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FLAME University’s Entrepreneurship Centre all Set to Catalyze the Indian Startup Ecosystem

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  • BLAZE– Igniting Ideas, its flagship start-up summit brings together a stellar group of successful entrepreneurs, Investors and business leaders to support deserving start-ups
  • Invites applications from start-ups with less than five lakhs revenue seeking to fund and scale their ventures 
  • Announces business competition to incentivize students with game changing ideas to pursue entrepreneurship as a career choice

FLAME University, the pioneer of liberal education in India, will bring together a stellar group of successful entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders at BLAZE – its flagship start-up summit on March 1-2, 2019 at its campus in Pune. Designed with the aim of supporting and growing start-ups, the summit will be led by Darshan Doshi, Director of the FLAME Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FCEI).

 

Making the announcement, Professor Dishan Kamdar, Vice Chancellor, FLAME University, said, “BLAZE is an initiative by FCEI at FLAME that envisions to bring together thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders on a common platform to support deserving entrepreneurs. We will provide them the opportunity and incentive to reach their potential and hope that they build ventures that will create jobs and wealth in the future.”

The theme of BLAZE is to understand the challenges faced by innovators and startups in their journey to scale through workshops, talks and panel discussions with trailblazers in this space and give aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to grow through the new venture competition. As a part of this, FCEI will select 15 truly amazing new ventures and business ideas from applicants across India to present their business-pitch to an ‘Investor Panel’, comprising of eminent names from the industry and the start-up world.

Outlining the value-add that BLAZE will provide to start-ups and idea stage venturesDarshan Doshi, Director of FLAME Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FCEI) at FLAME, said, “BLAZE will play the role of a catalyst in accelerating the growth of entrepreneurship across the country. What differentiates BLAZE is that it offers a multifold ROI to the promising ideas and selected ventures. We will partner with the entrepreneurs to identify their growth areas, solve their challenges and hand-hold them till they are ready to go to market. We will also connect them with prospective customers and Investors for potential funding support and provide them the much needed boost to grow and scale their ventures confidently.”

The agenda for the two-day summit and the speakers who are expected to speak at the summit is as follows:

Friday March 1, 2019 (1pm – 8pm)

  • Opening address by Dr. Dishan Kamdar, Vice Chancellor, FLAME University
  • ‘Startup Opportunities from the eye of an investor’ by Pranav Pai, Partner 3one4 Capital
  • ‘Scaling & Exiting a Fintech Startup’ by Patanjali Somayaji, CTO, Capital Float and Co-founder, Walnut App
  • Investor Panel Discussion: ‘What Investors want to see in Startups’ with Pranav Pai, Vaibhav Domkumdwar, Sachin OswalAbhishek Prasad

DEMO Day – Eight Early-stage startups Pitch to Investors

  • ‘Building a Brand in India‘ by Riya Shah, founder, The Quick Wok
  • ‘Indian Startup Ecosystem: Deriving benefits from events, incubators, accelerators’ workshop by Praveen Dorna, Co-founder, StartupByte
  • Product Showcase – Student Exhibits across FLAME Campus

Saturday March 2, 2019 (9am – 6pm)

  • ‘How to Build Scalable Global Startups from India‘ by Tarun Davda, Partner & MD, Matrix Partners
  • ‘RealLives to Real Life – Training Youth in Empathy, Sustainable Development & Change making’ by Dr. Parag Mankeekar, Ashoka Fellow, Leader – RealLives Global Scaling, Founder Director – NeetiMr. Bennychan Solutions, Founder – YoungChangeMakers Conference
  • ‘Enterprise AI Landscape and Data Science General Practices’ by Rohit Pandharkar, Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at Mahindra Group

BLAZE New Venture Competition – 15 Selected Startups Pitch to Investors

  • ‘Changing Global Trends in Media Consumption’ by Tapas Sen, Co-founder & CPO RadioMirchi
  • ‘Working with Legends in the Indian Music Industry’ by Shameer Tandon, Founder, Music Boutique
  • ‘Should I Startup | Succeed not Fail’ workshop by Vikas Kumar, serial entrepreneur, investor and founder, LoanTap

Key Initiatives at BLAZE – Igniting Ideas:

  • New Venture Competition – Startups with less than INR 5 lacs in annual revenue as well as game-changing new business ideas from students from universities, technical and management schools across India are eligible to apply before February 22, 2019Top three winners will receive INR 85,000 in cash prizes while 15 startupsselected to pitch to the investors will receive an opportunity to incubate their ideas at the FLAME Incubator Program to achieve next stage of growth. New Venture Competition Application Link: https://www.flame.edu.in/research/centres/centre-for-entrepreneurship-innovation/blaze-igniting-ideas
  • FLAME Origins Program Demo Day – FCEI’s startup accelerator initiative, the FLAME Origins Program, has accelerated eight early stage startups across India over the last five months. These startups will make their business pitch to prominent angel investors and venture capitalists.
  • Product Showcase – Over 30 FLAME entrepreneurship undergraduate and postgraduate student groups will display a range of products created over this academic year.
  • Workshops, Speakers and Networking – Aspiring entrepreneurs and students can attend the two-day event for free upon registration and get the opportunity to network with prominent business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and talented students. Individuals interested to attend BLAZE startup summit can register here: https://www.townscript.com/e/blaze-igniting-minds-204341

 

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Knowmatix: An Online Educational Platform for the Cryptocurrency Industry

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Knowmatix is an online, in-depth educational platform providing the fundamentals and practical skills necessary to become successful in the Blockchain, Cryptocurrency industry from the comfort of your own home.

By applying our easy to understand, proven methods and applications, it is now easier than ever to successfully become a knowledgeable leader in blockchain technologies industry through our online accelerated educational program.  Our comprehensive introductory program provides a fundamental understanding of how various blockchains operate and how easy it is to strategically trade cryptocurrency in today’s centralized economy.

Our founder and curriculum developer, Abdulaziz AlYaqout, is currently operating in Miami Beach, Florida.  Prior to forming Knowmatix, Mr. AlYaqout took lead as an important consultant for the business analyst team at Ryder Systems, Inc. and the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.  He holds BS Degree and MS in Industrial Engineering, both from the University of Miami.

As lead instructor for Knowmatix, Mr. AlYaqout’s first course is a blockchain and digital currency microdegree that provides you the basic tools to start and advance your professional career in the cryptocurrency.

Learn the technical analysis basics and terminology and develop buying strategies and skills to grow your personal finances. Learn how to deconstruct the blockchain technology, and the importance of Hashing.  Discover Bitcoin and understand its history and role in the cryptocurrency marketplace.

Knowmatix, seeks to create a Knowmatix Impact Program (KIP) that forms strategic alliances with reputable businesses operating in the Blockchain industry. This involves Knowmatix assigning project managers to given projects, and delegating work per project basis to qualified star students. While forming alliances with businesses, Knowmatix will align itself with schools and institutions to provide a custom backend solutions curriculum to help revamp their online courses. This effort provides colleges and institutions cost saving measures by offering its platform in a software program, which acts as an additional resource to aid students with completing their education, and securing a career through Knowmatix alliances and partners in the ever growing technology field, nationwide.

With Knowmatix’ proprietary platform and blockchain-focused training services, Mr. AlYaqout ventures to be part of the governmental effort to Buy American and Hire American with special interest for advancing the careers of woman and Veteran groups nationwide to team up with Knowmatix.

For additional information and preview of our proprietary educational curriculum, please visit our website at www.knowmatix.com.

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What You Will Learn

  • Cryptocurrency terminology
  • Deconstructing blockchain technology
  • Understanding Hashing
  • Digital Currency and its Future
  • Bitcoins role and history
  • Currency wallets
  • Crypto Research tools
  • Buying strategies
  • Digital Asset Classifications
  • Blockchain Analysis Basics

 

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AWS Announces Cloud Innovation Center at the University of British Columbia

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the launch of a Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.  Part of an ongoing relationship between AWS and UBC, the CIC will provide students, staff, and faculty access to cloud technology to advance projects, along with training on how to employ Amazon’s innovation processes. The CIC is the first of its kind in Canada.

The CIC will focus on issues of health and wellbeing and is officially called the UBC Community Health and Wellbeing CIC, powered by AWS. It will support student teams tackling real-world issues and challenges, where application of novel and emerging technology or computing approaches are essential. The CIC will change the way UBC teams use cloud technology, drive innovation, and improve agility and cost. Located on the university’s Vancouver campus and slated to officially open in early 2020, teams working on projects will also have in-person support from a Vancouver-based AWS team of cloud computing and data experts.

“The UBC Community Health and Wellbeing CIC will give student teams, supported by staff and faculty, the opportunity to use leading cloud technology from AWS to unlock results for challenge projects faster and generate new insights for our community,” said Simon Bates, Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning at UBC. “The team-based, hands-on approach –coupled with industry expertise — will significantly advance our efforts to support authentic, digital learning experiences for students as well as opportunities for our teams to work with the world’s leading cloud services from AWS.”

“We’re seeing cloud adoption across every segment in Canada, from nonprofits to education and all levels of government,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at AWS. “The CIC at UBC further accelerates the digital transformation of the Canadian public sector by providing teams access to next-generation cloud technology from AWS that can be used to solve real-world challenges. Our expertise and experience with machine learning, high-performance computing, and data analytics will directly help the UBC community in delivering innovative projects.”

Using Amazon’s innovation methodology, dedicated UBC and AWS CIC staff will work with students, staff, and faculty, as well as community, government or not-for-profit organizations to define challenges. The team will engage with subject matter experts, identify potential solutions to the challenges, and to build Proof of Concepts (PoCs).  All of the innovation challenge outputs, including the PoCs, will be published as open source for other community members to access and use.

“For the remainder of the year, we will be working with the UBC community, as well as partners in healthcare, nonprofit organizations and government to queue up a selection of challenges to begin working on. During this time, we will also be securing the location for the CIC on campus, hiring, and fleshing out the operations model supported by colleagues in IT and Teaching and Learning,” said Bates.

“UBC is a world-recognized leader in research and learning, and this new cloud innovation center will undoubtedly unlock new ways to solve problems that will make a difference to people and businesses,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology for British Columbia. “Cloud computing skills are essential to the workforce, and students at UBC will soon be able to get hands-on training and experience to help support B.C.’s growing tech sector.”

“Our government’s recent announcement of Canada’s Digital Charter recognized the importance of partnerships between industry and academia to address digital and data transformation and ensure that Canada continues to be competitive on the global stage,” said Navdeep BainsCanada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Giving our researchers access to the best tools and methodologies will spur innovation, leading to the creation of better outcomes for Canadian communities. Developing and applying methods to use the wealth of data now available to advance society through research and learning is needed now, more than ever.”

This CIC in Canada joins seven other cloud computing research initiatives funded by AWS worldwide, including California Polytechnic University Digital Transformation HubArizona State University Smart City CICMunichUniversity of Applied Sciences (MUAS) Digital Transformation LabCODE University of Applied Sciences Better Future LabSciences Po Public Innovation LabBusan City CIC, and the recently launched Swinburne Data for Social Good CIC.

 

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Professor Xindong Wu, Chief Scientist of Mininglamp Technology, Invited to Dialogue with Singapore Officials

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On July 3, 2019, Xindong Wu, Chief Scientist of Mininglamp Technology, was invited to attend an Exchange Meeting with Singapore government delegation, headed by Mr. S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information & Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations, held at Tsinghua Science and Technology Park. Professor Wu, introduced Mininglamp as a leading AI technology company, with a solid AI foundation framework, a talent pool, and several established business domains.

Through Professor Wu’s presentation, a blueprint on how to interpret Minginglamp as a leading provider of one-stop AI products and service platforms was delivered.

Professor Wu’s Speech on Miniglamp:

AI is our Gene

I’m Xindong Wu, the Chief Scientist of Mininglamp Technology, which is a truly AI company. Our CEO graduated from the AI Laboratory of Peking Universityand I graduated from the Department of Artificial Intelligence of Edinburg University. Currently, there are 136 AI specialists in our company, among a total of around 2,300 people doing AI related services for enterprises, public sectors and new services for emerging applications. Let me share with you a piece of award information. Mininglamp just won an MIT Technology Review Award on June 29, 2019, as one of the 50 Smartest Companies in China, which include Chinese domestic companies, like us, Huawei and Tencentmultinational companies operating in China, like Microsoft and Inteland joint ventures established by Chinese and overseas companies.

In short, we are AI people doing the smartest AI business. In the company name of Mininglamp, the Mining part obviously has AI indications. We are a leading one-stop AI enterprise, providing AI products and service platforms for enterprises, government sections, and new technologies in the catering industry and others.

AI is our Silver Bullet

We started our business in enterprise services for advertisement intelligence in 2006, and then expanded into public safety in 2014, and now invest efforts in intelligent catering services, which is a big step that integrates online and offline data services for one-stop AI applications. We have also started to incorporate hardware related activities into software analytics as well.

Since I assumed duty at Mininglamp, we have been constructing the Mininglamp Academy of Sciences, which not only conducts business-related technology development but also promotes academic research on selected AI topics in the scientific community. The Academy now has well-known Fellows from the Chinese Academy of Science, the Chinse Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Britain, and the Royal Society of Canada. In addition to the 136 AI scientists I mentioned above, the Academy also provides guidance and information exchanges to other Mininglamp sections to keep them up to date on business-related technologies.

AI is our Motto

The Big Wisdom framework was recently developed by Wu Wu, Minghui Wu and Xindong Wu, which is our company’s motto. What we have been doing since 2012 is Big Data, and then Big Knowledge in 2016. We extract useful pieces of information from data, form large connected knowledge bases, and then put Big Knowledge into action, which is what we term as Big Wisdom. The purpose of extracting useful information is to put it into business and practice, and then generate business value. From data collection to action generation, the middle is to combine human intelligence, artificial intelligence, and organizational intelligence, which can be abbreviated as HAO intelligence, for complex problem-solving.

 

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