The Indonesian education technology market has become one of Asia’s most prominent budding spaces. Improved tech, funding for startups, data centers, and an environment that encourages innovation have proved foundational stepping stones for the building-up of an industry that aims to close education gaps — from basic access to learning tools through to improved higher education services. A myriad of projects have made headway, and foreign startups have expressed interest as well.
Brainly — a Poland-based education tech startup — aims to narrow education gaps across Indonesia. Essentially a social network for students, the project aims at providing global access for anyone to receive help with homework online, regardless of their location. The company announced a $9 million series A investment led by U.S.-based General Catalyst Partners in early October. Tech in Asia quotes Brainly’s Indonesia country manager Dimas Mukhlas Widiantoro on the company’s mission: “Brainly will become a giant classroom for all the students who are willing to learn, share, and gain knowledge.”
Recently, Indonesian Vice President Boediono announced the launch of a project aimed at bringing higher education to rural areas in the country. Indonesia Integrated Online Courses will be a tech-based learning platform with online courses. Higher education has been notoriously unaffordable and inaccessible for people in rural areas, as local universities have not been able to cull students from remote locations.
These developments — in conjunction with the country’s improving information technology industry that has been opening more data centers and network hubs — are important movements for Indonesia’s technological presence. A new report titled Indonesia Digital Education and E-Learning Market Outlook to 2018 – Rising Trend of Blended Learning to Drive the Future Growth notes that the total spending on digital education in Indonesia has grown over the last five years, and that there has been improved collaboration between educational institutions and digital education providers in order to equip their classrooms with digital educational facilities. The report states:
Leading renowned educational institutions in the country have become more receptive towards the implementation of hi-tech learning components. The advent of technological advancements in the education landscape in Indonesia has provided a number of benefits to the educational institutions as well as corporate trainers such as multi-modal training, online tests and tutorials, live video streaming with the teaching faculties and few more other facilities.
The future is bright for those in Indonesia’s tech market, and even brighter for the students entering the world of digital education.