The Jakarta Post
Visitor tries to fly the R80 aircraft at Jakarta-based aircraft manufacturer Rego Aviasi Industri's (RAI) booth during the Bekraf Habibie Festival on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. (Bekraf Habibie Festival/File)
After being held in Jakarta, the annual Bekraf Habibie Festival is scheduled to visit three other cities in Indonesia.
“We’ll be holding the festival in Bandung [West Java] next month, Surabaya [East Java] and the last one in Makassar [South Sulawesi] in December,” Ilham A. Habibie, founder and chairman of the Bekraf Habibie Festival, said during the Jakarta edition’s closing ceremony on Sunday at JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.
Ilham added that so far this year, the annual event had been held in the Central Java city of Surakarta and Batam, Riau Islands.
Ilham A. Habibie, founder and chairman of the Bekraf Habibie Festival , gives a speech for the festival's closing ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
The Bekraf Habibie Festival was initiated to commemorate former president BJ Habibie’s contributions to Indonesia. Its latest event in Jakarta ran from Thursday through Sunday and attracted 91,373 visitors.
More than 250 tenants from different sectors exhibited their innovations to the public, included state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad, Jakarta-based aircraft manufacturer Rego Aviasi Industri (RAI), state aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia, state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL and Jakarta State University (UNJ)’s Batavia Team, who displayed their electric car.
The event proved that innovation is not only linked to technology, but also other fields, such as food and beverages, education, sports, lifestyle and health – as seen by the various innovations showcased by tenants. These include Robries, which provides 3D-printing service made from recycled plastic, and Luido, which offers accessories made of mud sourced from the mud flow in Sidoarjo regency, East Java. (Lapindo).
Robries, one of the many tenants displaying their innovations at the Bekraf Habibie Festival, provides 3D-printing services from recycled plastic. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
Ilham added that the event could be used to experience the latest technology in Indonesia, and to discover what other areas needed to be developed in the future.
Established in 2016, the event was previously held to commemorate the 80th birthday of BJ Habibie at the National Museum. It became an annual event after successfully attracting more than 50,000 visitors in its first year. (kes)