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The next big thing in the Start-up Ecosystem – Technopreneurship


The next big thing in the Start-up Ecosystem – Technopreneurship

29 August 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre) View map
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An opportunity can be converted into reality by a Technopreneur. Technopreneurship is a new breed of entrepreneurship. It involves a coming together of people who are intelligent, driven, creative, tech-savvy and passionate and have an appetite for calculated risk. It is not something new in Startup ecosystem, but we will discover more on the next big thing in Technopreneurship.

Key Takeaways

  • Technopreneurship is all about managing future demand. In order to have something that we never had, we must do something that we never did. Learn how to manage your future demand by empowering your supply capability.
  • “The Next Big Things” is always “A Nice to Have Things”, don’t confuse between Dream and Demand. Focus on the values.
  • The future breakthrough does not totally rely on AI, Machine Learning and etc, because those are only the key enablers. The future relies on how well we balance between economic innovation and humanity innovation. Disruptive innovation may only impact the economy, but not humanity as a whole.


Time Activity
10:00am Registration & Coffee
10:30am Sharing session
11.10am Q&A Session
11.30am End

Who should attend

  • Startups
  • Technopreneurs
  • Robotics
  • Futurise
  • Artificial Intelligence based Startup
  • Machine Learning based Startup

Our Speaker

Dr. Hanafiah Yussof

Dr. Hanafiah Yussof graduated from Iwate University Japan in 1998 in Mechanical Engineering, and started his career as Engineer at the Research & Design unit, Sharp Electronics Malaysia. After 3 years, Dr. Hanafiah pursued his interest in robotics. He continued his Masters study at Yamagata University Japan, with research focusing on humanoid robots and further incorporated sensor application in robots during his PhD at Nagoya University until 2008. He continued as JSPS Postdoctoral researcher in Nagoya University and completed his Postdoctoral research in 2010, which focused on development of optical 3-axis tactile sensor for application in humanoid robot.

Dr. Hanafiah is currently the CEO of Robopreneur Sdn Bhd, and holding a post as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknology MARA. He is also the Visiting Professor in University of Toyama, Visiting Researcher in Nagoya University and Hosei University Japan.

His achievement and recognition in the area of robotics is nothing shy of exceptional. He has won several academic and research awards including more than 8 Best Paper Awards at various international conferences. In 2010, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) awarded Dr Hanafiah with the Best Paper Award in Mechatronics. In 2016, he was awarded the Best Researcher Award by UiTM.

Dr. Hanafiah was the past Chairman of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Malaysia Chapter from 2013 until 2015. He also the founder and heads the Center of Excellence for Humanoid Robotics and Bio-Sensing (HuRoBs), and Head of Business Unit in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM. He has received more than RM6 million research grants in UiTM, including for his research on application of humanoid robot for children with autism. His had also served as an editor in several high-impact international journals, and founder of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors (IRIS) and International Robot PRIDE competition.