Asia’s tech news #098: Vietnam & blockchain gaming, Huawei & EVs, Philippines voting tech…

WK Wright
4 min readOct 30, 2021


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China: ARCFOX premium electric vehicles brand to deliver 1000 vehicles running Huawei

The company revealed, the αS-HI is capable of high-level intelligent autonomous driving functions. The standard version of the car can operate autonomously on highway scenarios. The premium…

Philippines: Elections commission runs trials of blockchain-based voting for residents and
The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) ran mock trials on blockchain-based voting in an attempt to amend the low voter turnout the country experiences.

30 entrants to Asia Entrepreneurship Awards 2021, spanning health-tech, AI, robotics, agri-tech and

The AEA 2021 will bring together 30 selected startups from across Asia providing solutions in the areas of healthcare, work & lifestyle reform, and sustainability, all of which have become key issues…

China: Washington revokes US licence of China Telecom, citing national security

Officials said the Chinese government’s control of the company gave it the opportunity “to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications”. This in turn could allow it “to engage in espionage…

FoodBytes! by Rabobank unveils 15 food & agriculture startups to present at virtual pitch

The finalists were chosen amongst the cohort of 45 global startups previously selected as participants in FoodBytes! Pitch 2021, Rabobank’s multi-week food and agriculture innovation program that drives…

Wild Digital Southeast Asia Conference: November 9–12
Wild Digital Southeast Asia Conference: November 9–12

Vietnam: ASOCIO Smart City Summit 2021 — Nov 2–6 via video

The event provides a platform for experts to share information and practices in developing smart cities through 14 discussions across 5 topics — Digital Government, Smart Real Estate, Smart Industrial Parks, Products/Solutions for Smart City, and…

Australia: Byron Bay to host Australia’s largest Bitcoin mining operation, running on green

While it may be known locally and domestically as a tourist hotspot and home to many Hollywood A-list celebrities, Australia’s coastal town of Byron Bay is set to become host Australia’s biggest Bitcoin mining rig — and its going to be powered by 100%…

Philippines: Prosperna e-commerce launches MSME-focused free

Prosperna makes it extremely easy for Philippine micro small and medium-sized businesses to accept online orders from their own online store, Facebook, Viber and WhatsApp, offer digital payments and automatically book shipping. Merchants of any size…

Vietnam: Sipher raises $6.8M with PC-based blockchain game, looking to add NFTs and DeFi

“…experiences based on blockchain technology. That includes nonfungible tokens (NFTs), which use the transparent and secure digital ledger of blockchain to authenticate one-of-a-kind digital items.”

Mastercard partners Bakkt to allow banks, merchants to offer crypto and related services — wallets, rewards…

Mastercard said it would allow partners on its network to enable their consumers to buy, sell and hold cryptocurrency using a digital wallet, as well as reward them with digital currencies under loyalty…

GIMO: Earned wage access solutions for Vietnam

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