Tech Junction: New Space 99 degree AI class review

Prominent physicist Stephen Hawking expressed his concerns over AI at tech conference GMIC Beijing last month, saying “I believe that the rise of powerful AI will be either the best thing or the worst ever to happen to humanity.”

Beijing-based startup incubator New Space held an open class last Thursday, where three lecturers from tech and big data, industrial design, and human recognition shared their views on the future of AI.

New Space was founded in April 2014 by real estate veteran Wang Shengjiang, and co-founded by Chinese entrepreneur and educator Yu Minhong (Michael Yu) and senior banker Sheng Xitai. New Space launched the biweekly 99 degree class on March 16, which according to the company, provides support to help startups get the final one degree on the path to success. Here is a wrap-up of three speakers from this class.

Where: New Space’s Wang Jing offices
When: May 18

She Zepeng

She Zepeng, photo by Heather Wang/AllChinaTech
She Zepeng. Photo by Heather Wang/AllChinaTech

She is a technician consultant of developer tools at Microsoft and has years of experience in the R&D of mobile apps and games. His current work involves developing Microsoft’s next generation products.

She believes webs are to personal computers is like what messaging apps are to smartphones. Therefore, bots like Cortana will play a bigger role in both work and life as well. A lot of commands such as arranging itineraries and ordering coffee – can be done by having a conversation with a bot inside a messaging app. Microsoft’s AI driven bots are able to recognize motions inside a video and can be used in production safety while controlled via a bot.

Zhou Zhipeng

Zhou Zhipeng (right). photo by Heather Wang/AllChinaTech
Zhou Zhipeng (right). Photo by Heather Wang/AllChinaTech

Zhou co-founded creative product design platform LKKER in February 2016, connecting company clients and more than 5,000 designers.

Zhou predicts that the future of robots will see three trends: multi-layer experience, change in robot appearance and character, and change in application scene.

“Robots will get rid of the concept of mimicking the human body. Robots of all kinds of shapes and sizes will appear depending on the application scene and its features,” said Zhou.

Wei Qingchen

Wei Qingchen. photo by Heather Wang/AllChinaTech
Wei Qingchen. Photo by Heather Wang/AllChinaTech

Wei is the founder of EmoKit, which offers free Application Program Interface (API) for emotion computing. EmoKit has won a series of awards in international contests including Finnish Slush World and MIT-CHIEF global startups competition.

Pixar’s film Inside Out demonstrated five basic emotions: joy, fear, sadness, anger, and disgust. The big data driven startup has gone one step further and categorised human emotions into as many as 24 kinds.

Venue: ★★★★★

The class is held inside New Space’s spacious offices in Beijing’s Wangjing district, which is awashed with internet startups. There are startups working next door at New Space’s incubator.

Content: ★★★★★

Three speakers are all well prepared and gave in-depth analysis of the AI industry from various perspectives including developer tools and product design. Before the class, the host asked every attendee to briefly introduce themselves which took up too much time – almost 20 minutes.

Equipment: ★★★★★

The class only requires basic equipment like chairs and projector. The projector was fine, but it failed to work perfectly with speakers’ files and PPT. This kind of things happen when files are copied to a new computer.

Overall:

It is good for people working in the internet and AI industry to learn some knowledge and views from the class, as well as to network with other attendees. The class also offers snacks and drinks, although sitting for three hours with no break was tiresome.

Tech Junction: Raindance China VR Film Festival review

If you have never put on a virtual reality (VR) headset before, this event might blow your mind with some stunning immersive experience. However, if you have played with HTC Vive or Oculus headsets before, you might find this less exciting.

Raindance Film Festival is one of the largest indie film festivals in the U.K. with showcases of short, feature, web series, music videos, and VR films, according to its website. Raindance China VR Film Festival brings the VR experience to China, showing cinema goers the artistic possibilities of the new technology.

Walking into the venue at 798 Art District in Beijing, visitors are handed a list of 10 films where they can choose five to try out. It is quite weird to call them “films” though as these are more like brief immersive VR showcases. AllChinaTech paid a visit to the festival and here are some highlights.

Where: 798 Art District, Beijing
When: April 29 to May 25

The Blu

This is something. The deeply immersive series allows the audience to experience the wonder of the ocean, and come face to face with some of the most beautiful species on earth. Watching an 80-foot whale swimming right in front of you is astonishing, while placing yourself in the deep dark ocean with a flashlight in the next scene is highly exploratory and fun.

This series was developed by an American VR studio Wevr. Watch the teaser to get a sense of the majestic ocean.

Senza Peso

This is a visually and musically rich short film based on a mini opera. In the seven-minute long VR adaptation, you become the protagonist and experience the transformation from death to eternity on a journey through a beautiful dark world.

The music matches seamlessly with the spectacular visuals. The changes from scene to scene are smooth and enticing. The piece has been a go-to showpiece for many since 2014.

The Night Cafe

The Night Cafe adapts the world of Vincent van Gogh to an immersive VR environment, where users can take a moment to enjoy his iconic sunflowers or explore the chair in his bedroom.

It is quite exciting to explore the vivid colors from Van Gogh’s palette.

Venue: ★★★★★
It is quite weird to call this a film festival. It is more like a VR showcase fair, where the organizer set up booths, and each booth can accommodate up to four visitors. The booth is not spacious enough, as it is easy for visitors to bump into one another with the VR gear on.

Content: ★★★★★
The VR experience is good, whereas the films are fairly old, but yet still worth watching.

Equipment: ★★★★
The organizer uses headsets from HTC, Oculus, and Pico. It is nice that visitors are able to try out the VR equipment from multiple companies.

Overall: 
The event is worth a go if you are new to virtual reality and have yet a chance to put on a VR headset.

Tech Junction: Are power bank rentals the next big thing in China?

Power banks are now essential in an age where people are constantly glued to their smartphone screens. In China, power bank rentals have just become the latest and hottest sector for startups and investors.

One investor of shared bike startups said that it is crazy, and the pace of financing for power bank rental startups is 10 times faster than that of the bike-sharing startups.

As I listened to industry practitioners’ views on the power bank rental sector, I had this question in mind: as power banks are getting smaller and smaller, do we really need to rent one?

Where: Co-working space provider Kr Space offices in Jiuxianqiao, Beijing
When: May 3

The event was hosted by Du Muyu, a tech writer at Chinese tech blog 36 Kr. The event speakers include power bank rental startup founders and investors who have placed bets in this sector.

Tang Yongbo, founder of power bank rental startup Xiaodian, estimated that in order to provide timely services for every Beijing resident, there needs to be 1.5 million power banks available for rental, and this figure will climb to 40 million if rentals are extended to the entire country. Tang predicted that the number of power banks available for rental will be enough to meet the needs of users in a few cities either by the end of this year or early next year.

In fact, the power bank rental market could be huge. I did a little bit digging. Chinese tech blog 36Kr calculated that for power bank rentals, it can be used for 0.8 times per day, three hours each time. Different companies charge varying fees for rentals, but the average rental fee per power bank each day is about RMB 4 (USD 0.58).

In early April, Beijing-based Xiaodian raised RMB 100 million (USD 14.5 million) in Series A financing led by tech giant Tencent and Vision Capital.

Tang added that although smartphone batteries now last longer, new apps and games consume a lot of battery power. Though many people own several power banks, they will always forget to bring one when they need it.

I partially agree with what Tang said. That is the case with battery consuming apps and addictive games, and that is when we will need power banks. Personally, I never forget to bring my super handy power bank which is about the size of the smallest iPhone, but much lighter. And I only use it about once a week when I am out at an event.

Zhao Nan, a partner of Vertex Ventures, responded that this depends on the consumers when asked whether the power bank rental trend has taken off. Take bike-sharing for example, with almost everyone is riding a shared bike, we can then say that the bike-sharing trend has caught on, continued Zhao.

This makes sense. When I got my hands on shared bikes and did not have to return it to a predesignated bike parking station, it was exciting and it saved me so much time that I hoped it appeared earlier. Although some might say that power bank rentals will be next big thing like bike-sharing, I doubt it because I rarely found myself the need to rent a power bank. It is no doubt that consumers would try it if companies offer free rentals, just as how ride-hailing and bike-sharing startups are doing it now to increase their consumer bases. But if the subsidies stop, user numbers will drop significantly.

Chen Hongliang, a partner at Vplus Venture Capital, is seeing the trend changing from providing products to offering services. He stressed that power bank rentals and other sharing economy sectors are offering services to users.

“The market for product makers today will be the same market size for service providers tomorrow,” he said.

Views of Chinese consumers towards materials or products are subtly changing. The trend of having less possessions are taking on among middle to high income working professionals. They give away clothes and toys that they do not need regularly. They would rather rent than purchase something they do not use so often. Consumption, in my opinion, is shifting from buying to renting, and rental is a form of service.

Another investor added that the need to charge smartphones with power banks is already there. Compared to shared bikes placed on public streets, shared power banks are placed inside establishments like restaurants and cafes. The operation and management costs are much lower than that of shared bikes.

That’s why the idea of power bank sharing may work.

Kr Space
Kr Space. Photo from Baidu Images

Venue: ★★★★★
Kr Space is a co-working space provider. The event took place in Kr Space offices in northeastern Beijing’s Jiuxianqiao. Although the event notice said that there will be about 30 people, at least 50 people arrived on Wednesday. The space became congested and the air was stuffy. This event also offered online live streaming service.

Speakers: ★★★★★
Speakers included both startup founders and investors in the power bank rental business. Tang Yongbo (Xiandian founder and CEO), Liu Wenyuan (founder of Hidian), Chen Hongliang (partner at Vplus VC) were part of the lineup.

Audience interaction: ★★★
Speakers spoke about their insights on the power bank rental scene and the startups’ latest progress. The three-hour event also allowed the audience to raise questions for these business professionals and discuss the value of this new business model.

Overall: ★★★
This event focused on one of the hottest sectors in China’s startup scene. Snacks and drinks were provided, and it is suitable for people who are interested in it and hope to get more knowledge about the future of power bank rentals. At least after this event, I know I can probably find a power bank in Beijing by the end of this year.

Tech Junction: Global Thought Leader Forum Review

Going to an event is an investment but also time-consuming. You want to make sure it is worth your time. Which is why, Tech Junction is here to help. We’re launching a new column where our writers share their insights on the events they attend to give you a glimpse of the event. We rate the events; you decide whether you want to go or not next time it happens.

Our first event covered in this new column is Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing 2017. GMIC is a global tech conference network, and its Beijing chapter is the largest in scale. Its locations include San Francisco, Hong Kong and Bangalore among others. This year, the conference welcomed 40,000 innovators from 60 countries. The theme was artificial intelligence.

Where: China National Convention Center (Beijing)
When: April 27 to May 1

Photo from GMIC
Photo from GMIC

Global Thought Leader Forum

This forum was one of a few sessions that GMIC held. It aimed to bring new ideas and thoughts on AI, space exploration, robotics, biotech and other hot trends from top entrepreneurs, scientists and investors.

Venue: ★★★★
The forum took place at a huge plenary hall at China National Convention Center that could accommodate thousands of participants. Live-streaming service was provided online and broadcasted through two large LED displays on the sides of the stage.

Speaker: ★★★★
The forum invited many influential thought leaders in the AI world, including Stephen Hawking (physicist at University of Cambridge) who delivered his speech through a pre-recorded video interview. Other speakers include Kai-Fu Lee (chairman & CEO of Sinovation Ventures), Ya-Qin Zhang (President of Baidu), etc.

Audience interaction: 
As this was a forum gathering of thousands of participants, it involved little audience engagement and interaction.

Overall: ★★★★
At an event like this, it is the cohort of speakers that matter. AllChinaTech reported live from the forum on the speeches given by Stephen Hawking, Kai-Fu Lee and Ya-Qin Zhang.

Read also:
Hawking expresses concerns on AI, saying “such powerful systems would threaten humanity”
Kai-Fu Lee suggests “scientists and entrepreneurs are essentially different”
Baidu President Yaqin Zhang: We aims to build an operating system in the AI era

Tech Junction: Your guide to GMIC Beijing 2017

Tech Junction is launching a new column that will bring you reports on the most watchable and insightful tech related events in Beijing. Our goal is to establish a tech community which connects thinkers and dealmakers around the world, and to exchange ideas in short and sharp dialogues among startups, tech and media professionals in China.

Our first event covered in this new column is GMIC Beijing 2017. GMIC is a global tech conference network, and its Beijing conference is the largest in scale. Last year, it welcomed more than 700 speakers, 490 exhibitors, and hosted an astonishing 100,000 participants at its G-festival which showcased the newest highlights of the tech industry. This year, GMIC will welcome 40,000 innovators from 60 countries. The theme of the conference is artificial intelligence.

Here is a short tour through GMIC’s best events which are open to the public. All tickets except for the G-festival can be booked here.

 

G-festival

When: Apr 29 – May 1, 10 AM

Where: National Stadium – Bird Nest Warm Up Ground

Tickets: RMB 80/120/150, available here.

For most GMIC visitors, this is the place to be. The G-festival is a huge carnival with something for everyone: VR fights with ninjas and zombies, battles between giant robots (seriously), and live performances from top DJs. Visitors can expect a showcase of products which border on tech, entertainment, and art. But what is more important is that they can expect plenty of fun.

Photo from GMIC Beijing 2016. Photo from Baidu Images.
Photo from GMIC Beijing 2016. Photo from Baidu Images.

GMIC Exhibition

When: Apr 27 – Apr 29, 9 AM – 6 PM

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: USD 30

Another great event for the tech curious is the GMIC Exhibition which will host booths dedicated to every tech industry you can imagine. A special treat for the geeks out there will be the New Product Area that will enable visitors to try out the most cutting edge technology.

Aside from the booths, there will also be a special G-Stage Open Speech where industry leaders will share the latest trends and showcase their newest gadgets. Do not miss the Tech Show where you can attend live presentations on AI, VR, robots, and other exciting innovations.

 

Global Thought Leader

When: Apr 27, 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: VIP Pass USD 2,500 / Gold Pass USD 1,600

The title of thought leader has been thrown around so much that it barely means anything anymore, but this convention does not gather the usual business gurus and aspiring TEDx speakers. GMIC’s Global Thought Leader event aims to bring people who can share truly valuable knowledge. The most famous one among them is none other than Steven Hawking, one of the most influential physicists of our time. News about other speakers are still scarce, but we have no doubt that it will be an interesting lineup.

Photo from GMIC.
Photo from GMIC.

AI Open Class

When: Apr 28 – Apr 29, 9 AM – 6 PM

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: USD 175 (lectures) / USD 320 (lectures + tutorials)

The AI Open Class will cover lectures on AI and hands-on coding lessons which will help sharpen your AI skills. Both options will provide you the opportunity to learn from AI industry experts from Google, Amazon, IBM and Intel along with academic leaders from Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, USC and other prestigious universities worldwide.

 

Global Future Entertainment Summit

When: Apr 28, 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: VIP Pass USD 2,500 / Gold Pass USD 1,600 / Silver Pass USD 500

What is the future of games, animation, film, literature, and art? Find out at the Global Future Entertainment Summit which aims to connect entertainment and technology. The summit will include the Global Entertainment Forum, Mobile Games Summit, Home Entertainment Summit, & IP Roadshow.

 

Other Summits and Forums

When: Apr 27 – Apr 29 (please check agenda for individual events)

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: VIP Pass USD 2,500 / Gold Pass USD 1,600 / Silver Pass USD 500
GMIC will host special events dedicated to hottest areas in tech, inviting a range of experts to share their insights. The most interesting ones will try to uncover the future of technology like the Future Innovation Summit, and events like the Going Global Summit will help companies expand their reach. Other events will cover fields such as intelligent learning, fintech, AI, mobile marketing, cloud computing, and many more.

(Top photo from GMIC.)


 

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Tech Junction: Get ready to start a startup with tech gurus

Our handpicked events for the week of April 17 to 23 include opportunities to meet some of China’s top VCs, mingling with female professionals, and learning how to start a startup with a tech guru.

Tuesday, Apr 18

Entrepreneur CEO Breakfast – Maintaining High Standards and Systems in Operations (English)

During this workshop, SME founders and CEOs have a unique opportunity to learn about business operations which will help them maintain quality and consistency of services and products, regardless of whether they lead a large corporation or a SMEs. The event, organized by AmCham, will invite Richard Saul, Managing Director of JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Hotel Beijing to share best practices. More information here.

  • When: 8 – 9:30 AM
  • Where: JW Marriott Hotel, No. 83 Jianguo Rd., China Central Place, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 60/70/100

 

Thursday, Apr 20

Startup grind: SaaS Startup Sharing Session – Key Factors for Success (Chinese)

With enterprise-grade application capital market becoming a big trend, more and more SaaS entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges. Learn how to develop a team and a product as a SaaS company from Dafei Sun, co-founder of Triniti Capital. Mr. Sun has worked for top private equity funds, and international investment and policy banks. The partner of this event is Google for Entrepreneurs. More information here.

  • When: 7 – 9:30 PM
  • Where: Guanghualu SOHO, 3Q, Reporting Hall,No. 22 Guanghua Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 100

 

Thursday, Apr 20

Sina Startup Lessons: “How to start a startup?” by Wang Xiao (Chinese)

How do you start a business? Sina Startup believes that a thousand entrepreneurs will have a thousand answers to that questions. To help you find your own answer, Sina has invited venture capitalist and founder of Unity Ventures Wang Xiao to discuss entrepreneurship and its methodology. More information here.

  • When: 2 – 4:30 PM
  • Where: Heima Building, 2nd Floor, Zhongguancun Innovation St., Haidian District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Friday, Apr 21 – Saturday, Apr 22

2017 DEMO China Spring Summit (Chinese)

DEMO China showcases state of the art innovation for products and services, business models and platforms in China. The event will feature 100 standard booths, 80+ exhibitors, 1,000+ investment institutions, and 20,000+ guests. The two-day innovation extravaganza organized by Cyzone.com will focus on artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, robotics, mobile, AR/VR, deep tech, SaaS, and many more. DEMO China entered China in 2006, and since then it has been bringing together entrepreneurs and financial institutions. Find out more about this big event here.

  • When: 9:30 AM – 6 PM
  • Where: China National Convention Center, No.7 Tianchen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 0/388/888/1,980/3,000

 

Sunday, Apr 23

2017 World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Open Day (Chinese/English)

What are the newest trends in standardizing website building, web design and development? The W3C is inviting everyone to join in a casual networking event which will feature opinion sharing and discussions on China’s web standard. The Open Day will gather representatives from global and local web related industries, government agencies, standardization bodies, and research institutes. The W3C is an international conference dedicated to developing web standards, and is hosted annually in major cities around the world. More information here.

  • When: 9:30 AM – 12 PM
  • Where: China National Convention Center, No.7 Tianchen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Bonus Event

Tuesday, Apr 18

Beijing Women’s Network Monthly Spotlight Dinner (English)

Ready for some women-led networking, business sharing, and personal experiences? The main guest of the evening will be Jackie You, founder of i.e.Capital, a startup helping CEOs and CFOs in financial management. This past year, i.e.Capital was a key organizer that brought MaiTai Global’s Extreme Tech Competition (XTC) to China. This enabled 10 select founders to pitch to China’s top VCs, and later to establish connections with seasoned international entrepreneurs. More information here.

  • When: 7:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Where: Nooxo, Beijing VIP Room, F2, The Crib, No. 1, Gongti North St., Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

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Tuesday, Apr 11

NEO 2017 Global VR/AR Summit + Zhongguancun VR Industrial Park Launch Ceremony (Chinese)

Zhongguancun Science Park is launching an industrial park dedicated to virtual and augmented reality, and will be inviting some of China’s leading experts in the field. The conference will feature multiple industry gatherings with guests such as Beihang University professor Zhao Qinping, vice president of HTC virtual reality Bao Yongzhe, Microsoft China CTO Xu Mingqiang, and many more. Participants will be able to visit around 20 booths and experience the latest VR technology, gain new insights, and connections. More information here.

  • When: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Where: Wanda Hotel, No. 18 – 1 Shijingshan Rd., Shijingshan District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Tuesday, Apr 11

2017 IBM Data Scientist Forum (Chinese)

Enterprises are realizing the need for big data analysis, AI and data science to increase their competitiveness. IBM, which has achieved great results in data science, wants to share its research, technology tools, and practical experience with the future leaders in data science. More information available here. On the same day, IBM will also hold an online forum on AI and cloud computing in industry and business. Find out how to sign up here.

  • When: 2:30 – 6:30 PM (Online event: 9 AM – 6:30 PM)
  • Where: Shangri-La Hotel, No. 29 Zizhuyuan Rd., Haidian, District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Tuesday, Apr 11

Binggo Demo Day No. 5 – Investors and startups meetup (Chinese)

Entrepreneurs interested in one-on-one mentoring may find their opportunity at the Binggo Weekly Roadshow where they will find ideas and advice from business mentors and investors. Four participants will be chosen to participate in an entrepreneur to mentor (M2E) discussion with two of Binggo’s partners. More information here.

  • When: 7 – 8 PM
  • Where: No. 39 Zhongguancun Chuangye Av., Zhongguancun District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Wednesday, Apr 12

Marketing in the age of the sharing economy (Chinese)

From Uber to Airbnb and the bike-sharing craze, the development of the sharing economy has been unstoppable. But besides new ways of doing business, new marketing tactics are also necessary in order to make a breakthrough in the industry. This event will invite four experts and CEOs to talk about their experiences in building brands. More information here.

  • When: 1:30 – 5:30 PM
  • Where: Fendou Media Building, No. 85 Chaoyang Rd. Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Thursday, Apr 13

Decoding Artificial Intelligence: Lieyunwang Industry Innovation Summit 2017 (Chinese)

The biggest event of this week will gather some of China’s most famous AI industry leaders: Kaifu Lee, former high-technology executive at Apple, Microsoft, and Google and current CEO of Sinnovation Ventures; Andrew Ng, former Baidu AI expert; Min Wanli, AI expert at Ali Cloud; Wu Jun from Google and many more. Participants will discuss the latest trends and the future of AI which is currently entering its golden age. More information here.

  • When: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel, No. 48 Liangmaqiao Rd., Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 0/68/188/450/988/1988

 

Bonus event

Wednesday, Apr 12 – Friday, Apr 15

Our bonus event this week features not one, but three events, all of them dedicated to women in business.

At Wednesday 9 AM, join TheEconomy Summit (English) at the Renaissance Capital Hotel Beijing. It is a high profile conference which will gather Chinese government officials, leading corporate executives, and women entrepreneurs. More information here.

Wednesday also brings us a workshop organized by UN Women called Gender Diversity for Business Growth in China (English) and hosted by the Yanching Academy at Peking University starting at 4 PM. To sign up, contact unwomen.china@unwomen.org.

Our last event Mentor Walks (English) starts on Friday at 7:45 AM, and brings together established and emerging women leaders on a morning walk through Ritan Park. More information here.


 

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Thursday, Apr 6  

VR Industry Salon (Chinese)

Virtual reality has been one of last year’s most intense industries, with a number of new players popping up across China. But the VR bubble might not last long – the industry is facing difficulties. This salon will discuss what kind of enterprises will gain advantage and their unique business patterns. The salon have invited a range of experts who will share their opinions on the survival and development of VR+. This event is organized by VR Wormhole. More information here.

  • When: 2 – 5 PM
  • Where: Zhongguancun Lingchuang Space, No. 1 Zhongguancun South Av., Haidian, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Friday, April 7th

China’s Cybersecurity Law: An expression of China’s cyber-sovereignity ambitions (English)

The new Cybersecurity Law will be in place in 2017, and this might have a significant influence on foreign businesses. Existing requirements for localizing data storage on servers located within the Chinese territory will be further strengthened while network operators will also be required to provide ‘technical support’ for national security and law enforcement. The European Chamber will invite three experts to share relevant insights and industry reactions. More information here.

  • When: 8:30 – 10:30 AM
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel, No. 48 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 250/500

 

Saturday, Apr 8

The 2017 Job Fair for Foreigners in Bejing (English/Chinese)

Planning a career move? Land the job of your dreams at Beijing’s 2017 Job Fair for Foreigners where over 250 employers will offer full-time, part-time or internship positions. The fair, organized by Chinajobs, will invite some big names, including CCTV, Hainan Airlines, China-Africa Business Council, Shangdong University, and many more. Find out more about the event here.

  • When: 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Where: Swissotel Beijing, No. 2 Chaoyangmen North Av., Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Saturday, Apr 8

China-UK Blockchain Summit (English/Chinese)

What are the latest developments in blockchain technology and fintech for the U.K. and China? Find out from esteemed experts such as Eric van der Kleij, Special Advisor for Fintech and Blockchain at the UK Department for International Trade; Donald Lawrence, UCL Visiting Professor and Director of Financial Industry Advisory Board; Peter Bidwell from Applied Blockchain; and Hui Gong, founder of Crescent Quant. More information here.

  • When: 1 – 5:30 PM
  • Where: Poly Plaza Hotel, No.14 Dongzhimen South Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 88/188

 

Saturday, April 8

Super Entrepreneur 2017: The Sixth BAT Summit (Chinese)

The BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent) summit is one of China’s largest entrepreneurial events covering eight cities and inviting thousands of entrepreneurs from all fields. The summit showcases China’s most innovative technology, products, and business models, and enables startups to get inspired and realize their dreams. The BAT Club provides a platform for showcasing projects and entrepreneurial training, and it also enables financiers to find the best projects for investments. To join the industry’s elite, find out more about the event here.

  • When: 1 – 6 PM
  • Where: China National Convention Center, No.8-1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 99/998

Bonus Event:

Thursday, April 6

8-Bit Smash 64 Monthly!

Take a rest from your three-day Qingming holidays with a bottle of beer and the Super Smash Bros n64 video gaming tournament. Take a walk down memory lane at Beijing’s first retro/vintage computer and console games. Super Mario Bros, Streets of Rage, Space Invaders, and many more are waiting for you to try them out on full working versions of vintage favorites like the NES, SNES, Atari, Mega Drive and the (Super) Game Boy. Practice starts at 7 PM, 8 PM is for Doubles, and 9:30 PM is for Singles.

  • When: 7 PM till late
  • Where: 8-Bit, No. 13 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

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Tuesday, Mar 28

China Education Investment Roundtable (Chinese)

Technology is reshaping education, and investors are eager to participate in the coming revolution. Last year in China a total of 167 venture and private equity investment deals worth RMB 10.6 billion (USD 1.5 billion) were recorded in the education sector. Which sector will prove most sustainable and result in the greatest profit for investors? What new opportunities will emerge in the fast-moving education sector? Join education investors from Bain Capital, Barings Private Equity, GGV Capital and Sequoia Capital on this roundtable organized by China Money Network. More information here.

  • When: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
  • Where: Floor 16, EY Tower, Oriental Plaza, No. 1 East Chang An Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 100

 

Tuesday, Mar 28

Robotics Innovation Competition (Chinese)

This grand finale of the Robotics Innovation Competition organized by Intel will showcase some of the most cutting-edge achievements made by Chinese robotics experts. The competition has lasted a total of 180 days and has brought 50 industry experts and 50 investors to help young talents build their dream machines. After 4 weeks of intense training, robotics innovation teams are ready to showcase what they have learned. Finalists will get a chance to participate in the 2017 Shanghai International Robot Show. More information here.

  • When: 1 – 6 PM
  • Where: Hailong Building, No. 1 Zhongguancun Av. Haidian District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Wednesday, Mar 29

Android Green Alliance of China invites you to learn about Baidu artificial intelligence 2.0 (Chinese)

Baidu’s AI program has been drawing more and more attention recently, and this event aims to examine the future of the AI industry in China. The event will introduce Baidu’s interactive voice and image recognition software, applications of AI in NLP (natural language processing), and medicine. The event is organized by the Android Green Alliance, a joint venture made by Chinese tech giants Alibaba, Baidu, Huawei, Tencent, and NetEase, launched to enhance the experience of Android applications. More information here.

  • When: 1:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Where: Baidu Science and Technology Park, No. 10 Northwest Wangdong St., Haidian District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Wednesday, Mar 29

Innovation Crossroads – Entertainment Innovation Conference 2017 (Chinese)

The entertainment industry in China has been growing at lightning speed, with big players such as Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Guangxian Media, and Huayi Bros competing to bring out the latest innovations. The event will invite dozens of entertainment industry leaders to talk about the latest trends in development, and give their predictions about innovative tech and entertainment crossovers. Areas covered will include film and television, games, live streaming, animation, literature, and more. More information here.

  • When: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel, No. 48. Liangmaqiao Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 0/199/699

 

Thursday, March 30

Professional Development Series: Light it up – Sharing bright ideas for success (English)

New businesses seem to pop up every week in Beijing, but only a few seem to make it to the top. What does it take for a start-up to make it big, and become successful and sustainable? To find out, join 3 Beijing-based entrepreneurs and startup founders who will share their success stories and useful tips on how to build your startup in China. The speakers include Moya Li, founder of LocationHunter, Robin Si, Co-Founder of GUCYCLE, and Nathan Siy, CEO of Evoke Motorcycles. Food will be provided by the Salad University and Hatchery. More information here.

  • When: 6:45 – 9:15 PM
  • Where: Inn Cube, 9/F JingChao Building, No.5 Nongzhanguan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 60-90 (with or without food)

BONUS Event

Friday, Mar 31

JuStar Project: Community – The secret of successful events (Chinese)

The key to any successful event is creating a community. This is why every marketer should try to build their social media groups, including WeChat groups, into communities instead of just advertising outlets. The event will host three CMO experts that will teach you how to expand and strengthen your community: Ban Lichuang, creator of CMO Training camp, Li Na, Orange College online community manager, and Wang Xiaochen, partner at GirlUp, a women’s startup community. More information here.

  • When: 3 – 6 PM
  • Where: Vstartup, No. 15 Zhonguancun Av., Haidian District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 99

 

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Tech Junction: Beijing’s best tech events Mar 20 – Mar 26

Wednesday, March 22 – Sunday, March 26

Beijing Innovation and Entrepreneurship OPEN DAY (Chinese)

These five days of activities are designed to take you through the world of entrepreneurship in China. The event will invite 40+ of Beijing’s well-known investors, 10+ Microsoft specialists, 200+ visitors and 15+ media representatives. Some of the big names involved in the event are Microsoft, Baidu, facial recognition tech company Face++, and Sequoia Capital, one of the country’s top investors. The guests of honor will be China Partner at Sequoia Capital Zhou Kui, Partner and General Manager at Nokia Deng Yuanyun, and Microsoft’s Ma Ning. Among the main topics will be VR/AR, big data, medical technology, and mobile games. More information here.

  • When: TBA
  • Where: Microsoft Building, No. 5 Danling St., Haidian District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Thursday, March 23

The sharing economy food and conversation with the founder of Mobike and the founder of Aotu Car Rental (Chinese)

Mobike has been making waves as one of the leaders in the bike-sharing craze, while Aotu wants to do to our cars what Airbnb did to our houses. The sharing economy is breaking new ground in China and investors have been pouring in millions of dollars into making it work. But there are still many issues about the sharing economy worth exploring. What are the business models behind the shared economy? Are there any new opportunities for entrepreneurs? How do entrepreneurs in the sharing economy strike a balance between social values and business values, and how do they deal with government regulations? The event is organized by Panda Capital. Register here.

  • When: 6 – 8 PM
  • Where: TBA
  • Ticket: Free, with limited seats

 

Thursday, March 23

Advanced Energy Systems (English and Chinese)

We live in an exciting time for renewable energy. During the last two years, China has been breaking records in developing alternative energy sources. The Yale Center Beijing has invited Dr. John Gilleland, Chief Technical Officer of TerraPower, a company founded by Microsoft’s Bill Gates, to talk about the potential and practicality of wind, solar and nuclear energy solutions. The event will be held one day after the 2017 China Solar and Storage Technology, Integration, Innovation, and Application Conference, so the insights provided by Dr. Gilleland are bound to be interesting. More information here.

  • When: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Where: The Yale Center Beijing, IFC Building Tower B, No. 8 Jianguomenwai Avenue Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 15/60/100

 

Saturday, March 25th

Chinaccelerator 8×8 Speaking Event (English)

This fun event is organized just two times a year, and it features 8 speakers who are given only 8 minutes to talk about everything they learned from building a startup in China. Speakers will include Co-founder at WalktheChat Thomas Graziani, Head of United Design Centre at Tsinghua x-Lab Dr. Jiayu Wu, Presentation Consultant Martin Barnes, Founding Partner at Zanadu Dirk Eschenbacher, Partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP Benjamin Qiu, Mobile & Web Consultant Adam Morley, and more. The event is organized by startup accelerator Chinaccelerator which focuses on helping Internet startups in China expand abroad, and foreign startups get into the Chinese market. More information here.

  • When: 6:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Where: Tech Temple, Kelin Plaza B, 107 Dongsi North Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

Saturday, March 25th

Geek Nation: China Technology Open Day – Beijing Station: Online shopping and the transformation of commerce (Chinese)

When talking about online shopping, most of us think of the frenzy around 11/11, China’s biggest annual shopping event. But online commerce is much more than that: it is a dynamic field that is constantly upgrading and finding better solutions in procurement, storage, transport, marketing, and informatization. The guests of the event are senior IT manager at Ucloud Xie Zhonghua, Tencent data platform engineer Xue Wei, and Alibaba’s Tmall supply chain technology architect Lin Shan. All of the speakers have a wealth of knowledge in building the most impressive online shopping industry in the world. More information here.

  • When: 9:00 AM – 5 PM
  • Where: URwork, Hailong Building, No. 1 Zhongguancun Av., Haidian, Beijing
  • Ticket: RMB 0/129

 

BONUS Event

Tuesday, Mar 21

Women’s History Month Panel: Women Leaders in the Tech Industry (Chinese)

A recent study found that the Fortune 500 companies which have the highest representation of female members on their boards of directors had significantly better financial performance than companies with the lowest representation of female directors. How do successful women in the technology industry view the role of women in tech, and what advice do they have for the current generation of women who are seeking successful careers? To find out, join China’s most influential women in the tech sector: Nancy Ding from Microsoft, Elina Qu from China Fortune Land Development, Lucy Lu from Nidec (Beijing) Drive Technologies, and Michelle Zou, Founder and CEO at Pacific Technologies Consulting Group. More information here.

  • When: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Where: Beijing American Center, No. 55 Anjialou Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Ticket: Free

 

What is Tech Junction?

A meetup group in Beijing with a stated goal of exchanging ideas in short, sharp dialogues among startups, tech and media professionals, in order to shed light on the tech scene in China. Our goal is to establish a tech community to connect with thinkers and dealmakers around the world.

Join our Meetup.com group and view this and other events by following this link.

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