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Z-Wave Alliance Brings Together Influencers, Brands + Developers for IoT Ecosystem Summit

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The Z-Wave Alliance, a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the popular Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol, will host their Spring Summit on May 9-10, 2019 in Amsterdam and convene members and partners for a series of discussions, panels and workshops on IoT and smart home.

The two-day event, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Amsterdam, will open on May 9 with a welcome from executive director, Mitchell Klein followed by an engaging keynote from BBC Click tech journalist Kate Russell. Russell will look back at a decade of innovation and how it has led to the rise of the modern smart home. Drawing on two decades of experience covering the latest tech trends, she will lend insight into what lies ahead for home automation and changing consumer attitudes towards embracing smart technology into their lives.

Other Summit features include a Q+A fireside chat with Matt Johnson, SVP and GM of IoT, Silicon Labs, who will offer insight into the Z-Wave roadmap and answer member questions.

The Z-Wave Summit is broken into two tracks, a business, sales & marketing side along with the technical Developer’s Forum track to offer attendees from CEOs and VPs to CTOs and engineers thoughtful content and engaging programming.

The Business & Marketing will also feature several panels and sessions, including a look at the growing trend of biophilia and its impact on wellness and IoT technology led by CE Pro editor and long-time industry veteran, Julie Jacobson. Highlights also include a look into retail trends and considerations for smart home brands, a conversation led by GfK analyst Markus Kirk, a conversation around residential security in Europe led by long-time industry analyst Erik Overbeeke, a session from Dr. Ljuba Kerschhofer-Wallner, Risk Advisory for Deloitte GmbH on privacy compliance, as well as the role of the cloud in the smart home and a look at social media algorithms in 2019.

The Developer’s Forum Technical track will feature technical experts from Silicon Labs and member companies and will focus heavily on the new Z-Wave 700 platform – from design best-practices to reference designs – and what developers need to know to get the most out of the newest Z-Wave chipset.

“Z-Wave continues to be one of the dominant technologies in the smart home and has started to see growth in peripheral markets including hospitality, insurance and energy,” said Mitchell Klein, executive director, Z-Wave Alliance. “We’re proud to now boast over 100 million deployed Z-Wave smart home devices and with over 700 members globally, we’re driving forward true innovation in the smart home market and beyond. The Z-Wave Summit is both a celebration of that growth and a means to support our members in learning about, supporting and spreading the benefits of Z-Wave across their respective industry verticals and market positions.”

The Z-Wave Summit is held twice a year – in Spring in Europe and in the Fall in the United States – to bring the global ecosystem together to discuss the future of Z-Wave and the industries that matter to members.

 

SOURCE Z-Wave Alliance

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Are we there yet? Widespread use of Cryptocurrency with Maria (Masha) Prusakova (Crypto PR Lab) at TCE2019 Prague

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Cryptocurrencies are changing the world and most of the intelligent e-commerce/m-commerce startups and SMEs are quickly jumping on board. Whenever this is a long-lasting evolution period towards reaching a decentralized banking system, we will just have to wait and find out. However, the recent move by Facebook with the launch of Lybra is certainly stirring things up.

By now, the European Commission and European Union are knees deep into regulating the cryptocurrency market and conversations are always sparked around money laundering and so on.

Bitcoin has been certainly on a roll, but now all eyes are on the exchanges and the licenses that are granted for brokerage and exchange companies.

Cryptocurrency taxation is also a subject that concerns a growing number of users, traders, and investors. An area that creates a lot of confusion among taxpayers is the application of VAT, or the value-added tax most countries levy on the sales of goods and services.

Generally, purchases and sales of cryptocurrency are not subject to VAT taxation in Europe, which is the birthplace of the value-added tax. Financial regulators and revenue services in most countries often refer to a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) which ruled in 2015 that services for the exchange of bitcoin with any traditional fiat currency are exempt from VAT.

The widespread use of cryptocurrencies and the outcomes of a cryptocurrency driven society will be discussed at the inaugural PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019) by experts of the field.

Among these experts is also Maria (Masha) Prusakova, Co-Founder at Crypto PR Lab, who will join the speakers’ list at TCE2019.

About Maria (Masha) Prusakova

Maria (Masha) Prusakova is a French attorney and a PR specialist working with blockchain startups and crypto conferences. Masha started her journey in crypto in 2014 working on an early bitcoin algorithm trader ExGate with a former Lehman Brothers financier. In 2017, Masha joined M&A PR Studio, consulting ICOs and blockchain startups on public relations. In 2018, she co-founded Crypto PR Lab. Before her entrepreneurial career, she worked as an attorney in M&A for Clifford Chance LLP and Gowling WLG. As a private banker for Ultra High Net Worth individuals, Masha gained experience at UBS, LGT and HSBC private banks in Switzerland and Monaco.

The former right hand of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan at the World Economic Forum, Masha together with Sasha facilitates the participation of individuals and startups at the elite Davos Conference Week.

Masha is also an accomplished snowboarder. As a professional athlete, she represented Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games as the youngest participant in the snowboarding halfpipe event.

Masha holds three Master’s degrees (Sorbonne, UC Berkeley) and speaks 4 languages: Russian, French, German and English.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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Brussels Workshop Explores Challenges and Opportunities in the 4th Industrial Revolution

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On July 12, the CEIBS Insights 2019 Europe Forum series made its latest stop in Brussels for a special roundtable workshop on the theme of The 4th Industrial Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges for Europe and China. The event, co-hosted by European economic think tank Bruegel, brought together nearly 100 representatives from CEIBS, the European Commission, the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, and the EFMD, among others, for discussions exploring how China and Europe can balance policy and market forces to achieve sustainable technological innovation, how SMEs in both regions can leverage opportunities to expand into overseas markets, and how both sides can work together to improve bilateral cooperation.

Charge d’Affaires ad interim for the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union Wang Hongjian, a representative of the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Ms. Elzbieta Bienkowskaand European Commission Deputy Director-General for Implementation, Impact & Sustainable Investment Strategies Mr. Patrick Child delivered keynote speeches at the event.

As CEIBS President and Professor of Management Li Mingjun noted in his welcome address, 2019 is a critical year for the Europe 2020 Strategy, and technological innovation is now crucial for sustaining Europe’s economic growth. As Chinafurther opens its doors to the outside world, he added, EU countries will discover new opportunities to take innovative technology from the lab to the market. “We look forward to establishing a foundation for communication with this forum,” Prof. Li said. “And to building a lasting and stable platform for the integration of innovation resources between China and the EU.”

Bruegel Director Dr. Guntram B. Wolff also welcomed participants to the event with a speech in which he noted the need to reflect together on current opportunities and challenges. He further added that the topic of the forum is important because “[it stands at] the intersection of new digital technologies, artificial intelligence and quantum computing, on the one hand, and industrial processes, on the other hand, and manufacturing processes. This interlinkage is at the core of the business model certainly of several economies in the EU, but also as the core of significant parts of the Chinese economy.”

Charge d’Affaires ad interim for the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union Wang Hongjian then offered a keynote speech on Innovation Cooperation Offers New Highlights in China-Europe Cooperation. In his speech, Mr. Wang emphasised that China and the EU should be more open and inclusive in their cooperation on innovation, should further align their innovation policies to achieve mutual benefits and should work to make long-term strategic plans. “Looking ahead, China and the EU are faced with shared challenges which will reshape the future of humankind, such as climate change, the new technology revolution, resources and environment challenges,” he stated. “China and the EU, as two major players, are duty-bound to join forces with a mind-set of reform and innovation, and to make a greater contribution to world peace, development and prosperity.”

CEIBS Distinguished Professor, Former World Trade Organisation Director-General and Notre Europe Honorary President Pascal Lamy continued with the next keynote speech of the event, in which he discussed the topic of Sino-EU Cooperation Under the New International Economic Order. In his speech, Prof. Lamy emphasised the point that, despite current challenges and uncertainties, there remains ample space for China and the EU to work together in areas of research and innovation. “We have a series of areas where we are already [involved in a lot of] cooperation, [including] food, agriculture, biotech, the environment and health,” he said. “So there are many reasons to move forward and enhance or foster and increase cooperation – many of them domestic and many global. This is how we should look at this picture.”

Bruegel Deputy Director Dr. Maria Demertzis moderated the first session of the day on the topic of Research and Innovation: Competition or Cooperation in the EU-China Context? Shanghai Institutes for International Studies President Chen Dongxiao, CEIBS Vice President and Dean Ding Yuan, and Bruegel Senior Fellow Prof. Reinhilde Veugelers participated in the panel discussion, in which they took an in-depth look at how “co-opetition” (or co-operative competition) in the development of new technologies is acting as a driving force for the 4th Industrial Revolution and how complementary priorities and strategies represent bright prospects for EU-China cooperation.

Following the luncheon, EFMD CEO and Director General Eric Cornuel traced the history of CEIBS to Brussels as “the Heart of Europe” and reviewed some of its world-renowned achievements in academic innovation over the past 25 years. “There is no doubt that innovation is a catalyst for growth built on the foundation of creative drive, co-operation and openness,” Prof. Cornuel said, adding later that, “China and Europe more than ever should get closer and create a favourable environment for innovation, growth and mutual understanding. No doubt CEIBS is an instrument of this co-operation.”

CEIBS Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Economics and Finance Xu Bin then delivered a keynote speech on China’s Innovation Potential and Its Global Implication. In his speech, Prof. Xu noted that China’s investment in innovation has led to situation in which “it is inevitable that advanced countries will have direct competition with China.” At the same time, he said that the country’s development has resulted in increased demand for services imported to China and that companies seeking to maintain a competitive advantage “should make more effort to specialise in variety, in quality, and in brand.”

CEIBS Board of Directors Co-chairman and EFMD Honorary Chairman Dr. Gerard Van Schaik moderated the second session of the day, in which he invited participants to join a discussion on the theme of Industrial Approaches in Innovation Cooperation Between China and EU. Panellists featured China-EU Association President Luigi Gambardella; WINNER Technology Co., Inc. President and CEO Mr. Zhang Hongjun (CEIBS EMBA 2013); and DFKI Robotics Innovation Center Bremen Director Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner. During the course of the discussion, participants shared their views on key drivers, incentives and best practices for innovation, and offered suggestions on how China and the EU can work both independently and collaboratively to foster innovation in the future.

Today’s event was co-organised by CEIBS and Bruegel, with support from the EU-China Business Association, the EFMD, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, as is part of the CEIBS Insights 2019 Europe Forum series. The Europe Forum Series coincides with the on-going CEIBS 25th Anniversary Celebration and will wrap up in October with events in both Paris and London. For more details about these and other upcoming CEIBS events, please visit our events page here.

 

SOURCE China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

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Universal mCloud Announces Closing of Convertible Debenture Financing

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Universal mCloud Corp. (TSX-V: MCLD) (OTCQB: MCLDF) (“mCloud” or the “Company”), a leading provider of asset management solutions combining IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (“AI”) and analytics, is pleased to announce that it has closed the final tranche of its private placement offering of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures (the “Debentures”) for gross proceeds of C$23,492,800 (the “Offering”).

Under the Offering, the Company issued a total of 234,928 Debentures at a price of $100 per Debenture for aggregate gross proceeds of C$23,492,800. Additional details relating to the Offering are described in the Company’s May 30, 2019press release.

The net proceeds received by the Company will be used, in part, to: (a) satisfy all outstanding cash obligations of the Company in connection with (i) the Company’s previously announced acquisition of Flow Capital Corp.’s royalty interest in Agnity Global, and (ii) the Company’s proposed acquisition of CSA, Inc.; (b) fund ongoing working capital requirements; and (c) fund the proposed expansion of the Company’s business, including its international operations.

“The positive response to this Offering is validation that investors see the trajectory and pathway to revenue growth we are on,” said Russ McMeekin, mCloud President and CEO. “The proceeds raised will allow us to take the necessary steps to continue expanding our business and introduce our leading AssetCare™ platform to new customers and segments across the globe.”

The Company has agreed to compensate finders who introduced purchasers in the Offering. In connection with the completion of the Offering, finders received: a) aggregate cash commissions of $299,355; and b) an aggregate of 598,710 broker warrants, with each broker warrant exercisable for one common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.50 per share for a period of three years from the date of issuance.

All securities issued by the Company under the Offering are subject to a statutory four month hold period in accordance with applicable securities legislation. The Offering is subject to final approval from the TSX Venture Exchange.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities in the United States. The securities issued under the Offering have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws, or an exemption from such registration is available.

 

SOURCE Universal mCloud Corp.

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