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Better City, Better Life — Launch of the 2019 Cross City World Tour Xiamen

Betty Tűndik

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CROSS CITY WORLD TOUR XIAMEN
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More than 3,000 citizens from the ages of 4 to 60 took part in the Cross City World Tour Xiamen on April 14. Divided into 600 teams, the participants had to complete various tasks along one of the 10 routes by walking or taking public transport.

Beginning in Xiamen in 2016, the Cross City World Tour Xiamen competition, originating from World Cities Day, is jointly organized by Shanghai Coordination Center of World Cities Day and Pico Sports.

Cross City World Tour is similar to a treasure hunt in the city. Each mixed-gender team is made up of five members. Each route is connected with five coordinates, and team members have to collaborate on and complete tasks that involve thinking, creativity, and physical strength while searching for the next coordinates. The final ranking is based on the completion time.

Participants can enjoy themselves in the series of tasks, which include putting on firefighting gear, go-kart racing and puzzles. Many enterprises use this competition for their team building activities.

Cross City World Tour is targeted at the general public, especially young peopleand it emphasizes participation, teamwork, common good and interaction. The different routes help participants learn more about Xiamen from different perspectives, and better learn about the beauty and spirit of the city.

In the years since its launch, the competition has won lots of support from hundreds of organizations in the city and many companies have applied to be the coordinates every year. According to Roy Luo, General Manager of Pico Sports, “Like a marathon, the city orienteering challenge goes out of the playground and into the city. A marathon is a track of 42.195 kilometers, while the city orienteering challenge has many different coordinates so as to a offer better experience for the participants with consolidated urban resources.” Roy said that the city orienteering challenge can be replicated and the platform can be used to create many other business models. Xiamen is the first stop for this season and according to the organizer, the event will also be held in 6 to 8 other cities such as Shanghai, Hefei, Taiyuan, Chengdu, Luoyang and others.

 

SOURCE: PICO SPORTS

 

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Dash and Aircoins Join Forces to Power Cryptocurrency Treasure Hunt in Augmented Reality

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Dash, the top digital currency for payments and e-commerce, today announced a partnership with the leading cryptocurrency augmented reality (AR) app, Aircoins. By downloading the Aircoins app, users can hunt, collect and send Dash cryptocurrency worldwide alongside other Aircoins users in an AR environment.

Anytime a user downloads the Aircoins app, there will be a random drop of coins, including Dash, around them. Users can then collect them by moving close to the coins and using their phones as an augmented reality tool. The Aircoins team is promoting usage of the withdrawal function by having full Dash coins appear in 10 major cities around the world for users to find. Initial cities are: New YorkAmsterdamBangkok and Medellin. Dash and Aircoins will communicate the location of additional cities through their respective social channels (@Dashpay and @aircoins_App).

In a first for the AR and crypto worlds, players will have the ability to pick up Dash currency in Aircoins AR environment, transfer it to any Dash-enabled crypto wallet in a quick transaction — thanks to Dash’s InstantSend feature — and use it at one of the 4,800+ retailers worldwide that accept Dash, cash out at one of the 700 ATMs, or move it into one of the many exchanges that trade Dash globally.

“As interest and adoption around AR and cryptocurrency continues to increase, merging the two through a fun game is an exciting step for both technologies,” said Ernesto Contreras, business development manager LatAm of Dash Core Group. “This partnership will allow Dash to reach new markets by allowing users to collect coins as they move around cities, and because they can now use that currency, this will open up a new engagement model and user experience. AR is poised for exceptional growth and together Dash and Aircoins are primed to engage users along that journey.”

As the first app to enable cryptocurrencies in AR, Aircoins has been a key player in innovating the digital ecosystem and pushing the boundaries around how individuals can experience and interact with cryptocurrency. Aircoins has helped both its users and partners explore new currencies and ultimately expand their reach and ownership through the rich engagement platform AR offers users. In the near future, Aircoins users will be able to exchange other coins they collect in the app into Dash, which users can subsequently withdraw, and use for purchases.

“Aircoins is excited to integrate Dash digital cash and work strategically with the Dash Core Group. The Dash protocol is a perfect fit for retailers and cryptocurrency users because of its low transaction fees and InstantSend feature,” said Emal Safi, CEO, Aircoins. “Aircoins layers geolocation, gaming and augmented reality to make rewards and using Dash fun and convenient while providing an interactive experience. These innovations in technology create new payment and advertising opportunities as we drive foot traffic to retailers and merchants. Aircoins has created a vast network of users and blockchain assets that motivates to grow the decentralized economies and push for mass adoption.”

 

SOURCE Dash

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Converge Technology Solutions Announces Appointment of Mr. Ralph Garcea to Board of Directors

Vlad Poptamas

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Converge Technology Solutions Corp. (“Converge” or “the Company“) (TSXV:CTS) (FSE:0ZB) (OTCQX: CTSDF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ralph Garcea as an independent director of the Company, effective immediately. The addition of Mr. Garcea will bring the Converge Board of Directors to a total of five individuals, four of whom are considered independent.

Mr. Garcea was a top-ranked research analyst, well regarded for his knowledge of Canadian technology, gaming and industrial companies, having received top three rankings in the past from Brendan WoodsGreenwich, Starmine, and Thomson Reuters surveys. Mr. Garcea has more than 22 years of experience in senior positions at both major and boutique investment dealers in Canada. He is the current managing partner and co-founder of Focus Merchant Group, a boutique advisory firm offering a full range of financial advisory services including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, RTO/IPO advice, valuations, fairness opinions and board of director selections.

“We are pleased to welcome Ralph Garcea to our Board of Directors, given his extensive capital markets experience in the technology sector,” stated Gordon McMillan, Chairman of the Board of Converge. “Ralph’s unique insight and experience will be instrumental as we continue to implement Converge’s strategic business plan.”

Mr. Garcea holds a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Engineering Science (Aerospace) from the University of Toronto, and an M.B.A. (Honours) from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

 

SOURCE Converge Technology Solutions (CTS)

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Folio Financial a Finalist for Investment News 2019 Innovation Award for Digital Wealth Platform and How It Transforms Online Investing for Advisors and Their Clients

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Folio Financial announced today that it was a finalist for the Investment News 2019 Innovation Award for its Digital Wealth Platform (DWP), in the first year the award has been given to firms. This award recognizes firms that demonstrate original approaches to the opportunities and challenges facing the financial advice profession, as well as innovations that improve how financial advisors take care of their clients, run their businesses and improve client outcomes.

DWP is a next-generation platform offering the essential building blocks for financial advisors to deliver intelligent and personalized digital investment experiences to all types of investors, at a lower cost. DWP provides a unified solution to manage and extend a firm’s digital wealth management strategy. Whether a firm’s growth strategy includes a standalone robo advisor to reach a broader range of retail investors or an infusion of digital automation to improve advisor productivity, with DWP, firms can:

  • Maintain Complete Ownership of the Client Relationship – No more outsourcing digital advice business to third-party robo providers. DWP puts total ownership of the client relationship back into the firm’s hands.
  • Deliver Personalized, Automated Investment Advice – Fully automate the creation and management of custom-tailored, diversified portfolios developed from the ground up to support client goals—allowing firms to deliver greater levels of personalization throughout every step of the investment journey.
  • Ensure Consistency of Advice Across Channels – DWP is fueled by each firm’s unique advice methodology, investment strategies, capital market assumptions and preferred investment products to ensure consistency of advice across channels.
  • Manage Multiple, Complex Investment Programs from One Solution – Fully automate the creation and management of desired investment strategies—from model-based portfolios and managed ETF and/or fund programs to more personalized multi-manager strategies or bespoke, equity-based portfolio creation.
  • Streamline Operations – Complete automation of key touchpoints and operational tasks. From real-time, paperless onboarding, secure money movement and automated portfolio management to streamlined workflows, branded client communications and more, all designed to create a seamless, digital investment experience.

“We are honored that Investment News recognized Folio’s innovation, as well as the many ways our Digital Wealth Platform helps advisors serve their clients and grow their business,” said David Hagen, Folio’s Vice President of Digital Wealth. “DWP is a continuation of Folio’s long history of delivering cutting-edge and scalable brokerage and custody technology to RIAs. Folio was one of the first to offer advisors completely paperless, streamlined account opening, bank-link creation and funding – and to also provide advisors with online trade confirmations, statements, performance reporting, tax documents and proxy voting services.”

Modular in design, DWP is available as a white-labeled, customizable solution or through a robust suite of APIs that offer advisors complete control of the client experience.

 

SOURCE Folio Financial

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