Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Huawei Releases Sustainability Progress Report - Enriching Lives with Technology


Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today published its Sustainability Progress Report. The report highlights the company’s sustainability achievements over the past decade, covering four major areas including information accessibility, education and health, environmental protection, and corporate responsibility. This marks the first time that Huawei Consumer BG shares its sustainability progress on a standalone report.

“To achieve sustainability, we believe fulfilling corporate responsibility and driving innovation go hand in hand. Sustainability is one of our top priorities and it is fully integrated into our business development strategy. We strive to democratise access to innovative technology to bridge the digital divide, so everyone can enjoy the Seamless AI Life,” said Wan Biao, Chief Operating Officer of Huawei Consumer BG.

Huawei Consumer BG considers providing global consumers equal access to technology as its corporate mission and responsibility. Since optimizing the accessibility experience from the system level with EMUI5.1 in 2017, Huawei has been making subtle design changes to improve the experience for differently abled users. To date, Huawei has included 15 accessibility options on its smartphones, benefiting roughly 10 million users worldwide every month.

The value of technology lies in how it can empower change. By integrating health management services into its smart devices, Huawei gave every user their very own personal health manager and proactively take health management into their own hands. At present, 1.8 million users have downloaded and registered for an account on the Heart Health Research app from AppGallery, and the app has successfully helped identify more than 4200 suspected cases of atrial fibrillation[1].

Huawei has always been committed to green product design to minimise its impact on the environment. For instance, Huawei includes multi-faceted and integrated power saving solutions into its smartphone products. According to a power consumption test on typical application, power efficiency on Huawei smartphones had improved by about 50 percent from 2015 to 2019. Since 2015, Huawei helped 500,000 smartphones find a new owner through its trade-in programme. By replacing plastic packaging with fibre material, the plastic content of HUAWEI P40 Series packaging is reduced by 17 percent compared with the previous generation, reducing plastic use by 17,500kg per 10 million smartphones. Adopting a standardised design, Huawei will launch the next HUAWEI Mate Series devices that feature 68 percent improved packaging utilisation and 55g less packaging materials compared with the HUAWEI Mate 7 Series. This means that for every 10 million smartphones, Huawei saves 550 tons of paper, which is equivalent to saving 9,350 trees[2].

Over the past decade, Huawei Consumers BG has been working with developers, suppliers and industry associations to proactively engage in sustainable development. For instance, the company has been helping suppliers with carbon emission investigation, and results show that 25 suppliers have reduced carbon emission by 540,000 tons in 2019. Huawei Consumer BG had also conducted face-to-face conversations with more than 15,000 frontline factory workers to learn about their living and working conditions, and have been working to ensure that they are living and working in healthier and safer environments.

The publishing of the report sets a new bar for sustainability and corporate responsibility. Huawei Consumer BG believes that every little bit helps, and every bit adds up. From lowering carbon footprint to improving accessibility, Huawei Consumer BG will continue to make contributions to creating a better world for every person.

About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population. Fifteen R&D centres have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

Durex Launches India’s Thinnest Condoms for Improved Intimacy and Pleasure


Durex, the world’s #1 sexual wellbeing brand today, created a new benchmark in its category with the launch of ‘Durex Invisible’ India’s thinnest condom.  Through this distinctive innovation, Durex aims to encourage usage of condoms by addressing the biggest consumer barrier to usage that it hinders intimacy between the couples.

Durex invisible condom is made of extremely fine & ultra-thin latex making it ‘invisible’ ensuring couples always have a pleasurable experience.

Mr. Pankaj Duhan, Chief Marketing Officer, RB South Asia Health said “We are excited to announce the launch of India’s thinnest condom, Durex Invisible. We truly believe that this condom will transform the market by addressing the biggest barrier to condom use - reduced pleasure with the partner.  Through this campaign, we aim to encourage more and more people to feel pleasurable sex with Durex Invisible while we continue to deliver on the high-quality standards that Durex is known for with no compromises on reliability.”  

Studies** reveal that only 6.3% people use condoms in the country. In spite of having high awareness, some people do not use Condoms because of inhibition of reduced pleasure with the partner. Interestingly, in the past couple of days, we have noticed these conversations stir up again on social media and the same barriers appear to be the centre of the discussion. Here are some of the interesting opinions and takes:

With the launch of the invisible condoms, a new TVC also goes live today that showcases & highlights that nothing comes between ‘you and unforgettable sex.’ Towards the end, it closes with the message that all obstacles to great and pleasurable sex would be removed with this all new innovation. Durex invisible, India’s thinnest condom, is so thin like it’s not even there.

Commenting on the creative strategy, Bobby Pawar, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Havas Group India said, “Having unprotected sex has been one of the major concerns in Indian society, to come with a TVC which addresses the issue was not easy. We have conceptualised the TVC keeping in mind the consumers' need and preference, by using indirect metaphor showing one can get maximum sexual pleasure, with Durex Invisible because, it's so thin that it's almost invisible! The idea behind the film was to create awareness about the brand's latest revolutionary product.”

Durex Invisible condoms will be available in packs of 3s and 10s. Additionally, these will also be available on all major ecommerce platforms across India, both traditional and modern trade pharmacy and in top convenience stores in major metropolitan cities.

TVC Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQGeWPFfvUg

Production House: Bang Bang Films

Director: Dibakar Banerjee

Creative Agency: Havas Creative India

FC Goa Player Mohamed Ali: There is a Lot of Room for Improvement


Last season saw FC Goa create history. Thanks to a club-record haul of 39 points in the league stage of the Indian Super League, the Gaurs clinched top spot and a historic first-ever spot in the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League for an Indian club.  

Mohamed Ali, a Goan native who has been a part of the FC Goa blueprint these last three years signed a new two-year extension. The new contract affords him the opportunity to build on what he considers ‘special’ and another chance at getting back his place in the starting XI as he foresees a room for improvement both in the personal as well as collective fronts. 

“This is going to be a big season ahead of us,” exclaimed Ali after committing his future to the Gaurs. “The club has always put a lot of faith in me and this is a great opportunity for me to repay the same. There is a lot of room for improvement.  

“Last season was great for us as a team. We played at a high level and were thankfully able to bring a lot of joy to the lives of all Goans. However, we can’t settle. As a club, we have a long way to go. It’s only been six years since we took to the field and the stress every season has been on improvement. 

“Personally, I don’t feel I was able to deliver up to my best abilities and I want to set that straight this season. The new coach gives me the chance at a fresh start and I will look to impress him in the days to come.” 

A new-look FC Goa, a new challenge 

The new season will see a number of fresh faces in the FC Goa shirt with the club already having made seven new signings. Ali, however, doesn’t feel that will impact much in terms of the attitude of the side and how they go about their business.  

“Having new faces in the dressing room is an exciting development. It gives us even more impetus to play better,” added the 28-year-old.  

“However, I don’t see us diverting from our plan. We are a club who are built on a philosophy to attack, to take the initiative in a game and that’s what we will continue to do. 

“It’s a new-look side but you can see from the signings that each one of them is a high-calibre player. I expect this season to be even tougher for me, but I am up for the challenge. With a number of new and young faces, I will also play with a chip on my shoulders.  

“The new normal will not allow fans to be in attendance, but we are sure that our fans will be glued to the TV and mobile sets. They are the best in the country and we look forward to making them proud once again.” 

About FC Goa 

FC Goa is a professional football club based out of Goa that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and is the current holder of the Super Cup.  Nicknamed the Gaurs, FC Goa has been one of the most consistent teams in the ISL - reaching 3 semi-finals and 2 finals in 6 seasons. 

In Season 2019/20, the club won the Hero ISL League Winners Shield, by finishing top of the table in the league stages and became the first-ever club from India to qualify for the group stages of the AFC Champions League. The Gaurs are also the only ISL side to win more than 50 games and score more than 200 goals. 

Co-owned by Mr Jaydev Mody, Mr Akshay Tandon and Mr Virat Kohli, FC Goa is one of Indian few Clubs to have a complete youth development ecosystem. It’s U14, U16, U18 and Developmental Teams compete at the highest levels in Goa and nationally. The system has produced recognizable talents like Saviour Gama, Princeton Rebello and many more. The Gaurs are also the Champions of the GFA U20 & GFA U18 Leagues and the winners of the Goa Professional League in 2018/19. 

R Narayan Appointed as the New President of FICCI-CMSME


R Narayan, Founder & CEO, Power2SME has been elected as President of Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CMSME), an affiliated body under the umbrella of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), an apex Chamber of Commerce & Industry of India. FICCI-CMSME’s vision is to empower Indian MSMEs and build their competitiveness.

He took over from outgoing President Sanjay Bhatia at the 6th annual general meeting of FICCI-CMSME which also witnessed the launch of FICCI-CMSME online directory & B2B portal “Connect” in the presence of Shri Arvind Kumar Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The event also saw Mr Girish Luthra and Ms Harjinder Kaur, assume offices of Sr Vice-President and Vice-President respectively.

Speaking about his new role, R Narayan said “I am honoured and humbled by the responsibility entrusted on me. We at FICCI CMSME firmly believe that the country’s MSMEs have enormous potential and have displayed great strength and resilience in the wake of the pandemic. This portal launched today has been created to explore new MSME business avenues and strengthen their value chains both backwards and forwards. True development can only be done in inclusivity and not isolation, and therefore a joint effort and collaboration is required from all stakeholders, especially from the government, industry chambers and associations to provide a support infrastructure which enable the growth of the MSME sector”.  

Applauding the efforts made by FICCI towards championing the cause of MSMEs, Shri Arvind Kumar Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises announced the creation of 5 taskforces in the domains of Industry 4.0, Exports, Technology Centers, Clusters and modernization schemes to make Indian SMEs future ready.

Established in December 2013 as an affiliate body with the mission of empowering MSMEs, FICCI-CMSME was created to work closely with the MSME sector to identify issues and suggest viable solutions. A pan-India body developed as an aggregator to develop various capabilities in various aspects of their businesses, CMSME plays an active role in connecting MSMEs to investors, incubators, accelerators, and assist MSME capacity building programs and services. It also provides the platform for networking and consistency building in across sectors.  

The FICCI CMSME “Connect” portal aims to become a preferable B2B destination for both buyers & sellers and acts as online directory for SMEs to connect with each other, post business queries for listed enterprises and become a major source of detailed information of listed companies for visitors including PSUs, large corporate etc. The portal can be accessed at http://ficcicmsmeconnect.in/

Sports & Fitness Platform Run Adam Unveils “Playground” to Educate, Inspire, Compete and Engage with Peers and Fans


Run Adam, an omni-channel sports & fitness -aggregation platform, with over 40,000 National and state level athletes registered, has launched Playground, a novel short-video hub for sports achievers to educate, inspire, compete and engage with peers and fans. Run Adam brings together and connects various sportspersons, professionals & businesses under a single digital platform with the primary vision to help sportsperson improve their performance. Run Adam’s Playground comes as a boon when Covid has stalled most sports activities, and more than anything sportspersons struggle to keep their competitive sportsman spirit at its edge. M. S. Dhoni, the ace cricketer, is a significant stakeholder in Run Adam.

Mr. Yeragaselvan Kumarasamy, Founder & CEO of Run Adam said, “Run Adam Playground is a hub for sportspersons to meet, inspire and compete. It is designed like a real playground, where sportspersons meet to test their skills and abilities. This is also a platform for athletes to display their talent to the open world to get noticed by all sports stakeholders, especially their peers and fans.”

“Change is an incessant constant and the Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly a marker for a major change in all aspects of life, methods of living and working and of lifestyles. There is a lot talked about how many sections have been affected by the pandemic. However, not much attention has been paid towards sportspersons, athletes, coaches and their supporting staff including nutritionists, physiotherapists, sports psychologists right down to grounds men who have not only hit hard by the pandemic but the effects of it are very damaging for them in many ways. We believe in feeding the spirit of the sportsperson, to keep them psychologically active and at the edge of their sports. Run Adam Playground is doing just that.”

The four types of short videos that are allowed on Run Adam Playground. The first is Skills showcase to open a world of opportunities where sporting talents can upload their skill videos to get noticed by coaches, teams, corporates, and educational institutions to get scouted & sponsored.  The second is Training ability to show the world how champions are made and to motivate the community to take up sports and fitness, Identify and get connected to like-minded people.  The third type of content on the hub are Challenges to help sportspersons compete with peers and to inspire other to compete as well. The fourth type of content is Expert Tips, from the thousands of achievers on the Run Adam platform who share their unique tips for aspirants to learn & grow. 

Swiss-Based Streamr launches Data Challenge for the Indian Developer Ecosystem


Streamr, the world’s leading decentralised network for real-time data, today announced their plans to expand their developer ecosystem to India with the launch of the Streamr Data Challenge, an open innovation program that leverages the Indian developer ecosystem to build digital-first applications that can integrate with Streamr’s Data Union framework. The open innovation program will provide winning projects with up to $5000 in funding along with seed funding opportunities through its investor network and mentoring to build a strong foundation for capital-efficient growth on a case-by-case basis depending on viability.

Through the Data Challenge, Streamr will enable app developers across India to identify solutions that offer data monetisation opportunities to its users, with the aim of decentralising data control away in an emerging global and massive machine data economy. For example, Streamr’s Data Union framework could be integrated into an existing fitness app to enable users to sell their workout-routine information.

Spanning over 4 months, the program includes incentives such as a $200 USD grant to each team that qualifies for the first cohort. The Data challenge will be interspersed by multiple meetups and webinars and will begin with a one-week long mentor session, followed by a two-week-long intensive acceleration period. The ongoing support ranges from access to tech guidance on projects, networking opportunities, PR support, and more.

India is leading the global data consumption market with the increasing mobile data connectivity (3G/4G), falling data tariffs, rising smartphone penetration, and growth in broadband connectivity across India. The exponential data growth in India is projected to continue, with internet traffic expected to increase four-fold from 21 exabytes in 2016 to an estimated 78 exabytes in 2021 as per the report by Omidyar Networks. Streamr understands the huge concern to data privacy and the need to identify feasible concepts solving problems in the big data space and thereby expand their developer base in India. 

“We are very excited to connect with the vibrant developer ecosystem in India! We think that Streamr’s Data Union framework can be used as a meaningful tool to solve key problems in data collection, usage, and availability - problems that consumers and businesses face on a daily basis. The goal of the Streamr Data Challenge is to build new tools to democratize the value of our data and to find new ways for users to own and control their data. ,” said Henri Pihkala, Founder and CEO of Streamr.

Streamr is a distributed, open-source, software project,  founded in 2017 with the mission of creating a decentralized platform to trade and distribute information while allowing people to regain control over the data they produce. Through its Data Union concept, individuals can crowd sell their information through the Streamr Network along with their fellow Data Union members. Designed for safe data delivery and exchange, the Streamr Network is scalable, low-latency, and secure. 

The 16-week ‘Streamr Data Challenge’ hackathon is launched in partnership with Lumos Labs, an innovation management firm specializing in running technology open innovation programs in India. The registrations are open from today for developers across India. For more details on the challenge and the registration process, visit - https://www.streamrdatachallenge.com/

About Streamr - 

Streamr is a distributed open-source project, crowdfunded in 2017. The project’s goal is to build the decentralized infrastructure for real-time data, replacing centralized message brokers with a global peer-to-peer network. By relying on cryptography instead of trust, the open-source network aims to enable data sharing and monetization in IoT and smart cities, business consortia, individual crowd selling through Data Unions and the decentralized web (Web 3.0).

The Streamr tech stack includes a pub/sub messaging network, a data marketplace to trade and crowd sell real-time data, and a real-time data toolkit.

Zeta’s Fusion to Power FamPay’s Cashless Payments for Gen Z in Indian Market


Zeta, India’s leading banking tech company, today announced that its embeddable banking API-based marketplace called ‘Fusion’ will power FamPay’s neo banking solution for Gen Z.

FamPay, India’s first neobank for teenagers, enables its prebanked segment of  users to pay online and offline through their own UPI ID and a numberless prepaid card. The company will integrate Fusion’s card issuance capability and dynamic PIN solution to offer Indian teens an effortless and delightful payments experience. The dynamic ‘Super PIN’ which is part of Zeta’s Access Control Server offering will provide security to all transactions.

Fusion through its API-based marketplace offers all the components needed to build a financial product easily making it a hassle-free process.

Speaking about the association, Murali Nair, President-Banking at Zeta said, “We are excited to partner with FamPay and look forward to supporting them in redefining the GenZ spending segment. The banking ecosystem is fairly complex and building a compliant and secure financial product can be quite time-consuming. But with Fusion’s embeddable banking solution, FamPay will have the advantage to integrate easily with all the fintech components it needs to build its products and go-to-market significantly faster.”

“Partnering with Zeta has given a significant boost to our tech innovation efforts. We had pioneered numberless cards in India by reconfiguring the card supply chain with NPCI, and now with Zeta’s Super PIN feature, the card also enables contactless offline payments in the new normal. While our focus remains on providing teens with the best of digital payments and financial literacy, along with maintaining the GenZ vibe, Zeta is helping us take care of the heavy-lifting in terms of payments and security,” says Kush Taneja, Co-Founder, FamPay.

“It’s great to witness that digital payments are being accepted well among the Gen-Z population – which has a true potential to enrich the digital payment ecosystem. We are glad to be associated with FamPay and Zeta in offering seamless digital finance management experience to young teens of the country. We believe the UPI based FamPay and RuPay powered FamCard will provide a new dimension to behavioral change among teenagers’ in terms of on-boarding into digital payments and financial independence. We, at NCPI are optimistic about seeing an uptick in this exciting new customer segment that is all set to propel India towards a cash-lite economy”, says Praveena Rai, COO of National Payments Corporation of India.

Fusion is Zeta’s API-based marketplace solution that makes embeddable banking an easy possibility for banks and fintechs. It brings together the entire financial ecosystem in one place offering API-based integrations right from banks to card networks, mobile networks to push servers and more. Fusion can

help fintechs and banks build and deploy products such as prepaid accounts, loan accounts, wallets, forex cards, and much more, all compliant with RBI’s regulations and data security norms.

About Zeta

Zeta® is a leading banking tech company  providing technologically advanced solutions for banks and fintechs. It provides a full-stack, cloud-native API first platform including a digital core and a payment engine for issuance of credit, debit, and prepaid products that enable legacy banks and new-age fintech institutions to launch modern retail and corporate fintech products. Co-founded by Bhavin Turakhia (CEO) and Ramki Gaddipati (CTO), Zeta currently provides its platform and products in India, Asia, Europe, and LATAM. In India, Zeta has entered a strategic partnership with Sodexo to provide employee benefits such as meals and gifts to corporates. Zeta is a SOC 2, ISO 27001, ISO 9008, PCI DSS certified company. Zeta has over 450 employees and clocks over 1 million transactions per day.

To know more about Zeta, log on to www.zeta.tech  or follow Zeta on Twitter,  Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About FamPay

FamPay is India’s first neobank for teenagers and their families. It was founded in 2019 by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee Graduates, Kush Taneja and Sambhav Jain while still in college, which makes them the youngest fintech entrepreneurs in India today. In March 2020, FamPay raised seed funding of US $4.7Mn from Y Combinator, Venture Highway, Sequoia India and Global Founders Capital (GFC). Neeraj Arora, ex-WhatsApp, Twitch cofounder Kevin Lin, Robinhood cofounder Vladimir Tenev, CRED founder Kunal Shah, Pine Labs CEO Amrish Rau also participated in the round.

With FamPay and its numberless card, minors can successfully make online (UPI & P2P) and offline payments without the need to set up a bank account. FamPay aims to drive the smart generation of teens (Gen-Z) from cash to digital through a family-friendly app. 

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