The definition of slush is “partly melted or watery snow”, which is exactly what visitors encountered arriving at Vantaa Airport in Helsinki on Dec 3. More than the coldness is the darkness, that makes the Finnish weather different, when in the winter season the sun rises at around 10 am and set before 4 pm, leaving less than six hours of light in early December.

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Slush organization is phenomenal from the airport: badges can be claimed outside the arrival gates and volunteers help for any kind of requests, distributing Helsinki maps and public transportation tickets valid for the duration of the conference. Before, during and after Slush there are several official and unofficial side events and parties organized by startups, investors, accelerators and incubators, transforming Helsinki in a technology Woodstock. …


Slush in Helsinki, Finland on Dec 4–5, 2018
Slush press event in Kellohalli restaurant and bar on Dec 3.
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Located at Teurastamo, Kelohalli is an old abattoir established in 1933, which in 2012 has been transformed in a food and event space.
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There were two hundred and one journalists accredited at Slush, although mostly from Finland and Europe, few came from remote places as China, Japan and Singapore (where local Slush events are established) and other from Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea and Tunisia to attend the conference.
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Sulapac products use a biodegradable and microplastic free material made of FSC certified wood chips and natural binders. They have all the benefits of plastic, yet they biodegrade completely and leave no microplastics behind.
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Zoan presented their AR/VR solutions, while bugs appetizers were served by a German entomophagy startup.
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The official Slush opening party was held on Dec 3 in the Old Student House (Vanha ylioppilastalo) right in the center of Helsinki.
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More than 140 years old, the Old Student House is perhaps Helsinki’s most traditional party and events venue.
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The breathtaking grand Banquet Hall and the historic Music Hall can accommodate up to 1,000 guests at any one time.
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Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre is the biggest and best-known convention center in Finland. Located in the district of Pasila, it is a short walk northwards from the Pasila railway station.
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Slush is a non-profit event organized by a community of entrepreneurs, investors, students and festival organizers.
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Slush has grown from a 300-person event to become one of the leading events of its kind in the world.
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The philosophy behind it has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies move forward.
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Andreas Saari (Slush CEO) and Alexander Pihlainen (Slush President) open Slush 2018 and welcome the audience. Some figures and facts about the present edition: 3,100 startups / 1,800 investors / 450 executives / 20,000+ attendees expected/ 130 nationalities / 2,400 volunteers.
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Three Nordic startup unicorns originated in Scandinavia: Skype, Supercell and Spotify. After discussing with many entrepreneurs around the world, Slush directors learnt that the main problems for startups can be addressed through more focused education: Slush Academy will open in Feb 2019 and will start by the end of the next year, offering free entrepreneurial courses online and offline.
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Founder stage, the main presenting area of Slush.
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Panoramic view of the Founder Stage and surrounding area.
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Risto Siilasmaa (Nokia and F-Secure, Chairman) opening speech and Q&A with Julia Hartz (Eventbrite Cofounder).
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Founder Stage during a break time.
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Early morning Dec 5: Andreas Saari rehearsing on Founder Stage and image/light testing in Pink Stage.
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There were several information desks in the venue with volunteers helping attendees for any issue. Four differently colored meeting points, where attendees, startups, investors and journalists could meet for discussions, were installed: the ceiling spot light reminding “Close encounters of the third kind”.
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An indoor sauna and outdoor sauna village were available for attendees to rest and recharge their energies.
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Towels, swimsuits and other accessories were available for rent in Sauna Village.
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Porsche stand before Slush opening on Dec 5.
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Aurora borealis inspired stand for Nordea, a Nordic financial services group.
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Google for startups stand.
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Samsung Electronics, Samsung Next, Samsung Ventures, Samsung Next Ventures and Samsung Catalyst Fund were in a stand next to the Founder Stage. Several funded startups were presenting their solutions, while guests could watch the Founder Stage presentations from the second floor.
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Aalto University stand. In 2010 the faculties of architecture and design of the University of Art and Design Helsinki, engineering and science of the University of Technology and the Helsinki School of Economics decided to merge together, anticipating the convergence in different fields of knowledge. Multidisciplinary teams could be formed easily for instance over a coffee break or meal in the university canteens, where engineers, designers, architects, economists can brainstorm a joint research or even startup, discussing current impellent issues in their respective fields. Beyond any tangible result, the opportunities to interact and to network with students from different backgrounds may be invaluable later in working life, when for instance engineers versatile in economics, law or product designs may be ahead of their competition.
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Moscow Export Center and Skolkovo Innovation Center stand.
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Pink Cafe’.
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Elisa Oy, a telecommunications, ICT and digital service company operating mainly in Finland and Estonia and providing environmentally sustainable services for communication and entertainment, and tools for organisations to digitalise their operations and improve productivity.
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Helsinki Innovation Services (HIS), a fully owned subsidiary of the University of Helsinki Funds, helps researchers turn their academic studies and results into commercial successes, managing technology transfer, liaison with academics, asset evaluation, intellectual property (IP) protection and establishing spin out. At Slush the University of Helsinki introduced thirteen innovations based on scientific research in various stages of commercialisation.
“How does business benefit from science?” University of Helsinki YouTube video.
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Wärtsilä, one of the main Slush partners in 2018, introduced “a lifeboat for buildings, a product that should never exist” to amplify the critical need to move climate change discourse to action. Wärtsilä technology group conceptualised and designed an autonomous lifeboat, powered by 100% renewables, like synthetic renewable fuels and solar energy, with world-class smart technologies such as autodocking, dynamic positioning and wireless charging.
In fact, the concept is not as unimaginable, because the boats would have been useful in the recent floods in Italy and Indonesia. According to Wärtsilä the time to act is now, together or the unthinkable will happen and the lifeboat will have to be built for real.
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Korea Pavillion showcased several Korean startups selected by Kotra, a governmental trade and investment agency. In Slush matchmaking tool 181 Korean attendees registered their profile, representing 158 startups from Korea, the fourth largest country represented in 2018 edition according to Andreas Saari interview to Chosun Biz, an economic magazine of Korean leading newspaper Chosunilbo. Creative Contents Economy and Innovation (CCEI) center and Ulsan Technopark had also their own stands in Messukeskus.
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Clean energy company Fortum operated during Slush a Pitchalong Shuttle, an exclusive and emission-free taxi service run on electric vehicles: during the ride startups get to pitch their business ideas directly to company executives. Fortum used this unconventional meeting room to attract the most promising startups before they even arrive to the event venue.
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“Slush wants to leave the world better than we found it, and so sustainability is a core part of how we operate. To us, this means not only minimizing harm, but also maximizing the good we can do. We are constantly improving to make our events more environmentally friendly, our community socially inclusive, and above all, helping startups change the world for the better.”
Slush 2018 Day 1 — Founder Stage
Slush 2018 Day 2 — Founder Stage
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Buidl Seoul 2018 is a conference organized by Krypto Seoul and held on Nov 29–30 in Le Meridien Hotel Seoul.
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“BUIDL Seoul 2018 is a technical, academic forum in which developers and academics exchange their ideas and present on working protocols, products, and academic research in blockchain technology. It is the first real effort in Korea to bring together diverse individuals and projects that are actively building in the space.”
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Blocks like sculpture in front of the main entrance of the venue.
Nov 29 — day 1 presentations.
Nov 30— day 2 presentations.
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From left Tongtong Gong (Amberdata, COO and cofounder) and Shawn Douglass (Amberdata, CEO and Founder). Amberdata is one of the first dashboards for real time monitoring, searching, analyzing, and securing information on private and public blockchains. Data APIs provide developers with instant access to historical and real-time activities, so they can analyze and define trends with big data insight, metrics and analytics.
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Amberdata customizable dashboard allows to visualize several KPIs for crypto currencies and blockchains.
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Top 50 tokens by 24h market capitalization.
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Token codes are also automatically audited and checked for vulnerabilities.
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Jaeyun Kim (Decipher, President and SNU, PhD Candidate): Blockchain-based edge computing for deep neural network application
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Audience and wall marks.
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Panel: The Road to Mass Adoption. Panelists: Benny Giang (Cryptokitties, Head of Asia), Benjamin Remeau (Binance Labs, Director), Mai Fujimoto (Gracone, CEO), Jonathan Chou (BeeToken, Co-founder & CEO). Moderator: Gurvinder Ahluwalia (Digital Twin Labs, Founder & CEO at Digital Twin Labs).
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From left Benny Giang, Maj Fujimoto and Benjiamin Remeau.
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Group photo after the panel discussion with Erika Kang (Krypto Seoul CEO), third from left.
Loong Wang (Republic Protocol, CTO): REN VM: A Virtual Machine for Privacy Preserving Computations
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Virgil Griffth (Ethereum Foundation, Research Scientist) : Special Projects at Ethereum Foundation 2018.
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Insurance is expected to be a widely popular use case for Ethereum smart contracts. Ethereum Wiki website was launched in 2018.
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Ether cards are ‘physical ethereum’ gift cards. They are a quick and convenient way to give ether, tokens, or other blockchain assets to friends and family, and a great way to introduce people to the power of the Ethereum blockchain.
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Interoperability between Ethereum Classic and Ethereum (a revetse hardfork in the making?).
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David Knott (OmiseGo, Researcher) Reality_on_chain
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Ameen Soleimani (Spankchain, CEO): Spanking the Banks. Blockchain mass adoption may follow the same trajectory of internet, which was propelled by videogames and adult entertainment. Spankchain is one of the first platform designed for adult industry performers, who are discriminated by traditional banks and financial institutions because of their profession.
Built on Ethereum, Spankchain completed an ICO in Nov 2017 receiving funds for 6.5 M USD. The team consists of 8 full time employees and 4 part-timers.
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Spankchain has not only developed a platform for adult contents, but also a crypto wallet, exchange and even a bank.
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Panel: Decentralization of Existing Financial Services. Panelists: Ameen Soleimani (Spankchain, CEO), David Knott (OmiseGo, Researcher), Stephen Kade (TrustToken, Co-founder), Youree Lee (W-Foundation, CEO). Moderator: Dylan Damsma (Cryptominded/ReDumont, Founder).
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MUDEC Museo delle Culture — Via Tortona 56, Milano
In line with constant efforts on the part of the municipal authorities to preserve the memory of the economic and social processes that have shaped the city’s identity, the Milan City Council took steps in 1990 to buy the old Ansaldo industrial plant at Porta Genova and use it for cultural services. The disused factories, authentic monuments of industrial archaeology, have been converted into studios, workshops and new creative spaces. In continuity with its original vocation but also in response to the need for recognition and revaluation manifested by the foreign communities that have found opportunities to develop and put down roots in the city, the Milan Council decided to create the Mudec Museum of Cultures in the old Ansaldo area to house and display the municipal collections of ethnographic material.
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Born out of a salvage operation of industrial archaeology on the site of the old Ansaldo factory in the Tortona area, Mudec is a meeting place for cultures and communities. The complex comprises different spaces to offer visitors and the city a whole range of cultural events and facilities spread out over an area of 17,000 square metres. The display area is laid out around a large, covered central plaza on the first floor, which hosts the section of the museum with the works of the permanent collection and the rooms used for major exhibitions as well as the auditorium, a theatre with three hundred seats devoted to performances and the visual arts.
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The ground-floor reception area includes a bistro, design store, ticket office, cloakroom, the Forum of Cultures, a conference hall/multifunctional space, educational facility, restoration workshop and repositories open to small groups for guided visits. Mudec Junior is a space specially designed for kids, where children too can come into contact with the world’s different cultures through games, multimedia equipment and manual workshops.
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A visual project — the art of Bansky from Nov 11, 2018 to Apr 14, 2019.
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Banksy, a British artist and writer whose identity is still unknown, is considered one of the leading exponents of contemporary street art. His works are often laced with satire and deal with universal subjects such as politics, culture, and ethics. The shroud of mystery that, by choice and out of necessity, is perpetuated when we talk about Bansky has turned him into an absolute legend of our day and age. His visual protest engages with a vast and heterogeneous public and has made him one of the best loved artists among the younger generations.
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There is much speculation about his name and his identity. He was born and grew up in Bristol, but apart from this little or nothing is known about him: it is impossible to find out the details of his life although many have attempted to do so. As Shepard Fairey explained, “His works are full of metaphors that transcend language barriers. The images are entertaining and witty, and yet so simple and accessible: even six-year old children who have no concept of cultural conflict, have no problem seeing that there is something not quite right when they see the Mona Lisa with a rocket launcher.” In Banksy’s work the words often go beyond an aesthetic evaluation (which in any case goes against the grain of the artist’s sensibilities) or a declaration of intent, but highlight his firm stance against the contemporary art system.
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“A Visual Protest. The Art of Banksy”, at MUDEC from 21 November 2018, is curated by Gianni Mercurio, showcasing about 80 works including paintings, sculptures and prints by the British artist, accompanied by objects, photographs, and videos, about 60 album and CD covers, which the artist himself curated, and about forty pieces of memorabilia (lithographs, stickers, prints, magazines, fanzines, tickets, promotional flyers), that retrospectively describe the work and thinking of Banksy. […] Mercurio states “Banksy amplifies and expands the multicultural character of the “writers” who initially formally inspired him: like the street artists of his generation, he accentuates the content of the socio-political messages in an explicit way, indeed he radically shifts the message from the form to the content”. His message, his art, manifests itself as an explicit and scathing criticism directed at the arrogance of the establishment, of power, conformism, war, and consumerism.
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Captains courageous — The human adventure of discovery (1906–1990) from Sep 28, 2018 to Feb 10, 2019.
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This exhibit chosen by the Museo delle Culture pays homage to the Italian 20th Century in the framework of the artistic and cultural program of events, that the City of Milan devotes this year to this important historical and artistic period. This exhibition falls within the “Geographies of the Future” project, a story about ‘geographic knowledge’ meant as a survey of lands and cultures through the lenses of different research disciplines.
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“Captains Courageous” is a dedicated tale on the frontiers of 20th century explorations conceived in the scientific and cultural circles of Milan and Lombardy, touching mountain summits, space, and the depths of the earth, notably the latest geographic borders probed by professional explorers in a period — when the mapping of emerged lands had by now been completed thanks to the work of 19th century pioneers.
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A spectacular setup and an extraordinary selection of original works will take the public on a dreamy voyage across the many adventures experienced by the explorers, such as the legendary conquest of K2 in 1954, Celestino Usuelli’s crossing above the Alps aboard an aerostatic balloon, the observations of Mars and the study of Lombard caves, the latest unexplored frontiers on earth.
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Paul Klee — Alle origini dell’arte from Oct 31, 2018 to Mar 3, 2019
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The exhibition Paul Klee. At the Origins of Art, features a wide selection of Klee’s works on the theme of “primitivism” and offers an original reassessment of this concept, which in Klee embraces pre-classical periods of Western art (like that of Pharaonic Egypt); epochs previously considered “barbaric” or decadent, such as those of Late Antique, Early Christian, Coptic and early medieval art; and lastly African, Oceanic and Amerindian art. The show is promoted by Milan City Council-Culture and 24 ORE Cultura–Gruppo 24 ORE, which is also producing it, and will present around a hundred works by the artist, on loan from major museums and private collection in Europe. It will also benefit from the extensive collaboration of the Zentrum Paul Klee in Ber
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The show is promoted by Milan City Council-Culture and 24 ORE Cultura–Gruppo 24 ORE, which is also producing it, and will present around a hundred works by the artist, on loan from major museums and private collection in Europe. It will also benefit from the extensive collaboration of the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern.
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The concept of “primitivism” in Klee assumes different characteristics from those commonly associated with the historical avant-gardes. An interest in everything that was “wild” and “primitive” in art was awakened in Klee during his first stay in Italy, from autumn 1901 to spring 1902, when he discovered Early Christian art in Rome. After his trip to Italy Klee considered himself an “epigon”, literally last born, a tardy heir of a glorious civilization in decline. He would never rid himself of this conviction and it led him, as he recounts in his Diaries, to transform his disappointment into “style”.
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MUDEC Permanent Collection: for the first time since the post-war period visitors can admire a selection of this valuable heritage in the rooms on the first floor of the Museum of Cultures, in an organic and carefully considered exhibition, presenting a fully restored collection of material and the results of new, in-depth research that has revealed previously unknown aspects of numerous masterpieces, some of which are being displayed for the first time.
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MUDEC more than 200 works of art, objects and documents selected not only for their extraordinary cultural and aesthetic value, but also as evidence of our society’s ever-changing way of viewing unknown cultures: the sense of wonder inspired by the exotic (Section 1), the drive to evangelise and towards scientific discovery (Section 2), the desire for conquest (Section 3), and pressing trade motivations (Sections 4 and 5) have compelled people to travel and collect the most diverse range of artefacts, documenting the spirit of the age.
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Manillas, bracelet money — Western and central Africa,19th/20th centrury. Different engraved metal alloys — Enrico Pezzoli Metallindustria Coll.- © MUDEC, Museo delle Culture Milano.
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Section 3 is dedicated to the colonial period. A new breed of travellers, like Giuseppe Vigoni (1846–1914), senator of the Kingdom of Italy and mayor of Milan, headed towards far-off lands, no longer with scientific or religious aims, but with the goal of identifying exploitable resources in view of actual conquest. This section displays what remains of his collection, which was briefly on view in the 1930s in a room at the Castello Sforzesco along with other ‘colonial trophies’, such as the set-like panoply, a trophy made up of animal horns and African weaponry of various provenance, which has been reconstructed in the final case in the room.
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MUDEC is walking distance from Porta Genova metro station line 2. How to get there.
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Finnair new Airbus have forward and down looking cameras
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Another camera is positioned on the tail for a panoramic view of the whole plane too.
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The wide touchscreens have interactive maps.
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Among the movies and series in the flight entertainment, passengers can view Slush presentations and panel discussions from the last edition in 2017. Slush is one of the biggest global tech conferences and probably the biggest in Europe (rivalling with WebSummit).
This is Slush teaser YouTube video.
Opening words — Slush 2017 by Marianne Vikkula, Slush CEO, and Nicolas Dolenc, President of Slush.
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Formula One champion Mika Häkkinen shares his tips on performing under pressure
Not many professions have pressure equal to F1 drivers. Mark Gallagher (Formula One Analyst at BBC Live) interviewing Mika Häkkinen (F1 World Champion) on performing under pressure.
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Carl Pei — Founder Story of OnePlus: How not to die as a startup.
Raised in Sweden, Carl, the Co-founder and Head of Global at OnePlus, built and currently oversees the global business of OnePlus. Founded in 2013, their debut smartphone, the OnePlus One, was hailed by TIME as the ‘phone of dreams’.
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Vinod Khosla is an Indian-American entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is best known as the founder of the legendary Sun Microsystems, the VC firm Khosla Ventures and one of the founders of the newly established Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
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He is best known as the founder of the legendary Sun Microsystems, the VC firm Khosla Ventures and one of the founders of the newly established Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
At Slush, Vinod took Founder Stage to talk about how our society could be completely reinvented in many aspects through technology, and why entrepreneurship is actually the driving force of that change. Moderated by Andreas Saari (Slush).
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Finnair aurora.
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Finnair aurora.
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Beyond Blocks Summit Bangkok 2018, the second edition of the blockchain conference in the capital of Thailand, was held in Intercontinental Bangkok hotel on November 26–27.

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TBA yet the next eventsin 2019 should take place in Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok again.


Agile Korea 2018 is a day long conference focused on agile thinking, held in Samsung SDS headquarters on November 23. The keynote speech entitled “Mindset and culture: at the heart of a winning agile transformation” is presented by Ahmed Sidky, Riot Games Head of Business Agility.

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Held on Nov 18 in Sebit Seom exhibition center Seoul, Provenance Summit is an itinerant blockchain community conference for developers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

Topics of presentations and panel discussions are specific to blockchain product development cycle. Speakers are vetted by the team and are from companies, institutions and entities having blockchain solutions. Attendees come from design, development, management roles within a startup, enterprise or governmental related council/associations.
Provenance Summit policies are gender neutral:

no women in tech tickets — no need to get females just because of their gender. …


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Tecthtonic 2018 is a one day conference organized by Samsung SDS to showcase their enterprise solutions and engage with the community of developers.
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The conference takes place in Samsung SDS heaquarters in Seoul Jamsil area on Nov 15, 2018. The event is broadcast live on Facebook Samsung SDS page.
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Welcome address speech by Dr Won Pyo Hong (Samsung SDS CEO).
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Keynote speech by Dr Shim Yoon (Samsung SDS CTO) “Technology innovation — Partner, disrupt and foresee”.
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Samsung SDS has also offices in Israel (Tel Aviv), UK (London) and US (San Francisco) and has partnerships with several universities for research and industrial collaborations: Bar-Ilan Univ., University of Haifa (security), Seoul National Univ. (anomaly detection/homomorphic encryption), Yonsei Univ., Hanyang Univ., Sungkyunkwan Univ. KAIST, UNIST (Brightics Academy), Imperial College (image recognition), Cranfield University (IoT Security), UC Berkeley, Rutgers University (anomaly detection), Georgia Tech (network), State University of New York (text recognition).
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Xeed Lab is Samsung SDS internal startup incubation and acceleration program.
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Samsung SDS is actively participating and presenting in local and international conferences. Through their open innovation program, SDS has made 65 presentations in events worldwide and around 30 in Korea.
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Main clients operate in four fields (manufacturing, finance, service and logistics) and Samsung SDS provides AI solutions for data analytics, image processing and speech recognition with several platforms. Brightics Studio is a newly launched visual solution to perform big data analytics easier and faster. SDS envisions a data driven society, where not only data scientists, but also data based citizens will use big data for decision making for various purposes.
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SDS is active in providing BASIC (Blockchain, AI, Security, IoT and Cloud computing) enterprise solutions. In big data analytics they presented a predictive analysis service for connected machineries in smart manufacturing sites. With image recognition defect checks and quality improvements have had significant results in improving manufacturing processes of Samsung Group companies. In speech recognition SDS solutions have provided several automated enhancements: Brighty Work platform helped to reduce manual work requiring two hours to perform in only five minutes.
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SDS has developed a blockchain platform, which is faster and more scalable than other public, permissionless and open source blockchain such as Hyperledger or Ethereum. It is also developing and researching homomorphic encryption, which together with zero knowledge proof of concept, may help reconcile the inconsistencies between blockchchain features and GDPR principles.
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To foster rapid innovation SDS management combines a top down and bottom up approach to review regularly the road map of the company.
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Present technologies are moving from predictive/human for AI to prescriptive/AI for AI solutions. SDS is also preparing for other changes: present siloed data sources may transform in intelligent data lakes; privacy and security concerns will increase with wide spread adoption of AI services; cloud virtualization could be replaced by cloud native computing in the short-medium term.
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Keynote speech presented by Young Gun Kim (Python Foundation Director) “Changes and implications in the open source development ecosystem”.
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Open source movement milestones: the development of internet, usenet, bbs and newsgroups in the 1960s, Richard Stallman launching the GNU project in 1983, Linus Torvalds developing the Linux OS kernel in 1991, the introduction of my SQL in 1994, PHP in 1995, Apache in 1996 and Python language in 2000.
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History of open source, “Evolution of blockchain technology”, Deloitte Insights, Nov 2017.
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Open source movement timeline: 1980–mid 1990 embryonic period, end 1990–2010 development time and 2010-present starting to change.
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Python seminars and conferences are very friendly open community events. Gender equality is more diverse than Stack Overflow events for speakers.
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Python started to become a successful language from the 2.0 release (currently the latest version is 3.0). Node, Python and other open source projects refer to themselves as communities of software developers, contributors, enthusiasts and curious users. Python coding is now used to develop applications for academic research, education, music with internal APIs and even film making (Disney has twelve repositories in GitHub). Python conferences are managed through the Pycon international communities located in more than thirty countries. At Pycon events participants must follow a Code of conduct.
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Most popular programming language used in GitHub repositories. Python is among the top five with JavaScript, Java, C++ and Go. From GitHub in blockchain interactive visualizations Deloitte Insights.
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“I came for the language, but stayed for the community”, Brett Cannon (Python core developer). Python may not be the best, fastest or easiest to use programming language, but it has one of the largest and most collaborative open communities of developers globally.
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Brightics AI is an enterprise web application developed by Samsung SDS to “transform large volumes of data into
easy-to-understand visuals using artificial intelligence” as explained in their website.
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The most used programming languages to develop Machine Learning software are Python, RapidMiner, R and SQL. For Deep Learning tools Tensorflow and Keras are the most used.
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Brightics Studio is a portable application downloadable on notebooks.
Track 1 “Blockchain/IPA (Intelligent Process Automation)” session video on Samsung SDS Facebook page.
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Ki Woon Sung (Samsung SDS Blockchain Research team) “Exploring blockchain platform”.
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At the end of 2017 Samsung SDS was involved as the IT partner in an export customs clearance project with other thirty eight companies to develop a marine logistics blockchain. Considering the relatively long navigation time of container cargo vessels, the project required seven months to complete, but only seven weeks to actually program the code. The main challenges were reconciling the needs and requirements of the different stakeholders involved (shipping lines, banks, insurance firms) and coping with the limited pool of blockchain experts and software engineers to rely on. Blockchain can be beneficial for global trade in many respects: 1) providing more end to end visibility, standardization and transparency for data/information/money flows; 2) enhancing trustworthiness with new counterparts, tracking real time the whole processes; 3) reducing transaction costs and other frictions; 4) automating part of the clauses.
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In terms of infrastructure, technology and business models fabric (i.e. raw/plain vanilla) and enterprise blockchains differ in many ways: fabric blockchains are open to any kind of contributions (individuals, groups or organizations), enterprise blockchains are built by ecosystems of companies and governmental entities only. Open fabric blockchains are based on decentralized and/or distributed networks, protocols and applications such as bitcoin, ethereum, quantum and EOS, while enterprise blockchains rely on Hyperledger Fabric (IBM), Quorum (JP Morgan Chase), Corda (R3) platforms. In fabric blockchains digital tokens or coins are necessary to reward the effort and participation of stakeholders, dApps are usually developed to increase the utility function of the tokens/coins and funding is done mostly through ICO (Initial Coin Offering); enterprise blockchains in finance and logistics are based on application business models and therefore consortium of companies share the financial and developmental burdens.
“Building a blockchain for business with the Hyperledger Project” YouTube video by IBM developer
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Doing business with an open source software and platform has many issues from speed to scalability. Samsung SDS has developed a proprietary consensus model with higher transaction speed, running at 8,200 TPS in Q3 2018, but that can reach higher velocity at 13,000 TPS.
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Dataflow uses an acceleration processing, which resembles concurrent transmissions an in old telecommunication systems.
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The system interoperability is guaranteed by a multichannel routing solution to exchange data from one blockchain node to another one.
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Gu Hyon Park (Samsung SDS Solution Development) “Business automation from bot to chatbot”. Business automation bots are now becoming a real alternative for office automation in paralegal, financial backoffice and for general IPA (Intelligent Process Automation) tasks. Products like Amazon Alexa and Naver Clova are already in the market. Chatbots have the advantage of working 24/7 non stop. However the development behind these automation solutions are laborious: e.g. to automatize data legacy migration work requires six months of preparatory work to program the processes and procedures, while software and script maintenance is also costly. The assessment and definition of scenarios require always human expert supervision and support. Samsung SDS has developed an automated cargo container tracking system, that can check the inside/outside temperatures of specific containers during the entire navigation time on shipping vessels. In smart manufacturing SDS has also developed the concept of LoT (Line of Things) services to complement MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning) solutions, reducing significant the thousands of manual reports currently required in production or assembly lines. Chatbots and Cobots (Collaborative Robots) can complement and improve humans in many tasks but cannot substitute them.
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Starcraft videogame battle between bots during the lunch break.
Track 2 “AI/Analytics”, video replay of the session on Samsung SDS Facebook page.
Track 3 “IoT/Security/SW Engineering”, video replay of the session on Samsung SDS Facebook page.
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AlphaLaw is a legal AI solution which can review new legal agreement with standard contracts, assess legal risks and store/order legal documents. Founded by a group of Samsung SDS engineers, who won third prize in an internal hackaton, funded and incubated by Xeed Lab, Alphalaw will be spun-off soon as one of first graduate projects from SDS accelerating programme.
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Insfiler is another project funded and incubated by Xeed Lab about AI data profiling solution. Insfiler can produce automatically reports about specific demographics (by gender, age and location) with user defined keywords and with data, statistics and information from forty public databases. The startup is a recent spin-off of Xeed Lab and will be launching the services by the end of the year.
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