HARA hits the main stage twice at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2018
HARA was invited to the main stage twice at the Tech in Asia Jakarta 2018 conference. The Tech in Asia conference series was designed to help build and serve the tech community, and has grown to become one of the largest in Asia.
This year, the event was held at the Jakarta Convention Center and was expected to attract a crowd of over 5000 entrepreneurs, corporates, VCs, developers, and media.
Early in the afternoon, our Head of Business Development, Larissa Sidarto, moderated a session on the current opportunities and challenges faced by the AgriTech industry.
Being well-versed in the comings and goings of that industry, Sidarto was a natural fit to guide the discussion between the three CEO’s of eFishery, 8Villages, and Crowde.
“I think the discussion confirmed that at the end of the day, we need to remember that we are dealing with people, so having a community is important. A community to encourage data collection, to encourage data validation, to educate the crowd, etc. This community is what will keep an ecosystem sustainable in the long run,” — Larissa Sidarto, HARA Head of Business Development
Later, our CEO Regi Wahyu discussed blockchain innovation in Southeast Asia with Juzar Motiwalla, chairman of Zilliqa. During the panel, Wahyu and Zilliqa spoke about how their companies implement blockchain technology.
“The way I explain blockchain in Indonesia when I deal with the farmers, […] I always say blockchain is like Pancasila, Sila kelima itu keadilan social bagi seluruh rakyat Indonesia [the 5th principle is social justice for all Indonesian people],” — Regi Wahyu, HARA CEO
Wahyu explained that there is a real need for the data that HARA collects, because nobody knows exactly what the current state of the agriculture sector in Indonesia is today.
Not the Ministry of Agriculture, not the Ministry of Commerce, or anyone else. In fact, there are often disputes between different parties because there is no clarity, no transparency, and simply no data.
“By having the blockchain technology down on the bottom of the pyramid and [data] being collected there bottom up with some micro incentives, we will create more transparency and accessibility for people who have an interest to develop the country across Indonesia,” — Regi Wahyu, HARA CEO
The blockchain sector does currently face some tough challenges. Wahyu’s first words to his team were very clear: we are at war.
He meant that HARA is at war with the large amount of scams that are floating around in the sector, that HARA is competing for the small amount of real talent that is available, and that HARA is fighting the idea that you cannot change the bottom of the pyramid using advanced technology.
“So that’s why we are really doing our project as not only just developing the technology, but also educating the market. And the market we are educating is 48% of the Indonesian population.
Now we are talking about almost ten thousand farmers that are on-board our blockchain system, without them knowing what the blockchain is all about. But the real benefit for them is really having the accessibility to financial support, insurance, better products, and more,” — Regi Wahyu, HARA CEO
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