Celebrating National Heroes Day, Deputy Ministry of Youth Development, Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora), invited Indonesian youths to demonstrate the spirit of millennial heroes, or “Pemuda Zaman Now.” To excel the characteristic of millennial heroes, Kemenpora have initiated numerous programs, such as technology, art, culture, and entrepreneurship that aligned with the main theme of 2018 National Heroes Day in Indonesia, “Semangat Pahlawan di Dadaku.”
“In today’s digital era, young generation, including students and future leaders, now bear heavier burden to build this Nation. In order to continue the goodwill of our national heroes and Indonesia’sfounding fathers, we need to optimize our creativity and innovation to create positive and constructive breakthroughs,” said Imam Nahrawi, Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sports.
In the framework of 2018 National Heroes Day, Kemenpora invites all young generation across cities in Indonesia, to expand the spirit of heroes through creative social media content. They are also invited to become influencers in their community, to inspire people on how to use social media platform wisely. All positive efforts include sharing knowledge and expertise among young generation, as well as telling stories of Indonesia’s heroes through millennial language to engage more with the youths.
“Young generation needs to fill the gaps in the social media with smart, constructive, and positive thoughts. In the coming years, these efforts will effectively create a more prosperous nation in Indonesia,” added Imam Nahrawi. To succeed the spirit of a true hero through social media, Kemenpora through Deputy Ministry of Youth Development, has also initiated Literacy Program for the Use of Social Media, Millennial Innovation as well as Discussion as parts of the Millennial Youth Literacy Program.
The Millennial Youth Literacy Program is a program by Kemenpora to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit among young generation in Indonesia, some of which are through literacy and knowledge sharing of entrepreneurship and investment. “These efforts aim to support all good potential of Indonesia’syouths, as the largest and diverse community. Moreover, they’re now facing challenges, to navigate the digital onslaught of the information age. Thus, we need to give the right assistance for them, to succeed an inspiring millennial hero character in their communities,” said Imam Nahrawi.
To support the spirit of millennial hero, Kemenpora through the Deputy Ministry of Youth Development also launched the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop in Indonesia, which currently has spawned hundreds of entrepreneurial heroes in across cities in Indonesia. The program includes entrepreneurial training, funding, and mentoring to start a business. Kemenpora has also awarded 39 outstanding youths in Indonesia as entrepreneur heroes, that were selected through their creativity in building the nation through business innovation.
The workshop has been developed to widespread community, including all santri or Islamic boarding school students in Indonesia. “They are now being one of the cornerstones of the country’s economy. Hence, a santri must have an economically independent attitude. Moreover, entrepreneurial development is not only for pursuing profit, but also aiming to create good personality and leadership that needed to develop our country. Through this community, we are optimistic to realize a new character of hero, to succeed the economic growth in Indonesia,” said Asrorun Ni’am Sholeh, Deputy Minister of Youth Development.
Asrorun added that the millennial hero is no longer defined as freedom march to fight for independence. “They may come from any field, such as business, tourism, art, culture, and sports; as long as they carved out positive contribution to Indonesia.”
GROOVE X Introduce a New Companion Robot, “LOVOT”
Robot start-up GROOVE X (GX) (headquarters: Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; CEO Kaname Hayashi) has announced the Tuesday, December 18, 2018 launch of the companion robot “LOVOT(TM)”. In development for over three years based on the concept “A little LOVE can change the world,” LOVOT overturns common assumptions about robots by creating a new partner for human beings. It is loaded with advanced technology such as Emotional Robotics(TM), touch sensors throughout its body, and some six-layered eye display — specifications that differ from conventional robots used in households.
GROOVE X plan their first shipment of the 2-unit sets in fall-winter 2019. Starting on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, they are accepting Web advance reservations.
Official site URL: lovot.life
The LOVOT is not a useful robot that will do tasks for human beings. It begs for attention and gets in the way of those it lives with, and at times will shy away from people it does not know. It is adorable just by being there. When owners are with it, they feel a sense of relief, of contentment, and can’t help but smile. They get a warm feeling inside. People feel a sense of happiness when they reach out and gently touch it or hug it close. They can feel the joy of loving something. When robots can have such a trusted relationship with people and become a way to add enrichment and security to their lives, GROOVE X believe that they can nurture people’s “capacity to love” and lead to enhancing their everyday performance.
What GROOVE X have pursued with technology is not efficiency or usefulness but rather a robot that makes people truly happy by its innocent character and charming gestures that feels satisfying to cuddle. It gently stirs people’s feelings and fills them with happiness. It draws out their capacity to love and gives them the energy to face their tomorrows. Though it is not alive, LOVOT is warm. It has been created for owners to love it.
Unique features of LOVOT
- To be sold with 2 units as one set (single units to be sold from 2020)
- Though it is a robot, it seems to be alive as if it were a living being
- Though it is a robot, one can form a trusting relationship with it
- Though it is a robot, it seems to have a social nature
- Though it is a robot, it does not do any work in place of humans
- Though it is a robot, it accelerates communication* between people
* As LOVOTs become friends with each other, communication between the owners expands
- Profile of GX CEO Kaname Hayashi
1973: Born in Aichi prefecture in Japan
1998: Began career at Toyota Motor Corporation
Developed aerodynamic products such as Supercar “LFA”
2003: Developed aerodynamic designs of F1 (Formula 1) at the same company
2004: Developed aerodynamic designs of F1 at Toyota Motorsports GmbH (Germany)
2007: Managed development of mass-produced models at Product Planning Division (Z) in Toyota Motor Corporation
2011: Joined Masayoshi Son’s program for successor development “Softbank Academia”, external member of inaugural class
2012: Participated in development of SoftBank’s emotion recognition personal robot “Pepper”
2015: Founded GX and assumed CEO post
2016: Procured fund amounting to JPY 1.40 billion, the largest domestically as seed round
2017: Procured fund amounting to JPY 4.35 billion for series A round
SOURCE: GROOVE X
Fourth edition of India Art Festival is held
India Art Festival (IAF), a big gala of world’s art, was held at Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi on November 22–25. The grand event attracted over 500 artists from 40 cities through its 35 art galleries. The even displayed all kind of arts: painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and installations from rural India to metro cities.
The event, which is conducted by the publishers of Indian Contemporary Art Journal, was first held in 2011.
The focus of this year’s event was the work and performance of 100 independent artists from cities like Chennai, Jammu, Tripura and Ahmedabad. The independent artists include mid-career, established as well as emerging artists.
IAF also offered a venue for budding artists to showcase their talent.
Rajendra, the director of India Art Festival, said: “The art scene in Delhi has become event-driven, with bigger art events drawing in more crowds than solo or group exhibitions in individual art galleries. Economical art fairs – in terms of participation cost – are easy for exhibitors to take part in and recover basic participation cost, hence they participate every year. Almost 90% of art galleries and 60% of artists are repeat participants in India Art Festival; this growth is phenomenal in such trying times.”
Art festival like IAF offers a unique opportunity for artists and connoisseurs alike to create and appreciate new works of art.
Great response to Hindi Cinema Samman Samaroh in New Delhi
The 2nd edition of Hindi Cinema Samman Samaroh was held in a glittering ceremony in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Some of the big names in the Hindi Film Industry were honoured during the event, including film producers Boney Kapoor, Mehul Kumar, Actor-Director Nandita Das, Actor Sanjay Kapoor and Zareen Khan.
Dr. Sandeep Marwah President of ICMEI and Marwah Studios said.
“Almost after 110 years of Hindi Cinema, we somehow forgot to honour and highlight the contribution of this most popular cinema of the world at the central level with National awards exclusively. We at ICMEI-International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry could feel the pain of this need last year,” at the second edition of Hindi Cinema Samman Samaroh at Vigyan Bhawan.
The awards were presented by Hon. Satya Pal Singh Union Minister of State, Ministry of Human Resource Development responsible for Higher Education and Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India and Hon. Vijay Sampla Union Minister of State Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. The Ministers were also felicitated for their contribution to Hindi Cinema.
H E Dr. Ashraf Shikhaliyev, Ambassador of Azerbaijan was awarded the Hindi Cinema Samarthak Award.
“Appreciation is the key to enthusiasm. Our film industry is known to the world. The best film makers of the world watch Hindi cinema as it is a total entertainment,” said Boney Kapoor, Chairman of the award Committee this time.
“Hindi Films have contributed to Hindi learning not only in India but all over the world. Not only entertainment, Hindi films are the best ambassador of our culture too. People all over the world like and love Hindi cinema. I congratulate each and every awardee and especially Sandeep Marwah for taking initiative to start an award like this,” said Satya Pal Singh, Union Minister, Government of India.
“Hindi Cinema is the biggest in the country number wise, quality wise and popularity wise. It needs to be honoured and highlighted. I am lucky to be associated with now the most prestigious National Award for Hindi Cinema. My best wishes to each and every one present here and to the whole Hindi film industry for marvellous contribution towards entertainment,” added Vijay Sampla, Union Minister, Government of India.
“Hindi Cinema is a complete package of Entertainment, Education and Information. It is the best way to learn Hindi, know the world through pictures and has enhanced tourism to a great extent,” added Marwah.
The function marked the importance of honouring the yesteryear’s greats for fuelling future growth.
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