Powered by Catcha Group, Wild Digital Southeast Asia 2019 saw a record-breaking crowd of 100+ speakers, 1700+ attendees, 50+ sessions and 2 After Parties over the two days of 3rd and 4th July 2019.
Its fifth year running, Wild Digital was birthed with the objective of connecting tech and digital leaders, and key decision makers of the region on one platform, allowing for the exchange and furthering of ideas with the aim of driving the region’s tech advancements. This year’s theme was aptly “Advancing SEA’s Billion-Dollar Ideas”.
Keynote speakers included Patrick Grove, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, YB Syed Saddiq, Roger James Hamilton (The New York Times Bestseller), Nick Nash (Managing Partner & Co-founder, Asia Partners), Eric Gnock Fah (Klook), Mark Britt(iflix), Agung Bezharie (Warung Pintar) and many more. Key pull out quotes included,
“Only 10 years behind China, we, Southeast Asia are currently in the unicorn phase – a turning point for most regions in the world.” Nick Nash, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Asia Partners.
“Our focus is mostly right now on gaming companies, video entertainment, OTT, and to some extent e-commerce and also fintech companies. Me and you, as consumers, spend most of our time on our phones. There are a lot of services there that can be monetized. Therefore, having the platform that allows for end to end monetization is something we have built,” Zoran Vasiljev, CEO, Apigate Sdn. Bhd.
“Traditional grocery retail industries in SEA will change more in the next 5 years than in the past 50!” Ronald Chan, Group COO, Happy Fresh.
“There is no better time than now to prove that women have a voice and people need to listen.” Beverly Chen, Marketing Director, APAC, AppsFlyer.
The two-day event also saw many firsts for Wild Digital. A live crowdfunding segment took place throughout the two days. A collaboration with PitchIn, Malaysia’s leading crowdfunding platform, the segment allowed for all attendees to invest in 15 curated investment-ready start-ups from the region, from as low as USD100. By Day 2 of Wild Digital SEA, PitchIn recorded a total of RM80k in pledges.
Wild Digital also held a private session with Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the evening of day one, co-hosted by Khailee Ng, Managing Partner of 500 Startups and Amira Karim, Head of Public Policy, Stripe. A closed-door by-invitation only session, the segment was a cozy dialogue between Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Khailee, Amira, and over fifty internet leaders of the region.
Patrick Grove, Catcha Group, Co-Founder, “This is the reason we started Wild Digital and this is our differentiator. We don’t just wanna have a hyped-up mass conference. We want to actually be the platform where cool, change-making internet leaders come together to engage, share ideas, and push for growth – and Wild Digital is committed to doing this. To always be that platform and hopefully open doors to the next generation of a fresh digital tsunami.”
Khailee Ng, 500 Startups, Managing Partner, “If all of us are walking the right steps, we can run.”
Amira Karim, Stripe, Head of Public Policy, “We are just expanding and starting with Malaysia here, officially launching in Sept/Oct. Stripe is traditionally US-centric and coming to Malaysia meant that we had to learn (about this country and market). To listen to you; and this is just our Beta version, but we already have 20 companies with us, many of them start-ups. Malaysia is looking to expand its inclusiveness. How do we, all of us here, expand and grow the GDP of internet in Malaysia?”
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, President, People’s Justice Party, “Let’s encourage local startups and the localization of companies. We have to, all of us, trust the local players. Replace race-backed economic policies, and not ignore the plight of the poor.”
Dr. Sumitra Nair, MDEC, Vice President, Talent & Digital Entrepreneurship, “We have to break the silos by fostering a sense of conversation. Have new ways of thinking, new ways of working together. There’s so much to do, so much to accelerate.”
Choo Ping Ang, Expedia, Asia Senior Director, Corporate and Government Affairs, “Skill is important. This year alone, we brought 3 million in business to Malaysia. We’re looking to work with more SMEs, hotels and the like to bring more tourists to Malaysia. Expedia is committed to working in the tourism and hospitality industry in the country by continually upskilling them.”
Raymond Hor, Kejora Ventures, General Partner, “We are working with governing bodies like the Securities Commission to co-ordinate more funds here but money is never enough. Rather than wait for the government to give us funds, why don’t we look to inviting VCs from the outside to invest in Malaysian start-ups? We can have regional funds and participate in high growth countries like Indonesia, as well as Malaysia. That’s the key — matching foreign and local money.”
Wild Digital sets a fast-paced and specially curated first-class main stage programme with an exciting mix of established industry giants and rising digital disruptors. Speakers on stage must be of a CEO, MD (SEA/APAC), Founder or Co-Founder position. Start-ups included must have raised at least USD10 million, venture capital or corporate ventures firms a fund size of at least USD100 million.
In line with the global movement to combat pollution and save the planet, Wild Digital has also gone plastic-free this year on with Tengku Zatashah Idris leading the charge, on a panel on Day 2. In line with Tengku and Wild Digital’s aim this year to go #zeroplastic and #stopsingleuseplastic, plastic used before, during and after the conference was reduced, reused or recycled.
For more information and the full line-up of speakers and attendees, head on over to www.wilddigital.com.
CannaTech Cape Town Announces Southern Sky Group as Platinum Sponsor at Upcoming Cannabis Summit
CannaTech is proud to announce that South African cannabis market leader, Southern Sky Group, will be a Platinum Sponsor at our upcoming Cape Town Cannabis Summit this November 24-26.
Southern Sky Group (formerly Southern Sun Pharma) is an Africa-focused cannabis business led by a seasoned team of executives with a significant track record of building shareholder value, both in North America and Africa. With cannabis production licenses and operations across the continent, the recent launch of the high-end CBD retail store – Goodleaf – combined with the acquisition of Africanpure, a leading, local online CBD retailer, Southern Sky is uniquely positioned to supply the African and European market with premier cannabis products.
South Africa became the third country in Africa to legalise medical cannabis in February 2017. Last September, the country initiated a process of legalising cannabis for personal recreational use, joining Uruguay and Canada at the forefront of the Green Rush. Final recreational cannabis regulation is still a grey area, however significant boosts in the sale and import of growing and manufacturing equipment, and the expansion of local cannabis-ready businesses indicates that stakeholders anticipate a cannabis boom in the very near future. This potential boom was further augmented this May by the dramatic decision to remove cannabidiol (CBD) entirely from South Africa’s drug scheduling system. For at least the next year, all products containing a daily dose of 20 mg of CBD or less will be fully legal and this exemption may be extended beyond the trial period. All of these conditions contribute to making South Africa a fertile market for CBD products, and the perfect location for CannaTech’s Cannabis Summit.
The exemption of CBD is a dramatic regulatory change and one that is opening the floodgates for cannabis-derived products to enter the market. Capitalising on the transformational shift in the global cannabis industry, Southern Sky has leveraged international innovation with local execution and expertise to build out fully integrated cannabis cultivation and processing facilities.
Following South Africa’s full legalization of CBD, Southern Sky’s retail arm Goodleaf, opened the country’s first high-end brick and mortar CBD store on May 31 in Cape Town’s beautiful city centre. The flagship store offers a range of premium hemp-derived CBD products including vaporizers, tinctures and topicals from leading international brands. Goodleaf is committed to offering safe, natural, traceable, and legal products of the highest standard: all products are lab tested to ensure maximum safety and to certify that they are 100% THC free. In addition to locally produced brands, Goodleaf also acts as the South African distributor for well known global products such as Cura Select and others. In a press statement last month, Jonni Katz, Head of Brand and Retail for Southern Sky and CEO of Goodleaf stated:
“We’re excited about what Goodleaf brings to the market. The flagship Goodleaf store offers consumers a well-curated and unique experience in an exclusive downtown space. This store will be the first of a number of premium cannabis stores that we intend to open in high-end retail locations across South Africa.”
The storefronts will also serve as venues for educational and social functions, pop-up events, and other gatherings. Goodleaf is more than just a retail store, it is an integral part of Africa’s growing cannabis industry, promoting product excellence, disseminating information, and curating an immersive experience for consumers.
Southern Sky is further expanding the local South African cannabis ecosystem with its recent acquisition of Africanpure, a Cape Town-based company offering high-quality CBD oil products. The online retailer is known for its affiliation with South African Olympic Gold medal swimmer Roland Schoeman, nicknamed “The Rocket” for holding the world record in 50 metres freestyle.
As Platinum Sponsors of CannaTech Cape Town 2019, Southern Sky is excited to contribute to the positive growth of sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging cannabis ecosystem, while positioning South Africa at the centre of the global cannabis conversation.
Small Business Lending, Merchant Cash Advance & Fintech Conference Comes to Canada
deBanked CONNECT is coming to Canada next week on July 25, 2019. The half-day event is geared towards the burgeoning small business lending, merchant cash advance, and fintech industries.
Executives from all over Canada have registered to attend and the agenda features an all-star lineup of speakers including tech titan and Clearbanc co-founder Michele Romanow. The topics range from sales to marketing to risk to compliance and more.
Kevin Clark, President of Toronto-based Lendified, will be presenting on behalf of the Canadian Lenders Association.
deBanked CONNECT founder Sean Murray said, “Canada’s fintech industry has been on an upward trajectory for a long time. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about what’s happening on the business finance side, get inspired, network, and leave with some valuable takeaways to grow.”
Previous deBanked CONNECT events have taken place in Miami and San Diego. The company also produces Broker Fair, the annual conference in New York City for commercial finance brokers. Every previous deBanked affiliated event has sold out, so don’t wait until it’s too late to register.
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Cyborgs and Transpecies – Fireside Chat with Catalan cyborg artist, Manel Muñoz at TCE2019 Prague
PICANTE TECH Conference Europe gives you the unique opportunity to meet a real-life cyborg this September in Prague.
The term ‘cyborg’ is defined as ‘a person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations’. If you think that this is still just science fiction or comic books, you must be living in a cave or never conducted any serious research about.
The technology behind it might seem as if it’s from another world, but these tweaks and additions to the human body could be regarded as another way of looking at human evolution. Even though they may not feel like a natural addition to the human body, the intelligence needed to create the tech is a credit to the intellectual evolution of modern man.
Just recently, Elon Musk revealed first details of an electronic brain implant developed by Neuralink, the secretive company he founded back in 2016 to facilitate direct communications between people and machines. Neuralink is part of the crowded and fast-expanding field of companies that are engaged in neurotechnology. The neurotechnology industry consists of hundreds of companies and academic labs which are developing different types of interface between brains and computers for medical and recreational purposes. However, the only one flaunting “symbiosis with AI” as a business goal is the above mentioned Neuralink.
During the inaugural PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, you have the unique opportunity to meet Manel Muñoz, real life cyborg and hear what the technology can bring in order to shape superhumans.
The master of ceremonies for the Fireside Chat will be Konrad Gill (Founder and Creative Director of ViARsys)
Manel Muñoz (Barcelona,1996) is a Catalan perceptual artist based in Barcelona, best known for developing and installing a cybernetic sensory organ to perceive changes in atmospheric pressure in his body. The barometric organ allows him to perceive the arrival of cyclones and anticyclones via beat frequencies transmitted through the skull. Depending on the input perceived, he can predict weather changes as well as feel at what altitude he is in.
Muñoz studied contemporary photography in Barcelona and became ‘s artist in residence in 2016. In 2017, he co-founded the Transpecies Society, an association that gives voice to people who do not identify as being 100% human and raises awareness on the issues they face. The association, based in Barcelona, offers workshops specialized in the design and creation of new sensory organs.
Muñoz has shared his experience as a cyborg artist by performing and speaking in conferences and festivals in Germany, UK, Romania, Spain, and The Netherlands among others.
PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.
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