Papuan Villages are on to the Future with Festival of Information and Communication Technology

This year, in 2016, The Festival of Information and Communication Technology Village (Destika) is being held in Papua. It is the fourth time this festival is being held. Destika was initiated by the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kemenkominfo) in Banyumas (2013). In the following years, it’s held in Majalengka (2014) and East Belitung (2015) and Kalkote, East Sentani, Jayapura District of Papua in 2016.

Destika in Papua
Honorable guests in Destika, Papua Via

Destika is an annual festival to empower village communities and improve their productivity through Information and Communication Technology (TIK). It is expected that through the learning processes and the materials given in Destika, the village communities can gain knowledge. In the end, a network of village interweb can be created. hence, commerce growth can be resulted, and local products are sold easier.

The event was attended by the Head of Jayapura District, Mathius Awoitauw and will be held for three days, from 28 September to 30 September of 2016. Invitations have been distributed for 1,900 persons but it is predicted that there will be more participants. People who live 5 hours from the festival have even confirmed their attendance.

Minister of Communications and Informatics (Menkominfo) has allocated 300 million IDR for this year’s event. The Local Government of Jayapura also chipped in because they feel that they have a sense of belonging with this event. Some of the officials that will attend Destika in Papua are Menkominfo, Rudiantara, Minister of Villages, Underdeveloped regions and Transmigration, Eko Putro Sandjojo, Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yesimbe, and also the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe.

This year, Destika in Papua presents TVC Kita streaming that can be accessed even with low bandwidth and cheap mobile phones. It is a Youtube-like service with video based contents. With this service, each village can make their own channels with various interesting topics such as health, education and others. Those channels can therefore be commercialized using their own business models. TVC Kita already has a lot of movie contents in total duration of 13 thousand hours. Various workshops and seminars will also held. For example, digital mapping technology using drones, developing e-learning mechanism, technology based government administration system or e-governance.

Previous events have resulted many excellent progress. Melung (Banyumas), the 2013 Destika’s venue, already have wifi all over the village. Through the village site, they can sell their local products online. Majalengka (2014) has become the most active area for information and communication technology learning. While East Belitung (2015) currently has a real-time population count, hence the distribution of subsidized rice is right on target.

Great progress is also expected for Papua. Choosing to have Destika in Papua as this year is a great choice by the government. With all ongoing developments for access and transportation, the Papuan people can wait while developing and opening themselves via the interweb. More people can have access about Papua and more Papuan people can have information from outside Papua. Papua has so many potentials, it would be great to have more people see it, explore it, buy their local products, invite more tourists to visit and in the end add the local income and knowledge for the Papuan people.


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