Asia’s tech news #110: Blockchain in India, Baidu’s metaverse, Bangladesh’s startups…

Asia’s tech news, issue 110: Blockchain in India, Baidu’s metaverse moves, Bangladesh’s startups, entrepreneur wellness in Australia, crypto in Thailand…

China: Baidu launches Xirang metaverse app via smartphones, computers & VR goggleskr-asia.com

The metaverse app, called Xirang (‘Land of Hope’), allows users to create avatars and chat with other participants. At the moment, there are only 3 scenarios available for exploration, including a virtual art show and two product displays.

Australia: ‘Startup Isolation — addressing the elephant in the room’ event set for December 8thwww.eventbrite.com.au

The event will cover: What startup loneliness is and how it impacts founder’s wellbeing and your business; how Foundwell is innovating the landscape to address this issue; wellbeing facts…

India: FreeTON DeFi Alliance partners Kerala Blockchain Academy and Blockchain Centre Indiacoinquora.com

This one of a kind contest allows developers from around the world to take part in a virtual hackathon and other activities. Both KBA and Blockchain Centre India are well-known groups in India advocating…

Thailand: Country’s biggest shopping center developer pilots digital currency with employees, aiming to…www.bloomberg.com

Thailand’s biggest shopping center developer, Central Retail Corp., is piloting a digital currency among its employees with plans to expand the offering to customers and the public once the…

Stitch For RMG applications close Nov 25th, focusing on Bangladesh RMG (ready-made garment) industrystitchforrmg.brac.net

The challenge welcomes any team around the world with an idea, ready prototype, pre-commercial, or post-commercial innovations contextual to the Bangladeshi RMG industry and its women workers…

IGNITE 2021 Cyber conference: November 16–19

Unicorn Pitches in Bangladesh online set for Nov 25th — pitch applications close Nov 20thbattle.startup.network

Present your startup to the largest players from investment community; Meet personally famous venture funds, business angels, and private investors; Acquire practical advice from experienced VC…

Deloitte 2022 Global Marketing Trends available online and to downloadwww2.deloitte.com

Macro trends, from the integration of digital and physical channels to the sunsetting of third-party cookies, are upending the marketing function. What can brands learn from their highest-growth…

Future of DeFi Virtual Summit set for Dec 16, looking at the next era of global financewww.intelignis.com

Explore the current opportunities and challenges in the space, discover exciting DeFi projects, gain insights, and learn about the latest trends from think tanks, blockchain entrepreneurs, policymakers…

ICYMI: Stretch, early-stage US fintech focused on the formerly incarcerated, a challenged social groupwww.bankrate.com

It’s not something fintech firms have considered much, if at all, in past years — building financial services products for the formerly incarcerated. But that’s exactly why Stretch is making the…

“…tech that powers cryptocurrencies could be vulnerable to sophisticated attacks and forged transactions…” www.cnet.com

Here’s the problem: The blockchain accounting technology that powers cryptocurrencies could be vulnerable to sophisticated attacks and forged transactions if quantum computing matures faster than efforts to future-proof digital money.

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