Adobe Symposium 2016

When: Thu, July 28, 9am – 6pm, 2016
Where: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

Symposium is the premier digital conference that offers it all. Come and learn how you can combine creativity, content and data to create amazing customer experiences. More than 50 sessions in 4 tracks for you to mix and match to personalize your schedule. Besides keynotes on Adobe Experience and an after party, topics include:
  • Advertising on Facebook and Instagram with Programmatic Precision
  • Innovations in Audience Management
  • Building Audiences as a Publisher and as an Advertiser
  • Going Beyond The Firewall
  • Accelerating Content Velocity with Social Content
  • Bringing Digital and Direct Marketing Together
  • Graduating from the Email Hero Academy
  • App Analytics: From Driving Downloads to Preventing Uninstalls
  • Empowering the Citizen Analyst with Machine Learning
  • Travelocity Postgraduate Class: Good stuff to know!
  • What Marketers Want from You (but were too afraid to ask)
  • Marketing and Creativity’s Delicate Dance
  • Rising Above the Cloud
[Image from is for illustration only. Real Time Bidding alludes to the first topic in the above list but is not the main theme of the symposium.]

From Dyslexia to Kacang Putih Millionaire

When: Fri, July 29, 8pm – 10pm, 2016
Where: Plan B. Jalan Panglima, Ipoh, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue | Outside | Inside

[Startup Ipoh #7 : From Kitchen to Global]  Surentran Somasundrum, 29, runs a successful kacang putih business. It is currently worth about MYR 10 million [USD 2.5m]. Early in his undergraduate years, he was diagnosed with dyslexia after a lecturer found something amiss in his writing and spelling. “Thinking back...when it came to writing essays and such, I’d memorise 200-300 words and rearrange them on paper in order to answer. I guess, sometimes, I’d forget the order in which the words were spelt."

This Week [Week starting July 25th, 2016]
Link Mon 19:00  Write a Story in 30 Minutes @ GloDamansara
Link Tue  08:30  IoT: A Disruptive Technology @ Cyberjaya
Link Tue  08:30  SEHATI Social Enterprise @ Seremban
Link Tue  10:00  Fintech & IoT Bootcamp @ Penang
Link Tue  01:30  Ecommerce: eBay, Amazon @ Penang
Link Wed 14:00  ASEAN Business Community @ MidValley
Link Wed 18:30  Search Engine Marketing @ Intermark
Link Wed 19:00  What's Next: Creative Industries @ Bangsar
Link Thu  08:00  Digi SME Congress @ ShahAlam
Link Thu  08:30  F&B 2.0: Think, Rethink @ BangsarSouth
Link Thu  09:00  What's Next: Disruptive Technology @ BukitKiara
Link Thu  09:00  Future of The Middle Class @ Putrajaya
Link Thu  09:00  Business Through 3 Generations @ Ipoh
Link Thu  10:00  Risk Management and Takaful @ Sentral
Link Thu  19:00  Education Through Volunteerism @ Sentul
Link Thu  19:30  Fintech Night: $3 million Series A @ Bangsar
Link Thu  20:00  Tech Talk Thursday: Katsana @ Cyberjaya
Link Fri    09:00  AYEC Mini Masterclasses @ Matrade New
Link Fri    17:30  CanLaw, Airshoppr, CelikAlQuran, forEDU @ Cyberjaya
Link Fri    19:30  Towards A More Equal Society @ Sentul
Link Fri    20:30  Music from Movies & Musicals @ Sentul
Link Sat   10:00  IoT with Intel Edison @ PetalingJaya
Link Sat   10:00  Hobby Exposition @ Serdang
Link Sat   10:30  Social Innovation by Design @ Publika

Global Fintech Accelerator

When: Sun, July 31, 9am – 6pm, 2016 [due date]
Where: Online, Singapore
Admission: Free
Info: Accelerator | Application

Be part of the inaugural Global FinTech Hackcelerator. We have solicited and published 100 technology problem statements from the financial industry for global teams to submit solutions. Up to 20 teams will be selected to join the 10-week Global FinTech Hackcelerator and present their solutions in Singapore on 15th November 2016 at the Singapore FinTech FestivalGet unparalleled industry access during a 10-week virtual program where you will be matched with technology industry experts and global investors/buyers from the financial industry.

Sample of problem statements:
  • Digital authentication of notary documents
  • Authentication that is not reliant on passwords or tokens
  • Anti money laundering as a software service
  • Submit official applications without the need for paper documents
  • Anti fraud machine learning 
  • Standardisation of banking APIs
  • Rules based transaction scanning for regulatory compliance & reporting
  • Identify systems which can be block chained
  • End-to-end insurance dashboard for consumer
  • Pay-as-how-you-live insurance
  • Smart insurance eg, vehicle insurance based on when and how you drive
  • Dynamic insurance pricing models
  • New insurance for the new insurables: drones, autonomous vehicles etc
  • Insurance policies that can be read and understood by ordinary people 
  • Credit rate small businesses that do not have audited accounts.
  • Banking for the unbanked
  • Cross check the information you read online
  • Help first time home buyers navigate the developer maze
  • Aggregate rewards from multiple loyalty schemes
  • Forced or incentivized savings
  • Provide instant GST refunds for foreign shoppers
  • New type of lean bank for new economy marketplaces 
  • Aggregate IoT micro transactions
  • Digital cheques
  • Cashless micropayment systems
  • Automatic investment portfolio advisory or recommendation 
  • Improve interbank settlements using blockchain
  • Lower unit trust commissions by making them transparent
  • Many other esoteric problem statements

Check the above against this recent list of top ten New York Fintech startups:
  • CFX - Secondary market for alternative investments [a double secondary]
  • Factury - Blockchain based loan system
  • Kyper - Data as a service
  • Lawnmover - Auto micro invest in blockchain assets
  • RepreZen - API design workbench
  • RoboBanker - Recommend best-fit banking products to customers [image]
  • Seal - Replace verbal and informal agreements with digital ones
  • The System - 76% live paycheck-to-paycheck: from debt to invest
  • Token - Create a secure alter ego for your credit card
  • VisualizeWealth - Visualize your portfolio, risks, wealth

[Notes: 1. The post image of Robo-Banker is for illustration only. 2. As shown by the Problem Statements, Fintech is much more than blockchain and crypto-currencies.]

ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival AYEC2016

When: Fri, Jul 29, 8am – Sat, Jul 30,12:30pm
Where: MATRADE, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 48 - 93 [Free entry for expo]
Info: Event | ForumExpo | AwardsVenue | Outside | Inside

The 1st Asean Young Entrepreneurs Carnival is a first-of-its-kind carnival and will be the only ASEAN programme under the economic pillar that is held in Malaysia for 2016. Some of the key thrusts of this carnival are elements related to digitalization and automation, start-up and e-commerce ecosystem, enhancement of intra-Asean trade, alternative access to finance, the Priority Integration Sectors of Asean, sharing of best practices and many more.This carnival is co-organized by MATRADE, AYEC and MAAYE. Forum topics and themes include:

E-commerce, Youth & Entrepreneurship 
  • Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister. MITI
Developing an Asean Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
  • Tan Sri Dr. Irwan Siregar Abdullah, Secretary General, Treasury, MOF
Asean Cultural Diversity and it’s Advantages to Integration
  • Oudet Souvannavong, Chairman, Asean Business Advisory Council
  • Datuk P. Ravidran, Senior Director, Asean Economic Cooperation, MITI
  • Dr. Chamnan Ngammaneeudom, Asean SME Service Centre, Thailand
The Asean Digital Revolution
  • Jay Yuvallos, Co-Chair, Asean Business Advisory Council
  • David Wong, President, PIKOM
  • Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, MDeC
  • Raphael Hamzah, Director, Cempaka Schools
The Demographic Dividends from Asean Youth
  • Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia
Cross-Border Capital Raising for Start-Ups
  • Vishal Harnal, Venture Partner, 500Startups
  • Henry Loke, CFO, pitchIN
  • Razif Aziz, CEO, Cradle
  • Soon Loo, CEO, DARe, Brunei
  • Datuk A.Kumararajah, CEO, SEED
ICT infrastructure, Literacy and Education
  • U Moe Kyaw, Asean-BAC Member, Myanmar
  • Dato' Eu Hong Chew, Deputy Chairman, I-Berhad
  • Elaine Tan, Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation
  • Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, President, GEM
  • Dato’ Feizal Mustapha, Chairman, BDO Malaysia
Boosting Trade in Asean.
  • Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Co-Chair, Asean Business Advisory Council
The Asean E-commerce Landscape
  • Tee Chuen Hau, Principal, AT Kearney
  • Chan Kok Long, Executive Director, iPay88
  • Thanongsinh Kanlagna, CEO, Datacom, Laos
  • Ashran Ghazi, CEO, MaGIC
  • Chen Chow Yeoh, Co-Founder, KFIT
The Asean Consumer Boom
  • Douglas Foo, Chairman, Sakae Holdings, Singapore
  • Sharan Valiram, Executive Director, Valiram Group
  • Michael Chan, CEO, Bloomberg Malaysia
  • David Liew, CFO, Marrybrown
Eco-entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises in Asean
  • Gil Gonzales, Senior Director, SM Investments, Philippines
  • Dr. Han Phuomin, Energy Economist, ERIA
  • Jeevan Rajoo, TATA Country Head, Malaysia

Blue Ocean Strategy

When: Tue, Aug 16, 7am – Thu, Aug 18, 3pm
Where: Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

[International Conference on Blue Ocean Strategy ICBOS 2016] Around the world, people’s demands and expectations of government continue to rise. Meeting those demands is made all the more difficult in a challenging global economic environment. This is why governments need to transform and find new ways to deliver strong economic growth and enhance the services they provide. Topics include (abbreviated titles):

  Transforming Nations through Creativity & Innovation
  • Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister, Malaysia
Beyond Expectations, Pushing Boundaries
  • Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO, AirAsia
Creating Blue Oceans
  • Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations
  • Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations 
  • Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Adviser to Prime Minister of Malaysia
Total Security System Through Creative Collaboration
  • Lt. Gen. Datuk Dr. William Stevenson, Senior Deputy Director, NBOS
Community Transformation
  • Tan Sri Dr. Ong Hong Peng, Secretary General, Ministry of Tourism & Culture
  • Tan Sri Arpah Abdul Razak, Chairman, Public Service Commission
  • Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang, Secretary General, MOHE
Innovative Public Service Delivery
  • Dr. Aminuddin Hassim, Director, National Strategy Unit, MOF
  • Tan Sri Dr. Madinah Mohamad, Secretary General, MOE
  • Dr. Anwar Shah, Director, Centre for Public Economics
  • Vivek Srivastava, Lead Public Sector Specialist, World Bank
  • Dato’ Sri Zainal Rahim bin Seman, Director General, MAMPU
Tapping into the Creativity of People to Accelerate Development
  • Dr. Hamidin Abd Hamid, CEO, Razak School of Government
  • Nilam Sari Setiono, Owner, Kebab Turki Baba Rafi, Indonesia
  • Dato’ Sri Adenan Ab. Rahman, Secretary General, HR Ministry
  • Vishen Lakhiani, Founder, Mindvalley
  • Michael Teoh Su Lim, Founder, Thriving Talents
Creating Future Blue Ocean Leaders
  • Kartini Ariffin, Producer, Radio Announcer, TV Host
  • Gamal Albinsaid, Founder Garbage Clinical Insurance, Indonesia
  • Alvin Teh, Learning R&D Partner, Thriving Talents
Volunteerism as a Pillar in Nation Building
  • T. Raj Ridvan Singh, Founder, SOLS 24/7
  • Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary-General, IFRC
  • Dato’ Sri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi, Secretary General, MOD
  • Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, ESCAP 
Strategic Linkages between Rural and Urban Sectors
  • Dr. Jae Won Park, CEO, Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute
  • Datuk Hj. Mohammad Mentek, Secretary General, Housing Ministry
  • Dr. Mohd Azlan Abdul Jalil, GM, Johor Rural Transformation Centre
  • Prof Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, CEO, Iskandar Regional Development Authority
  • Mark Rozario, CEO, AIM
  • Ashran Ghazi, CEO, MaGIC
  • Bryan Loo, Founder, Chatime
  • Dr. Aminuddin Hassim, Director, National Strategy Unit, MOF
Empowering Women to Play a Key Role in the Economy and Society
  • Tan Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General, MOSTI
  • Dato’ Zuraidah Atan, Board Member, SP Setia and North Port
  • Mallory Loone, Co-Founder and Director, Thriving Talents
Luncheon Talk
  • Aamir Khan, Actor, Producer, Director
Delivering High Value at Low Cost
  • Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa, Chief Secretary, Government of Malaysia
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohamed Jawhar Hassan, former CEO, ISIS
  • Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar bin Abdullah, Secretary General, MOF
  • Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, CEO, Petronas
  • Ganesh Rasagam, Practice Manager World Bank Group
Future Government
  • Prof W Chan Kim, Co-Director, INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute
  • Prof Renée Mauborgne, Co-Director, INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute
  • King Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  • Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of Maldives
  • Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  • Dr. Rui Maria De Araújo, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste
  • Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
  • Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji
Closing Address
  • Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister, Malaysia

Pokemon Hackathon

When: Fri, July 22, 6:30pm – Sun, July 24, 6pm
Where: Muru-D, Amoy Street, Singapore
Admission: SGD 25
Info: Event | Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

[AEC Hackathon 3.4 - Singapore] The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon gives those designing, building, and maintaining our built environment the opportunity to collaborate with cutting edge technologies and its developers and designers. Hackathon workshops include:
  • Digital Cities and the 3D Web
  • Architecture and Immersive Technologies
  • Getting Started with Gear VR
  • High Tech Advanced Manufacturing
[The post title: Can Pokémon's augmented reality tech be applied to non-gaming eg. Pokémon's interaction with build and natural environments?] 

This Week [Week beginning 18 July 2016]
Link Fri    19:00  Young Social Entrepreneurs @ Sentul New
Link Sat   09:00  Viral Fest Asia 2016 @ Bali New
Link Tue  09:30  Real Time Inventory Tracking @ KualaLumpur
Link Tue  01:30  Ecommerce: LeoBurnett, MediaOnline @ ShahAlam
Link Tue  08:30  General Electric Life Sciences @ Putrajaya
Link Tue  18:30  Lean: MomoCentral, Staack, SPH @ Singapore
Link Tue  19:20  DevX: SiteCore, iProperty, MMU @ CapSquare
Link Tue  20:00  PwC-YCM Debate: Trust @ Intercontinental
Link Wed 09:00  Exporting Globally @ Penang
Link Wed 13:00  Digital Publishers Today @ Singapore
Link Wed 16:30  Architecture Festival @ KualaLumpur
Link Wed 19:00  Digital Wednesday: Cxense, Google @ PetalingJaya New
Link Wed 08:00  MDeC Freelance Learn & Earn @ Online New
Link Thu  08:45  Corporate Innovation Management @ ShahAlam New
Link Thu  14:00  IoT Trends & Insights @ HongKong New
Link Thu  20:00  Drinkentrepreneurs: Big Data @ Bangsar New
Link Fri    09:00  MyCyberSale: Bigger & Better @ Cyberjaya
Link Fri    18:00  The Road to TechCrunch Disrupt @ Taipei
Link Sat   08:30  Minimum Viable Product @ Cyberjaya
Link Sat   08:30  Startup Legal Conference @ Cyberjaya
Link Sat   09:00  Y-Combinator + Techstars @ Bangkok
Link Sat   09:00  Medical Student Summit @ KotaDamansara
Link Sat  10:00   SWOT, Fishbone, 4P7P, O2O @ Penang New
Link Sat   14:00  Young Entrepreneur's Conference @ JohorBahru

Mobile Game Asia 2016: Super Steam Puff

When: Thu, July 14, 9am – 6pm, 2016
Where: Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: USD 40 [MYR 160]
Info: Event | Venue

GMGC gears up for Mobile Game Asia, hosted bi-annually in Southeast Asia! Get ready for two packed days of speaker presentations, panel discussions, networking events, pitching competitions, B2B exhibitions and official after parties, along with fabulous local food and drinks. Topics include:
  • Paid Users Behaviour - Preecha Praipattarakul, MOL
  • Mobile Games: Global Not Local - Kim Thai, BlueStacks
  • Reduce Churn by Identifying Users at Risk - Dennis Juan, Valuepotion
  • Tools and Technologies for Top Grossing Games - Oleg Pridiuk, King
  • Behind The Scenes with Publishers in SEA - Gerald Tock, Inzen Studio +
  • The Future of Games: Avant-garde Artists - Brian Schrank, DePaul University
  • Finding the Right Publisher in SEA - Johary Mustapha, Forest Interactive
  • The Secrets of Global User Acquisition - Jacob Riis, NordicGame +
  • Irrational Thinking Will Triple Your Revenue - Cvetan Rusimov, Imperia Online
  • Building Successful Business on Google Play - Guy Charusadhirakul, Google
Indie Pitch Arena:

FinTech Singapore Demo Day 2016

When: Thu, July 14, 1:30pm – 7:00pm, 2016
Where: Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
Admission: Free [financial industry only]
Info: Event | Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

We are delighted to present the 10 startups of the Startupbootcamp FinTech Singapore accelerator! The startups have gone through a rigorous 88 days, challenging and shaping their businesses. They are now ready to debut their ventures. This event gives you the opportunity to hear the startups pitch and engage with them directly.

The Class of 2016
  • Banhji - Free accounting system for ASEAN (SG)
  • Boundlss - Wearables to monitor and improve health for members (AU)
  • Cefy - Bank statements + ecommerce history + phone usage = credit score (IN)
  • Connaizen - Allow banks to offer non-financial products (IN)
  • CurrenSeek - Find the best exchange rates (MY)  [image]
  • Hektor - Automatically save for a rainy day based on rules you set (SG) 
  • HiHedge - Investment tips via machine learning & genetic algorithms (TW)
  • PolicyPal - Digital insurance folder (SG)
  • SetScope - 80% of the stocks we identified outperform the market (TH)
  • SuperText - Intelligent system for choosing gifts, groceries, technicians (IN)
CurrenSeek seems to be a moneychanger platform at the server side. SetScope's claim of 80% is reported verbatim.

The Class of 2015 [reloaded, not officially part of this event]
  • BankGuard - Replace a credit card's 4 digit code with dynamic icons (JP)
  • CreditSeva - Online dashboard for your credit score (IN)
  • DragonWealth - Apps for financial advisors and investors (SG)
  • Kashmi - Pay anyone who has a phone number or email (SG)
  • KyePot - Group savings and lending (SG)
  • OneBit - Bitcoin wallet which also stores currency and loyalty points (SG)
  • OpenTradeDocs - Augment financial documentation with blockchain (SG)
  • Otonomos - Company formation which is based on blockchain (SG)
  • Shereit - White label social network for traders (IN)
  • SkolaFund - Match undergrads with funders (MY)
  • ToastMe - Send money to Philippines via an app (SG)
Many of the SG startups in the class of 2015 have foreign origins but launched their businesses in Singapore.

FinTech: Unleashing The Power of Hong Kong

When: Mon, July 11, 7pm – 9pm, 2016
Where: TGN Workhub, Great George Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Admission: HKD 110 [ USD 15 | MYR 47 ]
Info: Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

FinTech is a hot topic now, do you have an understanding of it? Test yourself against a panel:
[Sample Hong Kong Fintech startups:]
  • BitQuant - Open source fintech laboratory [image]
  • Gatecoin - Regulated and secure institution for blockchain assets
  • BitSpark - Remittance that uses bitcoins and blockchains
  • IronFly - Augment your trading with neuroscience
  • 5DLend - Use big data and AI to match lenders and borrowers
  • OKLink - White label blockchain technology
  • WIPsolutions - Distributed ledger, smart contracts, blockchain builder
  • WeConvene - Meetings for traders and analysts
  • Monexo - Instant peer-to-peer lending [Loanshark 2.0?]

Link Jul   14  Fintech: Threat or Opportunity? @ KualaLumpur
Link Jul   18  IoT + Fintech Meetup @ KualaLumpur New
Link Jul   21  Global Fintech Connections @ KualaLumpur New
Link Jul   21  Thailand's Fintech Ecosystem @ Bangkok New
Link Jul   31  Global Fintech HackAccelerator @ Singapore
Link Sep 27  Fintech O2O Global Summit @ HongKong
Link Nov 14  Singapore Fintech Festival @ Singapore
Link Jan  18  Next Money Fintech Finals @ HongKong

Digital Marketing Summit Asia 2016

When: Mon, July 11, 3pm – Fri, July 15, 7pm
Where: Online
Admission: Free
Info: Event

Digital Marketing Summit works closely with industry experts to bring to you the most essential and relevant topics in Digital Marketing. Topics include (abbreviated titles):
  • Using Data to Develop a Marketing Pitch - Eli Schwartz, SurveyMonkey
  • Copywriting That Sells Shamelessly - Kenneth Yu, SpurPress
  • The World is Shifting - Anh Nguyen, Google
  • Marketing Metrics: Easy Ways to Use Them - Francine Martindale, Heardable
  • You Had Me At Hello - Michal Leszczynski, GetResponse
  • Google Analytics: Going The Extra Mile -  Sanchit Mendiratta, HappyMarketer
  • Who is in My Funnel? - Brendan Yong, Infusionsoft [image]
  • Creating Landing Pages That Convert - Sushant Sharma, VWO
  • Press Your Advantage Digitally - Peter Justin Yu, Bebop
  • Accelerate Business Growth with Twitter Ads - Edric Subur, Twitter
  • Tactical Video Advertising For Agencies - David Lee, Shakr
  • Secrets of a Viral Video Marketer - Aashish Chopra, Ixigo
  • Brand Building in A Mobile-First World - Deepesh Trivedi,‎ Facebook
  • WeChat: Introduction to Social Marketing - Aaron Chang, JingDigital
  • Half A Million in 10 Months using Social Media - Suria Mohd, SuriaSparks
  • The Future of Content and The Role of Brands - Josh Black, GroupM

This Week [Beginning July 11th, 2016]
Link Mon 19:30  Mamak Brainstorming @ Ipoh 
Link Tue  13:30  MarsValley, TribeUp, SushiVid @ ShahAlam
Link Wed 19:00  Introduction to Lean Startup @ Sentral
Link Thu  10:00  AWS Innovate Conference @ Online
Link Thu  18:30  Risk Management @ BukitKiara
Link Thu  19:00  Content Marketing 101 @ Penang
Link Thu  19:30  Independent Women: Lady Mafia @ Bangsar
Link Thu  19:30  Firebase, Polymer, Angular @ Cyberjaya
Link Fri    17:00  Streat Food Festival @ Singapore
Link Fri    19:00  Short Films over Coffee @ Penang
Link Fri    19:00  Windows Developers Meetup @ Amcorp
Link Sat   09:00  Wordpress Meetup @ KLCC
Link Sat   10:00  Internship Fair @ KualaLumpur
Link Sat   10:30  Lean In Circle Dialogue @ Bangsar
Link Sat   12:00  Bloggers Bazaar @ PetalingJaya
Link Sat   18:00  Next Challenge Shark Tank @ GloDamansara

Intersection: SmartCity IoT LoRaWAN

When: Fri, August 5, 7pm – Sun, August 7, 5pm
Where: Cyberview, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 150 [for a team of 3]
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

JomHack: Smart Cities with LoRa, is a 24 hour IoT hackathon organized in collaboration with MDeC, Cyberview and The Things Network. The purpose of this hackathon is to enable participants to develop usable IoT solutions based on LoRa technology, which can be adopted, and implemented by Smart Cities. [LoRa is a type of wireless network designed to allow long range, low bandwidth communications among IoT objects. The network does not require a third party operator like a telco. Update: Not an independent mesh, it requires a third party at metro scale where LoRa is an alternative to 3G, 4G. Some examples of possible intersections of SmartCity, IoT and LoRa:]

New York: Urban-X Smart City Accelerator Info

Amsterdam: Smart City and Living Info
  • Cabture - Contextual advertising via tablets inside taxis
  • Canard - Aircraft, airport and industrial inspection using drones
  • DeVinderij - Students give care to the elderly [the living part]
  • MyStay - Hotel reception service via an app
  • ParkEagle - Find the nearest empty parking lots
  • Quicargo - Monetise the spare empty space in trucks
  • Twingz - Smart energy management

Slovenia: Smart City, Living and Health Info
  • Facility - Hotel service at a click/swipe
  • Symvaro - Smartphone meter reading
  • Moveo - Outdoor interactive playground
  • FoodPlus - Marketplace for surplus food
  • VisMedic - Visit the best doctors online
  • ZetaDrive - Driving simulator for driver testing, evaluation, profiling
  • Homey - Get family members to do their chores!

UnitedStates: Smart City IoT Info
  • BestMile - Beyond autonomous vehicles: a network of such vehicles
  • ArrayOfThings - Lamp post municipal data collection
  • Bitlock - Run your own bike sharing using smart locks
  • Placemeter - Turns video into meaningful data [eg. spot long queues]
  • SmartCitizen - Citizen environmental monitoring

[ Snapshot ] Shuffle Dancing

[9 July 2016] As far as internet challenges and parodies go, we had GangnamStyle (2012), HarlemShake (2013) and IceBucket (2014). In 2015 and 2016, there have not been any similar global scale viral memes though notably in 2015 shuffle dancing swept through a few web communities. Two Mongolian girls started the wave by combining shuffle dancing with a catchy tune by Tez Cadey, This might have inspired the 2016 RunningMan challenge. To learn how to shuffle dance, check out this overview and this detailed instruction.

The actual dancing starts at 00:15, sufficient time for viewers to mouse-over and close the numerous message boxes (click on the small x) including the yellow box at the bottom right. (Russia)

Medtech: shuffle dancing does seem like a good workout. (Canada)

Hafiz Made from Kota Kinabalu flies the flag. (Malaysia)

SNSFW: school girls do the shuffle (Vietnam)

Y Combinator Demo Day 2016

When: Mon, Aug 22, 1pm – Tue, Aug 23, 5pm
Where: Computer History Museum, California
Admission: Free [by invitation]
Info: Event | Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

Twice a year, Y Combinator’s latest batch of startups present to a specially invited set of people. You must be an accredited investor under SEC rules to attend. Pick of YC Startups @ Demo Day Winter/March 2016 [ie the previous batch, source: TC1TC2]:
  • Acre - Zero energy homes
  • Loop Genomics - Read and fix DNA 
  • OSV Vehicle - Open source electric car platform
  • QueueHop - RFID apparel tag for self-checkout and security
  • MI Guitar - A guitar you can learn to play in minutes
  • Nova - Data science personalised email 
  • FlexReceipts - Replace paper receipts with emailed receipts
  • MeterFeeder - Smartphone parking meters
  • VardenLabs - Machines that drive themselves
  • Castle - Lock out a user if he or she behaves abnormally [ie a hacker]
  • Talkies - A child's soft toy that is also a restricted phone and messenger
  • Boom - Leave NY 6am, arrive UK 1pm; leave UK 9pm, arrive NY 6pm 
  • Emburse - Create virtual and physical credit cards with spending limits
  • Lygos - Engineer microbes to convert sugar into industrial chemicals
  • Unima - Medical diagnosis using biomakers and smartphones
  • Perlstein Lab - Accelerate drug discovery for rare diseases [image]

Fresh Startups: TalentU, Pitch@Palace, FI

Talent Unleashed 2016
The Talent Unleashed Awards applaud the brave, celebrate the bold and recognise the brilliant across the technology community in UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The awards will be held August 18th, 2016 in Sydney, notable judges include Steve Wozniak and Sir Richard Branson. Finalists:

Best Social Impact
Best Tech Innovation
  • TRIBE - Marketplace for social influencers (AU)
  • BookDoc - Find healthcare professionals (MY)
  • Clevertar - iPad virtual personal care provider (AU)
  • TippleDoc - Find the nearest and best booze (UK)
  • Lendstar - Social finance: send, receive money, split bills, prepay etc (DE)
  • Sup - Shows your friends who are nearby (UK)
Best Digital SME Innovation
Best Fund Raising
  • Bluedot - Location based services SDK (AU)
  • OneFlare - Hire the right business (AU)
  • ResApp - Diagnose respiratory health from a cough using a smartphone (AU)
  • Blippar - Assisted visuals and augmented reality (UK)
  • SalaryFinance - Improve your employees' financial health (UK)
  • Tado - Control air conditioners with a smartphone (UK)

Pitch @ Palace 5.0 Winners [London, UK, March 2016]

Founder Institute Graduation [Penang,, MY, June 2016]

Startups @ Paypal Incubator  [Singapore, July 2016] 

MaGIC Accelerator: Pick of Cohorts

[7 July 2016] MaGIC Accelerator Program (MAP) accelerates startups to be investment-ready in four months with the objective of building an ASEAN wide startup community. Cohort 1, incubated in 2015, was covered here, Cohort 2 is in progress; Cohort 3 has been selected and is due to start in Aug 2016. Calendata's picks (fresh, different, proper website, less emphasis on online shops and concierge services):

Cohort 2
  • DoYouShoe - Modular, plug-and-play shoe (MY)
  • Dapper - Saw a decent shirt at the mall but didn't like the collar? (MY)
  • QueQ - Get your queue number online (TH)
  • BookMeds - Digital pharmacy (IN)
  • Schuhster - Boost your height with invisible heels (MY)
  • Cookly - Cooking classes, culinary adventures (TH)
  • DMP - Fashion supply chain (AU)
  • EnParty - Musang King durian online (MY)
  • EatCake - Let them eat cake, online (MY)
  • LocalUsher - Book less well-known places and activities (MY)
  • GotYouCatered - Order delicious food for your event (MY)
  • StockHut - Stock market info in your hands (MY)
  • PostCo - Collect your parcel from the nearest café (MY)
  • MobileWaiter - MYR 1 food delivery (MY) [MYR 1 = USD 0.25]
Cohort 3
  • WRZiT - Real-time, crowd-powered bus ETA information (MY)
  • PHYx - Digital warranty (SG)
  • Luxella - Japanase beauty products (MY)
  • Yumcious - Marketplace for home cooked food (MY) [image]
  • TraderWave - Web based stock charting (SG)
  • HalalBuddy - Halal ingredient checker (MY)
  • MotoResQ - Summon motorbike service using a smartphone (MY)
  • MyLabs - Manage lab results online (PH)
  • Prepp - Pre-order dine-in or takeaway food (MY)
  • HolisticsLab - Halal compliance audit software (MY)
  • FruniPrint - Advertising sponsored printing (MY)
  • Envie - Etsy for South East Asia (SG)
  • CreativeUnited - You design, we sell (MY)
  • AsiaTradex - Get quotes for industrial equipment and services (MY)
  • Amtiss - Asset management, tracking, inspection and survey system (ID)
  • Alterbeat - Find jobs in alternative fields such as community or arts (IN)

Entrepreneur Summit Thailand 2016

When: Fri, July 8, 8:30am – 6:00pm, 2016
Where: Hotel Windsor, Bangkok, Thailand
Admission: THB 2,972 [ USD 85 | MYR 340 ]
Info: Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

Bangkok Now (BNOW) provides a supportive network to professionals living and working in Bangkok. Topics include (abbreviated):
  • How to Create a World Class Business - Somboon Sukheviriya, Comanche
  • Mission, Vision and Leading - John Brown, COO, Agoda
  • How An Investor Can Help You - John Stevens, Co-Founder, Stone Lotus
  • Minimizing Cost and Increasing Productivity - Jason Ho, CEO, D8ii
  • Brand, Research and the Bottom Line - Colin Marson, CEO, YouGov
  • Carving Out a Bold Brand - Shradha Dudeja, Strategy Director, Havas
  • Growing Your Customer Base - Saranee Boonritthongchai, SMB Head, Google
  • Was Does Failure Mean? - Hong Sin Kwek, CEO, Crowdfunding Asia
  • Wisdom from Winners - Duangdhamon Kaewphongsri, Founder, Annette
Calendata takes a Raya break, back after the hols. Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

Next Week [Week beginning July 4th, 2016]
Link Mon 19:00  China Business Briefing @ Singapore
Link Tue  19:00  Ruby AI Chatbot @ Bangsar
Link Thu  14:30  A Chat with Steve Chen @ Taipei
Link Thu  09:00  Sales Acceleration with Mark Roberge @ Taipei
Link Fri    09:00  Zouk SEA 2016 @ Penang
Link Sat   10:00  Motion Graphics & Design @ Singapore
Link Sat   10:30  Fintech Founders Meetup @ PetalingJaya New

[ Snapshot ] A Song of Raya Greeting

Selamat Hari Raya - cover by Chloe Yap
Here's my short rendition with a slight twist to wish all my Muslim friends, Selamat Hari Raya!
Posted by Chloe Yap on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Startup founder, Chloe Yap, sings a short Hari Raya song. A home recording, the closing is a bit high in volume but a good effort overall.

MEAN Javascript 101

When: Sun, July 3, 2pm – 6pm, 2016
Where: SITEC, E-28-1, Jalan Multimedia 7/Ag, I-City, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 39
Info: Attend | Venue

Gone are the days of coding in HTML, CSS and PHP. Now full stack development is essential to startup & tech companies. Many startups & Unicorns are powered by NodeJS - Netflix, Paypal, Medium etc. Using one language for both front end & back end, the learning curve & coding experience are smoother. This workshop is designed to help people who are interested in full stacks and MEAN to learn about developing web applications in JavaScript. Topics include:
  • MongoDB - Document-based NoSQL database 
  • ExpressJS - Minimalist web framework for the backend
  • AngularJS - Supercharged HTML for the frontend
  • NoSQL - A new type of database different from Oracle (SQL) and Excel (table)

Using Spaces Creatively

When: Tue, June 28, 7pm – 10pm, 2016
Where: The Co, 8 Lengkok Abdullah, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 30
Info: Attend | Venue

Backstage Pass by Peatix is a community event for event organisers to exchange lessons, connect with people who enable events and grow as a group. This edition we look at how spaces are used creatively to capture the spirit of the event. Speakers:

Link Fri    14:30  Integration of Photovoltaics @ SgLong
Link Fri    20:00  GameDev Hangout @ DamansaraUtama
Link Sat   15:30  Readings @ Bangsar
Link Sat   10:00  MDeC: Create eLearning Content @ Cyberjaya
Link Sat   17:00  Slamokrasi Poetry Slam @ Publika
Link Tue  03:00  Brexit?: England vs Iceland @ France New

Next Week [Week beginning 27 June 2016]
Link Mon 08:30  Architecture of Resilience @ Singapore
Link Mon 09:00  Ecommerce: Web2Ship, @ BangsarSouth
Link Mon 18:00  Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit @ Singapore New
Link Mon 19:00  Coffee Man The Movie @ Bangsar
Link Mon 19:00  Young Professionals Network Kickoff @ Singapore
Link Tue  09:00  EIX: Skali, RuralAsset, SingleOak @ AraDamansara
Link Tue  09:00  Building Information Modelling @TamanDesa
Link Tue  10:00  Public-Private Collaboration MYR50K Grant @ Matrade New
Link Tue  13:30  SITEC: Jocom, MyBazar, O2Ocommerce @ ShahAlam
Link Wed 08:45  Freelance Bootcamp: Black, MindFlyer, Machinest @ SG
Link Wed 10:00  Funding Opportunities by Cradle @ ShahAlam New
Link Wed 19:00  MY-NZ Chamber of Commerce: ServisHero @ Bangsar
Link Thu  14:30  DigiX+57Square: Drag & Drop Mobile @ SubangJaya
Link Thu  16:30  Agak Agak Ramadan Bazaar @ Bangsar New
Link Thu  19:30  Webcamp: Mindvalley, Idealite, MilkADeal @ Penang New
Link Fri    19:00  Startup Ipoh + MaGIC @ Ipoh

Pitch Weekend: Robot That Fights Like You

When: Thu, June 16, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, 2016
Where: CoCoon, Citicorp Centre, Hong Kong
Admission: HKD 150 [ USD 20 | MYR 77 ]
Info: Attend | Venue

CoCoonPitch enables entrepreneurs to present their products or services to a variety of audience and seek potential investors, co-founders, team members, customers, corporate partners or publicity. Pitch teams:

Also: Fitness Friday [Cocoon HK, Friday 6:45pm]
  • GuavaPass - How to penetrate markets rapidly in multiple cities
  • KTYC - Potential in promoting sports in Hong Kong
  • Sporting Republic - Maximizing participation through mutual goals

Also: Chill or Grill [Cyberjaya MY,  Friday 5:30pm]
  • MyDitto - 'Activity partner' on demand
  • Pipit - Mini model satellite for teaching
  • Go Coach - Coaching lessons by certified coaches
  • Halal Navi - Find the best halal restaurants in Japan

[ Snapshot ] Angel, CoWork, Grind

Angel Hack Kuala Lumpur, 4 June 2016 @ Berjaya Times Square. Photo: Jenna Huey 

The Co: co-working space by day, event space by night @ Bangsar. Photo: The Co

Mixers @ Startup Grind Singapore, 18 June 2016 @ The Hub. Photo: StartupGrind

Young On Top: It’s Millennials Time To Lead

When: Sat, August 13, 9am – 5pm, 2016
Where: Kartika Expo, Balai Kartini, Jakarta
Admission: IDR 150,000 [ USD 12 | MYR 45 ]
Info: Event | Poster | TicketVenue

Young on Top's vision is to create a stronger generation for Indonesia. with the motto Learn and Share. It's time to hunt for inspiration at the annual grand event of the Young On Top National Conference 2016 [YOTNC2016] with this year's theme It's Millennials Time To Lead This Nation. There will be 2 keynote speakers and 5 panelists:

Create E-Learning Lessons Using Powerpoint

When: Tue, June 21, 1pm – 5pm, 2016
Where: Portman College, Seri Kembangan
Admission: Free
Info: Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

Training Touch is a corporate training provider. Established in 2005, the company has a group of corporate trainers that offers a wide variety of management and technical programs and a team-building division that offers customized team events. Topics:
  • Create E-Learning Content Using Powerpoint - Azma Hamid, Content Capital
  • Learning Management System - Wan Adli Wan Hassan, Content Capital
  • Marketing & Support Services for Trainers - Jeremy Lee, Training Touch
  • Interactive Solutions to Enhance Learning - Siva Shankar, First Ray

Progressive Web App: Breaking Free from AppStore and PlayStore

When: Mon, June 20, 3pm – 10pm, 2016
Where: Google, Level 20, Quill 7, Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Attend | AgendaVenue

Google Developer Group Kuala Lumpur will be hosting the Progressive Web App Dev Summit 2016 Live Viewing Party at Google Malaysia. Progressive Web Apps (PWA):
  • Combine the best of web and app
  • Usable to users from the very first visit in a browser
  • No install required 
  • Loads quickly, even on flaky networks
  • Has an icon on the home screen
  • Full screen experience
During the event, we will live stream all the sessions from Amsterdam, including:
  • Turn an online-only site into a offline-first progressive web app
  • Debunking myths and fears about HTTPS (required for PWA)
  • Instant loading with HTTP/2
  • How to implement push notifications
  • UI Elements at 60fps
  • Progressively Enhanced Markup
  • Putting the Progressive in Progressive Web Apps
  • Building for Billions
Examples of Progressive Web Apps (try it on your mobile)
The event is sold out. Fret not, view the live stream here:

Chickaboo's Next Adventure

When: Sat, July 16, 6:00pm – 9:30p, 2016
Where: Next Academy, A-G-7 Glomac Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 10
Info: Attend | PosterVenue

Have you ever wanted to start your own startup? Or wondered how do startups founders pitch their ideas to potential investors?

Join 500 Startups alumni Josh (NextAcademy), WaiHong (StoreHub), Francesca (GoGet), and Giden (BloomThis) as they share their experiences on building and expanding their startups to achieve the success they have today. Themed From Ideas to Full Fledged Companies, the panel will reveal what it takes to start a company, and what more does it take to scale.

As a bonus, the top 10 finalists of The NEXT Challenge will be pitching their ideas to the above-mentioned founders. The challenge is a Shark Tank-styled ideation stage pitching event, Come join us and witness how the contestants compete to earn up to MYR 10,600 worth of NEXT Academy courses. If you’re interested in joining the challenge as a contestant, apply here. [More on Chickaboo, image: the game.]