‘Tech fraternity must help local community’

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BRUNEI-MUARA

THE technological fraternity in Brunei Darussalam should focus its efforts towards helping the local community.

Speaking to The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the Challenge event that was held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Chancellor Hall, Lim Sheng Hwee, the co-founder of Brunei Geek Meet, said that the local tech community has been primarily focused at doing business.

The Brunei Geek Meet is an association which aims to foster a strong tech meet up culture in Brunei with the intent of sharing information for the betterment of the community.

Lim said that tech meet ups are where computer coders and programmers gather for “hackdays” where they create computer programmes, solve tech issues or give talks on tech matters.

The Brunei Geek Meet was one of the organisers of the Challenge event where students from higher education institutions used technology to solve issues faced by NGOs.

“I told the NGOs that the issues that they are facing are interesting enough for organising meet ups, specifically to work on projects that cater to solving problems faced by NGOs,” he said.

He added that these projects provide tech individuals the opportunity to use their knowledge and creativity to contribute to the community. “There are so many things that we (tech people) can do to make the world a better place, as long as we channel our energy towards the right direction,” he said.

“My opinion is that the tech community (in Brunei) is less community driven, people who have the talent in IT often only use it for work purposes,” he added.

Lim said that he would like to see more individuals getting involved with the association, not just for business or work, but to find collaborations where tech individuals can benefit the local community.

The Brunei Times