Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB)- Grameenphone launched a nationwide call for applications from startups to join its program called GP Accelerator 2.0 at a press conference at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon on Wednesday.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister, ICT Division, Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Information Ministry made the announcement at the event as the Chief Guest.
GP CEO Michael Foley along with Yasir Azman, Deputy CEO & CMO, Grameenphone; Solaiman Alam, Head of Digital, Grameenphone; Talat Kamal, Director, Communications, Grameenphone and Minhaz Anwar, Head of startup Ecosystem, Grameenphone were present for the event to present the details of the program
Tech innovators and startups from across the country can register online at https://www.grameenphone.com/gp-accelerator-2.0.
At the pre-acceleration round 25 selected startups will go through product research, design, validation and company formation. The deadline for pre-acceleration round is until May 15, 2019.
More advanced startups can apply directly for the accelerator program until July 15, 2019 where a four and half month’s training will be provided by expert mentorsfrom home and abroad.
Washington, Apr 24 (AP/UNB) — Google affiliate Wing Aviation has received federal approval allowing it to make commercial deliveries by drone.
It's the first time a company has gotten a federal air carrier certification for drone deliveries.
The approval from the Federal Aviation Administration means that Wing can operate commercial drone flights in part of Virginia, which it plans to begin later this year.
The FAA said Tuesday that the company met the agency's safety requirements by participating in a pilot program in Virginia with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and Virginia Tech, and by conducting thousands of flights in Australia over the past several years.
"This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy," Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement.
Wing said the approval "means that we can begin a commercial service delivering goods from local businesses to homes in the United States."
The company didn't name any businesses that would take part in commercial deliveries. It said it plans to spend the next several months demonstrating its technology and answering questions from people and businesses in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Virginia.
Wing said it will "solicit feedback with the goal of launching a delivery trial later this year."
Wing said that to win FAA certification it had to show that one of its drone deliveries would pose less risk to pedestrians than the same trip made in a car. The company said its drones have flown more than 70,000 test flights and made more than 3,000 deliveries to customers in Australia.
The company is touting many benefits from deliveries by electric drones. It says medicine and food can be delivered faster, that drones will be especially helpful to consumers who need help getting around, and that they can reduce traffic and emissions.
Drone usage in the U.S. has grown rapidly in some industries such as utilities, pipelines and agriculture. But drones have faced more obstacles in delivering retail packages and food because of federal regulations that bar most flights over crowds of people and beyond sight of the operator without a waiver from the FAA.
The federal government recently estimated that about 110,000 commercial drones were operating in the U.S., and that number is expected to zoom to about 450,000 in 2022.
Amazon is working on drone delivery, a topic keen to CEO Jeff Bezos. Delivery companies including UPS and DHL have also conducted tests.
Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB) – Following the three previous successful forums in the country, Re.Con, a knowledge sharing platform, will hold its 4th version of programme in the capital on Thursday.
The theme of this edition will be ‘Data tells stories, stories drive business’.
The main vision of Re.Con is to lead a pathway for brand marketers and agency leaders to deep dive into region-specific challenges facing each market, keeping data at its core. Re.Con aims to promote and nurture discussions, talks and idea sharing sessions mostly related to digitalisation.
Prominent speakers of the event will be Managing Director, ada Bangladesh and Robi’s Chief Digital Services Officer, Shihab Ahmad, ada’s Chief of Agency and Chief Operating Officer, Anurag Gupta, Google’s Director, Mathew Heller, and Robi’s Chief Commercial Officer, Pradeep Shrivastava.
The speakers will talk about Digital Data on Bangladesh Consumer Market, Evolution of Digital Marketing across Asia, Evolution of Content & Conversation and Predicting the future of advertising: Consumer Insights across Various Digital Media, at the knowledge sharing event.
Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB)- Top ten Bangladeshi students, selected through Huawei’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program titled “Seeds for the future 2019” have been taken to China for training and study trip.
The students have been welcomed in Beijing opening ceremony at the Huawei Executive Briefing Centre, Beijing, China. Mr. M Fazlul Karim, H E Ambassador of Bangladesh, Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Beijing, China, was the Chief Guest.
Md. Mahfuzul Alam Khan, Commercial Counselor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Beijing, China along with Huawei high officials were present to appreciate the students.
Starting in 2008, the program has been implemented in 108 countries and international organization worldwide, benefiting over 30,000 students from more than 350 universities till now.
Among them, more than 3,600 students have taken a study trip to the Huawei headquarters. This year’s program in Bangladesh started on 17th February, 2019 at the Westin hotel in Dhaka. Later on, selection round was held in 5 renowned universities- BUET, DU, RUET, KUET and CUET. Total 10 students were selected finally.
The top ten students were given a warm reception in a Gala event on 3rd April, 2019 at the hotel Amari Dhaka before taking to China.
Mr. M Fazlul Karim , H E Ambassador of Bangladesh, Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Beijing, China said, "I want to thank Huawei wholeheartedly. Huawei is working in Bangladesh through continuous contribution and participation in the process of realizing Digital Bangladesh. They are working in close collaboration with the government of Bangladesh for two decades since 1998.
This friendship has helped Bangladesh move faster towards the Vision 2021 project, which is bringing new opportunities for the youth talents. I hope the “Seeds for the Future” 2019 program will get bigger momentum in future by involving more Bangladeshi students. The most praiseworthy thing about Huawei is that, even being a tech-giant, Huawei never boasts of their achievement. Instead, they keep on investing more and more in research and development to create a better connected world together. Within a very short time, this company has come this far by their relentless innovation and quality services.”
Mr. Zhang Zhengjun, CEO, Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd. said, "Congratulations to the students for their success. Huawei wants to push these young talents forward so that they become valuable industry forerunners. Innovation is at the heart of Huawei, which is making the company clearly ahead of the curve. Advanced technology, richest R&D facility and superior services are the blueprints of Huawei’s success model.
I hope this program will help students improve their technical expertise and skill for work. For last 20 years, Huawei is cooperating with Bangladesh closely and Seeds for the Future is greatly helping the youth to be well trained to create a better connected, intelligent Bangladesh. In future, we will continue our contribution to the digitalization process."
To cultivate more ICT Talents in any country and provide opportunity for students to learn ICT technologies and experience the Chinese culture, Huawei selects excellent students from noted universities every year.
Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) – Google has created a Doodle featuring fun facts about six fascinating creatures to celebrate Earth Day 2019.
On the Google search page, a series of animations introduce different unique and special birds and animals.
The doodle shows 'Wandering Albatross’ that has the widest wingspan in the world, next up is a 'Coastal Redwood' tree, which is the tallest tree in the world at 377 feet and it shows 'Paedophryne amanuensis' which is the smallest vertebrate in the world and 'Amazon Water Lily', which is the largest aquatic plant.
Then there is the 'Coelacanth', a fish that has been around since the days of dinosaurs and is 407 million old and the deep Cave Springtail', which is among the deepest-dwelling terrestrial creatures.
Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
The theme for Earth Day 2019 is 'Protect Our Species'.
It aims to draw attention to the rapid extinction of species across the world, which is directly linked to human activity which causes climate change, deforestation and pollution.