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Klaytn Hackathon Kicks Off — Calling All Developers to Join

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  • A six-week-long virtual hackathon taking place from April 12th to May 31st
  • Inviting all developers worldwide for an opportunity to create blockchain services on the Klaytn public testnet Baobab
  • Seeking to give equal access and chances to all interested individuals and communities beyond geographical barriers

 

Ground X, the blockchain subsidiary of the leading South Korean mobile platform, Kakao, announced its first ever Klaytn Hackathon, which takes place from April 12th to May 31st, open to participants worldwide.

Klaytn Hackathon provides the participants with an opportunity to create BApps (Blockchain Applications) by utilizing the Klaytn public testnet Baobab, which was launched on March 29th. Unlike traditional offline hackathons, Klaytn Hackathon is an online competition where any individuals or teams around the globe can access and participate.

Any developers with great ideas for blockchain services can participate by registering on the official Klaytn Hackathon homepage at www.klaytnhackathon.com. Also available are other online community channels including the official Klaytn Reddit page (https://www.reddit.com/r/klaytn/) and the official Klaytn Developers Group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/klaytndevelopers) where participants can share ideas and ask development-related inquiries.

The Klaytn developers, global crypto venture capitals and accelerators, and Klaytn’s initial service partners will participate as judges to select four winning teams and award prize money along with Klaytn’s token KLAY. The first and second place winners are awarded $7,000 USD and $5,000 USD respectively with KLAY. They will also be given the opportunity to attend TXGX, the technology-oriented forum organized by Ground X, which will take place in Seoul late 2019 (flights/hotel accommodations included). The third and fourth place winners will receive $2,000 USD with KLAY.Other participants that have submitted their final works can still receive 150 KLAY each. The winners will be announced on the official Klaytn Hackathon homepage in late June.

According to Jason Han, the CEO of Ground X, heading the development and operation of the Klaytn platform, “Our Klaytn Hackathon is designed to benefit passionate developers seeking to create blockchain services that can contribute to expanding the Klaytn ecosystem.” He added, “We are also keen to collect any technical feedbacks during the competition so that we can strengthen our platform before the Klaytn mainnet launch.”

Continuing its community building efforts, Klaytn plans to hold meetups to introduce the public testnet Baobab and the Klaytn Hackathon. The hackathon meetups will take place around various cities in Asia with the first meetup to kick off in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City on the 25th. Next meetups will be in the Philippines and Thailand around late April to early May. Any questions or concerns can be submitted to developer_community@klaytn.com.

 

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China based innovation, CDMOs and Parallel Approvals driving huge growth in manufacturing at CPhI China

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Significant increase in exhibitors driven by bio growth at bioLIVE and separate nutraceuticals event.

CPhI & P-MEC China (#CPhIChina and #PMECChina) – co-organized by UBM EMEA, CCCMHPIE, and UBM Sinoexpo – takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) on 18-20 June 2019. The event will be co-located with ICSE, InnoPack, bioLIVE, NEX, Labworld, FDF, and EP & Clean Tech. Seen as the bellwether of pharmaceutical trends across the country, CPhI & P-MEC China’s agenda is packed with content from over 100 onsite conferences and activities as well as more than 50 seminars, with speakers from China and abroad.

One of the key trends to emerge this year is the rise in the number of innovative China-based biotechs – coupled with the easing of regulatory pathways and an emerging CDMO sector – is fueling a significant growth in manufacturing across China. In view of this, experts at the event will assess the Marketing Authorization Holder (MAH) Pilot Program, as well as recent reforms of China’s regulatory landscape and the opportunities for international pharma.

With the Chinese pharma growing at a ferocious pace, CPhI & P-MEC China is expected to welcome 50,000 attendees in its 19th edition – a year-on-year increase of 30% – which is further indicative of the buoyancy of the Chinese market. The event is also expected to see a 6% increase in exhibitors, with more than 3,200 from over 120 countries in attendance.

“China is issuing new guidelines at a feverish pace and will be harmonized with ICH very quickly. The result is that over the next two to three years’ poorer quality manufacturers will drop out of the market and China’s manufacturers will look to compete in international markets as well as domestic” CPhI Annual Report Expert, Bikash Chatterjee on outlook of 2019.

Wider market data also supports this ongoing boom, with China’s pharmaceutical market projected to grow strongly from 115.2bn USD in 2016 to 159.4bn USD by 2021 and 234.2bn USD by 2026. This represents a 10-year compound annual growth rate of 8.8% in local currency terms and 7.3% in US dollar terms. Similarly, bioprocessing in China has been on a trajectory of rapid growth, with a 39% growth in facilities, and total capacity is growing >8% annually, with biosimilars offering the largest growth potential.

At the 2019 edition, for the first time, CPhI & P-MEC China 2019 will launch bioLIVE – their new bioprocessing and manufacturing exhibition – which has evolved from the previous BioPh China and will run adjacent. This exposition is in response to the large molecule trend within the industry, and arrives at a particularly prominent moment. Within the last year, there has been a proliferation of biosimilars and double-digit approvals of biologics – as well as a host of investments taking place in contract services.

Marie Lagrenee, Brand Manager at CPhI & P-MEC China, commented: “The growth of the Chinese pharma economy has been exponential in recent years, with regulatory reforms spearheading the increased interest in the region from both domestic and international companies. With a bourgeoning CDMO sector and recent harmonization by ICH, it’s pivotal that events such as CPhI & P-MEC China provide a platform to drive growth, exchange new ideas and expedite new deals to help nurture this budding market.”

The third edition of China Pharma Week will take place alongside CPhI & P-MEC China on June 17-21 2019, focusing on Leadership, Business, Networking, Innovation, Recognition and Knowledge. Activities will include plant visits, a networking dinner, women in leadership forum, summits and the Innovation Gallery Tours, giving a deeper work floor insight and dedicated industry conferences on different sectors.

For more information, please visit the official website: www.cphi.com/china

Notes to editors
Notable features at CPhI China 2019 include:

  • Over 100 onsite conferences and activities with speakers from China and abroad, 50+ seminars
  • The renowned Matchmaking Service, an online matchmaking tool, which enables attendees to search for and arrange meetings with exhibitors prior to the show according to their business goals
  • The Innovation Gallery Tours will provide 2019 attendees with the latest insight into Functional and Insulin packaging solutions in the Chinese market as well as the opportunity to meet exhibitors
  • The Supplier Finder System, an interactive floor plan via dedicated screen, onsite visitors will be able to discover the location of existing or future business numbers, based on the search by a company name, product name or company’s stand number
  • CPhI TV will bring live interviews from the top companies on the show floor and live content onsite to get the best out of the show.

 

SOURCE: UBM Sinoexpo

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2019 Chain Plus Asia Pacific Blockchain New Finance Summit: Singapore station Completed Successfully

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On April 1112th, “2019 Chain Plus Asia Pacific Blockchain New Finance SummitSingapore station” has ended with a bang.

Although it is currently a bear market, the enthusiasm of the participants did not decrease. At this industry-leading forum, Chain Plus, William Zhu, founding partner of The Blockchainer, also the host of this summit, reviewed and speculated the past, present and future of blockchain finance area.

With the welcome speech from Chia Hock Lai, President of Singapore Fintech Association, Nizam Ismail, a former regulator of MAS, delivered a keynote speech about “How Regulators Have Responded to Facilitate Innovation, and How They Should Respond in Future”.

Hongfei Da, founder of NEO&Onchain, Alexandre Kech, CEO of Onchain Custodian and Jun Li, Founder of Ontology & Co-Founder of Onchain, gave amazing speech and held the product launch ceremony with Raymond Zhang, CSO of Onchain Custodian.

Andrew Pudovikov of Sberbank blockchain laboratoryshared”Enterprise Blockchain use cases in Sberbank”, Ouyang Yun, CEO of Goldlinks, shared”Anchoring the crypto world”, Jack Li, CEO of Ontrade, talked about “How to solve the existing problems with regards to the lack of altcoin liquidity and inefficient cryptocurrenty markets?”, Piotr Jan Pietrzakfrom INGdelivered a speech about “Is blockchain the major next step in the evolution of payments?” and Yihao Zhang, head of marketing from Huobi Global, shared about “The future of premium tokens”.

There were also some speakers shared their opinions for “Building the New Financial Ecology”including NGC, Hashkey capital, Cardano Foundation, EMURGO, TontineTrust, IBM, R3, etc.

Followed by a heated discussion named “The Future of Blockchain and Financial Infrastructure, Mr. Tissa Jayaweeratofrom Japan Asia Investment Company Ltd.Sunny Han, co-founder of Elastos, Leo Wang, CEO of Litex, Haidar Omais, chief marketing officer of Distributed Earth and Rita Xia Havsholm, project advisor of Orient Walt, shared their opinions.

What’s more, the topic”The ManagementIssuance and Trading of Digital Asset”was also a big show with the following companies joined: Bit-Z, Polymath, Satang Corporation, Remitano, Indodax, Bibox, Bitcoin Co. Ltd, Node Capital, Sri Lanka, P2P foundation, Maecenas, Securitize, HEG Fribourg, True Global Ventures, Onchain custodian, DBS bank, Standards Chartered bank, BitKan, Stellar, etc.

Thanks to these excellent speakers, companies, all media partners and the news release distribution partner — PR Newswire, the 2019 Chain Plus Asia Pacific Blockchain New Finance Summit – Singapore station ended smoothly. According to statistics, this summit attracted more than 400 industry practitioners, including more than 40 traditional financial institutions,100 high-quality projects and more than 50 other investment institutions, such as  OnTrade, OK group, InvestaCrowd, Taipan Investment, JLAB, JRR Crypto, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, DBS bank, Stellar, NEO, Ontology, Japan Asia Investment Company Ltd., NGC, True Global Ventures, as well as crypto exchanges such as Bitfinex, Indodax, Bit-Z and Unidax.

 

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Returning to Keelung, Majestic Princess Brings Back Cruise Vacation Craze in Taiwan!

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Princess Cruises favorite mascot, Stanley the Bear, welcomed the arrival of Majestic Princess in the Port of Keelung
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In 2018, Majestic Princess carried 4K passengers in one call, the highest record at Keelung Port.

In 2019, Princess Cruises Taiwan will welcome the one millionth guest onboard.

 

Princess Cruises, the fastest growing global premium cruise line, welcomed the beautiful Majestic Princess back to Taiwan at the Port of Keelung on April 15. Last year, Majestic Princess was a talk of the town in the cruise vacation industry. To mark this occasion, Princess Cruises also officially announced the beginning of 2019 homeport season in Taiwan. According to internal surveys of Majestic Princess passengers in 2018, 90% were highly satisfied, and 97% would like to take Majestic Princess again. “Taiwan has become Princess Cruises’ largest sourcing market in Asia, and our third largest market in the world,” said Ryan Barton, Director, Marketing, International Markets, Princess Cruise. “With the upgraded services on the 2019 voyages, we look forward to triggering even higher popularity of cruise vacations!”

At the beginning of 2019 season, Peter Chen, Princess Cruises Taiwan Region Director, also announced another great news. “Since the establishment of Princess Cruises Taiwan branch office in 2013,” said Chen, “not only did Princess Cruises score high customer satisfaction but we also created a record of local purchasing of USD20 million in 2018, including food and beverage (local vegetables, fruits and rice grown in Taiwan) raw materials of roughly USD9 million. In 2019, it’s estimated the purchase will exceed 20 million US dollars. As itinerary and passenger numbers have steadily increased over the past six years, in 2019, Princess Cruises will welcome the one millionth passenger traffic in Taiwan! We hope to see more and more Taiwanese guests onboard to experience complete and comfortable services on international premium cruise ships, as cruising becomes the fastest-growing vacation choice in Taiwan.”

“In 2018, Princess Cruises deployed three premium ships to Port of Keelung as home port for the first time,” said Taiwan International Ports Corporation President Chungrung Wu. “Majestic Princess carried over 4,000 passengers in one voyage, the highest record in Port of Keelung. We are excited to welcome Majestic Princess back to Keelung. In response to three to four thousand customers in one call, we have redesigned the arrival and departure routes in Port of Keelung. E-Gate system will be available in the near future, and we will continue to upgrade the infrastructure to serve more cruise guests.”

“In 2018, Princess Cruises, for the first time, carried three premium ships homeporting at the Port of Keelung, and today I am very pleased to witness Majestic Princess’ arrival for the second Spring/Summer Voyage,” said Taiwan International Ports Corporation President Chungrung Wu.

Majestic Princess recorded a groundbreaking number of more than 200 thousand passengers in 2018. Also, the Port of Keelung‘s cruise passenger growth rate is expected to peak at 14%, rounding up to 740 thousand passenger traffic this year.

Therefore, to host 3,000-4,000 passengers per trip, Taiwan International Ports Corporation invested more than NTD $50 million on the advanced E-Gate system, and simultaneously upgraded its infrastructure to provide a more convenient immigration inspection for every passenger.

Three Upgraded Services: Exclusive Menu by Chef Richard Chen, Spirit of Okinawa, and Japan & Korea Itineraries

In 2019, Princess Cruises will offer 54 calls across 214 days, which are expected to carry over 150,000 passengers with Majestic Princess (fromApril to July) and Sun Princess (from July to September). Services onboard have upgraded as well.

  • Firstly, Chinese-dish menu in the main dining room is redesigned by Michelin-star-rated Chef Richard Chen in Taiwan, the Executive Chef of Majestic Princess’ “Harmony” restaurant.
  • Secondly, as the global travel master, Princess Cruises is committed to delivering authentic destination experiences to our guests. We provide the “North to Alaska” experiences in Alaska, the “Across the Ditch” onboard activities in Australia and New Zealand, and most recently the “Rhythm of the Caribbean.” Now, for the first time in Asia, we are proud to introduce “Spirit of Okinawa” onboard programming which features traditional dance activities, awamori tastings, regional culinary dishes, yukatas, and other immersive guest activities.
  • Thirdly, in 2019, we will offer a longer voyage each month that covers both Japan and Korea, so passengers can enjoy cities in Kyushu (Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima) and Korea (Busan, Yeosu, Jeju).

Mascot Stanley the Bear Balloon on Rooftop

Starting on April 15, 2019an adorable six-meter-tall mascot of Princess Cruises, Stanley the Bear, will be placed on top of Keelung terminal building for one month. It will welcome all cruise passengers traveling to Keelung with a big smile. Exclusive to our guests and for a limited time onlyphoto ops with Princess Cruises and Stanley the Bear will for sure be popular on social media.

 

SOURCE: Princess Cruises

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