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IFA 2020 Special Edition

IFA 2020 Special Edition is the most inspiring global innovations tech event!

Berlin, 3rd – 5th of September 2020

For the first time since the start of the Corona crisis, a leading global trade fair for consumer electronics will be opening its doors

IFA 2020 Special Edition is the first major global fair for consumer and home electronics that will physically take place since the pandemic.  From September 3rd to September 5th, outstanding brands and up-and-coming start-ups will showcase their novelties, trends and highlights at the Berlin exhibition grounds.

“After all those event cancellations, our industry urgently needs this platform in order to present its innovations.  Virtual events are certainly helpful, but they lack the emotional connection” says Director Jens Heithecker.

This year, the main question is:  Which innovations will prove successful in the new normal of the post COVID 19 situation?

Due to the new importance of our homes and the boom of household appliances, the focus is primarily on smart home applications and products that have a positive influence on the living climate.  Besides, the focus is on cutting-edge technologies, such as IoT, 5G, Mixed Reality, AI and robotics which will redesign the world in the era of digital working and learning, telemedicine and digital health.

The number of participants is limited, because health and safety are top priority.  Nevertheless, there will be non-virtual live events that will focus on B2B core functions of IFA.

Cross-industry innovations will be presented at SHIFT Mobility meets IFA NEXT.  For the first time, the platforms for both, technologies that will change our mobility (SHIFT) and future-oriented products, concepts and solutions from high-tech companies, startups and research institutes (IFA NEXT) will be combined and will serve as an expert network.

These event components aim at trade visitors.  Media representatives can experience the latest products, press briefings and IFA keynotes live at the IFA Global Press Conferences.

World’s Tallest Building Becomes World’s Tallest Donation Box

World’s Tallest Donation Box lights up in spectacular style to mark successful ‘10 million meals’ Covid-19 campaign

    • World’s tallest building to be transformed into world’s tallest donation box with spectacular light show
    • 1.2 million individual lights illuminated on Burj Khalifa each representing a meal donated to families across the UAE impacted by the Covid-19 virus
    • Part of a national 10 Million Meals campaign to provide meals or food parcels to individuals and families affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the UAE
    • 10 Million Meals campaign now passed the 14 million meals mark, equating to £23.3 million (112 million AED)

Story: The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, will be transformed tonight into the world’s tallest donation box in a spectacular light show to mark the United Arab Emirates (UAE) smashing its target of fundraising for 1.2 million meals or food parcels for individuals and families affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Launched as part of the ’10 Million Meals’ campaign, the world’s tallest donation box enabled companies, organisations and members of the public to light up one of the 1.2 million individual lights on the facade of the iconic building in return for a donation.

Starting from the bottom of the 828 metre building, each light will represent 1 meal or food parcel.

As the final donation is made, the last of the 1.2 million lights will be illuminated at the top of the tower triggering a celebratory light show that could be seen for miles across the country.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), in collaboration with Burj Khalifa, conceived the idea to support the nation’s ‘10 Million Meals’ campaign to raise donations to provide meals for hard-hit communities by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic across the country.

By tonight the campaign has already smashed its original target and the number of meals donated now stands at 14 million meals which equates to £23.3 million (112 Million AED).

Standing tall at 828 metres, the iconic Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building known for its unique architectural design.

Inaugurated on January 4, 2010, the Burj Khalifa features 160 habitable levels, the most of any building in the world.

About 26,000 hand-cut glass panels make up its exterior, spanning over an impressive surface area equivalent to the size of about 17 football fields.

The ‘telescopic’ spire, Burj Khalifa’s crowning feature comprising more than 4,000 tonnes of structural steel, can be seen from 95 km away in clear weather.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) is a philanthropic organization established in 2015, combining under its umbrella over 30 humanitarian and developmental initiatives and entities, most of which have been launched and supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for more than 20 years.

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Babylon and Mount Sinai Launch AI-powered App To Fight COVID-19

Babylon Joins the Mount Sinai Health Partners Provider Network to Expand 24/7 Access to Digital Healthcare Services for Millions of New Yorkers

  • Babylon brings its AI-powered app to deliver new healthcare services to New Yorkers, including video consultations with board-certified family medicine physicians, and a full suite of digital tools designed to help keep patients informed during a time of crisis.
  • Babylon’s COVID-19 Care Assistant delivers up-to-date information and virtual care for each individual, allowing doctors to allocate time to the patients who need it most.

As New Yorkers remain sheltered in place and hospitals battle overwhelming COVID-19 patient numbers, Babylon announces a comprehensive care solution aimed to quickly put 24/7 digital healthcare services into the hands of millions of New Yorkers, right where they are.

Starting today, every eligible New Yorker can access digital healthcare services through the Babylon app, such as telemedicine, covered normally by their insurance policy. Serving patients straight from their phones, key tools through the Babylon app include a new COVID-19 Care Assistant that provides up-to-date information about COVID-19, with the hopes of easing patient anxiety and helping individuals make informed next steps toward wellness. The Babylon app can be accessed 24/7 and combines updated health information, a symptom checker, live chat with real Babylon team members, symptom logging, and virtual doctor consultations with New York Telemedicine Associates.

With an option to speak to clinicians by video, the service will take pressure off of New York emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and other medical services at a time when so many in the state are at capacity.

As demands on medical professionals, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities grow day by day across the United States, there has never been a greater need to protect and reduce the overall strain on our healthcare professionals. By utilizing AI-powered technology to keep patients informed, and a virtual care model to support the most vulnerable, Babylon can continue to drive forward its mission of increasing access to quality healthcare around the world.

Dr Ali Parsa, CEO & Founder, Babylon, said:

“Babylon joining the Mount Sinai Health Partners provider network is aimed to put a doctor in the pocket of eligible New Yorkers, 24/7, covered as normal by their insurance policy. At a time that one of the greatest cities in the world is going through one of its worst public health crises, our relationship brings the brilliant services of Mount Sinai Health Partners together with the unique global expertise of Babylon, to  give eligible insurance plan members in the city access for their primary healthcare needs, wherever they are and whenever they need it. Together, we will revolutionize healthcare for all in New York City, while freeing up space and time for health workers inside health systems to do their life saving work.”

Robert W.  Fields, MD, MHA, Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai Health Partners said:

“Babylon, a leader in convenient and accessible digital health care services, is a valuable addition to our high-performing primary care network. New York is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and more than ever the need to engage with our patients in their homes has become an essential part of healthcare. Having Babylon in our network also strengthens our capacity in this area to serve our patients at the highest level.”

The Babylon app provides access to a digital-first healthcare solution that makes available a variety of healthcare services, with aims of fully integrating into secondary healthcare. The relationship between Babylon and Mount Sinai Health Partners illustrates a quality, digital-first care model – underlined by a focus on prevention – that Babylon aims to replicate with other impactful healthcare organizations across the U.S. and worldwide.

As part of Babylon’s move into the United States, it has already been providing access to services through the Babylon app to members of certain health plans in Missouri, New York and California, building toward a 50 state network.

This news marks a major announcement for Babylon in the US, after the company announced its $550M funding round last year and looked to quick U.S. expansion in an effort to continue fulfilling its global mission of putting accessible and affordable healthcare into the hands of everyone, everywhere. 

About Babylon

Babylon is a globally-leading technology company with the ambitious mission to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on Earth.

We combine technology and medical expertise to bring doctors and people closer together, with digital healthcare tools designed to empower people with knowledge about their health. Through a range of digital health services – such as AI-backed digital health tools and video doctor appointments – we give people round-the-clock access to affordable, holistic healthcare services. We work with governments, health providers and insurers across the globe, and support healthcare facilities from small local practices to large hospitals.

With a $2B valuation, Babylon has over 4 million registered patients and has completed nearly 2 million consultations globally. We have teamed up with 170 impactful worldwide partners — including the NHS, Telus Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Rwanda —  to fulfill our vision of accessible and affordable healthcare, for all. For more information, visit https://www.babylonhealth.com/us.

About Mount Sinai Health Partners

Mount Sinai Health Partners is a clinically integrated network, comprised of Mount Sinai’s full-time faculty physicians, associated community physicians, and eight hospitals spanning Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Our doctors work closely together and hold each other accountable to deliver high-quality health care to people that is rooted in the best practices of current evidence-based medicine.

Mount Sinai Health Partners builds relationships – with community organizations, health plans and employers — to give our patients a more effective and seamlessly connected health care experience. We embrace population health management and new payment models that reward accountability for cost and quality, participating in managed care agreements with health insurers that foster ongoing health improvement across various patient populations.

COVID -19 Virus Global Thinkers Gather To Seek Solutions At The IGCF

With  COVID-19 dominating the news headlines worldwide, global thinkers, celebrities and statesmen offer their prognosis and chart the course of action.

– Actor and Activist Priyanka Chopra, Futurist Dr. Michio Kaku, former President of Colombia H.E. Juan Santos and other leading voices have spoken about the measures to tackle Coronavirus at the 9th International Government Communications Forum in Sharjah, UAE.

– Headlining the Forum, Actor and Activist Priyanka Chopra Jones spoke passionately about the role of the entertainment industry to promote diversity and cultural awareness and also addressed the issues of social responsibility and toxicity of social media. 

Sharjah, UAE –  Health checks at airports, deep cleans of public spaces – containment measures have kicked into gear around the world, but will they help to stop the spread of the coronavirus?

While many international events have been cancelled, 64 global thinkers, celebrities and statesmen gathered in Sharjah, UAE to discuss effective government communications as they chart the course of action to tackle the virus.

Former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos drew on his experience of containing chikungunya virus and El Niño weather events:

“My recommendation to any government is don’t underestimate the problem, never try to hide the truth, don’t manipulate the health officials and experts, allow as much information as possible. What I hope is that something that we are experiencing open our eyes to the world to appreciate the importance of international cooperation.”

Physicist Michio Kaku aims to understand the future of humanity based on his grand “theory of everything”. He’s spoken about the future of AI and the new tech enabling telepathic communications.

Talking about the future development of the virus, he found it hard to asses the scale of what’s to come:

Futurist Michio Kaku: “I think right now you have to be a little bit pessimistic because it hasn’t peaked yet. But look at the flu virus. At one point, the flu virus is also quite, quite dangerous. But over time, it begins to lose some of its lethality. So let’s hope that we’re entering that phase in the coming months. But it’s impossible to say right now.”

Actress, producer and activist Priyanka Chopra Jones was one of the headliners at the event to talk about the power of entertainment industry to change narratives.

She said influencers are as vulnerable to the virus and said all communications are best left to the governments:

“No, I don’t think we have a role to play in educating people about the Coronavirus, because I think we’re just as vulnerable to it as anyone else. And we have as much information or lack of information thereof as everybody else. I just I would implore everyone to, you know, to wash your hands and just educate yourself as much as we know. And I would also implore the governments to give us a lot more information as they find out. “

Irina Bokova, former Director General of UNESCO and a recent candidate for the UN’s top job talked about the dangers of a possible pandemic in an increasingly nationalist world:

“Governments prefer to deal with bilateral issues, multilateralism is under threat, but I don’t see any other possibility of solving global issues that do not know geographical and geopolitical borders. Coronavirus is definitely one of those issues that testify to the fact that these problems will not stop at the border and are not confined in one single country.”

Coronavirus cases have grown in the Middle East in the past week, crossing a threshold of 3000 infections with more than 90 deaths.

Over the past few days a decision had been taken to have schools and universities to be closed for a period of four weeks starting from Sunday, March 8.

The UAE has also been helping Iran, facilitating a WHO mission to deliver medical supplies and equipment.

Canadian Duo Win Microsoft’s ‘Hackathon’ Competition with Smart Robotic Prosthetic Hand

SEATTLE — July 25, 2018 — A team of students from Canada has won Microsoft’s annual student developer competition with their invention – a smart robotic prosthetic hand.

SmartARM developed a robotic prosthetic hand, using Microsoft Azure Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Cloud Storage, that uses a camera embedded in its palm to recognize objects and calculate the most appropriate grip for an object. Based on Machine Learning, the more the model is used the more accurate it becomes.

Team members, Hamayal Choudhry and Samin Khan, both 20, say their invention has the potential to dramatically lower the cost of prosthetics for people who are missing or have lost a limb.

Hamayal is a second year Mechatronics Engineering Student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology while Samin is a third year Computer Science student at the University of Toronto.

They walk away with $100,000 in prizes and a mentoring session with Microsoft, CEO, Satya Nadella.

Microsoft’s Imagine World Cup Finals takes place over 3 days at Microsoft’s Washington HQ and is now in its 16th year.

Over 40 teams from around the world brought their biggest, boldest ideas to tackle humanity’s most pressing problems..

Shows: – Footage of the moment the winning team was announced

– Soundbites and demo from SmartARM Canada

– Soundbite from Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

– Competition footage

– Soundbites from Charlotte Yarkoni, CVP of Microsoft Growth and Ecosystems

Other: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Toyota Launches “Start Your Impossible” Global Corporate Initiative

ATHENS, GREECE (October 16, 2017) – To celebrate the launch of “Start Your Impossible” and its partnership with The Olympic Games and The Paralympic Games, Toyota today is holding its first-ever Toyota Mobility Summit in Athens, Greece, the host city of the first modern Olympic Games.  The event features a live conversation with Akio Toyoda, as well as a series of discussions led by Toyota Executive Vice President, Didier Leroy, with global thought leaders and Olympic and Paralympic athletes.  The event will cover topics of mobility from a social, physical well-being and sports perspectives, as well as the future of mobility via technology advancements and research.

Toyota is also launching a new website – MobilityForAll.com. In consultation with the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) in the United States, the website (which will be rolled out in phases) is built to be accessible for users with various impairments and to allow all users to experience the site and all its content. Whether set to default, visually impaired, hearing impaired, blind or cognitively impaired, all coding and design features work to make the experience equally enjoyable for all users.

Shows:

1.  Highlights of the first-ever Mobility Summit in Athens

2. Toyota iRoad products being test driven at the Mobility Summit

3. Demo of Toyota Mobility Product iBot

4. Demo of Toyota Mobility Product HSR

5. Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO, Toyota Research Institute

6. Susumu Matsuda, General Manager, Toyota Motor Corporation

7. Jack Hollis, Group VP and GM, Toyota Motor North America

8. Scott Thompson, Corporate Manager, Toyota Motor North America

9. Tatyana McFadden, U.S. Paralympic Athlete

10. Brad Snyder, U.S. Paralympic Athlete

11. Andrea Eskau, German Paralympic Athlete

12. Reveal and demo of the mobilityforall.com website

Other:

About “Start Your Impossible”

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has launched “Start Your Impossible” – a global corporate initiative that aims to inspire Toyota employees, partners, and customers and connect them with the company’s core beliefs. In an age of accelerating technological and environmental developments, “Start Your Impossible” marks Toyota’s commitment to support the creation of a more inclusive and sustainable society in which everyone can challenge their impossible.

Toyota believes that mobility goes beyond cars; it is about overcoming challenges and making dreams come true. The “Start Your Impossible” initiative reflects these values and highlights the company’s goal to provide freedom of mobility for all.  “We want to share this thinking with all stakeholders, including consumers, so that we can approach this challenge together,” said Toyota President, Akio Toyoda.

Since its founding as a loom manufacturer, Toyota has been driven by a commitment to contribute to society. Over its long history, the company has grown into an innovative leader that has enabled vehicle electrification on a mass scale with the development of the Prius hybrid electric car 20 years ago and more recently, the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric car. Toyota sees alternative powertrains, autonomous cars, mobility-as-a-service, and robotics as significant opportunities to move people and transform the company.

As worldwide partner of The Olympic Games and The Paralympic Games, Toyota aims to encourage creating a peaceful society without discrimination through sports and a commitment to creating a sustainable society through mobility. Toyota’s values of continuous improvement and respect for people are shared by The Olympic Games, which brings together the entire world in friendship and solidarity to celebrate the highest realization of human potential.

“Throughout our history, Toyota has made the impossible possible through innovation and passion, and by continuously challenging the definition of impossible. Today, the automobile industry is clearly amidst its most dramatic period of change — and during this time Toyota remains committed to making ever better cars. Just as important, we are developing mobility solutions to help everyone enjoy their lives, and we are doing our part to create an ever better society for the next 100 years and beyond. For this to happen, we have to dream beyond conventional vehicles and create new forms of mobility that overcome the limits of today and solve the problems of tomorrow. We share this dream and this spirit of continuous improvement with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, who challenge their own limits every day. I hope that The Olympic and Paralympic Games will create an opportunity for everyone affiliated with Toyota to challenge their impossible and defy their limitations.”

As the first mobility sponsor of The Olympics Games and The Paralympic Games, Toyota aims to offer mobility services and logistics expertise. The first “Start Your Impossible” film, “Mobility for All,” introduces transportation solutions, next generation mobility, and advanced technologies. Going forward, “Start Your Impossible” will also include a variety of additional programs focused on employees, dealers and consumers, as well as seeking collaboration with the Toyota Mobility Foundation, which was established to address urban transportation challenges and expand personal mobility for all people, inspiring the next generation mobility solutions.

About Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

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