Children’s Visions of a Harmonious Community Raise Awareness on Poverty at latest “Art in MTR” Exhibition

Hong Kong, China, January 4, 2019 / - Education on poverty awareness should start at a young age. More than 1,000 kindergarten and primary school students participated in a drawing competition for the “10.17 Fast-a-meal” campaign to raise public awareness on poverty alleviation. More than 20 winning paintings from the competition depicting children’s visions for a harmonious community and dream home are on display at the latest “Art in MTR” exhibition at MTR Sheung Wan and Sai Wan Ho stations from today (4 January 2019) until 3 April 2019.

Organised by the Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor, the drawing competition was part of a series of activities for the annual United Nation’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October. These activities enabled members of the public to gain a better understanding of the problem of poverty in Hong Kong and encouraged them to work together to address the problem of deprivation.

“MTR carries passengers from all walks of life and we are pleased to provide a platform for this meaningful cause. Through the children’s drawings, we hope the exhibition would motivate the community to reflect on the social issues that Hong Kong faces and encourage each of us to make a difference,” said Ms Linda So, Corporate Affairs Director of the MTR Corporation.

MTR Corporation offers space at different MTR stations for art exhibitions under the “Art in MTR” programme to promote artistic talent and the public’s appreciation for art. Interested artists and organisations may call the MTR Hotline at 2881 8888 for enquiry or submit their proposals to the MTR Corporation.

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Humaniq releases brand new version of popular App

London, England, March 8, 2018 / - London-based FinTech firm Humaniq is marking the milestone of its app reaching its first 50,000 downloads by announcing a new, improved version.

Humaniq announced a Free Secure Chat & Crypto-Wallet App and a new referral program for its community of users. The Humaniq app includes a wallet, bioID, secure messenger and the unbanked can use it for making digital ID and peer-to-peer transactions in African countries (including Uganda, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Rwanda).

The new features include:

New referral program
With Humaniq's  egalitarian emission approach, a large proportion of the HMQ crypto coin is reserved for active app users. A referral program has showed a very positive adoption curve from users, with more than 10,000 users together inviting more than 75,000 thousand friends in total to join the application. Humaniq's new 2.0 referral program  will build on this by displaying community progress with referrals and thereby make the  referral process more transparent and intuitive for all users.

Transaction options extension
Transactions can now be made via the messenging chat system. The principle the Humaniq app is grounded in- is that everything should revolve around humans coming together to build community. That is why an ability to communicate is crucial. The Humaniq team have introduced transactions into personal chats to focus on the communication between people. Whether it is a text, or an image or a gift in HMQ – it is now all in one place.

In addition,  users  are now allowed not only to send HMQ, but also to request directly from their friends or family. The Humaniq team believes that an ability to request a desired amount is a more efficient and faster way to communicate financially. This feature is available for all users that have access to the wallet, and is also secured by our enhanced anti-fraud system. Users can also enjoy  a new way of grouping transactions as  a smarter way to organise personal communication. From now on, users will be able to clearly focus either on the financial history or on the correspondence with a specified friend  by staying in the unified chat room. While text and media messages will be group based on the timing, financial transactions will be grouped by type and action type.

New on-boarding process
The Humaniq team redesigned the on-boarding process to make it clearer and easier for inexperienced smartphone users. The close collaboration with Humaniq's ambassadors in African nations led to the  creation of an on-boarding process that adapts to the needs of customers, whereas the purpose remains the same: to explain what features are available, how to use them and how to benefit from their use.

New registration process
A new registration process allows users to start interacting with a Humaniq assistant bot, which becomes  smarter and is learning to execute more useful commands, even without the registration. Unlike conventional applications where a user has to specify required personal credentials in order to get access to a given  functionality, the Humaniq team would like to let users choose what functionality is needed, and how to access it.

Optional passcode and new security standards
Humaniq App security standards have also been reconsidered and will allow users to opt-out from a required passcode. There is, therefore, also an AI powered system to decide when an additional biometric verification is required to eliminate the risk of  of unauthorised transactions.

"The Humaniq's team of ambassadors in Africa received and analysed feedback from users, and with this data it was possible to create such  significant updates. We hope our users will appreciate all the innovations and we will move even further towards our goal to empower the unbanked" – said Anton Mozgovoy, CTO Humaniq.

The Humaniq team has also made additional upgrades to remote infrastructure and with new CDN points, users in Africa will experience a faster by 16% response rate from mobile application which is already available in Google Play and can be used even on low-end mobile devices with Android 4.0.3.

Humaniq is a London-based Fintech firm that provides next generation financial services using its Blockchain-based mobile application targeted at the unbanked and underprivileged in emerging economies globally. Humaniq is focused on worldwide financial inclusion by providing access to global markets, greater opportunities, and novel financial solutions using repurposed technologies for those gaining exposure to financial services for the first time.

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CA Technologies Named One of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the Third Year in a Row

Hong Kong, China, February 22, 2018 / - HONG KONG, 22 February, 2018 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced that it has been recognized as a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies#174; for the third year in a row by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

CA Technologies is one of only 3 winners in the Software and Services category, underscoring the company’s commitment to leading with integrity and prioritizing ethical business practices.

“Success in today’s rapidly evolving economy is contingent on so much more than business acumen. How an organization is run, the diversity of the team, and the driving mission directly impact both the bottom line and sustained success,” states Mike Gregoire, chief executive officer at CA Technologies. “CA is adamant in maintaining the highest ethical standards in all we do – both internally and externally. The recognition for three years running by the Ethisphere Institute is the best validation of our efforts and our commitment. Our ethical principles inform everything we do and it is deeply satisfying for that work to be recognized.”

Twenty-eighteen is the twelfth year that Ethisphere has honored those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

“While the discourse around the world changed profoundly in 2017, a stronger voice emerged. Global corporations operating with a common rule of law are now society’s strongest force to improve the human condition. This year we saw companies increasingly finding their voice. The World’s Most Ethical Companies in particular continued to show exemplary leadership,” explained Ethisphere’s CEO, Timothy Erblich. "I congratulate everyone at CA Technologies for being recognized as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies."

Ethics Performance
Once again, the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies have proven that operating with integrity leads to greater financial performance. Research has found that, when indexed, listed World’s Most Ethical Companies outperformed the U.S. Large Cap Index over five years by 10.72 percent and over three years by 4.88 percent. Ethisphere refers to this as the Ethics Premium.

Methodology Scoring
The World's Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient#174; (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10 percent). All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations.
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About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere#174; Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). More information about Ethisphere can be found at:

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TÜV Rheinland Releases Wide-Ranging Study on Global Consumer Perception of Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Hong Kong, China, February 22, 2018 / - Chinese motorists nearly twice as trusting of autonomous car technology as the United States and Germany; all expect improvement in road safety, yet want to be able to intervene at any time

T#220;V Rheinland, a leading international testing service provider for quality and safety, today announced results from a global survey designed to assess consumer perception of safety of autonomous vehicles in different regions. The survey, conducted among more than 1,000 licensed drivers aged 18 years and above each in China, Germany, and the United States, reveals that trust in technology of completely autonomous cars is nearly twice as high in China as the other two countries. More than 63 percent of respondents in China believe driverless cars will increase road safety, while the figure is 34 percent in the United States and Germany.

Respondents were equal in the degree of importance placed on data protection and desire for assurances that autonomous vehicles will be protected against cyberattacks. Drivers the world over also wish to be able to decide for themselves when to let a car drive autonomously, and when to control it themselves.

Respondents convinced that automated driving increases overall road safety

While respondents generally agree that automation of driving will improve road safety, again we see a higher proportion of respondents believe this in China than in Germany and the USA. Interestingly, however, people’s doubts tend to increase and trust in the technology decreases as vehicles’ level of automation goes up. Only 11 percent of the respondents in Germany and 15 percent in the USA state they fear ‘a deterioration of road safety’ due to partial automation, while nearly half of those same respondents believe that road safety will deteriorate with the advent of completely driverless cars. In China, only 24 percent expect road safety to decrease in the case of driverless cars.

“When we see large swaths of motorists in China, Germany, and the USA share a belief that road safety will decrease as automation increases, it tells us we must give people much more information and communicate the benefits of autonomous technology more clearly,” said Dr. Matthias Schubert, executive vice president of mobility at T#220;V Rheinland.

The results of the international study echo the same trends shown in a similar T#220;V Rheinland survey from Spring, 2017 on the acceptance of autonomous driving in Germany. This study revealed that 75 percent of respondents generally view autonomous vehicle technology positively but, when looked at in detail, there are still many reservations about the technical implementation.

In the current study, 78 percent of all global respondents agree that it must be possible for a person to take full control of the vehicle at any time in the event of an emergency – this opinion is stronger in Germany and the USA than in China.

Cyberprotection leading indicator of trust in technology

Fear of cybercrime around autonomous vehicles is widespread among global motorists – especially in Germany. A full 76 percent of respondents in Germany believe that personal data can fall into unauthorized hands when using autonomous vehicles. The United States and China stand at 67 percent and 63 percent, respectively. In all three countries, respondents fear to an equal extent that autonomous cars could lead to increased vehicle crime due to people accessing the vehicles via technical means and data theft. This opinion was somewhat more prevalent in the USA, with 52 percent of respondents in agreement.

A majority of respondents think the systems of future cars should be updated regularly and automatically to ensure road safety and protection against cyberattacks. In China, 80 percent of respondents support “over-the-air updates;” the figure is 68 percent in the United States, and 64 percent in Germany.

Notably, in all three countries cyberprotection is so important that the majority of respondents (Germany 66 percent, USA 61 percent, China 60 percent) would change to a different make of car if hacker attacks were to come to light. On this topic, consumers in China are more likely to trust the competence of the manufacturers to develop autonomous vehicles that are protected against unauthorized access (71 percent). In Germany, the sentiment tends to be positive (55 percent), an opinion that has risen significantly compared to the survey from Spring, 2017. At that time, only 47 percent of German respondents held this faith. Americans show the least confidence in automobile manufacturers to build autonomous vehicles that are protected against cybercrime, at just 41 percent.

Data collection just as necessary as data protection
Most motorists today are aware that data in modern vehicles is recorded and transmitted to automobile manufacturers. This includes data on the state of the vehicle (e.g., mileage, error messages) as well as vehicle movement data (e.g., speed, position) or person-specific data, such as style of driving or seat adjustment settings. Just how well-informed do people believe they are on this matter? Very large differences show up here across the three countries: 55 percent of respondents in the United States say that they are rather poorly informed about which data is used for which purpose, who has access to the data, and how well-protected the data is. This is also the case for 52 percent of respondents in Germany. In China, however, only 15 percent of respondents believe they are poorly informed.

For all respondents, safety is a primary motivation for sharing data. Between 30 percent and 50 percent of motorists in all three countries state a specific desire to make their data available for breakdown assistance services, car insurance companies, testing organizations, automobile manufacturers, and state institutions. However, motorists are less willing to transmit their data to service and mobility providers, particular data app providers, automotive suppliers, automobile dealers, and infrastructure operators such as gas stations.

Finally, 71 percent of the Chinese respondents demonstrate a greater inclination (Germany 45 percent, USA 42 percent) to pass on their data for updating and using new services (e.g., for telematics services such as parking space finders).

Politicians and industry executives need to do their homework

The survey brings to light motorist perceptions that may impair the acceptance of autonomous vehicles and pose significant barriers to widespread adoption. To eliminate these kinds of obstacles, politicians and industry executives, in particular, need to do their homework. In Germany, more than half (53 percent) of survey participants believe it is most important for the driver to always be able to take full control of the vehicle. Furthermore, 49 percent feel the need for legal situations to be clarified further (e.g., questions of liability), and 37 percent want data protection to be ensured through a corresponding framework. For respondents in the United States, having a permanent option for the driver to take full control of the vehicle is also the top priority (47 percent). Proof of functional safety through tests comes a close second (45 percent). Following in third place is the protection of the car against unauthorized access (43 percent). For Chinese respondents, backup of personal data is the most important (43 percent), even more so than ensuring data protection (40 percent) and protection of the vehicle against unauthorized access (36 percent).

The survey on the safety of autonomous vehicles by T#220;V Rheinland in the context of autonomous driving was conducted in September 2017 via an online panel. For the study, T#220;V Rheinland polled a representative sample of around 1,000 each from China, Germany, and the Unites States aged 18 years and over and in possession of a driver’s license. It is the second study of this kind by T#220;V Rheinland; in Spring 2017, the company carried out a study on the acceptance of autonomous vehicles in Germany.


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UWB/Bluetooth Low Energy module supports out-of-the-box advanced real time location applications potentially employing thousands of tags

Hong Kong, China, February 22, 2018 / - Decawave UWB technology combines with Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth LE solution to support prototyping, testing, and implementation of accurate, reliable Real Time Location Systems without the need for extensive RF expertise

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Decawave, a Dublin, Ireland-based fabless semiconductor company, has selected Nordic’s award-winning Bluetooth#174; Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC) for its DWM1001 module. The module forms the foundation of scalable Two-Way-Ranging (TWR) Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) potentially comprising thousands of tags.

The DWM1001 module combines Decawave’s DW1000 Ultra Wide Band (UWB) transceiver, the nRF52832 SoC, a three-axis accelerometer, a UWB Channel 5 printed PCB antenna (6.5 GHz), and a Bluetooth LE chip antenna.

The module is accompanied by Decawave’s DWM1001-Dev development board and MDEK1001 evaluation kit which enables users with limited RF design experience to program and evaluate the DWM1001 module. Development is further simplified because Nordic’s unique software architecture cleanly separates the RF software protocol stack from the developer’s application code eliminating the possibliity of code development and compilation corrupting the stack, and accelerating time-to-market.

The DWM1001 module is based on Decawave’s DW1000 single-chip, IEEE802.15.4-2011 UWB-compliant transceiver. The technology is immune to multipath fading which is key to guaranteeing high reliability—within 2cm precision—in indoor environments. The 6.8Mbps data rate capability reduces the air time, enabling the real-time location of thousands of tags, as well as low power consumption for battery-operated devices.

In the module, the nRF52832 SoC provides Bluetooth LE connectivity to Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphones and tablets allowing end customers to configure, control, and monitor RTLS applications. The nRF52832 SoC’s powerful 64MHz, 32-bit ARM#174; Cortex#174; M4F processor not only runs Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice (a Bluetooth 5-certifed RF software protocol stack) but also the module’s RTLS firmware and supervisory functions. The SoC’s 512 kB Flash memory application and powerful microprocessor support customer location- and sensor-fusion algorithms, and Over-the-Air Device Firmware Updates (OTA-DFU). The S132 SoftDevice also offers mesh capability, enabling scalable networking.

The DWM1001 module is a cost-efficient development platform targeted at low-to-mid volume industrial, healthcare, retail, and consumer applications. For example, the technology could be used to avoid collisions between people and robots in a factory, or for advanced analytics or navigation services to locate medical equipment in a hospital; tools and spare parts in a warehouse; or shopping carts at a retail center.

Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth LE SoC, a member of Nordic’s sixth generation of ultra low power (ULP) wireless connectivity solutions, combines an ARM microprocessor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT#8482;, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96dB RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. When launched, the SoC was the world’s highest performance single-chip Bluetooth LE solution.

The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice which supports Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“The key factors in our decision to choose the nRF52832 SoC were its competitive feature/price ratio, ultra low power consumption to support customers’ low duty cycle applications, the maturity of the RF software stack, and the clean separation between the SoftDevice and customer application code,” says Mickael Viot, Vice President of Marketing at Decawave.

“Nordic’s online community and support is also very important to SME customers specializing in our target applications.”

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China Mobile Research Institute Enlists VIAVI to Support Introduction of 5G Service

San Jose, CA, February 12, 2018 / - VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced a collaboration with China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) to introduce 5G service in China by the end of 2019. VIAVI is a preferred vendor of China Mobile, supporting their specific technologies and aggressive roadmap with advanced test solutions. VIAVI will provide test and measurement hardware and software for China Mobile and several equipment manufacturers to support development of Slicing Packet Network (SPN) with FlexE interface, the technology the carrier is positioning for 5G transport.

Based on extensive analysis of 5G transport network requirements, CMCC has determined that Slicing Packet Network (SPN) is an optimal technology to support next-generation architecture, bandwidth, traffic model, network slicing, latency and time synchronization. Flexible Ethernet or FlexE is used in conjunction with SPN to create smaller Ethernet channels from a larger one, or vice versa, to guarantee quality of service (QoS) and isolation between slices at the transport layer. CMCC has requested that the ITU undertake standardization of SPN. VIAVI is committing to support CMCC by delivering an SPN test platform, establishing a common foundation for network equipment manufacturers, chip developers and transceiver vendors to validate products based on this technology.

In January 2018, Madam Yang Zhiqiang, Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) welcomed Oleg Khaykin, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Tom Fawcett, Vice President and General Manager, Lab & Production Business Unit, VIAVI Solutions, to her offices for strategic meetings on 5G planning. The CMRI is a technical organization within the CMCC group and is responsible for new technology research, standardization, and qualification of infrastructure equipment-including testing protocols.

"VIAVI has been honored to collaborate with China Mobile on analyzing 5G network scenarios and proposing technology strategy," said Khaykin. "In order to realize China Mobile's vision of introducing 5G service by the end of 2019, principal technologies including SPN for transport must be standardized by the ITU-T. We have advanced our test technology to meet this objective, and our solutions are ready to support the China Mobile ecosystem of partners to deliver interoperable network infrastructure."

About VIAVI Solutions
VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions to communications service providers, enterprises and their ecosystems, supported by a worldwide channel community including VIAVI Velocity Solution Partners. We deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks, enabling customers to optimize connectivity, quality of experience and profitability. VIAVI is also a leader in high performance thin film optical coatings, providing light management solutions to anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, automotive, defense and instrumentation markets. Learn more about VIAVI at Follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.


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Rutronik aims for expansion in Asia, looks to hire on new talent

Hong Kong, China, February 8, 2018 / - New Rutronik employees can expect training sessions in Germany – but not too much German 'seriousness'!

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH (Rutronik) is a well established player in Asia's electronics supply chain. The company now has a total of seven sales offices across the region – three on the Chinese mainland (Shenzhen, Shanghai and Chengdu), and one each in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. Hong Kong also serves as Rutronik's Asian logistics center.

Rutronik now plans to expand its Asian presence, in terms of both infrastructure and staff. The enlarged facilities, which allow rapidly increasing teams to sit in, include new office room in Shanghai, with move-in at the end of January; as well as in Shenzhen, scheduled for no later than October 2018. In Singapore, a new office with legal entity will be opened within the first quarter. Then three additional offices are planned for the second half of 2018, in Tianjin, Malaysia, and India. An additional warehouse is to be built in Shanghai.

Between now and 2020 the distributor will also be recruiting new talent in the region at an annual rate of 20-50%. The following positions have now been approved and are eagerly recruited: a Customs Clearance Specialist for China business; a Supply Chain Manager; and a Quality Manager.

Optimizing the work environment

New employees at Rutronik will find they are treated well. Rutronik takes its social responsibilities very seriously and seeks to develop its employees' skills and knowledge to the fullest. The company gives its staff every opportunity to undertake further training at Rutronik's headquarters in Germany, where they can meet and talk with their German colleagues and exchange vital information about suppliers and markets. They also gain a deeper understanding of Rutronik's corporate culture.

These training sessions are not all hard work. Visiting colleagues have the opportunity to visit places of interest and take part in local 'special events.' Rutronik employee Ted Tsai, from Taiwan, commented that, "The training was a very nice experience. The most memorable event was St. Nicholas Day, celebrated on 6 December. We had so much fun at this big party in the evening, tasting traditional German sausages and drinking mulled wine. This was a truly special event."

As a responsible employer, Rutronik knows that its human resources are its most valuable resources!

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Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH is the third largest distributor in Europe (European Distribution Report 2016) and the number ten worldwide (SourceToday, May 2017). The broadline distributor supplies semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components as well as boards, storage, displays wireless products. The company's primary target markets are the automotive, medical, industrial, home appliance, energy and lighting industries. The ranges RUTRONIK EMBEDDED, RUTRONIK SMART, RUTRONIK POWER and RUTRONIK AUTOMOTIVE provide customers with specific products and services in groups tailored to the respective applications. Expert technical support for product development and design-in, individual logistics and supply chain management solutions as well as comprehensive services complete its scope of performance.

The company, founded by Helmut Rudel in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, now has over 70 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Rutronik employs more than 1,600 staff worldwide and achieved Group sales of 950 million euros in the fiscal year 2017.


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WeWork Fortifies 2018 Growth By Launching the Creator Awards To Energize Greater China’s Innovation Ecosystem

Hong Kong, China, February 6, 2018 / - WeWork Fortifies 2018 Growth By Launching the Creator Awards To Energize Greater China’s Innovation Ecosystem

-Building on achievements and robust business momentum in Greater China, 2017 was also the biggest year in WeWork’s 7-year history

-By the end of 2018, WeWork will be accelerating its development to several other locations in Hong Kong including LKF Tower. Meanwhile, WeWork will be expanding its presence to 8 more new cities in China, including Shenzhen, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Xia Men, Cheng Du, Nan Jing, Xi’An and Wuhan

-Meeting increasing demand of customized spaces with enterprise solutions like Powered by We

-A major global initiative, the WeWork Creator Awards is now open for applications in Greater China to recognize and reward local creators

-Four categories of award amounting to over USD 1 million (HKD 7.8 million) for regional winners

-The Creator Awards will culminate in a Regional Semi-Final Event in Shanghai on April 12, 2018 for the regional championship

Hong Kong (February 06, 2018) —WeWork—the platform for creators that provides the space, community and services to help people make a life, not just a living announced today that its global initiative Creator Awards, is now officially launched in Greater China and open for applications from both WeWork members and public.

Marking its debut in Asia, the WeWork Creator Awards is a unique and major global initiative championing the recognition of a new wave of creators that are breaking the mold of conventional norms. Initiated last year, the Creator Awards sets itself apart by recognizing and rewarding creators across all industries and all stages of growth. Welcoming new ventures, startups to non-profits of the world, anyone who brings a new idea into the world is a creator.

Individuals or organizations interested can apply online at and applications will be closed on March 13, 2018. Along with the Regional Semi-Final event for the Greater China market to be held on April 12, 2018 at the Shanghai West Bund Art Center, creators will be taking center stage in hopes of being crowned a winner across four categories.

Redefining a New Horizon of Creators Through The Creator Awards

With the Regional Semi-Final event held in eight cities including Washington D.C., Detroit, Austin, London, Berlin, Tel Aviv and New York, and Mexico City, more than 7,000 applications were attracted from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East (Tel Aviv) and Latin America in 2017 and 2018. In addition to supporting the community that WeWork serves, more than 20,000 people participated in the Creator Awards Regional Semi-Final events and Global Finals including the master classes, job fairs and pop-up markets. Moreover, the final 167 winners from 2017 and 2018 were awarded with a total funding of USD15.6 million (about HKD 121 million; including funding awarded at the Global Finals last month) and resulted in hundreds of jobs being created.

“With 2018 a year of tremendous growth and expansion for us, we are excited to take this a step further by launching the Creator Awards in Greater China. WeWork China will continue to drive a new era of expansion and innovation by revolutionizing work empowered by our global platform,” said Christian Lee, Managing Director of WeWork Asia. “Staying grounded to our core of creating your life’s work, we look forward to the Creator Awards unleashing even greater creativity and ideas that will transform the world. Along with our commitment to the Greater China region, WeWork will continue shaping the growth of more creators as we build on our growth trajectory.”

Along with WeWork unifying the entire ecosystem into one experience in 2018, the WeWork Creator Awards took off in Mexico City on 01 Feb, and will be landing in Shanghai, San Francisco, S#227;o Paulo, Seoul, London, Berlin, Nashville, and Jerusalem before concluding in New York City for the Creator Awards Global Finals in early 2019.

Four Award Categories Amounting to over USD 1 million (HKD 7.8 million) For Regional Winners

This year, WeWork has set up four different categories of awards for applicants from different industries and circles:

New Venture Award
USD130K – USD360K per award (HKD1 million – HKD2.8 million per award)
You’re a startup, entrepreneur, or established enterprise with a plan to take things further. Select applicants from this category will pitch their idea to a panel of judges; finalists will pitch live on stage at the Regional Semi-Final event for the chance to take home funding.

Performing Arts Award
USD18K – USD72K per award (HKD140K – HKD562K per award)
You’re a musical group, dance troupe, slam poet, aerial silk artist, or other live performer, and you’re interested in sharing your art with our audience. Finalists from this category will secure a paid gig at the Regional Semi-Final event.

Non-profit Award
USD130K – USD360K per award (HKD1 million – HKD2.8 million per award)
You’re a registered charity or non-profit organization looking to expand your efforts. Select applicants from this category will pitch their idea to a panel of judges; finalists will pitch live on stage at their regional event for the chance to take home funding.

Community Giver Award
USD36K – USD130K per award (HKD281K – HKD1 million per award)
You’re an individual or collective who takes initiative—starting a community garden, helping the elderly, making public art, or dedicating yourself to another local endeavor with impact. Finalists from this category will compete for funding to honor their contributions.

WeWork Creator Awards Detroit Finalist Accelerating Her Startup in Greater China

With the Creator Awards 2017 a launchpad for turning dreams into reality, Ms. Wen Yao, a finalist from the Detroit leg of the Creator Awards, is now embarking into the Chinese market and is currently based in WeWork Yunnan Lu, Shanghai. “Being a proud finalist, the Creator Awards is an inspirational platform that changes lives for creators to continue having the capacity and resources to do what they love,” said Ms. Wen Yao, Co-Founder of POWWFUL, a female sportswear brand.

“Although we did not clinch the finals, the networking opportunities gained us with connections with like-minded members that are also on their mission to empower the world with a powerful voice. By leveraging on WeWork’s powerful global network, we now have great confidence in making inroads to the Greater China market and scaling our business to greater heights.”

Fostering Collaboration with Local Stakeholders

WeWork’s initiative for creation and innovation has also been echoed and aligned with many local stakeholders, including InvestHK, Cyberport, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, Techstars, along with WHub.

Invest Hong Kong is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government tasked to attract foreign direct investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong. It launched the StartmeupHK initiative in 2013 to promote Hong Kong's startup ecosystem and connect entrepreneurs in local and overseas startup communities. “We support WeWork's vision in advancing entrepreneurial innovation in the Greater China community of creators, and we strongly encourage founders and entrepreneurs to use Hong Kong as their base to scale their business globally from this city,” said Charles Ng, Associate Director-General, InvestHK.

Cyberport is a leading innovative digital community with over 1,000 technology companies and start-ups. With the vision to become a main force in developing the digital tech industry as a key economic driver of Hong Kong, Cyberport is committed to nurturing youth, start-ups and entrepreneurs to grow in the digital industry by connecting them to strategic partners and investors, driving collaboration with local and international business partners to create new markets and opportunities, and accelerating digital technology adoption amongst corporations and SMEs. “Committed to supporting start-ups in springboarding to success, the Creator Awards is timely in nurturing further developments of the start-up ecosystem in the Greater China region,” said Dr. Lee George Lam, Chairman, Cyberport. “With Cyberport being a leading driver of the regional digital tech innovator arena, we believe that the collaboration with WeWork will recognise the outstanding innovators and contribute to the ongoing development of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Comprising Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, Hong Kong Science Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is a statutory body dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem to connect stakeholders, nurture technology talents, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse innovations to deliver social and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the region. “With the diversity of creators in the creator ecosystem, it is extremely encouraging to see the Creator Awards as an emerging platform that is giving deserved recognition to different types of creators,” Wilson Chan, Manager of Incubation Promotion, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. “Together with WeWork, we look forward to making greater strides in boosting innovation in the Greater China region.”

Techstars is a global network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars Startup Programs are action-oriented programs in 150+ countries around the world that power every step of the entrepreneurial journey. "Aligned with the Creator Awards, such a platform will set the bar for integrating creators that are breaking boundaries and norms. Creativity is the most crucial element for entrepreneurs. This will give them the tools to make a positive impact, and help their creative ideas disrupt an entire industry," said Felix Wong, Community Manager of Greater China at Techstars. “With the region growing into a global center for innovation, we are excited to continue building up the local ecosystem for a brighter future.”

WHub is Hong Kong's online startup community with more than 1,900 startups making meaningful connections to develop their business. “With more forward-thinking companies leaning towards building positive impacts, it is even more essential to recognize these creators in today’s world,” said Karena Belin, Co-Founder, WHub. “Coupled with WeWork leading the way in supporting and empowering such creators, we look forward to creating a lasting legacy for the local community through this partnership.”

Other partners in Mainland China include NIO, Chinaccelerator, NYU Shanghai, Innoway, and Tsinghua SEM X-elerator.

Amplifying WeWork’s footprints in the Greater China region

WeWork first entered Greater China in 2016 and opened its first location in Asia – WeWork Yanping Lu on July 1 in Shanghai. Along with its swift expansions, WeWork made its Hong Kong debut by opening WeWork Tower 535 on September 1, 2016. Thereafter in November 2016, WeWork also opened its China flagship WeWork Weihai Lu in Shanghai and WeWork Wanchai in Hong Kong.

In July 2017, SoftBank Group Capital (“SoftBank”) and Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China, announced a new USD500 million investment dedicated solely to fueling WeWork’s growth and expanding its operations throughout China. The investment vehicle, led by Hony Capital and a subsidiary of SoftBank, created an entity that operates under the name WeWork China where WeWork is responsible for the management and operations of WeWork China, while SoftBank and Hony Capital each own a minority stake. With the support of local teams and its partners, WeWork will continue looking for new space in cities with existing mature businesses, while also exploring new regions with potential for innovation and growth.

WeWork currently has 10 operating locations in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. In addition to WeWork Tower 535 and WeWork Wanchai in Hong Kong, WeWork will be accelerating its development to several other locations in Hong Kong such as LKF Tower by the end of 2018.

In 2017, WeWork opened more locations in Beijing – WeWork Guanghua Lu, WeWork Ciyunsi, WeWork Wangjing – and Shanghai – WeWork Yan’an Dong Lu, WeWork Yunnan Lu and WeWork Xujiahui.

In early 2018, WeWork will be opening more locations namely WeWork Sanlitun in Beijing and WeWork Guojin, WeWork Nanjing West Road, WeWork Huaihai Zhong Lu, WeWork Xintiandi in Shanghai.

By gearing up for strengthened growth in 2018, WeWork will be expanding its presence to 8 more new cities including Shenzhen, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Xia Men, Cheng Du, Nan Jing, Xi’An and Wuhan in 2018.

Meeting Increasing Demand of Customized Spaces with Enterprise Solutions

In October 2017, WeWork formally launched its Enterprise Solution in Greater China, which provides companies of 1,000+ employees with workspace solutions and community settings that enable them to innovate, collaborate and succeed.

From March to August 2017, more than one fourth of WeWork’s new members represent enterprise companies with over 1,000 employees and WeWork enterprise membership makes up 25% of total sales in Greater China.

Key enterprise members include Xiaopeng Automotive, (fully acquired by Alibaba) and in Beijing; HSBC and Twilio in Hong Kong; lululemon and O+O Online Technology in Shanghai.

Benefitting from WeWork’s world leading technologies that build healthier connections between members and spaces, WeWork is also using a new operating system called “Powered by We” which helps companies find, build and operate their own space while providing services that enhance employee experience.

Powered by We is the next iteration of WeWork’s product, where it leverages on the integrated expertise of WeWork from in-house research, development, design and construction and community teams to help companies find, build and operate their own space, while providing services that enhance employee experience. Companies can tap into WeWork’s proprietary software and hardware infrastructure to better manage, design and operate their own real estate portfolio.

More importantly, Powered by We services easily brings all signature elements of WeWork such as member benefits and services, a globally-connected vibrant community, innovative spaces, industry-leading technologies, enriched cultural experiences, shared amenities and a humanized way of life and work to any enterprises and its employees anytime and anywhere.


About WeWork

WeWork is a platform for creators, providing more than 200,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. Its mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. WeWork currently has 212 physical locations in 66 cities and 20 countries around the world.

Founded in 2010 by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in New York, the company now employs more than 4,400 globally. WeWork seeks ‘creators’ from all industries and companies big and small to become members, with a suite of WeWork-specific membership benefits in each country and a local staff in each city.

More than 20,000 companies and more than 200,000 members are now based at a WeWork, with member companies ranging from start-ups to household names including Dell, KPMG, GE, Microsoft, and Samsung. More than 70% of WeWork’s members collaborate with each other and its international locations serve as convenient bases for business travel, enabling a great degree of work flexibility for both multinationals and small-to-medium-sized businesses alike, as well as options for easy expansion into new markets.

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Adobe Named a Leader in 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms

Hong Kong, China, February 6, 2018 / - Hong Kong — 25 January, 2018 — Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) announced it has been named by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms” research report1. This report evaluated 21 vendors, and Adobe was among four vendors in the Leaders quadrant, based on the ability to execute and completeness of vision. The evaluation criteria for ability to execute include product or service, overall viability, sales execution/pricing, market responsiveness/record, marketing execution, customer experience and operations. Of all the vendors evaluated, Adobe was furthest to the right for completeness of vision, where evaluation criteria include market understanding, marketing strategy, sales strategy, offering (product) strategy, business model, vertical/industry strategy, innovation and geographic strategy.

“In virtually every industry, brands have to reimagine each part of the organization to laser focus on delivering stand-out experiences or risk failing in no time,” said Suresh Vittal, vice president, Adobe Experience Cloud. “No other company offers a more complete and integrated set of digital marketing, ad tech, analytics and data management solutions that let brands delight customers with every interaction. The integration of Adobe Experience Cloud with Adobe Creative Cloud Enterprise ensures maximum impact of customer content through big data.”

“Our partnership with Adobe helps us get the right message in front of the right customer at the right time,” said Michael Marino, chief experience officer, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “We are moving in an exciting direction — a place where we can display targeted content across websites and screens on properties to enhance experiences and increase engagement.”

Within Adobe Experience Cloud, tightly integrated solutions offer a complete set of cutting-edge technologies that enable brands to deliver data-driven, tailored experiences across all customer touch points. This includes experience management and personalization across all screens and devices, experience delivery through advertising, video as well as other channels and analytics. The tie-in with Adobe Creative Cloud makes it easy to quickly activate creative assets across all marketing channels and customer touch points.

The world’s most popular brands rely on Adobe Experience Cloud to run their businesses, including Carnival Corporation, Citibank, Sydney Opera House, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Home Depot, Marriott Hotels, NBCUniversal, Nissan Motor Co., T-Mobile and many others. Adobe Experience Cloud helps clients manage more than 150 trillion data transactions annually, including 41 trillion rich media requests, over 150 billion emails and $3 billion in ad spend. Major brands, including two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies, leverage Adobe Analytics Cloud for customer intelligence.

A complimentary copy of the Gartner, Inc. 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms” research report is available here.

1 Source: Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms,” Jim Murphy, Gene Phifer, Gavin Tay, Mike Lowndes, 17 January, 2018.

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EU General Data Protection Regulation Takes Effect in 2018 – Spotlight on Cyber-security Risks of Smart High-Tech Toys

Hong Kong, China, February 1, 2018 / - For the Christmas and New Year holidays that just went by, many parents purchased smart high-tech toys as gifts for their children. Parents from the Millennium generation are more likely to let their children spend more time on the screen than previous generations. Edutainment is now the guiding principle for parents purchasing toys. Parents are willing to spend more money purchasing smart high-tech toys because they believe these toys are more educational and they can join the children in creative activities. Smart high-tech toys include robots controlled by smart phones, dolls with corresponding apps, and bespoke soft toys with interactive functions.

Most parents understand the dangers of letting children use social media and tracking their locations/activities. Many parents instinctively shy away from posting pictures of their children online. This may be a smart move because their activity is being tracked and the data may be used by unscrupulous people. Few parents however pay attention to the warnings on the high-tech toys they purchase. Their children are now being exposed to cyber-security risks at an accelerating pace.

EU General Data Protection Regulation Set to Take Effect
Privacy and data security have always been important issues for the European Union (EU). The "General Data Protection Regulation" (GDPR) that will become mandatory on May 25, 2018, will set rigorous standards for the protection of personal data and privacy. The level and scope of personal data protection will be increased. The new GDPR is applicable globally. All manufacturers, whether they are located within EU borders or not, are subject to the GDPR if their products or services are sold within the EU and involve the storage and processing of EU citizens' personal information.

Here "personal information" refers to the personal data of EU citizens during the data processing, including any known or identifiable citizen (data subject) information. The content protected by the GDPR is quite broad in scope. It covers not only personal identity information such as address, telephone number and identification number but also biometrics and online positioning data such as fingerprints, network IP address, and social network activity logs.

All EU member states will enforce strict regulatory controls once the GDPR takes effect. Companies are subject to massive fines of up to 20 million Euro or 4% of the company's global revenues in that year (whichever is highest) for non-compliance. The Federal Network Agency in Germany banned domestic sales of children's smart watches in 2017. Parents were also encouraged to discard such smart watches immediately. The lack of encryption technology allows hackers to easily break into smart watches and make it possible for unscrupulous people to track a child's location with ease. Once the GDPR takes effect, such products will not only be reported but also fined.

How to avoid breaking the law?
First, vendors should reduce the collection and processing of data subjects' personal information. Personal information unrelated to the declared function must not be used. Product manuals must also detail their functions and the technologies used. For example, if a smart doll only engages in simple conversation with children such as responding when asked about the day's weather or whether the child looks pretty, the doll should not have a monitoring function. Such a function would be a non-essential function.

The law also recommends that vendors provide default privacy settings for products and services. The function for allowing the collection of personal information should be set to disabled by default. The user can decide whether to enable the function or not and it must meet a certain standard of encryption.

GDPR requires product and service vendors to use a sound environment and service process controls to protect personal information from misuse, from being leaked through hackers, or being illegally shared with unauthorized third-parties. The law recommends testing by independent third-party organizations to determine whether your business complies with GPDR requirements.

Product/Service Testing and Verification
With many years of experience in information security, T#220;V Rheinland can provide IoT product manufacturers supplying products or services to EU countries with a professional interpretation of the law. Verified IoT products and services are issued certification marks by T#220;V Rheinland including the IoT product and service privacy protection mark. In accordance with GPDR rules, the product certification standard evaluates the privacy protection of an IoT product based on five levels: hardware and firmware, communications, app, documentation and data usage. Privacy protection certification for IoT services is evaluated against seven dimensions including IT environment (including applications), data protection, organizational management, process, penetration testing, documentation and auditing of service partners. Please do not hesitate to contact our experts at any time.


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