[ Snapshot ] Kuala Lumpur Monorail Upgrade 2014

Starting today, Saturday, Dec 20th 2014, the Kuala Lumpur Monorail features 4 carriages instead of the previous 2. This major upgrade, the first since the monorail was introduced in 2003, was undertaken under GTP for public transport services.

The contract to supply the trains for RapidKL monorail line was awarded to Scomi and valued at MYR 494 million, Scomi was also tasked with upgrading the monorail stations, including providing universal access as well as upgrading the electrical and mechanical systems, and to build a new depot under the contract.

The new trains will increase the passengers per train from 200+ to 400+ passengers during peak hours, thus addressing the current problem of crowding on the monorail line. The monorail has an average daily ridership of 72,000 passengers.

Apart from larger capacity, the new trains are also fitted with better safety features including open-door window, on-board close-circuit TV cameras and “run-flat” features, which allow the trains to continue moving despite a puncture.  [Sources: MyRapid and TheStar]

Calendata's Festivities Break

Looks like there is nothing much in our social calendar for the next three weeks till mid January 2015. As such, Calendata will be featuring occasional news and articles on a variety of topics over this lull. Hope you find them interesting.

[ Snapshot ] MercuryFund, WeChat, TheBigGroup

Fireside Chat with Aziz Gilani, Mercury Fund, 13 Dec 2014 @ Blk71, Singapore. Photo: jfdi.asia

Opportunities with WeChat, 11 Dec 2014 @ Storytellers Cafe. Photo: pitchnwin.com

Live & Inspire with Benjamin Yong, 18 Dec 2014, Starbucks. Photo: friendsofmankind.org

GDG KL: Google Cardboard

When: Sat, December 20, 10am – 12pm, 2014
Where: iTrain, Level 9, Block E, Megan Avenue 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: EventVenue

Are you interested in the current trending virtual reality (VR) technology such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard?

You are invited to join us to start building applications for the low cost Google Cardboard using Android API and Unity Game Engine which can be a stepping stone to other more demanding (hardware & software) virtual reality platforms.

This session will cover basic understanding of stereoscopic display, OpenGL ES 3D rendering with Android API & Unity Game Engine, input methods such as magnetic switch, gesture input and Bluetooth devices. Organized by Google Developer Group Kuala Lumpur GDG KL.

StarLIVE: Fab Hacks for your IKEA

When: Sat, Dec 20, 10:30am – 11:30am, 2014
Where: Menara Star, 15, Jalan 16/11, Seksyen 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Admission: Free

Jules Yap, the founder of IKEAhackers.net, a Malaysian website that draws 30,000 international visitors a day, will be giving a talk titled Fab Hacks for your IKEA at this month’s StarLIVE. Jules will be showcasing two DIY projects on how to turn your IKEA furniture into custom-made pieces. To register, e-mail starlive@thestar.com.my with your name, IC number, e-mail address and contact number.

Cat playground at Ikea Hackers.

Indonesia’s Digital Entrepreneurs

When: Sat, December 20, 3pm – 6pm, 2014
Where: Far East Organization Gallery, 334 River Valley Road, Singapore
Admission: Free
Info: Registration | Venue

Indonesia is a vast archipelago with bountiful opportunities. However, many people, including Indonesians themselves, tend to underestimate the potential and the strategic position of the country. Consisted of young and vibrant demography, the country needs more entrepreneurs to rise to the challenge to bring Indonesia into a golden economic era.

In this inspiration session cum networking event, we invite budding entrepreneurs from the online/digital media space to share their stories to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit and to challenge you, to either propel your business ideas or become future business owners. Lets Meet the Entrepreneurs! The invited speakers are:

Wall Decal. Photo: whitetulipdecal.com

Anti-Procrastination Tips and Tricks

When: Sat, December 20, 1pm – 4pm, 2014
Where: HUBBA, 19 Soi Ekkamai 4, Sukhumvit 63 Rd., Prakanong Nua, Bangkok, Thailand
Admission: THB 1500 (about MYR 150 or USD 50)
Info: Registration | Venue

[I hate my deadline – Anti-Procrastination Tips and Tricks] After our sold out creative writing workshop in September, Bangkok Writers Workshops returns with more tailor-made solutions for startups! The life of a startup is full of deadlines. And those deadlines can be very stressful.

Luckily, now, you no longer have to face them alone. Workshop leader Anette Pollner is an award winning author, and a veteran of thousands of deadlines. She will share her knowledge and experience, and there will be many practical exercises in how to create a better relationship with your deadline.

Hubba. Photos (top to bottom): smeleader.com, chillpainai.com, yourstory.com

Architecture: David Gianotten & Michael Kokora

When: Wed, December 17, 7pm – 10pm, 2014
Where: White Box, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue

OMA (Office of Metropolitan Architecture) is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use.

Buildings currently under construction include
  • Taipei Performing Arts Centre
  • Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale, Caen
  • Bryghusprojektet, Copenhagen
Recently completed projects include
  • G-Star Headquarters, Amsterdam (2014) 
  • Shenzhen Stock Exchange (2013)
  • De Rotterdam (2013)
  • China Central Television HQ (2012)
  • New Court, Rothschild Bank (2011)
  • Milstein Hall, Cornell University (2011)
Other acclaimed buildings include
  • Casa da Música, Porto (2005)
  • Seattle Central Library (2004)
  • Netherlands Embassy, Berlin (2003). 
International awards include
  • Pritzker Architecture Prize (2000)
  • Praemium Imperiale (2003)
  • RIBA Gold Medal (2004)
  • Mies van der Rohe (2005)
  • RIBA Charles Jencks Award (2012)
  • Johannes Vermeer Prijs (2013)
The lecture is expected to appeal to all with a keen interest in architecture, cities, art and culture, preservation, Asian urbanism and international practice.Reception and registration begins at 7.15pm, lectures start on time at 8pm. [Top image: Seattle Public Library, bottom: CCTV HQ, via archdaily.com]

Live & Inspire: Benjamin Yong

When: Thu, December 18, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, 2014
Where: Starbucks, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue

Live & Inspire interviews guest personalities from various industries. Yes, you read it right. It's an interview! You get to ask your questions too. We figured more learning and discovery happens in a dialogue. Live & Inspire is made possible together with sponsors Sunway University, Starbucks Malaysia, Friends to Mankind and Warner Music Malaysia.

Season 7 will begin with Benjamin Yong, Founder & Chief Eating Officer of The BIG Group. One of Malaysia’s most successful restaurant entrepreneurs, Benjamin Yong, owns and runs numerous eateries around Malaysia as well as a successful grocery store. Formed in early 2011, the BIG ideology encapsulates the love for food and how it ties people and experiences together. Brands under BIG include Plan B, Page 2, Barlai and Ben's.

Photos: thebiggroup.co

The Making of Big Hero 6: Kyle Odermatt

When: Thu, December 18, 1:30pm – 6pm, 2014
Where: Cathay Cineplex, eCurve, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Venue

Join Kyle Odermatt as he shares the Making of Big Hero 6. From the early visualisation of story ideas to the delivery imagery in Stereoscopic 3D, Kyle will share how a team of artists, engineers and production work together to bring the Director's vision to life. An opportunity not to be missed! A POSTAM seminar co-organized with MCMC, FINAS and MDeC, in association with GCMA. For inquiries and registration, email alex.albela@gcma.tv or call +603.7733.4262.

HR Leadership Talk: Mark Dorsett

When: Thu, December 18, 7:30pm – 10pm, 2014
Where: Auditorium, Wisma HRDF, Jalan Beringin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Venue

HR Leadershop Talk. An exclusive evening and up close and personal with Mark Dorsett on the topic Change Management: The Way Forward with Proven Research, Methodology and Best Practices. Mark is Global Growth and Partner Lead at Prosci, a Change Management training company. He was previously Vice President of Global Services at PTC, a product life cycle management company. This event is organized MOHR, HRDF, NHRC in collaboration with Prosci and K-Pintar. To register, call  Munis at +603.2284.4148.

MaGIC Social Enterprise Blueprint

When: Fri, December 19, 9:00am – 12:30pm, 2014
Where: MaGIC, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Registration | Venue

As part of the government’s effort to raise awareness and support social entrepreneurship in Malaysia, the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) has been mandated to support this sector through a dedicated unit and a fund of 20 million ringgit in order to help social entrepreneurs make a beneficial societal and environmental impact.

MaGIC Social Enterprise Blueprint
To achieve this, MaGIC Social Enterpreneurship unit has been engaging with multiple partners and stakeholders in the social enterprise sector in order to understand the different challenges, opportunities and assistance needed by our social entrepreneurs.

This Friday MaGIC Social Entrepreneurship will be launching its Social Enterprise Blueprint with the public where we will share our strategy and initiatives to support social entrepreneurship in Malaysia as mandated by the government. The Social Enterprise Blueprint will be the foundation of how we intend to raise the profile of social entrepreneurship and cultivate the industry with our strategic initiatives.

Amplify Award & Finding Malaysia’s 250 Everyday Heroes
In conjunction with the launch of MaGIC Social Enterprise Blueprint, we would also be announcing the first few recipients of the Amplify Award. The Amplify Award is an initiative by MaGIC Social Entrepreneurship to help Malaysian social entrepreneurs to pilot their idea and scale up their organization’s impact.

Also during this event, we will also be launching our campaign of “Finding Malaysia’s 250 Everyday Heroes” where we would like to identify and showcase inspiring individuals who are making a positive impact in our community. Throughout the year of 2015, we would like to encourage the public to actively participate in this campaign by nominating deserving individuals.

Support for Social Enterprises 
MaGIC Social Enterprise Initiative is looking for social enterprises, NGOs, rural-based businesses and community projects from all across Malaysia to fund.

Who are we looking for?
  • High-growth Social Enterprises
  • NGOs with a  SE component
  • Proven track record and looking for funding for growth
  • In need a pilot to validate an idea
Selection criteria:
  • Clear problem identification and opportunity for change in Malaysia
  • Unique and innovative value proposition
  • Financial sustainability or plan for financial sustainability
  • Credible team and committed founder(s)
  • Potential for scale
  • Proven social outcomes for existing SEs/NGOs with SE component
Purpose of the funding for SEs:
  • To grow operational or intellectual capacity for long term sustainability
  • To seed fund and kickstart new SE ideas and innovations 
  • To accelerate and increase impact and reach of high potentials SEs

For organizations or individuals ready to pilot or grow, drop a line to amir@mymagic.my.

eCommerce Milo: Prado & Ookas

When: Fri, December 19, 3pm – 6pm, 2014
Where: SME Corp, Level 5, Dewan Mahkota, Platinum Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 50
Info: Event | Venue

iStory #1: Lelong eCommerce Journey

In our first ever series of iStory by eCommerceMILO, we are proud to host Wei Kwok Seing (co-founder of Lelong.my) and two successful entrepreneurs, Koo Yiap Yew (Ookas) and Zen Tan (Prado), who both are among the top selling merchants in Lelong.my.

How did they start? What obstacles they overcome? How they drive online sales? iStory will reveal their secret recipe for the first time. Come and learn and network with the best and get insights you never heard from anywhere else! [image: Prado]

Bonus: Every ticket pass is entitled a copy of Malaysian e-Commerce Success Stories book authored by CK Wong, eCommerceMILO co-founder, and autographed by the CK and Zen Tan.

RISE: Malaysia's Fashion Forward Few

When: Tue, Dec 16, 7:30pm – 10:00pm, 2014
Where: Dewan Mahkota, SME Corp, Platinum Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Registration | Venue

Fashion is a way of self expression. We have always been consuming fashion from a consumer’s point of view but there is a growing and vibrant community of makers here in Malaysia who are breaking the status quo by creating their own apparel, creating something which they can truly call their own.

Starting your own apparel line and being given the poetic freedom to be bold with your designs is a thrilling thing to do but with so many challenges in this ever changing and competitive industry; how can your startup make the cut?


Mark your calendars for this month’s RISE and learn how you can put your name on a fashion label. From the most influential to the newest, find out how your local favourite fashion designers made a mark in the fashion industry. Target audience: investors, startups and the general public.

Crowdonomic:How to Make Money Investing in Startups

When: Tue, Dec 16, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, 2014
Where: The Success Factory 7 Jalan SS 15/4b Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: RSVP | Venue

Want to invest in the next Facebook before it becomes as popular as Facebook? Want to own a part of high growth Malaysian start-ups like iMoney before it goes public?

Historically, investing in start-ups has been limited to the top 1%. However, according to the proposed equity crowdfunding regulations in Malaysia, this will change.Online equity investment platforms like Crowdonomic will make startup financing accessible to non-professional investors.

In this seminar, you'll learn how equity crowdfunding works How to build a start-up portfolio How to choose which start-ups to invest in and pitfalls to avoid as a first time angel investor Please RSVP, no walk-ins will be allowed.

Founders Drinks Trivia Night

When: Wed, December 17, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, 2014
Where: 237 South Bridge Rd, Singapore
Admission: SGD 20
Info: Registration

It’s been a successful year here at e27, with 3 major regional Echelons and 11 first-class Founders Drinks under our belt, but it’s December and in the spirit of giving and all things merry, we are going to shake things up a little bit.

We are extremely proud to announce that we will be hosting our first ever Founders Drinks Brainiac Trivia Night. Show off your skills and knowledge on all things tech. From DARPA, to Facebook to Larry Ellison's favourite sport and beyond.

It shall be a night of random rapid-fire questions! Brush up on your tech know-how, knowledge of startups and entrepreneurs from this region and beyond! And who knows, you may just walk away with prizes and presents, just in time for Christmas.

Other Singapore Events
Link Red Hat Open Innovation Symposium, Wed 17 Dec 2014 @ NDC (Free)
Link Year End Startup Party, Thu 18 Dec 2014 @ Blk71 (SGD 12)
Link Indonesia's Digital Entrepreneurs, Sat 20 Dec 2014 @ River Valley (Free)

[ Snapshot ] IoT, Arts, Literature

IoT Conference, 10 Dec 2014 @ University of Malaya. Photo: dlm.skmm.gov.my

Borak Arts Festival 2014, 22 Nov 2014 @ Publika. Photo: mypaa.com.my

Georgetown Literary Festival 2014, 30 Nov 2014 @ Whiteaways. Photo: georgetownlitfest.com

MaGIC e@Stanford: Culture of the Valley

When: Wed, December 17, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 2014
Where: Khazanah Innovation Centre, Level 26, Mercu UEM, Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Registration | Venue

Full title of event: e@Stanford Sharing Session Series [Part 1 - Culture of the Valley] powered by MaGIC Academy.

MaGIC e@Stanford participants have had a fruitful 2-week immersive program in Silicon Valley in November 2014. During the trip, the participants had the opportunity to visit established companies including. Google, Facebook and Twitter, and meet with the founders of startups that are in the earlier stages including Thumbtack, BespokeEnvoy. [logo]

They also got to learn from world renowned Stanford faculty and industry experts. Now that the participants have returned home, they would like to contribute to the local startup community by sharing their newly acquired insights and knowledge. Key takeaways:
  • What makes the Valley successful?
  • The culture instilled within the Valley's startup community
  • What we could adapt back here to benefit our own startup community
  • Nazroof Hakim, CEO, Billplz
  • Aaron Gill, Head of Products, myTeksi
  • Francesca Chia, Chief Community Manager, GoGet
  • Vince Tan, CEO, eduPow [see note below]
  • Derek Toh, Founder, Wobb
Come, network and get inspired by your peers! [Note: the eduPow website may autoplay a video and impose an exit confirmation.]

Home Alone for Christmas

When: Thu, Dec 18, 8:30pm – 10:30pm (& Fri)
Where: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, KLCC
Admission: MYR 90 - 180
Info: Tickets

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a complete screening of Home Alone, together with John Williams’s memorable score performed live by the MPO and MPYO. Home Alone is the beloved family comedy about a young boy who is accidentally left “home alone” when his family takes off for a vacation over the holiday season. Williams’ music includes the theme song Somewhere in My Memory plus several traditional Christmas carols. [Sample score below]

Startup Street Presents The Peak

When: Thu, December 18, 7pm – 10pm, 2014
Where: Signature @ the Roof, First Avenue, Bandar Utama Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Registration | Venue

Startup Street proudly presents our first ever forum-networking session, The Peak, in conjunction with our first year anniversary. We're kicking it off with a sit-down forum session featuring some of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the Malaysian Startup scene:
  • Joon Chan, Regional Managing Director, Easy Taxi SEA
  • Christopher Tock, Social Director, SocialGrooves
  • Hugh Koh, Co-Founder, Pestle & Mortar Clothing
The forum is followed by a networking session co-hosted with Drinkentrepreneurs. Come for a night of socialising and building networks with like-minded and inspired individuals in the industry. Afterwards, 5excite will be hosting the after-party at their Christmas Special, @ PLAY Club KL (next to Signature by The Hill).

Public Holidays 2015: Kuala Lumpur & Selangor

Date Day Occasion
01 Jan Thu New Year's Day
03 Jan Sat Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
17 Jan Fri Thaipusam
01 Feb Sun Federal Territory Day (KUL)
19 Feb Thu Chinese New Year Day
20 Feb Fri Chinese New Year Day
01 May Fri Labour Day
01 Jun Mon Vesak Day
06 Jun Sat Agong's Birthday
04 Jul Sat Nuzul Al-Quran (SEL)
18 Jul Sat Hari Raya Puasa
19 Jul Sun Hari Raya Puasa
31 Aug Mon National Day
16 Sep Wed Malaysia Day
23 Sep Wed Hari Raya Haji
15 Oct Thu Awal Muharram
11 Nov Wed Deepavali
11 Dec Thu Sultan of Selangor's Birthday (SEL)
25 Dec Fri Christmas

Long Weekend & Balik Kampung Planner

Long weekend possiblities are highlighted in light purple
[Top image: hdnicewallpapers.com, bottom: tripzilla.com]

Atelier Bow Wow: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

When: Tue, December 16, 5pm – 7pm, 2014
Where: LT12, School of Architecture, Buidling and Design, Taylor's University, Subang Jaya
Admission: Free

Atelier Bow Wow is a Tokyo-based firm founded by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima. The practice has designed and built houses as well as public and commercial buildings in Tokyo, Europe and the USA. Its urban research studies led to the experimental project micro-public-space, a new concept of public space, which has been exhibited around the word.

Professor Peter Carey: Lest We Forget

When: Tue, Dec 16, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, 2014
Where: Lecture Theatre 4, Sunway University Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Registration [Website down]

Professor Emeritus Peter Carey has spent a lifetime in and around Southeast Asia. Born and raised in Burma, he returned to Southeast Asia in 1970 and lived in Indonesia for four years (1971-73 and 1976-78) while researching his Oxford doctoral thesis on Prince Diponegoro and the Making of the Java War, 1825-1830 (1976).

Taking the Syair Lampung Karam, a description of the violent August 1883 eruption of Mt Krakatau, by the Lampung writer, Muhammad Saleh, as his starting point, he looks at what happens when a people forgets its own history.

His overall message is 'lest we forget', an injunction which President Sukarno would later put pithily as, jangan sekali-kali meninggalkan sejarah (never forget your history) (1967).

He will argue that a people which forgets its own history, like contemporary Indonesia, not only loses its cultural moorings but also exposes itself to huge dangers - the loss of any vital tradition of oral and written history of natural disasters being the most salient. This is a Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Speakers Series lecture.

#OhhSOME Fest 2014

When: Sat, December 13, 10am – Sun, December 14, 6pm, 2014
Where: Avenue K Mall, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Opposite KLCC)
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Stage | Talks | Venue

#OhhSOME Fest, or short for Ohh Social Media Festival is meant to be a festival celebrating the glory of social media in Malaysia. This Festival is the first ever social media festival in Malaysia that will be curated by social media community leaders, each representing the community of their strength.

Performances include:
  • Altimet, Dose Two, Kapten Buehbossa
  • Elizabeth Tan, David Choi, Joseph Germani
  • Eleena Harris, Jon Liddel, Darren Ashley
Talks include:
  • Creating a Grassroot Community - Joe Kit, Founder, Faces of KL
  • From Idea to Upload - Nazri Ishak, Founder, TwitterJayaTV [video below]
  • Starting Your Own eCommerce Business - Adrian Oh, Director, Webshaper

Start Up Nation: Drunk Pitching Competition

When: Fri, December 19, 7pm – 10pm, 2014
Where: Eau De Vie, Nexus, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free
Info: OrganizerApplication | Venue

Every round will begin with one measure of alcohol provided, followed by a one minute pitch or answer to a question about your startup (can be a pretend startup), speed-dating style.

The questions can range from simple stuff like “introduce yourself” to more complex stuff like “how would you target your market”. The panelists may ask you to perform certain tasks instead of just answering questions.

Remember that each round will last only 60 seconds which includes the time you take to finish your measure of alcohol. Each round will begin and end with the sound of the bell. Participants who keep talking after the ending bell may be disqualified.

The judges will kick out one person per round, and anyone who falters in their presentation (anyone who says the wrong thing will get kicked out too). Judges may also throw in surprises in between rounds. Should you lose your position in the queue, throw up or start acting sleazy, you will be kicked out as well.

When we are down to the last three individuals, the judges will ask one final question and select the best drunk idea to be awarded the prize. All decisions made are final. [This event is obviously for non-muslims only, note the safety precautions stated in the application form.]

Related Event
Link 1337 Pitching Bootcamp, 10am Mon 15 Dec 2014 @ MaGIC (Free)

Year-End Startup Party 2014

When: Thu, Dec 18, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, 2014
Where: Plug-In@Blk71 Singapore, 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #02-18, Singapore
Admission: SGD 12
Info: Registration

Party time! December is the month to reflect and celebrate. We don’t have to tell you that reflecting and celebrating is much better done in the company of friends, fellow fire-starters, thought-provoking ideas and glasses of wine.

So come and tell us - what has success been for you this year? A company that didn't event exist months ago? A new way of looking at problems? A difficult conflict followed by greater understanding? Your resilience, persistence, and inventiveness on a problem? A mistake that taught you better than your college degree? Come and celebrate with panelists: [via e27.co]

Mix&Fix: Goodbye 2014 Hello 2015

When: Fri, December 12, 7:30pm – 10:30pm, 2014
Where: Courtyard, D7 @ Sentul East, Jalan Sentul Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Registration | Venue

Mix n' Fix, The Community for Changemakers is closing the chapter for the year 2014! We, together with our partners, would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate a memorable past year of collaborations, networking, sharing and Pecha Kucha presentations by:
  • Sathyvelu Kunashegaran, Principal, Social Enterprise Ventures 
  • Nurfarini Daing, CEO, MyHarapan 
  • Sharyn Shufiyan, Prorammes Officer, British Council 
  • Dr Shariha Khalid, Executive Director, Scope UnLtd 
  • Haude Le Guen, Portfolio Manager, Scope UnLtd
  • Social Grooves - DJ Stuffa 
  • Food & Beverage - Social Bites
  • Membership - Impact HUB KL
Mix n Fix is a people-powered platform for entrepreneurial changemakers to meet each other; be inspirational, get inspired and experiment with new ideas, start projects and grow social ventures.

Youth To Business Forum 2014

When: Fri, December 12, 10am – 7pm, 2014
Where: NUS Business School, NUS, Singapore
Admission: SGD 15 [Tertiary students in Singapore only]
Info: Event | Registration

Singapore Youth To Business Forum is a one day event that aims to connect youth leaders with business and thought leaders in Singapore to bring about conversations around pressing Singapore issues with the goal to generate new and actionable ideas to shape a better future. This year’s forum will revolve around the theme Developing Entrepreneurial Leadership, Pioneering The Future. The forum will also delve deeper into 3 key industries in the Singapore business landscape, namely professional services, logistics and IT & technology. Speakers:
  • Jonathan Yabot, Chief of Staff, AirAsia 
  • Vandna Ramchandani, Head of Recruitment, Bloomberg 
  • Peter Yang, Executive Director, Empact

Other Events This Week
Link IoT Conference Wed @ UM (Free)
Link The Silicon Valley Experience Wed @ Le Meridien (Free) Sold Out
Link Meet Microsoft Azure Wed @ MaGIC (Free)
Link Introduction to Raspberry Pi Thu @ Penang (Free)
Link Data Discovery Challenge Thu @ Singapore (Free)
Link Uber for Logistics Thu @ Taiwan (Free)
Link Startup Weekend KL Fri @ TM (USD 30) Only 10 seats left
Link 3D Printing in Action Sat @ SS2 (MYR 120)
Link Book Reading with the Writers Sun @ Sentul (Free)

Grand Finale: Innovators and Game Changers

When: Sat, December 13, 1pm – 5pm, 2014
Where:  The School, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue

What do you wish existed? Can you imagine a world without paperclips, hangers, toothbrushes, band-aid, masking tape and ice cream cones? Do you ever wish it was you who came up with the idea? Did you come up with an idea only to see it realised by someone else because you didn't know what to do with it? Do you already have an idea but you didn't know what to do with it?

POP lets you do this by encouraging creativity, providing the necessary support and being your platform to entrepreneurship. We are giving you the opportunity to discover the inventor in you! Here's the low down at what's poppin' at POP's Innovators and Game Changers,  the grand finale contestants:
  • Chic necklace made of handmade lip products — Pearl Tan, INTI 
  • A beanbag which you can backpack — Ibrahim Mubarak, Taylors 
  • Website to find sample assignments and theses — Kavisaran, APU
  • Charge your gadgets with piezoelectricity — Vinish Kumar, APU 
  • Multi function white cane for the visually impaired — Team Trostik, APU
Prize money (MYR): First: 5K, Second: 3.5K, Third: 2K, Fourth & Fifth: 0.5K.

Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur 2014

When: Fri, December 12, 6:30pm – Sun, December 14, 6:00pm
Where: TM Convention Center Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: USD 30 [approximately MYR 100]
Info: Event | Registration | Twitter | Venue

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.

All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local and foreign entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup!

  • Andrew Hyde, Founder, Startup Weekend  ...the main man himself
  • Alfian Abu Talib, CEO, M-Info Media
  • Muhundhan Kamarapullai, Head, SEED, MDeC
  • Gerard Lim, CEO, Ebizu 
  • Leo Shimada, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Crowdonomic Media 
  • Dinesh Nair, Director, Developer Experience & Evangelism, Microsoft 
  • Balasubramaniam, Head, Funding Ecosystem, MDeC
  • Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, Founder, Startup Malaysia
  • Fong Yee Long, Manager, ISV & Developer Relations, IBM
  • Linda Mostrup Pedersen, Program Manager, Startup Malaysia
  • Jezamin Abdul, Manager, Partner Relations, MDeC 
  • Melonie Sta Maria, Academic Initiative Program Manager, IBM 
  • Syahrul Azrai Mat Hasan, Program Director, Magic Academy 
  • Feng Lim, Co-founder & CEO, At20s 
  • Navin Danapal, Senior Audience Manager, Microsoft 
  • Veronica Liew, Business Development Lead, Crowdonomic Media 
  • Lais de Oliveira, East Community Director, Startup Grind 
  • Heislyc Loh, Founder, StartupMamak 
  • Jaygan Fu Ponnudurai, Deputy General Manager, MyTeksi