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Can blockchain technology create another era of Asian tigers?

31 Jul

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It has been nearly three decades since tiger economies were in mainstream discussions in Asia, but that doesn’t mean that progress in the region has stalled. A number of Asian economies are displaying rapid growth especially with the emergence of tech as an economic driver. Barriers to entry in the tech industry have also become much lower over the years. With new technologies now comes the opportunity for ventures to create unique products and services to offer to global markets.

Blockchain tech is now among the hottest trends, especially since new blockchain platforms like Ethereum have extended its use beyond cryptocurrencies. The integration of smart contracts into blockchain has allowed startups to explore new and exciting uses. It might just usher in the creation of another era of Asian tigers as more ventures from the region get into the game.
Diverse blockchain applications

Blockchain in itself is already a powerful technology. Built as a distributed public ledger, blockchains are an ideal tool for transparent and immutable recordkeeping. This is why it has been an ideal platform for cryptocurrency and payments. Southeast Asia’s blockchain startups like Toast and have mainly focused on this use to provide payments and remittance services that are lower-cost alternatives to other payment methods.

The integration of smart contracts into the blockchain has even widened its possible applications. Smart contracts are software that can automate the execution of agreements while using blockchain tech to record each related transaction. Such a technology could empower quick and safe transactions not only for e-commerce but also for big-ticket deals such as real estate and automobile sales.

A slew of various services can be built around such an ecosystem., a collaboration between Chinese and European experts, uses blockchain and smart contracts to build a distributed cloud that supports distributed applications. Think of it as a peer-to-peer cloud where anyone can allow others to rent spare computing resources.

Hong Kong-based KYC-Chain offers an blockchain identity platform to other businesses and financial institutions. Know your customer (KYC) is a common regulation that requires financial institutions to secure information about customers to prevent fraud and money laundering.

Some ventures are even looking at more altruistic applications of blockchain. For example, – currently running its token sale – aims to create microfinance and remittance services for emerging markets. Everex is actually the first company to offer cross-border microcredit services, and the first to make all financial activity available for public audit on the blockchain and they’ve been working with Thailand and Myanmar to provide migrant workers access to blockchain remittance. Everex transactions are settled on the basis of 100 per cent-backed, Ethereum-based Cryptocash currencies. As a result, fiat money can now travel around the globe at the speed of the blockchain.bitcoin
ICOs as new funding sources

Blockchain has also helped lower barriers to startup financing. Token sale and initial coin offering (ICO) have become popular means for blockchain startups to raise funds. Since new blockchain platforms allow these companies to create their own cryptocurrencies, startups could offer these tokens for sale in exchange for investment. These ICOs effectively disrupt venture capital and traditional investing and even the business loans market.

Singapore-based TenX was able to raise US$80 million in its token sale showing that major funding can be achieved from the effort. A startup doesn’t have to be in a US or European tech hub to be able to secure such funding either. Funding records are also continuously being broken. Recently, Tezos broke the token sale record by raising US$232 million in its ICO. Previously, Israel-based Bancor put up US$153 million to fund its projects.

Unlike traditional funding rounds, token sales and ICOs can happen much faster. Token sales and ICOs could easily be held. In contrast, funding from venture capital and angel investors can take months to get settled. Initial public offerings are usually years in the making and requires a thorough administrative process.

New tigers?

The previous Four Asian Tigers – Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea – have all emerged to join the likes of Japan to become global contenders. The rest of Asia is trying to catch up. There has been much growth and development and many would want to grow beyond emerging market status.

The good thing is that technology has been the great leveler. Asia doesn’t have to look far to see how technology could drive growth. Israel, despite its lack of natural resources, was able to use technological expertise to dominate key tech verticals such as cybersecurity and software-as-a-service.

China and India are also two dominant economies that are keen on graduating as developed countries. China has been quite aggressive investing in trending technologies and blockchain has been among its focuses. India has presence in blockchain but the scene still needs to mature. Other tech hubs would do well expanding their views beyond bitcoins and payments.

As it currently stands, blockchain tech is empowering startups in two major ways. First, blockchain has brought new opportunities for ventures to explore new business models. Second, the technology allows startups to secure significant funding. With such a powerful technology available for use, every country’s tech hub is now poised to drive economic growth.

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Internet of Things:security is everything

27 Jul

The future of the Internet of Things: security is everything
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is counted among emerging technologies that promise to transform the South African market.

While the opportunity for IoT is young in South Africa, its potential influence is far-reaching. For example, in the mining industry, devices monitor air quality, seismic activity, shaft stability, equipment wear, and energy usage. In the logistics industry, sensors track and monitor vehicles and routes for efficiency and safety. The possibilities are endless.

With all of these benefits comes risk, as the increase in connected devices gives hackers and cyber criminals more entry points.
A recent study by Ernst & Young in cooperation with Bitkom Research states that security concerns are the biggest obstacle in the industry when it comes to implementing IoT projects.

This is not at all surprising; after all, the networking of machines involves highly sensitive data.

Adding more devices, sensors, and things to your network also has the potential to increase your attack surface. This is because the IoT is intimately linked to business-critical processes and because the IoT significantly broadens the surface of attack of business intelligence systems.

The launch of SqwidNet, an open-access IoT network operator in South Africa, is a welcome enabler in the country. SqwidNet provides listening posts for messages from various objects to store, manage, track, and operate communication signals for different purposes to connect the physical world and the digital world.

SqwidNet, based on Sigfox technology, addresses these security challenges through a systematic process. The communications between the base stations and the Sigfox cloud and the within the Sigfox cloud are secure, robust, trusted, and scalable.

SqwidNet and Sigfox’s focus on low-power, low-bandwidth communications makes network deployment fast, simple, and secure. Devices don’t actually stay connected to the Internet or any network, for that matter. They transmit signals without any session, handshaking, or waiting for a response between a network and the device.
Sigfox security features enabled through SqwidNet include the following:

A signalling chip will only be active when it needs to send a message.
A private key is used to send messages, and only a Sigfox platform understands the unique ID of the device.
The network provides encryption from device to the Sigfox cloud.
The cloud itself is protected by a firewall with restricted access.
The protocol allows limited two-way communication within very specific communication windows.
Extra security features of the protocol include anti-replay measures and strong encryption at multiple levels.
The downlink process of the SqwidNet network brings additional security robustness. When a device sends a signal, there is a small, 30-second window in which a response can be sent back to the device.

If that window is missed, the response will have to wait for the next time a signal is sent from the device. The fact that the objects choose when to communicate, at which frequency, and with a security key, offers multiple layers of protection against hackers sending them malicious commands.
How organizations embrace the IoT varies widely from industry to industry. What these industries and solutions have in common is the challenge of securely navigating the very complex technology involved in getting the insights that drive successful outcomes.

How secure is your network of choice? Great food for thought as we eagerly await solutions that will come with the growth of the South African IoT market, which is estimated to reach in excess of $2 billion by 2020 and is set to revolutionise all sectors, stimulating industry growth and economic development. Security is everything!



The Beginner’s Guide To FinTech In 2017

26 Jul

You may have heard the relatively new term “FinTech” bandied about, but what actually is it? And why is it important for all entrepreneurs to know about and understand?

FinTech stands for Financial Technologies, and in its broadest definition, that’s exactly what it is: technologies used and applied in the financial services sector, chiefly used by financial institutions themselves on the back end of their businesses. But more and more, FinTech is coming to represent technologies that are disrupting traditional financial services, including mobile payments, money transfers, loans, fundraising, and asset management.

Don’t assume that FinTech is simply a fad or buzzword: Accenture recently released a report which found that investment in fintech around the world has increased dramatically from $930 million in 2008 to more than $12 billion by early 2015.

And this is likely only to continue to increase, as FinTech touches not just the financial services sector, but every business the financial services industry deals with (which is to say, all of them). FinTech startups are small and agile, able to disrupt the lumbering behemoths that are traditional financial institutions and innovate quickly — and your business can use that to your advantage.

How FinTech is changing your business

It used to be that if you wanted to start a business, you would go to your local bank to ask for a loan or seek out a traditional investor. If a company wanted to accept credit cards, it would need an account with a big credit provider — not to mention a land line and bulky equipment. But this is no longer the case.

FinTech like crowdfunding, mobile payments, and money transfer services is revolutionizing the way small businesses start up, accept payments, and go global, and they are making it easier than ever to start and run a business.
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Can’t find an investor for your big idea? Don’t have the collateral or credit to get approved for a traditional loan? That’s OK: Crowdfunding now means that you can raise money quickly and cheaply from people all over the world that you’ve never met. It has democratized the process of finding startup capital and shortened the timeline from perhaps months of meetings to as little as a few weeks.
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It’s also now easier than ever for small businesses to accept payments. Even farm stands in the middle of nowhere can accept credit and debit cards with tools like Square and PayPal. And while there are fees, the entrepreneur doesn’t have to do a particular volume of business to qualify for an account. Anyone, anywhere can safely and easily accept credit card payments, making it easier to do business.

But what about going global? International money transfers — which have long been a thorny issue for entrepreneurs — are getting easier as well. For smaller transactions, services like PayPal automatically convert currencies, so it’s easy for a customer in America to purchase goods from a maker in the U.K. or anywhere else in the world. Additionally, a service called TransferWise is streamlining international money transfers, disrupting that sector by offering a 90 percent discount on traditional bank transfer fees.

How FinTech is changing your customer

FinTech is also changing customer behavior and expectations at a tremendous rate.

Consumers are now so used to being able to access data and information anywhere and everywhere, that it seems natural to them to want to be able to adjust their investment portfolio or deposit a check while waiting for the bus.

And customers — however fairly or unfairly — expect the same level of service and access from a small firm as a large firm. They expect a seamless mobile experience whether they are banking with a global bank or their local credit union. And they expect to be able to pay with a credit card whether they are in a department store or the corner shop. Soon, people will expect to be able to pay with their phones anywhere they go as well.

It’s a great democratization of services, but also a warning to businesses that there is no excuse these days for not embracing the latest technologies — and those who refuse will certainly be losing business.

Finally, FinTech is just in its nascent stages. The industry is changing rapidly, and savvy business owners will want to stay informed as a vital part of their business plan. Businesses will be able to offer more services at lower cost than ever before, but only if they stay on the cutting edge of what’s available and possible.

Those that do will stay at the forefront of their markets. Those that don’t will lose out on opportunities, customers, and market share.

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How Any Company Can Save Money With the Internet of Things

19 Jul

You may think only giant corporations can benefit from the internet of things–the networking of nontechnical objects so they can receive and transmit data. But right now, businesses like yours are employing the IoT: digitizing work sites, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, and shipments. It’s easier than you might think.

IMCO General Construction, which employs 180 in Ferndale, Washington, faced typical challenges for building contractors: a dispersed work force; far-flung work sites; gathering data from complex construction projects. Then the company began working with Seattle-based startup Unearth, which networks remote sensors, drones, satellite data, and mobile devices to help construction firms reduce accidents and respond to problems quickly.
“If we’re flying [a drone] over a site and the owner can see on the live feed that they need something changed, we can react to it quickly,” says IMCO construction manager Casey Dougherty. “It’s definitely made our crews more efficient, which means more profitability.” The prices of Unearth’s services vary, but generally start at $1,000 per month.

Other companies are using IoT to cut costs. When Magnet 360–a 190-person firm that helps businesses use the Salesforce platform–moved into an office converted from an old warehouse in Minneapolis, the staff quickly realized their HVAC system needed an upgrade. Enter local IoT startup 75F, which uses sensors to analyze air flow, and automates heating and cooling functions; the costs for a 75F system range from 50¢ to $3.50 per square foot. By using 75F, companies can cut energy costs up to 70 percent, says its chief operating officer, Bob French.

The IoT helps with harder-to-define tasks, too. Family-owned Christensen Farms, a pork producer in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, affixes wireless tracking devices called Bees, made by Santa Clara, California-based Roambee, to its livestock trailers. There, they track humidity levels inside the trucks, so drivers know if they need to adjust the ventilators. Brian Bourke, the VP of marketing for Seko Logistics in Chicago, says his company often places a Roambee device in sensitive shipments to provide an extra layer of assurance to key clients. “They can see where a package is at any point,” he says–which lets Seko staffers focus on more valuable tasks. Roambee’s devices, which may be stopped and started depending on seasonal need, and related hardware generally cost $1 to $1.50 per device per day of usage. Various payment options are available.

And Formlabs, a professional 3-D-printing company based in Somerville, Massachusetts, uses devices from nearby IoT startup Tulip to track the production of its customized sample parts, says chief product officer Dávid Lakatos. Formlabs’ custom Tulip setup has a monitor and interface at every major station on its shop floors; there they track and record key company processes. Formlabs has grown 100 percent each of the past two years, and with the training time it’s saving by pre­recording instructions for major tasks, chances are it will grow even more. Just like the IoT.

What’s trending

Augmented workers

Augmenting workers with smart glasses will be huge for certain heavy industries, says Dayna Grayson, a partner with New Enterprise Associates in Washington, D.C. Not only will they record what wearers are seeing, but in a manufacturing environment, a mechanic could receive diagnostic data from such eyewear. They might even summon experts for certain problems.

Digitized shop floors

Digitizing “the last mile of the Industrial Revolution,” like connecting machines to IoT applications, is starting to happen, says Grayson, who envisions improvements in maintenance, worker health and safety, and energy savings. By using sensors to monitor machinery, businesses could shift to repairing equipment as needed and move away from maintenance schedules.

Inventory control

“Retailers and other companies are using smart sensors to keep track of inventory and to automatically reorder when more products are needed,” says Victoria Petrock, a principal analyst with eMarketer.

Office atmosphere

Air-quality monitors for your workers’ desks are coming, says Jenny Fielding, managing director at Techstars, and soon we’ll tweak the room temperature according to what they find. One Bay Area startup, Awair, offers such monitors, as well as sensors that cover broader areas of entire buildings.

Smarter shipping

Using the IoT, carriers can relay location data and other information to clients; IoT tags could reduce the volume of lost packages and in-transit damage for temperature-controlled items.

Pleased pork

Agricultural uses for the IoT include sensors that monitor humidity levels in trucks transporting pigs, so drivers can adjust instantly if they need more ventilation.

Cost shaving

Companies using IoT sensors and systems to control heat and air conditioning usage in large facilities can save serious dollars.


How Blockchain is used in media and advertising

17 Jul

Blockchain Summit Bangalore
It suddenly feels like blockchain is everywhere — and that includes media and advertising. Here’s what to know.

What it is
Blockchain is the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies like bitcoin; it’s essentially a massive Excel sheet that operates in a decentralized network format. That means that the data can have large amounts of information that can be transmitted and added onto, without compromising on security. You can’t change the blockchain — and for data purposes, not one person or entity can destroy it.

What it isn’t
Blockchain is not bitcoin. While that’s what it is best known for, bitcoin is basically a digital currency that operates on blockchain. The blockchain developed for bitcoin was developed specifically for it — which is why other uses for it were only developed much later. And while bitcoin works because it is anonymous, blockchain for other types of businesses don’t have to be anonymous. In fact, they shouldn’t be: Participants are able to tell where data came from so they can trust that it’s real.

Use in media

Monetization: This week, blockchain content distribution platform Decent announced the launch of Publiq, a “rewarding” process that will let writers and creators distribute content on the blockchain and get paid immediately.
Advanced TV: A new technology by Comcast’s advanced advertising group lets brands make ad buys on both broadcast and OTT TV using blockchain technology. The group, which has brought together Disney, Altice USA, the U.K.’s Channel 4 and TG1 Group in Italy, plans to — in 2018 — let marketers, publishers and programmers share data without having to pool it in any one place. A CPG marketer, for example, would be able to use data from a content producer like Hulu to understand how to target its ad buys without receiving the actual data itself.
Fraud: In June, MetaX and the Data & Marketing Association launched adChain, an open protocol on the Ethereum blockchain that tags a piece of creative and follows it on the internet to make sure someone sees it, determining who it was as well as what actions were taken afterward. Like Comcast’s approach, adChain lets multiple parts of the industry, from agency to publisher to marketer, work together without dependency.
Whitelisting: MetaX also runs an adChain registry in collaboration with the DMA and ConsenSys that uses a cryptocurrency called “adToken,” which incentivizes people to determine whether a publisher can be whitelisted or not (or is deemed reputable or not). Brands can then decide to spend money only on those publishers.

Ad buying: This year, Nasdaq plans to launch the New York Interactive Advertising Exchange, which will be a marketplace where brands, publishers and agencies can buy and sell future ad inventory. The idea is to automate contract execution as long as conditions are met. It plans to first support only digital ad buys.
The problems
Blockchain isn’t widely adopted: Fred Askham, associate director of analytics at IMM, which is looking into using adChain, said while fraud is a big concern, the big problem in the industry is adoption. Blockchain relies on multiple “nodes” and players, and if people don’t participate, it doesn’t work. “In the advertising industry, we’ve seen this happen a few times where the tech to measure something comes out and then there is some lag time,” he said.

It’s too theoretical: Comcast’s platform won’t launch until 2018, while NYIAX is still in the proof-of-concept phase. Most moves in blockchain are in the theoretical phase, with their realization expected to be years away, if they even happen.

It won’t scale: Dave Morgan, CEO of Simulmedia, whose investor Union Square Ventures recently announced a major blockchain investment, said blockchain’s biggest promise is in ad delivery, but scale remains an issue. “It’s good for problems that are easy to solve on an individual level but hard to compute overall,” he said. “It’s really about five years away, if not more.” For example, an Ethereum-based blockchain processes 20 transactions per second — light-years away from how quickly real-time bidding works. Research firm Gartner places blockchain right before the “Trough of Disillusionment.”

It won’t work for many types of transactions: Jon Heller, co-founder of FreeWheel, which worked on the insights platform and is owned by Comcast, said that where there is no secondary market, like in the premium video space, blockchain for smart contracts doesn’t make sense. “Premium inventory doesn’t have this commodity-like feeling,” he said. “The parts where it makes a ton of sense is that it lets you trust a transaction without having to trust the counterparty. So that’s not everywhere in marketing, but it’s in a decent number of things in marketing.”

The counterargument
“There are few technical barriers. Blockchain has proved itself robust and adaptable to dozens of high-impact use cases. Companies need to develop compelling-enough applications that it can make a real impact. This is already happening,” said Alex Tapscott, author of “Blockchain Revolution.” “As I say, the future’s not something to be predicted; it’s something to be achieved. We’re seeing people achieving amazing things already.”


Data Visualization in Today’s World

13 Jul

Next Frontier For a Connected Enterprise. (PRNewsfoto/Scalable Digital)

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History of Data Visualization

The concept of using pictures to understand data has been around for centuries, from maps and graphs in the 17th century to the invention of the pie chart in the early 1800s. Several decades later, one of the most cited examples of statistical graphics occurred when Charles Minard mapped Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. The map depicted the size of the army as well as the path of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow – and tied that information to temperature and time scales for a more in-depth understanding of the event.

It’s technology, however, that truly lit the fire under data visualization. Computers made it possible to process large amounts of data at lightning-fast speeds. Today, data visualization has become a rapidly evolving blend of science and art that is certain to change the corporate landscape over the next few years.
Data visualization: A wise investment in your big data future

With big data there’s potential for great opportunity, but many retail banks are challenged when it comes to finding value in their big data investment. For example, how can they use big data to improve customer relationships? How – and to what extent – should they invest in big data?

In this Q&A with Simon Samuel, Head of Customer Value Modeling for a large bank in the UK, we examine these and other big data issues that confront retail bankers.

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Why is data visualization important?

Because of the way the human brain processes information, using charts or graphs to visualize large amounts of complex data is easier than poring over spreadsheets or reports. Data visualization is a quick, easy way to convey concepts in a universal manner – and you can experiment with different scenarios by making slight adjustments.

Data visualization can also:

Identify areas that need attention or improvement.
Clarify which factors influence customer behavior.
Help you understand which products to place where.
Predict sales volumes.


India Testing Awards 2017

13 Jul

Submission Guidelines

Please download the application form given below to submit your entry. Do not exceed the word limit. Entries for the India Next Gen Testing Awards will be judged based on the following criteria:

Measurable Impact on Business Objectives – 25 points
Testing Methods used – 25 points
Innovative tools and techniques – 25 points
Customer centricity – 25 points

Why enter India Next Gen Testing Awards?

Entering The India Testing Awards is an opportunity for the market as a whole to be acknowledged and recognised, as well as bringing high levels of exposure and acclaim for individuals, teams, and organisations. This is a unique platform that provides an opportunity to network, interact and gain knowledge.

A Leadership forum enabling complete reach and engagement to showcase some of the best capabilities from India’s top brass software testing fraternity

Reason to enter:

A win at The India Testing Awards gives a seal of approval to your activities and is a sign of quality and high standards within your business
Just being shortlisted can boost your brand awareness and promote your business.
The India Testing Awards recognises the hard work and achievements of your employees, helping to boost staff confidence.
Being shortlisted can impress your business partners, clients, investors and potential investors.
Winning awards boosts your hiring stature within the market, helping to attract the very best talent.

Individual Categories include :

1. Testing Lifetime Achievement of the Year 2017 (Honorary)
The veteran Testing Thought leader whose contribution to the industry is memorable. The jury, comprising of CIOs of end user companies and celebrated thought-leaders, shall chose the winner.

2. Testing Leader of the Year 2017
This will be awarded to the most outstanding software Testing leader.

Who can apply?
Individuals or corporate team can directly apply for any of the above categories. Agencies may apply on behalf of their clients, in which case an email approval from the brand owner must be attached with the application. In these cases separate certificates will be provided for the agency, but the trophy will bear only the name of the client.
Corporate Categories include :

1. Testing Project of the Year 2017 – Retail, BFSI, Manufacturing, Telecom
Awarded to the most outstanding testing project in the retail, BFSI, Manufacturing and Telecom sector. The jury, comprising of CIOs of end user companies and celebrated thought-leaders, shall chose the winner. All nominees shall be mentioned on the website. However only the Top 5, selected by Jury members, comprising of CIOs of end user companies and celebrated thought-leaders, shall be on the awards main page.

2. Testing Startup of the year 2017
The best and most promising startup in software testing gets this award. . All nominees shall be mentioned on the website. However only the Top 5, selected by Jury members, comprising of CIOs of end user companies and celebrated thoughtleaders, shall be on the awards main page.

3. Testing Tool/Product of the year 2017
The award is for the most productive tool that enhances the testing process. Product companies can use this category to nominate themselves. Open source tools shall be chosen based on a survey by UNICOM.

4. Emerging Technology in Testing of the Year 2017
It will be awarded to the company using the most emerging technology . All nominees shall be mentioned on the website. However only the Top 5, selected by Jury members, comprising of CIOs of end user companies and celebrated thoughtleaders, shall be on the awards main page.

5. Testing Team of the Year 2017
Will be awarded to the most outstanding overall testing team of the year. All nominees shall be mentioned on the website. However only the Top 5, selected by Jury members, comprising of CIOs of end user companies and celebrated thoughtleaders, shall be on the awards main page.

Who can apply?
Corporates (Brand Owners/Marketing team, CXO desk, HR, Program Managers) can directly apply for any of the above categories. Agencies may apply on behalf of their clients, in which case an email approval from the brand owner must be attached with the application. In these cases separate certificates will be provided for the agency, but the trophy will bear only the name of the client.
Submission Guidelines
Award submission guidelines:

1. More than one submissions are allowed in any category.

2. There can be more than one submission from a company.

3. A nominal fee will be a onetime payment per category to ensure serious nominations

4. All submitted proposals shall be refered to jury members who shall be selecting the best 5 proposals in each category.

5.Your project will be evaluated based on the information you provide. We hence request you to spend comprehensive time in filling out the details pertaining to your project.

6. Once the proposal qualifies for the final nominations, the same shall be informed to you.

7. All the final nominees should be present on the awards day.

8. Winner’s name shall be declared on the awards day.

9. Winner’s trophy shall be handed over a gala ceremony on the awards day.

Submission Deadlines:

Early Bird Submission : 15th June 2017
Standard Submission : 05th July 2017

For More Information :

Contact Mr Gokul by telephone at +91 95388 78795 or by email at /

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Bitcoin and Blockchain news, Explained

12 Jul

How can I get news about Bitcoin and Blockchain on a daily basis?
There are different ways you can get your updates, but they will probably be of different sources, all in different places. And you usually end up spending tons of time looking for updates on the market, trustworthy news or just something interesting to read. Cointelegraph is an online news source with dozens of news articles, feature stories, interviews and other materials brought to you on a daily basis. And it has all the versions for your convenience to stay tuned to the world of crypto.
It’s available for laptops, right?
Sure, with Cointelegraph desktop version you can enjoy a whole range of features on every web browser.
Cointelegraph has the biggest editorial staff, so you get around 20 unique articles every single day, along with authentic arts that tell you their own story and make you want to share them. There are news, price indices and analytics, entertaining and educational materials and a lot more.
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Cointelegraph has both a mobile version and an application. It is also available for your tablet. It’s very convenient because it’s always at hand. You may quickly check the exchange rate and decide on your next investment move. Click here to download the Android version. The iOS application is coming very soon.

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India Testing League 2017

11 Jul

India Testing League 2017: (Starts on July 20’2017)

This will be a quiz contest to identify India’s most knowledgeable Software tester. This globally has run successfully by Next Gen Testing Community in Singapore, UK, USA, Australia & India and is organised annually in India.

Over 3000 testers from 320+ companies in India shall be participating in this knowledge oriented game/quiz, with experience ranging from 1 years to 20 years in software testing.

List of Topics that will be covered in India Testing League 2017:

Manual Testing
Test Automation
Agile Testing
Mobile App Testing
Device Testing
Testing Tools
Test Management
Test Processes
Test Strategy

Game Plan:

Qualifier Round 1 : Online on 12th July, 2017 – Duration 30 Mins [Time: 4:00 PM-4:30 PM]FREE
Link to take the quiz would be sent to nominees via email 2 days before the quiz
Quiz can be taken from anywhere – office / home / browsing centres, etc.
This round will be for 30 minutes. You will have to answer 40 Multiple Choice Questions
Questions have been designed to be generic covering all areas of Software Testing. Selected Candidates will be informed via Email.
Selected Candidates will have to pay a nominal fee of INR 15000+ Tax per team to participate in semi-finals. This fee includes Complimentary pass for attending the full day Conference on 20th & 21st July’2017.

Semi-Finals on 20th July, 2017 (Time: 08:15 AM – 08:45 AM) at the Conference Venue PAY
Format -Pen and Paper based quiz.
This round will be for 30 minutes. You will have to answer 20 Multiple Choice Questions
Top 04 teams will go to finals.

Finals with 4 Teams on 20th July, 2017 (Time: 04:00PM – 05:00PM) at the Conference Venue
Format – Oral quiz to be held on stage
Contest Format will be explained at the beginning.
Winners and Runners-Up Teams will be given Prizes by our Chief Guest.

What’s the Best League Team taking home?

Winning Team – Gold Certificate, Gold Medal to both players in the team
First Runner Up Team – Silver Certificate and Silver Medal to both players in the team
Second Runner Up Team – Bronze Certificate and Bronze Medal to both players in the team
Winners shall be facilitated with the awards on the same day of conference (i.e. 20th July 2017) at the venue.

Who is eligible for India Testing League?

Anyone who is professionally involved in Software Development & Testing (at all roles) is eligible
Student/Fresher is not eligible

Is there any participation fee?

There is no participation fee to take Qualifier Round.
However those who get selected for Semi-finals will need to pay a nominal fee of INR 15000 +Tax per team to participate in semi-finals. This fee includes Complimentary pass for attending the full day Conference on 20th & 21st July’2017.

How to Enrol for India Testing League?

Corporate Nomination:

A Team* of two needs to enrol together by sending an email to with following details of each participant:
Team Name | Full Name | Email Id | Phone Number | Company Name | Designation | Team name | Comments (If Any)
*More than one team can be nominated by a company

Non-Corporate Nomination:

If your company is not nominating you and your friend, then you can still nominate your team
A Team of two needs to enrol together by sending an email to, with following details of each participant:
Team Name | Full Name | Email Id | Phone Number | Company Name | Designation | Comments (If Any)

India Testing Awards 2017

India Testing Awards recognizes those organizations and practitioners that have stepped away from legacy tools and processes to create Testing programs that define the future of IT Software Development, services and support.


World Next Generation Testing Summit 2017

11 Jul

World Conference Next Generation Testing 2017 will be happening in Bangalore on 20 – 21 July 2017, with focus on Technical Sessions featuring over 25+ Presentation exploring the depth and breadth of Software Testing. The Summit will be a key meeting place for Test Professionals and Executives from leading IT organizations globally .

India Testing Awards 2017 : India Testing Awards will recognise those organisations and practitioners that have stepped away from legacy tools and processes to create Testing programs that define the future of IT Software Development, services and support. Executives and teams leading IT and Testing at these companies will be recognised among their peers at the India Testing Awards ceremony co-hosted with World Conference Next Gen Testing 2017 on Thursday, 21st July 2017, in Bangalore.

This will be a quiz contest to identify India’s most knowledgeable Software tester. This globally has run successfully by Next Gen Testing Community in Singapore, UK, USA, Australia & India and is organised annually in India.

Over 3000 testers from 320+ companies in India shall be participating in this knowledge oriented game/quiz, with experience ranging from 1 years to 20 years in software testing.

Agile Olympiad 2017

Agile Olympiad is an initiative of KPMG and UNICOM to run India’s most prestigious Corporate Quiz on Agile.

The Purpose of this contest is to identify India’s most knowledgeable Agile professionals. Will you bring laurel to your organization and to yourself?

Agile Olympiad will be organized by UNICOM and presented by KPMG in 2017.

Over 1500 IT professionals from 140+ companies in India and abroad would be participating, with experience ranging from 6 months to 25 years and professionals in Agile.