McKinsey of Blockchain


[We thought we would give crypto events a break this week.] In a previous post, we highlighted how Tripp (VN), a tour aggregator, sought to bypass intermediaries (Expedia, Agoda, Facebook, Google) between tourists and tour providers. At a glance, Tripp seems to intend to do this by being an Expedia themselves, a goto destination for tours, but with lower friction, better service and higher payouts. Similarly, Mfun (ID), a gaming platform (vid) aims to bring publishers and gamers closer together by rewarding gamers. Like Tripp, Mfun has gained some traction in signing up a number of Indonesian game publishers. Watch as Mfun's head of communications, Kerenina Sunny Halim, a former Miss Indonesia, gives a sunny introduction to Mfun. Mfun is presenting tomorrow, Wed, 15 Aug 2018, 6:30pm, @ KualaLumpur. [FYI only, listing is not endorsement, caveat emptor.]

Crypto Events (Aug-Sep 2018)
Link Smart Contracts & Solidity @ KualaLumpur (Gratis)
Link Crypto Performance Report @ KualaLumpur (Gratis)
Link Introduction to Blockchain @ KualaLumpur (Gratis)
Link R3 Corda Blockchain @ KualaLumpur (Gratis)
Link Crypto Risks & Scams @ KualaLumpur (Gratis)
Link Miscellaneous Coins @ KualaLumpur (Gratis)
Link Making Blockchain Real @ Singapore (Gratis)
Link Crypto Mobile Payments @ Singapore (Gratis)
Link Hitachi Blockchain @ Singapore (Gratis)
Link Borneo Blockchain @ KotaKinabalu (USD 20) tix
Link Crypto Communities @ HongKong (USD 90)
Link Token Economy Framework @ KualaLumpur (USD 100)
Link Spot Good Blockchain from Bad @ KualaLumpur (USD 200)
Link Towards a McKinsey of Blockchain @ Azerbaijan (USD 235) post title
Link Blockchain: Disruptor of Industries @ KualaLumpur (USD 400)
Link Coindesk Consensus: State of Blockchain @ SG (USD 1600)

Adtech Hacking: Programmatic RTB DSP SSP

Paper and Toast is hosting an Adtech Startup Weekend this weekend [Fri, 5pm, Aug 17 - Sun, 9pm, Aug 19, 2018 @ Kuala Lumpur info | tix]. They (plus a team of interns and volunteers) have managed to enlist a stellar cast of mentors, speakers and judges:

Mentors, Speakers, Judges, Facilitators
  • Ahmad Shah, CTO, Ombré Fashion Styling App
  • Aik Chong Phuah, CTO, Astro Broadcaster
  • AJ Azizul, CEO, We Are VM Analog & Digital Agency
  • Aman Kapoor, VP, Technology Architecture, Astro Broadcaster
  • Caroline Wong, Head of Commercial, Yellow Porter Logistics
  • Catherine Yap, Co-Founder, Travelight Logistics
  • Frank J Peter, Principal Trainer, Skills Academy Training
  • Hua Wang, CEO, SmartBridge Accessible Healthcare
  • Imran Sheik, Founder & CEO, Ombré Fashion Styling App
  • Indhran Seghar, CEO, Sunshine Digital Online Services
  • Issac Ng, CTO, Surge Data Science & Machine Learning
  • Julian Yong, General Manager, Thriving Talents Training
  • Karthik Karunanithy, Partnership Lead, Google Technology
  • Khairul Izuan, CEO, Algomecs Algorithmic Trading
  • Mahadhir Yunus, CEO, Krenovator IoT & Robotics
  • Mallory Loone, Lead Trainer, Thriving Talents Training
  • Marina Samsuri, Manager, Paper&Toast Coworking
  • Marlina Mansor, AVP, Branded Content, Astro Broadcaster
  • Mike Babiy, Product Lead, Vidi Travel
  • Mohd Hafiz Safie, Founder & CEO, Sparadise Leisure App
  • Mohd Reezan, General Manager, Remote Year Travel
  • Muhammad Iqbal Baharum, CTO, Eartistic Healthcare
  • Nowrid Amin, Digital Marketing Strategist, IQI Global Property
  • Richard Gorman, Co-Founder, Sunrise Home Schooling
  • Roger Wong, Head of Digital, Shock Media Digital Agency
  • Saiful Rizal Zainuddin, Manager, MaGIC Entrepreneurship
  • Sailesh Wadhwa, Chief Strategist, Edelman Home Furnishing
  • Sereyboth Van, Co-founder & CTO, MotionsCloud Insurance logo
  • Stan Chew, Country Manager, Knorex Precision Marketing
  • Steven Tang, GM, Group Branding, EcoWorld Property
  • Soham Roy, Co-Founder, Expostores Blockchain
  • Syahril Anuar Idris, CTO, Krenovator IoT & Robotics
  • Vimal Kumar, CEO, Yellow Porter Logistics
  • Wan Imran, Director, Paper&Toast Coworking

Glossary
Digital adtech has become arcane, starting from CTR (click through rate), CPA (cost per acquisition), CPC (cost per click) and CPM (cost per thousand impressions), CPL (cost per lead), it has now acquired concepts like:
  • RTB - Real time bidding (real time ad buy eg upon you typing 'burger')
  • DSP - Demand side platform (for advertisers to buy ads in RTB)
  • SSP - Supply side platform (for publishers to sell inventory in RTB)
  • DMP - Data management plaform (data from cookies, trackers etc)
  • DCO - Dynamic creative optimization (auto personalized ad design)
  • Progammatic - Use of software to automatically buy and sell ads
  • AdExchanges - One plaform, multiple networks (Google, Facebook etc)

Adtech: Digital 1 2 sample startups
  • Beeswax - Robot for conducting RTB for sophsticated advertisers
  • YieldBot - Find consumers at their greatest point of need
  • Celtra - Dynamic, real-time ad design
  • BounceX - De-anonymize marketing data
  • OpenSlate - Align ads to what a video (eg YouTube) is showing
  • Sprinklr - One system, multiple social channels (Facebook, Twitter etc)
  • Release - Instagram ambassador management system
  • AuraVision - Marketing insights from store-cam video of consumers

Adtech: Possibilities
Djgital adtech has gone arcane, raising the bar to entry. Alternatives to directly joining the RTB tech arms-race:
  • Transit - Aggregated ad buying across taxis, buses, trains, airplanes
  • Display - Programmable, real-time LED banner display for taxis
  • Billboads - Aggregated ad buying for billboards, street posters (vs ahlongs)
  • Inventory - Low cost ad buying models (early-bird, spare inventory etc)
  • Facility - Indirectly advertise by helping others (eg friendly mall directory)

USD 10,000 Funding From Y-Combinator

Y Combinator's Starup School is running a free, 10-week (approx 2 months) online course starting August 28th, 2018. The top 100 graduates will receive an equity-free funding of USD 10,000, a video interview with a YC partner and help in getting into YC's accelerator. Startups will also receive USD 50,000 in credits towards Digital Ocean, AWS and other services. Closing date for applying for the online course is August 13th (presumably by Monday, 11:59 pm California time = 2:59 pm, Tuesday, August 14th, KL/SG GMT+8 time). The curriculum includes:
  • Startup Wisdom - Paul Graham, Y Combinator
  • Building an Engineering Team - Harj Taggar, TripleByte
  • Sales from Zero to a Million - Tyler Bosmeny, Clever
  • The Path to $100 Billion - Paul Buchheit, Y Combinator

Pick of Startups via YC batch S17 & W18
In contrast with ICO sites, YC startup sites are generally understated, possibly because the startups are just starting off, focused on development, or are keeping some of their cards close to their chests.
  • Dharma - Tokenized savings accounts, municipal bonds, CDOs
  • OpenSea - Crypto collectibles (like collecting paintings and stamps)
  • Hexel - Easily create a digital currency, store and ewallet
  • SafetyWing - Insurance for digital nomads
  • Sudden - Instant coffee that is better than Starbucks coffee
  • SuperMedium - VR browser for the immersive web
  • Repl - Browser based IDE
  • Voicery - Realistic computer generated voices
  • Piccolo - Gesture recognition (eg. for device control)
  • Momentus - Water-plasma space rocket
  • Carrot - Fertility benefits for companies
  • Flowspace - Airbnb for warehousing
  • FatLlama - P2P rental marketplace for high-value items

Pick of Events (W5-Aug-2018)
Picks are released extra early this week because of YC's application due date.

General
Link Gazelles vs Unicorns @ Singapore
Link Artisan Entrepreneurship @ HongKong
Link Strategic Marketing @ Bangkok tix
Link Creative Pitch @ Penang
Link Publishers vs Agencies @ KualaLumpur tix
Link Cloud Adoption @ KualaLumpur
Link Customs SST @ KualaLumpur
Link EY Smart City @ KualaLumpur

Arts
Link Diverse City @ KualaLumpur
Link Lipstick @ KualaLumpur info
Link Poetry Tipple @ KualaLumpur
Link Gastro Currency @ KualaLumpur info
Link Kongsi Gelap Kolab @ KualaLumpur

Lectures
Link Social Business @ KualaLumpur
Link Zero Carbon @ KualaLumpur
Link EU Expansion @ KualaLumpur tix

Hackathons
Link Grey is the New Black @ HongKong
Link Flight Hackathon @ Singapore
Link Fintech Hackathon @ Singapore

Human Capital
Link HR Disrupt @ KualaLumpur tix
Link HR Breakfast @ KualaLumpur
Link HR Gamification @ KualaLumpur
Link Employee Experience @ KualaLumpur
Link Boss of The Future @ KualaLumpur

Smart City: Mobility Environment Living

Smart City Hackathon Hong Kong 2018  @ HK, Sep 1-2, 2018, tix [project submission link not working]. The challenge themes are mobility, environment and living; the solution themes are big data, IoT and blockchain. Of particular note is the number of datasets that will be made available including:

  • HKSTP - Energy consumption, shared bikes, public transport, people flow
  • Radica -  Car park availability, housing prices, supermarket price watch
  • GreenSafety - Driving patterns of mini-buses
  • HKIA - Airport facilities and schedules
  • Uber - Uber offers by location
  • Arrow - IoT sensor data
  • Remotec - IoT service data
  • SCMP - News articles
  • Midland [?] - Property transactions



Cities Updates

Mobility Updates
  • Walmart - Consumer brand driven autonomous transport (vs car branded) 
  • Reviver - Smart E-Ink & RFID license plate (reimagines the plate as a display)
  • London - Electric vehicles only for certain streets begins (in August 2018)
  • Madrid - Only zero-emissions vehicles in city centre (from November 2018)
  • Oslo - No cars in city centre (from January 2019)
  • ElectricBuses - To be commoditized like solar panels 



Pick of Events (W4-Aug-2018)
1. Picks mainly focus on boutique events. 2. KualaLumpur or KL refers to Greater Kuala Lumpur encompassing Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and vicinities. Ditto Johor (Johor Bahru, Iskandar Puteri etc) and Penang (Georgetown, Butterworth etc).

General
Link Yahoo Experience @ KualaLumpur
Link Smart Factory @ KualaLumpur
Link Smart Silk Road @ KualaLumpur t1 t2
Link Internet Finance @ KualaLumpur tix
Link Google DialogFlow @ KualaLumpur tix
Link IoT Security @ KualaLumpur
Link Destination Marketing @ KiualaLumpur
Link Cage-Free F&B @ KualaLumpur
Link Open Office @ KualaLumpur
Link New Village @ KualaLumpur
Link Bartered Bride @ KualaLumpur
Link Indie Coffee @ KualaLumpur
Link BioActive Snakes @ KualaLumpur
Link Rusty Python @ KualaLumpur
Link Liveable City @ Johor
Link Startup Festival @ Johor
Link Future Work @ Penang
Link White Curry @ Penang
Link Startup Journeys @ Singapore
Link Startup Weekend @ Singapore
Link Youth on Top @ Jakarta

Ecommerce
Link Alibaba Experience @ KualaLumpur tix
Link Lorikeet Lazada @ KualaLumpur t1 t2
Link eStore Ready @ KualaLumpur tix
Link Cybersale Meetup @ KualaLumpur
Link Export Now @ KualaLumpur

Women
Link Women in STEM @ Jakarta tix
Link Pitch Night @ KualaLumpur tix
Link Voices of Women @ Johor tix
Link Silicon Valley @ Penang t1 t2
Link Startup Women @ Penang

Langkawi versus Bali

Jetpack, Langkawi, Malaysia Link

ClockIn by AyalaLand, Manila, Philippines Link

SmartHub, Rockhampton, Australia Link

WeStart by Tencent, Hong Kong Link

The Coterie by QUT, Brisbane, Australia Link

Basestation, Tauranga, New Zealand Link

WorkIs, Hong Kong Link

Acceler8, Manila, Philippines Link

[Resident tabby @] ItWorks, Macau, China Link

[The post title refers to a topic in a forthcoming coworking forum.] August's free coworking day is tomorrow (Thursday). Since we last looked a couple of months ago, the informal free-coworking-first-Thursday-of-the-month alliance has added 18 members, 9 which are featured above. In other coworking news:
  • CoDining - Shared dining (order food delivery or BYO)
  • CoF&B - Shared restaurant (two or more restaurants in one location)
  • CoNursery - Shared childcare (coworking with nursery)
  • CoFacility - Shared public amenities (eg. metered washrooms)
  • CoGym - Turn gyms into coworking spaces (for fitness buff cowokers)
  • CoLiving - An uptick in startups (niche between hotels (day) & lease (year))
  • WeMarket - WeWork enters retail, markets tenants' products
  • WeConsult - WeWork becomes consultants, for enterprise coworking
  • WeEmploy - WeWork is New York City's largest private employer...
Over sharing? Perhaps not, businesses could be tuning into the next iteration of the sharing economy after the first iteration heralded the likes of Uber, Airbnb and WeWork.

Pick of Events (W3-Aug-2018)

General
Link Coworking: Langkawi or Bali @ KL
Link Digital Wednesday @ KualaLumpur
Link Solar Opportunities @ KualaLumpur
Link Cloud Security @ KualaLumpur tix
Link UX Centered Design @ KualaLumpur
Link Adtech Hackathon @ KualaLumpur
Link Animal Ophthalmology @ KualaLumpur
Link Employee UX @ KualaLumpur tix
Link Digital F&B @ KualaLumpur
Link Digital Economy @ KualaLumpur new
Link Employability Pitch @ KualaLumpur
Link Object Orientated Ninja @ Cyberjaya tix
Link Logistics as The Differentiator @ EcoCity
Link Holstein Cash Cow @ Johor
Link Artificial Intelligence @ Johor
Link Silicon Valley Women @ Johor
Link SME Conference @ Singapore
Link State of Robotics @ Singapore

Cities
Link Cities in Peril @ KualaLumpur
Link Transit Orientated @ KualaLumpur
Link Urban Agriculture @ KualaLumpur
Link SmartCity Econnerce @ KualaLumpur
Link Floating Farms @ Singapore
Link Transforming Transport @ Singapore
Link Future Cities @ HongKong
Link Property Tokenisation @ HongKong

Distributed Ledger
Link Distributed Apps Hackathon @ Cyberjaya tix
Link Smart Contracts for Noobs @ KualaLumpur
Link Open Source Ledger Corda @ KualaLumpur
Link Buy Contracts from Vending Machines @ Kuching

Crypto And The Middleman


Businesses increasingly need to go through a gauntlet to reach their audience [above, OTA=online travel agency like Expedia, Agoda etc]. The pendulum has swung from proprietary systems to the heady freedom of early internet and now to the dominance of platforms. The above diagram from Triip, a tour aggregator [VN-based, SG-domiciled], illustrates the challenges faced by small businesses in customer acquisition, which Triip proposes to address using its own cryptocurrency. How could crypto get the better of middlemen? Find out from the founder of Triip as he speaks at a blockchain meetup [Tue, 31st July 2018, 7pm @ Kuala Lumpur, tix]

Pick of Events (W2-Aug-2018)
Events listed may fall before, during or after the indicated week.

General
Link The Anthropocene Epoch @ KualaLumpur
Link What's New in Web 2018 @ KualaLumpur
Link Fintech Pitch Briefing @ KualaLumpur
Link Lean Manufacturing @ KualaLumpur
Link China Certification @ KualaLumpur
Link IoT Smart Factory @ KualaLumpur
Link Green Drinks @ KualaLumpur
Link Asean Digital Economy @ Bangkok
Link Advances in AI & Analytics @ Manila
Link Meet Magento @ Jakarta
Link Future of Payments @ Jakarta
Link SME Ecommerce @ Penang tix
Link Going Cashless @ ShahAlam
Link eWallet Marketing @ Cyberjaya
Link Consulting Firms @ Starling
Link Women's Meetup @ EcoCity

Crypto caveat emptor
Link Crypto Unconference @ Singapore
Link Blockchain Guide @ Singapore
Link Blockchain Women @ Singapore tix
Link Blockchain Regulations @ Singapore
Link One Block at a Time @ Singapore
Link The Triip Protocol @ KualaLumpur
Link Tokenized Registries @ Cyberjaya
Link Bitcoin in Detail @ Cyberjaya
Link Posh Crypto @ Penang tix

Arts
Link Arts Festival @ Johor
Link Arts Festival @ Penang
Link Arts Festival @ Kelantan
Link Arts Festival @ Singapore
Link Arts Festival @ Cyberjaya
Link Arts Festival @ ShahAlam
Link Arts Festival @ KualaLumpur
Link Ads Festival @ KualaLumpur
Link Jazz Festival @ KualaLumpur

DeepTech Competition


The University of Malaya Centre for Innovation and Commercialization (UMCIC) invites researchers, scientists & entrepreneurs to attend a briefing from Hello Tomorrow on the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge 2018. [10:30am - 12pm, August 1st, 2018, UM Makerspace, Kuala Lumpur, tix | info].

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a worldwide science & technology startup competition designed specifically to address deeptech. The Challenge gives scientists and deeptech entrepreneurs a platform for their research and projects, providing equity-free prize money as well as funding opportunities, global visibility and connections with key players in deeptech.

Hello Tomorrow 2016 Winners info
  • Lilium - Electric vertical takeoff and landing jet vid
  • Koniku - Neuron computers (cells are taken from the skin, not the brain) top
  • H2Go - Solid state hydrogen storage (for off-peak storage, off-grid power)
  • SafetyNet - Use light for selective fishing (reduce catching unwanted fishes)
  • Canard - Inspect airports (runway, systems) using drones (vs costly planes)
  • CocoPallet - Coconut pallets (vs fumigicide, deforestration for wooden ones) 
  • Blitab - Tactile tablet (can do braille, tactile navigation etc)
  • Semsio - Allergen and pollutant analysis
  • Gigabot - Industrial 3D printer

Hello Tomorrow 2017 Winners info
  • Ampaire - Electric planes that are quieter, cleaner and cheaper to fly
  • Arculus - Modular manufacturing that is hive-like (vs linear-like)
  • Mycroft - Open source, customisable version of Alexa, Siri, Cortana vid
  • SkyTree - Office stuffy and you are sleepy because of carbon dioxide?
  • SoundBounce - Acoustic dampeners for quieter cars, planes, factories etc
  • WalkWithPath - Help the mobility challenged walk using lasers vid
  • SaathiPads - Biodegradable, compostable hygiene products from banana fibre
  • Layer - Printed photovoltaic cells that use ambient light to power IoT vid
  • NEXT - Swarm transportation system vid | math

Pick of Events (W1-Aug-2018)
Link Deep Learning @ KualaLumpur
Link EPF & CIMB Fintech @ KualaLumpur
Link Fintech Demo Day @ KualaLumpur
Link Seedstars Pitch @ KualaLumpur
Link Speed Ecommerce @ KualaLumpur
Link Ecommerce Fair @ KualaLumpur
Link Ecommerce Access to Japan @ KL
Link Green Industrial Revolution @ KL
Link LinkedIn Meetup @ KualaLumpur
Link Liberal Latté @ KualaLumpur
Link Art of Dice @ KualaLumpur art | dice
Link Smart Nation IoT @ Singapore

Distributed Ledger Events
A looming global trade war could be perking interest in cryptocurrencies and distributed ledgers going by a bumper crop of crypto events, including:
Link Islamic Blockchain @ KualaLumpur
Link Blockchain Insights @ Jakarta
Link Unlocking Unbanked Capital @ SG
Link ICO Grand Slam @ Singapore
Link Blockchain Power Grid @ Singapore
Link Blockchain Conversation @ HongKong
Link ICOs TradingDesks CryptoFunds @ HK
Link Non-Fungible Token Hackathon @ HK eg. non-fungible: stamps, paintings

The Sales and Services Tax


The UTAR Centre for Extension Education (CEE) will be conducting a complimentary Sales and Services Tax (SST) seminar on August, 17th, 2018, 2:30pm - 4:30pm @ KualaLumpur. [ tix ] The presenters are Yap Wai Onn, CA and Leong May Yi, CPA. Faculty of Accountancy and Management, UTAR. Possible topics and questions:
  • Which businesses will be required to collect tax?
  • Will there be a threshold (the GST threshold was RM 500K)?
  • What is the grace period to get tax collection in order?
  • Is software goods (10% tax) or services (6% tax) or both? 
  • If sofware is goods, will clients benefit moving to subscription or SaaS?
  • In ecommerce, are shipping and handling counted as services?
  • If a seller raise prices within x months, will he or she be collared?
  • Will foreign sellers have to collect tax?

Startup Picks: H1 2018 (HK TW)


Horizon Ventures (HK) info Li Ka Shing's venture arm
  • Divergent3D - 3D print a car top video
  • Owlstone - Non-invasive diagnostics using a breathalyzer
  • SailDrone - Long range ocean drones for data collection
  • SoulMachines - Add a realistic looking face to a chatbot 
  • Q-Ctrl - First steps in quantum machines
  • Evolve - Make gut microbome (bacterial ecosystem) as pristine as a newborn
  • Baobab - Emmy winning interactive story about 2 world-saving bunnies 
  • CorePhotonics - Dual/triple cameras (optics, algorithms, actuators, software)
  • Cortica - AI vision (monitor 1000s of cameras, self driving > 99% accuracy) 
  • Teralytics - Future of mobility as infrastructure (vs unit vehicles like e-cars)
  • Roli - Modular piano

Startup Stadium (TW) info
  • AirSig - Wave phone as signature (vs passwords)
  • Blocks - Modular smart watch (vs hardware cramping, miniaturization)
  • Alchema - Gadget that inputs fruits, outputs cider ...not home brewing
  • Augmenta - Industrial smart glasses (eg. alternative to control panels)
  • Dipp - AI selected marketing visuals
  • Frm - Fan + Frm = Friend (make your fans your friends)
  • KidsDynamic - Teach children the value of time
  • YoCam - Compact, weatherproof mobility camera
  • PlotDB - Data visualisation (charts, plots, maps) as a service
  • RadioFlux - Cup-shaped smart light bulbs
  • Singularity Infinity - Solve mobility problems with mathematics
  • OmiCam - Image stablized, VR camera that is designed to run for hours
  • Viscovery - Find and categorise stuff in videos (people, objects, scenes)

Garage+ (TW) info local investments
  • Gauis - E-Mobility infrastructure 
  • Deepforce - Face detection, identification, grouping creepytech
  • ATgenomix - Genomics NGS (next generation sequencing)
  • Wasai - Hadoop acceleration using FPGA (configurable hardware)
  • Coolso - Wearable gesture control
  • Sinitic - Multi-lingual, multi-tasking chatbot
  • Qubii - Auto backup phone while charging

Garage+ (TW) info foreign investments
    • PrintCB - Copper ink for printing electronics
    • Wavelite - Ultralight IoT network that rides on ambient signals
    • Kepler - Latency tolerant broadband for remote locations
    • FileFlex - Serverless cloud (no need to upload files)
    • RatTrap - Antivirus for IoT that does not require per device installation
    • Sorama - Acoustic cameras to 'see' sound (visualize source and intensity)
    • EmbrWave - Simulate cooling (heating) by cooling (heating) a patch of skin
    • Mfluidx - Lower cost diagnostic assay for point-of-care, small clinics
    • iBand+ - Gadget for lucid dreams

    Bonus: Cradle Fund (MY) info a longer version of a previous listing
    • Furley - ODM and OEM bioextracts link fixed
    • Mediven - Test kits for dengue, zika, malaria, cholera etc
    • Zymeratics - Custom-made industrial enzymes
    • CellTissue - Bioengineered skin for healing and cosmetics
    • NutriBrown - Brown rice that is smooth and yummy
    • KroBox - Lighting that fades in and out (vs abrupt on-off) 
    • Ecava - Hassle free web-based SCADA (factory dashboard)
    • Glueck - Electrronic billboard that can read its audience 
    • Vav - Ultrasound communications that ride on TV, radio etc
    • PouchNation - ePayment smart band for events
    • TuneBoss - Motorbike ECU that is controllable from a phone
    • Neutrinos - Decarbonize car engines with hydrogen
    • Ara - Affordable space for large events
    • Mestrae - One footwear, multiple heels

    A Date with Alena


    Fundraisng For the Future Bid for a one-to-one mentorship ('date') with the following celebrities at Global Shapers' charity fundraiser for After5 which helps students make the leap from childhood (secondary school) to semi-adulthood (tertiary studies, work, gap etc). Happening this Saturday, July 14th, 2018, 2pm-5pm at KohiYatta, Kuala Lumpur. Entry is via a FavePay payment of minimum MYR 10, this amount is then usable to bid for a date. [ info | tix | droid | ios ]. Mentors:

    Pick of Events (W4-July-2018)
    Link Forbes 30 under 30 @ HongKong
    Link Drone Highway Service @ Singapore
    Link Serverless Go-Jek @ Singapore
    Link Dentsu Ignite @ Manila
    Link AgTech Hackathon @ Perth
    Link Climate and Food @ Perth
    Link Four Hours @ Johor
    Link Tourism Hackathon @ Johor
    Link Applied Radiation @ KualaLumpur
    Link Network Operators @ KualaLumpur
    Link Wordpress Meetup @ KualaLumpur
    Link International Marketing @ KualaLumpur tix
    Link Architecture Modelling @ KualaLumpur tix
    Link PM Dinner @ KualaLumpur
    Link Expat Mingle @ KualaLumpur
    Link Entrepreneurs Night @ KualaLumpur tix
    Link Gurl Power @ KualaLumpur
    Link Coffee Fest @ KualaLumpur

    Startup Picks: H1 2018 (Accelerators)


    Barclays Unreasonable Impact (HK) info
    • Ampere - Electric bikes, trikes, scooters trolleys and buggies 
    • GridComm - Turn street lamps into a city wide IoT network 
    • LeafResources - Turn biomass into sugars

    Betatron Accelerator (HK) info demoday
    • PatentBot - Check and register IP (trademarks, copyright etc) via a chatbot
    • OxPeckerLabs - Skin sensors to monitor hydration & body temperature
    • CryptAM - Investment fund that tracks the top 25 cryptocurrencies

    Cradle Startup Fund (MY) info
    • Furley - ODM and OEM bioextracts
    • Mediven - Test kits for dengue, zika, malaria, cholera etc
    • Zymeratics - Custom-made industrial enzymes

    Cyberview Living Lab (MY) info
    • Touchless - Parking via vehicle plate recognition
    • IdeasSparq - Autonomous guided vehicles for factories
    • MedKad - Smartphone based medical card

    DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge (SG) info
    • Desolenator - Solar desalinator 
    • PayItFoward - Favour exchange network (vs FB's news. selfies, memes etc)
    • ATEC - Biodigester that turns leftovers into cooking gas

    EBAN Sofia 2018 (RO) info
    • Dronamics - Small, autonomous planes (= small, inexpensive airports)
    • Ekofolio - ICO for investing in sustainable forests
    • Wohwagon - Self-sustaining, off-the-grid housing

    Echelon 2018 Awardees (SG) info
    • TreeDots - Monetising sub-prime food 
    • Yomee - Gadget that inputs milk and outputs yogurt
    • WebTotem - Domain monitoring

    French Accelerator (FR) info
    • Telcoin - A telco issued coin for roaming, payment, remittances etc
    • Clay - Gesture recognition (computer vision swiping etc, no device needed)
    • Love - Bring vinyl records into the smartphone era

    German Accelerator (DE) info
    • Mitte - Turn water into mineral water (by filtering & adding minerals)
    • Oculyze - Turn phones into microscopes with auto image recognition
    • SimScale - Browser-based simulation of fluid dynamics etc

    Infiniti Lab (CA) info
    • DriveHer - Ride sharing by women for women
    • Clutch - Test drive cars without the (pesky) salesperson [slow loading]
    • Acerta - Analysis and machine learning of automotive shopfloor data

    MaGIC Global Accelerator (MY) info
    • Heal - High protein beverage
    • Branch8 - Post once, sell on multiple marketplaces (Amazon, eBay etc)
    • VikingGarage - Motorbike rental

    Propteq Participants (HK) info

    SAP Tsinghua Trip Awardees info

    SOW Asia Social Enteprise Accelerator (HK) info event
    • EcoMatcher - Help companies boost CSR by adopting trees 
    • RooftopRepublic - Turn rooftops into farms [javascript heavy]
    • HKRecycles - Seamless recycling service for businesses

    University of Cambridge Accelerator (UK) info
    • Nūfood - Digitally design and 3D print food
    • Nuclera - Building genomes to engineer biology
    • Immaterial - Store gas in a sponge, not a tank

    Y Combinator Winter 2018  (US) info demoday Winter=H1
    Unpolished websites but the startups must have had substance to get into YC.
    • CognitionIP - AI-based patent drafting that is 2-4 times less expensive
    • Medumo - Prepare patients before they arrive; reduce cancellations by 50%
    • Nutrigene - Liquid vitamin supplements that are 10x better than pills

    Speaker Test

    1. To test whether the left and right speakers or headphones are placed on the correct sides. 2. To highlight audio tech from Dolby Laboratories. [Four videos in this post.]

    Standard Stereo (1990)

    Witnessing Climate Change First Hand


    KWAP Inspire Environmental Conference 2018 [17-18 July 2018 @ Kuala Lumpur, USD 465, info] Topics [abridged titles, only one panelist shown].
    • Witnessing Climate Change First Hand - Robert Swan, Polar Explorer image
    • Environmental Stewardship - Melissa Moi, Bank of America
    • Challenges and Solutions - Dionysius Sharma, WWF
    • Beyond Fossil Fuels - Roger Charles, Standard Chartered
    • Green Financial Instruments - Felipe Gordillo, BNP Paribas
    • Capping Temperature Rise to 2° by 2100 - Eric Usher, UNEPFI
    • Investment for E&S Risks - Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad, KWAP
    • Green Stock Exchange - Emilia Tee, Bursa Malaysia
    • Feeding Asia - Audrey Cheung, McDonald’s
    • Portfolio Aligment: Green or Black? - Anubhuti Gupta, AXA

    Pick of Events (W3-July-2018)
    Events listed may fall before, during or after the indicated week. Kuala Lumpur refers to Greater Kuala Lumpur which encompasses Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Bangi and vicinities.
    Link Mirror Neurons @ KualaLumpur
    Link eWallet Charity Auction @ KL venue
    Link Identify Valuable Tokens @ KL tix
    Link Electronic Sculpting @ KL tix
    Link The Hustler @ KualaLumpur tix
    Link Circular Economy @ KualaLumpur
    Link Alibaba Success Stories @ KL
    Link Startup Stories @ KualaLumpur
    Link F&B Manufacturing @ KualaLumpur
    Link Anti-Profiteering @ KualaLumpur
    Link Traders Market @ KualaLumpur
    Link Cosplay Summit @ KualaLumpur
    Link Voices @ KualaLumpur
    Link Entrepreneurship @ Kuching
    Link Rainforest Festival @ Kuching
    Link Heritage @ Penang
    Link Go Solar @ Penang info
    Link Mix Around @ Johor
    Link Learn to Pitch @ Johor
    Link Raise Money @ Johor
    Link Liveable Resilient Cities @ SG
    Link DeepTech for The World @ SG
    Link Blockchain in Tencent @ Singapore
    Link Hardware Startups @ Singapore
    Link From Theory to $26B @ SG tix
    Link Drupal Camp @ Singapore
    Link Collaborative Payments @ Jakarta
    Link Founder of Tinder @ HongKong
    Link Grow Faster in Asia @ HongKong