International Dance Day 2016

When: Fri, April 29, 6pm – 10pm, 2016
Where: KFIT HQ, Level 2, Tower 7, Avenue 3, The Horizon, Bangsar South, Malaysia
Admission: Free | Info: Event | Venue

29th April is International Dance Day, where dancers around the world celebrate dance. This year Malaysia Dance Scene is having experienced Malaysian dancers share their experience and knowledge. Don't miss this chance to celebrate International Dance Day together! Instructors: [updated links]
How to register? Text or whatsapp your full name as per IC, IC number and class your wish to participate to +6012.373.8351 (William) eg: Will Lam, 870101-11-1111, S1 S3 [Videos showcased below are in the order of the dance groups listed above. Top image: dekhnews. Calendata takes a week's break, Happy Labour Day!]

Startup Culture in Japan

When: Fri, April 29, 7:30pm – 10:30pm, 2016
Where: Chaze at Marquee, Menara Lien Hoe, Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 35
Info: Attend | Venue | Inside

Chicks and Geeks is bringing Tokyo closer to you! Connect and get advice from Japanese startup founders, developers and advisors, including:
  • Tadaaki Kimura, Founder, Addlight (Corporate and startup incubator)
  • Hajime Hirose, Founder, BuzzElement (Japanese startup based in KL)
They will be sharing valuable insights about startups and the growth of the Japanese startup ecosystem:
  • What new startup models will we see in 2016?
  • Examples of top companies doing well in Japan
  • Which countries do they tend to target after Japan?
  • How soon should SE-Asian startups think of Japan?
Moderating the event will be Jason Chia from 1337 Ventures, a SE Asia focused startup accelerator. Come do an elevator pitch should you manage to catch him. [Inside image: eatdrinkkl]

This Weekend
Link Thu 19:30  Problem Hypothesis Pitch @ Sentral
Link Fri   09:30  Coding Bootcamp Showcase @ GloDamansara
Link Fri   18:00  Heritage Festival @ Singapore
Link Fri   20:00  Let's InterTwine @ Puchong
Link Fri   20:00  Mega Startup Weekend @ Skudai
Link Fri   20:00  SoundStruck Live @ JayaOne
Link Fri   20:30  Crackhouse Carnival @ TTDI
Link Sat  07:00  Oceansation Festival @ PulauPerhentian
Link Sat  09:00  Google Cloud Platform @ KualaLumpur Full
Link Sat  09:30  Wordpress Meetup @ KLCC
Link Sat  09:30  Startup & Developer Meetup @ Bangi New
Link Sat  10:00  Food Mega Festival @ ShahAlam
Link Sat  10:00  Star Wars Day @ JayaOne
Link Sat  10:00  KL International Book Fair @ Serdang
Link Sat  11:00  Urbanscape House @ KualaLumpur
Link Sat  11:00  Fit for Life @ MidValley
Link Sat  17:00  Le Clicquot Party @ Singapore
Link Sat  20:00  RHB Shimano Night Ride @ Bangi Full

YouTube StartUp Workshop

When: Thu, April 28, 10am – Fri, April 29, 5pm, 2016
Where: Arte Academy IOI Boulevard, Puchong, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 200 [+ MYR 12 GST]
Info: Event | Attend | Venue | Streetview | Inside

Want to be an online content creator but don't know where or how to start? Then look no further! Arte Academy is hosting it's first workshop for up coming content creators who wants to start up on YouTube. Topics includes:
  • How to optimise your channel
  • Advertisers and where to find them
  • Brand vision
  • Pre-Production
  • Video editing
  • And much more
Upon completion a certificate of training will be issued by Arte Academy. Alternative registration is available here. Contact us at or +603.5879.8269 for more information. [Some top YouTubers and their earnings in 2015:

Telling Stories: Being on the Outside

When: Tue, April 26, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Where: The Bee, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue

The Aboriginals believe that there is a story for every living thing, every system, which they would learn and, in turn, tell a story about themselves, weaving their own tales into the ever after of the great big story of life and the universe. Who are we but our stories? We have so much to tell:
• Catherine Brogan, Poetry Slam Winner
• Melizarani Selva , Spoken Word Poet
• Emellia Shariff, Advocate & Solicitor
Want to tell a story? You could try the open mic. Open mic slots are 5 min. Register on the night itself.

SushiVid PonyMa AisKosong

Listed below are some of the statups, personalities and organisations on the podium this week (see previous post). SushiVid is a one stop platform for engaging YouTubers for video campaigns. Pony Ma is the founder of Tencent, Asia's largest internet company with a market value of USD 200+ billion. Aiskosong discovers the nearest available student discounts.

Hubwire - Ecommece partner
InPost - Parcel locker
Pony Ma - Tencent messaging
SallyFashion - Women's fashion
Printicious - Photo printing
IPmart - Gadget sales
MASfintech - MAS fintech
CitiFintech - Citibank fintech
Adyen - Global payments
RRSoft - Full stack developers
SelfDrvn - Online HR feedback
CEEDTec - Custom electronics
Cytron - Electronics estore
Kontron - Embedded computing
Eyeport - Omnichannel retail
DagangHalal - Halal marketplace
AtlanticBlue - Solar panels
SushiVid - Youtube influencers
ProducCodes - Embedded ecommerce
AisKosong - Student discounts
KedaiWeb - Landing page builder
Triptone - Micro recruitment
NextChapter - Women's funding
Zarie - Herb infused leisurewear

Ecommerce: Sourcing & Delivery

When: Tue, April 26, 9am – 1pm, 2016
Where: 11street, Level 26, NU2, Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free
Info: Attend | Venue

11street is a one stop online shopping mall that connects customers to variety of quality products at competitive prices, in a trustworthy and secure environment for buyers and sellers. 11street is operated by Celcom Planet, a joint venture between Celcom Axiata. and SK Planet. Topics:
  • Trends in Ecommerce Enablers - Alex Teoh, Head of BizOps, Hubwire
  • How to Source from Korea - Sungwhan Yeon, Director, Kotra
  • Product Sourcing from China - Terence Hor, Founder, AllcanExpress
  • Sell to Millions of Buyers - Shaun Yap, Seller Manager, 11street
  • Improve e-Shopping Experience - Rosland Jannes, Country Manager, InPost
  • Same Day Delivery - Nabil Feisal, Managing Director, Zyllem
  • What is E-Fulfilment? - Tommy Yong, Co-Founder, iStoreiSend

This Week 
Link Mon 19:00 UX: The Good, Bad & Ugly @ QuillCityMall Full
Link Tue  07:30  Amazon Web Services Summit @ OneWorld
Link Tue  08:30  O2O Asia: Pony Ma, Yasmin Mahmood @ BangsarSouth Full
Link Tue  13:30  Ecommerce: SallyFashion, Printicious, IPmart @ ShahAlam
Link Tue  18:30  Fintech: MASfintech, CitiFintech, Adyen @ Singapore
Link Tue  19:00  DEVx: RRSoft, SelfDrvn DekatKu @ KualaLumpur
Link Tue  19:00  Peatix: Geekcamp, TEDxWeldQuay, MAS @ Bangsar
Link Wed 09:30  Semicon: Intel, CEEDTec, Cytron, Kontron @ Penang Full
Link Thu  09:30  Exchange: Eyeport, PitchIN, DagangHalal @ PetalingJaya
Link Thu  14:00  Cross Border: DHL, eBay, PayPal @ KualaLumpur
Link Thu  19:00  NextChapter, NeonLife, Zarie, Li&Fung @ HongKong
Link Thu  19:00  Webcamp: UPM, AtlanticBlue, PikToChart @ Penang
Link Fri    10:00  SushiVid, TribeUp, Produc.Code, SilverMouse @ Penang Full
Link Fri    17:30  Aiskosong, KedaiWeb, Raprid, Triptone, Wallert @ Cyberjaya

Clean Technology Innovation

When: Sat, April 30, 9am – 5pm, 2016 [Closing date]
Where: Online | Admission: Free
Info: Programme | Application | Tips

The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) is an annual competition and accelerator based programme, which aims to identify, fund and nurture startups in clean technologies. GCIP Malaysia is a joint initiative of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT).

The GCIP’s 10-week Acceleration and Mentoring programme will run from July 1 to October 2016 , participants will benefit from interaction with the best mentors and industry experts from around the world. Application period is 1 March 2016 – 30 April 2016.  For 2016, the following categories are open for acceleration:
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy generation
  • Waste to energy
  • Water efficiency

[The video below is an example of an intersection of cleantech, greentech, agrotech and farmtech. This project, which does not fall under one of the four categories, is shown here as an innovation teaser.]

[ Weekend ] Youth Integrity Debate 2016

When: Sat, April 23, 2pm – 5pm, 2016
Where: Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Attend | Venue

Join Transparency International Malaysia and experience your favourite Malaysian debaters discussing topics that directly relate to the future of Malaysia! The debate will be held in 3vs3 Asian Parliamentary format. Debaters:
  • Timothy Andrew - Asia Pacific University Debate Open Champion 2013
  • Deborah Woong - Australasian Debating ESL Champion 2015 
  • Ameera Natasha Moore - Royal Malaysian Intervarsity Debating Champ 2015
  • Jainah Jaafar - Kopitiam Ekonomi Debating Champion 2015
  • Jasmine Ho Abdullah - Malaysia Intervarsity Debating Champion 2015
  • Mifzal Mohammed - Asian British Parliamentary Debating Champion 2014
Jasmine and Mifzal emerged champions in the 2015 Cambridge Intervarsity, while Ameera (and Sarah Rahim) were ESL champions in the same competition. [Top image: Timothy imu, Deborah aca, Ameera twt, Jainah nou, Jasmine twt, Mifzal bdo ]

This Weekend
Link Thu 18:30  Civic Technology @ SubangJaya New
Link Thu 19:00  Mix n Fix: Fashion @ Sentul New
Link Fri   08:00  Architects Meetup @ KualaLumpur
Link Fri   09:00  Social Entrepreneurship @ Singapore
Link Fri   17:30  Film Making on a Shoestring @ Singapore
Link Fri   20:00  GameDev Hangout @ Damansara
Link Sat  08:30  Men's Styling Conference @ Sentul
Link Sat  09:00  Games Collective Launch @ Penang
Link Sat  09:00  Artivate Bootcamp @ Ipoh New
Link Sat  09:30  Ubuntu Launch Party @ SungeiBesi
Link Sat  10:00  The European Economy @ Sunway New
Link Sat  11:00  Urbanscapes 2016 @ KualaLumpur
Link Sun 09:00  Lepak & Sketch @ KualaLumpur
Link Sun 11:00  Espresso Sensory Workshop @ Puchong
Link Sun 10;30  Unity3D GameDev @ Penang
Link Sun 15:00  Beauty Blogger Meetup @ PetalingJaya
Link Sun 15:00  Next Step Challenge @ HongKong
Link Sun 16:00  Volunteering: Do Good @ Publika
Link Sun 17:00  The Muses of Mnemosyne @ Publika New

Conversation with the Situation

When: Wed, April 20, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, 2016
Where: Black Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free
Info: EventVenue

This PAM public lecture is by Ang Wen Hsia and BC Ang, partners at WHBC, a two person architectural practice based in Kuala Lumpur. Weng Hsia introduces her practice as such:  [Image: Orang Asli facility by WHBC.]
No background,
No pe-degree and [read pedigree]
No mingle-with-the-elite skill.

No job choosing,
No design philosophy and
No flowery language.

Work on whatever job that lands,
Make the best out of every work and
Hope for the best work relationship.

Too stupid to play mind games,
Too stupid to read between the lines and
Too stupid to bridge connections.

Made to wait,
Work the ground and
Take the blame.

SG: 20 Hottest Startups of 2016

When: Wed, April 20, 8:30am – 1:00pm, 2016
Where: Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Singapore
Admission: SGD 98 [coupon code: 16HSPB-REG]
Info: Event | Venue

Singapore Business Review (SBR) is proud to bring back Singapore’s definitive event for the country's most successful startups. The much-awaited 20 Hottest Startups of 2016 Panel Briefing, now on its fourth year, has become the standard for Singapore’s booming start-up scene. Panelists [not the startups]:
The Review's 20 hottest startups: 2015  2014  2013

POSTAM: Finding the Perfect Pitch

When: Wed, April 20, 2pm – 6pm, 2016
Where: Auditorium, Content Malaysia Pitching Centre, Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free
Info: Poster | Venue

Want to know the secrets of pitching your cinematic project to major investors, co-producers, financiers, broadcasters and distributors? Come join the upcoming Postam International Masterclass Finding the Perfect Pitch! A unique opportunity to gain key insights and ideas from our panel of speakers:
  • Secrets of the perfect pitch to international producers and financiers
  • Position your cinematic project for financing, partnership and distribution
  • Managing expectations and delivery after a successful pitch
RSVP:  contact or text Zeera at +6011.376.22063 or

[Notes: 1. Postam is Post Production, Animation and Creative Content Association Malaysia. 2. The endangered Malayan Tapir nearest relatives are rhinos, the next nearest are horses and zerbras.]

This Week
Link Mon 10:00 Tapir Awareness Campaign @ Publika [top image]
Link Mon 10:00  Defence Services Asia @ PWTC
Link Mon 15:00  Investing in E-Payment Companies @ Singapore
Link Mon 18:30  Doug McClure & Kamran Elahian @ Singapore
Link Mon 18:30  MaGIC Accelerator Briefing @ Cyberjaya
Link Mon 19:30  UX: SeekAsia, Belazee, Katsana @ Bangsar Full
Link Tue   08:30  MTDC Road2Funding @ Terengganu
Link Tue   10:30  PitchIn: KRU Academy @ Pavilion
Link Tue  11:00  TPPA: What's in it for SMEs? @ KualaLumpur
Link Tue  12:00  China Belt and Road Initiative @ Shangri-La
Link Tue  14:00  Ustart Ignite: UM & NUS @ UniversitiMalaya New
Link Wed 19:00  Entrepreneurs Edge: Liew Kee Sin @ Bangsar Full
Link Wed 19:00  The Perfect Espresso Shot @ TTDI
Link Wed 19:30  Javascript Wednesday @ GloDamansara
Link Wed 19:30  BFM TTON Party @ Zuok
Link Wed 20:00  Drink Entrepreneurs @ BandarUtama
Link Thu  08:30  Services Export Forum @ Matrade
Link Thu  09:00  Corporate Forum on Sustainability @ Ipoh
Link Thu  09:30  Slingshot @ Philippines
Link Thu  19:00  Lean Coffee @ MidValley
Link Thu  10:00  Fashion Revolution @ Sentul
Link Thu  10:00  Buying & Selling Intellectual Property @ KL New
Link Thu  12:00  ASEAN Internship Market @ Sentral Full
Link Thu  16:00  Internet Alliance eCommerce Meetup @ Puchong
Link Fri    18:30  Fish Hackathon @ Singapore
Link Fri   20:00   Radica: Building a Million Dollar Company @ Ipoh New
Link Sat   09:00  Games Collective Launch @ Penang
Link Sat   09:00  Ideation & Business Acumen @ Cyberjaya Full
Link Sat   09:30  Ubuntu 16 Launch Party @ SungeiBesi
Link Sat   10:30  A/B Testing @ QuillCityMall
Link Sat   14:00  MIT App Inventor & IoT @ Singapore

Lean In Malaysia: Stay Invested

When: Sat, April 16, 11am – 2pm, 2016
Where: Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Attend | Venue

Managing your finances is always a topic overlooked in the midst of chasing your dreams especially when you’re young. Be savvy with your money – obtain the right info to make a sound financial decision for yourself at an early stage of your career. Even if you think it’s too late, don’t fret, as it’s never too late!
• Ian Wong, Partner, IPP Financial Planning
• Jonathan Lee, COO, GMAC Realtors
• Poovarni Rajagopal, Chartered Accountant

This Weekend
Link Sat  Google Calendar & Contacts @ KL
Link Sat  Cool Google Apps for Education @ JB
Link Sat  Adwords Express & MyBusiness @ KL
Link Sat  StampedeStudio & Joota @ PJ
Link Sat  Global Azure Bootcamp @ KLCC
Link Sat  Home Grown Music Festival @ Sepang
Link Sat  Theatre on a Tree @ ShahAlam
Link Sat  Pop-Up Art Classes @ KLCC
Link Sat  The Design Society @ Singapore
Link Sat  Power Talks: Jeffrey Cheah @ Sunway
Link Sat  Evolution of Pop @ Sunway
Link Sun Tempatan All-In-One @ Publika
Link Sat  Express Art Talks @ Publika

Retail Ecommerce Cards Payments Banks

When: Wed, April 20, 9am – Thu, April 21, 5pm
Where: Suntec, Singapore
Admission: Free [Exhition] SGD 3295 [Conf]
Info: Event | Agenda | Attend | Venue

Retail Technology 2016 is an amazing opportunity to discover the latest technology advancements and learn first hand how you can streamline and modernise your business with individual conferences on Retail Technology, Cards & Payments, Ecommerce and Future Bank. The exhibition spans 10,000 sqm of exhibition space, making the event the largest retail show in Asia and a marketplace consisting of 100+ international exhibitors, together with 90+ free on-floor seminars including:
  • Onlne B2B payments - Mint Payments
  • Smart POS terminal - Fujian Newland
  • Turn search into revenue - Algolia
  • Threats to everyday electronic objects - SecureIC
  • The quest for personalized marketing - Criteo
  • How to optimise in-store cash handling & security - Gunnebo
  • Optimising the retail cash chain - Glory Global Solutions
  • Face recognition for loss prevention & business intelligence - Cognitec
  • The future of innovation & digital payments - Mobile Credit Payment
  • Transforming your bank branch into omni-channel - Entrust
  • New solutions for identity document security - Silone Cardtech
  • The Magic Cube: all-in-one, fully automatic vault - Otto Kunnecke
  • Evolution of banking alerts and notifications - IP Integrated
  • Scaling your ecommerce business internationally - Honestbee
  • Top tips for marketing your ecommerce company online - Google
  • A guide to more relevant & effective Facebook ads - Facebook

SQSel: Startup Quest Selangor

When: Sat, May 28, 9am – Sun, May 29, 9pm
Where: SDCC, E-28-1, Jalan Multimedia 7/AG, I-City, Selangor. Malaysia
Admission: MYR 60
Info: Event | Register | Venue

SQSel is a two-day weekend event, where participants will pitch ideas, and the top ideas will be taken on by teams comprising of individuals with different strengths and specialties. Organized by SITEC and Selangor with the support of Cradle and TheLead

The theme for 2016 is Smart City Living, We want to reach out to and engage students, entrepreneurs and anyone in-between to come together in a meeting of minds, ideas and passion in order to develop novel and innovative solutions to deal with real world issues by employing Smart City solutions. [Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have many new cities on the drawing board, we should make them as smart as possible.]

Who Can Join?
StartupQuest Selangor is open to everyone from all walks of life! Whether you have experience in startups/startup-like environments or not, you can come by to meet and team up with like-minded people in a conducive environment to see an idea to fruition.

No IT knowledge? No problem! No business knowledge? Not an issue! Don’t know startup terminology? Not a bother! We will teach you everything you need to know to be competent about business in the startup world in the 2-day pre-event bootcamp. Come alone - or with friends! Meet new people, moot ideas, and work on them!

Cash prizes of MYR 650, 350, 250
Co-Working space for 6 months
5- Day MVP Development Bootcamp, worth MYR 1800

Pre-Event Workshop
Idea Validation, Lifecycle Design
Wireframing, Mockups, Pitching
Bootstrap, Firebase, Heroku, Ionic

Malaysian Entrepreneuer Convention MEC 2016

When: Sat, May 28, 9am – 6pm
Where: Connexion@Nexus, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: USD 20 [MYR 80]
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

The Malaysian Entreprenuer Convention (MEC) provides a platform for like-minded intellects to gather and exchange ideas, knowledge as well as valuable insights of their respective industries whilst also building a network under one roof.

Organizer: Entrepreneur Insight, a unit of Armani Media, provides the latest and greatest in the world of business with focus on start-ups and SMEs. It aims to be the gateway to business information and updates. Speakers include:

Digital Disruptors & The Power of Partnerships

When: Tue, April 12, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 2016
Where: CoCoon, Citicorp Centre, Hong Kong
Admisison: Free
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

Another great panel, another great location! The Hong Kong registrations are now open for Advance and Telstra's Digital Disruptors and the Power of Partnerships event. our panel features digital disruptors with an Australian connection
  • Edge Zarella, Head of Banking and Capital Markets, KPMG
  • Jim Clarke, Head of International Marketing, Products & Pricing, Telstra
  • David Ketchum, CEO & Founder, CurrentAsia
  • Leonie Valentine, Director Customer Experience, Google
  • Sophie Loras, Asia Editor, ClickZ
The panel discussion will focus on key findings of a recent report commissioned by Telstra and written by The Economist Intelligence Unit; Connecting Companies: Strategic Partnerships for the Digital Age [pdf], an analysis of the global trend of partnerships emerging between organisations around digital capabilities.

This Week
Link Mon 08:00  Digital Payments & GST Update @ KLCC
Link Mon 09:00  AEC Open Day @ KualaLumpur
Link Mon 18:30  GameDev @ Penang
Link Mon 19:00  G3Partners & Zalora @ Bangsar
Link Tue  08:30  Building Capacity for SME @ KualaLumpur
Link Tue  09:00  Business Meeting Asia @ RoyaleChulan
Link Tue  09:00  SME Biz Fest @ Penang
Link Tue  09:00  Tech In Asia @ Singapore
Link Tue  13:30  eCommerce: Takatack, AsiaPay, Zyllem @ ShahAlam
Link Tue  19:00  Crowdfund Your Startup @ QuillCityMall
Link Tue  20:00  The Queen of Versailles @ BangsarSouth
Link Wed 08:30  Internet Economy Summit @ HongKong New
Link Wed 08:30  Internatioal ICT Expo @ HongKong New
Link Wed 18:00  Hadoop with Doug Cutting @ LeMeridien
Link Wed 18:30  Digital Transformation @ Singapore
Link Thu  19:00  Growth: Foodpanda, Bolt, Gain @ Singapore
Link Thu  19:00  Design Thinking @ Cyberjaya
Link Thu  19:00  Email Marketing Tips & Tricks @ KualaLumpur
Link Fri    16:00  eCommerce: MDec, Ohana, Aramax, 11st @ KL New
Link Sat   09:00  Global Azure Bootcamp @ KLCC
Link Sat   09:00  StampedeStudio & Joota @ PetalingJaya
Link Sat   10:00  Google: Adwords Express & MyBusiness @ SgBesi
Link Sat   11:00  Power Talks: Jeffrey Cheah @ Sunway

[ Snapshot ] Full Attention

Natali Ardianto, CTO, at AlphaStartups, 30 Mar 2016 @ Jakarta. Photo: MikeSmith

Converting a Gift by TNB into a Park, 5 Mar 2016 @ Uppercase. Photo: Uppercase

Singapore Maker Education Symposium, 11 Mar 2016 @ National Design Centre. Photo: SGMakers

Publika Gallery Walk, 8 Apr 2016 @ Publika. Photo: Publika


When: Sun, April 10, 4pm – 11pm, 2016
Where: TREC, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue

Art meets music as TREC collaborates with music & creative collective Indiego & Co for the debut of THISCOVER Weekend, an all art and music flea market. THISCOVER Weekend is a new concept that will see an eclectic line-up of bands and musicians performing their rendition of their own songs and cover tunes within the flea market setting.

This Weekend
Link Fri  Techstars Fireside Chat @ Cyberjaya
Link Fri  Yelpers Free Beer Meetup @ Solaris
Link Sat  IT Fair @ MidValley
Link Sat  Tour of Art Galleries @ Publika Full
Link Sat  Visualising Music @ PetalingJaya
Link Sat  Home & Lifestyle Exhibition @ PWTC
Link Sat  Launch of iM4U Sentral @ Puchong
Link Sun Gasing Hills Happy Hiker @ PetalingJaya
Link Sun Python Coders Sharing @ PetalingJaya
Link Sun Art, Craft, Dance & Bazaar @ Sentul

NASA Space Apps Challenge KL 2016

When: Sat, Apr 23, 8:30am – Sun, Apr 24, 4pm
Where: Cyberview, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | RegisterAttend | Venue

Kuala Lumpur is taking part in the NASA Space Apps Challenge for the first time! The International NASA Space Apps Challenge is a two-day hackathon where teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges.

[SpaceApps is a NASA (US National Aeronautics and Space Administration) incubator innovation program. This KL/Cyberjaya event is in collaboration with UnlockDesign and Cyberview. The global 2015 winners were:
  • YT Best Use of Data - Natural language processing and tagging of data (USA)
  • YT Best Use of Hardware - Smart glove for gesture & voice recognition (Bul)
  • YT Best Mission Concept - Bee drone for small cargo transport (Cyprus)
  • YT Galactic Impact - Robot bottle to gather real time data about crops (Italy)
  • YT Most Inspirational - Turn an Android phone into a robot (Nepal)
  • YT People's Choice - 3D, crowdsourced, satellite earth navigator (Kosovo)]

Story Telling for Entrepreneurs

When: Wed, April 6, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2016
Where: The Loop, A-12-8 UOA Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free
Info: Poster | Venue

The ability to articulate your idea in an interesting and compelling way is as important for an entrepreneur as it is to have a great idea and a business model. In this workshop, author Elmira Bayrasti will teach you how to tell your compelling story. Don't miss it if you want to learn how to tell yours in an authentic and engaging way! [Image: Startupist]

ASEAN Young Enterpreneurs Summit AYES 2016

When: Sat, April 16, 9am – Sun, April 17, 7pm
Where: UKM, Bangi, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 70
Info: Event | Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

The ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Summit (AYES) is an entrepreneurship programme organized by National University of Malaysia (UKM) aimed at young, aspiring entrepreneurs in ASEAN countries.

The theme for this year is Empowering Marketing For Young Entrepreneurs. With the objectives of contributing to the development of entrepreneurship in ASEAN amd to encourage students to choose entrepreneurship as their career instead of becoming an employee after graduation, topics include:

SME BizFest 2016: Innovate to Dominate

When: Tue, May 31, 8:30am – 4:30pm, 2016
Where: Sime Darby Convention Centre, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Attend | Venue

Once again, Telekom Malaysia (TM) is organizing the annual SME BizFest™ which will showcase the best and latest innovative business and ICT solutions for SMEs. Bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners around Malaysia, they are here to share their insights and strategies for success. Topics include: Updated
  • Brand Influence - Dato' Seri Dr. Hajah Hasmiza, Founder, QuPuteh
  • Opportunity in Challenges - Erni Dekritawati, MD, Nouvelle Visages
  • Innovation: Key to Succcess - Teoh Wee Kiat, Founder, MyBurgerLab
  • Think Big: Go Online - Hugh Koh, Founder, Pestle & Mortar
  • Dare to be Different - Shereen Abdullah, Co-Founder, Tarbush Restaurant
  • Improve Your Profit Online - Hans Peter Ressel, CEO, Lazada Malaysia
  • Domination through Wholesale - Nurul Huda, Founder, Tyra Wholesale
  • Old Fashion: New Thinking - Suraya Saifudin, Founder, Sakura Malaysia
  • Fresh Ideas, Sweet Success - Adnan Lee, Managing Director, MBG Fruits
  • Diversify Your Business - Dilla Karim, Founder, Zawara
  • Ingredients of Success - Rosman Hussin Rizal, Founder, HumbleChef'
  • Where There is a Will, There is a Way - Hairudin Omar, Director, AdeqSue
  • Business Made Easier with TM - Khadir Elias, VP, Telekom Malaysia
Other dates: Penang (12Apr), Ipoh (19Apr), KB (24Apr), KK (11May), JB (17May).

HK: Ivy League Meetup

When: Thu, April 7, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Where: CoCoon, Citicorp Centre, Hong Kong
Admission: HKD 450 [USD 58]
Info: Attend | Venue

[Harvard, MIT-Sloan, Stanford, Wharton Entrepreneurs and Investors Meetup] Get an insider’s perspective of the startup scene in Hong Kong and find out how to be a smart angel connecting with up and coming entrepreneurs and fellow investors. Plus, find the inspiration to build your own business whilst leveraging this high quality network:

  • Dick Lo, Co-Owner, UniFitness (Wharton 95) 
  • Dominic Law, Co-Founder, FeedmeGuru (Harvard 15)
  • Henry Tan, Co-Founder, SMF Capital (MIT 04)
  • Jaganath Swamy, Founder, Kiddo (Wharton 09)
  • Kim Leitzes, Founder, ParkLU  (Wharton 04)
  • Osman Mendoza, Co-Founder, Trusu (Stanford 13)
  • Vernée Ho Co-Founder, Playto (Stanford 91)
Fireside chats:

[The term Ivy League in the title is used loosely. Harvard and Wharton are Ivy League institutions, Stanford and MIT, though of similar standing, are not due to historical and geographic reasons.]

SG: AsiaLaw Paktor Viddsee StyleInfinity

When: Thu, April 7, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Where: The Working Capitol, Keong Saik Road, Singapore
Admission: SGD 30
Info: Event | Attend | Venue | Outside | Inside

[BEAM - Building Entrepreneurs and Movers Singapore April 2016] BEAM's mission is simple - To bring together fellow Entrepreneurs (or aspiring entrepreneurs) in a fun, insightful, and inspiring way. Presenters:

MY: Export to China

When: Thu, April 7, 9:30am – 1:00pm, 2016
Where: Perdana Hall, Level 6, West Wing, Menara MATRADE, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free [Register by today, April 5th]
Info: Attend | Venue

MATRADE in collaboration with PPIPBM will be organising a Trade Talk@MATRADE: Market Opportunities In China. The objective of the event is to provide exporters with necessary skills and knowledge in developing their strategies to penetrate the China market. Speaker Ong Yew Chee is Director at MATRADE and has worked in China as a Trade Commissioner.

[The map of China above shows the names of the provinces translated into English. For example, Wide East is Guangdong and Fortune Build is Fujian. The names of some major cities are translated as well: North Capital is Beijing, Heavenly Ford is Tianjin, Up Sea is Shanghai, Fragrant Harbour ins Hong Kong, Bay Gate is Macau and Double Celebration is Chongqing. The province listed as Sweet Eradicate is Gansu, the name is phonetic, and can't be translated directly. Ditto River Wakeup for Jiangsu. Up Sea refers to a city build upon or very near the sea.].

MDV: Intangible Assets as Leverage

When: Wed, April 6, 9:00am – 5:30pm, 2016
Where: MyIPO, Level 12A, UOA Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Poster | Venue

MyIPO is an autonomous and corporatized agency responsible for the development and management of the intellectual property system i.e patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights and layout designs of integrated circuits in Malaysia. This seminar titled Successful SMEs & Intellectual Property Rights will cover:
  • IP Monetisation Strategies -  Samirah Muzaffar, Head of IP Valuation, MyIPO
  • Intangible Assets as Leverage - Mohd Sharizal, Vice President, MDV [image]
  • Technology Grants & Funding - Mariatini Othman, Technology Transfer, MTDC
  • Latest Developments in Patent Laws in US & EU-Joseph Root, Patent Attorney
  • IP Strategies for Going Global - Mohan Kodivel, Principal, Adastra
  • TPPA: The Effect on IP - Assoc Prof Rohazar Wati Zuallcobley, UiTM
To register, contact

This Week
Link Mon 09:00  Technology Innovation Conference @ Cyberjaya
Link Tue  08:00  Analytics Bootcamp @ Sentul
Link Tue  08:30  Echelon Indonesia @ Jakarta
Link Tue  09:00  ASTAR SME Day @ Singapore
Link Tue  19:00  Ruby Tuesdays @ Bangsar
Link Wed 14:30  Crowd Funding & Angel Investing @ Penang
Link Wed 19:00  GameFounders Power Panel @ BangsarSouth
Link Thu  17:00  The One: Search for Rockstar @ Penang
Link Thu  19:00  eCommerce: Sell Like a Pro on Shopee @ MidValley
Link Fri    20:00  TPPA: The Impact @ Penang
Link Sat   09:00  Ionic Framework @ KLCC Full
Link Sat   09:00  ElasticSearch, Logstash & Kibana @ PetalingJaya
Link Sat   09:00  Social Enterprise Business Models @ Cyberjaya
Link Sat   09:00  DevCamp @ Penang
Link Sat   13:45  How to Raise Capital as a Solo Founder @ Bangkok
Link Sat   16:00  Founding Women Get Together @ Seputeh

Gathering of Entrepreneurs GREAT 2016

When: Sat, April 2, 8am – Sun, April 3, 6pm
Where: Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue | Outside | Inside

Gathering of Rising Entrepreneurs, Act Together (GREAT) is a multidimensional platform gathering startups, entrepreneurs, and funders.

Talks include:
  • How Women Add Value - Sarah Chen, Lean In Malaysia
  • Learn from Silicon Valley - Elmira Bayrasli, From The Other Side
  • The Income Generator - Awang Habiburllah, HMN Nadhir
  • Build A Million Dollar Startup With Durians - Dato’ Fadzli Shah Anuar, TeAM
  • Are You Hungry? - Charles Liew, SHiNE Pharmacy
  • Malaysia: The Hub for Startups - Deborah Melissa, MAAYE
Masterclasses include:

Pesta KeChill Rantai: Schrödinger's Cat

When: Fri, April 1, 10am – Sun, April 3, 10pm, 2016
Where: Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: Event | Venue

In conjunction with Publika Eco Month, Rantai Collective brings you Pesta Kechill Rantai (Rantai Mini Festival). There are many foolish things happening around such creative bazaar, fingerboard competition, theater, workshop, film screening and much more, including Schrödinger's Cat. Organizer Rantai Collective (Rantai: chain or necklace) is an art event & platform for the arts community.

This Weekend
Link Sat Poetically Correct @ PJ
Link Sun Women in Power @ PJ

Bukit Tabur: Moderate to Hard

When: Sun, April 3, 7am – 5pm, 2016
Where: Bukit Tabur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: MYR 5 [for climbing permit]
Info: Event | Registration | LocationStreetview | Onsite

Scaling two Tabur Hills in one day, let's go for it! Tabur is not very high, but this hike won't be challenging for the elevation gain but because of the difficulty of the terrain and the need to climb rocks. On a few parts hands and legs are required for smooth climbing and there are even a few sections where ropes are installed to assist. Being fit is an absolute necessity!

Tabur West is characterised by a direct and steep climb of the quartz ridge. Along the way we have some beautiful lookout points and enjoying the view while relaxing for a while is highly recommended. The hike on the ridges has several ups and downs and on many occasions you will think you have reached the last peak. Wishful thinking however... This trail is longer and more difficult than Tabur East, which is scheduled for the afternoon.

[Register by 10am Friday, 1 April 2016. Participation subject to approval by the organizers. Meeting point will be provided to participants. Read event page for full details. Image: Alexander Diner / Dribble.]