Blueprint's Latest Intake: 10 Startups

[Hong Kong, Feb 4th 2016] Blueprint announced the names of the 10 tech startups selected to join its accelerator program backed by Swire. The startups moved their businesses into blueprint’s tech hub in Taikoo Place and in the weeks to come Seedcamp will deliver intensive training to the startups during their first month of acceleration. The startups:

TEDxHongKong Live 2016: Dream

When: Fri, February 19, 2pm – 6pm, 2016
Where: Hysan Place, Hennessy Road, Hong Kong
Admission: Free
Info: Register | Map | Waze | Streetview  | Inside

Dreams matter. And TED2016 will be dedicated to the greatest dreams we are capable of dreaming. It will be a week to stare hard at humanity’s toughest challenges, to listen to our greatest thinkers, artists and storytellers. A week to stir the blood.

As the event is free and the venue can accommodate only 400, we ask those interested in joining us to complete and submit a short application to help us get to know you better. We will do our best to review all applications and to contact you about the event. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you at TEDxHongKongLive!

Proposed speakers include:
  • Link Noah Zandan, Data Scientist
  • Link Kio Stark, Stranger Enthusiast
  • Link Adam Savage, Mythbuster
  • Link Haley Van Dyck, Disrupter
  • Link Joe Gebbia, Cofounder, Airbnb
  • Link Travis Kalanick, Problem Solver-in-Chief, Uber

[Notes: This event is a live telecast of TED2016 from Vancouver. For fun only: you can count on the Hong Kong community to start on an 'auspicious day', as shown in the thumbnail chart. The 'auspicious time' is until 3pm, so the time is 'right' too. Wishing readers a Happy Spring Festival.]

Film: About the Pink Sky

When: Sat, February 6, 3pm – 5pm, 2016
Where: Content Malaysia Pitching Centre, Platinum Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue

  • High school student Izumi, whose daily routine is rating newspaper articles based on her criteria of positivity, finds a wallet containing a large sum of cash. 
  • Instead of returning it, she lends a substantial portion of the contents to a financially-struggling male acquaintance. 
  • Izumi eventually gives the lost property back to its owner, a wealthy peer named Sato who notices the missing money. 
  • As compensation, she reluctantly agrees to help him console a hospitalised friend by creating a newspaper that brings joy to readers.
  • 24th Tokyo International Film Festival Japanese Eyes Award for Best Picture
  • 50th Gijon International Film Festival Best Feature Film
  • 28th Takasaki Film Festival New Director’s Award
  • 28th Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
  • 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam Official Selection
  • Thoroughly watchable and increasingly engaging indie Japanese film, driven forward by a confident and engaging performance by Ai Ikeda. – Mark Adams, Screen Daily
  • Often very funny but also quite heartfelt, Sky is a wonderfully fresh and sharply written film with an unforgettable debut lead performance. – Joe Bendel, Libertas Film Magazine

New Shopping Malls 2016: Kuala Lumpur

Looking ahead: 25 new shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley in 2016.

Link Selayang Star City (2017)
Link Star Avenue (Sungei Buloh)

Link Amerin (Balakong)
Link Bangi Gateway (Bangi)
Link Centrus (Cyberjaya)
Link KLIO (near KLIA)
Link Millennia City (Puchong)
Link Paragon (Cyberjaya)

Link Bangsar Trade Center (Menara TM)
Link KL Eco City (next to Mid Valley)
Link KL Gateway (Bangsar South)
Link Pavilion Bukit Jalil (2017)
Link Melawati Mall (Taman Melawati)
Link MyTown (next to IKEA Cheras, top)
Link Sunway Velocity (near IKEA Cheras)

Link AEON Mall (Shah Alam)
Link Central Plaza Mall (i-City, 2017)
Link Damen (next to Giant USJ)
Link Empire City (near The Curve)
Link Evolve Concept (near Citta Mall)
Link Glo Damansara (near TTDI)
Link Icon City (Motorola Interchange)
Link Pinnacle (next to Armada Hotel)
Link Sunway Geo (near Sunway Pyramid)
Link Sunway Pyramid Phase3 (Sunway)
Link The Starling (Damansara Uptown)

[Star Avenue and Evolve Concept opened in late 2015.]

[ Snapshot ] Pack, Packed, Packest

MaGIC Chill or Grill, 29 Jan 2016 @ Cyberjaya. Photo: 

Startup Grind with Andy Sitt, 123RF, 28 Jan 2016 @ The Co KL. Photo:

Standing Room Only @ Vulcan Post's Tipping Point, 26 Jan 2016 @ The Co KL. Photo:
[The post title is a word play. Looks like The Co has outgrown its space just six months after opening.]

IdeasCollider: Collision Convergence Combination

When: Tue, February 2, 2:00pm – 6:30pm, 2016
Where: The Digital Garage, 38 Armenian Street, Singapore
Admission: SGD 99
Info: Register | Map | Waze | Streetview | Inside

Aviva Digital Garage is a dedicated space where technical specialists, creative designers and commercial teams explore, develop and test new insurance ideas and services which make financial services more tailored and accessible for customers. The IdeasCollider! is a innovation mini-conference organized by iSuiteClub and TIN to facilitate Collision, Convergence & Combination. Topics include:
  • The Future of Insurance - Aviva
  • Frugal Innovations - Aridam Som, ex-Marketing Director, Unilever
  • The Circular Economy - Eugene Tay, Director, ZeroWasteSG
  • Entrepreneur, Intrapreneneur, Extrapreneur - Olivier Cornohan, CEO, Nessa
  • Indoor UAVs - Woon Junyong, CEO, Infinium Robotics
  • The Power of Content within Context - Grant Hunbor, Creative Director, Iris
  • Reimagining Learning - Balaji Ramanujam, CEO, Imagin8ors
  • Ride Share with Us - Terence Zou, Founder, Ryde

This Week [First week of February]
Link Mon 17:00  Adobe Mobile Masterclass @ Cyberjaya
Link Tue  14:30  Book Publishers 2.0 @ PetalingJaya
Link Tue  17:00  90 Second Pitch Competition @ Cyberjaya
Link Tue  18:30  Startup Feedback Workshop + LoHei @ Penang
Link Tue  19:00  Creative Communications @ Bangsar
Link Tue  19:30  GlobalShapers, Tandemic, MakeSpace @ QuillCityMall
Link Thu  14:30  National SME Bill 2016 @ Sentral New
Link Thu  14:30  Next Academy Demo Day @ Cyberjaya New
[Calendata resumes mid week.]

Slate Weekend: BBQ, Pets, Books

When: Sat, January 30, 12pm – Sun, January 31, 8pm, 2016
Where: The Row, Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Map | Waze | Streetview | Inside

The Row is throwing a Slate weekend launch party to officiate the opening of our North Block. Activities include:
[Top photo: The Slate, the event space of The Row (of old styled terrace houses converted into modern spaces located at Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur).]

This Weekend New
Link Sat  18:00  Charity Show: Stand-Up for Education @ Sentul
Link Sun 11:00  DrInc: Food Market @ Bangsar
Link Sun 14:30  Coffee Date: Book Exchange @ Kuala Lumpur
Link Sun 16:00  A Sunday Affair: Flea Market @ TREC

DrinkEntrepreneurs: Startups That Deliver

When: Thu, January 28, 8pm – 11pm, 2016
Where: The X, 67G, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Reg | Map | Waze | Street | Inside

DrinkEntrepreneurs is a laid back monthly event where entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs come together to meet and have a great time, Come join us for our first drinks of 2016 and explore on-demand and e-commerce startups:
  • HappyFresh - Groceries at your door in the next hour
  • GoGet - Outsource your errands
  • Bemalas - We bring offline to online eg. Ramly Burgers
  • PasarTap - Pasar Chow Kit (Mydin, Lestari Hebat etc) online
[In Streetview, The X is where Smokehouse is located. Check out the inside photo.]

NextBank: Tales from #FF16

When: Wed, January 27, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Where: Yellow Apron, Jalan 13/6, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 20
Info: Event | Register | Map | Waze | Streetview | Inside

Let's usher the New Year together as we meet up and plan for another memorable year for Next Bank Kuala Lumpur (Nxt Bnk KL). A team from Nxt Bnk KL has been in Hong Kong for the last few days for Fintech Finals (#FF16) and they will be sharing insights on FinTech in 2016 during the dinner. [Some startups from #FF16:]
  • EverLedger - Blockchain for diamonds [winner]
  • InvoiceInterchange - Auction unpaid invoices to investors [winner]
  • Uniken - Digital trust without VPN, SSL or OTP [winner]
  • BitNexto - Transfer money between Asia and Latin America
  • Coinalytics - Turn blockchains into actionable insights
  • FundingSocieties - Invest as little as $100 in an SME
  • Otonomos - Digital company formation, funding and governance
  • SayPay - Voice biometric authentication
  • Voleo - Start an investment club with your peers
[The venue is at the corner of the building next to the guardhouse in the pre-renovation view in Streetview. The inside photo is via EatDrinkKL.]

PechaKucha: Vocanic, FishBall, SecretBase

When: Wed, January 27, 7pm – 9pm, 2016
Where: Canvas Club, The Riverwalk, Singapore
Admission: SGD 12
Info: Event | Speakers | Tickets | Venue

[Pecha Kucha Night Singapore #11] Let’s kick off the new year with a Pecha Kucha Night. Our lineup of speakers include entrepreneurs, games/videos/VR contents creators, a fishball hawker, an ambitious student, and a Stormtrooper. Pecha Kucha is a fun community speaking event where people share their ideas, passions and stories in a unique 20x20 format. Each speech consists of 20 slides of 20 seconds each. Speakers:
Tickets are only SGD 12 thanks to our sponsor Aptoide. Tickets come with a free beer or house pour drink.

Growth Tips: GoGet, KFit, Ensogo

When: Wed, Jan 27, 7pm – 9pm
Where: The Loop, A-12-8, Menara UOA. Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: MYR 10
Info: Register | Venue

Kick off the year with Growth Hacking Asia's first panel event! We have brought together an inspiring panel of speakers from some of the coolest startups in the region! Learn all about growth hacking from the views of marketers and product managers. And take part in the brainstorming and Q&A sessions to get inspiration for your own startup! Speakers:
  • Francesca Chia, Community Manager, GoGet
  • Olha Yohansen-Veselova, Product Manager, KFit
  • Sok Ting Tan, Product Manager, Ensogo

This Week
Link Mon Jan 25  What Makes Scandavanian Design Successful @ HongKong
Link Tue  Jan 26  SITEC: ScentStation, Fixi, MOLpay @ ShahAlam
Link Tue  Jan 26  WomenOnly: SoftwareAG, Xiaomi @ Singapore
Link Tue  Jan 26  Getting Insights from Raw Data @ QuillCityMall
Link Tue  Jan 26  VulcanPost: SpeedRent, ParkEasy, BookDoc, NeonRunner @ Bangsar
Link Tue  Jan 26  DEVx: AxiataDigital, InfiniteCode, DekatKu @ CapSquare
Link Tue  Jan 26  Agile Clinic: Kanban & Lean @ Sentral
Link Thu  Jan 28  Universities: Financial Sustainability @ Sunway
Link Thu  Jan 28  Malaysia-Canada Crystal Ball @ KualaLumpur
Link Thu  Jan 28  StartupGrind: 123RF @ Bangsar
Link Thu  Jan 28  Global Halal Data Pool @ Sentral
Link Thu  Jan 29  Webcamp: Aemulus, Jobbatical, Lego @ Penang
Link Fri    Jan 30  Incitement: Sastra, Refugees, KFit @ Sentul
Link Sat   Jan 31  Rail Girls: I Choose You, Ruby @ Kelana

MaGIC: AnythingScientific, AutoCraver, EyeFly

When: Fri, January 29, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2016
Where: MaGIC, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Register | Venue

MaGIC Grill or Chill (GoC) is a platform for startups to showcase product or get valuable feedback from domain experts/entrepreneurs. Each GoC ends with networking session where you could mingle and connect with other entrepreneurs in a cozy environment. Startups:
Grillers: Michelle Tan, Director, ASEAN Accelerator, MaGIC and Joshep Lee, Partner, Infinite Ventures. [As these are early stage startups, their websites are a bit bare.]

[ Snapshot] Nobel, Career, ePayment

Nobel Prize Winners @ The Pod, National Library, Singapore. Photo:

Coffee Talk with Izwan Ibrahim, COO IT, Petronas, 19 Jan 2016 @ TM. Photo:

SITEC Ecommerce with Chan Kok Long, CEO, iPay88 @ Shah Alam. Photo:

NALS 2016: Legacy, Mentality & Future

When: Sun, February 14, 9am – 5pm, 2016
Where: Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Register | Venue

[NALS2016] The National Aspiration & Leadership Summit is a gathering of Malaysian student leaders, local and foreign-based, to engage in a dialogue with distinguished members of the government, private sector, civil society & youth leadership. Topics include:
  • 360° Views: Mine, Yours, The Truth
  • Food Sovereignty: Survival of a Nation
  • Wasatiyyah: A Delicate Balance
  • Harmony: The Dressing and The Salad
  • Empowering Women: Redefining Feminism
  • Holistic Education: How To Think, Not What To Think
  • Malaysia: In The Eyes of The World
  • Wawasan 2050: Route to An Ideal Malaysia
[Wasatiyyah: moderation + balance. The event website looks work-in-progress, will probably have more details closer to the event. Cllosing date for registration is 31 Jan 2016. The topic titles have been edited for brevity.]

Google Vacancies: MY SG HK SEA

Malaysia [2 positions]
In the later half of 2015, Google Malaysia moved to a new office in 1 Sentrum. Standing prominently within KLSentral and Brickfields, the 32-storey newly-completed office tower features a songket weave facade. 1 Sentrum is located next to Nu Sentral and is designed in accordance with LEED and GBI requirements Other tenants include Jones Lang LaSalle, Agoda and Novo Nordisk. [via PTLM] Vacancies:
  • Link Head of Asia Pacific Vendor Management
  • Link Interns (accepting 1st year MBA students)

Singapore [90+ positions]
Google is on a hiring spree in Singapore. It wants to set up its first large team of software engineers here to support its goal of reaching the next billion Internet users. The planned Singapore engineering hub will be the latest addition to Google's three engineering hubs in Hyderabad, Sydney and Mountain View. [via ST. Currently Google has 2 data centres in Jurong West and offices in Asia Square in Singapore.] Vacancies include:
  • Link Strategic Sourcing Manager
  • Link Head of gTech Publishers
  • Link Performance Media Marketing Manager
  • Link YouTube Strategist
  • Link YouTube Content Partnerships Manager

Hong Kong [13 positions]
Google Hong Kong is located at Times Square, Causeway Bay. Vacancies include:
  • Link Director of SMB, Greater China [SMB=SME]
  • Link Education Sales, North and South East Asia
  • Link Head of SMB Sales, Hong Kong

Other Locations
Link Manila [10 positions]
Link Bangkok [3 positions]
Link Taiwan [14 positions]

[This post was prompted by an article published this morning by The Straits Times. It is not intended to be an inter-country comparison.]

RekaNegara: Intellectual Property

When: Fri, January 29, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, 2016
Where: Segaris Art Centre, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free
Info: Venue

Plagiarism or Coincidence? Rekanegara invites you to a forum on the topic of Intellectual Property. [Case study] With the support of MOSTIMRMVGAV and venue sponsor Segaris Art CentreRekanegara empowers the creative community with proper industry knowledge, support & guidance to help spur the creative econom. Panelists:
  • Jailani Abu Hassan, Artist & Academic [image]
  • Tintoy Chuo, Action Tintoy Design Lab
  • Lawrence Tan, IP Gennesis
  • Dr Ruslan Rahim, UiTM (moderator)

Japanese Food Symposium

When: Wed, January 27, 2pm – 6pm, 2016
Where: Swiss Garden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free
Info: Map | Waze | Streetview | Inside

The Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad (JRO) is an authorized non-profit organization to promote the exports Japanese foods and fooldstuffs through proposing menu ideas not only to Japanese restaurants but also to restaurants of other cuisines in overseas markets.

JRO takes this opportunity to inivte business managers and leaders from Japanese and Malaysian food service and related industries to a symposium that will discuss strategies, marketing and product development for the distribution and advocacy of Japanese cuisine and food products in Malaysia.

Speakers and panellists:

Following the symposium, there will be a socializing and menu presentation session, with menu items including Ebi, Maguro, Sake (Salmon), Ika, Wasabi, Ponzu, Udon, Soba, Ramen, Shitake, Wakame and Tanuki. To register, send your name, company, department, position, phone and email address to: Enquiries: Regina Teh @ +6011.3176.9023. [Inside photo:]

Philosophy: A Rose by Any Other Name

When: Sun, January 24, 5pm – 7pm, 2016
Where: The Library, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue

[Socrates Cafe: Does a rose by any other name smell as sweet? What's in a name?] Would calamari and okra taste better than cuttle fish and ladies finger? Do words that describe wine and coffee such as earthy, fruity, flowery etc improve the taste?  What's the difference between blind and visually impaired? Is our experience affected by concepts? Or do we perceive only concepts? Does words and language pigeon-hole experience or enhance it?

This Weekend
Link Fri  18:00  Build Mobile Apps with Xamarin @ KLCC
Link Sat 15:00  Travel Startups @ KualaLumpur

GIST: The Road to Silicon Valley

The GIST Tech-I Competition [ apply | closing: 22 Jan 2016 ] is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online in an application consisting of an executive summary and promotional video. Their applications are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists.

Finalists receive a trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), this year in Silicon Valley, to showcase their ventures and to receive intensive training. GIST Tech-I winners, selected by experts at the GES, win prizes, and receive one-on-one mentorship and training.  [GIST=Global Innovation through Science and Technolgy. Top image: BravoTV/Wikipedia]

Past Winners
2011 CardioDiagnostics - Cardiac tele-monitoring (Lebanon)
2012 Tiket - Book flights, hotels, trains and attractions online (Indonesia)
2013 Kytabu - Lease e-textbooks at a fraction of the cost of buying (Kenya)
2014 Lumkani - Fire warning system (South Africa)
2015 GlucosAlarm - Measure glucose levels (Mexico)

Honourable Mentions (Malaysia)
2011 SecQme - In a security emergency, shake your phone
2012 Centsless - Get kids to influence the buying habits of parents
2013 Netizen - UX Testing

Other Roads to Silicon Valley
Link MaGIC Stanford Go2Market [1]
Link MDeC GAIN: Global Acceleration and Innovation Network [2]
[1] Target: Starutps. Applications closed 12 Jan 2016. Enquiries:
[2] Target: Growth Stage MSC comapanies. Info:

SME Pocket Talk: Start Your Engines

When: Thu, January 28, 9:30am – 4:00pm, 2016
Where: Dewam Perdana, SME Corp, Platinum Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Register | Venue

SME Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp) is the central coordinating agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia (MITI) that formulates overall policies and strategies for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Topics:

Top image: Flowers @, a equity crowd funded project by Crowdo.

KLPAC: Trumpet Recital

When: Tue, January 19, 8pm – 10pm, 2016
Where: Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Centre, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 20
Info: Map | Waze | Streetview | Inside

Trumpets are one of the most difficult instruments to play because trumpets most often play the [main] melody so everyone knows if the wrong notes are played. Unlike the bassoon, which plays notes that only Canada geese can hear, the trumpet is expected to play every note the way it was intended [source]. This trumpet recital is by Prof Chen Chang-Po, Associate Principal Trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, in an evening musical programme. Enquiries:

Gorgeous Geeks: Mobile Commerce

When: Thu, January 21, 9:30am – 1:00pm, 2016
Where: Dewan Mahkota, SME Corp, Platinum Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Register | Venue

We invite SMEs to explore going mobile. Get your business mobile to serve and reach millions of mobile users in Malaysia. Presenters include: [Photo for illustration only: Marissa Mayer as a 'Gorgeous Geek' on the cover of the March 2015 edition of Fast Company.]

Also This Week
Link Tue  Jan 19  Internet Retailing Expo @ Jakarta
Link Wed Jan 20  Ecommerce Teh Tarik with MDeC @ TTDI

Ecommerce: Local and Global Selling

When: Tue, January 19, 2pm – 4pm, 2016
Where: SDCC, E-28-1, Jalan Multimedia 7/AG,. I-City, Shah Alam, Selangor. Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Register | Venue

In an increasingly interactive world, the internet enables consumers to shop globally, by purchasing products and services across borders. Not only consumers, merchants and payment service roviders also profit from the opportunities. In this ecommerce class, speakers will cover local and global selling:

This Week
Link Mon Jan 18  Indoor Agriculture Conference @ Singapore
Link Mon Jan 18  Apple iOS: MyCocoaHeads @ Bangsar
Link Wed Jan 10  Hot and Wet: The Equatorial City @ Publika
Link Thu  Jan 21  RSOG: What's Next for Oil and Gas? @ Putrajaya
Link Thu  Jan 21  UNITAR: Design of The East @ Kelana
Link Thu  Jan 21  Introduction to Lean Startup @ Kelana
Link Thu  Jan 21  ImpactHub: Birthday + PechaKucha @ Sentul
Link Fri    Jan 22  UCSI: Dato' Dr Hafsah Hashim @ Cheras
Link Fri    Jan 22  STARTFriday: Hazani Hassan. MTDC @ Bangsar
Link Sat   Jan 23  CIMB: Market & Fengshui Outlook 2016 @ KualaLumpur

[ Snapshot ] UnitedNations, Literacy, Robotics

Model United Nations, 4 Dec 2015 @ Brickfields Asia College. Photo: 

The RE:ED Project: Literacy Catchup Programme, 2015 @ Malaysia. Photo:

Rero Robotics Workshop, 9 Jan 2016 @ Penang Science Cafe. Photo: 

Turning Award Winners: Intelligent Machines

When: Fri, January 22, 6pm – 8pm, 2016
Where: Auditorium, Level 2, School of Accountancy/Law, SMU, Singapore
Admission: Free
Iinfo: Event | Registrer | Map | Waze | Streetview | Inside

The Turing Award is generally recognised as the highest distinction in computer science and the 'Nobel Prize of Computing'. A panel which includes two Turning Award winners will join us to present their views on 'Prospects for Intelligent Machines and Augmented Intelligence':
  • Richard Karp, Turing Award (1985), University of California, Berkeley
  • Leslie Valiant, Turing Award (2010), Harvard University 
  • Tan Geok Leng, Senior Fellow, A*STAR
  • Steven Miller, Vice Provost of Research, SMU (moderator)
This is a public outreach and education event by SMU for the general public. It is designed to be accessible for students, industry professionals, and members of community. This is also a partner event to Global Young Scientist Summit 2016. Registration closes on Friday, 15 January. Enquiries: [Photo: Leslie Valient @]

1st Annual National Deep Learning Workshop

When: Tue, January 19, 8:00am – 4:30pm, 2016
Where: TM Innovation Center. Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Register | Map | Waze | Streetview | Inside

TM Research and Development in collaboration with Nvidia with the support from MDeC will host the 1st Annual National Deep Learning Workshop 2016. Topics include:
  • Trends in Machine Learning and GPU - Dr Simon See, Nvidia
  • Nvidia: DrivePX, Tesla, cuDNN, DIGITS, Jetson - Pradeep Gupta, Nvidia
  • How Deep Learning Solves Real Market Needs - Dr Guangda Li, ViSenze
  • High Performance Computing - Mohd Asrul Abdul Aziz, Uzma
[Top image: Nvidia's Drive PX, running at up to 3.6 teraflops (more than 1000x the speed of a desktop Intel i3), uses deep learning to fuse data from 12 sensors (visual, ultrasonic and radar) to guide an autonomous car.]

MakerHive: Creating a Consumer Hardware Product from Scratch

When: Thu, January 21, 7pm – 9pm, 2016
Where: MakerHive, Hong Kong
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Map | Waze | Streetview | Inside

Lumos is the world’s first smart bicycle helmet with integrated lights, brake, and turn signals. Raising over USD 800k [asking: USD 125k]  on Kickstarter, Lumos is the highest crowd funded bike helmet campaign to date. Find out how they did it, where they are now, and how they plan on disrupting the bike helmet market. To RSVP send a email to:

Features of Lumos:
  • Lights integrated into the helmet for better visibility
  • Turn signals activated remotely from handlebar
  • Automatic brake lights using build-in accelerometer
  • Rechargeable battery using Micro USB
  • IN Eu-Wen Ding, CEO, Lumos Helmet
  • AL Jeff Chen, CTO, Lumos Helmet

MakerHive is a coworking space for designers and makers in Hong Kong. The Lumos Kickstarter video is after the jump below:

PatentMall: Innovation Meets Opportunity

When: Thu, January 14, 10am – 5pm, 2016
Where: Level 9, West Wing, MATRADE Tower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 30
Iinfo: Poster | Venue

PatentMall is a platform for inventors, research institutions, companies, manufacturers and entrepreneurs to connect through a multitude of innovative technologies ready for commercialization. Let your innovation be the opportunity. Topics include:
  • IP, Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Industrial Design
  • Technology Licensing
  • CRDF Funding via MTDC
  • IP Collateralization
  • Muhammad Mohan, Chairman, PatentMall
  • Jaime Omar Walford, CEO, PatentMall
Registration: Din or Armila @ +603.6203.2727 or [Note: the PatentMall website is unofficial/work-in-progress. Top image: portable Solar Heat Dryer for drying herbs and agricultural products, patented by UKM and available through PatentMall. ]

Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund Pitch

When: Thu, January 14, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, 2016
Where: CoCoon, 3/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Hong Kong
Admission: HKD 75 [approx USD 10] Sold Out
Info; Register | Venue

[Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund x CoCoon Pitch Semi-finals Spring 2016] CoCoonPitch Night 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:
  • AccoSearch - Location aware product search
  • Yintran - Money transfer network
  • Dak-O-Dak - Collect field data for brands by paid visits to geolocations
  • WineSafe - Track condition of wines & other fragile, high-value goods
  • Homey - User friendly 3D dream home design app with build-in ecommerce
  • Shakr - Simple pro-quality video creation for business

Ecommerce: Tourplus, Spot News, CerCetak

When: Wed, January 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, 2016
Where: SDCC, E-28-1, Jalan Multimedia 7/AG,. I-City, Shah Alam, Selangor. Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Register | Map | Waze | Streetview | Inside

SITEC aims to airlift the start-up ecosystem and online entrepreneurship in Selangor, and to encourage more young and tech-savvy entrepreneurs to start their own business. The theme for this session is Sales and Marketing Strategies, with speakers:
[Check out the speakers' LinkedIn profiles.]

TM: Propel Your Business in 2016

When: Sat, January 16, 8:00am – 12:30pm, 2016
Where: TM Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Register | Venue

Hear from fellow SMEs sharing true experiences in business and how they manage it to sustain profitability. Get tips & tricks from the best practices to help you manage your business smartly:
  • Propel Business in 2016 with Zawara Secret Techniques - Dilla Karim, Zawara
  • Every Single Cent Counts - Yusnaida Dato Jaafar, Business Consultant

Also This Week
Link Mon Jan 11  Reverse Brain Drain @ Bangsar
Link Thu  Jan 14  The World Economy in 2016 @ Sunway
Link Sun  Jan 17  Poetry Reading: Rhymes & Verses @ NuSentral

Flipped Learning Workshop

When: Sat, January 16, 9am – 12pm, 2016
Where: UTAR, Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Register | Venue

Flipped teaching/flipped learning is a new technique of delivery lectures to students. In the old method of teaching/learning, students are exposed to the lesson plan during lecture and do their homework afterwards at home. In flipped teaching/learning, students do their own reading at home before lecture or class time. During lecture/class time, students practise and apply what was learned at home.

Speaker Dr Robert Chen teaches 4th year medical students at UTAR and has recently written a book How to Make Your Lectures Fun and Memorable to be published in September 2016. [Online registration for this event has ended (or it is fully booked), contact Mohana or Hema at, +603.9019.8088 or +6016.223.3563 for further enquiries.]

This Week

Link Tue Jan 12 How to Start a Startup @ Penang

Link Wed Jan 13 Backstage Pass @ Penang

Link Wed Jan 13 TRBLSHT @ Bangsar [TRBL=Top Right Bottom Left, SHT=?]
  • Wu Han Ngeow, UX Principal, Maxis
  • Paul Copplestone, CTO, ServisHero
  • Arzumy MD Yusof, CTO, KFit

[ Snapshot ] Kicking Off 2016: RAVe UXMY KK

RAVe Accelerator Demo Day, 7 Jan 2016 @ Sentral. Photo: 

UXMY: The Awakening, 7 Jan 2016 @ The Co., Bangsar. Photo: 

Webcamp KK, 05 Jan 2016 @ Kota Kinabalu. Photo: fb/webcampkk

The Art and Practice of Diplomacy

When: Thu, January 7, 11am – 1pm, 2016
Where: Cempaka Room, International Youth Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
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Knowledge Sharing Lecture: The Art and Practice of Diplomacy and its Relevance to the Role of Youths in Society. This knowledge sharing session will be delivered by Datuk Dr. Rajmah Hussain, Adjunct Professor, Department of Strategic and International Studies, University of Malaya. Dr Rajnah has served over 30 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was ambassador to the United States, France and Austria. Enquiries: Ismazira Che Ismail +603.9173.4486 or +6012.303.0144.

Export Day 2016

When: Tue, January 19, 9am – 5pm, 2016
Where: MATRADE Hall, Menara MATRADE, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
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MATRADE Export Day 2016 is a platform for entrepreneurs and Malaysian exporters to exchange information, share success stories, Ideas and challenges in exploring the international market, and share ideas in effort to transform Malaysia into a leading exporter in the international arena. Topics include: updated
  • Global Economic Outlook for 2016
  • FTA to Drive Malaysia-Turkey Trade
  • Protecting Your Business Abroad
  • How to Develop a Export Business Plan
  • Growing Your Business in ASEAN
  • Renminbi for Cross-Border Business
  • Business Opportunities in West Asia
  • Market Access to Central Asia
The event includes experience sharing sessions by Muhibbah Engineering, Strand Aerospace and other exporters. [Images: Muhibbah projects - New Doha International Aiport (, Siem Reap International Airport (, US Embassy Phnom Penh (]