‘The Disability Collection’: The New Project By Verizon Media, NDLA, and Getty Images To Empower Visibility And Normalisation

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 People with disabilities account for roughly 15% of the population, yet they only appear in about 2% of the pictures we encounter in the media. The visuals we see are far from accurate and insufficient. Through The Disability Collection, Verizon Media, Getty Images, and the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) set out to alter the fashion industry by featuring a growing library of stock photos that debunk misconceptions and depict individuals with disabilities in their natural habitat.

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“It can be leased and used by anybody on the globe, and it empowers the industry to get genuine about disability representation. Every quarter for the past 18 months that Verizon has worked within the caretaker panel made up of disability leaders from the NDLA to determine which images would be selected for the collection,” said Verizon.

Verizon has formed an employee resource group (ERG) that draws on a variety of viewpoints to develop products that are important in today’s and tomorrow’s worlds. At the CSUN Conference in Anaheim, DIVERSEability Magazine spoke with Verizon about one of their ERG’s products that have already begun to significantly impact how the world views the handicapped population. By producing a lot of media over the years, they sought to exhibit people with disabilities using photographs from stock image banks, they had a hard time locating images, especially ones that correctly depict individuals with disabilities.

“This incredible collection of photos was created by Getty Images, the National Disability Leadership Alliance, and Verizon. It’s affected everyone in disability leadership groups, as well as Verizon employees,” Joffe added. “When we first began this initiative in Washington, D.C, the disability community loved this, but what was really cool was that Verizon’s staff and executives fell in love with the project too because it was tangible and real. “The new Disability Collection is a culmination of the efforts of companies like Verizon who are focused on portraying people with disabilities by breaking through stereotypical images and providing a more realistic picture of this community.

“Whenever we attempted to locate a picture of someone with a handicap, it was either a pathetic image or a heroic image, neither of which really reflected reality,” Larry Goldberg, Verizon’s senior director of media accessibility, said. Goldberg said he himself has a hearing loss and his career started with closed captioning on TV, “so this is my community. Currently, I am part of a great team at Verizon — a group within Verizon called Verizon Media — which is all about content and apps and how to make them accessible for people with disabilities,” he added.

Margaux Joffee, Verizon’s associate director of accessibility, went to Getty Images, one of the largest stock image libraries in the world, to jumpstart this solution. But first, she approached the National Disability Leadership Alliance to ensure that people with disabilities had a strong voice in how they are being represented. As a result of this collaboration, the first-ever rules for photographers on how to appropriately depict persons with impairments in photography were developed. Those standards have now been communicated to over 250,000 Getty Pictures photographers across the world, resulting in a collection of images that are really truthful, varied, and respectful.

The faces you encounter in your daily life ultimately shape your perception of what is ‘normal.’ Collaboration with the world’s leading stock picture collector and a coalition of 17 national disability groups. Guidelines for photographers were published, and photographs were accepted into the collection. Getty Images and the NDLA have agreed to a two-year commitment to help create a picture collection. The disability community’s tremendous support and favorable feelings.

Verizon Media is proud to offer high-quality video captioning for all of our unique programmings. We also actively request and activate video subtitles when they are given to us by our video partners. If you find a problem or have comments on captioning, we’d want to hear from you so that we may continue to improve our service.

Getty Images has spent over a decade working to break down stereotypes and create a more authentic visual view of concepts such as gender, LGBTQ, religion, race, mental illness, and disability across media, advertising, and social media. Just as images have the power to shape ideas, we believe they have the power to move the world – elevating diverse narratives that can alter perceptions, evoke empathy, and build community.

Getty Images’ aim with their collaboration with Verizon Media and the National Disability Leadership Alliance is to develop a growing collection of photos that shatter stereotypes and depict people with disabilities more truthfully. We are thrilled to be working with our contributors to build and enhance this collection over time.

The success may be shown in the following statistics: 240,000 photographers reached via the Getty Image network, 1,700 photos in the collection, and increasing! Greater disability searches and new disability-related search keywords on gettyimages.com, 5,600 companies, and counting have downloaded images from the collection, Other groups starting similar efforts, such as the “This Is Australia” campaign.

The initiative was highlighted in 564 articles across global publications, with an estimated reach of 370.9 million impressions and 100 percent positive sentiment across earned media including:

· “Changing the Way The World Sees Disability”- According To Forbes. ‘One Picture At A Time.

· “Stock picture collection genuinely shows individuals with impairments,” according to Mashable.

· On its first anniversary, “The Disability Collection” has surpassed a thousand varied pictures.

· Getty Images, Verizon, and Verizon Media awarded $40,000 in grant funding to five emerging photographers, as part of the first-ever Disability-Focused Creative Bursary.

The grants will support and encourage talent as they work to convey the stories, lives, and realities of the disability community through imagery.

HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsors NFT Vision Hack

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Hackathon aims to bring most talented creatives, engineers and blockchain experts to foster the exchange of ideas between NFT developers and creators. 

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Gibraltar Finance, the business development arm of HM Government of Gibraltar, has been announced as an official partner of the NFT Vision Hack, a global online hackathon bringing together some of the most talented creatives and engineers to foster the creation of new solutions in the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The event will run from the 3rd July and run until the 30th August.

Following the success of Post-Covid Hack 2020, which attracted over 1,200 participants from all over the world, the NFT Vision Hack is organised by Gibraltar based Nifty Labs, a partnership between Indorse, a pioneer in blockchain and NFT space and Coinsilium, a blockchain and open finance venture builder.

The Hon Albert Isola MP, Minister for Digital and Financial Services, HM Government of Gibraltar said, “The NFT Vision Hack 2021 is a wonderful opportunity for industry-leading developers and artists to collaborate, share expertise and find innovative solutions using NFT technologies. Events such as these pave the way for the future of the industry, its uses and applications. As the first jurisdiction to introduce legislation around Distributed Ledger Technology, HM Government of Gibraltar is a proud sponsor of the NFT Vision Hack. We look forward to seeing exciting new solutions as global interest in NFTs continues.”

The Hack will include a series of workshops, which will provide the opportunity to learn how to create and market NFTs. Other sponsors alongside Gibraltar Finance include Rarible, Circle, IPFS and Filecoin.

Gaurang Torvekar, CEO and Co-Founder of Indorse said, “We will be engaging with leading technology companies and fast growing blockchain protocols to join the NFT Vision Hack. Sponsors and partners will directly interact with hundreds of blockchain developers and artists, feature in webinars and workshops, benefit from technology adoption and get in touch with an open pool of innovative NFT ideas and POCs.”

Rachel Mayer, Circle’s VP of Product said, “The explosion of NFTs is a valuable trend for marketplaces and creators, and we’re excited that USDC is helping power tokenization on the blockchain. We’re also proud to sponsor NFT Vision Hack because we know it’ll help generate ideas that will fuel adoption of NFTs, the creator economy, and broader crypto commerce.

The Hackathon will focus on four track challenges: ‘Build on Rarible protocol’, ‘NFT Payment Solutions’, ‘Scalable NFT Art Projects’, and ‘Gaming and NFTs’. Participants stand to win more than USD 68,000 in prizes.

Christie’s Art + Tech Summit: NFTs And Beyond

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Christie’s announces its fourth annual Art + Tech Summit: NFTs and Beyond will take place on July 15 with a hybrid in-person and virtual ticketed conference.

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The Art + Tech Summit continues Christie’s ongoing initiative to spark dialogue about the role and impact of emerging technologies in the art world. This year we will bring together innovators, artists, thought leaders, collectors and more, for a series of panel discussions around NFTs in the morning session, followed by afternoon conversations on the way technology is impacting the way we create, experience, buy and sell art. The Summit is presented by Stella Artois, a brand that has forever been a patron of the arts as well as has been at the forefront of globally offering NFTs, perfecting the recipe for successfully entering the space.

Bonnie Brennan, President of Christie’s, Americas remarks: “Christie’s Art + Tech Summit offers a forum to invite some of the brightest technology thought leaders to discuss their views on emerging trends and predictions facing the future of our business. We are honored to bring together leading experts, influencers, and creative minds, who are redefining the art world with respect to technology, and changing the way art is created, experienced, and circulated.”

The Summit will feature a stimulating mix of keynote lectures, debates and panel discussions, interspersed with short and powerful ideas-based talks. Our panelists will include noted artists, collectors, investors and industry leaders from MicrosoftTik Tok, Anheuser Busch, Tezos, Lago Frame and Portl, among many others. Further information, including the full speaker list and agenda together with details of ticket payment and venue location, will be available here.

Schedule | July 15 | Art + Tech Summit: NFTs and Beyond

Part One | NFT’s and the Art World

NFT’s at Christie’s : How We Got Here and What’s Next

NFT’s Impact on the Art Market: Democratization, Monetization, Emergence and Sustainability

NFT Revolution: Expanding the NFT Conversation

Part Two | Art and Tech in a Post-Pandemic World

Creating Technology for the Metaverse

The Innovation Cycle: Microsoft and the Technology Evolution

Hybrid World: Fluidity between Live Experiences and Digital Technology

 

Lauren Denowitz, Senior Director of Creative and Communications, of Stella Artois comments, “We’re so incredibly excited to be part of Christie’s Art+Tech Summit this summer that focuses on NFTs. As a brand that has long supported the art community, we recognize that our consumers are equally as invested in the art space and have since evolved to collecting art digitally. Not only are we excited about the industry’s evolution and success but in looking forward at how NFTs can drive our business goals.”

Christie’s continues to underpin its position at the forefront of the burgeoning NFT market as the first international auction house to sell an NFT of a purely digital work of art—setting a new world record for digital art, achieving the highest price for any lot in any online-only auction, the highest price for any winning bid placed online, and the highest total for any online-only auction with the sale of Beeple’s EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS for $69 million.

Additional digitals innovations at Christie’s include:

  • The first international auction house to utilize AR technology, pioneered during the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in 2017 and then the record-breaking Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection in 2018.
  • In 2018, partnering with industry leader, Artory, Christie’s was the first international auction house to record sales of works on a Blockchain in An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection.
  • The first auction house to sell an artwork created by Artificial Intelligence/AI (Obvious, Portrait of Edward de Belamy, 2018) sold for $432,500.
  • The first sale of a mixed reality work at auction with Marina Abramovic’s The Life in 2020 for £287,500.

Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho Communications – Communications and PR Veteran, Bestselling Author of Leadership Secrets of The Worlds Most Successful CEO’s

Eric Yaverbaum

Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho Communications, is a communications, media, and public relations expert with over 40 years in the industry, having co-founded Jericho Communications and served as President from 1985 until its successful sale in 2006. Eric has worked with a wide-range of top-of-their-industry clients, including Sony, IKEA, Progressive Insurance, Domino’s, Beachbody, H&M, and fitness guru Jack LaLanne.

Eric is also a bestselling author who literally wrote the book on public relations – the industry-standard bestseller Public Relations for Dummies – as well as six other titles, including Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs (with over a million copies sold). He is a regular TV pundit, and his expert commentary has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, The New York Times, HuffPost, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business, Inc., and PR Week, among others.

Eric Yaverbaum Interview Focus

1. Professional Career: Can you tell us about yourself and how it all started?

2. Career as Communications and PR expert 

3. How do you see PR and marketing now?

4. With AI creating new waves, how do you see the challenges in PR communications?

5. How do you see leadership nowadays?

6. You are a bestselling author of Leadership Secrets of The Worlds Most Successful CEO’s, what can you tell us about your book?

7. Your new book is very inspiring, can you tell me more about it?


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Eric Yaverbaum Biography

Eric Yaverbaum, CEO of Ericho Communications, is a communications, media, and public relations expert with over 40 years in the industry, having co-founded Jericho Communications and served as President from 1985 until its successful sale in 2006. Eric has worked with a wide-range of top-of-their-industry clients, including Sony, IKEA, Progressive Insurance, Domino’s, Beachbody, H&M, and fitness guru Jack LaLanne, with whom he introduced fitness and wellness culture to Middle America in the 1980s, helping kickstart the same movement that brought aerobics and juicing to American households.

Eric, a global leader in public relations, has the influence and reach to give his clients the exposure they need, getting them placements in media outlets as varied as the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, Entrepreneur, and Forbes. Eric is also a bestselling author who literally wrote the book on public relations – the industry-standard bestseller, Public Relations for Dummies – as well as six other titles including Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs (with over a million copies sold). He is a regular TV pundit, and his expert commentary has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, The New York Times, HuffPost, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business, Inc., and PR Week, among others. His communications expertise and professional and media contacts have enabled him to generate high-quality placements for his clients, offering valuable exposure for both important causes and innovative businesses alike.

At Jericho, Eric was instrumental in developing the “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” campaign for raising both awareness and Federal stem cell research funding for multiple sclerosis (MS), successfully getting a research bill through the House of Representatives, which led to him being named a “Hero of Public Relations” by industry bible PR Week in recognition for his work. His “Strike Back” campaign in 1985, at just 24 years old, helped forestall a lengthy MLB strike that threatened to derail an entire reason, bringing both sides back to the negotiating table. Additionally, he spearheaded the 2009-2010 Tappening campaign, which encouraged the use of reusable water bottles.

Eric has extensive experience in counseling a wide range of clients in corporate, consumer, retail, technology, and professional services markets as well as building brands such as Domino’s Pizza, TCBY, Progressive Insurance, Subway Sandwiches, Tae Bo, Trillium Health Products, Bell Atlantic, American Express, and Sony, among many others. 

Eric was vital in helping launch the IKEA brand in North America, bringing it from the fringes of American consumer consciousness to the central place in home furnishing it occupies today. Serving as its primary PR strategist for over a decade, Eric helped develop the blueprint for the IKEA store opening event, which regularly sees hundreds of people camping out for days in anticipation of each opening.

In addition to his work at Jericho, Eric was an active member of the highly selective Young President’s Organization for over a decade where he was the Chapter Chairman of the Gotham Chapter in New York City, and he founded Ericho Communications in 2007. Headquartered in New York, with offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Santa Monica, today, Ericho works with pioneering clients all over the globe. With a reputation for its unique expertise in strategic media relations, crisis communications, and media training, the multi-faceted PR and communications agency provides public relations campaigns, media outreach, and communications solutions for innovative businesses, high-profile clients, and exciting startups in a variety of industries.

As an Author

Eric Yaverbaum is a bestselling author who literally wrote the book on public relations – the industry-standard bestseller PR for Dummies – as well as six other titles including Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs. His expert commentary has been featured on Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times, HuffPost, CNBC, Fox Business, and PR Week, among others.

With over a million copies sold, in Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs Eric based his work on interviews with 100 top executives of diverse companies (ranging from the American Red Cross to the Walt Disney Internet Group), the head of a New York public relations firm confirms a survey finding that experience greatly contributes to leadership ability. From words of wisdom on decision-making, adapting to change, and related issues, Yaverbaum distills a list of strategies for success. 

Each edited interview is straightforward and brief, yet dives to the heart of what business strategies, philosophies and attitudes have worked best for these chiefs. From words of wisdom on decision-making to adapting to change, Yaverbaum distills a list of strategies for success.

Eric is hard at work in his new book. Coming up in 2022, The Audacity Of Silver Linings is what Eric describes “my next and perhaps most important book.” He says about this book: “Never say never. The first 50 years are the hardest. My eighth and not last book comes out in 2022. The world has clearly changed. No one saw this coming anywhere near the extent of the day we find ourselves in now. And that’s ok. We never actually do. Not the big stuff. If you’re feeling like there is no way, then this would be a particularly good time to make one. Challenge yourself to enjoy the space between where we are and wherever we might be going.”

Links & Sources

https://www.ericyaverbaum.com/

https://www.amazon.es/Leadership-Secrets-Worlds-Most-Successful/dp/0793180619

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0471772720/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericyaverbaum/

https://www.instagram.com/eric_yaverbaum/?hl=es

https://www.facebook.com/yaverbaum

https://chiefexecutive.net/author/ericyaverbaum1/

https://erichopr.com/about

Twelve Universities Join Forces To Launch Impact Investment Fund

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Twelve leading universities have joined forces to create an impact investment fund, Impact 12 (www.impact12.com), to support mission-led university ventures.

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The ten-year, multi-million-pound fund will support social ventures created within the twelve participating universities across the UK. The fund will support ventures motivated by beneficial social or environmental impact, rather than solely by profit.

Impact 12 has been developed by Social Investment Scotland (SIS), an impact investor and responsible finance provider based in Edinburgh, in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Northampton, Coventry and eight universities comprising the MICRA Project (Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick). Oxford University Innovation leads the consortium.

Impact 12’s aim is to bring positive change, to people and places, by accelerating the development and success of impact-led social ventures spun out of universities. It will support social ventures with innovative finance tailored to their needs, including equity investment and debt. The fund will also provide access to timely and expert mission-aligned finance and impact support.

Impact 12 will be managed by SIS Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SIS, which provides the tools and investment required to help early-stage mission-driven businesses grow and deliver social impact at scale. SIS Ventures will shortly be recruiting a dedicated Impact 12 Senior Investment Manager whose initial focus will be fundraising.

The fund will launch later this year with an initial fundraising target of £8 million. The capital raised will be deployed to support up to fifteen social ventures from across the partner universities, with both seed and follow-on funding over the next ten years.

Impact 12 will tap into the growing interest in impact investing and the rise of social enterprise strategies within universities. It will fundraise among alumni networks as well as the wider impact investor community. Figures from the annual CASE-Ross Support for Education Survey showed that new philanthropic funds secured by UK and Irish higher education institutions reached £1.3 billion in 2019-20 – the third year running that new funds secured from philanthropic sources have remained higher than £1 billion since the report’s inception in 2000.

With mission-driven companies increasingly out-performing more traditional business models, funding from Impact 12 will help meet a clear need for early-stage finance among university social ventures, which often lack the financial support of traditional university spinouts or start-ups.

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford said: “I am delighted to see the growing emphasis on social ventures. Over the past three years, 11 companies targeting six of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have emerged from the four Divisions of the University. Combining applied research with sustainable economics they address some of the critical issues of the day. Impact 12 will align Oxford’s research and innovation expertise with the community experience of our partner institutions and advance the progress of social ventures far beyond Oxfordshire’s borders.”

Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge said: “Cambridge is proud to join forces with sister universities to launch Impact 12, a powerful partnership for social ventures to expand their networks and scale up their work. The social ventures supported by our 12 universities will be at the forefront of creating change and finding solutions to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor, University of Northampton commented: “The University of Northampton is delighted to be part of the Impact 12 partnership, supporting impact driven start-ups, spin-outs and community enterprises through innovative impact investment products. Our mission at the University is focused on ‘Transforming Lives and Inspiring Change’, a mantra that will be further bolstered by our work together on Impact 12. We see this new fund as an innovative initiative that will demonstrate the impact that higher education institutions can deliver in partnership with impact driven organisations like SIS Ventures.”

Alastair Davis, CEO, SIS said: “At a time when global economies are still suffering the impacts of the pandemic, Impact 12 provides a new and exciting vehicle for helping to support and fund some of the very best mission-driven businesses spinning out of universities’ research labs and accelerators. For SIS Ventures, this fund also marks a new opportunity to realise our ambition of entering new markets where we feel able to support impact creation. Through our collaboration with these twelve universities, we believe we can create considerable impact by supporting mission-aligned businesses which have the potential to be the cornerstone of our economy in years to come.”

For more information on Impact12 visit www.impact12.com

A Groundbreaking Tech Valuation Tool: Oxvalue.Ai Harnesses The Power Of Data To Determine The Worth Of A Technology With Unparalleled Precision

The launch of the Oxvalue.Ai is taking place via Zoom on 25th June 2021 as part of the International Investment and Innovation Forum in partnership with openbusinesscouncil.org.

The International Investment and Innovation Forum on June 25 Co-hosted by Citiesabc Openbusinesscouncil and The University of Oxford’s TMCD

OxValue.AI, a big data based company, originated from groundbreaking research from the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD),  in University of Oxford, will offer a novel way of determining the monetary value of a technology (pre or post patent grant) to fill a significant gap in existing methods, and potentially creating a decision-making tool for investors.

A variety of methods are currently used to work out what new technologies are worth, from simple financial formulas to highly complex techniques. However, the existing methods have significant drawbacks: they are either subject to assumptions of future income, or rely on subjective assessments, or based on past investment and do not reflect the value of creativity and novelty, or are purely theoretical and cannot be used in practice. This means they tend to have poor predictive power.

OxValue.AI will launch and pioneer a new approach drawing on significant quantities of data. OxValue.AI is designed to commercialise the VEST (Valuation of Early-Stage Technology) Tool, which leverages big data of startup companies and patents, initially in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry. The VEST tool is also an algorithm that can estimate the monetary value of a technology (pre or post patent grant).

VEST was developed in a research project led by Professor Xiaolan Fu – Professor of Technology and International Development, University of Oxford and Chair of OxValue.AI. The researchers created a database that matched all UK start-ups – defined as being less than five years old between 2006 and 2015 – with records of patents granted in the relevant technology fields by the world’s major patent grant offices during the same time period.

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A Groundbreaking Tech Valuation Tool: Oxvalue.Ai Harnesses The Power Of Data To Determine The Worth Of A Technology With Unparalleled Precision

The OxValue.AI will provide the service to value technology companies based on how the characteristics of the patents, the characteristics of the companies themselves, and the market into which the technology was introduced explained variability in their ultimate value. The model was able to explain around 85% of the variations in the value of technologies owned by the start-ups in the database and will now be used to support companies in doing their own evaluations. The founding members including Professor Xiaolan Fu, the director of the TMCD, as the Chair of the Board, Professor Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, Head of Oxford Department of International Development, and Board Member of the company, and Professor Yu Xiong, Associate Dean International at University of Surrey, and Managing Director for the company.

‘The model has already proven itself to have a highly accurate predictive power, especially for technologies at an early stage of commercialisation,’ said Professor Fu, Chair of OxValue.AI. ‘It also uses completely objective data, which is a significant improvement on existing methods.’

The International Investment and Innovation Forum

OxValue.AI will be launched during the International Investment and Innovation Forum taking place via Zoom on Friday 25th June 2021 in partnership with openbusinesscouncil.org. The forum and launch will be run in partnership with the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at the Department for International Development, University of Oxford (ODID), and the fast-growing open business platform openbusinesscouncil.org, a Leading Global Digital Business Directory Certification and Marketplace platform. Created by a team of global thought and business leaders with more than 20 years of experience working with governments, business networks, tech ecosystems, universities, we offer a business directory submission and digital blockchain AI certificate for businesses and professionals.

The International Investment and Innovation Forum on June 25 Co-hosted by Citiesabc Openbusinesscouncil and The University of Oxford’s TMCD

Notable speakers to address this event will include Prof. Xiaolan Fu, Director of TMCD at  Oxford University; Prof Diego Sanchez Ancorchea, Head of ODID at Oxford University; The Pro Vice Chancellor of Oxford University; Lord Tim Clement Jones, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence; Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Head of Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO; Co-Editor, Global Innovation Index; Eugene Qian, Chairman of UBS Securities; Dr. Junmin Kong, CEO of IPRUN; Vernon Sankey, Director Board Of Directors, Atos SE and Chris Fellingham, Oxford University Innovation and Mr Dinis Guarda, the Chairman of Open Business Council. Government representatives like Mr. Shabbir Ali Qureshi – Minister of State for Housing and Works, Pakistan and Ms Dzuleira Abu Bakar – Group CEO at Technology Park Malaysia Corporation, will also attend to the event as speakers.

openbusinesscouncil is pound to co-organize the launch event.

Details of the event can be found below:

Date: 25/06/2021
Time: 11:00 am-1pm (GMT+1, London)

To register for the event, please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-investment-and-innovation-forumand-launch-of-oxvalueai-tickets-158376679913

To watch the broadcast on Youtube, please visit:

For more information about the technology and this event:

About OxValue.ai

About TMCD Technology Management Center For Development

About ODID Oxford Department for International Development

About openbusinesscouncil

Europe’s Top 500 Companies: Brand Finance Reveals Auto Mobile Brands Dominate Europe

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Brand Finance has released its list of Europe’s top 500 most valuable and powerful brands. According to the Brand Finance ranking, European retail’s biggest brands are largely consistent with auto mobile brands, with Ferrari and Mercedes being the two largest brands in Europe.  

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For the first time, Brand Finance’s list has expanded to cover the continent’s 500 most valuable brands, allowing comparisons to the world’s two other main economies – the United States and China. The United States is in a league of its own, with its top 500 companies having a total brand worth of €3.40 trillion. While Europe comes in second place, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has undermined its standing and China is quickly catching up, with its top 500 brands totaling €1.65 trillion in brand value.

The Coronavirus has decimated Europe and the rest of the world, and the impact on the continent’s leading brands cannot be overstated, with the overall brand value of the top 500 rankings dropping 10% year on year. The epidemic has put Europe’s leading companies to the test; some have genuinely flourished and benefited as customers’ behaviors have radically changed. In addition to measuring overall brand value, Brand Finance also determines the relative strength of brands through a balanced scorecard of metrics evaluating marketing investment, stakeholder equity, and business performance.

Ferrari Impact as Europe’s Strongest Brand

auto mobile, brand finance, brexit, European Fashion, Ferrari, Mercedes According to these criteria, Ferrari is Europe’s strongest brand. The brand responded to the epidemic in a consistent way, initially shutting down production and then restarting with an emphasis on providing a safe working environment. This reduced disturbance whilst still reinforcing the brand’s reputation as a high-quality and responsible company. In line with this, Ferrari ranks high for reputation in our Global Brand Equity Monitor study, particularly in Western Europe (in the top 3 of all brands researched in France, Italy, and the UK). Ferrari remains a highly desired brand, albeit aspirational rather than accessible for many.

Alongside revenue forecasts, brand strength is a crucial driver of brand value. As Ferrari’s brand strength maintained its rating, its brand value dropped only slightly, down 4% to €7.9 billion. For years, Ferrari has utilized merchandise to support brand awareness and diversify revenue streams and is now taking steps to preserve the exclusivity of the brand, planning to reduce current licensing agreements by 50% and eliminate 30% of product categories.

Automobiles speed as Europe’s strongest sector

Automobiles are the most valuable sector across the continent, with the 27 brands that feature in the Brand Finance Europe 500 2021 ranking accounting for 14% of the total brand value (€237.7 billion). German brands still command the auto industry across Europe, with the seven brands represented totaling an impressive €171.5 billion or three-quarters of the sector’s total. Mercedes-Benz once again leads the pack as the most valuable brand in Europe, with a brand value of €49.6 billion. Volkswagen (down 1% to €40.0 billion), BMW (down 6% to €34.4 billion), and Porsche (down 5% to €29.2 billion) all claim places in the top 10 in 3rd, 5th, and 6th respectively.

Despite keeping its position at the top, Mercedes-Benz has seen its brand value fall by 16% this year. Most conventional vehicle manufacturers, including Mercedes, have had a rough year, with sales affected by COVID-19. The legendary German automaker also failed to develop a cohesive electric mobility strategy and express a clear vision for its electric vehicle models.

Volkswagen has yielded better results, with its brand value dropping by only 1%. The brand has maintained its focus on its ‘New Volkswagen’ strategy, which has been regarded as a new era for the brand, as well as its TOGETHER 2025+ vision, with the eventual goal of selling 50 distinct fully-electric cars and another 30 plug-in hybrid choices.

The retail sector posts brand value growth

Bucking the trend across Europe’s largest industries, the retail sector has recorded a 4% uptick in cumulative brand value. It is the third most valuable sector, behind autos and banking, with the 49 brands that feature accounting for 9% of the total brand value.

Unsurprisingly, various types of retailers have been impacted by the pandemic differently, as consumer habits have been forced to change. Notably, delivery apps and e-commerce platforms are among the fastest growers in the ranking this year. Delivery apps have benefited from the displacement of hospitality spend, where demand for quality food and small indulgences cannot be fulfilled by lockdown-hit restaurants and bars, with consumers turning to takeaways.

Germany’s Delivery Hero is the fastest-growing brand in the ranking, following an impressive 148% brand value growth to €3.2 billion. Similarly, Just Eat is the second-fastest-growing brand, up 112% to €2.5 billion.

Nevertheless, brick-and-mortar retailers IKEA (down 13% to €15.3 billion), Aldi, and Lidl still claim the podium for the sector’s most valuable brands. The German supermarket rivals have posted contrasting results, however, with Aldi recording a 2% increase in brand value and Lidl a 14% decrease.

Aldi (brand value €13.2 billion) has embarked on a foray into the online retail space, successfully pivoting its offering in the face of the pandemic. The same strategy has not been undertaken by Lidl (brand value €9.6 billion), with the CEO of the UK arm, Christian Härtnagel, arguing the pandemic has artificially inflated demand for online shopping and that the costs are simply too high.

With the nation’s 65 brands making up 25% of the total brand value in the ranking, Germany is well ahead of the pack. France sits in second, with 91 brands featuring and their brand value equating to 20% of the total. Orange (down 1% to €16.3 billion), Total (down 26% to €15.4 billion), and AXA (up 1% to €14.8 billion) are the top three most valuable French brands, claiming 13th, 15th, and 19th spots, respectively. Orange has continued its focus on the deployment of 5G, which as of the beginning of 2021, is present in 160 cities.

auto mobile, brand finance, brexit, European Fashion, Ferrari, Mercedes  Is Brexit putting the United Kingdom upon on combative?

In spite of having the most brands represented, the United Kingdom is the only major economy to lose companies from the ranking this year, with nine names dropping out. The true impact of Britain’s official withdrawal from the European Union in January 2020 is unknown, especially considering the previous year’s economic insecurity.

A total of 334 brands, or over two-thirds of the top 500, are from the EU, a figure that has decreased significantly since the UK’s departure. There are just 22 brands from Central and Eastern Europe represented in total. The bulk of these brands are from Russia, which accounts for 2% of the overall brand value in the list.

University Of Oxford’s TMCD And openbusinesscouncil To Co-Organize The International Investment and Innovation Forum On June, 25

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The International Investment Innovation Forum is a prestigious annual conference, co-organised this year by openbusinesscouncil and the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) – part of the Oxford Department for International Development (ODID), University of Oxford

The International Investment and Innovation Forum on June 25 Co-hosted by Citiesabc Openbusinesscouncil and The University of Oxford’s TMCD

Due to be held online on 25 June, the International Investment Innovation Forum has long played host to such groundbreaking technological advances and provided them with concrete financial support, from guest investors to incubators. Taking place at the end of the month, the Forum will bring together a rich ecosystem of thought leaders, tech innovators and business magnates.

The opening session will be presided over by Professor Xiaolan Fu, Director of TMCD, and feature high-profile speakers: Professor Chas Bountra, Pro Vice Chancellor for Innovation at the University of Oxford; Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Co-Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence; Dr Eugene Quian, Chairman of UBS Securities; and Dr Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Head of the Economics and Statistics Division at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and Co-Editor of the Global Innovation Index.

The keynote session, chaired by Professor Diego Sanchez Ancorchea, Head of ODID. Keynote speakers include Mr Dinis Guarda, Chairman of Open Business Council; Dr Junmin Kong, CEO of Ciprun; and Sonia Kabir, Founder of SBK Foundation and Ignite Fund. The Forum will end with a talk from Chris Fellingham, Licensing & Ventures Manager at Oxford University Innovation.

Other speakers that will take part in the forum include Vernon Sankey, Director Board Of Directors, Atos SE and top government officials like Mr. Shabbir Ali Qureshi – Minister of State for Housing and Works, Pakistan and Ms Dzuleira Abu Bakar – Group CEO at Technology Park Malaysia Corporation.

The Forum will also host the launch of OxValue.AI, a spin out social enterprise from the University offering a new way to determine the monetary value of a technology pre or post patent grant. OxValue.AI aims to facilitate the transfer of technology to developing countries as well as fund research within TMCD (Oxford). Professor Xiaolon Fu will introduce OxValue.AI while Professor Yu Xiong, Associate Dean International at Surrey University, presides over the launch and MoU signing.

As one of the fastest-growing digital business directory certifications and marketplaces, OBC coordinates global thought and business leaders with over twenty years of experience working with governments, business networks, tech ecosystems and universities, offering a business directory submission and digital blockchain AI certificate for both professionals and corporations. Joining forces with the TMCD centre of University of Oxford will create an unparalleled database of intelligence, knowledge and savoir faire regarding AI and its practical applications in financial scenarios such as funding, accounting and valuation.

Details of the event can be found below

Date: 25/06/2021
Time: 11:00 am-1pm (GMT+1, London)

Register for this event for free 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-investment-and-innovation-forumand-launch-of-oxvalueai-tickets-158376679913

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NFT Olympic Pins Marketplace Launched Ahead Of The Olympic Games

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nWay, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, today launched nWayPlay.com, the home of officially licensed Olympic non-fungible token (NFT) Pins. Collectors can purchase assorted boxes of NFT Olympic Pins on nWayPlay.com starting June 22, with the peer-to-peer transaction functionality on the marketplace to come online on June 29. 

NFT Pins, NFT Olympic Pins, nWay

nWayPlay.com is a new decentralized marketplace for collectors and gamers to buy, sell, and play-to-earn various NFTs with officially licensed IPs. The marketplace will be connected to various games on nWayPlay’s platform – including the real-time Olympic-themed competitive video game to be launched in the lead up to the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing 2022 – and powered by the Flow blockchain, which offers a unique combination of scalability, usability, and environmentally sustainable features. Flow is a Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchain that does not consume large amounts of electricity that Proof of Work (PoW) blockchains, such as Ethereum and Bitcoin, consume.

Unlike Ethereum-based NFTs that deter purchases of lower-priced NFTs due to high gas fees, the Flow-based marketplace will support a low transaction fee and wider spectrum of prices, allowing more mainstream fans and collectors to participate.

The NFT Olympic Pins are part of the Olympic Heritage Collection, which celebrates the art and design of the past Olympic Games and reflects the graphic legacy of the world’s largest sporting event, such as posters, emblems, pictograms, and mascots from 125 years of modern Olympic Games. The NFT Olympic Pins are digital versions of collectible and tradeable Olympic Pins, which will have various properties generally associated with physical pins, including authenticity, scarcity, and provenance, making them true collectors’ items.

“Today marks the beginning of a new Olympic-themed digital entertainment experience consisting of NFT Olympic pins and crossplay multiplayer video games that we are developing as part of our new licensing agreement with the International Olympic Committee,” said Taehoon Kim, CEO of nWay. “We built nWayPlay on the Flow blockchain, the same platform used by NBA Top Shot, because its energy consumption associated with NFTs is dramatically lower than Proof of Work-driven alternatives.”

Collectors can obtain unique and officially licensed NFT Olympic Pins in three ways:

1) by purchasing assorted boxes on nWayPlay.com;

2) by purchasing specific pins directly from other collectors on the nWayPlay Marketplace,

or 3) by earning them free of charge by playing a real-time Olympic-themed competitive video game connected to nWayPlay and to be launched in the lead-up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

About nWay

nWay, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is a San Francisco-based developer, publisher, and tech platform for competitive multiplayer games across mobile, PC, and consoles. The company has a strong track record of developing AAA quality games on mobile and console, such as recently launched WWEⓇ Undefeated, POWER RANGERS: Battle for the Grid, POWER RANGERS: Legacy Wars, and ChronoBlade. nWay is comprised of leading developers and senior executives from Sony, Electronic Arts, WB Games, LucasArts, Kabam, Nexon, and NCSoft. The team has collectively contributed to over a dozen hit mobile, console, and online games, including Marvel Contest of Champions, the Injustice series, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Dominations, FIFA, Battlefield Online, Lineage II, and Warhammer. For more information about nWay, visit www.nway.com.

About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands, ranked in the Financial Times list of High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2021, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, gamification, and artificial intelligence. Animoca Brands develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Formula 1, Marvel, WWE, Power Rangers, MotoGP, and Doraemon. Animoca Brands’ portfolio of blockchain investments and partnerships includes Sky Mavis (Axie Infinity), Dapper Labs (CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot), OpenSea, Harmony, Bitski, and Alien Worlds. Its subsidiaries include The Sandbox, Quidd, Gamee, nWay, Pixowl, and Lympo. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or get updates by following Animoca Brands on Facebook or Twitter.

About the International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit, civil, non-governmental, international organisation made up of volunteers which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of USD 3.4 million goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world. For more information, please visit www.olympics.com.

About the Olympic Heritage Collection

The Olympic Heritage Collection is one of the IOC’s three Global Licensing core programmes, and it centres on past Olympic Games, lifestyle and high-end products with limited editions aiming to connect the audience with Olympic history through the art and design of previous editions. The target is Olympic enthusiasts and anyone who would like to own a piece of Olympic history.

Interview with Selena Le, Founder & CEO of WSAFE Impact Venture – Investing In A More Sustainable Future in Vietnam And The World

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Selena Le is the Head of International Village; Executive Director of WSAFE – Science and Technology Incubator for the aim of long-lasting development and the Founder/Director at No Waste Vietnam – A Climate and Environment Organization.

 Selena Le Interview Questions

1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education… 

2. Career highlights

3. About WSAFE 

4. How do you see the Vietnam startup ecosystem?

5. How do you see ESG, Sustainability in the nature of your work with No Waist Vietnam?

6. Can you tell us some examples of startups from Vietnam?

7. What are your views on our investment and innovation on sustainability, society, technology and digital transformations?

8. With Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?

9. What are your visions for the present and future?


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Selena Le Biography

Selna Le has more than 10 years of startup experience and more than 15 years working with B2Bs, both domestically and internationally with leading brands. She has joined the Innovative Startup Ecosystem for more than 6 years since Vietnam officially joined in supporting startups along with the world.

She is also a Speaker/Judge/Coach/Mentor for Start-up Technologies/Entrepreneurs from pre-seed to Series B. In addition, she also assists businesses in scaling up tissue, internationalization, fundraising and increasing revenue. Her passion is working to promote sustainability that delivers sustainable solutions to the climate and the environment. Her background is Business Development, Economy, Language, Nutrition…

WSAFE

When Selena Le founded No Waste Vietnam, she aimed at reducing plastic waste, CO2 Emission, and the damage from negative climate impact. They built an Impact Venture Builder called WSAFE, to support, help, create the-stronger-the-better-solutions from these tech startups – from food, Agriculture, new material, medical, health care, education, energy, construction, fashion,.. ,scientific, NPO, NGO, social Enterprise together solving the existing problems. Her role in this organization is building a better team, strategy, investment for startups, finding the best and suitable partnership among the innovative startup Ecosystem.

“After 5 years, even though we are not as big as Silicon Valley but we know each other, we always try to be better than yesterday. The innovation ecosystem in Vietnam is growing and well connected. We are going through a time of great changes and opportunities,” she said.

About the importance of Techfest Vietnam. “Every year Vietnam has around 1000 more start-ups. Vietnam government is slowly becoming more open-minded and giving investors better opportunities to invest in and to establish start-ups.”

Selena Le Links And Resources:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/selenale/ 

https://medium.com/@pierre_43982/interview-with-selena-le-the-solution-comes-through-empowering-people-5447855ac897 

https://www.soulsofsociety.com/2017/02/15/selena-le/