Taylor’s third TechFest event looks to inspire the future of technology

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Taylor’s third TechFest event looks to inspire the future of technology

Taylor’s University launches its biggest anticipated event for the third consecutive year, teaming with the Multimedia Development Corporation
Taylor’s University launched TechFest 2015, for the third year running with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), to celebrate creativity and innovation in the field of computing and information technology. The event was an epitome of industry-academic collaboration to provide a platform for students and academics to showcase their talents and entrepreneurship abilities.
This year’s event highlighted the importance of technology’s rapid movement in development, which has changed the way people live. In a recent observation, the technology industry has become so innovative and fast that people talk about new technology and products that are due to release, instead of what they already possess.
According to Professor Dr. Pradeep Nair, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Taylor’s University, “We have seen big technology moves in other sectors including transportation, healthcare and space exploration.”
“The IT field is now at its peak and integrated that it has become a necessity for both public and private sectors of all levels. In education, there is a pressing need for educators to align the teaching and learning experience to the demands and pace of the 21st century,” he continued.
The event was graced by Muhammad Imran Kunalan Abdullah, Director of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), who touched on the job demand in IT, “The IT industry withstands any economic adventure. However, there is a big gap between supply and demand, as the demand within the Malaysian IT industries are up to 10%, the supply of suitable graduates is at 5%.”
This year’s theme, “Inspiring our Future”, had champions of the industry to conduct expert forums. Speakers such as Philip Victor, Head of Market Development at (ISC)² spoke on the global cybersecurity landscape and information security workforce development, while the Senior Manager of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Tan Eng Hoo, shared the ICT Industry outlook and career opportunities.
For the rest of the day, a strong sense of excitement built up as competitions like the TechFest iHacker, Dota games and the ImagineHack Challenge got underway. The competitive events allowed aspiring hackers of the ethical kind, programmers, and computer-game aficionados to flex their virtual muscles. TechFest 2015 showcased a perfect blend of entertainment and technology as well as a platform to interact with thriving minds and foster solutions. Also on display were the Segway PT and an exhibition which showcased computing students’ final year projects that teased the imagination while the exhibition by technology partners and sponsors completed the event.

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