largest regions in IEEE.

My predecessor on this position is Ms Pamela Kumar, the IEEE Region 10 Industry Relations Coordinator for 2015–2016.

Checking the IEEE Region 10 site, here’s the objective of Industry Relation activities:

  • Promoting IEEE activities within industries.
  • Engaging industries and practitioners in IEEE activities
  • Creating a platform for practitioners to network and benefit from being IEEE members
  • Creating benefits for academia-industry partnership to achieve innovations.
  • Recruiting more members from industry.

The responsibilities include:

  • Liaison with business and industry associations to facilitate collaborative applied
    research and development.
  • Providing assistance to academic research communities in transferring technologies to
    industry.
  • Providing services and holding activities for IEEE members and industrial employees to
    share knowledge and establish mutually beneficial relationship.

The activities, among others:

  • Creating a platform for Industry–Academia engagement during flagship IEEE R10
    events – TENCON, TENSYMP, SYW and HTC conferences
  • Promoting programs to have practitioner oriented hands-on workshops (like MGA
    Metro Area Workshops)
  • Engaging and working together with local industrial bodies to promote
    interests of IEEE
  • Organising webinars on latest topics of interest to IEEE Industry members
  • Earmark and celebrate “Industry Day” during the month of November every year to
    have a platform to celebrate association with local industries.

Surely I will need supports from all of you: the academician & business people with concerns to technology development to enhance the quality of life. Please contact me for supports & feedbacks.

UK Alumni Discussion on Smart Cities

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Today, the UK Embassy — with British Council & IABA — carried out a thematic discussion on Smart Cities Beyond ICT-Based Cities, in Panghegar Hotel, Bandung. I happened to be in Bandung after the IEEE Lecture at Telkom University, so I attended this event. The speakers were Prof Suhono (ICT), Prof Haryo (Planology), & Ms Heni (City Management), with Ms Mira as the moderator.

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Before leaving, we have small informal chats about the progress of some Smart City initiatives in Indonesia.