[ Snapshot ] MyCyberSale Editor's Picks

#MyCyberSale gathers popular eTailers for a mega online sale for a week from 26th to 30th September 2016. Expect significant discounts on products & services and free shipping from participating eTailers. Organized by MDEC, supported by KPDNKK, CSMSMECorpMOH and MATRADE.

Rode VideoMic Me Directional microphone for smartphones. Suitable for phones which the audio jack can double-up as a mic jack: (newer iPhones, HTC, Motorola, Nexus, higher end LGs). MYR 318 [ USD 77 ] @ ShaShinKi

Salpido 4K Sports Cam 170° wide angle lens, video recording at 4K, 1080p or 720p resolution, comes with full accessories, water resistant to 60m. MYR 299 [ USD 72 ] @ Sold

Kettler Adjustable Spring Grip Spring grip and adjustable grip load from 10kg to 40kg. MYR 23.90 [ USD 6 ] @ Vito

Fintech O2O: Time To Pick The Winners

When: Tue, September 27, 9:00am – Wed, September 28, 12:30pm, 2016
Where: Cyberport 3, Hong Kong
Admission: USD 150
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

The Fintech O2O initiative began in 2015 as a monthly meet up in Hong Kong, co-organized by Cyberport and NexChange. Now in its second year, the initiative has grown into a global series with events planned in New York, London, Toronto and Shanghai. Register now to join 400+ professionals and 35+ speakers from 35+ countries! Topics (abbreviated titles, only one panelist listed) include:
  • Payments: Time to Pick Winners from Losers - Ajmal Samuel, Octo3
  • Asset Management and Digital Disruption - Andrew Economos, ex-JP Morgan
  • RegTech: Another Brick in the Wall - Philippa Allen, Compliance Asia
  • Bringing Traditional Finance and Fintech - Jouko Ahvenainen, Grow VC
  • Cross Border Fintech Opportunities - Travis Lundy, SmartKarma
  • Wealth of Potential in Fintech Asset Management - Wing Cheung, Lattice
  • Blockchain: Beyond the Buzzword - Leonhard Weese, Bitcoin Association
  • Adapting to an Efficient Investment World - Chris Ryan, MSCI [top]
  • How Fintech is Affecting Insurers - John Brisco, Manulife
  • Customer Engagement and Gamification - Isabella Carvalho, EY
  • Cybersecurity: Threats Around Every Corner - Emily Tan, CNBC

MDEC: Data-Driven Startup Bootcamp

When: Mon, September 26, 9am – 5pm, 2016
Where: Tech Mahindra, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Attend | Venue

Designed specifically for startups/young companies looking to transform and accelerate its venture to the next level using data. It provides the launchpad for real world, hands-on learning of what it’s like to actually start a digital company. The program will cover best practices for developing products and businesses based on validated learning, getting customer feedback quickly and often, growth hacking and approaches of using data in your startup.

Conducted by by Incubio, an accelerator from Barcelona that specializes in the creation of projects that offer business processes as a service using Big Data technologies and has vast experiences working with startups through their accelerator program.

This Week
Link Mon 19:00  Future of Innovation Government @ Singapore
Link Mon 19:00  TeAM, Microsoft, GirlsInTech, Google @ Publika
Link Tue   08:30  Microsoft Bina @ KualaLumpur [Bina = Build]
Link Thu  19:00  PurelyB, DishByIli, WatchOverMe, Jocom @ Sentral
Link Thu  19:30  Shannon Toh: 10 Million Bucks @ GloDamansara
Link Fri    17:30  ValueBuy, MajalahNiaga, BeyondBorders @ Cyberjaya
Link Fri    19:30  H2go, LifeBeyondBins, BabylonVerticalFarms @ Sentul

Artificial Intelligence Accelerator

When: Sun, September 25, 3pm – 5pm, 2016
Where: Online / Hong Kong
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Apply

Zeroth.ai is an early-stage funding program for artificial intelligence and machine learning companies based out of Hong Kong. Beginning in Fall 2016 (around Sept 2016), the program will run for 12 weeks, providing startups with seed funding, and access to a global network of AI/ML entrepreneurs, experts, and renowned investors. Apply by September 25th, 2016. Terms:
  • USD 20,000 for 6% share
  • Be in HK to meet mentors in the 1st month, and Demo Day in the 3rd month

A selection of AI startups:
  • 6sense - Predict when your customers are going to buy
  • MindMeld - A UI that is based on conversations, not buttons or clicks
  • Persado - Call to Action that is powered by AI
  • EchoBox - Power your FB and Twitter referrals using AI, not analytics
  • Grip - Tinder for corporate events (with AI matchmaking thrown in)
  • Cleo - A bot that gives you financial advice like McKinsey consultants

Other Startup Intakes [date shown is the application due date or event date]
Link Sep 21  StarBurst Aerospace Accelerator @ Singapore [over]
Link Sep 26  Uber-MaGIC Next Great Idea @ Cyberjaya
Link Sep 30  Startup Weekend Artisan @ Penang
Link Oct  01  Seedstars Kuala Lumpur @ KLCC
Link Oct  03  MDEC Fintech Bootcamp @ Cyberjaya
Link Oct  06  Google Demo Day for Women @ Google
Link Oct  06  Seedstars Singapore @ Collision8
Link Oct  07  Startup Weekend Women @ Sentral
Link Nov 01  Fintech FastTrack @ Singapore
Link Nov 03  A-Start Central Biotech Incubator @ Singapore
Link Nov 10  Lattice80: World's Biggest Fintech Incubator @ Singapore
Link Nov 15  Chivas Social Enterprise Venture @ Malaysia

Acapella Zepto Robotics Freewill

When: Fri, September 23, 8:30pm – Sat, September 24, 10:00pm, 2016
Where: Playspace Live, The Place, Jalan PJU8/5G, Damansara Perdana, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 30
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

We [The 4 of Us] are very excited to be having our first ever full-length show. Come join us for an evening of aca-goodness, showcasing some of our favourites from our years of singing together and some exciting new music. No matter your taste in music, there's bound to be something for everyone, so see you there! [Note: the above video of The 4 of Us starts in a high volume.]

This Weekend
Link Thu 09:00  Distribute your Documentary @ Sentral
Link Thu 15:00  Alphacap [alumnus: Zepto] Demo Day @ Puchong
Link Thu 19:00  Social Good Summit @ Sentul
Link Fri   15:00  Introduction to the TARC Incubator @ KualaLumpur
Link Sat  08:30  Asean Skills Competition & TVET Conference @ Serdang New
Link Sat  09:00  Maxis Inspire Conference @ KLCC
Link Sat  18:00  AI, Robotics & BigData Hackathon @ UM
Link Sat  19:00  Regional Acapella Competition @ Singapore
Link Sun 17:00  Science vs Free Will @ Puiblika New

Social Enterprise Summit 2016

When: Sat, Sept 24, – Sun, Sept 25, 2016
Where: HKCEC, Hong Kong
Admission: HKD 400 [ USD 50 ]
Info: Brochure | Attend | Venue

The Social Enterprise Summit is one of the major events of the Hong Kong International Philanthropy and Social Enterprise Week and is intended to capture the new dynamics of social entrepreneurship around the world. Topics (abbreviated) include:
[Top image: Organic Strawberry Jam nade with 40% organic strawberries and fairly traded organic sugar from Otisa Sugar Mill in Paraguay. Traditional cooking in copper pans preserves the natural juiciness of the strawberries, giving the jam a succulent flavour. From: FairTaste]

SwitchOn @ LaunchPad

When:Wed, September 21, 3pm – 10pm. 2016
Where: LaunchPad, One North, Singapore
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Brochure | Venue

As a partner event of Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology (SWITCH), SWITCH ON @ LaunchPad lets you experience and interact with Singapore's start-up community with product and technology showcases and open houses by more than 60 start-ups and incubators, partner events, and ending the night with a party at Timbre+.  Participants include:
  • Seedplus - Seed stage venture fund
  • TNFVentures - Early stage investor
  • Quest - Venture fund for startups with scability and replicability
  • CyLock - Two factor authentication that does not require a token or SMS
  • QuickDesk - Sales focused CRM for mobile users
  • CusJo: Customer journey analytics (customer feedback system)
  • QavarDocs - Document management system
  • Xpower - Sales territory design
  • JusSnap - Retrieve information from photos
  • Neeuro - Track your brainwaves
  • Dimension5 - Visualize an interior design before buying
  • PaperPlane - Creative studio
  • PigeonHole - Conduct Q&A via smartphones at conferences, town halls etc
  • DynaOptics - New type of camera lens that does zoom by moving vertically

SWITCH also features SLUSH. Among startups pitching at SLUSH are:
  • CyroWerx - Smart food dispenser, ideal for lunch time crush
  • AimPay - Mobile payment system that is based on sound, not NFC
  • Meggnify - Crowd labour: information gathering, mystery audit etc
  • eSynergy - Intelligent car battery that is lighter, non-toxic and lasts longer
  • PikBak - Reverse logistics: for handling purchase returns
  • PostCo - Collect or return your parcel at the nearest cafe
  • ReFash - Monetize your closet, peek into the closet of fashion influencers
  • Sadeem - Smart city flash flood sensors
  • SimGo - Do away with SIM cards and put the SIM service in the cloud
  • Delegate - Event vendors marketplace

Innovation Summit: Smart and Safe Cities

When: Thu, September 22, 9am – Fri, September 23, 6pm, 2016
Where: Hong Kong Science Park, Hong Kong
Admission: HKD 500 [ USD 65 ]
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

[ APAC Innovation Summit 2016 ] Riding on the success of the past 11 years, this flagship event of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) plays an important role in knowledge transfer and business matching, bringing together a world cast of leading experts including academia, decision makers and thought leaders to exchange insights on the latest technology trends.

Conference topics include:
  • A City Data Market - Andrew Collinge, Greater London Authority 
  • Data Infrastructure Can Make Your City Smart - Larissa Romualdo-Suzuki, GLA
  • Future Smart Cities: Experience of Sweden - Olga Kordas , KTH
  • Kashiwano-no-ha: Japan's Smart City - Akihiko Tobe, Hitachi
  • The 100% Electric, Autonomous, Driverless Shuttle - Henri Coron, Navya [top]
  • 5G for Smart City Solutions Development - Paul Berriman, HKT 

Innovation presentations include:
  • eSpot - Light bulbs that can also do IoT, motion and environmental sensing
  • Euclideon - Scan an entire city in 3D for transportation, GIS etc
  • XYZrobot - No more "out of stock" retail service personnel
  • OSSS - Smart lock that does not require Bluetooth, WiFi or NFC
  • VGSmartGlass - Patented, lower cost smartglass that requires no electricity
  • IOE - Harvest energy from sun, thermal and even radio frequencies
  • R-Guardian - Security tag that is anti-lost, anti-counterfeit, comes with CRM
  • MeshInfinity - Mesh network for Safe City video surveillance 
  • MOPeasy - EV car sharing
  • PolyU - IoT smart parking system
  • Sterela - Weigh a vehicle (eg. overloaded lorry) that is in motion
  • SmartCable - Turn electric cables into temp sensors using Raman scattering

Technology Innovation 2016

When: Tue, Sept 20 – Wed, Sept 21, 2016
Where: Resorts World, Sentosa, Singapore
Admission: Free
Info: EventAttend | Venue

Techinnovation Singapore 2016 is a premier technology-industry brokerage event organised by Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI). It brings together technology providers and seekers to explore technology and business collaboration opportunities through open innovation. For the first time, an Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) segment will feature partners from key European markets.

Topics include:
  • Innovation Landscape - Jordi Maluquer de Motes, Spain
  • Innovative Manufacturing Technologies  - Jaroslav Sobotka, Czech Republic
  • Opportunities for Cooperation - Juan Carmona-Schneider, Germany
  • French Technology and Innovation - Dr Martine Lesponne, France
  • The Strength of Creativity - Zita Majoros, Hungary

Techinnovation features an intellectual property exhibition that includes:

KL Converge! Creative Content

When: Thu, September 22, 8am – Fri, September 23, 5pm, 2016
Where: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

KL Converge! 2016 brings together leading experts from the fields of multimedia, applications, internet and creative content to discuss, showcase and celebrate opportunities and successes in the digital space. Join us for an exciting glimpse into the world of tomorrow. Topics include:

Asian Content Business Summit FINAS
  • Asian Youth Entrepreneur Network - Dr Marceline Girol, Founder, AYEN
  • Japanese Television Business Opportunities - Mikko Nishiyama, Director, NTV
  • Digital Content and Technology - Fred Wang, Founder, Salon Films
  • Hong Kong Film Market - Wellington Fung, Secretary-General, FDC HK
  • Indonesia's Content Industry - Juventius Prajarto, Badan Ekonomi Kreatif
  • Antipiracy Measures - Takero Goto, Director, DCAJ
  • Financing & Film Co-Production - Charlene Paling, AVP,  National Bank

Lazio Innova + VFX in Film FINAS
  • Digital Storytelling for Cultural Heritage - Enzo D’Annibale, CNR-ITABC
  • Social Innovation through Media Art - Valentino Catricala, Mondo Digitale
  • Contents Digitalization and Mixed Reality - Mirko Arcese, BCAA
  • Indie Lab Made in Italy - Claudio Capezzuoli, CNA Roma
  • Sound as a Creative for Filmmakers - Marzia Dal Fabbro, Actress

Commonwealth Broadband Forum MCMC [ Event | Agenda | Attend | Free for MY]
  • The National Broadband Plan of Malaysia - Mohd Ali Hanafiah, MCMC
  • The National Broadband Plan of Singapore - Aileen Chia, IDA
  • 5G: The Next Generation of Mobile Networks - Lumko Mtimde, USAASA
  • Helping the Unbanked: Mobile Payment Solutions - Paul Kiage, CA Kenya
  • Building ICT Capacity of The Next Generation - Too Tian Jen, U Mobile

Kickstart Your Digital Projects MDeC
  • IP Creators Challenge
  • You Can Duit
  • Pre-Production in Animiation
  • Unity Game Development
  • Mobile Applications

Also featuring in KL Converge! will be a deal announcement for Discovery Channel Asia's Borneo (10 episodes  x 30 mins, trailer above), the biggest co-production of a factual program by Kyanite (Malaysia) and Beach House Pictures (Singapore).

Future of Human Interaction

When: Sat, Sept 17 – Sun, Sept 18, 2016
Where: Afiniti Medini, Iskandar, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue | Outside | Inside

Kreatif is the first of three installations of Iskarnival 2016 to celebrate Iskandar Malaysia’s 10th anniversary. Join us as we showcase the creative industries with forums & talks, ideation, a hackathon, interactivity, film screenings, workshops creative markets, and exhibitions. Tech topics include:
  • Future of Human Interaction - Tak Lo, Zeroth
  • Future of Transport - Aaron Gill, Grab
  • Future of Cities - Chamari Edirisinghe, Imagineering [top image]
  • Future of Media - Thasseus Koh, e27
  • Future of Commerce - Emmanuelle Norchet, NestVC
  • Future of Marketing - Boye Hartmann, Ygroup
  • Design Thinking - Oko Davaasuren, Techstars
  • Rapid Product Development - Lau Cher Han, CherHan
  • Virtual Reality & IoT - Johnson Lam, KakiDIY
Free buses to/from Iskandar: KL | SG

This Week [Week beginning 19 September 2016]
Link Sat   10:00  KITA Film Festival @ Sentral
Link Sun  10:00  Rhymes without Reason @ Sentral
Link Mon 08:30  Big Data Week @ KualaLumpur
Link Mon 15:00  Social Enterprise Forum @ Sunway
Link Tue  09:30  Innovation & Tech Week @ Singapore
Link Tue  09:30  Webit.Apac @ Singapore
Link Tue  11:00  StartupQuest @ KualaLumpur
Link Tue  14:30  Analytics: The Next Big Thing @ BukitJalil
Link Tue  19:00  NEF Pitch x 2016 @ PetalingJaya
Link Tue  19:00  Open Coffee Club @ KualaLumpur
Link Tue  19:30  Documentary: Design Disruptors @ Bangsar
Link Wed 08:30  MaGIC Symposium @ Cyberjaya
Link Wed 09:00  Investor Forum @ LeMeridien
Link Wed 09:00  Opportunities in Licensing @ KualaLumpur
Link Wed 10:00  MICE Industry @ Singapore
Link Wed 14:00  Pokémon: EA, CheqqMe, XeerSoft @ ShahAlam
Link Wed 19:30  Javascript Wednesday @ GloDamansara
Link Thu  08:30  BFM Endeavour Entrepreneurs @ Nexus
Link Thu  09:00  Low Cost Cyber Threat Intelligence @ KualaLumpur
Link Thu  09:00  AT&T M2X IoT Coding 101 @ KLCC
Link Thu  13:00  AT&T-MCMC Developer's Day @ KLCC
Link Thu  15:00  Events Industry Meetup @ TREC
Link Thu  17:30  Cognitive Neuroscience @ Sunway
Link Thu  19:00  BurgerLab, Lead, TEDx, ArtsySip @ Penang
Link Thu  19:00  Social Good Summit @ Sentul New
Link Fri    09:00  Startup Weekend EduTech @ Sentral
Link Sat   08:30  TPPA: What Now? @ Ritz-Carlton
Link Sat   08:30  IoT Hands-On Workshop @ Penang
Link Sat   09:00  ImagineHack @ Taylor's
Link Sat   09:30  Unity Game Development Deep Dive @ KLCC
Link Sat   12:45  Introduction to Ruby @ PetalingJaya

MDeC Fintech Bootcamp 2016

When: Mon, Oct 3, 9am – Tue, Oct 4, 5pm, 2016
Where: Cyberjaya, Malaysia [TBC]
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Attend

Learn from industry leaders and experts on how to identify opportunities in the fintech industry. Discover ways you can use technology to make your financial services more efficient. Get to know disruptive individuals who can assist you and your organization to create or pilot innovative products and solutions to solve real world problems. Topics may include:
  • Financial Technology 101
  • Digital Currencies & Blockchains
  • Equity & Crowd Funding 
  • Alternative Lending
  • Robot Advisors
  • Regulations, Guidelines and Policies
  • Design Sprint
  • Integration Lab
The bootcamp is opened to Malaysians in a team of at least 2 persons, one business and one technical. Closing date for registration is 23 Sept 2016.

Recent Fintech competition winners:

European Fintech Awards (April 2016 @ Amsterdam) info

Benzinga Fintech Awards (May 2016, New York) info
  • VisibleAlpha - Forecast models from the world's leading equity analysts
  • LikeFolio - Analyzes social mentions of brands for consumer sentiment
  • TipRanks - Shows what analysts say about your stock

UniCredit Appathon (July 2016 @ Milan) info
  • CustomerInsight - Turn raw banking data into customer insights
  • Sedicii - Third party authenticator [top image]
  • TalkForce - Robot customer service agent

Below are the presentation slides from the recent MDeC Fintech Conference 2016 uploaded by iTrain [after the jump, click More Details]. 

Google Demo Day: Women

When: Wed, November 2, 9am – 5pm, 2016
Where: Google HQ, Mountain View, California
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Pitch | Venue | Outside | Inside

Google Demo Day brings a diverse group of startups from the around the world to Silicon Valley to showcase their technology and meet investors and mentors. The Women’s Edition will feature some of the world’s best early stage startups founded or co-founded by women. Want to pitch? Apply now to our open call for submissions by October 6th. Terms:
  • Startup in the B2B or B2C space.
  • Technology vertical preferred.
  • Founders include at least one woman.
  • Passionate about building a great company.
  • Actively raising Series A of USD 1,000,000 - USD 5,000,000.
  • Willing to travel to and present at Demo Day @ SiliconValley, Oct 31-Nov 3.
Google for Entrepreneurs will cover the cost of hotel accommodations for up to two rooms, and the cost of air travel for international founders.

Past winners:
  • PlayersHealth - Health & injury management for sports organizations
  • Bridgit - Punch list (defects list) management for builders
  • MatiEnergy - Energy drink that is more stimulating than Red Bull
  • KnowledgeHook - Helping teachers improve maths outcome
  • Kichink - Ecommerce store for Mexico [top image]
  • LevelEleven - Metrics driven sales management

[Notes: 1. The first three startups are the judges' choices, the next three are people's choices. 2. Click 'Close' at the top right of Player's Health website to dismiss the splash screen, if any. 3. Judges' choices hint at an emphasis on traction: Player's Health has acquired over 312,000 athletes, Bridgit has a 20% monthly growth rate for client acquisition, and MatiEnergy outsells Red Bull 3 to 1.

TravelTech Tuesdays

When: Tue, September 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, 2016
Where: Mettā, California Tower, Hong Kong
Admission: Free
Info: AttendVenue

TravelTech Tuesdays is a monthly meet-up to connect the rapidly growing TravelTech ecosystem in Hong Kong and encourage new connections, opportunities and collaborations in the space.

  • Bart Tompkins, Managing Director for Greater China, Amadeus
  • Steven Pang, General Manager for Greater China, Skyscanner [top]
  • Brent Deverman, Former Digital Product Manager, CNN Travel

Brought to you by:
  • Horizon - Attend a traveltech hackathon in a plane
  • PassportX - Essential travel information (visa, insurance etc) + travel log
  • Mettā - Hong Kong's members club for entrepreneurs and innovators
  • WHub - Unleashing startups' full potential

TravelTech examples:
  • Proxce - Identity + IoT (eg. phone + IoT room lock) = seamless UX
  • Visit - Social travel
  • Sextant - Luxury travel
  • Whoosh - Marketplace for private plane charter
  • Axus - Unified travel planner
  • BeyondPricing - Automatic pricing for Airbnb
  • TripTease - Get guests to book rooms at your website, not a third-party

Big Data Analytics: Monetizing Data

When: Wed, Sept 14, 9:30am – 4:30pm, 2016
Where: Asia Pacific University, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: MYR 10 [includes cert + lunch]
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

Big Data Week is a unique global platforms of interconnected community events focusing on the social, political, technological impacts of Big Data. As a partner event, Asia Pacific University will be conducting a seminar on Big Data Analytics. Topics:
  • Introduction to Big Data - Prof R Logeswaran, Dean, Asia Pacific University
  • Big Data Analytics - Dr Keeratpal Singh, Principal Data Scientist, MIMOS
  • Monetizing Data - Han Sea Kwong, Head, Analytics & CRM, RHB Bank
  • Facebook and Twitter Analytics - Lim Kun Hui, Hacker, CEH

Other Big Data Week Events info
Link Sep 19  Data Driven Lean Startup @ KLCC
Link Sep 19  Cloudera Big Data Luncheon @ KLCC
Link Sep 19  Deep Learning the World @ KLCC
Link Sep 19  BIGIT Technology @ KLCC [MYR 2750 | Free]
Link Sep 20  Microsoft Advanced Analytics @ KLCC
Link Sep 21  Self Service Business Intelligence @ Cyberjaya
Link Sep 21  Machine Learning & Deep Learning @ KLCC
Link Sep 21  Accelteam Solution Day @ KualaLumpur
Link Sep 22  Fusionex Big Data Analytics @ PetalingJaya

This Week [week beginning September 12th, 2016]
Link Sat  07:00  Develop a Schedule using Project 2013 @ BukitJalil
Link Sat  11:30  The Cooler Lumpur Festival @ Publika 
Link Thu 19:30  Speak French & Spanish @ Sentral
Link Thu 10:45  Computers: From Atanasoff–Berry to Gustafson @ Singapore
Link Fri   13:00  Mercedes-Benz Startup Accelerator @ Singapore New
Link Sat  09:00  Unleash the Power of Social Media @ OneWorld
Link Sat  12:00  Iskarnival Creative Festival @ Iskandar
Link Sat  20:30  Acappella Malaysia Day Edition @ SriHartamas

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016: Taiwan Rocks

When: Mon, Sep 12 – Wed, Sept 14, 2016
Where: Pier 48, San Francisco, US
Admission: USD 2995 [for Disrupt SF]
Info: Event | Venue | Outside | Inside

After making our debut last year at with the first-ever Taiwanese Pavilion, Taiwan Startup Stadium lands in TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 for an even bigger adventure! This time, you’ll not only be able to check out the 12 startups of the brand new #TaiwanRocks Pavilion at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, but fans of Taiwan startups can also check us out at NYC Media Lab 16.  Startups:

Virtual Reality
  • LyraVR - Compose and interact with music in 3D
  • Funique - Wireless 360° video production
  • Bitmark - Blockchain property registration system [top]
  • GliaStudio - Automatically convert articles into videos 
  • MeetMySpy - Marketplace for private investigators
  • AiMatchMaker - Matchmake, just like the old days

Chivas: The Social Business Venture

When: Thu, September 8, 7pm – 11pm, 2016
Where: Black Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free | DressCode: Business Casual
Info: Event | Venue

In 2014, Chivas Regal launched The Venture, a $1M annual fund and global search to reward those who are using business to create positive change. Over the last two years we have invested $2M in a new generation of extraordinary startups, that do well by doing good, because we believe generosity and success go hand in hand.

This year, 31 countries across six continents are taking part, but only the most promising from each country will be selected as a global finalist for the chance to compete for $1M funding. The startups selected will have the chance to take part in The Accelerator Week in March 2017, where they will be mentored by global business leaders, industry experts and successful social entrepreneurs. In July 2017, the new group of finalists will attend The Venture Final Pitch in New York City, the culmination of the competition, where they will pitch to a judging panel in front of a live audience of influencers, social innovators and business leaders.

  • Ehon Chan, SE Director, MaGIC
  • Ho Kay Tat, Publisher, The Edge
  • Freda Liu, Producer, BFM

2016 Finalists
  • Conceptos Plásticos - Recycle plastics into building materials
  • EyeControl - Communicate using your eyes only
  • Coolar - Solar powered refrigerator
  • Wakami - Rural, handmade, fashion accessories
  • WeFarm - Internet for farmers without internet: peer-to-peer SMS sharing

2015 Finalists
  • Algramo - Wholesale vending machine (robotic wholesaler) Top
  • Chipsafer - Monitor cattle real time and remotely Bottom
  • Discelar - Outdoor furniture from recycled plastic and vegetable fiber
  • Lumkani - Mesh fire alarm system for slums
  • SenSprout - Digital irrigation

RSVP: Ying Nee Ooi, ying@commasindustry.com | +6012.362.2810 by Monday, September 5th, 2016 [ passed but you can try checking with the organizer.]

Acumen: Impact Investing

When: Sat, Sept 10, 12:30pm – 7:00pm, 2016
Where: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Hong Kong
Admission: HKD 180 [USD 23]
Info: Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

[HK+Acumen Impact Investing 2016] Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Come learn about the current trends of impact investing in the region, different investment models including Acumen. You can also mingle with impact investors and meet with social enterprises that are currently in running! Speakers:
  • Ricky Yu, Founder and CEO, Light Be
  • Pru Bennet, Head of Responsible Investment, Blackrock
  • Patrick Cheung, Member of SIE Fund Task Force, SIE
  • Emily Chew, Vice President, ESG Research, MSCI
  • Alvin Li, Co-Founder & CEO, GIVO
  • Will Man, Co-Founder & CEO, CHEARS
  • Ben Ridley, Head of Sustainability, Credit Suisse
  • Caroline Sprod, Development Director, Room to Read
  • Peter Williams, Business Treasury Head, Citi sia Pacific
  • Terence Yuen, Executive Director, HKI-SIA
All proceeds, net of costs, will be donated to Acumen, a registered 501(c)(3) charity. Snacks and drinks will be provided by HonestBee.

eTrade Accelerator Summit 2016

When: Thu, September 8, 8:30am – 4:30pm, 2016
Where: Matrade, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

[ Cross Border eCommerce: eTRADE Accelerator Summit 2016 ] Learn about ecommerce, hear from successful companies, talk to e-marketplaces on global opportunities. Find out more about our new eTrade Accelerator incentive. Topics:
[Top: Mongoose dual suspension mountain bike, USD 150 (MYR 613) @ eBay.]

WHub Startup Showcase

When: Sat, September 3, 11am – 4pm, 2016
Where: TheDesk, Queen's Road West, HongKong
Admission: Free
Info: EventAttend | Venue | Outside | Inside

Are you an early adopter of new tech? Are you interested in what is happening in the Hong Kong startup scene and meeting some key players? In collaboration with theDesk, W Hub is hosting a pop-up demo day. Come and meet these amazing startups and hear more about their passion and hustle:
  • Uber - Get a ride
  • Luibao - Wine experiences (including 'drunk driving')
  • Quikspaces - Find and book a co-working space
  • HonestBee - Grocery delivery
  • Nosh - Food delivery
  • Custom - Custom apparel printing
  • OnTheList - Flash sales for premium brands
  • 3D Forge - Digital fabrication (3d design and printing)
  • TobyNg - Design agency
  • High5Dogs - A dog leash that is easy to tether (tie to an object)
  • Pakpobox - Self service parcel pickup and delivery
  • UVbedcover - Self cleaning bed cover
W Hub is an online platform that is a connector within the Hong Kong startup community.  We help startups to grow by connecting them to talent and investment.

This Week [week beginning Sept 5th, 2016]
Link Sat   09:30  Foodtruck Clinic @ Mines
Link Mon 07;30  Pangkor Dialogue: SocialBusiness, MedTech @ Ipoh
Link Mon 09:00  Effective Technology Transfer @ Putrajaya
Link Mon 21:00  Korean Hackathon @ Penang
Link Tue  08:30  WordCamp @ Singapore
Link Tue  13:30  WoFollow, O2O, Petsodia, MyHawker @ ShahAlam
Link Tue  19:30  The Future of Insurance @ Bangsar
Link Wed 08:00  Grid, Cloud, IoT, BigData @ Malacca
Link Wed 20:30  Pianissimo (soft music) Concert @ KualaLumpur
Link Thu  08:00  GE Digital Advantage @ BangsarSouth New
Link Thu  09:00  Brandker, MacroKiosk, Ingenious @ PetalingJaya
Link Fri    18:00  Pikaland, Northwestern, CutoutMag @ Penang
Link Sat   07:00  Makerthon: Zero Electronic Waste @ Penang
Link Sat   08:30  Growth Hacking, User Activation @ Cyberjaya
Link Sat   09:00  TechFemme (women in tech) @ Taylor's
Link Sat   11:30  Cooler Lumpur (literary) Festival @ KualaLumpur
Link Sat   15:00  Coffee with Strangers @ Bangsar

Universal Financial Access

When: Wed, Sept 21, 8:30am–Thu, Sept 22, 5pm
Where: Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | AttendVenue

[ Global Symposium on Innovative Financial Inclusion: Harnessing Innovation for Inclusive Finance ] Financial inclusion is recognized as critical to reducing poverty and achieving inclusive economic growth. Financially included individuals and firms can smooth their cash flows, meet unexpected expenditures or losses in income, or invest in their skills, health, assets, or new business. The World Bank Group has issued a call to action to achieve Universal Financial Access by 2020 (UFA2020), which means that basic access to the formal financial system should be possible for everyone. Topics include (abbreviated titles and speaker list):
  • A New Wave in Payments and Remittances - Molly Shea, SVP, Western Union
  • Inclusive Financial Systems of the Future - Alfred Hannig, ED, AFI
  • Innovations to Scale Up SME Finance - Rahul Shinghal, GM, PayPal
  • The Future of Fintech in Financial Services - Ari Sarker, President, MasterCard
  • Crowdfunding as an Innovative Platform - Rob Frohwein, CEO, Kabbage
  • Big Data in Consumer Protection - Long Chen, Chief Strategy Officer, Alipay
  • Blockchain: Increasing Transparency - Chia Tek Yew, Principal, KPMG
  • The Way Forward for Innovative Financial Inclusion - Simon Bell, World Bank
[Two financial inclusion startups from Indonesia scored follow-ups in the recent Tri5:
  • YuTernak - Kickstarter for farming
  • SudahTransfer - Paypal which requires no credit card or bank account]

Related Events
Link Sep 06  InsureTech: Future of Insurance @ Bangsar
Link Sep 19  International Blockchain Week @ Shanghai
Link Sep 23  Fintech Malaysia Week @ KualaLumpur
Link Sep 23  High Speed Fintech Pitching @ KualaLumpur
Link Nov 14  Fintech Festival @ Singapore

MDEC Fintech Conference 2016

When: Mon, September 5, 9am – 5pm, 2016
Where: Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: EventAttend | Venue

Get fast tracked on everything you need to know to kick-start a fintech startup: from problem statements to regulations, policies and bootcamps, to meeting potential investors and financial services institutions. Topics (abbreviated titles): Updated
  • Fintech Number & Trends - Slava Solodkiy, Managing Director, Life.Sreda
  • Fintech Foundry - Wan Murdani Wan Mohamad, Director, MDeC
  • Hong Leong's Fintech Initiatives - Jagjit Kaur, GM, Hong Leong Islamic
  • From Investment Banker to Fintech Founder - Yuen Tuck, Founder, Jirnexu
  • We Worked with 17 Banks in 10 Countries - Chang Chew Soon, SoftSpace
  • How I was not Killed by the Money Changers - Hakim Karim, CurrenSeek
  • Financial Regulations and Policies - Jo Yan Lim, Lawyer, MahWengKwai
  • Fintech Regulatory Sandbox - Aznan Abdul Aziz, Director, Bank Negara
  • Demystifying Fintech - Darien Nagle, Cloud Evangelist
  • Banking on the Future of Blockchains - Mark Smalley, CEO, Neuroware
  • RHB's Fintech Initiatives - Rohan Krishnalingam, COO, RHB Bank
Life.Sreda's portfolio includes:
  • Rocketbank - Russia's first mobile-only bank
  • Moven - Mobile alternative to traditional banks (US)
  • Simple - Open a bank account from your device in minutes (US) [top image]
  • Allset - Book & pay for meals and have them ready as soon as you arrive
  • Fastacash - Pay across social and messaging channels using tokens
  • Softypay - Point-of-sale which accepts credit, debit, bank and loyalty cards
  • MyWishBoard - Make a wishlist  (for your birthday presents etc)

Tri5 Ventures: Pitch Your Startup

When: Tue, August 30, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, 2016
Where: Online [Hosted in Singapore]
Admission: Free
Info: Attend

Tri5 Ventures [Tri5 is pronounced 'Thrive'] is a early stage seed fund investing in and accelerating growth of consumer-facing technology companies. They work actively with their founders to grow in Singapore and expand to Southeast Asia. Tri5 Venture’s investment quantum is up to USD 300,000. To pitch online:
  • Register as a Tech in Asia commentator here.
  • Type a one sentence pitch as a comment to this article
  • During Tuesday afternoon, Tri5 partners and directors, and Tech In Asia members at large may ask you further questions.
  • Tri5 Ventures may follow up with startups which interest them. 
  • Tech In Asia will later disclose the startups which gained further attention.
Here are some startups which have already posted their one sentence pitch:

Mutant DNA and You

When: Thu, September 1, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 2016
Where: The Bee, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue

Speaker Dr Azlina Ahmad Annuar graduated with a BSc in Neuroscience from University College London and then pursued her PhD on the genetics of motor neuron degeneration, under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Fisher at Imperial College London. She was part of the team that identified a new causal gene (DYNC1H1) for this condition.

Dr Azlina's talk will start with an introduction to DNA & genes. What are the features of DNA, what are genes and what are non-gene sequences? She will go on to speak about variations in our DNA and what happens when these variations affect our genes.

This talk is held in conjunction with Jeans for Genes Malaysia which will be making a record attempt at the longest DNA helix made from jeans on Sept 25th 2016 at the University of Malaya. Anyone who donates a pair of adult sized jeans will be helping to fundraise for a good cause and will receive a certificate as a record holder.

Sample Genomic Startups
  • GenomeCompiler - DNA design, visualisation and simulation [top image]
  • EpiBiome - Phage therapy: use viruses to fight bacteria
  • CureVac - Use mRNA as a data carrier to instruct the body to fight diseases
  • Transsciptic - Design and do your experiments online (outsourced lab)
  • DNAnexus - Global network for genomics research and reseachers
  • Gen9 - Gene synthesis and synthetic DNA libraries
  • ChaiBio - Open source, real-time thermocycler (for DNA diagnostics)
  • Nimbus - Computational drug design and molecular medicine

This Week [Week beginning Aug 28th, 2016]
Link Sun  10:30  Classical Guitar Festival @ Klang
Link Mon 09:00  Leading Scientifically @ Putrajaya
Link Mon 19:00  Equity Crowd Funding @ Bangsar
Link Tue  13:30  Lazada, iPay88, MOLpay, UiTox @ ShahAlam
Link Wed 14:30  DiverseCity Arts Festival @ TimesSquare
Link Thu  18:30  Xfers, MoneySmart, PlayMoolah @ Singapore
Link Fri    12:00  Crisis in Europe @ Singapore
Link Fri    10:00  Path to $1M in Revenue @ Taipei
Link Fri    18:30  Facebook: Payments & GraphQL @ Singapore Full
Link Sat   09:00  Malaysia-China Silkroad @ Sunway info
Link Sat   09:00  Swift Workshop @ Cyberjaya Full
Link Sat   09:00  Wordpress for Beginners @ SubangJaya
Link Sun  07:00  The Mysterious Gunung Hitam @ UluLangat

HealthTech Smart City: Hong Kong

When: Fri, August 26, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2016
Where: Mettā, California Tower, Hong Kong
Admission: HKD 110.25 [ USD 15 | MYR 57 ]
Info: Attend | Venue

Mettā is an entrepreneurs' club that connects people, ideas and resources. We believe that by bringing startup communities and ecosystems closer together, great things can happen.Join us as we present and share with you some of the month's key findings and showcase some of Hong Kong's most exciting and promising HealthTech startups. Ticket fee includes drinks provided by Chivas.

  • KPMG’s HealthTech Report - Yannick Even, KPMG
  • Probablistic Programming and Healthcare - Noah Silverman, DataScience
  • Creating a HealthTech Smart City in Hong Kong - Sabine Reppert, Intent-X

Startup showcase:

AIA HealhTech Accelerator 2.0 (Hong Kong, March 2016) info
  • HealthImpactFund - A new pharmaceutical patent system
  • OperTechnology - Magnetic neural stem cell harvest
  • AlemHealth - Connect doctors across distance and borders
  • Bindo - Point-of-Sale for doctors
  • Kuai - Headphones for fitness
  • MedEXO - Robotic glove for Parkinson's
  • MedRithm - Algorithms for health care (eg. image analysis)
  • Novus - Translate sign language into voice language
  • TopDoc - Book a doctor

AIA-KonicaMinolta Digital Health Accelerator (Singapore, June 2016) info
  • Darma - Fitbit for couch potatoes
  • PowerDot - Medical grade muscle simulator
  • uHoo - Indoor air quality sensor
  • VaultDragon - Access your health records online
  • JustMove - Personal fitness app