Video Highlight: Expert Interviews with CEO of Vicara and CMO of TOROOC

Check out our exclusive interviews on video with Adarsh Warrier, the CEO and Co-Founder, of Vicara (the “KAI”) and Jaehee Chang, CMO of TOROOC (the “LIKU” robot). We had the chance to catch up with these two finalists of the Machine Demo Competition at RISE 2019 and discuss how they are using technology to positively influence the fourth industrial revolution.

The two finalists are experts in artificial intelligence integrated into the average human’s daily lives, be it from industrial settings at work or even having a companion at home. We are featuring them to champion their innovative contributions to the fourth industrial revolution as envisioned by the World Economic Forum.

The KAI’s wide range of applicability to human life that eliminates bottlenecks in day-to-day activities using technology. Adarsh shares how their invention augments human capabilities to perform better, if not as well as a machine’s precision. The KAI introduces the benefits of technological innovations of improving human capabilities rather than replacing human capital with machine capital.

“Some processes and machines can do some part of it and the humans can do some part of it, the objective is for both to be equally optimised. When a machine works better, the bottleneck will always be with the human. We are trying to create technology to augment the human capabilities so that they can work or communicate better or faster, and hence be more productive, and not be the bottleneck in the process” 

LIKU’s unique positioning of incorporating smart, active, ‘social intelligence’ and ‘core robotics technology’ is another key area of innovations in technology. Similarly to the KAI, LIKU is also focusing on harnessing benefits to other areas of human life, as shared by Jaehee. “This is an autonomous robot running on artificial intelligence, so it has its own emotions and decision-making processes, compared to other remote-controlled robots or being run by commands.” 

“We are building robots for humans, for us, for people. People should not be intimidated by having technologies such as robots in their houses. Right now, LIKU speaks its own language to express its emotions, but we believe that eventually, LIKU will speak the human languages”

She concludes with, “In terms of time and resources, we don’t have enough of them. Looking at robots, they’re considered a business of the future, but we need time and enough resources to bring this future to the present.”

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World Entrepreneur Day Feature: Lynk J.A. Wins at 2019 Photonis Challenge

In celebration of World Entrepreneur Day and Women’s Equality Day, we are excited to present to you our exclusive interview with our all-star female Junior Associate from the Global Client Success Team, Amanda Liusnando, on her recent success at the Photonis Science Challenge. Amanda along with one other teammate, under the team, Oligolight, won first place for their innovative biotech idea. They won rewards of 5000 euros cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Bordeaux for their final pitch.

Can you tell us more about your winning idea at the Photonis Challenge?

The challenge is to help Photonis to develop new products, find new markets and applications, and identify ways to become integrated higher up in the value chain. Our idea was actually following the innovative consumer trends of wearable devices, incorporated with uses optics that are used in biomarker detection. I would love to share more with you but as our idea is actually being adapted for further research and development, I would have to spare the specifics for now. We are excited about the further development of our winning idea! Stay tuned till we are able to share more updates on this!

How did you hear about this challenge and how did you form a team?
As my teammate and I were studying the same major of biotechnology, we shared many classes together and had many similar projects assignments on the idea of the ‘future of biotechnology’. This typically extended to also considering the feasibility of the technology and the business practicality of our ideas. So last year when the Bayer Challenge related to biotechnology came up, my teammate and I decided to put our in-class projects experience to the test, and we won third place actually, which was a trip to Germany as part of our pitch presentation!

We heard about the Photonis competition from the same initial platform that we learned about Bayer Challenge from, Agorize, and as we really enjoyed our time working at last year’s challenge, we thought it would be great for us to join another challenge together. The whole process from ideation to pitching is extremely exciting despite the workload. We especially enjoyed coming up with fun taglines for our product ideas

What was your inspiration for your innovative idea?
Our inspiration came from the impact that is being built on the advancements in genomics, nanotechnology, in particular as part of the transition to the precision medicine era of healthcare.

How did you balance your work responsibilities with competing?
After coming up with our final idea, we decided to split all tasks between the two of us. I led more of the business analysis, while my teammate led the technical analysis. We always gave each other constructive and regular feedback. This was our second year competing together in this competition, and so we knew our strengths better.  

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Video Highlight: Lynk Internship Programme 2019

Check out a little passion project by our Summer Media Interns from UChicago presenting snippets of our 2019 Internship Programme. This was an incredibly impressive project filmed only across 2 days featuring interns with differing working schedules from our various departments at Lynk, ranging from the multiple geographic Client Success, Marketing, Network Development, Investment, and Human Resources Departments, to collaborate together on this creative output.

Props to all our Lynker interns for prioritising their job duties and also participating in making this brilliant project possible!

Lynk has had over 30 interns from numerous prestigious educational institutions from across 4 continents come together for our various internship placement programmes during H2 and H3 2019 – not to forget our Australian Summer Internship Programme batch of another 20 interns who also had their fellowship experience from late 2018 till early 2019 with us too!

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Video Highlight: Lynk at RISE

From July 9 to 11, Lynk took a team of interns to Asia’s largest tech conference, RISE. Over the course of three days, our interns attended insightful talks on the future of technology, networked with rising startup representatives, and interviewed pitch competition finalists.

We present here a 43 second recap for three-days worth of conversations, interactions, and excitement. Hope you enjoy the video just as much as we enjoyed the experience at RISE! Stay tuned for more content on Lynk at RISE.

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Digital Transformation – Embedding Digital DNA as a Lever for Growth

With Javaid Iqbal – CEO & Founder of TransformX

Welcome back Javaid Iqbal, CEO and Founder of TransformX, as he builds off his previous webinar on Cloud Computing to discuss how organizations and employees can prepare for the careers of the future. 

Topics discussed:
– What digital DNA is and how it adds value to an organizaiton
– The ways digital transformation is unlocking potential in the workforce of the future
– The place of cloud, AI, machine learning, and other innovations in creating disruptive change

About the Speaker

Javaid is an innovative and multilingual strategist/advisor/educator who has been helping transform businesses and governments across North America, Europe, and Asia for the past two decades. He is the co-founder & CEO of TransformX, a global advisory in the digital customer transformation, disruption and innovation space with a focus on AI, Mobile, IoT, and Data Science. He advises multiple tech startups, teaches innovation focused executive and board level courses globally, is an adjunct professor at DePaul University and is actively researching the effects of The Fourth Industrial Revolution in the developing world. 

Previously, Javaid served as a Customer Engagement and Success Leader at Salesforce and held leadership positions at multiple consultancies including EY and PwC. Javaid attended Purdue University for his undergraduate studies in Computer Information Systems and holds a Master’s degree in Communication Systems Strategy and Management from Northwestern University where the focus of his academic research was bridging the business, technology and communication gap towards finding growth opportunities across global enterprises.

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WEF Session 2019: Peggy Choi on “China in Depth: Innovating Outward”

For the second consecutive year, our Co-Founder and CEO, Peggy Choi, represented Lynk Global, Knowledge-as-a-Service platform pioneer at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019 in Dalian, China. She was invited to speak in a panel discussion on the Promise of Platform Work, as well as hosting a hub session on “China in Depth: Innovating Outward,” as shared in this reflection piece from Peggy.

At the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution dinner prior to the Conference, she conversed with global game changers from China and realised that most of the founders in the room had already expanded globally or have plans to. 

In the past, Chinese companies would focus on domestic market first before venturing outward. Recent trends have shown that a growing number of Chinese companies are in international markets in much earlier stages. The fierce competition and domination by major tech companies drive up costs for startups to compete domestically. Increasingly, companies see relatively higher ROI by going abroad. 

In 2018, 40% of China’s digital companies generated revenue overseas. Larger companies may globalise via JVs or investments. Companies with asset-light business model such as ByteDance, which owns the viral app, TikTok, have been most aggressive in organic expansion by launching their products directly in new markets. Another way of going global is by targeting existing Chinese customers who travel abroad and require global services, such as Ucloud and Ctrip.

Copyright by World Economic Forum / Ciaran McCrickard

Peggy observes from the activities at Lynk with a growing roster of venture capital firms, companies and startups that there has also been an evolution in the new markets that these companies focus on. It was primarily Southeast Asia and India a year ago, and recently more interest Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. This reflects also the increasing competition in Southeast Asia and India from large Chinese and US tech firms and domestic players, driving interest in new markets where there is potentially more room to grow.

Having an international work background, Peggy highlights key enablers that are vital for innovating outwards in China:

  • Founders who are unafraid of going global 
  • Confidence having seen successes of local players scaling abroad 
  • Know-how in terms of networks, local customs and preferences
  • Leaders with a global mindset and local experiences
  • Global partners (such as venture capitalists) are critical to the entire infrastructure
  • Global Knowledge Network, such as Lynk 

Because demand lies abroad or eventually will be, it is not unusual for Chinese companies to have a global mindset from its very inception. Here at Lynk, we have a global mission to democratize the access to knowledge, and as Peggy states, “If a company has a global vision, it is pivotal to start with global DNA from day one.”


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