Archive | July, 2010

FreSh! Mobilicious 4G & WiMAX

29 Jul

A convergence between the internet and mobility is inevitable. Para pengamat mengatakan bahwa dalam 3-5 tahun kedepan smart phones, tablets, pads, etc akan menggantikan desktop. Tentunya untuk menyokong itu semua, diperlukan sebuah backbone yang kuat dan sanggup melayani kebutuhan mobile internet yang akan semakin berat konsumsinya.

So why WiMAX & 4G?

WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) & 4G (4th Generation) merupakan backbone yang diharapkan bisa support penggunaan internet secara mobile di masa mendatang. WiMAX sendiri sudah lama ada di Indonesia dan bagian dari 3G, namun penggunaanya belum maksimal. Sedangkan 4G yang merupakan IP based mobile service sebetulnya sudah siap tempur di Indonesia, namun secara birokrasi dan business plannya masih diperdebatkan di kalangan perusahaan telco dan internet service.

Ada 4 pembicara FreSh Mobilicious WiMAX & 4G malam itu; the ever so technical Kuncoro Wastuwibowo dan Arief H. Gunawan dari Telkom yang mewakili IEEE Indonesia, the mobile technology milker Herwinto Chandra yang mewakili AktifMob,  dan the very energetic Yasmina Haryono yang seorang user experience expert yang sedang melakukan riset di Indonesia.

Kuncoro memulai dengan menjelaskan apa itu 4G, apa itu WiMAX (dan kenapa dia gak suka WiMAX), hingga ke infrastruktur dan segala macam technical detailnya. Ia juga menjelaskan kapabilitas dari 4G, serta perkembangan teknologi 4G sendiri yang sempat terpisah menjadi dua kubu dengan dua bahasa yang berbeda. Dia juga memberikan kabar buruk dimana 4G sendiri baru akan secara efektif di gunakan paling lambat 2015. Ya hopefully makin cepat lah.

Herwinto melakukan follow up dengan menjelaskan sisi business yang dapat dilakukan dengan 4G. Mewakili perusahaannya .AktifMob, ia menjelaskan possibilities apa yang dapat dilakukan dan bagaimana memanfaatkannya. Perubahan yang terjadi di perusahaan telco di Indonesia sejak berhentinya price wars (inget dong iklan pulsa 0,000001 rupiah) dan sekarang dimana terjadi pergeseran pendapatan utama dari voice (pulsa) ke data.

Pembicara ke-3 kita malam itu saudara Arief berbicara soal LTE (Long Term Evolution), berkembangnya teknologi dari 2G ke 3G, 3.9G dan 4G, time frame perubahan dan kapabilitas apa saja yang dapat diharapkan dari masa depan mobile yang berisi EOIP (Everything Over Internet Protocol).

Pembicara terkahir kita adalah Yasmina. Seorang user experience expert yang kini tinggal di Dusseldorf Jerman, ia disini sedang melakukan riset untuk sebuah perusahaan telco dimana ia bekerja. Yasmina memberikan presentasi mengenai evolusi mobile yang terjadi di Indonesia karena perilaku manusia Indonesia. “Yasmina gives a somewhat soothing presentation“, menurut @indobrad.

Akhir kata, topik FreSh kali ini membuka mata kita akan teknologi yang akan datang dan bagaimana kita mengantisipasinya dalam pekerjaan atau hidup kita kembali ke kita masing-masing. However, it also teaches us how unique we are. Mobile di Indonesia berkembang dalam alarming rate, nomor 2 di hampir semua bindang, termasuk blackberry usage yang berkembang karena uniknya bangsa Indonesia: prepaid. How you use this information is up to you.

p.s.: Presentasi pembicara akan diupload di slideshare dan akan di posting ke postingan ini, so check back soon.

Social Enterprise Capacity Building MasterClass with John Pepin

21 Jul

One of the hardest part in any organization is to produce revenue to keep the organization sustainable. As a consultant of social enterprise, I get asked the same question over and over about fundraising and getting capital to start the business. I think most of the problem that entrepreneurs face is the lack of ability to generate funds or capital to even start with. When I told them (budding entrepreneurs) stories how I or other entrepreneurs started businesses with just mouth and elbow grease as capital, they think its impossible.

However, an important rule of being a consultant is guiding the client towards an answer, not telling them how. This is something that I brought from John Pepin’s Masterclass workshop on Social Enterprise. I can’t just tell entrepreneurs that it is possible to gain capital from just what you have (which is mostly elbow grease and mouth), but I have to guide them towards that and to other possibilities like getting capital from external sources. They have to experience and come up with the solutions themselves.

Canadian born John Pepin is no stranger to social enterprise world. He is an accomplished non-profit chief executive and consultant, Director of the consultancy JPA Europe Limited, wirh over 15 years as a Chief Executive to a variety of charities and associations of differing sizes and complexities as well as extensive experience as a consultant, Board Trustee, Board Chair and Executive Committee member. He resides in the UK and is part of the social enterprise movement.

There were many useful lessons that we received from John Pepin that day, especially how a social enterprise should sustain itself, sell themselves towards customers, towards fundraising and towards government policy. It was enlighting day. Thank you British Council for the opportunity to learn more about social enterprise.

British Council’s Community Enterprise Workshop

4 Jul

British Council recently gave me a rare opportunity to acompany Professor [1] Cliff Southcombe to become a facilitator on the Community Enterprise Wokrshop for 50 applicants of the British Council’s own Community Entrepreneurship Challange (CEC).

The 50 attendees were selected from 600 applicants that sent their community business proposal to the CEC. 30 people will follow the workshop on the first and second day. They have a good concept but not suitable enough for the competition, so hopefully after the workshop they are able to remodel their business towards a more community enterprise.

20 of the participants joined us on the second and third day. These are those who are semi-established, their proposal and community business plan are up to British Council’s standard for a community enterprise. So the materials on the first day are tools for beginers to the community enterprise concept, moderate on the second day, and advanced on the third.

The workshop took place at the Scarlet Hotel Bandung on June 15th to 17th, and with the help of 3 other more experienced facilitators: Mrs.Rini Sudaryani of UnPad, M.B.Junerosano of Greeneration, and Ms.Suci Mayang of The Indonesian Institute.

It was a real breath of fresh air to see so many eager entrepreneurs in one room, let alone to think that there were 600 applicants, meaning that there are more future entrepreneurs out there whether their intentions be community or not.

It was interesting to see what the participant think what to their knowledge a community enterprise is. Some still misses between what a community enterprise is and what an enterprise based on community is. There is a big diffrence. A community enterprise is owned with a majority stakeholder of the community and is used as a mean to uplift the local economy by minimizing the amount of money leaving the community, where as an enterprise based on community are mostly private owned companies that base their business from the community, such as a batik company that uses a workforce from a certain community or a corn company that buys corn from a certain community.

A social/community enterprise is owned by the community, empowering the community to take action, draws funding and power from the community, and help sustain or grow the community’s economy.

For more about community enterprise, you can contact me, Cliff Southcombe or the other facilitators above through the British Council. Thank you for the opportunity, and a great thanks to the BC team that helped us along the way: Mr.Fajar, Mr.Heri & Ms.Dhika.

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[1] Cliff was awarded a plaque with the title “Professor on it from a university in Java, and as he has said have caused some hilarity back home – some say the word “Mad” is missing!

Introducing: Web.Dev Academy

1 Jul

Introducing the Web Development Academy, a facility that will produce industry standard web developers. Students will partake in 3 short courses at 3 months each, learning about web development and creating their own portfolios from real projects given by real companies. Class starts September 2010, for now you can register by sending an email to mailbox[at]ocieducation.com

Location, website, logo and curriculum are still a work in progress and are subject to change. For any questions, please use the comment section below.

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Memperkenalkan Web Development Academy atau WebDev Academy, sebuah fasilitas yang akan mencetak web developer yang memiliki skill sesuai standard dan kebutuhan industri saat ini. Siswa dapat mengikuti 3 kursus pendek masing-masing selama 3 bulan, belajar mengenai proses produksi web dan membuat portfolio mereka dari proyek yang diberikan oleh industri nyata. Kelas dimulai September 2010, saat ini anda dapat register melalui email ke mailbox[at]ocieducation.com

Lokasi kursus, website, logo dan kurikulum masih dalam proses pengerjaan dan kemungkinan akan berubah. Jika ada pertanyaan, silahkan menulis komentar dibawah.