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Asia’s tech News: October 2021

Technology news round-ups, gathering coverage of tech, startup and VC funding news headlines in startup ecosystems across
South & Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand, in October 2021.

Links below lead to location index pages for October of 2021, with tech-focused headlines linked to the free-to-read news articles behind them, in full. Articles, reports, downloads featured here were published online, on free-to-read tech news platforms.

Summaries are gathered at the end of each month, hence the lag between today’s date and the monthly summaries.

For technology-focused collections, covering blockchain, fintech, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity news, see Other News.

GSMA: Digital Societies in Asia Pacific (pdf)

Australia: October 2021

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology ranked no.2 globally by CoinDesk for blockchain-related courses, research, student clubs and more
  • A brief intro to the 3 finalists in the Food and AgriTech category of the InnovationAus 2021 Awards…

Australia: October 2021 >

Tech Council Australia Roadmap

China: October 2021

  • China’s Powerbridge Technologies to deploy 2600 high-performance bitcoin and ether mining rigs in Hong Kong
  • Major mobile network operators to roll out nationwide 5G messaging integrating video, audio and e-payments, likely to compete with Tencent’s WeChat super-app…

China: October 2021 >

SCMP: China Internet Report 2021

Hong Kong: October 2021

  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority publishes technical whitepaper on possible retail central bank digital currency, an ‘e-HKD’
  • Bloom lands collaboration with Visa to boost cash-back app featuring city-wide deals, rewards and brands exposure…

Hong Kong: October 2021 >

APAC Ecommerce Report 2021 (pdf)

India: October 2021

  • Bollywood actor Salman Khan joins Amitabh Bachchan on NFT bandwagon in selling digital assets as Non Fungible Tokens
  • Gov’t of Karnataka partners Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence to build 7 agri-tech innovation centres to incubate and develop smart agriculture solutions…

India: October 2021 >

India: BollyCoin NFT marketplace

Indonesia: October 2021

  • ESB raises $7.6M Series A+ with end-to-end restaurant ops platform
  • Grab, Emtek, Bukalapak launch ‘Kota Masa Depan’ MSME-focused accelerator, aiming to train and assist 10K MSMEs with business development using digital tech…

Indonesia: October 2021 >

The accelerating digital payments landscape in Indonesia (pdf)

Japan: October 2021

  • The emerging technology opportunities for Japan, India and Australia as members of the recently-announced Quad group
  • Laos central bank to explore issuing digital currency with support from Japan’s Soramitsu, tech firm behind Cambodia’s Project Bakong…

Japan: October 2021 >

Shibuya Startup Welcome Service

South Korea: October 2021

  • Brief intro to 10 startups that took part in 2021 StartupCON, a recent event focusing on digital content-focused innovations
  • South Korea’s Riiid AI-based education tech firm acquires Langoo, Japanese distributor of its service, moving into Japan’s $2.6BN remote learning market…

South Korea: October 2021 >

Samsung 6G Vision whitepaper (pdf)

Malaysia: October 2021

  • Top In Tech Innovation Awards applications now open, aiming to recognise innovators, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, academia and gov’t agencies
  • MyFintech Week 2022 set for January 24-28, running virtually – pre-registrations now open…

Malaysia: October 2021 >

Malaysia: Digital Penang initiative

New Zealand: October 2021

  • Gov’t opens discussions on new national digital strategy, ‘Towards a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa’, seeking public input
  • SpaceBase Limited education and consulting firm launches ‘Space for Planet Earth Challenge’ across APAC, seeking to address climate change using satellite tech…

New Zealand: October 2021 >

pwc: NZ Startup Investment Magazine, October 2021 (pdf)

The Philippines: October 2021

  • Yield Guild Games partners Merit Circle DAO to expand play-to-earn scholarship model for developing countries
  • 5 Philippine Startup Challenge winners to each receive equity-free grants from Dep’t of Info and Communications Tech, with student category entries closing in December…

The Philippines: October 2021 >

Philippines: Alaga Health

Singapore: October 2021

  • 3 startups – Indie, RunGo and Thrust Carbon – advance to Grand Finals of WiT Startup Pitch 2021 with travel-tech and sustainability solutions
  • Doyobi professional development platform for educators gains $2.8M seed funding with focus on STEM subjects…

Singapore: October 2021 >

Singapore startup resources - Founder Institute

Taiwan: October 2021

  • Taiwan’s Blockchain Ecosystem Map for H1 2021, a snapshot of the companies and communities in the industry
  • Taiwan Semiconductor and Sony Group partner for joint construction of factory in western Japan, targeting production by late 2024…

Taiwan: October 2021 >

Taiwan: Blocto and NFTs

Vietnam: October 2021

  • South Korea’s LOTTE Card launches buy-now-pay-later service in Vietnam
  • Sipher raises $6.8M with PC-based blockchain game, looking to add NFTs and decentralized finance components…

Vietnam: October 2021 >

Vietnam: Blockchain Hanoi

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