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Startup Nations Summit held in Tallinn, Estonia 2017

KG Labs PF founder Aziz Soltobaev attended Startup Nations summit held on November 20-22, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The Startup Nations Summit gathers a network of entrepreneurship policy shapers from around the world to identify, test and track innovative policy levers and smart public sector driven programs for new and young businesses.

At the sixth edition of SNS, Aziz had met new partners to improve startup entrepreneurship policy in Kyrgyz Republic, learned case studies and best practices from different regions that advanced entrepreneurial growth all around the world.

In particular, Aziz passed crash course Estonian eGovernance: how it helps businesses improve operations and why startup from all over the world consider Estonia as new startup hotspot. It could especially helpful in drafting Taza Koom policy on businesses.

Another discovery was implementing sandbox approach to foster digital innovations. Representatives from South Asia, European Union and Latin America shared their experiences of adopting innovation policies and challenges they faced. Kyrgyzstan could adopt best practices to spur innovation in financial sector of economy.

Participants deep dived into agile policy making, applied Policy Lean Canvas (leanpolicy.org), developed by Dave Moscovitz, to draft user-centered, business-friendly policies. Most of the findings could be used in building agile policy making in Kyrgyzstan in future.

Visit to Fujitsu Digital Transformation Center, Japan

Fujitsu Digital Transformation Center, Japan

KG Labs founder visited Fujitsu Digital Transformation Center (DTC) in November, 2017.

Representatives of the working group “Taza Koom” National Digital Transformation Program – Talant Sultanov and Aziz Soltobaev met with the “Nippon Signal Co. Ltd. ” company and visited the Fujitsu Limited Digital Transformation Center.  They held negotiations on company’s involvement in the implementation of digital projects in Kyrgyzstan.

The “Nippon Ko Signal., LLC” company  reported its interest in participating in projects within the National Digital Transformations Program – Taza Koom. The parties discussed  the features of the “Smart City” project in details.

 

In turn, Fujitsu Limited presented the latest developments in the field of intellectual systems to increase the transparency of financial reporting, as well as the virtual and expanded reality that could be applied in Kyrgyzstan.

 

T.Sultanov informed in detail the interlocutors about the National Digital Transformation Program of Taza Koom.

 

 

Kyrgyz Republic Ambassador in Japan – Chingiz Aydarbekov noted  that at the Second Kyrgyz-Japanese Forum in Tokyo on qualitative infrastructure, held on  September 14, 2017,  delegations discussed a wide range of cooperation, including the Taza Koom program.

Moreover, Fujitsu Limited concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kyrgyz delegation on cooperation aimed at implementing the Taza Koom Program.

In conclusion, the aforementioned Japanese companies expressed their intention to continue consultations with Kyrgyz partners in order to identify and implement joint projects within the framework of the Taza Koom program.

 

More information: Official web-site of Fujitsu DTC.

Hackathon “Safe City and Safe Society”, Bishkek, October, 2017

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to present you the project – Hackathon “Safe City and Safe Society”!

Hackathon will provide you with 54 hours of intensive brainstorming, team building and programming, after which your team will create a working prototype of software aimed at solving one of the identified problems.

Our goal is to create a creative and progressive platform for designers, developers, human rights experts, managers and visionaries to create real applications, programs and other IT products aimed at combating the existing social problems of our society.

Date: October 20 – 22, 2017
Place: American University of Central Asia
Participation: free of charge
Number of participants in the team: from 5 to 7
Prize fund: 75 000 KGS for revision of the submitted project
Registration of teams: on the official website of the event.

More information: http://openline.kg/hackathon

If you still have questions, message us on the page of the hackathon or send an email to the: savelyeva_m@auca.kg; altynaynurkamilova@gmail.com

Organization Team: PF Open Line in partnership with Greenhouse of Social Technologies, American University in Central Asia and PF KG Labs with the support of Sigrid Rausing Trust Fund and UN Women in Kyrgyzstan.

Creative Business Cup – Partnership Network

Creative Business Cup is much more than just a competition – it is a global year-round initiative that empowers entrepreneurs in the creative industries, helping them grow their business ideas, connecting them to investors and the global markets, and strengthening their innovative capabilities to the benefit of industry and society.

Startup Ecosystem meeting in Bishkek

Startup Community Meeting organized by KG Labs.
Startup Community Meeting organized by KG Labs.

KG Labs is pleased to host an informal meeting of startup ecosystem of Kyrgyzstan to discuss:

-news over the last six months since the last meeting;

-creation of events plan for the next six months;

-identification of “To Do’s” for the next six months.

Anyone who is interested in the development of the startup ecosystem is welcome and is ready to contribute.

Date: 15 September, 2017
Place: Ololo House
Time: 19-00.

Media Hackathon Ideation #1

Within the framework of the Media Hackathon, the Youth Council C5 + 1 team at the American University of Central Asia, in partnership with KG Labs Public Foundation, conducts a series of ideas sessions and seminars for potential hackathon participants, where they can learn about the current problems in the election of broad platforms for exchanging information, norms and restrictions In media literacy and on visual journalism.

The first session of three Ideation Session seminars on “What is Hackathon and how can it be related to the media? Problems – Technical Solutions – Local and global trends. “, Where you can find out the full picture of the current situation in the field of media and journalism and personally get acquainted with experts and experts in these fields.

The program includes speeches by four media experts from Kyrgyzstan: Internews – Elina Karakulova, Radio Liberty Azattyk – Adilet Bektursunov, and Gulnur Toralieva and Azamat Tynaev.
The session will take place in the format of an informal discussion under the moderation of Aziz Soltobaev.

Admission is free, registration on the spot.
Location: Sierra Tash Rabat (Address: Gorkogo 1G)
Time: 18:30, May 25, 2017.

Program:
18:30 Registration of participants and speakers. Networking
19:00 Moderator’s welcome and presentation of speakers
19:10 Discussion of pressing issues in the media sphere, what technical solutions are already available on the example of Russia, Ukraine and the West.
19:50 Question and Answer Session
20:10 Training on “Effective brainstorming”
20:40 Networking

The event is organized by the Youth Council C + 1 at the American University of Central Asia in partnership with KG Labs and the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

For more information, contact
To Maria Savelyeva, coordinator of the project “Media Hackathon” by email. Address: savelyeva_m@auca.kg

Media Hackathon on 9-10-11 June

Youth Council C5 + 1 in partnership with KG labs Public Foundation are pleased to announce the Media Hackathon!

What is Hackathon?
#Hackathon (from hack (see hacker) and marathon) is a platform where during 48 hours of intensive brainstorming, team building and programming a working prototype of software is created to solve any problem. “Hacking” is a creative approach to solving problems through technologies, where participants in a team of 6-7 people use their knowledge and practical skills to create a unique product. Designers, developers, marketers, visionaries and experts, inspired by a single idea, “crack” existing problems in the style of start-up. Throughout the whole time, together with the teams, professional mentors work to improve (real time) the product and prepare for the presentation of the project (pitching) in front of the panel of judges and potential investors.

Why Media Hackathon?

Have you thought about what news you see in your stream? Can you trust what you are told about by well-known media sources in the country and be confident about the quality of the content?

Today is the time of open data, alternative facts, social networks and a wide choice of platforms for information exchange. Today, in the world, where everyone can become a carrier of information and perform on social networking sites in front of thousands of users, it is very important to understand the impact of information and the user’s response. Nevertheless, in many countries freedom of speech is suppressed, citizens are faced with total muffling of their voices and the truthfulness of information arises. Questions about the flow of information and reaction to it from both the media and the public are particularly relevant in areas of social conflict and an active political race.

Who should be on the team?
2 Developers (front end, back end, full stack and others) *
Media specialist \ journalist *
Team manager \ team leader *
Designer (UI / UX and others)
The ideological inspirer
Marketer
Why do not you sleep for 48 hours?
A great opportunity to create a unique product and start your start-up!
New knowledge thanks to training from local and foreign specialists!
Dating with professionals in their field, networking!
Great prizes from our partners and organizers!

If we convince you and you are ready to spend with us 48 hours, then the following information is obligatory for reading.

THE TERMS OF PARTICIPATION:

1. Participation is free, but participants must register the team or on an individual basis through Google’s form in advance. As a result of registration, the organizers will send a confirmation letter.
2. Working with teams and teamwork:
– There should be 5-7 people in a team and the team must be balanced, that is, have developers, a media specialist, a designer, an ideological mastermind / manager, in order to present the final product in 48 (!) Hours.
– If you do not have a team, then you will have the opportunity to present your idea to find a team OR you can join the existing team if your field of activity suits it.
-Every assembled team will receive a separate room / place to work throughout Hackaton. The teams will have to discuss the roles in the team, identify the action plan, determine the visuality of the final product and begin work on it. Therefore, the presence of a leader / manager in a team that will follow the time, the concentration of ideas, the progress of the team – is a critical element for quality work.
– Remember, 48 hours is an extreme period!
– Each participant will be added a participant, who will take the role of observer. Participants will be a member of the group “Youth Council C5 + 1”.
3. Due to the fact that the target audience of Media Hakaton is more Russian-speaking, the working language of the event will be Russian. Nevertheless, English-speaking participants are allowed at the event, provided that all team members speak English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available for lectures and presentations.
4. Breakfast, lunch (on Saturday and Sunday) and dinner (only on Saturday) are provided by the organizers.
5. Due to the fact that Media Hakaton will be held during the month of Ramadan, the organizers can adapt the logistics to the participants at their request.
6. Unlimited snacks, tea, coffee, and water will be from the beginning to the end of the event.
7. All participants will spend 48 hours in the AUCA building (even at night!)
8. It is assumed that the potential participants of Hakaton attend all the ideological sessions to improve the quality of work on the Hakaton itself, however, this is not a prerequisite.

9. If participants need evaluation and feedback for their ideas, they can send a description of the idea to savelyeva_m@auca.kg before Friday, June 9, 12:00. Participants can prepare a PDF document for a brief pitch (Elevator Pitch), which contains: a brief description of personal experience, (10 seconds), an idea (5 seconds), what the idea is, what problems it affects, who the target audience, (30 seconds), Technical solution and monetization (if the idea is non-commercial, then the potential plan for obtaining funds for product development) (30 seconds), (optimized work plan for 54 hours) and who needs the team (20 seconds). The organizers will send an evaluation / feedback to 16:00 on Friday 9 June.
10. At the time of Hakaton, participants must have a laptop, phone, and the necessary accessories (extension cords / adapters, chargers)
11. Participants will need credit / debit cards for registration of domain names (domain names are free). Those participants who do not have maps will be helped by mentors.
12. Participants are allowed to bring sleeping bags and pillows.
13. Work with mentors: organizers will provide mentors to work with teams. Some are technical specialists, some are business specialists. Participants should be open to dialogue with them and ready to ask the right questions.
14. Participants must wear a badge and a branded T-shirt (they will receive during registration) throughout the event. This measure implies improved networking and provides the necessary environment for the protection of AUCA.
15. The presence of business cards for participants is welcomed.
16. Photo / video shooting is allowed.
17. Positive attitude, energy and openness contributes to increased productivity!
18. Participants are encouraged to invite family members, friends, colleagues and all interested in start-ups and media activities at the lecture of invited speakers on Saturday (June 10) and Sunday (June 11), and on the final pitching on Sunday (June 11) at 17: 00PM. Everything will be held in the AUCA Conference Hall.
Link to registration: https://goo.gl/forms/OC6pYJaZT7f09As12
INFORMATION ABOUT ORGANIZERS, PARTNERS AND SPONSORS:

The project “Youth Council C5 + 1” at the American University in Central Asia and in partnership with the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.
KG Labs Public Foundation, as well as regional media agencies experts, journalists, designers and developers.

For all questions about the project, please contact +996 (777) 331764

Pitching Day Travel&Tourism

It’s no secret that for any country the tourism sector opens up great economic opportunities. We highly appreciate the tourist opportunities of Kyrgyzstan. Therefore, KG Labs Public Foundation is pleased to announce the Pitching Day Travel & Tourism Hackathon.

The event will be held as part of the Career and Startup Fair at AUCA.

Pitching Day is a dynamic event that allows anyone who has a business idea to present it to judges and an audience consisting of entrepreneurs, investors and innovative communities.
Once selected by the jury, top start-ups will have access to a wider audience – this will help them raise money and connect with people who can help develop their project. In addition, start-ups get a chance to win valuable prizes.

Number of participants (presenters): 20 people. On the stage, no more than 20 ideas on the subject of tourism will be presented. Participants must pass the mandatory registration by the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XxlLhlp4XgZMDiMT0-PY-LC1_eiE8VaHnbK6NRHy3RI/edit.

Duration of one pitch: 3 minutes. Another 3 minutes for 1-2 questions from the audience.
Language of speaking for participants: ENGLISH
Winners will be in two categories: “technology solutions” and “startups”.

Time and place: April 22 at 15:00 at the American University in Central Asia, in the CH-1 auditorium, 4th floor.

Free admission. Sign up for guests by: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kWeIs6TYfIxy2eckitOG0i-nbueTt9bMhqUc8SdaD2Q/edit?usp=drive_web

Contact details:
For further information, please contact Bermet Malikova, Coordinator of the Public Fund “KG Labs” by e-mail: bermet.malikova@gmail.com.

Organizers of the event:
Public Foundation “KG Labs”, whose mission is to promote technological entrepreneurship in the Kyrgyz Republic; The American University of Central Asia is the leading innovation university in Central Asia.

Partners of the project: Business Association of Young Entrepreneurs “JIA”, as well as the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic.

This project is supported by the Democratic Commission of the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.