Challenges facing Vietnam’s innovation ecosystem

Vietnam’s Innovation Ecosystem 2019 report

Startups in Vietnam have great potential to grow, however, the community also faces a number of challenges. Most local startups are small in scale, at seed stage, have limited ability to make a breakthrough, and are in need of further incubation. Some of the prominent challenges currently faced by startups in Vietnam are:

Ability to access finance: In 2016, the major financial sources of domestic investors came from three major venture capital firms: IDG Ventures Vietnam, Cyber Agent, and DFJ VinaCapital. Altogether, they invested over US$120 million in funding and consulting for several brands.

However, it is hard to convince local investors to take risks and invest in early-stage startups. More often than not, those startups have to bootstrap at the beginning. While early-stage startups may rely heavily on funding from angel investors, this type of investor is new to the scene and has not had much impact in the community to date Tiếp tục đọc “Challenges facing Vietnam’s innovation ecosystem”

UNESCO Hackathon in Vietnam on 13 – 14 October, 2018 on Climate Change and Sustainable Development – Cuộc thi lập trình của UNESCO tại Việt Nam, về Biến Đổi Khí hậu và Phát triển bền vững

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Mời tham dự Cuộc thi lập trình của UNESCO tại Việt Nam, chủ đề Biến Đổi Khí hậu và Phát triển bền vững

Bạn đam mê lập trình và muốn thử thách bản thân? Bạn muốn tìm cho mình những cộng sự tiềm năng và gặp gỡ các chuyên gia trong lĩnh vực IT và mã nguồn mở? Bạn muốn góp phần vào giải quyết các vấn đề “nóng” hiện nay như biến đổi khí hậu, ô nhiễm môi trường và hướng đến mục tiêu phát triển bền vững thông qua ứng dụng nguồn mở?

Cùng tham gia UNESCO Hackathon để có cơ hội dành giải thưởng lên đến 2,400 USD từ chương trình và biến ý tưởng sáng tạo của bạn thành hiện thực. Ngoài ra, những phần quà hấp dẫn sẽ được dành tặng cho tất cả các bạn tham gia cuộc thi.

Thể lệ: Mỗi đội gồm 2-4 thành viên sẽ tham gia thử thách sáng tạo app và game với chủ đề “Biến đổi khí hậu và phát triển bền vững” trong thời gian 24h. Đừng lo lắng nếu bạn vẫn chưa tìm được đồng đội của mình. Các bạn sẽ có thời gian để trao đổi và lập đội vào ngày sự kiện diễn ra.

Thời gian: 13.10.2018 – 14.10.2018 Tiếp tục đọc “UNESCO Hackathon in Vietnam on 13 – 14 October, 2018 on Climate Change and Sustainable Development – Cuộc thi lập trình của UNESCO tại Việt Nam, về Biến Đổi Khí hậu và Phát triển bền vững”

Bốn xu hướng giáo dục mọi quốc gia nên biết

English: Four Education Trends that Countries Everywhere Should Know About

Ngày nay chúng ta có thể liên hệ với các chuyên gia giáo dục trên khắp thể giới để nghe về những vấn đề đáng quan tâm nhất của giáo dục ngày nay. Các nhà giáo dục đồng tình rằng, không có quá nhiều thay đổi về các thách thức, và theo họ thứ thay đổi đó là những cách sáng tạo trong cộng đồng thế giới đang hướng đến để giải quyết các thách thức.

Thảo luận của chúng tôi thường xoay quanh về lợi ích của khoa học não bộ, các khóa học mở trực tuyến đại chúng (MOOCs) (là các khóa học trên internet không giới hạn), Blockchain, hệ quả của việc tăng trưởng âm – cũng như các cách mà hiện tượng này đang thay đổi và thách thức cách chúng ta tư duy về giáo dục. Có vài thay đổi nhận được nhiều sự quan tâm hơn, nhưng các thay đổi đều quan trọng – đây cũng là điều những người liên quan giáo dục trên thế giới nên lưu tâm.

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Four Education Trends that Countries Everywhere Should Know About

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Students at Catholic University of Peru, Edgar Rivera, Pablo Suarez and David Ramirez (names left to right) study homework together at the university in Lima, Peru on June 27, 2013. Photo © World Bank/Dominic Chavez

Recently, we reached out to education experts around the world to hear what they considered the most pressing issues facing our sector today. Surprisingly, they all said that little has changed in terms of our most common challenges. What was changing, they agreed, were the innovative ways that the global community has begun tackling them.

Our discussions frequently came back to advances in neuroscience, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Blockchain, and the consequences of negative population growth—as well as the ways that these phenomena are changing and challenging the way we think about education. Some of these changes have received more attention than others, but we are convinced of their importance—and education stakeholders around the world should be paying attention. Tiếp tục đọc “Four Education Trends that Countries Everywhere Should Know About”

Vietnam launches innovation network to tap diaspora expertise

By Staff reporters   August 20, 2018 | 08:45 am GMT+7

Vietnam launches innovation network to tap diaspora expertise

Vietnam’s officials and scientists launch Vietnam Innovation Network in Hanoi on Sunday. Photo by VnExpress/Ngu Hiep

The Vietnam Innovation Network, launched Sunday by the Prime Minister, aims to connect Vietnamese scientists across the world.

“The new network will enable Vietnamese experts working in technologically advanced countries to assist their home country in preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at the launch.

The network has been joined by over 100 Vietnamese scientists and tech experts living overseas as well as hundreds of their peers in Vietnam.

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The father of lithium-ion batteries

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journey to winning Japan’s highest scientific honour

Akira Yoshino was about nine years old when his teacher gave him a book: Michael Faraday’s A chemical history of a candle. He’s never looked at a candle the same since. ‘There was a TV programme on the other day about candles and how they can only really be used on Earth. What happens when you’re in a zero gravity environment? The flame looks like it’s extinguished (it actually burns almost invisibly at a very slow rate). That fascinated me,’ he says with the broadest smile.

FOSSASIA Summit 2018: OpenTechSummit March 22-25, 2018

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OpenTechSummit March 22-25, 2018 Singapore

FOSSASIA Summit 2018:

The Open Conversational Web” with Open Source AI at Asia’s Leading Open Technology Conference

FOSSASIA teams up with Science Centre Singapore and Lifelong Learning Institute for Asia’s premier open technology summit. The FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit is taking place from March 22-25, 2018 under the tagline “The Open Conversational Web” with a strong focus on Artificial Intelligence and Cloud for the Industry 4.0. More than 200 speakers will fly in to present at the event. International exhibitors will showcase their latest advancements and meet developers in a careers fair.

The FOSSASIA Open Tech Summit is an annual tech event featuring tech icons from around the world since 2009. The event is all about the latest and greatest open source technologies and their impact and applications on business and society. With more than 3,000 attendees the FOSSASIA Summit is the biggest gathering of Open Source developers and businesses in Asia. A great feature of 2018 is the expanded exhibition space where tech businesses, SMEs and startups converge with developers and customers and meet potential candidates in a careers fair. Tiếp tục đọc “FOSSASIA Summit 2018: OpenTechSummit March 22-25, 2018”

A phone that says “no” to little kid fingers

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An algorithm for detecting who’s swiping the screen could help make phones child-proof.

It may soon be possible for your phone to automatically figure out whether it’s you or your five-year-old who’s swiping the screen—and, if it’s the latter, block apps you want to keep off-limits to kids.

That’s the vision of researchers at the University of South Carolina and China’s Zhejiang University, who’ve created an algorithm that can spot whether your kid is accidentally trying to, say, order from Amazon without your knowing. Tiếp tục đọc “A phone that says “no” to little kid fingers”

How Southeast Asia is innovating with smart grid technology

IOTI_Nations in the Asian region are using a unique approach to smart grid technology to keep up with dizzying growth.

Brian Buntz | Nov 14, 2017

When asked to come up with a list of innovative industries, you would probably be unlikely to put the utility sector near the top. There is, of course, the quiet innovation of utilities modernizing their grid, experimenting with smart grid technology and moving to clean energy, but most utilities don’t embrace the agile experimentation of startups. The regulated nature of the industry and the conservative nature of many public utilities commissions just don’t reward that kind of behavior. 
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Artificial Intelligence’s Language Problem

technologyreview_About halfway through a particularly tense game of Go held in Seoul, South Korea, between Lee Sedol, one of the best players of all time, and AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence created by Google, the AI program made a mysterious move that demonstrated an unnerving edge over its human opponent.

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‘Three-parent baby’ claim raises hopes — and ethical concerns

Questions surround report of baby created using controversial mitochondrial replacement technique.

28 September 2016 Article tools Rights & Permissions

Courtesy of New Hope Fertility Center

Team leader John Zhang and the ‘three-parent’ baby have made headlines across the world.

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Early days of internet offer lessons for boosting 3D printing

 

theconversation – Even in its relative infancy, 3D printing has created an enormous list of possibilities: dental aligners to straighten your teeth, unique toys for your children, inexpensive custom prosthetics for people with limb deficiencies, and restoring lost or destroyed cultural artifacts. It can also be used to create untraceable firearms and an endless supply of copyright infringements.

3D printing AR-15 components worries policymakers. Shanrilivan

Just as when the internet developed, 3D printing is opening doors to amazing opportunities and benefits – as well as some undeniable dangers. Also called “additive manufacturing,” 3D printing’s enabling of truly decentralized, democratized innovation will challenge Tiếp tục đọc “Early days of internet offer lessons for boosting 3D printing”