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KG Labs interview for CNBC – The New Silk Road. As China invests in Central Asian infrastructure, technology may get a boost.

Last October KG Labs founder gave an extended interview for an international edition of CNBC with an audience of 90 million households in the US. The documentary came out under the name New Digital Silk Road and will soon be available online. In the meantime, there was an article on the site. Together we will make the start-up ecosystem of Kyrgyzstan the best! Alga!

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/29/belt-and-road-tech-entrepreneurship-in-kyrgyzstan.html 

Trip to World Economic Forum 2018

KG Labs founder – Aziz Soltobaev as a part of the Kyrgyz Delegation headed by the Prime Minister Sapar Isakov visited World Economic Forum in Davos in January, 2018.

Talant Sultanov, Tiffany West, Aziz Soltobaev

One of the unofficial outcomes of the trip was the formation of a good partnership with the WEF team. We agreed to work with the center of the 4th Industrial Revolution to develop national policies in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the development of cybersecurity mechanisms with the help of AI, as well as certain joint initiatives for the development of the digital economy and society, the deployment of the KR in WEF transformation maps: https://toplink.weforum.org/knowledge/explore.

Aziz Soltobaev, Talant Sultanov

Forum gave opportunity to meet several key people in the area of technologies in tourism, computer science and others.

One of the them was president of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation – Christopher Elias. We agreed to realize projects in order to develop computer education in all libraries of Kyrgyz Republic.

Aziz Soltobaev, Christopher Elias

Also, Aziz met Gillian Tans ( President and CEO of Booking.com) and Tiffany Mizrahi ( Head of the group reporting on tourism competitiveness) and agreed  on cooperation for development of tourism sector in Kyrgyzstan.

Gillian Tans, Aziz Soltobaev

Plans of opening logistics UPS hub in Kyrgyz Republic were discussed with the president of UPS International – Jim Barber.

During the meeting with Lynn St. Amour who worked as a Head of UN internet Governance Forum – Multistakeholder Advisory Group ( IGF-MAG) and the head of Internet Society, we agreed to work on development of the best world practices of Internet Access and development of the digital skills in educational institutions.

Aziz Soltobaev, Lynn St. Amour, Talant Sultanov

Aziz Soltobaev and Talant Sultanov also met with Kai Fu Lee – scientist and venture capitalist, head of the Sinovation Ventures. This fund with 3 billion dollars of investments is aimed to invest in startups in the area of AI. He promised to visit Kyrgyzstan and assist Kyrgyzstan’s universities to develop AI programmes.

Talant Sultanov, Kai Fu Lee, Aziz Soltobaev

Visit to World Economic Forum 2018 was very productive and we hope that all agreed initiatives and agreements will be successfully realized in our country.

Startup Nations Summit -2017, Tallinn, Estonia

Aziz Soltobaev – founder of KG Labs Public Foundation visited Startup Nations Summit 2017 which was held 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.

It gave an opportunity to meet startup community members from all around the world, share expertise, experience and start international partnerships.

More Information on:  Official web-site of Startup Nations Summit. 

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.