Hackathon: In Blockchain We Trust

LongHash Hackathon
  • Date: 20 to 22 April 2018
  • Location: WeWork, Tokyo, Japan
  • Admission: Free, includes food, lodging and travel  
  • Prize: 20 ETH = approx USD 10K
  • Apply: By 1st April 2018 here

  • Expansion of atomic swaps 
  • Implement KYC for a sponsor's blockchain
  • Use machine learning to identify suspicious entities and trades
  • Timestamp IoT block transactions

Speakers, Advisors and Judges include

Bonus: Blockchain News
  • Link Virtual currencies are commodities, US judge rules
  • Link Breakeven mining price of BTC is USD 8K [BTC is now USD 8K]
  • Link Crypto-exchanges are raking in billions
  • Link Cost of mining one bitcoin: KR $26K | SEA $5K | HK $7K | CN $3K

Accelerator Startups: Spring 2018

2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Winners via
  • Transportation: GoKid - Safe ride-hailing for kids
  • Social: Icon - 3D print a house using concrete
  • Enterprise: DroneSeed - Drone spray forests against pests
  • AR/VR: ARwall - AR without googles, headsets & gadgets
  • Communities: Grubtubs - From food leftovers to farm feed
  • Entertainment: Vochlea - Control music with voice instead of a console
  • Health: Nanowear - Sensor textiles best of show
  • Best Bootstrap: Leaf - Bank for refugees done most with the least

German Accelerator® Graduation Pitch and Demo Day 2018 via
  • ProGlove - Glove with built in QR/barcode scanner
  • N26 - German mobile bank N26 makes it to America
  • FMC - Ferroelectric hafnium oxide RAM: faster, lower energy, more stable
  • Franka - Off-the-shelf robot arm vid
  • Perdoo - Objectives and key results framework vid
  • Timee - Calendar based, social networking
  • Twentybn - Machine decipher human behaviour
  • RiseML - Focus on machine learning without having to deal with infra

Supercharger Hong Kong 2018 Cohort via
  • CyberProductivity - White label accounting system banks can give customers
  • Enforcd - Database of global regulatory data, news and insights
  • Exate - EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance system
  • Gini - One mobile banking app for multiple banks: HSBC SCB Citi BoC etc
  • InvestmentNavigator - Get investment advice from the Swiss
  • KnowYourCustomer - Paperless KYC
  • MindBridge - AI auditor to handle big data
  • Vphrase - Turn charts and graphs into plain language

[Only selected startups listed above. Forthcoming accelerator intakes: MuruD, HKSTP, ChinaA, KStartup, ViisaGAP, MAPSAP.]

Pick of Events (W5-Mar-2018)
Link Genghis Khan @ KualaLumpur
Link Big Data Demo Day @ KualaLumpur
Link Pitching Tips from the Brits @ KualaLumpur
Link Genomics: The Collective Character of Genes @ KL
Link Startup Party @ KualaLumpur
Link Social Night @ KualaLumpur
Link DIY Video Storyboard @ Cyberjaya
Link Coin.my & Bitspace @ Cyberjaya
Link Write a Personal Journal @ Kuching
Link The Rise of Machines @ Johor top image
Link The Hashgraph Ecosystem @ Singapore
Link Ethereum Golem @ Singapore
Link Blockchain Challenge @ Singapore
Link Realtime Blockchain Stream Analysis @ Singapore fixed
Link Supercomputing in AI, Fintech, Data & Biotech @ SG
Link Inside the Minds of Brilliant Designers @ Singapore
Link Machine Learning Domain Expertise @ HongKong

Token And Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

Token2049: The Token And Cryptocurrency Ecosystem @ HK, 20-21 Mar 2018. $1K. info
Premier event for decision makers in the global crypto ecosystem to shape the industry. Topics include (speaker organization followed by abbreviated topic name):

Pick of Events (W4-Mar-2018)
Link Earth Hour Total Darkness Theatre + Free Cryptocoins @ KL tix
Link YouTube for Startups @ KualaLumpur
Link Sugarbook Sugar Dating @ KualaLumpur
Link Chevening Youth Forum @ KualaLumpur
Link Industry 4.0 Productivity Incentives @ KualaLumpur
Link Industry 4.0 Smart Factory @ KualaLunpur
Link How to Transform an Old City into a Smart City @ HongKong
Link Startup Weekend Fintech @ HongKong
Link Recipe for a Winning Brand @ HongKong
Link Women in Data Science @ Jakarta
Link Making Money with Open Source @ Singapore
Link Reimagining Food @ Singapore

What Accelerators and Incubators Want

March marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere: flowers bloom, greenery reappears, spring water trickles from snow melt, mammals awake from hibernation, birds return from migration, bees take off in search of nectar, and forward-looking ecosystems fire-up their engines:

Y Combinator apply
Many of the best ideas we’ve funded were ones that surprised us. There are, however, specific startups that we’re very interested in [Calendata's pick of 10 out of 25]:
  • Agriculture - Alt-meat, cellular agriculture (agriculture at the cell level)
  • Bio - Reading DNA, genetic programming
  • Creators - How to pay content creators?
  • Education - Human brain power is vastly under utilized, fix this to fix the rest
  • Energy - Looking for 10x better batteries
  • Healthcare - Preventative healthcare is the best healthcare
  • Jobs - Can you create jobs (instead of replacing them with algos, bots etc)?
  • Memory - Supplement memory with wearables, voice assistants etc
  • PalmOil - Big market, low tech, ungreen: looking for disruptors (fya my id)
  • Programming - Make programming more accessible (not only for nerds)
Y Combinator graduates include Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Docker and Coinbase.

I’m currently on the hunt for amazing companies for the Techstars London program. [Eamonn Carey, MD, Techstars]
  • Apps - Apps that are ubiquitous, device agnostic and don't require download
  • Audio - More expressive and communicative than text, less hassle than video
  • Blockchain - Coins for the masses (not only for insiders, geeks, speculators)
  • ElderTech - Folks living longer, having fewer children (in some countries)
  • Food - By 2050 need to feed 9 billion people (7.6 billion now)
  • Happiness - Social media can be a downer, any happier alternatives?
  • Marketing - Web and mobile ads are broken (annoying, ignored)
  • Sharing - Share annotations and notes (surface what you jot)
  • UI - Gestural interface (hand signs, head nods/shakes, body language)
Techstars graduates include ClassPass, DigitalOcean and Sphero [top image].

In addition to novel solutions, accelerators will likely also be looking for exceptional founders, competent team, minimum viable product, cogent business model, traction, market size etc as well. [11-Mar-2018]

Multi-Faceted Crystal

China-based actress Crystal Liu (Liu Yifei) has been tapped for a forthcoming Disney blockbuster. In celebration of International Women's Day 2018 and multilingualism, here's a short clip of her going places.

AI: How to Tell a Cat from a Dog?

How to tell a cat from a dog?

Divide the photo into a 2 x 2 grid. If the top left and top right show pointy ears, it is a cat, if droopy ears, it is a dog (ignoring dogs like huskies have pointed ears). If the bottom left and right show a rounded chin, it is a cat, an angular chin, it is dog (ignoring pugs have rounded chins).

That was a simplified convolution neural network image recognition sampler. For more details, check out the talk listed below, or attend commercial training here (USD 900) or here (USD 800), or enrol in a free Udacity-Google deep learning course here (from which the above image was taken).

Pick of Events (W3-Mar-2018)
Link Convolutional Neural Networks @ Cyberjaya
Link Chat with Nando's Founder @ KualaLumpur
Link Ecommerce by Paypal eBay Aramex @ KualaLumpur
Link Beta Test New Computer Games @ KualaLumpur
Link YouTubers Meetup @ KualaLumpur
Link Wireless Technology @ KualaLumpur
Link HealthTech: The New Frontier @ Jakarta
Link Sónar: Advanced Music Festival @ HongKong

Blockchain Events
Link Blockchain The Next Revolution @ Iskandar
Link Blockchain The Future of Trust @ Jakarta
Link Blockchain Smart City Game Changer @ HongKong
Link Blockchain Cryptocurrency Innovation @ Singapore
Link Blockchain Repository of Medical Data @ Singapore
Link Atomic Swaps No Exchanges Needed @ Singapore info
Link OMG Plasma Crypto Network @ Bangkok
Link Etherscan Ethereum Smart Contracts @ KualaLumpur
Link Hardcore Blockchain ICOs @ KualaLumpur FYI only

Sovereign Cryptocurrencies



Launching Soon


  • Senegal and Tunisia were reported to have launched their national cryptocurrencies eCFA and eDinar circa 2015, but not much news since then. 
  • The implementation partners were/are Dublin-based eCurrency Mint and Swiss-based Monetas respectively. Monetas seems to be having issues
  • The word 'Sovereign' in the title is loosely used to indicate national level cryptocurrencies, whether central bank or enterprise led.
  • Where the cryptocurrency is yet unnamed, it is shown as [Coin]. 
  • This post is highly speculative, click through to the source articles for more information. 
  • Post date: 5-Mar-2018.

Third Generation Blockchain

What is the third generation blockchain? input
  • Generation 1
    • Bitcoin, altcoins
  • Generation 2
    • Ethereum, smart contracts, ICOs
  • Generation 3 
    • Qualitative: fast, low transaction fee, secure and approved
    • Pervasive: IoT blockchain, smart contracts and execution
    • Architecture: directed acyclic graphs and new proofs
    • Applications: eg. transparent advertising platform
    • Economics: Sliced-and-diced, tokenized economy

Pick of Events (W2-Mar-2018)
Link Third Generation Blockchain @ HCMC
Link NEO: Blockchain Smart Economy @ Singapore
Link NBU: The Next Billion Users @ Singapore
Link Electric Vehicle Marathon @ Singapore
Link Lunchtime Job Openings @ Singapore
Link Design Week @ Singapore
Link Apply to Y Combinator @ HongKong
Link How to Win a Scholarship @ Jakarta
Link Silicon Valley Asia Fund @ Penang
Link Mekong Accelerator @ Cyberjaya
Link WeWork e27 Pitch @ KualaLumpur
Link Marine Polar Research @ KualaLumpur
Link Women's Fiesta @ KualaLumpur
Link Royalty Free Music @ KualaLumpur sample
Link Cobots: Collaborative Robots @ KualaLumpur info

Free Coworking Day

Free coworking day every first Thursday of the month.
19 Sep 2017: added: Link, Clickspace, Egg, Hubud, DNC
28 Sep 2017: added: Msogo, Dojo8, WorkCentral
01 Nov 2017: added: KX, Vorqspace
03 Dec 2017: added: IskandarSpace, UptownSeoul
15 Dec 2017: added: UptownHK, ImpactHubJakarta
01 Mar 2018 added: Cohoots, Ber(sama)2, CommonGround,
TheDesk, RuangKreasi, MustardSeed, Uowork
22 Mar 2018: added: CoHere, Settlements, Unionspace, Ikovert

Forbes Fintech 2018

Pick of Forbes Fintech 2018 info
  • Acorns - Micro investment [1]
  • Digital Reasoning - Add context and reasoning to data
  • Metromile - Pay-per-mile car insurance top image
  • Plaid - Allow apps to access banking services easily 
  • Qapital - Gamified saving [2]
  • Veem - Venmo (money transfer) for business
  • Xapo - Store cryptocurrency keys in actual vaults

Acorns Examples [1]
  • Round every purchase to the dollar and invest the round-up
  • Brands put money in your fund instead of giving you discounts
  • [Many other possibilities eg. invest a quarter for every dollar spent etc]

Qapital Examples [2]
  • Save $10 everytime it rains
  • Save $10 everytime West Bromwich (your favourite team) scores
  • Save $10 everytime you go to bed by 11pm
  • Save $100 everytime you visit mom

Junior Pachyderm's Adventure

A baby elephant trapped in a hole is rescued in Kerala. Watch till the end: the junior pachyderm's parents bid thanks and farewall to the human helpers.

Pick of Events (W1-Mar-2018)
Link Jockey Club Accelerator @ HongKong
Link Wine & Women @ HongKong
Link Energy Startups @ HongKong
Link Off-Grid: Future Energy @ Singapore
Link The Container Business @ Singapore
Link How to Thrive in Ecommerce @ Jakarta
Link The Ship of Theseus @ KualaLumpur
Link Female Filmmakers @ KualaLumpur info
Link Book Club: Eat to Live @ KualaLumpur
Link Strangers: Friends You Haven't Met @ KualaLumpur

Link Endowment Blockchain @ KualaLumpur promo: GCBA
Link Wearable Technology @ KualaLumpur
Link Vickers Ventures @ KualaLumpur info
Link The Hustle Society @ KualaLumpur info

CES 2018 Winners

Pick of CES 2018 Innovation Award Winners info
  • Smart Cities: Aipoly (retrofit shops to be autonomous)
  • Smart Cities: AR4X (CCTV camera with AI face recognition)
  • Robotics: Buddy (home security, elder care, fall detection etc)
  • Imaging: L16 (lightweight, multi-aperture camera with DSLR capabilities)
  • Vehicle IntelligenceLeaf (pedestrian detection, automatic braking etc)
  • VR & ARLooxid (headset with 2 eye sensors and 6 brain sensors)
  • Embedded TechMovidus (deep learning device)
  • Wearable: Nuviz (head-up display for motorcyclists)
  • Cybersecurity: WalletCard (credit card with built-in computer) top image
  • Smart EnergyWiCharge (wireless power for IoT applications)

Dash is Digital Cash

Dash is an open source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency.  On top of Bitcoin's feature set, it offers:
  • Junior Miners: Unlike Bitcoin, where all jobs are done by miners, Dash utilizes a two-tier network consisting of new blocks handled by miners and masternodes (junior miners) for transactions, making Dash faster (4,000+ trans/sec vs Bitcoin's 7 trans/sec) and more scalable.
  • Private: If you pay 1 Dash (approx USD 650) for, say, a phone online, Dash will combine your transaction with other transactions of 1 Dash. Who exactly paid for what is not clear to external parties because Dash is fungible (like cash, by looking at your dollar note, you do not know where it came from or where it will end up, but you can use it like any other dollar note).
  • Instant: Like cash, payment is instant, unike Bitcoin which may take an hour or more to confirm.
In the above chart from CoinMarketCap, the green line is the USD price of Dash, the orange, the BTC price. Inputs: Wikipedia, CryptoCurry. Dash vs Monero. FYI only. Caveat Emptor. [15-Feb-18]

Pick of Events (W4-Feb-2018)
Link New Art Meetup @ KualaLumpur
Link Marketing for Women @ KualaLumpur
Link Scraping for Women @ KualaLumpur
Link The Dash Cryptocurrency @ KualaLumpur
Link SmartCities Pitch @ Cyberajaya
Link GoDaddy and BusUncle @ Singapore
Link WeWork eCommerce Hackathon @ Singapore
Link EntertainmentTech: YouTube @ Singapore

2018: A Canidae Odyssey

An Alaskan state trooper was driving in a dark, wintry night when he came upon a dog. Sensing something amiss, he turned his car around and followed the German Shepherd. May our furry friend come to the rescue for any pyrotechnics in 2018. Celebrities born in the year of the dog (age in brackets):

  • 1934 (84): Gorgio Armani, Sophia Loren. Brigette Bardot
  • 1946 (72): Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, George Bush
  • 1958 (60): Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna
  • 1970 (48): Mariah Carey, Matt Damon, Naomi Campbell
  • 1982 (36): Kirsten Dunst, Prince William, Kate Middleton
  • 1994 (24): Justin Bieber, Dakota Fanning, Harry Styles
  • 2006 (12): Etham Gamer, Ruby Rube, Lincoln Markham

Etham, Ruby and Lincoln are YouTube celebrities. The word Canidea refers to a family of mammals which includes dogs, foxes and wolves. For corporate festivity videos, the pick goes to Discover Hong Kong (video below). Happy Chinese New Year!

Pick of Events (W3-Feb-2018)
Link Coworking at Shangri-La @ HongKong info
Link Dating Tips from 200+ Marriages @ Jakarta
Link A Decentralised Future @ Singapore
Link Quantum Computing @ Singapore
Link Markov Decision Processes @ KualaLumpur

Small and Medium Businesses (SME/SMB)

A pick of small businessses which are finalists in the Ambank BizRace and winners of the SOBA Awards (2017, awarded in January 2018). [7th Feb 2018]

Ambank BizRace 2018
  • A Job Thing - Jobstreet challenger
  • PipWave - MOL, iPay88 challenger
  • Terapi - Urut lena, lega, pantang, batin, angin, andam, korporat
  • Art of Tree - Repurposed salvaged wood: acacia, angsana, chengal
  • HausBoom - Sparkling real juice: mango, strawberry, guava
  • +Solar - Solar photovoltaic systems
  • Linkk Busways - High voltage conductors
  • PrudentAire - Air terminal devices

Star Outstanding Business Awards 2018