IO, Bandung – Marcell Antonius Dermawan, a student of Informatics Engineering, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) Padjadjaran University (Unpad), Bandung, has won 2nd place in Business Planning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) aspect at the 2020 National Student Competition for Business, Management, and Finance (KBMK). He achieved this with his idea of supporting the preservation of traditional Sumba woven fabrics through Noesa, a digital application.
The 2020 KBMK event was held by the National Achievement Center, Ministry of Education and Culture, September 2020. Marcell won this with his teammate, Bella Octaviolla, a student at Bina Nusantara University Bandung.
“My team and I provide an application-based solution called Noesa. It aims to support the distribution of Sumba woven fabrics, so that it can affect the economy and social awareness of the younger generation regarding this matter,” said Marcell when contacted by the Public Communication Office, Unpad, Thursday (10/1/2020).
According to Marcell, Sumba’s woven fabrics have high artistic value. Many Indonesian people are not aware of the beauty of this woven fabric that can command a high price in the international market.
“Therefore, we chose this woven fabric to stimulate the economy in Sumba and maintain the cultural heritage that must be passed on from generation to generation,” he said.
Marcell said Noesa aims to connect prospective buyers directly with weavers, easily and efficiently. This application is also an answer to the challenges in the New Normal era, where many aspects of marketing rely on online media.
This application also opens opportunities for investors to support the preservation of woven fabrics while helping economic growth in Sumba. Investors will also get the results and benefits mutually agreed upon.
“Not only providing a platform for investment, but we also help improve the educational infrastructure on Sumba Island with a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of fabrics made to our sales features,” added Marcell.
He said that the main focus of the application of this idea is to support Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). “With this, it is hoped that Noesa will be ready to face the target of Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.” (est)