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    Feb 09, 2017

    Feb 6, 2017, Abu Dhabi --(ASIA TODAY)-- Focusing on building an IT defense strategy that works, the Cyber Resilience and InfoSec 2017 conference kicked off at the Sofitel Hotel in Abu Dhabi today. Endorsed by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association - ISACA (UAE Chapter), the conference witnessed a gathering of information security and cyber defense experts who will address topics ranging from cyberwars and dangers of ransomware to the changing role of women in IT security over the course of the next two days.

    Launching the event with a keynote address, Stephen Gaudin, FBI Legal Attaché at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, spoke on the FBI's Cyber Program Initiatives and their collaboration with both private and public sectors to curb cyber intrusion. Gaudin was followed by Chris Yule, Senior Security Researcher, at SecureWorks, who commented on the significance of this event saying: “The UAE is a key market in an increasingly globalized world and it’s important for us to engage with prominent decision makers in the region about how they can protect their organizations against growing cybersecurity threats."

    “With cyber-attacks on the increase and a conveyor belt of high-profile IT security breaches hitting the headlines, organizations need to prioritize their incident response plan and build a proactive, ongoing incident management program to counter any future security breach. By working with a trusted partner, organizations can ensure that they’re well protected against emerging threat group trends and directing their resources to protect the appropriate part of their business”. Yule added.

    One of the 1st day’s highlights also included a Though Leader Panel that saw a group of CIO's and CISO’s from Cleveland Clinic, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, GE Corporate, Corporate Services Emirates Global Aluminum and Dubai Customs on how companies need to drive the issues of cyber security further up the board's agenda. The discussion saw both participants and delegates debate on topics such as increasing security governance and aligning an organization's enterprise risk management with information security and privacy functions.

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    With governments increasing investments in technology and smart city infrastructure, countries are moving towards a technology dependent framework which also brings with it a multitude of security challenges. Speaking from the telecom perspective, Saeed Abdulla of du compared evolving technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) to Internet of Threats and how we still need to harness its power and leverage it for digital immunity. Speaking on cloud technology, Dr. Jassim Haji, Director IT at Gulf Air presented a case study on enterprise social media and cloud adaptations and how Gulf Air has implemented big data on the cloud. The case study also looked into the effects of cloud business applications and security controls.

    The event also included two key panel discussions on placing cyber security in the at the heart of 'smart enterprise" and how companies need to transform the security mindset and rethink cyber security to ensure effective technology adoption, education and awareness to overcome critical pain points for today and tomorrow. Participants on these panels included representatives from the likes of Emirates Investment Authority, Takreer, Object Management Group, Dubai Airports and Etihad Aviation Group presenting an interesting cross-industry perspective.

    Key figures from Dubai Smart Government, GE MENAT, Cleveland Clinic, National Bank of Egypt, Khalifa University and National Bank of Abu Dhabi will be addressing topics on e-government evolution, safe and secure e-smart government infrastructure. Experts from the industry like Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP Middle East) and Object Management Group (OMG) will also shed light on how password policies are not effective and the importance of standards in cyber security for both industry and government.

    From an IT solution standpoint, delegates will be hearing from Ray Kafity of Attivo Networks on the art and science for advance threat detection and Gordon Lawson from PhishMe will discuss how to reduce susceptibility to human-targeted attacks by providing immersive simulated phishing and how to empower users to be human sensors that can recognize and report suspected attacks, thus reducing the attack detection window.

    The highlight of the 2nd day of the conference will be a discussion panel on the changing role of Women in IT Security focusing on obstacles impacting women’s participation in the industry, attracting and retaining female IT security professionals and leaderships style difference between women and men. The “women empowerment panel” will feature Irene Corpuz, head of IT security at Abu Dhabi Government Entity, Deepika DiGiovine, CIO at MENAT, Meera Al Mansoori, Head of Information Security at Abu Dhabi Government Entity, Abeer Khedr, Information Security Officer at National Bank of Egypt and Rasha Abu AlSaud, Senior VP and CISO at a leading bank in Saudi Arabia.

    Cyber Resilience & InfoSec 2017 is organized by Fleming, with the support of ISACA, OWASP and OMG. The conference is sponsored by SecureWorks, Attivo Networks, Bitdefender, PhishMe, Arbor Networks, F-Secure, Go-Trust, mimecast, DarkTrace and Blackberry.

    Nader Muqbel
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    Tel: +971 46091564
    nader.muqbel@fleming.events

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    Dubai --(ASIA TODAY)-- United Arab Emirates, 8th of February 2017: AEEDC Dubai Conference and Exhibition continued on its 2nd day at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre with a number of scientific activities that have attracted a huge number of dental students, dental specialists, industry leaders and professionals. AEEDC Exhibition has also witnessed a huge turnaround of visitors who were introduced to the latest medical devices, technologies and equipment displayed by leading companies in the dental field.

    The second day of the AEEDC Dubai Conference featured a number of scientific activities including the 14th Global Scientific Dental Alliance Meeting, which gathered more than 130 representatives and directors of dental associations from more than 92 countries. The meeting was presided by Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani the Executive Chairman of AEEDC Dubai Conference and Exhibition and the GSDA, and Prof. Abdullah Al Shammery, Scientific Consultant of the Executive Board of Council for the Health Ministers of the GCC States and the Scientific Chairman Global Scientific Dental Alliance, Dr. Nasser Al-Malik, Scientific Chairman of AEEDC Dubai and Dr. Tariq Khoory, Honorary Chairman of AEEDC Dubai and a number of dignitaries.

    The conference has resumed its scientific sessions that has reached to 170 lectures presented by 150 speakers. Dr. Nasser Al Malik, AEEDC Conference Scientific Chairman, explained that the sessions are abundant with case studies and experiments showing great success in compensating the teeth using 3D printing techniques (also known as additive manufacturing). He added, "Over the course of 2 days, the conference will run for the first time the Digital Dentistry Society Symposium which discusses in great detail the findings of recent experiments in the field of dental printing, using 3D print technology."

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    Al Malik stated, "The new 3D tooth printing allows scanning the mouth of the patient to capture its dimensions. Then the dimensions are directly transferred to the lab to print a new tooth to be implanted within 48 hours."

    "The 3D scanning of the infected tooth; a technique that allows the doctor to see with great accuracy the tooth, identifies the exact part to begin treating," he added.

    The conference also highlights actual case studies that have proven successful in treating dental diseases, using stem cells.

    He pointed out that these experiments - first tested on animals such as rabbits and rats, showed great results. The new treatment is based on removing the infected part in the tooth, followed by implanting stem cells in the teeth itself. Those cells are usually taken from the teeth, spinal marrow, or the patient's bone.

    Al Malik mentioned that the new stem cells therapy helps in the natural growth of the teeth, minimizing the need for using traditional materials to compensate the affected parts of the tooth.

    AEEDC Dubai 2017 has also featured the 8th AEEDC Student Competition which has attracted this year 10 universities that included: Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Alfarabi College of Dentistry and Nursing, Imam Abdulrahman Alfaisal University, Gulf Medical University, RAK College of Dental Sciences, University of Sharjah, Umm Al-Qura University, King Khalid University, King Abdulaziz University, and Oman Dental College.

    The UAE International Dental Conference and Arab Dental Exhibition (AEEDC Dubai 2017) will continue until 9th of February, and it is organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions, a member of INDEX Holding. It is worth mentioning that Dubai Health Authority, INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions (an ADA CERP recognized provider), and Arab Academy for Continuing Dental Education accredit AEEDC Dubai Conference.

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    (8 February, 2017, Hong Kong) Fullshare Holdings Limited ("Fullshare Holdings" or the "Company"; SEHK stock code: 607, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), is pleased to announce that on 6 February 2017, the Company entered into a term sheet with the vendors in relation to the possible acquisition of the entire issued share capital at a consideration of S$231.9 million and the assignment of shareholder loans of Plaza Ventures Pte. Ltd. of S$133.6 million by Fullshare Holdings or any company nominated by Fullshare Holdings and agreed to by the Vendors ("the purchaser"). Plaza Ventures Pte. Ltd. is a Singapore registered developer and owner of GSH Plaza, a commercial and office development project situated in the central business district of Raffles Place in Singapore.

    Mr. Ji Changqun, Executive Director, Chairman and CEO of Fullshare Holdings said, "The available office units are valued at S$2,900 per square foot. We are glad to have a discount of 6% from the average price of S$3070 psf for GSH plaza strata office units sold based on the historical transaction record and believe it has great potential for appreciation in the future as a premium Grade A office building."

    The vendors included (1) GSH Properties Pte. Ltd. ("GSH Properties"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-listed GSH Corporation Limited (SGX stock code: BDX), (2) TYJ Group Pte. Ltd. ("TYJ Group"), a company wholly owned by the executive chairman of GSH Corporation Limited, and (3) Vibrant DB2 Pte. Ltd. ("Vibrant DB2"), a joint venture of Singapore-listed Vibrant Group Limited (SGX stock code: BIP) and DB2 Properties Pte. Ltd., a private property developer in Singapore.

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    Pursuant to the term sheet, GSH Properties, TYJ Group and Vibrant DB2, will transfer and assign their rights and interest in the respective shareholder loans totaled S$133.6 million to the purchaser, subject to the completion of the possible acquisition. On the other hand, an ultimate shareholder of Vibrant DB2 or a corporate entity acceptable to purchaser shall purchase all of the retail units located on the first and second floors of GSH Plaza at a consideration of S$75.6 million plus the Goods and Services Tax.

    Mr. Ji said, "Fullshare Holdings continues to focus its efforts in investing in healthy living and lifestyle. Having a significant presence in Singapore, one of Asia's greenest cities, is a major milestone and demonstrates Fullshare Holdings' continued interest in this market. As the Group continues to expand abroad, we look to continually partner with established and highly reputable entrepreneurs such as Mr. Sam Goi, hopefully the GSH Plaza transaction can open the doors for future cooperation opportunities as we continue to expand overseas."

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    About Fullshare Holdings Limited
    Aiming to develop itself into the world's leading service provider in grand health industry, Fullshare Holdings Limited focuses on its business of medical healthcare (traditional Chinese medicine, medical equipment, high-end medical care and maternal and infant care, etc.), healthy lifestyle (global timeshare, suburban light vacation, urban leisure and property development for healthcare and elderly care, etc.), O2O platform for health products and services as well as investment (healthcare, financial and other investments). The Group will integrate the resources of the global healthcare management and services, medical treatment, elderly care, tourism, finance, operation, market and property to construct an open platform in the grand health industry and will establish a business that covers all aspects of the value chain of the healthy living industry that benefits customers, business partners and Fullshare.

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    Feb 09, 2017

    Sure, times have changed. The way things are done and the hobbies that people get into have changed since more and more technology became mainstream. However, there are a lot of improvements that have been made and it is important to make sure that you are well aware of how such improvements can alter your life for the better.

    Your Home Is Now More Secure

    Back in the day, your best form of a security system was your dog and you had to hope that he didn’t develop hearing or eyesight problems. You also had to hope a burglar didn’t come prepared with a nice juicy steak to entertain your watchdog while he or she robbed you blind. With today’s technology, that is no longer your best first line of home security. There are now security cameras and alarm systems that are linked directly to companies that monitor them and who will immediately call the proper emergency departments as needed.

    You Have Access To Better Energy To Power Your Home

    Of course, to make sure that those security features are going to consistently work, you need access to reliable and affordable energy. Taking one look at the Corpus Christi electric rates will show you that you will not have to worry about affording the electric bill for your home. Your security will continue to be maintained and you will be able to make use of all of the creature comforts that have been brought to you over the years through the development of various forms of technology.

    You Have A Smart Phone

    Have you heard other people talk about how all they need in a phone is the ability to place a phone call or that there is no need for all of the extra functions of smart phones? While that may be true for some of your days, you will want to be prepared for anything, especially with how fast our lives move and how quickly things change.

    With the technology found in some smart phones, you are able to pinpoint the location of a loved one by tracking their phone. This is ideal for keeping an eye on teenagers or if you are worried that a family member might have wrecked their vehicle and you need to find them. You also do not have to worry as much about getting lost because many of the smart phones now come with GPS systems that can help you navigate just about any journey you need to take.

    You Can Get Help From Fitness Trackers

    Our lives can be so hectic that we can easily forget that we need to work out. If you need some reminders and you are someone that thrives on charts, graphs, and goal setting as your way to stay motivated, then you will want to check out some of the fitness trackers out there. Some can be found through your phone while others can be downloaded directly to your computer.

    This is important because the harder you work at staying fit, the less likely it is that you are going to develop many health problems. Even if you have to start slow and only work out for 10 minutes at a time, that is a great start and with the motivation you will receive from your fitness trackers, you will begin to notice an improvement in your health and endurance very soon.

    Technology is steadily becoming so mainstream that we hardly notice it. We see it as just a standard part of life. When we step back to take a look at the true advantages we have because of such technologies, it will become easier to see how we can make use of them in the best manner in order to improve our lives. Why not take advantage of all of the technology you can in order to have the best life possible?

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    Digital Journalism World Summit 2017 (3rd Edition)

    27-28 February 2017, Singapore will feature the news media industry’s leading innovative organizations who will discuss and demonstrate the latest news making tools and technology like VR in action, smart wearables, drones for creating spatial storytelling and 360-degree immersive content and stories. Also, get the latest developments in AI powered news bots and the rise and rise of messaging apps reaching out to the millennial audience globally. Get the latest insights on technology for adaptive journalism, social journalism, social publishing, data forensics for investigative work, and newsroom trends, culture and tools of collaboration.

    Featuring speakers from: CNN Worldwide, BBC News, Instagram, Financial Times, Quartz Bot Studio, Jakarta Post Digital, CItyLab, The Atlantic Media, ICIJ, Tempo, c’t Magazin & heise online, Google News Lab, Indian Express Digital, The Splice Newsroom, Stakk Factory, Mashable, The New York Times, Newsweek and many more.

    More information at http://www.djw2016summit.com
    To attend, email: info@asher-russell.com

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    SINGAPORE, 9 February 2017 --(ASIA TODAY)-- The second edition of INTERPOL World has garnered strong support from public and private sectors, both locally and on the international front. Owned by INTERPOL, the world’s largest police organization with 190 member countries, the event is supported by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the World Economic Forum and CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

    INTERPOL World provides a strategic platform for mutually beneficial collaborations, information sharing, innovations and solutions in response to security threats. It encapsulates the vision of a safer world through a multi-stakeholder approach by engaging the government, private and public sectors to address future security menaces.

    “INTERPOL World is a unique opportunity for law enforcement and industry to build partnerships for developing innovative solutions to the global security challenges of tomorrow,” said Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL Secretary General.

    To stay ahead of the game, law enforcement agencies and commercial organizations need to embrace current and future technologies to detect, prevent and investigate, so as to safeguard assets, property and citizens. Innovations in securing the cyberspace, public safety technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, drones, and identity management solutions such as biometrics, forensic sciences and investigations are some of the key enablers to better equip law enforcers and commercial entities with the necessary tools and solutions to counter future security challenges.

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    At least 300 international manufacturers and solutions providers will present their latest cutting-edge technologies to 10,000 security professionals and buyers from both public and private sectors. Market leaders such as Canon, Datacard, Gemalto, Kaspersky Lab, Microsoft, Oracle, NEC Corporation, Securiport, SICPA and Symantec have confirmed their participation at INTERPOL World to further strengthen their presence in the security landscape.

    INTERPOL World 2017 will also see strong participation from national groups led by trade offices, chambers of commerce and associations. Featuring the best capabilities and latest innovations from their countries, confirmed national groups include France led by Business France, Israel led by Israel Export Institute, and Singapore led by Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) and Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF). Participating for the first time as a National Group will be Italy led by Italian Chamber of Commerce Singapore, Japan led by Japan Network Security Association (JNSA) and USA led by the U.S. Commercial Service. This strong international presence reaffirms the recognition of INTERPOL World as an important platform for all to come together regularly for dialogues and sharing of ideas.

    With five months to the event, international visiting delegations from various law enforcement and private sectors have already booked their interest. The dedicated Visiting Delegation Programme is a vital part of the INTERPOL World event to ensure a perfect match of buyers with suppliers. Each delegation will have a customized itinerary in line with their profile and interest to maximize their time spent at the event. To date, visiting delegations from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Philippines have been confirmed.

    INTERPOL World will also see stronger support from international trade associations this year. (ISC)2, Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), Biometrics Institute, Cloud Security Alliance, European Corporate Security Association (ECSA), International Aviation Security Association (IASA), ISACA, and Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) have confirmed their support, recognizing INTERPOL World as an event for their members to source, learn and network. Trade organisations supporting the event for the first time include APSCA, Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner (CCTP), Cross-border Research Association (CBRA), EC Council, IEEE Communications Society, Security Identity Alliance, and World Association of Detectives (WAD).

    The INTERPOL World Congress will happen from 4 to 6 July while the INTERPOL World Exhibition will take place from 5 to 7 July 2017 at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. Please visit www.interpol-world.com for more information.

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    For further enquiries, please contact:
    HAN Jia Ni
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    DID : +65 6389 6637
    Email : jiani.han@mpinetwork.com

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    Celebrity Introduces 10 Events in 30 Seconds, Tongue-Twister Style!

    10 February 2017 – Celebrity Leon Lai has once again accepted the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s (HKTDC) invitation to return as Ambassador of the 13th Entertainment Expo. For this year’s 30-second promotional video, Mr Lai introduces all 10 events of the Entertainment Expo as a tongue-twister. He also invites the public to take part in this annual entertainment industry extravaganza.

    The promotional video was directed by Mr Lai himself, in which he recounts all the key events of the Entertainment Expo in a fast-paced tongue-twister, speaking at a rate of eight words a second. He ends the video with the meme, “Come and support the industry. There’s no need to rush but you’ve got to hurry!” to invite the public to join the events and support the local entertainment industry.

    Mr Lai said, “I’m delighted to serve as Ambassador. The Entertainment Expo is an annual signature event for film, television, music and digital entertainment. Many of the exciting activities are open to the public and I invite everyone to take part.”

    The new promotional video started playing at nearly 50 cinemas across Hong Kong on Chinese New Year day (28 January). The video has also been uploaded to the HKTDC Facebook page . Lucky draws will be announced soon. Please stay tuned to the Facebook page for details.

    The 13th Entertainment Expo, Hong Kong, will be held from 13 March to 25 April under the theme “Get into the Scene”. The expo comprises 10 fabulous events, including three founding industry events: the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA).

    There are also seven core events: the Hong Kong–Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), the Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival (HKAMF), the IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award, ifva (Incubator for Film & Visual Media in Asia Festival), the Asian VFX and Digital Cinema Summit, the Digital Entertainment Summit and TV World International Forum.

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    Please contact the HKTDC's Communication and Public Affairs Department:
    Joe Kainz
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    Established in 1993, the Taiwan Industry Image Enhancement Project (IEP) – Taiwan Excellence Awards is organized by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). The 25th annual Award this year featured numerous spectacular products of which nearly 80% are related to the five major industries that the government's innovation policy is committed to promoting. This strongly indicates that IEP, as an engine for innovation, is inspiring and driving Taiwanese brands to showcase the value of their brands and product competitiveness on a global scale.

    Winners of the Taiwan Excellence Awards are rigorously evaluated and selected based on the most comprehensive set of criteria in the world, including R&D, design, quality, and marketing, as well as being "made in Taiwan". Aiming to credit products for the tremendous value they provide their users through innovation, the Awards are the most distinguished of its kind in Taiwan.

    A total of 518 companies and 1,188 products have joined to compete for this year's Awards, a 4% increase from last year; nearly 70% of all entries were submitted by small and medium enterprises. After four days of rigid examination by some 90 expert judges, 230 companies and 528 products were crowned with the Taiwan Excellence Award. The competition was particularly intense in the fields of ICT (including IoT and system solutions), smart machinery, and medical biotechnology. According to the judges, the products in this year's competition appear to follow the industrial trend of diversification and greater value, which is indicative of the endeavors by Taiwanese industries in providing higher value.

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    All the award winners this year are innovative in their own unique ways. Among them, 30 products have been nominated for the Taiwan Excellence Gold Award and Taiwan Excellence Silver Award. Acer's Predator 21 X, for example, is the first gaming laptop in the world with a curved screen. Equipped with eye tracking technology, the laptop allows gamers to directly control their in-game perspectives with their eyes through the sensory lens, bringing them immersive and exciting gaming experiences. While the high-resolution and wide-angled Horus Scope Digital Eye-Fundus Camera, manufactured by Medimaging Integrated Solution, is the best solution for mobile medicine and telemedicine. Whereas Hiwin Mikrosystem’s Diamond utilizes cutting-edge technologies, including a vacuum preloaded with an air bearing to significantly improve productivity and reliability. All these entries fully embody the effort that Taiwan's companies place in innovation for smart machine technology. Winners of the Gold and Silver awards will be selected next February by internationally renowned judges.

    For 25 years, Taiwan Excellence Awards have prided itself on not merely its rigorous selection process, but also its supportive measures of promoting award-winning companies in their target markets across the globe. This year (2016), TAITRA has helped a total of 224 award-winning companies promote their brands and facilitated 394 corporate deployments in overseas markets. As many as 88.5% of the companies promoted overseas by the IEP agree that the campaigns have been positive for sales growth, as well as feedback from buyers in the target markets. This clearly demonstrates that TAITRA is considered highly capable and trustworthy among enterprises.

    Companies that have been commended in the 25th Taiwan Excellence Award are authorized by the MOEA to use the Taiwan Excellence mark, which represents the force for innovation among Taiwan's industries. The Taiwan Excellence’s list for award winners has been published on the official website (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org).

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    Singapore-headquartered ride-sharing startup Grab has plans to invest $700 million in Indonesia over the next four years as part of its expansion plans in the populous, but infrastructurally challenged country.

    In what it calls its 2020 Master Plan, Grab wants to put millions into research and development, including in a new R&D facility in Jakarta, and tech talent training. The company said at a press conference on February 2 that the investment would also support the Indonesian government’s ambition of becoming the region’s largest digital economy by 2020.

    Grab said it seeks to hire 150 engineers over the next two years for its R&D center and set up a $100 million fund for investing in startups focusing on social issues, like financial inclusion, and mobile payment solutions, among others. The large investment is funded mainly by the amount Grab raised in a financing round led by Japan’s SoftBank and including Honda last year.

    There are also plans to cooperate with Indonesia’s largest consumer corporation Lippo Group and develop a combined e-payment platform that would allow consumers to use the Grab mobile app to pay for goods and services within Lippo’s retail network, which comprises of department stores, hypermarts, cinemas, coffee shops and e-commerce portals.

    Grab operates GrabCar and GrabBike services in Indonesia, saying that each business grew by more than 600 per cent in 2016. Its range of ride-sharing services were available in several Indonesian cities, including Bali, Bandung, Medan and Surabaya.

    Grab’s main competitor in Indonesia is Go-Jek, which is backed by US equity firms KKR and Warburg Pincus and launched its Go-Pay digital payments service last April.

    The online ride-hailing market in Southeast Asia is forecast to grow from $2.5 billion in 2015 to $13 billion by 2025, with the number of monthly users rising from 7 million to 29 million, according to joint research by Google and Singapore’s Temasek, which is an investor in Grab.

    Indonesia is Grab’s largest market in Southeast Asia where it also operates in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Singapore. The company claims to have more than 630,000 drivers and 33 million downloads of its app across the region.

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    TCEB sets out an accelerated strategy to leverage international trade fairs business towards the era of Thailand 4.0 and rolls out Thailand remains the top rank as #1 in ASEAN from global exhibition arena.

    BANGKOK, 27 January 2017: Mrs Supawan Teerarat, Vice President, Strategic and Business Development of TCEB revealed in the Thailand International Exhibitions & Events Forum or TIEEF 2017 that, TCEB as the key government organization to push MICE industry to drive the country towards stability, prosperity and sustainability to be competitive.

    The exhibition sector generates significant economic impact for Thai society. Based on results of an economic impact study in 2015, the Thai MICE industry helped circulate total expenditure in the country's economic system of 220 billion baht, In the exhibition sector specifically, generated more than 53,000 million baht and more than 43,000 jobs were created.

    “When the government announced a policy to embrace Thailand 4.0 the MICE industry has responded positively driven by innovation. TCEB has prepared an integrated plan for MICE that will stimulate the economy in order to In line with the national strategy spanning 20 years (BC. 2560-2579), the clear and doable objective is to create economic wealth and spread prosperity through innovation so all sectors can grow steadily, especially to highlight the key five industry, which are (1) Food Agriculture & Bio-Tech (2) Health Wellness & Bio Med (3) Smart Devices, Robotics Mechatronic (4) Digital IOT & Convergence (5) Creative Culture & High Value Services. This will lead to increased investment opportunities in each industry and the exchange of knowledge, development and innovation. The benefits are vast for developing countries in all aspects,” said Mrs Supawan.

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    TCEB’s Director of Exhibitions and Events, Mrs Jaruwan Suwannasat, noted that the overview of exhibitions industry drew 180,480 international exhibition delegates and earned a total of 15,686 million baht for the country in the fiscal year 2016. The performance will grow this year to around 208,000 international exhibition delegates, generating revenue for the country of around 18,000 million baht.

    "TCEB has revised its strategic plan in order to shift exhibitions and events industry towards the valued-based economy and the three main shifts strategies are:

    (1) Increasing exhibition bids in specific markets supported by the government to draw more investment and exchange knowledge and introduce innovative elements;

    (2) Raising the supply chain standard in the exhibition sector, both hardware and software, which the bureau will do by marketing and connecting with targeted organisers;

    (3) Redeveloping a role as a leading provider of Big Data involving international exhibition events information for quick and easily access.

    Thailand still ranks no.1 in ASEAN in terms of total exhibition space sold and there are several highlights of events in 2017 that in line with Thailand 4.0, which are;

    • Food and agriculture industry - Agritechnica Asia 2017 / ProPak Asia 2017 and SIMA ASEAN Thailand 2017.
    • Automotive industry - Intermach 2017 and Grand Metalex 2017.
    • Health and Wellness industry - Medical Fair Thailand 2017.
    • Infrastructure industry - Industry Wire & Tube Southeast Asia 2017.
    • Energy industry - ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2017.

    This year, TCEB also launched the latest campaign EXHIBIZ IN MARKET to attract associations, private and public sectors (Pavilion leader) to host the events. The campaign is expected to increase international exhibition event space and draw more quality exhibitors to organise the events in Thailand.

    In addition, the CONNECT Business campaign will tap to ASEAN+6 businessmen to join exhibition in Thailand.

    The Be My Guest campaign will also attract buyers from around the world and the Premier Exhibition Access Program will provide facilities in various areas to exhibitors for making decision to organise the exhibition in Thailand, Mrs Jaruwan said.

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    For further information, please contact: Corporate Communications Division, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization)

    Ms Arisara Thanuplang Tel: +66 2 694 6095 Email: arisara_t@tceb.or.th
    Ms Titiwanlaya Thaimongkolrat Tel: + 662 694 6103 Email: titiwanlaya_t@tceb.or.th
    Ms Kwanchanok Otton Tel: + 662 694 6096 Email: kwanchanok_o@tceb.or.th
    Ms Paniyada Mulalin Tel: + 662 694 6091 Email: paniyada_m@tceb.or.th

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    SINGAPORE - In what promises to be a stimulating year for data center and cloud invention, the shortlist for the Datacloud Asia Awards* has been announced. The Datacloud Asia Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and dinner in Singapore on the 23rd of February 2017.

    As a genuine leader in the industry, the Datacloud Awards are globally relevant, and seeks to recognize the continuing digital transformation and evolution of the sector.

    Following the success of the annual Datacloud Europe Awards, this innovative format, with an expert panel of Judges has returned with an exciting shortlist of leading Data Center and Cloud trend-setters:

    ICS CYBER SECURITY

    - Excellence in Data Center Service
    Digital Realty
    PCCW Solutions Ltd
    eASPNet Taiwan Inc
    ANZ China

    - Excellence in Cloud Service Asia
    One Asia Network Ltd
    Telstra
    Global Cloud Xchange

    - Cloud Technical Breakthrough
    Basis Bay
    Acronis
    Red Hat

    - Data Center Technical Breakthrough
    Telin Singapore
    Lintasarta
    Digital Realty
    Kingsland Data Center

    - Excellence in Connectivity for Data Centers
    NEXTDC
    Telstra
    Epsilon Telecommunications
    Global Cloud Xchange

    A number of additional cloud Awards will also be announced at the ceremony together with three special categories:

    - Data Center Asia Leadership Award
    - Cloud Leadership Award
    - Data Center Industry Achievement Award

    Acknowledging game changing technologies is a first at the 2017 Datacloud Asia Awards and technical breakthrough recognition will be made in both industry categories.

    "The nominations received reflects the growth and expansion of data center and cloud in Asia," commented Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup. "The shortlist and the full list of winners is a who's who of the sector which uniquely reflects the importance of the shift to embrace new technologies and bring excellence in service and customer experience."

    Companies can benefit by attending the Awards dinner and ceremony and also sponsoring one of the Awards and start making contact with a global network of potential customers and partners to jump start the success of their innovations.

    Hosted by an internationally renowned broadcast journalist, this year's Awards ceremony - and dinner - will be the most exciting night of the year celebrating the best in the multi-billion global industry that data center and cloud have now become.

    Access to the dinner and ceremony is open to Gold ticket holders attending Datacloud Asia 2017.

    *For more information on the 2017 Datacloud Asia Awards, please see www.datacloudasia.com/awards/categories.

    About BroadGroup

    Established in 2002, BroadGroup is an Information Media Technology and Professional Services company providing a value chain of consulting and research, publications, and innovative conference brands focused on data center, cloud and IT infrastructure and investment. The company is headquartered in London and incorporated as a limited company in the United Kingdom.

    Press contact: enquiries@broad-group.com

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    BANGKOK - Fast-growing SET-listed digital finance firm Group Lease Public Company Limited (SET:GL) has posted net profits of 324.4 million baht in the three-month period ending 2016, which marks a new record high for the ninth consecutive quarter. Adding that to the 738.4 million baht profits in the first nine months of the year, all-year 2016 profits topped 1.062 billion baht, which represents a whopping 82.34% increase from the year before.

    The all-year 2016 profits, which exceeded the management's target of 1 billion baht, reflected improved financial performance in all the markets in which GL operates, particularly in the two key traditional markets of Thailand and Cambodia.

    Significantly, the Q4/16 profits also took into account, for the first time, profit contributions from the listed Sri Lanka finance firm Commercial Credit & Finance (CCF), in which GL acquired a 29.99% stake since late last year.

    In spite of the record-high profitability in 2016, GL chairman and chief executive Mitsuji Konoshita declared that the group's performance will be even stronger in 2017 because of a combination of organic growth and more mergers & acquisitions (M&A).

    For a start, GL will be able to consolidate full-year profits from its 29.99% stake in CCF. "CCF has a very successful operation; the company is making more profits than previously projected," Mr. Konoshita stated. CCF's previous estimates of US$ 30 million net profits for 2017 have now been revised upward to US$ 32 million.

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    Sri Lanka aside, GL's operations in Myanmar are taking off on a full scale this year after the group took over full ownership of a micro-finance firm BG Microfinance Myanmar (BGMM) and struck a strategic partnership with Myanmar whisky tycoon Aung Moe Kyaw who also owns Century Finance, a local finance firm licensed by Myanmar's central bank.

    According to Mr. Konoshita, BGMM which now operates more than 30 branches in various parts of Myanmar is expected to extend small-scale and group loans totaling US$ 50 million this year while another GL joint venture with Century Finance which focuses on providing "channeling" services (securing clients on a fees-based basis for Century Finance) is expected to lend about the same amount of US$ 50 million. If these targets are met, the two operations would generate total portfolios worth a combined US$ 100 million.

    Meanwhile, GL Finance Indonesia (GLFI) is reported to be expanding aggressively after taking off late last year. Mr. Konoshita reckoned the Indonesian portfolio will top US$ 200 million this year, comprising of various types of consumer and micro financing loans. Being the largest market in ASEAN with more than 250 million population, GLFI is projected to make substantial profit contributions to the group in the years to come.

    As for the Cambodian market which has surpassed Thailand to become the biggest profits contributor to the group, Mr. Konoshita expected that GL Finance (GLF, the group's wholly-owned subsidiary in Cambodia) will roughly double its outstanding portfolio to about US$ 400 million by end-2017.

    Cambodia has become the success story for GL. Through an exclusive franchise with Honda, the most popular motorcycle brand there, GLF has dominated the motorcycle leasing market and expanded to cover Kubota agricultural machineries and solar panels. GL's IT team has also developed a highly efficient and cost-effective digital finance platform which is now being applied in all other GL markets.

    The GL chairman maintained that with GL's digital finance platform and its efficient IT system, the group can expand very fast to new markets. The group now operates in seven countries - namely Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Mr. Konoshita has announced earlier that it will expand to 13 new markets in Africa and Eastern Europe this year, bringing GL's corporate footprint to cover a total of 20 countries.

    The aggressive expansion plan is crucial to GL's strategic goal to become a "global" company.

    About Group Lease PCL

    Group Lease Public Company Limited was established on 6th May 1986 and listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 2004 (SET:GL). The company has expertise in hire-purchase of motorcycles, as it has been in the motorcycle leasing business for over 20 years, with motorcycle brands for financing including Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki.

    In 2007, the APF group became the major shareholder holding around 65% of total shares. In 2012, GL announced a long-term business plan to become the leading finance company in the Southeast Asian region. To do so, GL formed Group Lease Holdings Pte. Ltd. (GLH), a Singapore holding company, as headquarters for its expansion in other countries. For more information, please visit www.grouplease.co.th.

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    Dubai, UAE, February 15, 2017: Global travel and onboard catering products and service providers will launch and showcase a wide range of their new and innovative products at the fourth edition of World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo Middle East (WTCEME), to be held from 15th to 17th May, 2017, which they consider an ideal launchpad and a platform that provides them tremendous opportunities to connect with aviation industry players worldwide.

    Co-located with the Airport Show 2017, WTCEME, held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, will offer its largest ever platform to global travel catering players with an expected over 70 exhibitors and more than 15 per cent increase in the number of visitors this year.

    Demand for travel catering and onboard services in the Middle East continues to increase backed by the consistent and strong growth in the region’s aviation sector.

    Saeed Mohammed, CEO, Emirates Flight Catering, EKFC, said: “We are excited about the potential for growth in the Middle East travel catering segment. The rise of low-cost carriers and stability of our main carriers means Dubai and the broader region is more accessible and affordable to visit than ever before, and we’re seeing that positively reflected in visitor numbers to Dubai.”

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    “There has also been a shift in focus in terms of the type of holidays offered in the region, and the vast range of things visitors can do while here. Dubai, for example, now offers a huge range of family friendly attractions - Dubai Parks and Resorts, IMG World and the many waterparks, to name a few. All of this adds to the attraction of the region,” said Saeed.

    In its 4th edition, WTCEME will bring together over 70 exhibitors. The expo will also benefit from access to over 7,500 trade visitors who attend the Airport Show and Global Airport Leaders’ Forum.

    The growth of aviation industry in the Middle East has been generating tremendous interest from international players. The Middle East is estimated to record an annual growth of 5 per cent and see an extra 258 million passengers a year on routes to, from and within the region by 2035, according to the latest statistics from International Air Transport Association (IATA).

    Airlines in the region are also actively pursuing expansion. The growth of the sector will fuel opportunities for the travel catering segment. The region is also expected to be the fastest-growing in the world for the airline industry this year, according to Moody’s recent forecasts. An increase of 10 per cent is expected in the number of seats in the region, which will increase demand for travel catering requirements.

    Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibition Director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, said: “WTCEME has established itself as an ideal platform that connects travel catering and onboard services providers from across the world, while offering tremendous opportunities to tap into the growing travel catering requirements in the Middle East. Being co-located with another leading aviation event like Airport Show further increases business opportunities for our exhibitors.”

    The expo’s visitors will include chefs, consultants, food & beverage managers, health & safety managers, in-flight service managers, operations managers, procurement managers, production managers and purchasing managers from airports, hospitality, airlines, charter and business jet operators, cruise operators, flight catering and large scale catering companies.

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    TOKYO --(ASIA TODAY)--The New Supermarket Association of Japan will hold the 51st SUPERMARKET TRADE SHOW 2017 from February 15 (Wed) to 17 (Fri), 2017, in Makuhari Messe. The event provides a venue to disseminate the latest information on supermarkets and the distribution industry.

    With the environment surrounding supermarkets in a state of constant change, a diverse range of issues are coming into labor shortages in the retail industry, shopping refugees in term for those who have difficulty shopping because of their health or lack of shopping facility, responding to inbound consumption, and other local problems, to more global issues such as the TPP and the weak yen. Supermarket Trade show will be 51st time show, which has continued to play a key role in finding solutions to such varied issues. Setting "SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan" as the main theme, we hope the tradeshow will contribute to the building of abundant regional communities in Japan through the efforts of the exhibitors and visitors from throughout the country.

    With 2,054 companies and organizations exhibiting and 3,340 booths (as of January 31, 2017) the tradeshow will surpass the previous year in scale. This year, over 1,494 companies will exhibit due to the coordination of municipalities and local financial institutions from across Japan. A total of 146 overseas companies from 15 countries are participating with 171 booths introduces a wide selection of products from various countries.

    From this year, the venue is changed to Makuhari Messe. Along with changes in the venue, floor layout is allocated in the exhibit category and setting up a lounge for buyers where they can use for breaks and information sorting purposes for business meeting preparation. “SMTS Product Search (only in Japanese)” is also available on the official website. Visitors can search more than 3,800 exhibited products information including exhibitors from 3 concurrent exhibitions on this system by searching exhibitor name. It can help visitors to prepare their visiting plan in advance by focusing on targeting booths among many other ones.

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    Moreover, special organizer’s project “Future Store “NOW” –Study of Continuing Future Supermarket-“will be held. From consumers and retailers’ point of view, supermarket industry of near future has been studied continuously based on mid-long terms focusing on the theme “Issues to be solved now corresponding to near future situation”. The solution will be offered through the exhibition booths, seminars and exhibit panels.

    Furthermore, continuing from last year, three specialist exhibitions will be held together under the comprehensive title FOOD TABLE in JAPAN (FTJ): the 12th Kodawari Food Fair 2017; Delicatessen Trade Show 2017; and GAISHOKU FOODTABLE 2017. The aim of these exhibitions will be to produce new innovation and contribute to the development of the Japanese food industry by enabling the mutual exchange of information between visitors and exhibitors in various industries and business categories, crossing over the barriers of the retail, ready meals and food service industries. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

    Outline

  • Name:The 51st Supermarket Trade Show 2017
  • Date:February 15(Wed.), 16(Thu.), 17(Fri.), 2017 10:00a.m.–5:00p.m. Closes at 4:00p.m. on the last day
  • Venue:Makuhari Messe
  • Theme:"SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan"
  • Organizer:New Supermarket Association of Japan
  • Official website: http://www.smts.jp/en/index.html
  • Admission:JPY5,000(incl.tax) * Trade only, free with invitation ticket, under 18 not allowed to enter
  • Exhibitors (As of January 31, 2017):2,054 companies and organizations, 3,340 booths
    (from overseas 15 countries, 146 companies and organizations,171booths)
  • Co-Exhibition:
    ・Kodawari Food Fair 2017 [Organizer:Japan Food Industry Association]
    ・ Delicatessen Trade Show 2017(DTS2017)[Organizer:Delicatessen Trade Show Executive Committee]
    ・GAISHOKU FOOD TABLE 2017 [Organizer:GAISHOKU FOOD TABLE Executive Committee]

    Special Project
    Future Store “NOW” –Study of Continuing Future Supermarket-
    From consumers and retailers’ point of view, supermarket industry of near future has been studied continuously based on mid-long terms focusing on the theme “Issues to be solved now corresponding to near future situation”. The solution will be offered through the exhibition booths, seminars and exhibit panels.

    Organizer’s Project
    Japanese Regional Product Zone -New Product Display [Hall 9-11] 2F Esplanade
    About 350 New products picked up from the exhibitors in “Japanese Regional Product Zone” will be displayed at Hall 9-11 Makuhari Messe.

    Products we want to buy at the supermarket! "30 attractive food products 2017"
    In this program, 30 products of interest from the consumer’s perspective are selected from the entries in a document and tasting inspection by judges comprising the managerial dietitian, culinary researchers, and other professionals. All the selected products will be displayed at the venue and related discussion sessions will be held on FTJ stage.
    Official website: http://food-select.jp

    OVERSEAS RETAILERS PROGRAM

    This program invites overseas buyers such as importers, retailers and restaurateurs from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, and provides visit tours during the show and business matching meetings. While giving an overview of SMTS and introducing the latest information in the presentation booths, business matching meetings with domestic suppliers will be held. It broadens exhibitors’ possibilities to expand sales channels not only in Japan but also in overseas countries.

    Business Matching @FTJ2017 [Hall 11]
    Feb.15 (Wed.) ~Feb. 17(Fri.) Pre-registration is required.
    The organizer: New Supermarket Association of Japan, The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    9th Best Store Manager Award
    Excellent supermarket managers in Japan will be selected and publically recognized, followed by a panel discussion with the aim of improving the status of supermarkets.

    Stage Programs [Hall 1 1st day:FTJ Stage/ 2nd & 3rd day:SMTS Stage] *Performed in Japanese only
    Feb.15 (Wed.)
    10:00a.m.~11:10a.m. <SMTS Speaks>
    Title: ENDEAVOR Starting from Zero
    Speaker: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (Chairman of New Supermarket Association of Japan / CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)

    Feb.15 (Wed.)
    11:30a.m.~1:00p.m. <FTJ Special Conference>
    Title: “Get motivated! Measures of praise learning from prosperous store”
    Presenter: Takayoshi Nishimura(Hometatsu Association of Japan / Representative Director)

    About Organizer

    New Supermarket Association of Japan
    Sakurai Bldg.4F, 3-19-8 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
    Tel:03-3255-4825  Fax:03-3255-4826
    Foundation: 1958 (Became an Incorporated Association in 1963. Renamed from Japan Self Service Association in Sep. 2010.)
    Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
    Members: 328 regular members, 865 supporting members (as of Nov. 2016)
    Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

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    Last weekend, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair closed its doors on this year's event. The fair is continuing to grow and strengthen its position as the world’s largest and most important meeting place for Scandinavian design. The number of foreign visitors increased by more than 6.5% to almost 10,700 and represented a record-setting 80 countries. In total, Stockholmsmässan welcomed over 40,000 visitors.

    There is considerable interest from abroad, and this interest is growing. Almost 10,700 foreign visitors came to the fair, which is an increase of more than 6.5% compared to last year. The visitors came from 80 countries, compared to 60 last year, which corresponds to an increase of more than 30%. The most well-represented countries were Norway (2,586), Finland (1,519), Denmark (1,285) and Germany (651).

    “We are extremely pleased that our international reputation is continuing to grow. We have also started an exciting collaboration with the City of Stockholm that revolves around a joint vision to promote Stockholm as Scandinavia’s display window for the world when it comes to design and architecture. We have received a lot of very positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors. Many have mentioned the high quality of our exhibitors, exhibitions and lectures,” says Cecilia Nyberg, Project Area Manager for Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

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    Comments about the fair:
    ”It´s a very smart fair and I love being here. I´m not visiting that many fairs but I´m trying to make space for Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair in my program as often as possible. I feel very comfortable here and appreciate to work with Scandinavian companies.” Jasper Morrison, designer.

    “I love Stockholm and Sweden and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. I was last here seven years ago, and it is impressive how much the fair has developed since then. I always appreciate to see what´s going on and I see many interesting new Scandinavian companies I didn´t know about. It´s great to be here.” Karim Rashid, designer.

    “Today, a fair like this is not just about sales, but also communication and contacts. This means being friendly, easy-going and open-minded. I think Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair managed with all that and have successed in creating a fine atmosphere, which is important.” Werner Aisslinger, architect and designer.

    The next Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair will be held February 6-10, 2018 at Stockholmsmässan.

    For more information, please visit www.stockholmfurniturefair.com or contact:
    Cecilia Nyberg, Project Area Manager, tel +46 8-749 43 86, cecilia.nyberg@stockholmsmassan.se
    Lotta Signeul, Press Officer, tel +46 749 43 36, lotta.signeul@stockholmsmassan.se

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    Manila, Philippines, 14 February 2017 – As part of its global “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project”, Panasonic Corporation donated 3,900 solar lanterns to 14 humanitarian and non-governmental organizations in the Philippines. Out of these 3,900 pieces, 1,500 were personal donations made by employees under the cafeteria plan. The latest donation drive has brought this initiative to its 4th year and with a total of 9,714 pieces of solar lanterns.

    A donation ceremony was held at Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) in Taytay, Rizal; graced by Mr. Felino O. Castro V (Director, Department of Social Welfare and Development), Mr. Koji Otani (First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines), Mr. Shinichi Hayashi (President, PMPC) and other employees from Panasonic.

    Mr. Hayashi commented, “Today’s donation marks the fourth of such efforts in the Philippines under the company’s “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project”. Over the past three years, we have received positive feedback from the organizations. The solar lanterns have been used in the fields of education, healthcare and livelihood for the betterment of the indigenous people, who are still left behind without access to electricity in mountainous areas, remote islands and those affected by natural disasters. Panasonic will continue to fulfill its responsibilities as corporate citizen in the country through various initiatives, and one of which is through the provision of safe and stable electric lighting to the underserved and vulnerable people.”

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    Approximately 16%[1] (1.2 billion people) of the world’s population still live without access to electricity and the national non-electrification rate of the Philippines is approximately 11%.[2] With the lack of electricity, it means daily lives can be greatly affected.

    The aim of the Panasonic global “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project” is to improve such electrification needs, namely - access to education, healthcare and business opportunities through the use of the company’s technology and product. Each donated solar lantern is attached to a solar panel. Through the use of renewable solar energy, the product not only mitigates social challenges, but also contributes to carbon dioxide emission reduction. Till date, the target remains at donating 100,000 units of the compact lighting devices to areas in emerging and developing countrieswith limited electricity access by 2018, the company’s 100th year anniversary.

    Panasonic hopes its solar lanterns will provide a better life, a better world for the people of the Philippines and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The 14 Organizations that Received Solar Lanterns in the Philippines (in alphabetical order):

  • Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation Inc.
  • Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation Inc.
  • Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. - Institute of Primary Health Care
  • Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood, Inc.
  • International Children's Action Network (ICAN) Foundation
  • Japanese Red Cross Society
  • Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation, Inc.
  • Josefa Segovia Foundation, Inc.
  • Konkokyo Peace Activity Center Information Office, Inc.
  • Mangyan Mission, Inc.
  • Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka
  • Philippine Business for Social Progress
  • Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.
  • Synergeia Foundation, Inc.

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    Feb 14, 2017 (China Knowledge) - Chinese men spend USD 310 average on gifts for Valentine's Day according to a report by MasterCard. The average figure of RMB 2,130 calculated shows Chinese men who purchased gifts for their loved ones rank these men first in Asia. Hong Kong men rank second with average spending of RMB 1,940 (USD 282).

    Though urban and young Chinese, even with millions studied overseas, the tradition of men footing the bills and having larger financial responsibility is still common practice in the country.

    From surveys conducted in four major Chinese cities, cosmetics encompassing skin care products and makeups top the list of items purchased during Valentine's Day, follows by costume jewellery, handbags, precious-stone jewellery, electronic gadgets and wrist watches. Like in most western countries, during this period big-ticket dining and other entertainments will usually see high spending.

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    (Hong Kong, 16th February 2017) Beijing Enterprises Clean Energy Group Limited (hereinafter referred to as “BECE”, the “Company”) entered into the development agreement in relation to the construction, development and management of photovoltaic power plant with Weishan County People’s Government, Jining City, Shandong Province*(山東省濟寧市微山縣人民政府)(hereinafter referred to as “Weishan Government”). Pursuant to the terms, Weishan Government agreed to grant to the Company exclusive right to construct a 50 Megawatt photovoltaic power plant in the advanced photovoltaic technology demonstration base in the coal mining subsidence area of Jining City*(濟寧市採煤沉陷區光伏領跑技術基地), Weishan County* (微山縣), Shandong Province. BECE will be in charge of the operation and management of photovoltaic power plant for 25 years upon completion of the construction and the total investment amount of the project is estimated to be not exceeding RMB520 million (including photovoltaic power plant and its ancillary
    facilities).

    The project is under the Top Runner Program*(領跑者計劃)in Weishan County*(微 山縣), Jining City* (濟寧市), Shandong Province, the PRC as approved by the National Energy Administration of the PRC. The Top Runner Program sets out advanced technology benchmarks for photovoltaic industry in the PRC. BECE believes that securing of the project under the Top Runner Program demonstrates the comprehensive technical strengths of the Company, and signifies industry recognition and market leadership in the photovoltaic industry in the PRC. The project provides the Company with an opportunity to further expand its photovoltaic business in the PRC, broaden its sources of income and ultimately enhancing value to the Shareholders.

    About Beijing Enterprises Clean Energy Group Limited
    The Company was incorporated in Cayman Islands with limited liability and shares of which are listed on the main board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, stock code: 1250. The single largest controlling shareholder of the Company is Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited (a company listed on the main board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, stock code: 371). The Group has positioned itself strategically as a leading corporate in China and aboard on electricity generation and sales of photovoltaic power, specializing in photovoltaic power business as its core focus and other clean energy businesses as its supplementary businesses.

    The Group’s businesses comprise development, acquisition, construction and operation of grid-connected and ground-mounted photovoltaic power plants, distributed photovoltaic power plants and micro-grid and off-grid energy storages. Meanwhile, the Group actively researches opportunities to venture into other clean energy areas such as wind power, hydropower and geothermal energy.

    For more information, please visit the Group’s website at: http://www.bece.com.hk

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    BANGKOK, Jan. 11, 2017 --(ASIA TODAY)--Ministry of Energy joins hands with Chulalongkorn University, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Industry of Thailand to announce their partnerships to organize the international conference and exhibition on “Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia 2017 or “SETA 2017” and “Low Carbon Expo 2017”, the co-located events for two consecutive years under the theme of “Towards A Low-Carbon Society”. Four major topics of discussion at SETA 2017 include energy policy and planning on electricity generating technologies for low-carbon emission, power for low-carbon transportation, smart city and green industry with the aim to drive and develop knowledge of energy and technology. This year, the focus is on the trend of hybrid and electric vehicle technology.

    “SETA 2017” provides an opportunity for executives from government, private sectors, manufacturers, power producers, academics, experts, manufacturers of renewable energy, bankers, investors from all sectors, publics and medias from both domestic and abroad, to gain insights of advanced technology in energy as well as advice from experts of relevant agencies both academic and business.

    The official opening ceremony will be chaired by H.E. Air Chief Marshal Dr. Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Gen. Anantaporn Karnchanarat, Minister of Energy, H.E. Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport, H.E. Dr.Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Science and Technology, Thailand, H.E. Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia, H.E. Jesus Miguel Sanz, Ambassador and Head of Delegates of the European Union in Thailand, and H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of Ministry of Energy, U.A.E. will address and speak in “CEO Energy Forum” as the must-attend session in SETA 2017.

    SETA

    Moreover, there are lectures, seminars and workshops from world-class organizations and leading companies on various topics such as “CLMVT Energy Forum”, “Hybrid & EV Technology”,” Financing in Energy” by Moody’s and many more. Interested parties can get more information and register at www.SETA.Asia.

    EGAT also has confirmed it’s Diamond sponsorship’s premier International Conference on SETA 2017 and exhibition on “Low Carbon Expo 2017” to drive industry and welcome more than 10,000 audiences, mostly in C-level and top executives around the world. The exhibitions “Low Carbon Expo” covers the areas of 9,600 square meters with more than 200 booths with zoning in hybrid and electric vehicle and smart city system zone including over ten countries pavilions and benefits with Business Matching Program, inviting investors from Canada, Germany, Taiwan, Korea, mainland China, Japan, India, Malaysia and Singapore, European Union (EU) and ASEAN Countries. The event will be held during 8-10 March 2017 from 8:00 to 17:30 hrs. at Hall 103 -104, Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangna, Bangkok, Thailand.

    SETA and Low Carbon Expo is organized by GAT International Co., LTD.

    Tel: +66-91 5519639, +662-519-2756
    Email: operation@gat.co.th

    Source: GAT International Co., LTD.

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    On 17 February 2017, the world's fourth largest, and China's top ranked payment solutions provider, Goldpac Group Limited ("Goldpac" or the "Group", stock code: 03315) announces that the Group has settled the remaining balance of the consideration of RMB26,669,000 (total) for the acquisition of the land use right for a parcel of land situated in Zhuhai City. Situated in the west of Goldpac Tech Park, the land parcel covers an area of approximately 20,999.56 square meters. The permitted land use for the Land Parcel is for new industry related use with a land use right of 50 years.

    Mr. HOU Ping, CEO of Goldpac, said, "As the pioneer of financial data processing services in China, Goldpac adheres to the philosophy initiated by the China government for the development of innovation, coordination, environmental, open market and sharing of value initiatives when formulating the Group's overall expansion strategies. In view of the location and the permitted land use, the Group will construct a world-leading Fintech and Data Service center, in line with the business development strategy and plan of the Group by combining new Fintech and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies to promote the evolution of the global smart payment industry."

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    Hong Kong, 17 Feb 2017 --(ASIA TODAY)-- From 23-25 February 2017, LOHAS Expo 2017 and Vegetarian Food Asia 2017 will gather exhibitors and industry players from around the world at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) to showcase a comprehensive array of the latest and finest products and services for the Lifestyle Of Health And Sustainability (LOHAS) and Vegetarian market, offering trade buyers an excellent trading platform for natural, organic, green living and vegetarian products.

    An effective sourcing platform for all products Natural, Organic & Green under one roof
    Entering its 6th and 3rd year respectively, LOHAS Expo and Vegetarian Food Asia (VFA) will host near 200 exhibitors in the Natural, Organic & Vegetarian sectors from over 25 countries & regions. The three-day exhibitions will showcase the newest and best product offerings for many areas of the LOHAS & green lifestyles, including food & beverages, health & dietary supplement, eco-friendly household products, beauty & body care, clothing, health & hygiene, leisure & eco-tourism; as well as the finest vegetarian and vegan food stuffs, all under the same roof, offering Trade Buyers from Hong Kong, China & Asia an effective and efficient sourcing platform for their next bestselling merchandises.

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    Attractive and Diverse Pavilions & Themed Exhibit Zones
    This year the two fairs feature many specially focused pavilions & exhibit zones to showcase over 4,000 new and exciting products & services by the best and leading suppliers & distributors from Great China, Asia and around the world.

    • Visitors can explore the latest innovations and technology breakthroughs in natural & organic Beauty & Health products, as well as the latest industry trend at the newly added Beauty & Health Zone.

    • In collaboration with Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation, Fair Trade Zone features an array of Fair Trade products & services, providing socially responsible buyers a convenient place to purchase fair trade products.

    • Korean pavilion, in addition to the award winning brands of the Korea LOHAS sector, will feature two new participants: Korean Organic Farming Association will present their high quality organic produce & products; and Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Association debuts with the best local green & health products and services from Gyeonggi Province.

    • The Taiwan pavilion continues its wonderful presentation of the region’s impressive elements of eco-tourism and “show life”, together with a series of interesting performances and workshops. They will also be introducing “Tourist Factories”, an all-new addition to the pavilion’s already rich cultural display.

    "With many new pavilions & themed exhibit zones, LOHAS Expo and VFA 2017 will connect trade buyers in Hong Kong, China & Asia with more local and overseas suppliers; help them to capture business opportunities in these vast markets. The fairs is also an excellent place for visitors to explore the latest and most popular products & services available for their healthy, sustainable and green lifestyles," said Ms. Carman Cheung, General Manager of Inspire advertising & Marketing, Organizer of LOHAS Expo 2017 & VFA 2017.

    Wide range of exciting onsite programs
    In addition to an impressive roster of exhibitors, LOHAS Expo & VFA 2017 also put together an extensive range of concurrent programs to facilitate business networking and enhance visitor experience:

    Onsite Forum
    This business forum gathers Asia’s leaders and experts of the LOHAS & Green industry to provide visitors the latest industry updates, market trends and business advices; and to exchange valuable insights and ideas.

    LOHAS Beauty & Health Forum
    Jointly organized by LOHAS Expo 2017 and the beauty industry’s top trade associations, the inaugural LOHAS Beauty & Health Forum features industry gurus & experts to address hottest topics on the natural & organic trend in the beauty & health industry.

    VEG Kitchen
    Fun demonstrations at “VEG Kitchen” by well-known master chefs and ‘Kind Chefs’ from Green Monday who will share their tips & secrets in cooking tasty and healthy vegetarian meals & dishes.

    The Green Monday Jockey Club “Green It Yourself” Project
    VFA 2017 joins hands with Green Monday, Asia’s leading Green social enterprise, to showcase its superb range of Veg products, and feature its very successful Green Monday Jockey Club “Green It Yourself (G.I.Y.)” Program, showcasing its excellent efforts to empower the communities with green and healthy food choices.

    Hong Kong LOHAS Award
    Hong Kong LOHAS Award distinguishes and celebrates the outstanding efforts and contributions to the development of LOHAS made by selected enterprises. It is the latest industry benchmark for recognizing the “Best-in-Class” performances of companies transforming the local LOHAS scene.

    Business Matching Program
    The fairs’ free business matching service provides a customized professional one-to-one interface that helps trade buyers identify, connect and network with their ideal suppliers through product profiling, expert advice, and appointment arrangement.

    For details about Onsite Forums, Business Matching Program and the HK LOHAS Award, please visit: www.lohasexpohk.com & www.vegfoodasia.com.

    "LOHAS Expo & VFA 2017 is not only the best showcase for natural, organic & vegetarian products at where buyers will find killer products, but also the ideal platform for them to network with exhibitors & fellow buyers, find potential partners, and discover opportunities of new business cooperation. We are confident that with our extensive onsite programs, visitors will be provided the best visiting experience at the fairs," said Ms. Culsin Li, Managing Director of Baobab Tree Event Management, Principal Partner of the event.

    Media contact:
    Vicky Lee (Hong Kong / Overseas)
    Baobab Tree Event Management
    vicky.lee@baobab-tree-event.com
    +852.3520.3638

    Candy He (China)
    Baobab Tree Event Management
    candy.he@baobab-tree-event.com
    +86.20.3758.3765 ext. 8003

    Charmaine Cheung (Hong Kong / Overseas)
    Inspire Advertising & Marketing Ltd.
    charmaine@iam.com.hk
    +852.2786.0998

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    Major luxury brands and superyacht manufacturers return to showcase products at the region’s premiere boating event

    What started as the Watersports & Powerboat Show, an indoor event launched in 1992 to cater to a specialised market, the Dubai International Boat Show has developed into a not to be missed, world-class event tailored for yacht, boat and water sports enthusiasts in the region.

    Now in its 25th edition, the event takes place from 28 February to 4 March at its much expanded home in the Dubai International Marine Club, supporting the growth of the region’s boat and yachting industry and attracting visitors and businesses from all sectors of maritime trade.

    “The UAE and Dubai have witnessed massive developments to their maritime infrastructure over the past 25 years, and the Dubai International Boat Show continues to grow in tandem, standing as a testament to the country’s thriving marine industry,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Events Management, DWTC.

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    Growing from an indoor show with 55 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors in its first edition, to a world-class event that welcomed 26,000 visitors from 120 countries in 2016, this year’s edition of Dubai International Boat Show will provide experiences to both buyers of boats and yachts as well as to visitors with a variety of water sport interests.

    With a total of 41 registered launches this year and more expected confirmations in the coming weeks, the exclusive reveals will take place on the marina among the over 800 companies and brands showing off the latest in marine design and technology.

    Now with more choices of small to mid-sized boats on offer than ever before, the Dubai International Boat Show has opened up the market to affordable boating, offering visitors an array of vessels that target all price points and budgets.

    Recording US$22million of sales off the back of 2016’s show, the home-grown brand has a positive outlook the Dubai International Boat Show’s 25th edition.

    Among the global brands on display are a number of veteran exhibitors which include decking manufacturers Wilks and SYBAss member Oceanco who have participated in the show since the first edition; and superyacht manufacturers Sunseeker Middle East, exhibiting for their 11th year.

    Local supplier and long-standing supporter of the show, ART MARINE view the event as a strategic approach to target the Middle Eastern market, and have forecasted another positive year in showcasing their collection.

    In addition to seasoned participants, the event welcomes a host of first-time exhibitors eager to establish themselves in the UAE. Aiming to capitalise on a globally recognised boat show positioned in an expanding market are Chinese superyacht manufacturer, Heysea Yachts; Emirates-based marine service provider, DP World and spare parts supplier, Yamamotor International; and Ortega Submarines from The Netherlands.

    The Dubai International Boat Show returns with support from the Dubai Maritime City Authority; VIP sponsor Feadship; supporting partner Panerai; and official car sponsor Mercedes-Benz (Gargash Enterprises).

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    TAIPEI - Taiwan International Orchid Show 2017 (TIOS 2017), one of the three major international orchid shows in the world, will be held from March 4 to 13 at Taiwan Orchid Plantation in Houbi District, Tainan City. The theme of TIOS this year is “Discover Sustainable Orchids”; the show will have 4 different exhibition halls to present visitors the highlights of the show: ecology, technology, life and exploration.

    Owing to the government’s efforts over the years, TIOS is one of the largest international orchid trading platforms. With thousands of different types of orchids, numerous visitors all around the world flock to Tainan to participate in TIOS every March. Besides, the international conferences, forums, competitions and displays related to orchids attract foreign buyers to place their orders.

    In order to enhance Taiwan’s international competitiveness on the orchid industry, this time, the show uses VR technology to make the public understand orchids more easily. Moreover, the organizers invite experts and scholars from different countries to take part in the international conference to discuss the prospects of the orchid industry and the medicinal value of orchids. The issue of ecological changes and how the orchid industry deals with extreme climate changes are also discussed. Hopefully, with all the experts and scholars gathering at TIOS international conference, finding out a sustainable future for orchids will be promising.

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    TIOS 2017 invites visitors to appreciate the beauty of orchids and experience the lifestyle and scenery in Tainan. The show highlights the strong connection among orchids, the city and the globe, and presents Tainan as a vital, eco-friendly city.

    The orchid competitions will take place from March 1 to 2. The welcome banquet will be held on March 2. The opening ceremony and orchid business forum will be held on March 3. The exhibition will open to the public from March 4 to 13.

    TIOS 2017 is supervised by the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan and the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs. Its organizers are Tainan City Government and Taiwan External Trade Development Council. The executor is NCKU Research and Development Foundation.

    For more information, please visit the official website of TIOS 201

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    (Hong Kong, 13 February 2017) --(ASIA TODAY)-- Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML) announces recent appointments of three key senior management positions. Mr Thomas Tong and Miss Jessica Wong have been promoted to Deputy Managing Director and Director of Venue Operations of HML respectively with effect from 1 January 2017 while Dr Stewart Wan has been appointed as Director of Facilities Planning & Operations on 20 July 2016.

    Ms Monica Lee-Müller, Managing Director of HML, commented, “I am most delighted with Thomas, Jessica and Stewart taking up their new roles in HML. With their strong industry experience and achievements, I am confident that they will make a significant contribution to HML operation, and will drive the team to sustain service excellence and meet our clients’ ever increasing expectations.”

    Thomas joined HML as Director of Venue Operations in 2006 and was promoted to Senior Director of Venue Operations in July 2014. With his strong leadership, Thomas has made significant enhancements on effectiveness and efficiency in the venue operations to support over 1,100 events held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) every year, including four of the world’s largest and seven of Asia’s largest trade exhibitions of its kind, international conferences and events attended by high caliber visitors.

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    Leading three operational divisions, namely Venue Operations, Food & Beverage and Facilities Management in his new role, Thomas will put his focus on formulating strategies of service quality enhancement and infrastructure upgrade, and synergising the strength of various divisions towards sustaining excellence.

    Thomas has gained a wealth of knowledge in the venue management industry, with 22 years in international hotel chains prior to joining HML. He completed Executive MBA programme at Ivey Business School and received Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2014.

    Reporting to Thomas, Miss Jessica Wong joined HML in 1989 and has a track record of supporting numerous world-class events at the HKCEC. Having served in various operation positions, Jessica was promoted to department head of Event Planning & Coordination Department in 2010 and fostered a professional team of Event Managers to ensure the success of events at the HKCEC. Taking up the new role, Jessica will lead the venue operations division covering Housekeeping, Event Planning & Co-ordination, and Safety & Security departments. Jessica graduated from the Venue Management School and awarded the Diploma of Venues in 2011 and Events by TAFE, NSW Australia and 2013.

    Dr Stewart Wan oversees the operation of HML’s Facilities Management Division. Stewart’s professional team is responsible for facility operation and maintenance planning, and infrastructure upgrade in the HKCEC. With a wealth of experience gained through 27 years working in major corporations, including West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Stewart is well qualified to provide overall direction for HML to ensure the building’s world class standard, to upkeep with technology advancements and customer expectation. Stewart graduated from the University of Brighton and completed Master in Building Services Engineering from the University of Hong Kong. He obtained Engineering Doctorate in IT Service Management from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2008.

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    Singapore, 13 February 2017 --(ASIA TODAY)-- The creators of Botler have been officially announced as the winners of MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics Singapore 2017. Their solution looks at using the Segway Robotics Platform, Loomo, to build an autonomous system for transporting elderly patients and residents at nursing homes and extended-care facilities to where they need to go. The system utilises facial recognition algorithms to identify patients, then connects with their wheelchair using a custom-designed electromagnetic coupling, allowing Loomo to move wheelchair-bound patients to and from activities such as meals and medical appointments. This autonomous system for moving patients and residents from location to location frees up manpower, enabling them to focus on more critical care and medical tasks.

    “My team and I shared a collective vision to transform regular everyday mobility for the elderly into an autonomous smart system, leveraging the convenience of the Loomo platform,” said Kok Yuan Yik, Roboticist and Botler team leader. “We hope to be able to deploy our solution amongst the elderly and aim to work closely with SGInnovate to develop Botler further.”

    Held from 10-12 February at SGInnovate on 32 Carpenter Street, MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics Singapore 2017 is Asia’s first hackathon to address unmet needs in elderly care and medicine and how robotics can play a role in aiding an aging society. This year’s hackathon saw 83 participants, including clinicians, programmers and engineers, work on addressing a diverse range of eldercare challenges from fall prevention to dementia care. The hackathon opened with a Facebook ‘LIVE’ panel with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-In-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, who joined fellow healthcare and robotics experts to discuss challenges and opportunities in eldercare in response to ageing populations around the world.

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    Botler beat out a total of twelve teams to clinch the top prize. Team DORI came in second with a concept for a personalised social robot capable of monitoring cognitive health, while third-place winners, Team NOW, designed a robotic nurse-on-wheels (NOW) able to detect, diagnose, alert and manage cardiac events amongst elderly patients. The winners of the MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics Singapore 2017 will next be taking part in an on-stage panel at EmTech Asia 2017, taking place from 14 to 15 February 2017, to discuss their hackathon experiences and the potential of robotics to provide long-term solutions in elderly care and the overarching healthcare industry in Singapore. In addition to a grand prize of $5K USD for the winning team, the top three teams will also have access to prototyping facility labs, the Segway Robot Developer Edition platform, Loomo, as well as funding to build on their solutions and launch their companies.

    “MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics Singapore 2017 demonstrates how we convene, energize and teach a global community to collaboratively innovate solutions for some of the most critical healthcare challenges, particularly in elderly care,” said Khalil Ramadi, Co-Director of MIT Hacking Medicine. “Working in Singapore with teams like Botler, NOW and DORI, as well as our partners, SGInnovate, SMART and Segway Robotics, we are able to “hack” digital technologies and bring in new ones, such as robotics and even machine learning, making MIT Hacking Medicine a leading global voice in healthcare innovation.”

    "Hacking Medicine Institute and MIT Hacking Medicine are thrilled to continue our support of this programming with our partners in Singapore," said Judy Wang, Executive Director of Hacking Medicine Institute, the non-profit organization which oversees MIT Hacking Medicine events and activities. "We are pleased to see the growth of digital health entrepreneurship in this region, and we look forward to exploring additional ways to cultivate the digital health ecosystem to have a lasting, positive impact for healthcare in Singapore and beyond."

    Robots are being seen as an increasingly viable complement to other emerging healthcare technology trends such as smart monitoring systems and mobile applications, to ease the reliance on human caregivers. With the number of Singaporeans aged 65 and above projected to double to 900,000 by 2030, one in four Singaporeans is likely to require elderly care by then. This puts increasing pressure on Singapore’s healthcare industry, which is planning to add an additional 30,000 healthcare workers by 2020. These challenges are not unique to Singapore; it affects countries with ageing populations worldwide.

    “Working with the MIT Hacking Medicine team is exactly what we do at SGInnovate – helping ambitious and capable people use various technologies to create possible solutions to global challenges,” said Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate. “We look forward to working closely with Botler and others who want to move their work from ‘research to real-world’, making a positive impact on lives around the world.”

    Winners of the MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics Singapore 2017 celebrate following the prize-giving ceremony, marking the conclusion of this year’s hackathon.

    This year’s judging panel consists of Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate, Ong Jeong Shing, Investment Director, VentureCraft, Sarah Zhang, Business Lead and Head of Developer Partnerships, Segway Robotics, Gerard Chew, Head, IHIS Innovation Labs, Yorelle Kailka, Founder and CEO, Active Global Specialised Caregivers, Prof. Li Haizhou, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS.

    SGInnovate is the Founding Sponsor of MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics Singapore 2017, with Segway Robotics as the official Robotic Platform Sponsor. Other participating partners include the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT Hacking Medicine, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Venturecraft, EmTech Asia, Google, PIXEL Labs, Integrated Health Information Systems (IHIS), Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and ACCESS Health International.

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