Tricolour Startups


[Video: Chloe Stafler covers Tous les garçons et les filles (all the boys and girls)]. France had the biggest startup presence at the recently concluded CES 2019, even more than host country United States. France (315 startups), US (293), South Korea (107). Sample:

French Startups
  • LoftOrbital - Space satellites as a service: regular launches & all payloads
  • NeuralCat - Bot that teaches other bots conversation (vs human made data)
  • Qonto - Neobank for SMEs that gets back to you in 15 minutes or less
  • Shadow - After servers, place the PC in the cloud: portable, pay as you use
  • LiFiMax - Light based WiFi: faster, no leakage to neighbours, no EM pollution
  • UrbanCanopee - Instant, green, mini-forests for the concrete jungle
  • Hari&Co - Chickpea burgers, red bean burgers, green lentil meatballs
  • Metronaut - For musicians, the accompanying orchestra is an app

The Accessible City

Malaysia Urban Forum 2019 is a key platform to discuss the implementation of the New Urban Agenda & the urban dimension of Sustainable Development Goals. MUF2019 is an open gathering at the national level that fosters the exchange of views and experiences in urban challenges and opportunities. [Mon-Tue, 18-19 Feb 2019 @ KLCC site | agenda | tix gratis].

Activities & Topics sample

Alita: Security Angel


ISC-WG Findings Report Launch A better data security is to have no user data, thus nothing to be pilfered, hacked or misused. But if data is collected, security is essential. MDEC, together with LGMS, CSM and AsiaCyberX, and after discussions with CISOs, CTOs and CIOs, is hosting an event to launch a cybersecurity report with findings on:
  • Challenges
  • Use cases
  • Best practices
  • Solutions
The launch is followed by a viewing of cyberpunk action film Alita: Battle Angel. [Fri, 22 Feb 2019, 3pm-8:30pm @ Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya | tix | movie | also]


Pick of Events (W4-Feb-2019)
1) If posts are shared via whatsapp etc, best to include a link back to the source or calendata.com. Posts are often updated after posting and are optimally experienced at source via a desktop browser. 2) Indonesia is given its own section this week due to a bumper lineup of events. Garuda flexes its wings.

General
Link Deep Learning @ KL
Link Startup Showcase @ KL
Link Corporate Coffee @ KL
Link Entrepreneurs Day @ KL tix
Link Digital Industrial @ KL tix
Link Ewallet Buzz @ KL
Link Energy Chat @ KL info
Link Founderpreneurs @ KL
Link Economic Outlook @ KL
Link Blogger Taxation @ KL
Link Doing Good Index @ KL
Link Logistics Fulfilment @ KL tix
Link LeapSprint Incubator @ PG
Link How to Be A Designer @ PG
Link Unifi SME Biznet @ IP

Arts
Link Food Reviews Reviewed @ KL
Link How to Get Sponsorship @ KL
Link Politically Incorrect @ KL
Link Called To The Bar @ KL
Link Indoor Drifting @ KL
Link Boisterous Brahms @ PG vid
Link India Arts Festival @ HK
 
Around The Region
Link Future of Work @ SG
Link Angel Investing @ SG
Link Learning Festival @ SG
Link SG-SE Innovation @ SG
Link Chief Data Officer @ SG
Link WeWork Friday @ SG
Link Fitness Social @ SG
Link Startup Kickoff @ TP

Indonesia
Link Media Incubator @ JKT
Link Payments Meetup @ JKT
Link Fintech Meetup @ JKT
Link CTO Meetup @ JKT
Link Strategic Design @ JKT
Link Start Upgrade @ JKT
Link Kudo Nodeflux @ JKT
Link Founders Valley @ JKT
Link Nero Atelier @ JKT
Link Agile GoJek @ JKT
Link Trilogy Tech @ JKT info
Link Dine In or Out @ JKT
Link New Wave Banking @ JKT
Link Craft Branding @ JKT

Photonic Computing


The post title refers to Lightmatter's photonic computing [the use of light instead of electricity for computing, like the use of optical fibre instead of copper wire for data transmission] while the video shows an Endeavour Robotics police robot taking on a K9. Lightmatter and Endeavour are among our pick of startups from Boston and Tokyo:

Boston
  • Lightmatter - Photonic computing because silicon is down to 10 atoms
  • Endeavour - After swords & guns, next are robots (and drones) at the front
  • Inrupt - Tim Berners-Lee's new web to replace the siloed, data slurping one
  • PA - Avoid jerky autonomous drive caused by unpredictable pedestrians
  • Dust Identity - Security tag items by sprinkling them with nano diamonds
  • Lendbuzz - Second chance for borrowers turned away by banks
  • Gradifi - Help your staff pay his/her study loan as a perk

Tokyo
  • Ozon - Smart ring that does gesture input, alerts, e-keys and e-wallet
  • Aeronext - Radical new drone design that is vertical and gravity oriented
  • BaseTrack - Russian self-driving that is much simpler, uses virtual tracks
  • Pireco - Iris recognition for animals, like thumbprints for humans
  • Mui - Display that looks like natural wood vs the standard black panel
  • EnviRate - Rate the environment instead of restaurants, eco mapping
  • GPU Eater - Cloud that runs on GPUs instead of CPUs, for faster ML

Pedestrian Boulevards

Kuala Lumpur City Hall has proposed a conversion of a busy street in downtown Kuala Lumpur into a pedestrianised, car-free one. Here are some examples of pedestrian boulevards from around the world.

Alfresco dining in a courtyard @ Carnaby Street, London photo

Leafy, meandering boulevard @ Queen Street Mall, Brisbane. photo

Clean, no-kerb design (minimal road is still needed for fire engines etc) @ Cat Street, Tokyo photo

Neon, nightlife destination @ Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong photo

Coffee conversations under the shade of palm trees @ Lincoln Road, Miami photo


Random Notes

  • Based on US experience, for greater chances of success, a pedestrianised street should be managed like a mall: good store/tenant mix, non-gentrification, marketing & promotion, ample parking and/or connectivity, street-level vibrancy, regular upgrades etc.
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  • Petaling Street (Chinatown) is already pedestrianised but it is perhaps a case study of what not to do: a maze of booths selling touristy kitsch while its original, old-school shops fade away. Jalan Alor, another candidate for pedestrianisation is already self-pedestrianised, by new, tourist focused eateries while its older, local street food moves into the background.
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  • On the other hand, pedestrianisation may provide opportunities for new businesses: new retail, micro mobility (e-scooters, e-trishaws etc), food carts (vs food trucks), portable food, local products, retail and activity incubators, pop-up stores, street art and events.

Tokenized Visa

Mobile World Congress is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry, and incorporates a thought-leadership conference featuring prominent executives representing global mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, and content owners. [25-28 Feb, 2019 @ ES site]. Sample:

Conference topics
  • eSIM: soon in phones, wearables, IoTs, computers - GSMA
  • Blockchain SIM: sign and encrypt IoT data at source - Ubirch
  • Tokenization: machine-to-machine commerce - Visa post title
  • The Great Enabler: connectivity - SmartDubai, IOC, Huawei
  • Traditional watch brands: digital payments trend setter - Timex
  • Digital evolution of wearable payments - Tappy | vid
  • Building a global mobile bank - N26 | vid | vid

Mobile Awards Nominees
  • Unicom - A telco takes on the scammers
  • Night Sight - Google's night vision phone
  • ABBYY - Smartphone document scanning and OCR
  • BleeWatch - Smartwatch for the deaf (eg buzz on fire alarm)
  • CarFit - Diagnose health of a vehicle from vibrations (from engine etc)

Footnotes
  • Finally, a telco steps forward to take on phone scammers.
  • The rest seem to be just gadgets but if you look closely, they are all sense (sight, hearing, touch) multipliers. Future possibilities.


Pick of Events (W3-Feb-2019)

General
Link Tech Venture Capital @ KL info
Link Transcendent Fintech @ KL tix
Link Microsoft x Google @ KL
Link Startup Financing @ KL tix
Link The Gig Economy @ KL tix
Link Tiger Lair Pitching @ KL
Link Navarro vs Merkel @ KC info
Link Hargapedia Satellite @ PJ tix

Data
Link False Results from False Data @ KL
Link Make Data Sing @ KL tix
Link Data Experiments @ JKT

Arts
Link Saloma & Ramlee @ KL vid
Link Sally & Harry @ SG
Link Michelin Street Food @ SG tix

Urban Farm Startups


Startups in Urban Farming Want to grow your own vege at home but the garden space has been paved over for the car or you have only a balcony or small yard?. Yearn to grow your own food like how your forebears had done for thousands of years? Looking for a past time that does not involve squinting at a screen? The co-founder of everyday.com.my (folded into LivingSocial) might just have a solution for you [Thu, 14 Feb 2019, 11am-1pm @ KL tix].

FarmTech & AgriTech Startups 1 2
  • Gotham Greens - Fresh produce even in freezing winter post image
  • BrightFarms - Hydrophonic greenhouse in Series D
  • AeroFarm - Fast Company's Most Innovative
  • SkyGreens - Tropical rotating vertical farm img
  • Bowery -  Precision, post-organic farming, invested by Alphabet
  • Plenty - 350x faster than conventional agriculture, invested by Softbank
  • Plantagon - Agriculture + Architecture = Agritecture


Pick of Events (W2-Feb-2019)

General
Link Prosperous HR @ KL
Link Lelong Commerce @ KL
Link Decoding Data @ KL tix
Link Young Lawyers @ JB tix

Arts
Link The Better Angels @ KL
Link Slow Talkers @ KL
Link MY Gastronomy @ KL
Link Step Forward @ KL tix
Link Kthxbye Concert @ KL tix
Link Spring Cello @ KL vid

Around The Region
Link Bali Ricebowl @ ID 1 2
Link Agile McKinsey @ JKT
Link Techies CNY @ HK
Link Google CNY @ SG

Gatecrash Only ...don't
Link Financial Hacks @ JKT tix
Link Logistics Blockchain @ SG
Link Education Revamp @ PTJ
Link Jom Funding @ KL alt
Link Young Economists @ KL
Link Google Quick Lab @ KL
Link Intro to Drawing @ KL

The Future of Micro Mobility


Startup Grind Global Conference 2019 features a stellar lineup of speakers including the top execs of YC, LinkedIn, Airbnb, Stripe, ClassPass, Box, Opendoor, Sequoia, Lime and Indiegogo, and senior execs from Google, Facebook and Slack. Happening Feb 12-13 @ Redwoord, CA. [ site | agenda | tix USD 455 ]. Topics include:

Latest Mobility News


Pick of Events (W1-Feb-2019)

This Week
Link Ruby GoJek @ JKT
Link Success Metrics @ JKT
Link Thrive Thursday @ JKT tix
Link Data Tracking @ JKT
Link Tech Incubator @ HK
Link China Consumers @ HK
Link Positive News @ HK
Link Drone Hackathon @ HK
Link Pathbreaking Robots @ CJ
Link Apple WatchOS 5 @ KK info

Next Week
Link SpaceTech Mobility @ SG
Link Get Published @ SG
Link Digital F&B @ JKT

Input Output Multiplier


An input output table summarises where a business or industry sells to and and where it buys from. In the sample above (an extract from a much bigger table on the Welsh economy), a row shows the sales (outputs) of a particular industry and a column its purchases (inputs).

From the sample, agriculture sold £87.9m to itself, £118.8m to meat producers (probably feedstock), £141.2m to diary producers (feedstock again). The industry bought £78.2m from miscellaneous foods (outsourced food manufacturing?), £20m from oil processing (fuel for farm machinery), £16m from chemicals (fertilisers, pesticides).

Input output tables can be useful for identifying multiplier businesses. On this topic, SME Corp is launching its Input Output Table initiative this Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019, 2pm to 4:30pm @ Sentral, KL rsvp.

Possible Burger



Best of CES 2019 1 2 3 4 as adjudged by tech media and CES
  • Impossible Burger 2.0 - The vege burger that won CES 1 2 post title
  • Vive Pro Eye - Gaming using your eyes only post image [1]
  • Valeo Voyager - Ride a car without being in the car [2]
  • Lime Gen 3 - eScooter with smart display (eg. do not park here)
  • Space Monitor - Display monitor that slides away when not in use
  • R-PUR Nano - Anti-pollution mask for bikers and runners
  • Nreal Light - VR glasses that look like normal glasses
  • Leica BLK3D - Measure by just taking a picture (vs measuring tape)
  • Zümi - Learn AI, deep learning and self-driving using a miniature car
  • Wizama - Digital version of board games [3]
  • Mopic Snap3D - Turn a smartphone 3D by adding a screen protector
  • Samsung Wall - Wall-sized µLED display 1

[1] Computer input via eyes instead of hands, replaces the mouse and gamepad [2] Possible applications may include remote monitoring, guidance, driving and shared experiences [3] Enables face-to-face social interaction by having players sit around a board compared to a more detached e-gaming experience.

Sentient Analytics

Digital Analytics Wednesday is a meetup group whose main interest is analytics but also covers advertising, data management, design, strategy and more. The inaugural KL meetup is happening this Wed, 23 Jan 2019 @ KL. Topics:
  • Race for Sentient Analytics - Ken Yap, Accenture [top image]
  • Data: Harvesting Knowns and Unknowns - Woo Wen Siang, Domo

Batu Caves
Calendata went Thaipusam sight seeing at Batu Caves today. Notes:
  • Ewallet most prominent: Boost (had big tent, stalls still cash only)
  • Tourism most prominent: Japanese tourists (in pastel hats & dresses)
  • Green most promising: Healthy looking macaques
  • F&B longest queue: Vege burger


Pick of Events (W5+Jan-2019)

General
Link Halal Traceability @ KL pdf
Link Islamic Fintech @ KL
Link Funding Challenge @ KL tix
Link Funding Startups @ KL
Link Ewallet Insights @ KL
Link eLokal Alibaba @ KL
Link Marketers Meet @ KL tix
Link Social Business @ MR tix

Arts
Link Creative Content @ KL
Link Comic Convention @ KL 1
Link Travel Photography @ KL
Link News Innovation @ KL tix
Link Old School R&B @ KL

Around The Region
Link Urban Farming @ JKT
Link Bukalapak AI @ JKT
Link Hyperlocal UX @ JKT
Link Traditional Cuisine @ JKT
Link BI Success Stories @ JKT
Link Consumer Attention @ SG
Link Future Housing @ SG
Link From Factory to Hub @ BKK

Spring Festival


Common themes for CNY are merriment, grandparents and grandkids, and reunion with family and friends. In tandem, our pick for CNY 2019 video goes to a clip from China Culture (see above), with honourable mentions to 1) shuffling gramp 2) new take on karaoke and 3) a piano cover. Happy Chinese New Year!

Decade Challenge


Well, actually more like 15 years ago, the song Mirai e from Final Fantasy IX. Imagine the same song performed by a choir and backed by an orchestra. Happening April 12th-13th 2019 @ KL tix.

Durable Business Models


GA Space and Borneo Startups Community invite current and aspiring entrepreneurs to a Business Model Canvas workshop and a dialogue on How to Make Your Business Last 100 Years [ 2pm-5pm, Sat, Jan 26th 2019 @ KK fb | tix ].

Pick of Events (W5-Jan-2019)
1) This site is designed to be viewed from a desktop, thus images and videos are mostly landscape orientated. 2) Event names are teasers. 3). KL refers to Greater KL.

General
Link iPay88 Weekend @ KL
Link Best of Cannes @ KL tix
Link MYNIC Summit @ KL tix
Link LawTech Outlook @ KL tix
Link Social Data Mining @ KL tix
Link Smartphone Video @ KL
Link Wordpress Workshop @ KL
Link Blockchain for Accountants @ KL
Link One District One Industry @ PK
Link Going Public for SMEs @ PG tix
Link Ecommerce Pitch @ CJ
Link Digital Durian @ KC

Arts
Link Food Truck Congress @ KL tix
Link Hawa Ghazzali Coffee @ KL
Link Food & Beverage Expo @ KL
Link Social Starbucks @ KL
Link Lollipop HipHop @ KL
Link Magazine Library @ KL
Link Hollywood Producer @ KL
Link Art Week Talks @ SG 1

Around The Region
Link Data Science AI @ SG
Link A World in Crisis @ SG
Link FaceDance Challenge @ SG 1
Link Kickstarter Crowdfund @ SG
Link Gray Rhino @ SG Black Swan's buddy
Link Fintech Outlook @ HK tix




Oldest Continuously Operated Companies 1 2 3 4 5

Japan

Europe

China
  • Bianyifang - Restaurant (China | 1416 | 603)
  • Liubijiu - Sauces & pickles (China | 1530 | 489 )
  • Liuquanjiu - Restaurant (China | 1567 | 452)

United States

Fortune 500

Malaya
  • Pos Malaysia - Postal Service (1800 | 219)
  • Guthrie - Plantation/Diversified (1821 | 198)
  • Boustead - Plantation/Diversified (1828 | 191)

India

World Wide Web sites from the beginning of the web that are still running
  • CERN - Particle accelerator (EU | 1991 | 28)
  • SLAC - Linear accelerator (US | 1991 | 28)
  • Nikhef - Subatomic physics (NL | 1992 | 27)

Notes
  • From the limited data above, it would seem food (restaurants, farming, plantations), lodging (hotels, construction) and banks are durable business types.
  • This is orthogonal to durable business models which may include franchising (KFC), concession (utilities), platform (Amazon), design and branding (Apple), de facto standard (Excel).
  • Small businesses that are durable suggest value and/or tradition. Being unincorporated and undocumented, they may not make it to the lists above. Examples include traditional boat making (Terengganu), opera as a service (Peking Opera) and dance performance (Odissi).
  • Modern, large, durable businesses suggest market dominance via momentum, size etc. For example, online public forums went from bulletin boards to web forums (eg. Reddit, Lowyat), Friendster, MySpace and are now paused at Facebook (plus WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn etc).

First Responder


[People & Places] Watch as a Milwaukee bus driver rescues a wandering toddler. According to the bus operator MCTS, this is the ninth child rescued by its bus drivers in recent years.

Milwaukee is home to:

Notes on the video:
  • As seen from the camera angles, the bus is fitted with at least 7 cameras. A comparable system from Seon features 16 cameras which can be upgraded for use in collision avoidance.
  • The fare box at the entrance to the bus looks mid tech: MCTS accepts cash, cashcard, app and passes. All rides are priced at a fixed $2 (plus a 25 cent surcharge for cash payment), thus avoiding the need to buy the correct ticket for the journey length or to tap a machine on exit for cashcard or app.
  • The bus app, which has routing, tracking and ticketing functions, does not use NFC or QR-codes, the e-ticket is verified via visual inspection by the bus driver [there are ways to make the e-ticket difficult to forge eg. random colours on different routes, days or hours, animation etc.].
  • The first responders were the bus driver, the passenger who volunteered her jacket and the police officer who took over the toddler from the bus driver. Technically, the first responder was the police officer because only she would likely have been specifically trained for emergency response.
  • Just in: be a responder: Termeloh hospital is running low on blood stocks.

Spring Roars

There's a quote going around that reads:  I've decided my 2019 will start on February 1st. January is a free trial month. This could mean test run 2019 in a month or one more month to spring tidy. For the latter, if you have excess or impaired inventory, Zero Waste has compiled a handy map of places for recycling and repair. Or you could sell them at a collective market [Sat, Jan 12th, 2019, 1pm-11pm @ KL].

Pick of Events (W4-Jan-2019)
1. Events listed may fall before, during or after the indicated week. 2. Did this site call it quits a year ago? It's rolling on in maintenance mode. 3. How are events picked? No particular criteria, a bot potters around and returns with random events.

General
Link Digital Commerce @ KL
Link Digital NEC @ KL
Link Positive HR @ KL 1
Link AOL+Yahoo=Oath @ KL tix
Link WeWorkpreneurs @ KL
Link Asian Accelerator @ KL 1
Link Research Grants @ KL tix
Link Plant Genetics @ KL
Link STO Exchange @ KL 1
Link Diva Redefined @ PG
Link Startup Ecosystem @ JB

Arts
Link Moral Genealogy @ KL
Link New Year Lepak @ KL
Link Fix It Not Junk It @ KL
Link Coffee Machines @ KL
Link A Paris Sabbatical @ KL
Link eMagazine Meet @ KL
Link Emerging Writers @ KL
Link Crazy Fun Asians @ KL

Around The Region
Link CTO Meetup @ JKT
Link Sustainability @ JKT tix
Link Mobility Accelerator @ SG 1

Managing Tourism

Thailand Tourism Forum TTF 2019 [3pm, Mon, Jan 21st, 2019 @ TH tix]. Bangkok is the most visited city in the world. Is Thailand on the right path and is the planning sufficient to address the challenges of managing mass tourism? Come to TTF 2019 and get great insights into how managing tourism can lead to sustainable success.

Topics abbreviated
  • Managing Tourism - C9 Hotelworks
  • Importance of Retail, Entertainment & Hospitality - The Mall Group
  • Destination & Tourism Management Master Planning - Horwath HTL
  • Top Destinations of the World: Hotel Performance & Forward Look - STR
  • Destination Marketing: Thailand & Overseas Best Cases - QUO 
  • Train Kept a Rollin: Thailand’s Rail System Plans - Horwath HTL
  • A World View of Hotel Costs: Develop or Acquire? - JLL Hotels & Hospitality
  • Green Tourism: More Money More Problems or More Value? -  Greenview
  • Hey Neighbor, Can I Borrow Your Waterslide? - InterContinental Hotels Group
  • ChinIndia: 1/3 of the world’s population at Thailand’s Doorstep - Hotel Intel

Startup Festival

StartmeupHK  [Jan 21-25, 2019 @ HK] is a week long festival for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, students and academics to exchange ideas, make connections and chart a course for the future.


HealthTech O2O | site  | agenda | tix | USD 60 | Jan 21
  • Digital Therapeutics - Bayer
  • New Tech in Heathcare - IQVIA
  • Healthcare Economic Zone - WeDoctor 

TechLifeStyle Conference | site | tix | HKD 333 [USD 40] | Jan 22

Jumpstarter | site | agenda | tix | HKD 800 [USD 100] | Jan 23-24

Retail's Cutting Edge | site | agenda | tix | HKD 899 [USD 115] | Jan 23
  • Sustainable Fashion - H&M
  • Democratised Fashion - Yeechoo
  • 3D Virtual Shopping - PolyU

The Connected City | site | tix | HKD 899 [USD 115] | Jan 24

Smart @ HongKong | site | agendatix | Gratis | Jan 10  [Pre-Event]
  • Smart People: Roll Up Your Sleeves - Astri
  • Connected Cars: 4 Wheels 5G - HKPC
  • L4 Self Driving - AutoX

Other events include: F&BStartups and EdTech.

Check Digit


One of the challenges of payments, electronic or otherwise, is to ensure payment is made to the right party, as even Google and Facebook got hit for millions when they paid on dodgy invoices.

Binance and BitTemple are organizing a SAFU ('safe') pre-hackathon [Jan 12-13, 2019 @ SG] to address the issue of paying to the right party. The pre-hackathon, along with ones in US, KR and HK will culminate in a finale, which will be held as a prelude to the inaugural Binance Conference [Jan 21-22 @ SG | agenda | tix | was USD 99].

Examples of payment risk controls:

  • Receipts: At payment counters, particularly at grocery chains, there might be a sign which says: 'If you are not given a receipt, call/text this number.' This is the business owner trying to ensure payments go into the till only.
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  • Purchase Orders: Payments are required to be matched with a Purchase Order (did we order this?), Goods Received Note (did we receive the goods?) and Invoice (has the supplier presented a request for payment?) before being processed. How secure this is depends on how rigorous the matching processes and systems are.
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  • Check Digits: Bank account numbers typically have a check digit as the last digit. This check digit is essential because if one intends to remit payment to account 12345-6 (the last digit 6 is 12345 mod 9 i.e. the remainder after 12345 is divided by 9 ) but instead types 12355-6, it will be caught by the check digit, because 12355 mod 9 = 7. [mod is used here as an illustration of a check digit function and is not necessarily what is being used by banks.]

What the hackathon is looking for is likely more in the lines of Check Digits than Receipts or Purchase Orders. That is, how payee addressing can be made more robust and safe in itself.


Pick of Events (W3-Jan-2019)

General
Link Catch That Lorry @ KL tix
Link Understanding O2O @ KL
Link Double Tax Deduction @ KL tix
Link Residential Incubator @ KL 1
Link BigData & IoT @ KL tix
Link Industry 4.0 Ready @ KL
Link Quantum Big Data @ SG

Halal
Link Halal Tokyo 2020 @ KL 1
Link Halal Indonesia @ KL tix
Link Halal Certification @ KL
Link Islamic Finance @ PG

Art
Link What Book Defines You? @ KL
Link Jazz Piano Festival @ KL tix
Link The Tropical House @ KL
Link Starting a Cafe @ KL

Digital Receipts

Fintech Accelerator
Financial Innovation Lab, an initiative of UNCDF, BNM, MDEC & MetLife to promote digital financial inclusion, has opened applications for its pioneer 2019 cohort. A briefing on the program is scheduled for Wed, 9th January, 2019, 10am @ KL.


Digital Receipts
One of the areas the Lab seeks to explore is the use of digital receipts, of which a brief survey follows.

Aggregated
Current ewallets record the date of payment, payee (eg. KFC), and amount. Though aggregated, this information can assist in financial management via apps that could broadly classify expenditure (eg. 10% on dining, 20% on groceries, 30% on entertainment etc).

Detailed
The next step up is full digital receipts like what is printed on paper receipts. For example, a visit to a an Asian fusion eatery (AFE) may result in the following receipt:
  • Char Kuey Teow with extra raw cockles and added fried egg on top (MYR 15)
  • Double Cheese Burger with fries (MYR 20)
  • Milo Kau Ping Gah Dai (Iced Milo with extra Milo and sugar) (MYR 10)
The digital receipt would include the date, payee, total amount and the above details (preferably to a standard usable for claims and tax filing). With this, expenditure can be more finely classified (eg. 10% on KFC, 20% on cigs, 30% on 4D etc). This level of data resolution is highly sensitive for both the user and merchant.

Traceability
A further step up is to include traceability in the receipt. Example, for the burger:
  • Double Cheese Burger with fries (MYR 20)
  • Bun: Lot 112233, Burger: Lot: 445566, Cheese: Lot 778899 etc.
Thus, if the user gets tummy ache after eating the burger and there are other cases of tummy ache, health investigators can check the lot numbers recorded in the receipts. If all of them have Cheese Lot 778899 in common, the cheese might be the culprit.



Pick of Events (W2-Jan-2019)

General
Link Big eWallet @ KL
Link Sell to China @ KL
Link Inside Google @ KL
Link Uni Disruption @ PG
Link Unimas Pitch @ KC

Arts
Link Voices of Spring @ KL 1 2
Link Hacking Drawing @ KL
Link Haiku Photography @ KL
Link Arts Policy Meetup @ KL
Link Dating Stories @ KL

Around The Region
Link Revolut Bank @ HK 1 2 top image
Link Youth Startups @ HK
Link Data Dashboard @ SG
Link Resilient Software @ JKT