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Singapore Fintech Festival and the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology to feature world’s first 24-hour hybrid digital and physical event

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SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 2 December 2020  The Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) and the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH), the world’s first week-long round-the-clock, hybrid digital and physical event, will run from 7 to 11 December 2020. Organised by Monetary Authority of Singapore and Enterprise Singapore, the event will feature a unique hybrid format that combines a 24-hour online event platform with global satellite events around the world.

SFF x SWITCH 2020 will feature a digital city that will allow participants access to over 650 speakers from the global innovation and tech community, 150 content partners, 200 sessions to engage participants and more than 900 exhibitors on the Digital Singapore platform. Participants can access live content broadcasts running round-the-clock and on-demand sessions. Established speakers participating at SWITCH include:

  • Dr Chi Youngcho, President and CIO, Hyundai Motor Group
  • Timothy Draper, Founding Partner, Draper Associates
  • Henry Ma, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, WeBank
  • Professor H.S. Philip Wong, Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor in the School of Engineering, Stanford University
  • Albert, Co-Founder, Traveloka
  • Ye Gang, Group Chief Operating Officer, Sea Ltd

The SWITCH Global Channel, curated by SWITCH’s global innovation partners allows participants access to market knowledge, opportunities, insights and tips on business culture from over 42 cities in 31 countries across Africa, Asia (China, India and Southeast Asia), Europe, Middle East, North America and Northeast Asia & Oceania.

Another highlight of SWITCH is Asia’s most exciting global startup competition, SLINGSHOT, happening from 7 to 9 December. The Top 100 global startups stand a chance to win over S$7.5 million worth of prizes, including resources such as office space, cloud credits and mentorship to help global startups take root in Singapore.

Key panels during SWITCH include:

SWITCH Connect Channel

Co-Innovation in Smart Cities — Accelerated Through a Resource Integrator

Hosted by CapitaLand

Unique opportunity to learn how global companies – DHL, Kone and Schneider Electric – continue to innovate and co-innovate with partners to stay at the top of their game, and the role that the recently launched Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab can play.

 

Deep Tech Summit: Deep Tech for a Post-COVID-19 World

Hosted by SGInnovate

With humanity facing pressing challenges in health, climate change, we want to explore the promise of deep tech to help our future economy and society be more resilient, liveable and sustainable, particularly as we begin to rebuild in the post-COVID-19 era.

 

The Rising Asian Founders

There’s a fascination around entrepreneurs. Often characterised by an appetite for risk, overcoming odds and being the leaders of change in their generation. They are a diverse group of individuals who share the drive to risk it all while making the impossible possible. Tune in to hear the rising founders of Southeast Asia share their story on how they got to where they are today.

 

Why We Need ‘Open Innovation’ to Tackle the Biggest Global Challenges

Hosted by UNDP

In tackling our biggest challenges — from COVID-19 to climate change — we need to use the best of human talent, wherever it may be found. Open innovation is about collaboration and community: building talent, solutions, and partnership. Join us to hear more about how it’s working in practice, and how you can get involved.

SWITCH Global Channel

Market Access: Southeast Asia – The Diversity of Corporate Innovation in Southeast Asia

Central Group, VNG Corporation, Dexa Group

The unprecedented challenges arising from the pandemic presents opportunities for Southeast Asia’s corporates to reimagine their operating models. Join us as we discover the diversity of corporate innovation in Southeast Asia.

Corporate Innovation in China

Ericsson ONE, Boehringer Ingelheim

In today’s everchanging digital world, innovation is crucial. Find out from Patrik Sandin, Director of Ventures & Growth, Ericsson ONE and Hong Wa Poon from Boehringer Ingelheim, BIX China, about how the economic landscape has evolved, and the opportunities available in the corporate innovation space.

Germany Singapore Business Forum (GSBF) Connect X Switch 2020

The panel will shed light on how open innovation helps create growth opportunities and targeted solutions to address rapidly-evolving market demands. Participants can benefit from the practical insights of our guest speakers from Germany and Singapore on what to expect and how to get started on their own open innovation journeys.

Edges of Southeast Asia

Deloitte, US-ASEAN Business Council, Economic Development Board (Singapore)

There’s much more to Southeast Asia than what the headlines and numbers tell you. Hidden in plain sight are Edges — people, places, and platforms that are pushing against the boundaries and transforming Southeast Asia from the inside. Join leaders and experts from Deloitte, the US-ASEAN Business Council, the Singapore EDB and more, as we take an unflinching, refreshing look at Southeast Asia from its Edges, and discuss what they mean for the future of the region and the world.

 

Navigating the New Funding Landscape in India and Southeast Asia

256 Network

Catch the leaders of leading venture firms like Qualcomm Ventures, KB investment and B Capital as they share insights on the funding landscape in India and Southeast Asia.

For more information, please visit www.switchsg.org. You can register for SWITCH 2020 at www.bit.ly/32P2EQg.

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About Enterprise Singapore

Enterprise Singapore is the Singapore government agency championing enterprise development. It also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups.

The agency attracts global commodities traders to establish their global or Asian home base in Singapore. Today, Singapore is a leading global trading hub with a complete ecosystem for the energy, agri-commodities and metals & minerals trading clusters. Singapore is also home to many global enterprises, startups and investors that operate in its robust pro-enterprise environment.

Enterprise Singapore builds trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards. Renowned for their dedication to quality and innovation, Singapore companies make ideal business partners.

With Enterprise Singapore’s global network in over 35 locations spanning many developed and emerging markets, it connects businesses with relevant Singapore companies for their business expansion.

Visit www.enterprisesg.gov.sg for more information.

About SWITCH

The Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (SWITCH) is the leading tech festival for the Global-Asia innovation ecosystem. It is a one-stop platform where innovation meets enterprise, with access to global startups, investors, corporates, innovation community and ecosystem players. It focuses on these key industries — Health & Biomedical Sciences, Smart Cities & Urban Solutions, and Trade & Connectivity.


SWITCH is a week-long event featuring Exhibitions, Conferences, Workshops, Lab Crawls, and partner activities such as startups pitching competition, SLINGSHOT 2020, and open innovation platform, TechInnovation. Together with the Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF), SFF x SWITCH convened over 60,000 participants from 140 countries, hosted 569 speakers and 1,000 exhibitors in 2019.


SWITCH is supported by the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF).


Find out more at http://www.switchsg.org/.


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HKGSEO Provides Free Website SEO Analysis and Consulting Services

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – The COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for nearly a year. The sharp fall in the street traffic has been affecting core shopping districts everywhere. In addition, under the “Anti-epidemic Fund”, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) launched the ” Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme subsidy. Increasing number of large and medium-sized enterprises have turned to the online market, setting up websites and opening online shops, in an effort to open up online sales channels to recover some of their businesses during the epidemic.

 

As many companies are not familiar with website technology, website optimization and SEO promotion are often ignored. In fact, SEO is one of the highest ROI of many online marketing channels and it is worthy of a long-term investment.

 

HKGSEO has performed SEO for more than 500 enterprises, with the SEO process bringing considerable traffic and sales to the companies. Leveraging on their years of experience, they now provide free website analysis (worth HK$2,000) for all content types. Here are some website analysis projects HKGSEO has engaged in:

 

CMS Web Content Management System

 

We recommend using the most popular CMS in the market to build a website. Well-known CMS such as WordPress, Wix, Shopline, and Shopify will make it easier to manage web content and make the website easier to crawl and index by search engines.

 

HKGSEO hence cautions against web design companies that use their own CMS. Generally speaking, these websites are not SEO friendly. For example, they might have undesirable attributes such as duplicate page titles, dynamic URLs, or category pages that cannot update new content, etc. These attributes are disadvantageous to implementing SEO plans, which ultimately leads to the redesigning of the entire website, resulting in a much higher cost.

 

SSL Website Security Certificate

 

If your website does not have an SSL certificate (HTTPS) installed, it will be marked as an insecure website by the browser, which will adversely affect the credibility and conversion rate. SSL should be installed immediately to protect customer information, especially for e-commerce websites. There are some free SSLs available on the market, such as Let’s Encrypt, with paid premium certificates recommendation by online shops.

 

Mobile Version of The Website

 

The latest personal computer and Internet penetration survey published by the Census and Statistics Department shows that more than 5.97 million people in Hong Kong have mobile phones, and 99.7% of the users access the Internet on smartphones, higher than those connected to computers or other devices. Besides, Google has launched the Mobile-First Indexing mobile version of content priority indexing. If your website does not have a mobile version, the ranking will be poor and a lot of traffic will be lost.

 

Website Loading Speed

 

According to research, more than 68% of viewers will leave a website when it takes more than 3 seconds to open. The main reason for the slow loading is the use of shared hosting or non-local hosting. Switching to local hosting, SSD or CDN can effectively improve the loading speed.

 

Website Content

 

Is the website content of high quality? Does it answer the questions of potential consumers? To build up the content, some corporate websites have piled up keywords, and some have published blog articles regularly. However the content of the articles is sometimes plagiarized from news media. Plagiarism makes search engines recognize the overall website quality as low, which will in turn affect the ranking.

 

Websites and online shops are platforms that promote businesses. An optimized website will reward twice the results with half the effort of both online and offline marketing campaigns combined.

 

Please log onto www.hkgseo.com, fill in the website, email and contact number, and our network promotion experts will reply within one working day and arrange a free SEO analysis and consultation.

 

About HKGSEO

HKGSEO focuses on website SEO services. It is founded and operated by former Google employees. The company is based in Hong Kong and has branches in Shenzhen, Singapore and Australia. It is committed to providing affordable, one-stop digital marketing solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises. Digital marketing solutions include: SEO, SEM, social media promotion and web design, etc.

 

Website (Chinese):www.hkgseo.com

Website (English):www.hkgdigital.com

Email:[email protected]

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SunMirror AG Plans CHF 70 Million Raise to Fuel Growth

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– Fresh capital to develop existing portfolio of mining assets and roll-up new ones
– Renewed focus on tier-one jurisdictions, including its highly accretive Europe business
ZUG, SWITZERLAND – EQS Newswire – 8 January 2021 – The Board of Directors of SunMirror AG (“SunMirror”; XETRA Wien: ROR1; ISIN CH0396131929), the mining and exploration firm specialising in raw materials powering the technological future such as gold, lithium and other metals and minerals, has resolved a capital increase excluding the subscription rights of the existing shareholders.

SunMirror intends to carry out a capital increase in the volume of up to CHF 70,000,000 by issuing of up to 1,000,000 new shares at a price of CHF 70 per share. The new shares will be offered to select, institutional strategic investors for subscription in a private placement. SunMirror is already experiencing brisk demand from institutional investors. The company plans to use the funds from the capital increase to expand its portfolio and business activities in tier-one jurisdictions, such as Australia and highly accretive Europe. The capital increase, lead by Opus Capital Switzerland AG, is expected to be closed in February 2021 when the shares shall also be admitted to the regulated markets of the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange followed by inclusion into trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on Xetra. An introduction onto the London Stock Exchange is planned for the 2nd Quarter 2021.

Explanatory Part

The creation of new authorized capital in the nominal amount of CHF 837,500 to CHF 1,000,000 was approved at SunMirror’s Annual General Meeting, held in Zug on 29 December 2020. The creation of new conditional capital of CHF 837,500 to CHF 1,000,000 was also approved. In addition, the Company decided to carry-forward the Balance Sheet result for the fiscal year (1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020) in full.

Strong tailwind from high iron ore and gold prices as indicator for sustainable demand

Dr Heinz Rudolf Kubli, Director of SunMirror AG, recently commented: ‘Battery technology is expected to evolve from the current lithium-ion battery (LIB) to next-generation high-capacity LIBs, all solid-state batteries, and lithium metal-based batteries, resulting in improvements in energy density, safety, and battery lifespan, as well as reduction in cost. We currently own or are planning to acquire prized sites in Australia that shall be developed with the potential to help enable this transformation. In addition, we would like to see SunMirror expand its strategic metal and mineral portfolio in Europe to provide traceable metals for an increasingly sustainability driven European batteries market for electric vehicles and others powering next-gen consumer and industrial technology products. Together, these markets continue to grow significantly. The outlook for the future metals and minerals SunMirror is aiming to market remains very attractive; Meanwhile, iron-ore prices are trading at record-highs, and gold is climbing again.’

About SunMirror AG

SunMirror is a natural-resources holding company with a strategic focus around gold and other critical resources – those metals and minerals powering demand for next-generation sustainable technology. The company’s shares (ISIN CH0396131929) are listed on the electronic Stock Exchange Xetra in Vienna (ticker: ROR1) and on the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange. For more information please visit: www.sunmirror.com.

About Opus Group


Opus Capital Switzerland AG and Opus Capital Asset Management AG (‘Opus Group’) specializes in bringing-to-market tomorrow’s next-generation natural resources firms, today, by combining its strong industry expertise together with one of Switzerland’s leading independent financial services firms. For more information please visit: http://www.opus-capital.ch.

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Samsung Electronics Appoints New President & CEO for Southeast Asia & Oceania

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A Samsung veteran with over three decades of experience, Mr. Sangho Jo most recently led Samsung Electronics Europe and has returned to the Southeast Asia & Oceania region

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the appointment of Mr. Sangho Jo as President and CEO of Southeast Asia & Oceania. 



A proven Samsung leader with over three decades of experience across business groups and geographies, Mr. Jo will steer the strategic growth directions of Samsung Electronics in Southeast Asia & Oceania.

 

Markets in Southeast Asia & Oceania are integral to Samsung Electronics’ long-term growth plans, with the region poised to sustain its rapid economic growth into the next decade, built on the digital ambitions of its cities, industries and communities. Mr. Jo will guide the business towards cementing its industry leadership and seizing long-term growth opportunities in this region by forging partnerships, creating operational excellence, and ultimately, building brand trust amongst consumers and enterprises.

 

He was most recently appointed President and CEO for Samsung Electronics in Europe, where he led the business to achieve sustainable commercial growth and brand favourability in 2020. In the past decade, Mr. Jo has served as President in the following markets: Samsung Electronics Germany (2019), United Kingdom (2015 — 2017), Sweden (2012 — 2014), Austria (2011), Baltic countries (2009 — 2010), and also served as Head of Visual Display business for Samsung Europe based in South Korea (2017 — 2018). 

Mr. Jo is not new to the Southeast Asia & Oceania region, having worked in Samsung Electronics Singapore (1997), Vietnam (1998 — 2000) and Malaysia (2007 — 2008). He said: “I am pleased to return to Southeast Asia and Oceania, and lead one of the vibrant leading hubs for Samsung Electronics globally. I look forward to strengthening the strong relationships we have built with our partners and customers here and explore exciting new consumer and commercial partnerships, steering Samsung into the next stage of growth in the region.”  

 

“In an era defined by rapid digital disruptions, we are committed to empowering the digital ambitions of nations, industries and communities in Southeast Asia and Oceania, and to help fulfil the potential of the people here through next-generation technologies,” he added.  

 

  

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com

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