Call for Applications: Startup World Cup 2019

Startup World Cup ("SWC") offers innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems around the world. This platform consists of a global series of startup conferences and competitions that bring together phenomenal startups, VCs, and world-class tech CEOs.
Application Deadline in 2 months

Call for Applications: The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

The Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards are an international business awards competition that are open to all organizations in the 29 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The focus of the awards is on recognizing innovation in all its forms.
Application Deadline in 17 days

Call for Applications: Grants to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is currently accepting applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Application Deadline in 3 months

Call for Applications: Women MSME FinTech Innovation Fund for Enterprises in Asia-Pacific

The Innovation Fund seeks to co-fund companies to pilot innovative digital and financial solutions that improve access to finance and/or enhance operational efficiency of women-led MSMEs.
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Australia Emerges as a Leading Innovator for Agriculture 4.0

Investors and researchers are looking to Australia to develop the agricultural and food technologies of the future.

Pilot plant to turn sugarcane waste into biofuel and beer bottles

Their patented REACH technology, developed by US parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective drop-in biofuels and bio-chemicals , as alternatives to fossil fuels.

Advancing Renewables in Developing Countries: Progress of projects supported through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility

Between 2014 and 2018, projects selected in five annual cycles were awarded concessional loans worth USD 214 million, with 16 projects subsequently advancing through various stages of implementation. Seven projects from early cycles reached the construction or installation stage, with renewable power generation set to start in 2019.

South Korea is ready to step up technology transfers to Africa

Speaking at a meeting on potential technology partnerships between Korea and Africa, representatives of Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Techno Park, and Korea’s Green Technology Center said there was huge potential for cooperation and immense opportunities for job-creating bankable projects.

Call for Applications: The 2019 APAC HPC-AI Competition

The APAC HPC-AI competition encourages international teams in the APAC region to showcase their HPC and AI expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition that builds critical skills, professional relationships, competitive spirits and lifelong comraderies.
Applications are closed

Chinese outbound tourists use mobile payment more than cash for the first time

Several factors encourage Chinese tourists to use mobile payment abroad, with the most important being that they have already become accustomed to this fast and convenient payment method in their home country. To cite an example, the payment process with Inspiry Smart Box, one of the most popular terminals in China, is very simple: shoppers scan the QR-code generated on their mobile phones over the Inspiry Smart Box at the cashier's station to complete the payment quickly and conveniently. With a near instant response, the payment terminal eliminates the time wasted by having to make change as is the case for most cash transactions.

NRGene and TOYOTA Collaborate to Develop Strawberry Varieties to Better Enable Local Production for the Japanese Market

NRGene, a worldwide leader in genomic analysis, and Toyota announced today the decoding of a leading commercial strawberry genome, a key milestone in the development of high-quality, locally-produced fruits for the Japanese market.

Global creative economy shows resilience, growth - report

The remarkable story of China's dominance in the trade of creative goods and services is the golden thread of a new creative economy outlook by UNCTAD.

Asian Countries Dominate When It Comes to Passport Power in 2019

Japan goes into the new year holding 1st place on the Henley Passport Index, with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations. In a further display of Asian passport power, Singapore and South Korea now sit in joint 2nd place, with access to 189 destinations around the globe. Germany and France remain in 3rd place going into 2019, with a visa-free score of 188.

Let get inspired by innovation and win together in 2019

With the convergence of artificial intelligence, 5G, IoT, blockchain and additive manufacturing technologies, we are at the dawn of disruptive innovation that will impact businesses and enterprises worldwide.

Scaling up renewables in cities: Opportunities for municipal governments

Renewable-based solutions for cities, whether in buildings, power-generation, transport or other systems, help to ensure energy security and fulfil climate commitments, as well as to secure social benefits for urban residents. Fortunately, cities are making progress and achieving key successes in the shift to renewables.

Benefits for Queensland of the new robot economy

A new independent report predicts the uptake of robotics and automation could boost Queensland’s economic growth by 1 to 2 per cent each year over the next decade, adding between $37.4 billion and $117.5 billion to Gross State Product (GSP).

ESA's Call for applications: The application of space-based data and technology in the Asia Pacific

The use and integration of space technologies and services is considered especially suitable and relevant in this region due to its geographical characteristics, being vast with large areas of difficult accessibility. Many examples can be provided as reliance on Satellite Earth Observation data for monitoring applications or on Satellite Communications assets for providing connectivity to remote regions. The positioning and navigation capabilities of Satellite Navigation signals are useful ubiquitously in many applications and services.
Applications are closed

Smart Cities in Taiwan: A Perspective on Big Data Applications

In this paper, we discuss the concept of a smart city based on information and communication technology (ICT), analyze the objectives of smart city development in Taiwan, and explain the supporting technologies that make such development possible. Subsequently, we propose a hierarchical structure framework of smart city systems with levels of complexity ranging from low to high and interconnections and interactive relationships in five dimensions: the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, Big Data, Mobile Network, and smart business.
4 months ago

Developing and Evaluating a Virtual Reality-Based Navigation System for Pre-Sale Housing Sales

In the real estate market, VR can also play an important role in affecting buyers’ housing purchasing decisions, especially for housing markets in Asia, where the pre-sale system is extremely common.

Call for Applications: The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award

Announced at the One Young World Summit for the second year in a row, the call for applications for The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award has officially launched! There will be double the number of potential winners, from 5 to 10, with total value of all prizes combined - USD$100,000.
Applications are closed

The Australian digital farmer: challenges and opportunities

This paper considers the disruption brought about by digital farming. Major technical, legal, policy and social challenges and opportunities are outlined in the context of digital farming in Australia.

Increasing investment in Australian AgTech pivotal to our economic success: report

A new report released today by the United States Studies Centre – the first of its kind –analyses the volume, value, and makeup of AgTech investment in Australia.

Call for Projects: 2019 KNCF Grant Program - Preserving Biodiversity Projects in the Asia-Pacific Region

The nature of the fund is to provide assistance for nature conservation efforts implemented by NGO/NPO in developing countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and also provide assistance for nature conservation efforts and sustainable use of nature resources in Japan.
Applications are closed

What's Next in Making Smart Cities Smarter and Happier?

How will smart cities become even smarter? The answer lies not in simply integrating advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing, but in making the system work for individual societies.
a year ago

Call for Applications: GovHack on Environment & Wellbeing for the cities of Tokyo and Santiago

This challenge calls for startup utilizing the concepts of circular economy to create new products and services that help the environment and impact in(directly) the healthcare of its citizens.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Access Power launches 2018 edition of the $7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition powering Africa & Asia

ACF 2018 aims to further build on the success of the previous three years where a total of 234 projects have been considered for the prize with several winning projects now benefiting from the mix of funding and technical expertise provided by Access Power.
Applications are closed
a year ago

DOCOMO Launches AI Engine for Fast, Accurate Shelf Analysis

DOCOMO announced the launch of an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that quickly, simply and accurately analyzes shelf allocation in stores and warehouses using photos taken with smartphones and other common devices.
a year ago

New big data clustering algorithm with high accuracy and efficiency

The research team aimed to develop a ‘parallel’ k-medoids algorithm that guarantees not only high efficiency but also high accuracy. As in Figure 1, a parallel algorithm can be executed one piece at a time on many different machines and then combined together again at the end to get the correct result.
a year ago

ADB Projects in Cambodia, Mongolia, Tajikistan Secure GCF Funding

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has secured $190 million in total funding comprising of $85 million in grants and $105 million in concessional loans from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for its climate change projects in Cambodia, Mongolia, and Tajikistan, shoring up the bank’s efforts to increase its climate financing for the Asia and Pacific region.
a year ago

Real-time path planning for UAVs to cooperatively localize information sources

The research team proposed a method that effectively transforms the original large-scale optimization problem into a set of smaller subproblems that represent problems for a single information source, and then iterative solve the subproblems via a consensus-like sharing procedure called the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM).
a year ago

Agricultural Sustainability Project Reached 20.9 Million Smallholder Farmers Across China

Smallholder farmers who cultivate perhaps only a few hectares of land dominate the agricultural landscape in places like China, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. Increasing their efficiency while reducing their environmental impact are critical steps to ensuring a sustainable food source for the world’s growing population.
a year ago

Korea – France Call for Proposals: Joint R&D Projects

Companies proposing projects are encouraged to apply in any technological field, namely with a specific focus on the following fields: BioTechnology and Medical Technology, Energy and Environment Technology, Robot, Automobile and Machinery Systems Technology, Materials and Nano Technology and Information and Communication Technology.
Applications are closed
a year ago

I4D Grants for Community Networks in the Asia Pacific region

The Internet for Development Grants for Community Networks will be allocated to projects/organizations working to achieve affordable, locally owned and managed communication infrastructure, deploying creative low-cost solutions that use wireless technologies, GSM and/or fibre connections.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Asia Pacific Call for Proposals: The Cybersecurity Grants - Projects focusing on practical solutions around network resiliency and security

The Cybersecurity Grants supports projects focusing on practical solutions around network resiliency and security.
Applications are closed
a year ago

SparkLabs Cultiv8 Launches Its 1st Batch with AgTech, FoodTech and Sustainability Startups from Across the Globe

SparkLabs Group, a global venture and accelerator group, recently launched SparkLabs Cultiv8, a new $10M food and agtech accelerator based in Australia. This has been a catalyst for agtech companies from the U.S., and other parts of the world, to come to Australia to enhance their businesses benefiting from Australia’s farming expertise, research institutions and access to Asian markets.
a year ago

QUT is testing a novel technology to turn sugarcane bagasse into biofuel

QUT is testing a novel technology developed by US company Mercurius Biorefining to convert biomass into jet and diesel fuels.
a year ago

EU-South Korean Project Will Demonstrate 5G System Prototype at 2018 Winter Games

Visitors on Yulgok Street, also called IoT Street, will be able to experience the network while riding the 5GCHAMPION bus between event venues in Gangneung main area. Wearing virtual-reality glasses, they can "visit" almost instantaneously and in 3D a site in Oulu, Finland, via a 5G intercontinental connection developed by the project teams. The data-transfer speed on this proposed 5G mobile network is 2.5 Gbps.
a year ago

South Korea unveils roadmap to develop future car industry

According to the roadmap, the Korean government and private sector will cooperate on developing core technologies for autonomous vehicles and constructing smart traffic systems to introduce the infrastructure necessary for completely self-driving cars by 2022.
a year ago