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News Article | May 25, 2017
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Following Microsoft Taiwan's data scientist training and certification program and the annual Microsoft Build in Seattle earlier in May, DevDays Asia 2017@Taipei is launched with much fanfare. Directed by Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau, and co-hosted by the IPO Forum and Microsoft, this year's event from May 23 to 25 offers a program of even greater richness and diversity, bringing the participants highlights of the revolutionary technologies introduced in Microsoft Build -- Microsoft's biggest developer event. In response to the boom of big data, machine learning as well as other technologies and their applications, Microsoft has announced several new tools such as the new Azure IoT Edge for big data computing, built-in Presentation Translator for Office 365 PowerPoint, and cross-platform supports for chatbots. With commitment to the idea of openness and cross-platform, Microsoft embraces developers and is active in developing AI and realizing a cloud-based smart world for the future. The event has invited 16 experts from Microsoft's headquarters to have face-to-face exchanges with more than 600 participants on the newest technology development. Microsoft has also organized an AI Service Application Contest, calling for value-added services and innovative applications for AI+Chatbot and AI+Office 365 and encouraging developers to build killer apps for Taipei citizens. Taiwanese talent on the world stage -- DevDays Asia aligning with Taiwan's Asia Silicon Valley plan Microsoft has introduced several IoT-related industrial cooperation and talent training programs in Taiwan since it signed an MOU with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in October 2015 to develop the IoT industry and set up the Microsoft IoT Innovation Center in October 2016. Earlier this month, it announced to co-launch with the Institute for Information Industry (III) its first training and certification program for data scientists in the greater China region. Offering AI services, cloud platform services, data analytics and many other technologies, Microsoft has been supportive of Taiwan's effort to move from a hardware-based or component-based business model toward five innovation-based industries: defense & aeronautics, smart machinery, green technology, bio-medicine, and IoT (i.e. making Taiwan the Asia Silicon Valley). This is in line with Microsoft's continuous work in providing Taiwanese industrial partners with access to the company's newest developers tools and systems, and in facilitating cross-platform interoperability, open specifications, and open programs. "Taking Taiwan as the hub of Asia, Microsoft has showcased more than 30 solutions in the IoT Solution Exhibition Center after it co-established the Microsoft IoT Innovation Center with the MOEA. More than 255 Taiwanese cloud devices are Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT, accounting for 52% of the certified devices in the world. Looking ahead, Microsoft will continue to help our partners tap into the IoT value chain's unlimited business opportunities," said Steven Shaw, General Manager of Microsoft Taiwan. "In addition to sharing the newest technologies and first-hand information with Taiwan, Microsoft will devote resources to local partners, working together to train skillful AI and data science professionals, who are key to future industry development. We hope that DevDays Asia could provide our partner developers in Taiwan with new tools and services, serve as a stage where they can connect to world markets, and realize the vision of a more intelligent future." The Taiwanese government's plan to build an Asia Silicon Valley aims to increase the global share of Taiwan's IoT business from 3.8% in 2015 to 4.2% by 2020 and to 5% by 2025. In this context, MOEA Deputy Minister Jong-Chin Shen said, "Microsoft has long been working closely with our industries. Recently it has been cooperating with us on industry development and skill training, under the framework of the 5+2 Industry Innovation Policy. We hope that Microsoft could make Taiwan its innovation center and base in Asia in areas beyond the IoT, and that it could deepen its cooperation with Taiwanese industries in developing Asia and even international markets by continuously putting in, among other things, AI and information security related technologies and resources." Directed by Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau, and co-hosted by the IPO Forum and Microsoft, this year's DevDays Asia brings you hot topics and the newest development and technologies from Microsoft Build -- Microsoft's biggest developer event every year in Seattle. With an aim to connect Asia with the Silicon Valley and promote strategies for related industries in Taiwan and Asia, the three-day event is built around four themes, AI and Data, Office Extensibility, Interoperability, and Tutorial, covering various areas: "In a world witnessing almost infinite computing power and exponential data growth, Microsoft is walking ahead of the times and envisioning a whole new world in near future. We focus on providing AI and cloud services to every developer, connecting data and cloud computing power all around the world, and building IoT Edge and AI services for the future. Embracing openness, Microsoft continuously supports developers by introducing more cross-platform services that give developer full support across mobile, webpages, and cloud. Without limitations, they could realize all kinds of applications and achieve more," said Cathy Yeh, Principal Program Manager of Microsoft Internet of Things Innovation Center, Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group, Microsoft. "With more than 100 million monthly commercial active users, Office 365 is where the world works. Microsoft has announced plans to better connect developers with Office 365 customers around the globe: any developer can now publish for Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Coming soon, apps in Teams will be more discoverable for end users through a new app experience. Developers can also add new capabilities to Teams apps, including third-party notifications in the activity feed, Compose Extensions and Actionable Messages," said Tristan Davis, Group Program Manager of the Office Platform team, Microsoft. "Microsoft Bot Framework is now used by over 130,000 developers. Microsoft Bot Framework is open to developers using any kind of programming languages to develop Chatbots that can interact with humans with natural languages and support various application platforms such as Office 365, Skype, Slack and regular web applications. AI and Chatbot applications will be everywhere in the future that are to provide smarter and faster services to create value for every industry." More than 600 contestants and a chance to shine at the developer skill challenge This year in the three-day program, DevDays Asia has invited technology experts from Microsoft headquarters to have exchanges with more than 600 developers, focusing on AI services, data analytics and Office 365 applications. Another highlight of the event is the final round of the AI Service Application Contest, where developers build value-added services for AI+Chatbot or AI+ Office 365. Powered by Microsoft Bot Framework + Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS), they could build a cross-platform chatbot in a short period of time. This is expected to stimulate new ideas and energy. Developers also have the opportunity to see their creation become a part of Taipei citizen's life as applications using data from Hello Taipei, the city government's reporting and complaints service, may find their way into the service. DevDays Asia 2017 was held from May 23 to 25 on the second floor of Hua Nan Commercial Bank's convention center. To learn more about the event, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/taiwan/events/2017DevDays/English/agenda.htm#middle_menu Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/microsoft-envisions-the-future-world-at-devdays-asia-2017-300463786.html


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.acnnewswire.com

Taiwan Excellence Embarks on a Southbound Journey as it Debuts at CommunicAsia 2017 TAITRA expands visibility in the ASEAN market for 19 participating Taiwan Excellence Award winning brands including Acer, ASUS, Advantech, Planet, and VIVOTEK The Taiwan flag waved proudly at the opening of CommunicAsia 2017 as it showcased 50 Taiwanese technologies and innovations at the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion. This year's inaugural participation at Asia's premier sourcing and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge platform is part of the country's drive to lend support to Taiwanese companies in achieving regional competitiveness within the ICT sector. According to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the initiative is a key component of the Taiwan Industry Image Enhancement Project (IEP). 19 Taiwan Excellence Award winning brands on display at booth BQ2-01 feature technologies in the areas of enterprise mobility, green energy, smart cities and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The exhibition runs until May 25, 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. Globally renowned Taiwanese companies Acer, Advantech, ASUS, Planet and VIVOTEK led the products showcase. Alongside these brands, Dr. Chiueh Tzi-Cker, Vice President & General Director of Information and Communications Research Laboratories at the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI) spoke about integrating existing technologies and platforms in the push towards Smart Living. ITRI is part of the delegation led by the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association at booth BQ3-13. Mr. Francis Liang Kuo-Hsin, Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore, graced the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion's maiden launch at CommunicAsia as its Guest-of-Honour. In his opening address, Mr. Liang said, "Singapore is an important trade partner of Taiwan, and we have long established a strong and close bilateral relation between the two countries. Through Taiwan Excellence's inaugural participation in CommunicAsia, we hope to promote partnerships, sharing of our cutting-edge technologies, and facilitate knowledge exchange between leading Taiwanese companies, innovators and members of the ICT industry in the Southeast Asia region", affirming Taiwan's focus in the region. Addressing a room full of partners, media and guests, Mr. Scott Yang, Deputy Director of Marketing at TAITRA, shared that "many Taiwan manufacturers possess ground-breaking research and development (R&D) findings and record strong international sales. Aligned with the government's initiatives, Taiwan Excellence aims to help these innovative products and brands break into the regional market in a bid to garner more opportunities for international cooperation." Situated conveniently by the entrance close to CommunicAsia's visitor registration, the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion features an interactive platform, offering visitors an up-close experience with the products on exhibit. This strategic location helps focus the spotlight on the innovative brilliance, further bolstering the eminence of the brands and the esteem in which they are held. Ranking 2nd in the world for three years on the trot and top in Asia in digital adoption encompassing areas such as consumer technology, e-commerce, financial services and interactive digital media and telecommunications, Singapore is the natural choice as a launch pad for Taiwan's Digital Nation Plan and New Southbound Policy. Over the three days at CommunicAsia, the expected visitor turnout north of 30,000 flaunts officials, C-Level executives and international buyers. Working in this space, Taiwanese manufacturers can expect to present their latest technology innovations in pursuit of the Asia.Silicon Valley vision of propelling Taiwanese manufacturers to the international forefront of IoT innovation. About the Taiwan Excellence Award The symbol of Taiwan Excellence honors Taiwan's most innovative products that provide tremendous value to users worldwide. All products carrying this symbol have been selected for specific Taiwan Excellence Awards based on their excellence in design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D, and manufacturing. Initiated by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized in 100 countries. Supported by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. is responsible for implementing policies and regulations governing foreign trade and economic cooperation. Established in January 1969, the BOFT's role and position have been adjusted regularly to meet the needs of the ever changing international economic and trade environments. The BOFT has been guiding and working with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous promotional trade projects and activities both internationally and domestically. Having worked closely with TAITRA for many decades, the BOFT continues to commission TAITRA for various critical government projects relating to business, trade and investment, while promoting Taiwan internationally. Organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit, semi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwanese businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,200 international marketing specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and 50 offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, the Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies. For Media Enquiries TAITRA Ya Hsing Lu Strategic Marketing Department, TAITRA Tel: +886 2 2725 5200 #1386 Email: PRecious Communications for TAITRA Melinda Ilagan Tel: +65 6303 0567 Email: Topic: Trade Show or Conference Sectors: Telecoms, Media, Enterprise IT, Mobility/Wireless, Broadcast, Digital http://www.acnnewswire.com From the Asia Corporate News Network Taiwan Excellence Embarks on a Southbound Journey as it Debuts at CommunicAsia 2017 Home | About us | Services | Partners | Events | Login | Contact us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | RSS


News Article | May 25, 2017
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"Estonia is a cradle of European innovative entrepreneurship. We are happy to sign this collaborative agreement with Startup Estonia, which will benefit both of us by connecting our respective ecosystems," said Willem Jonker, CEO, EIT Digital. "We are happy to announce the partnership with EIT Digital, certain as we are that this collaboration will strengthen the Estonian startup ecosystem, encouraging greater openness towards the European landscape," added Lehar Kütt, CEO, Kredex. Startup Estonia, a governmental initiative aimed at supercharging the Estonian startup ecosystem, and EIT Digital, the leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe's digital transformation, signed on May 25th a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to join forces to support the development of the Estonian innovation ecosystem. Startup Estonia will bring to the table the skills and the expertise developed in several years of activity in this Baltic nation. EIT Digital meanwhile catalyses digital innovation and entrepreneurship through a number of initiatives aimed at driving the digital transformation across Europe and beyond. The goal: helping the Estonian innovation ecosystem grow and also play an increasingly important role in the international landscape by fostering Estonian startups access to European markets and by making Estonia a more attractive destination for tech companies, investors and talents coming from abroad. The signing, in the context of the innovation and startup conference Latitude59, was done in Tallinn by Willem Jonker, CEO, EIT Digital, and Lehar Kütt, CEO, Kredex Fund, home of Startup Estonia in the presence of Mari Vavulski, Head of Startup Estonia and Siim Sikkut, Government CIO of Estonia. EIT Digital will join the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Startup Estonia, the European Commission and Dell to co-host the Startup Nations Summit in November 2017, which will be held in the framework of Estonia's EU presidency. Estonia is part of ARISE Europe, EIT Digital's implementation of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). ARISE Europe is designed to stimulate regional growth in EU countries where EIT Digital is not physically present with a node. Its objective is to connect local and regional innovation centres and their ecosystems to EIT Digital's innovation and education ecosystem. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


HELSINKI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Last week at the International One Conference 2017, Jetico CEO, Michael Waksman gave the inspiring closing keynote presentation titled “The Cyber Force Challenge: Attract & Inspire the Next Generation”. The event was a successful collaboration in The Hague, The Netherlands, organized by the Dutch National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), the Ministry of Security and Justice and the Ministry of Economic Affairs under the theme ‘We are all connected’. “We are all aware of modern challenges we face in cyber security today – data breaches and ransomware are spreading, everything around us keeps getting ‘smarter’ – meaning more vulnerable, and new laws are impacting our business, such as the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe,” explained Jetico CEO, Michael Waksman. “But there is a bigger challenge, an underlying threat being overlooked – the growing shortage of skilled labor in cyber security, with a projected talent gap of 1.5 million in less than 2 years.” Addressing the large crowd of over a thousand participants, Mr. Waksman pointed to at least 3 opportunities to solve the cyber security talent gap: To overcome the growing cyber force challenge, “we need to encourage new ways of thinking and attract the next generation to a career in cyber security – inspiring kids, motivating young adults and appealing more to women,” summarized Mr. Waksman. “To do so, we all need help to be more comfortable discussing cyber security in our homes and with our families. That’s the first step to making a difference.” Over the course of the event, the International One Conference 2017 stage hosted talks from over 60 national and international cyber experts including Mikko Hypponen (F-Secure), Melissa Hathaway (Potomac Institute for Policy Studies), Herna Verhagen (PostNL), Reuben Paul (CyberShaolin), Rob Bertholee (The Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service - AIVD), Daniel Castro (ITIF), Marcel Veening (Divitel & Secure Software Alliance), Saket Modi (Lucideus Tech) and Joshua Corman (I am the Cavalry & Atlantic Council). To see the full program, click here. Jetico provides pure and simple data protection software for National Security, Compliance and Personal Privacy. Trusted for over 10 years by the U.S. Department of Defense, Jetico's BCWipe can wipe selected files beyond forensic recovery such as in response to classified data spills, while BCWipe Total WipeOut can erase hard drive data entirely such as for disposal or decommission. To protect stored data, Jetico's BestCrypt delivers compliant data encryption software for whole disks, virtual drives and selected files or folders. Jetico Enterprise Editions include central management for client software control. Jetico products are trusted by government and military agencies, all of the top 10 U.S. defense contractors, many national laboratories, as well as various other enterprises and a wide global base of home and small business users in over 100 countries. Founded in 1995, Jetico is privately held and headquartered in the Otaniemi Science Park in Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit jetico.com.


News Article | May 25, 2017
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"Estonia is a cradle of European innovative entrepreneurship. We are happy to sign this collaborative agreement with Startup Estonia, which will benefit both of us by connecting our respective ecosystems," said Willem Jonker, CEO, EIT Digital. "We are happy to announce the partnership with EIT Digital, certain as we are that this collaboration will strengthen the Estonian startup ecosystem, encouraging greater openness towards the European landscape," added Lehar Kütt, CEO, Kredex. Startup Estonia, a governmental initiative aimed at supercharging the Estonian startup ecosystem, and EIT Digital, the leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe's digital transformation, signed on May 25th a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to join forces to support the development of the Estonian innovation ecosystem. Startup Estonia will bring to the table the skills and the expertise developed in several years of activity in this Baltic nation. EIT Digital meanwhile catalyses digital innovation and entrepreneurship through a number of initiatives aimed at driving the digital transformation across Europe and beyond. The goal: helping the Estonian innovation ecosystem grow and also play an increasingly important role in the international landscape by fostering Estonian startups access to European markets and by making Estonia a more attractive destination for tech companies, investors and talents coming from abroad. The signing, in the context of the innovation and startup conference Latitude59, was done in Tallinn by Willem Jonker, CEO, EIT Digital, and Lehar Kütt, CEO, Kredex Fund, home of Startup Estonia in the presence of Mari Vavulski, Head of Startup Estonia and Siim Sikkut, Government CIO of Estonia. EIT Digital will join the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Startup Estonia, the European Commission and Dell to co-host the Startup Nations Summit in November 2017, which will be held in the framework of Estonia's EU presidency. Estonia is part of ARISE Europe, EIT Digital's implementation of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). ARISE Europe is designed to stimulate regional growth in EU countries where EIT Digital is not physically present with a node. Its objective is to connect local and regional innovation centres and their ecosystems to EIT Digital's innovation and education ecosystem. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation that brings together a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Taiwanese talent on the world stage -- DevDays Asia aligning with Taiwan's Asia Silicon Valley plan Microsoft has introduced several IoT-related industrial cooperation and talent training programs in Taiwan since it signed an MOU with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in October 2015 to develop the IoT industry and set up the Microsoft IoT Innovation Center in October 2016. Earlier this month, it announced to co-launch with the Institute for Information Industry (III) its first training and certification program for data scientists in the greater China region. Offering AI services, cloud platform services, data analytics and many other technologies, Microsoft has been supportive of Taiwan's effort to move from a hardware-based or component-based business model toward five innovation-based industries: defense & aeronautics, smart machinery, green technology, bio-medicine, and IoT (i.e. making Taiwan the Asia Silicon Valley). This is in line with Microsoft's continuous work in providing Taiwanese industrial partners with access to the company's newest developers tools and systems, and in facilitating cross-platform interoperability, open specifications, and open programs. "Taking Taiwan as the hub of Asia, Microsoft has showcased more than 30 solutions in the IoT Solution Exhibition Center after it co-established the Microsoft IoT Innovation Center with the MOEA. More than 255 Taiwanese cloud devices are Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT, accounting for 52% of the certified devices in the world. Looking ahead, Microsoft will continue to help our partners tap into the IoT value chain's unlimited business opportunities," said Steven Shaw, General Manager of Microsoft Taiwan. "In addition to sharing the newest technologies and first-hand information with Taiwan, Microsoft will devote resources to local partners, working together to train skillful AI and data science professionals, who are key to future industry development. We hope that DevDays Asia could provide our partner developers in Taiwan with new tools and services, serve as a stage where they can connect to world markets, and realize the vision of a more intelligent future." The Taiwanese government's plan to build an Asia Silicon Valley aims to increase the global share of Taiwan's IoT business from 3.8% in 2015 to 4.2% by 2020 and to 5% by 2025. In this context, MOEA Deputy Minister Jong-Chin Shen said, "Microsoft has long been working closely with our industries. Recently it has been cooperating with us on industry development and skill training, under the framework of the 5+2 Industry Innovation Policy. We hope that Microsoft could make Taiwan its innovation center and base in Asia in areas beyond the IoT, and that it could deepen its cooperation with Taiwanese industries in developing Asia and even international markets by continuously putting in, among other things, AI and information security related technologies and resources." Directed by Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau, and co-hosted by the IPO Forum and Microsoft, this year's DevDays Asia brings you hot topics and the newest development and technologies from Microsoft Build -- Microsoft's biggest developer event every year in Seattle. With an aim to connect Asia with the Silicon Valley and promote strategies for related industries in Taiwan and Asia, the three-day event is built around four themes, AI and Data, Office Extensibility, Interoperability, and Tutorial, covering various areas: "In a world witnessing almost infinite computing power and exponential data growth, Microsoft is walking ahead of the times and envisioning a whole new world in near future. We focus on providing AI and cloud services to every developer, connecting data and cloud computing power all around the world, and building IoT Edge and AI services for the future. Embracing openness, Microsoft continuously supports developers by introducing more cross-platform services that give developer full support across mobile, webpages, and cloud. Without limitations, they could realize all kinds of applications and achieve more," said Cathy Yeh, Principal Program Manager of Microsoft Internet of Things Innovation Center, Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group, Microsoft. "With more than 100 million monthly commercial active users, Office 365 is where the world works. Microsoft has announced plans to better connect developers with Office 365 customers around the globe: any developer can now publish for Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Coming soon, apps in Teams will be more discoverable for end users through a new app experience. Developers can also add new capabilities to Teams apps, including third-party notifications in the activity feed, Compose Extensions and Actionable Messages," said Tristan Davis, Group Program Manager of the Office Platform team, Microsoft. "Microsoft Bot Framework is now used by over 130,000 developers. Microsoft Bot Framework is open to developers using any kind of programming languages to develop Chatbots that can interact with humans with natural languages and support various application platforms such as Office 365, Skype, Slack and regular web applications. AI and Chatbot applications will be everywhere in the future that are to provide smarter and faster services to create value for every industry." More than 600 contestants and a chance to shine at the developer skill challenge This year in the three-day program, DevDays Asia has invited technology experts from Microsoft headquarters to have exchanges with more than 600 developers, focusing on AI services, data analytics and Office 365 applications. Another highlight of the event is the final round of the AI Service Application Contest, where developers build value-added services for AI+Chatbot or AI+ Office 365. Powered by Microsoft Bot Framework + Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS), they could build a cross-platform chatbot in a short period of time. This is expected to stimulate new ideas and energy. Developers also have the opportunity to see their creation become a part of Taipei citizen's life as applications using data from Hello Taipei, the city government's reporting and complaints service, may find their way into the service. DevDays Asia 2017 was held from May 23 to 25 on the second floor of Hua Nan Commercial Bank's convention center. To learn more about the event, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/taiwan/events/2017DevDays/English/agenda.htm#middle_menu Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/microsoft-envisions-the-future-world-at-devdays-asia-2017-300463786.html


The world is in serious need of solutions to create sustainable growth and jobs. The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 is bringing 1,500 specialists from around the world to Finland to show how this can be done. The groundbreaking event will focus on the world's best circular economy solutions in which business and the environment go hand in hand. The host country Finland is the first in the world to have published a comprehensive road map to a circular economy. The country's leading future-oriented think-and-do tank Sitra is now inviting the shapers of our future well-being to celebrate Finland's 100th year of independence at the forum. Come and experience Finland's own inspirational story as a global leader as we put the circular economy into practice and deliver concrete benefits across all sectors of business and society. "A circular economy is about using resources more efficiently and creating more value with what we have," says Dr Mari Pantsar, Director of Sitra's Carbon-neutral circular economy. "It can be the win-win approach everyone is looking for. For companies, circular products and business models help cut costs, manage risks and create new revenue. For societies, moving away from the current linear 'consume-and-throw-away' economy offers large benefits for tackling the climate crisis, reducing waste and creating jobs." The forum features more than 130 recognised speakers from across the world, including top business and political leaders, representatives of NGOs and innovators. Among the speakers are Amra Balic, Managing Director at BlackRock; Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of Carlsberg; Isabel Fernandez-Niemann, Head of Wholesale Banking at ING; Janez Potocnik, Co-chair of the UN International Resource Panel; Ashok Khosla, Founder and President of Development Alternatives; and Achim Steiner, Director of Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. Former NASA Astronaut Dr Cady Coleman also brings her inspiring circular economy story about surviving in a closed system with limited resources during her six month expedition to the International Space Station. The programme highlights how the circular economy plays an important role in the realisation of the UN's global sustainable development goals (SDGs). Future well-being is built on co-operation between different sectors. The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 contains 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business, finance and cities. The event offers three days of discussions, networking, side events and business excursions. Twenty-three exhibitors will be presenting their most interesting circular economy solutions at the venue. See the programme and full list of speakers on the event website www.wcef2017.com. Representatives of the media interested in being accredited to cover the World Circular Economy Forum are kindly asked to fill in the registration form by 26 May 2017. For further details, please contact Communications Specialist Sanna Autere, sanna.autere@sitra.fi, +358 (0)50 331 7510, or see the event website www.wcef2017.com. A live stream of the event will be available at live.wcef2017.com. Organisers of the WCEF2017 include the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, in co-operation with the following institutions: the European Commission, the European Environment Agency (EEA), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Koli Forum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Forum (WRF). This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com


The host country Finland is the first in the world to have published a comprehensive road map to a circular economy. The country's leading future-oriented think-and-do tank Sitra is now inviting the shapers of our future well-being to celebrate Finland's 100th year of independence at the forum. Come and experience Finland's own inspirational story as a global leader as we put the circular economy into practice and deliver concrete benefits across all sectors of business and society. "A circular economy is about using resources more efficiently and creating more value with what we have," says Dr Mari Pantsar, Director of Sitra's Carbon-neutral circular economy. "It can be the win-win approach everyone is looking for. For companies, circular products and business models help cut costs, manage risks and create new revenue. For societies, moving away from the current linear `consume-and-throw-away' economy offers large benefits for tackling the climate crisis, reducing waste and creating jobs." The forum features more than 130 recognised speakers from across the world, including top business and political leaders, representatives of NGOs and innovators. Among the speakers are Amra Balic, Managing Director at BlackRock; Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of Carlsberg; Isabel Fernandez-Niemann, Head of Wholesale Banking at ING; Janez Potocnik, Co-chair of the UN International Resource Panel; Ashok Khosla, Founder and President of Development Alternatives; and Achim Steiner, Director of Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. Former NASA Astronaut Dr Cady Coleman also brings her inspiring circular economy story about surviving in a closed system with limited resources during her six month expedition to the International Space Station. The programme highlights how the circular economy plays an important role in the realisation of the UN's global sustainable development goals (SDGs). Future well-being is built on co-operation between different sectors. The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 contains 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business, finance and cities. The event offers three days of discussions, networking, side events and business excursions. Twenty-three exhibitors will be presenting their most interesting circular economy solutions at the venue. See the programme and full list of speakers on the event website www.wcef2017.com. Representatives of the media interested in being accredited to cover the World Circular Economy Forum are kindly asked to fill in the registration form by 26 May 2017. For further details, please contact Communications Specialist Sanna Autere, sanna.autere@sitra.fi, +358 (0)50 331 7510, or see the event website www.wcef2017.com. A live stream of the event will be available at live.wcef2017.com. Organisers of the WCEF2017 include the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, in co-operation with the following institutions: the European Commission, the European Environment Agency (EEA), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Koli Forum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Forum (WRF). This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com http://news.cision.com/the-finnish-innovation-fund-sitra/r/world-s-best-circular-economy-solutions-to-be-presented-in-helsinki--5-7-june-2017,c2261214

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