Atal Innovation Mission successfully completes two-month long, one of its kind ‘ATL Tinkerpreneur Bootcamp’ across country

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog successfully completed two month long and a first of its kind, digital skills and an exclusive entrepreneurship ATL Tinkerpreneur summer bootcamp held across the country.

Designed for high school students across the nation, ‘ATL Tinkerpreneur’ saw a record-breaking 9000+ participants (including 4000+ girl participants) across 32 states and 298 districts.

The Bootcamp witnessed participation from 820 ATLs, 50+ live expert speaker sessions were conducted with over 4.5 lakh views and imparted 30+ digital and entrepreneurial skills.

‘Tinkerpreneur’ – the name derived from the phrase ‘enabling students to tinker from the comfort of their homes and become an entrepreneur this summer’ was a bootcamp focussed on cultivating a hands-on innovative mindset among students.

Spread across a span of 9 weeks from 31st May 2021 to 1st August 2021, ‘ATL Tinkerpreneur’ enabled the participants to develop a business idea and create an end-to-end strategy for setting up a new venture. Over the course of the bootcamp, the participants learnt the required digital skills, created and developed a business model around a digital product, generated a marketing plan, developed/established an online store, learnt business finance and culminated it by presenting their pitch deck in front of Industry experts.

Students along with their ATL in-charges were mapped in small groups with Mentors-of-Change. All those who registered got access to a repository of digital and entrepreneurial curated learning resources, do-it-yourself content, simple assignments etc. to empower the participants to create their own digital products and ventures.

Emphasising on inculcating a hands-on and innovative mindset during the finale session, Mission Director AIM, NITI Aayog Dr Chintan Vaishnav said “The whole bootcamp was designed to instil an innovative mindset as well as to help students go from an idea to a venture in a short time, by trying-failing-and trying again. We wanted them to experience both the creation of a solution as well as a business around it. As they learnt these skills by ‘doing’, we expect these learnings to stay with them throughout their life’s journey.”

Speaking during the virtual finale session of the bootcamp, Founder Infosys Mr. Narayana Murthy said, “A leader has to be a uniter and not a divider. The most important responsibility of a leader is to raise the aspiration, confidence, energy, and enthusiasm of the people and teammates around. The leader must do whatever is necessary to make a person feel an inch taller in the leader’s presence.”

He further added, addressing young innovators, “if you become a leader, ensure that people that come to you leave with higher confidence in them. His or her main job is to craft a vision that is aspirational and individually rises above region, religion, caste, and economic clauses. A leader has to imagine something that nobody has dreamt of, moving towards this requires a lot of sacrifice, hard work, discipline, deferred gratification, confidence, hope & enthusiasm. Such attributes come to the people when the followers trust the leader.”

Meanwhile, participants leveraged the knowledge and hands-on involvement of 650+ Mentors (including 180+ women mentors), inculcated and applied their inputs and improved upon their ventures. With inputs from industry leaders, regular sessions by guest speakers in 6 regional languages (Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada) and a positive environment provided students a thorough introduction to entrepreneurship along with an opportunity to network with fellow innovators from across the country.

An exclusive Tinkerpreneur web portal was also created with a curated 9-week content for self-paced learning. The portal enabled the students to submit quizzes, assignments and enabled the mentors to review student assignments and share feedback.

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation Announces Extension of Innovation Partnering Office at Monash University in Collaboration with Victorian State Government To Accelerate The Life-Sciences Hub

, including in the sections captioned “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” and in the company’s most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and the company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of these filings are available online at www.sec.gov, www.jnj.com or on request from Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, Johnson & Johnson Pacific Pty Ltd, Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd and Johnson & Johnson do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information or future events or developments.

Mars4 leads innovation in blockchain with income generating NFTs

Gibraltar, 23 June 2021, ZEXPRWIRE, In 2020 alone, $ 8.9 billion was invested in space startups. Morgan Stanley estimates that this trend is likely to continue and by 2040 revenue from space projects is likely to touchdown at $ 1 trillion. The world of blockchain is also harvesting the benefits of investment in space projects with the use of Metaverses.One such venture with immense potential is Mars4.

Metaverses in the crypto space are very successful and currently the hot talk of the town. The all new metaverse Mars4 is a virtual reality platform that allows users to create, experience and monetize content (and applications) and earn passive income through a first of a kind revenue generating Mars NFT( Non-fungible Token). Users can already explore this exact 3D replica of Mars constructed from NASA data, just like on our planet with Google Earth (which later was complemented with street view).

The NFTs represent land plots on Mars that yield income from the built-in token redistribution system.

The platform transacts with deflationary Mars$ tokens (Mars dollars) and revenue generating NFTs.

This dual tokenomics is an attractive option for investors as tokens can be consumed to mint yield generating NFTs as well as the built-in token redistribution on transactions, incentives for holding tokens spent for in-world assets and resources.

There are around 888 ultra rare Mars NFTs that represent the most famous geographical features and landing sites which will be sold via Mars4’s own marketplace with some auctioned on Opensea and Rarible.

On Mars4, there is a limited supply of 99.888 unique land plots represented with NFTs where one NFT unit equals one unique piece of land on Mars. Each NFT includes 160 sq. kilometres. Crypto enthusiasts can purchase land plots only with MARS$ dollars. There is an initial supply of 29.9 billion MARS$ of which 1/3rd will be burned to mint the limited supply of NFT land plots.

Every time a MARS$ transaction occurs, three simple functions happen: yield for NFT holders, liquidity pool increase and burn. 

MARS NFT also rewards investors and NFT holders at an accelerating speed just for holding units. This relationship is also directly proportional to the number of transactions that take place on the network. The higher the transaction and its occurrence more will be the rewards distributed. The yield calculator is prominent on their website where you can see your projected income from your Mars Land, and this really captures the imagination as to just how profitable being a Mars Landlord will be.

Furthermore, an NFT can always be sold in the leading marketplaces like OpenSea Rarible as a revenue generating asset. 

After the cryptocurrency craze led by bitcoin, blockchain has now sparked off a new trend wherein collectors and investors pay thousands of dollars to own pieces of digital art known as NFTs. While the NFTs have been around since 2014, it is only off-late that they have garnered much attention especially with an NFT of work by digital artist Mike Winkelmann’s being sold for $69 million at Christie’s.

There are multiple advantages of investing in NFTs.

Besides the irreplaceable (non-fungible) factor attached to an NFT, there are long term value growth prospects attached to any investment.

 One NFT Tweet by Jack Dorsey is not equal to one NBA Best spot clip, and unlike cryptocurrencies, cannot be traded for one another. 

Moreover, the unique digital signature that every NFT has, creates transparency in the market. Authenticity and chain-of-ownership records on the distributed public ledger can keep your artwork or property on Mars safe. 

However, the NFT like every new technology is riddled with its own challenges. 

Existing NFTs suggest proof of ownership but do not generate regular income. 

In contrast, the Mars4 NFT is a first of its kind revenue yielding system in the Defi world. Not only can traders and NFT lovers possess ownership of land but also earn income in the virtual economy through gamification and terraforming etc.

The value of an NFT depends on how much a prospective investor is willing to pay and therefore a rare crater in demand on Mars4 can drive the price of its NFT. 

The rules of the NFT world are different from traditional financial institutions where conventional economic and technical indicators influence stock prices. Henceforth, an investment in NFTs is subject to other determinant risks.  

However, Mars4 presents  a different kind of assurance of revenue with its unique income yielding NFT. The network is an open source hub like the blockchain technology for content creators, businesses and individuals that are looking for a new artistic medium, opportunity or a source of passive income.

The Mars4 IDO (Initial Dex Offering) is scheduled for August across multiple high calibre Launchpads. 

The Private presale is now live. To learn more on how to participate, email the team directly on: [email protected]

So, what are you waiting for? Come be a Martian.

Hong Kong – Speech by CE at Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Presentation Ceremony 2020 & 2021 (English only)(with photos/video)

Speech by CE at Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Presentation Ceremony 2020 & 2021 (English only)(with photos/video)

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     Following is the speech by the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, at the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Presentation Ceremony 2020 & 2021 today (June 21):
 
Bernard (Chairman of the Awardee Selection Committee of the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award, Mr Bernard Chan), Andy (Executive Director of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Mr Andy Ho), Diana (Chief Executive, Hong Kong, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Ms Diana Cesar), students, parents, ladies and gentlemen,
 
     Good afternoon. I am very pleased to attend today’s ceremony to commend 50 outstanding students, who are the recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award. My heartfelt congratulations to all of them.
 
     I know that they come from five Hong Kong universities, and they are pursuing a great variety of degrees related to STEM as well as environmental management, physiotherapy, fashion and textiles. Whatever their future endeavours, I am confident that they will enjoy rewarding careers and lives, while helping Hong Kong take its place as an international hub for innovation and technology (I&T).
 
     As I am sure we all agree, talent is crucially important to our achieving the objective of developing an international innovation and technology hub. And we are blessed with a good pool of local talents, including young men and women here today. Another proof is that in March this year, at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Hong Kong captured a record 136 awards. At least 49 of the award-winning projects originated at our local universities. They included a Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury, awarded to a University of Hong Kong team for developing the world’s first nasal spray vaccine for COVID-19. The vaccine is now undergoing clinical trials. A team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong was also awarded a Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury, for developing a virus-free, anti-cancer gene therapy.
 
     Hong Kong’s research excellence has recently received a significant recognition through UGC’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020. Embracing international best practices, the RAE 2020 is a criterion-referenced assessment evaluating the research outputs of our eight publicly-funded universities. The overall results are extremely encouraging: 70 per cent of the research submissions were judged as internationally excellent or above, with 25 per cent being world-leading and 45 per cent internationally excellent. I should add the assessment was undertaken by over 360 scholars, around 70 per cent of them are non-local academics coming from 20 countries/regions around the world.
 
     The HKSAR Government is determined to take advantage of our talent pool and develop Hong Kong into an innovation and technology hub. In the past four years, we have committed some HK$110 billion for a wide range of I&T programmes and initiatives, covering facility development, talent nurturing and retention, R&D funding, venture capital, etc. Amongst these initiatives, the two InnoHK research clusters in the Hong Kong Science Park present outsized promise. Health@InnoHK focuses on healthcare technology, including personalised medicine, molecular diagnostics, bioengineering, chemical biology, vaccine development, medical instrumentation and more. AIR@InnoHK targets artificial intelligence and robotics, zeroing in on such areas as big-data analytics, machine learning and medical, mobile and construction robotics. The first batch of some 20 R&D centres involving prominent international universities and research institutes, as well as our local universities, have begun operation. The rest will open later in the year. The R&D centres in the two research clusters are now recruiting postgraduates and specialists for a range of innovative R&D projects.
 
     Our aspiration for an international I&T hub demands a critical mass of talent. To boost our I&T talent pool, we have just formally launched the Global STEM Professorship Scheme, announced in my 2020 Policy Address. The Scheme supports our universities in recruiting international scholars for I&T-related teaching and research. Feedback from some universities has been very positive. In addition, the STEM Internship Scheme has been regularised, under which allowance will be provided for undergraduates and postgraduates taking STEM programmes to enrol in short-term internships. Through this scheme, we want to encourage STEM students to experience I&T-related work during their studies, and encourage their interest in pursuing I&T careers after graduation.
 
     The Innovation and Technology Fund has been providing funding support for our universities, R&D centres, companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Indeed, since its establishment in 1999, the Fund has committed more than HK$23 billion to well over 20 000 projects. Recent projects include the electronic wristband used in monitoring home quarantine during the pandemic, as well as the anti-virus coating applied at schools, elderly homes and businesses.
 
     Hong Kong’s strengths in innovation and technology as well as our recent efforts have been recognised by our country. The nation’s 14th Five-Year Plan expressly supports Hong Kong’s emergence as an international I&T hub. It also promotes the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and, for the first time, includes the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Loop as a major co-operation platform in the Greater Bay Area.
 
     The Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park, which is three times the size of the current Science Park, is well under way. The Park will allow Hong Kong to play a critical role in the Greater Bay Area’s rise as a world-class technology and innovation research hub. Before the completion of the Park, we are about to sign on a new partnership with Shenzhen on the basis of “one zone, two parks”. Under this initiative, our own Hong Kong Science Park will lease and manage select areas of the Shenzhen I&T Zone, and attract talents and companies from the Mainland and overseas to this Zone.
 
     Finally, it just leaves me to congratulate all the awardees this afternoon. And I’m sure that you will enjoy and benefit from the many initiatives and the boundless opportunities in the innovation and technology area that we have prepared for our young people. What we have to do now is to give our young people support and encouragement, and this is exactly what the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award is all about for the past decade. For that, my gratitude goes to the Award’s organiser, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. I am grateful, as well, to the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and the Innovation and Technology Commission, the Award’s joint sponsors, for their invaluable contributions to realising an innovative and flourishing future for Hong Kong.
 
     Once again, my warmest congratulations to the 50 inspiring young men and women we are honouring today. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Thank you very much.

Tech, innovation, growth markets key to business recovery: HKTDC to focus on 14th Five-Year Plan opportunities

In the face of continuing challenges in the global economy resulting from the pandemic, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will focus on helping businesses capture opportunities in Mainland China and other markets, especially in sectors that can ride on opportunities arising from the mainland’s “dual circulation” strategy and 14th Five-Year Plan, as well as industry developments in technology, healthcare and sustainability.

In addition to promoting the city’s overall advantages, services and products, the HKTDC will offer online and offline services for Hong Kong companies to speed up business expansion in the mainland market, using the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) as a bridgehead. It will also explore tripartite partnerships with mainland enterprises in overseas markets, especially the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

HKTDC Chairman Dr Peter Lam said that the past few years have been full of challenges, but the HKTDC will continue to work hard in helping businesses diversify and enhance their capabilities with sustainability and the adoption of technology and innovation as a core theme. He added that as parts of the world continue to tackle the pandemic while others are gradually recovering, Mainland China and its early recovery has been driving economic growth both internally and externally.

“We will create opportunities for businesses in both markets and industries. Apart from large-scale events, we will also strengthen our support and training services to help Hong Kong businesses capture opportunities arising from the mainland’s 14th Five-Year Plan and ‘dual circulation’ strategy, taking the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as an entry point. As such, we just launched a GoGBA one-stop platform to support Hong Kong companies, and we will help them partner with mainland enterprises to tap international markets through the city’s two-way platform,” Dr Lam said.

Market opportunities: the GBA and “Dual Circulation” strategy

Following the launch of the GoGBA one-stop platform yesterday (10 June), the HKTDC is planning to organise SmartHK in Guangzhou on 8 December, highlighting the city’s international networks and innovative professional services which are complementary to the Greater Bay Area development. Business matching meetings will be held to promote cooperation between mainland enterprises and Hong Kong services providers in the areas of finance, IT, infrastructure, design and more. A high-level mission led by senior government officials and commercial delegations will explore opportunities with their counterparts in the GBA.

Chic HK will be held in Shenzhen from 10-12 December to promote quality Hong Kong brands, stylish designs and technology and innovation products. It will be held in an online-to-offline format, allowing consumers to make purchases on the spot or online. A business mission will be held concurrently to connect Hong Kong traders with potential mainland buyers and partners, helping them to expand their nationwide retail networks.

The HKTDC will also introduce a new Star CEOs seminar series in which the top management of major mainland and overseas enterprises will share how the city’s international business platform and professional services helps mainland companies tap opportunities in global markets, hoping this will attract more mainland companies to set up offices in Hong Kong. The HKTDC will set up a Hong Kong Pavilion in selected mainland trade fairs such as the China International Import Expo where Hong Kong’s role in facilitating merchandise and service trade between the mainland and the rest of the world will be highlighted.

High-potential sectors: technology, healthcare and intellectual property

The 14th Five-Year Plan supports Hong Kong in consolidating and enhancing its competitive advantages. In addition to the traditional sectors such as finance, maritime and trading, it also supports the city to develop into an international innovation and technology hub and a regional intellectual property (IP) trading centre.

As such, the HKTDC will also launch a new Innotech Starter Programme in partnership with government agencies, incubators, R&D centres and universities to provide support and create opportunities for start-ups that are interested in expanding business in the Greater Bay Area. The HKTDC is also planning to organise seminars in Guangzhou, Nanjing and Beijing to promote Hong Kong’s IP solutions in technology and innovation, as well as IP trade-related services. It will also further enrich the content of Asia IP Exchange and encourage different industries to step up adoption of homegrown innovative technology, especially patented technologies in environmental protection, sustainability, healthcare and well-being, building and construction and more.

Besides, demand for healthcare services is growing in Asia. As an international financial centre, Hong Kong is now the world’s second-largest bio-tech fund-raising centre through initial public offerings. Together with a sound IP protection regime and a wealth of experts in commercialising innovations, the city is ready to become a healthcare innovation and investment hub. The HKSAR Government and the HKTDC will jointly organise the inaugural Asia Summit on Global Health on 24 November to attract investment, publicise the city’s technology-related achievements and promote collaboration among industry players from Mainland China, Hong Kong and overseas.

Focusing on biotechnology, medical devices and drugs, digital health, community health and wellness, the Summit will help participants connect with investors and leading bio-tech companies in the Greater Bay Area.

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

Media Contact
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