The Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre on track to build resilient community

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre is on track to build a creative, innovative and resilient community through several of its achievements even though it has only started operating for four months.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the centre remains on the go and demonstrates high level of commitment to assist local innovators and industries while encouraging them to innovate.

Its general manager Viviantie Sarjuni said among the achievements accomplished during the pandemic were introducing Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) Tourism idea, pushing for innovation among locals, and establishing partnership with the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC).

“The AR or VR Tourism idea was selected as top 10 in the Startup Weekend online organised by Techstar, an American seed accelerator founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado.

“The idea came from one of the participants Zikri Zainudin, who is a Sabahan. The idea is to make changes to a person’s perception of their physical surroundings, when viewed through a particular device.

“This way we can sell that travelling experience to tourists without having to travel to particular places. It is very relevant especially during the pandemic,” she said in a press release distributed to the reporters here, today.

Viviantie said such achievements were in line with the centre’s objectives to produce globally competent talents by bringing people, idea, and resources together to encourage entrepreneurs to build successful, innovative and sustainable business across all industries.

She also noted that the centre aims to work with grassroots communities, start-ups, venture firms, universities and research institutes, providing them with assistance from legal aspect, as well as finding investors to market their products across the globe.

“The centre intends to push for the use of digital tools such as AR or VR, Robotics, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, animation, and filming to support innovation as well as creating more job opportunities,” she added.

Earlier today, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal visited the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) to look into several developments including the state’s only innovation centre, which is an initiative under the Sabah Trade and Industry Ministry, in collaboration with KKIP.

Speaking to the reporters after the visit, Mohd Shafie said young Sabahans had shown a keen interest in innovation, creativity and were technology savvy, but he noted that Sabah has still not fully tapped into the industry.

“If we build a place for them to apply their knowledge such as making films and short films, I am sure we can produce highly creative and innovative Sabahans,” he said.