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Why NOT to attend ChainPoint 19!

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Networking is boring and meeting the industry leaders seems not cool.

Who wants to travel to a city in the middle of nowhere, get to the venue of the conference in a traffic jam, meet these new people, try all that armenian unknown dishes? And there will definitely be need to reprint the business cards. Yeah, this is reasonable enough not to join the conference.

But listen, nobody wants to miss the chance to rub shoulders with the thought-leaders and experts of blockchain space for more than 20 hours, and have the unique opportunity to listen to so many  insightful and inspirational speeches from the top-notch experts and visionaries from the space.

The Minister of Economy of Armenia, Tigran Khachatryan, will present the main principles of the attractive crypto regulation law to be put in force soon, the CEO of Bitcoin.com Stefan Rust will give a keynote speech on the recent developments of the platform, Henri Arslanian, the Global Crypto and FinTech Leader at PwC and the Chairman of Fintech Association of Hong Kong will uncover exclusive insights about the fintech and crypto industry, Toufi Saliba, the CEO of TODA.network will tell about the new protocol, Marc Taverner, the Global Ambassador of Bitfury will show how governments are utilizing the DLT technology, we will go deep into use cases of digital transformation with Dr. Ramadan AlBlooshi, and will spread light on the hottest topics on the agenda of digital economies and much more.

We are hosting more than 25 blockchain communities with the presence of most active players who will be showcasing their products and services, proving us that this industry is going to disrupt the perception of the future we are all looking into.

ChainPoint 19 has the vision of bringing light to the most significant initiatives that are taking place in the space and providing a platform for all the players to grab as much value as possible.

 

Who cares about all that startup competitions?!

If your startup doesn’t need funding, or if you are not thrilled to discover the next big thing in its early stage, you can miss the CP19 Startup Battle.

Startups are the ones who fuel the development of the technology by proposing more and more real world use cases. This teams and ideas have to be noticed and ChainPoint 19 is the exact platform to bring all this fascinating projects onstage. Meet VCs, investors, experts, the ones who have built the startup ecosystem from scratch and they are here to share their experiences and maybe fund some of the lucky projects.

Why ChainPoint 19 Startup Battle?

  • Build strategic partnerships
  • Gain valuable and targeted media exposure
  • Get invaluable expert feedback
  • $350k prize fund, benefits and perks

The Startup Battle is supported by InnMind, aeternity ventures, CV labs and SmartGateVC, who have contributed to form the prize fund. They provided the opportunity to join the top incubation and acceleration programs, take the development of the project to the next level and close a funding round at the end.

 

Your workload is way too busy for you to take two days off and visit the next blockchain hub

Nice point, you can stay at your comfort zone, but here we have lots of stuff happening, that you definitely do not want to miss.

The Nooor Blockchain Armenia has introduced a draft law on crypto regulation and you can find out why the country is another option during ChainPoint 19. We talk about Malta, Switzerland as the jurisdictions with the most favorable conditions to operate a blockchain company, we go to Estonia for better opportunities and address service-providers from Singapore, etc. Each and every state is in hustle to put themselves on a map and attract as much international players as possible. And here we are, stating that we can count as one of the best options to choose. This is not only about the jurisdiction and fast growing tech industry, it is the creativity and the innovative approach we got and ChainPoint is one of the platforms to showcase all the opportunities that we have in our country.

We have taken the road of becoming one of the countries which will be advocating the development of the technology and the ecosystem as a whole.

Putting aside the blockchain, are you sure you want to miss your chance to touch the thousands-year-old history, see the outstanding cultural sights and taste the unique cuisine? Consult with your travel agent, she will show you the right way!

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KDD 2020 Announces Special Diversity & Inclusion Track

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KDD 2020, the premier interdisciplinary conference in data science, today announced an additional conference track dedicated to diversity and inclusion (D&I). Throughout the conference, taking place virtually between Aug. 23-27, the special track will offer speaking sessions, live panels and research papers on D&I topics related to engaging and representing traditionally underrepresented groups in all areas of the field – academia, industry, and artificial intelligence solutions.

The 13 talks featured in the D&I track will include a presentation on broadening participation in technology policy by Briana Posadas, Media Democracy Fund PhD fellow at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, as well as a presentation on creating a diverse workspace from academia to government to industry by Hasan Jackson, principal data scientist and solution architect at data science research lab QUADGRID.

“As a community, data scientists are doing a disservice to our downstream customers if we think of our industry as a diversity-neutral environment,” said Latifa Jackson, co-chair of the D&I track at KDD 2020 and assistant professor of pediatrics at Howard University. “If we want to effectively use data, we need to make sure it is truly representative of our environment. If we want to create a product which is helpful to all Americans, we need all types of people in every stage of the process including data collection, analysis, and programming.”

Additional speaking topics include how computer science education can address societal inequities, using machine learning to encourage greater participation from all backgrounds, ensuring virtual conferences are accessible to all, advancing indigenous genomic data sovereignty, and avoiding data and algorithm bias. Expert speakers include Krystal Tsosie, a Navajo geneticist and bioethicist at Vanderbilt University, and Keolu Fox, an assistant professor of anthropology and global health at the University of California San Diego, among others.

The conference will highlight research papers on D&I including one authored by Jackson and Heriberto Acosta, a fellow co-chair of the D&I track and PhD candidate at Nova Southeastern University, titled, “The Data Science Fire Next Time: Innovative Strategies for Mentoring in Data Science.” The paper is a direct play on James Baldwin’s book about the Civil Rights Movement, “The Fire Next Time,” and focusses on fostering mentorship, guidance, and connections for minority and underrepresented groups in the data science and machine learning community.

The D&I track at KDD 2020 also includes two live, one-hour long panels featuring experts on artificial intelligence for the betterment of inclusivity initiatives.

“As the most important data science conference in the world, KDD has the opportunity to set an example for other conferences and the industry to be more active in promoting diversity and inclusion in tech,” said Acosta. “Through KDD’s leadership, we have the power to communicate the benefits of diversity and translate this into actionable change within data science and throughout the world.”

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Xantrion Inc. Among World’s Elite Managed Service Providers 9 Years in a Row

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Xantrion Inc. has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 13th-annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings.

For the 13th year running, MSPs from around the globe completed an exhaustive survey and application this spring to self-report product offerings, annual total and recurring revenues, profits, revenue mix, growth opportunities and company and customer demographic information. Applicants are ranked on a unique methodology that weights revenue figures according to long-term health and viability; commitment to recurring revenue; and operational efficiency.

“We’re thrilled to be on the MSPmentor 501 list for the ninth time,” said Anne Bisagno, President, Xantrion, Inc. “I attribute our staying power to world class support and the ability to deliver cutting edge solutions like our Xantrion Managed Security service.”

In the 13 years since its inception, the MSP 501 has evolved from a competitive ranking list into a vibrant group of service providers, vendors, distributors, consultants and industry analysts working together to define the growing managed service opportunity.

“For the third year running, the applicant pool for the annual MSP 501 has grown year-over-year, making this year’s list the most competitive in the survey’s history,” says Kris Blackmon, Senior Content Director at Channel Partners and Channel Futures. “The MSP 501 leveraged judgement methodology brand-new in 2020 to drill down into not just what makes a big managed service provider, but what makes a great managed service provider. The 2020 winners are truly the best examples of innovation, business acumen and strategic savvy on the planet. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the 2020 winners and gratitude to the thousands of MSPs that have contributed to the continuing growth and success of both the 501 and the thriving managed services sector.”

Ten MSP 501 special award winners will be recognized at the MSP 501 Awards Gala at Channel Partners Virtual: Digital Events for the Modern Channel on September 8 – 10. Nominations for these special awards, including Digital Innovator of the Year, Executive of the Year and the Newcomer Award, were included in the MSP 501 application, and all candidates were encouraged to submit for them.

The data collected by the annual MSP 501 program drives Channel Partners’ and Channel Futures’ market intelligence insights, creating robust data sets and data-based trend reports that support our editorial coverage, event programming, community and networking strategies and educational offerings. It serves as a lynchpin to dozens of programs and initiatives.

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Ping An AskBob Doctor’s Deep Learning Model Improves Diagnosis of Kidney Disease

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Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (hereafter “Ping An” or the “Group”, HKEx:2318; SSE:601318) is pleased to announce that its smart healthcare team[1] has joined the National Clinical Research Center of Kidney Diseases in China, to present its analytic renal pathology system (ARPS) in a paper published in the Journal of Pathology[2], a respected global peer-reviewed medical journal. The system uses deep learning, a type of machine learning, to identify certain types of kidney lesions and cells to help doctors diagnose kidney disease with greater accuracy.

The ARPS is currently being trialed in house by Ping An through AskBob Doctor, an artificial intelligence (AI)-based diagnosis and treatment assistant tool developed by Ping An. AskBob Doctor, launched in June 2019, has been used 33 million times by 430,000 doctors for smart medical decision support, smart imaging recognition, diagnosis follow-up and patient education.

The ARPS focuses on the glomerulus, a tuft-like group of small blood vessels in the nephron, the structural unit in the kidney that filters blood and produces urine. There are about one million nephrons in a human kidney. Identification of glomerular lesions and their structure is critical for diagnosis, treatment and prognosis evaluation in kidney disease. The process is time consuming and requires a very accurate quantitative analysis method. In the research, 400 Chinese patients with immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) were studied, with a comparison of the performance of the ARPS and four junior pathologists.

The study found that the ARPS identified three kinds of intrinsic glomerular cells with 92.2% accuracy, which was 5% to 11% more accurate than the pathologists. With sufficient training, the ARPS could obtain an average precision of 0.882 for intrinsic glomerular cell recognition, surpassing the pathologists by 3% to 15%. It took only 0.6 seconds for the ARPS to estimate the number of intrinsic cells per glomerulus, 50 to 90 times faster than the pathologists. The ARPS also achieved an extraordinary performance for glomerular lesion identification and classification with an average accuracy of 92.8%.

Metric

ARPS

Doctor 1

Doctor 2

Doctor 3

Doctor 4

Precision

0.882

0.763

0.764

0.828

0.856

Accuracy

0.922

0.810

0.814

0.874

0.882

Time taken

0.6 s/image

32-54 s/image

Source: Identification of glomerular lesions and intrinsic glomerular cell types in kidney diseases via deep learning, Journal of Pathology, 16 June 2020

Dr. Xie Guotong, Ping An Group Chief Healthcare Scientist, said: “Pathology sets a gold standard for disease diagnosis and treatment. It takes several decades to train a qualified pathologist and it is a great challenge to conduct accurate quantitative analyses due to the high complexity of pathological images. The ARPS can be employed in training and improving the level of pathologists in glomerular lesion identification and effectively improve the diagnostic speed and accuracy of junior pathologists. We hope our work can pave a path for highly accurate pathology-based diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and scientific research.”

Ping An Group, driven by its “finance + technology” and “finance + ecosystem” strategies, has made great strides in healthcare technology development and innovation. Ping An’s smart healthcare team has provided an AI technology platform to more than 17,000 medical institutions across 90 cities in China up to July 2020.

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