Horyou, the social network for social good, has traditionally supported social innovation projects and events that are committed with technology for good. Acting as media partner we are pleased to introduce you with the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines as a very interesting gathering to learn more on Blockchain technology and explore it as accelerator of social innovation and economic development. By resonating with the values of Horyou and our Utility Token supporting social and economic inclusion: HoryouToken, the Blockchain with a Purpose, we are proud to announce this Conference to our Community of Changemakers.

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On December 6, Manila will welcome the second Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines by Smile-Expo – the large event focused on DLT and crypto coins. The last year’s meeting has gathered 300 guests, 12 companies in the demozone and top speakers from top world companies.

Who will speak at the conference?

At this year’s event, sphere’s top professionals will discuss the topical issues regarding the technology and the crypto industry’s trends.

The Co-Founder and CCO at Satoshi Citadel Industries Miguel Cuneta will deliver the presentation “You Probably Don’t Need Blockchain For It.” During his talk, the expert will explain when blockchain is not needed and regular database is enough.

The event will also include the panel discussion “Smart Contracts and Legal Contracts.” Among the participants there will be Rafael Padilla, one of the establishers of Blockchain Association of the Philippines (BAP). The organization spreads the crypto knowledge and unites DLT enthusiasts to promote the global adoption of the technology.

BBC Philippines Speakers

Business Owner at Tagcash – Mark Vernon will explain what are the permissioned blockchains and will demonstrate use cases with MultiChain and Stellar. During his speech, the expert will focus on shared KYC, international remittance and supply chain tracking.

Lito Villanueva, Chairman at FinTechAlliance.ph, will give an insight into the digital assets as liquid alternatives in investment. The goal of his organization is to stimulate innovations and promote the expansion of the technology.

Jorge Azurin, CEO & Founder at MediXserve, will describe how DLT works in the medical industry, present real-life use cases and examine the future of healthcare with blockchain.

What else is waiting for visitors?

The conference will also involve the demozone, where DLT-based corporations will have a space to present their new crypto products to the audience.

Pitch-sessions will be a part of the program as well – during small presentations, crypto startups will acquaint the guests with their ideas.

Networking will present the opportunity to find potential business partners and investors.

Venue and tickets

In honor of Bonifacio Day, the organizer of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines – Smile-Expo – is giving a 50% discount on tickets. You can buy them from November 29 to December 5 inclusive.

  • Discounted ticket price: $50.
  • Undiscounted ticket price: $99.

The conference will take place in luxurious Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Makati. The event program and details are available on the website. Join the blockchain revolution right now!

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Organizer

The event will be coordinated by the company Smile-Expo – an organizer of 48 successful blockchain events in 25 countries.

Una referencia en arte urbano en Barcelona, Nau Bostik tiene una historia que remite al pasado industrial de la ciudad – la nave abandonada de una antigua fábrica de pegamento se ha convertido en un centro cultural autogestionado. El proyecto creado hace tres años atrae una diversidad de públicos, de aficionados a fotografia a creadores de grafitti y se ha consolidado como uno de los espacios artísticos más modernos y innovadores de la capital catalana. Entrevista con Jorge Sánchez, del equipo gestor de la Nau Bostik.

Nau Bostik se ha convertido en un museo de arte urbano a cielo abierto

Qué es Nau Bostik? 

El proyecto NAU BOSTIK surge con la voluntad de impulsar y dar visibilidad a todo tipo de actividades relacionadas con la cultura y el ocio, manteniendo los principios de diversidad y sostenibilidad como líneas maestras. El proyecto se ha apropiado de una antigua fábrica de pegamento, ubicada en el barrio de La Sagrera, Barcelona.

Cuáles son vuestros principales proyectos?

Somos un espacio que acoge gran variedad de proyectos que tienen que ver con la creación y el arte. Entre los proyectos que tienen más proyección estan los del ámbito de la fotografia, siendo un espacio expositivo de referencia en Barcelona.

El otro ámbito en el que la Nau Bostik se ha vuelto un referente es el Bostik Murals, un proyecto que acoge a todas las disciplinas del arte urbano. La Bostik en si, se ha convertido en un lugar de referencia del arte urbano.

Cómo ha sido pensado el modelo de gestión de Nau Bostik como espacio de arte y cultura? Es posible sobrevivir de la autogestión cultural?

Mantenemos los valores de la diversidad y sostenibilidad, a través de una gestión cívica pòr parte de los colectivos que participan y que residen en la Nau Bostik. No recibimos, de momento, ningún tipo de subvención, y tenemos que generar, a través de algunas actividades, como alquiler de Naves para spots y rodajes de TV y cine, recursos propios con los que hacemos el proyecto sostenible.

Cuáles son vuestros principales retos?

Conservar la fabrica Bostik como patrimonio urbano reconvertida en un espacio de creación y difusión de la cultura y mantener una gestión comunitaria abriendo su participación y toma de decisiones a las entidades, colectivos y personas del barrio de la Sagrera.

Además de los proyectos culturales, cuál es la función social y ecológica de Nau Bostik en Barcelona?

De momento entendemos que el ser un espacio participado por todo tipo de entidades y colectivos del barrio y de la ciudad de Barcelona, eso genera que la Nau Bostik sea util socialmente. Muchas de la actividades que se realizan en la Bostik no se podrian producir en otros espacios de Barcelona, sobretodo en lo que tiene que ver con el arte urbano. A la vez en la Nau Bostik existe una sensibilidad ecológica y alojamos en uno de nuestros miradores un huerto urbano. A parte somos sede de una cooperativa agroecologica que distribuye alimentos una vez a la semana a sus asociados.

Cuáles son vuestros planes para el espacio cultural Nau Bostik?

Básicamente después de tres años de recuperación de la Nau Bostik, nuestro proyecto es consolidar la existencia misma de la Bostik en alianza con el Ayuntamiento para mantener la Nave como equipameinto de ciudad con una gestión comunitaria.

A escassez de mulheres interessadas em poupar e investir o próprio dinheiro foi o estímulo para que as jornalistas Elaine Fantini e Anita Delmonte criassem, no ano passado, o grupo Sovinas – Mulheres que Investem. O espaço, inicialmente uma comunidade no Facebook, vem crescendo e ganhando contornos na vida real, com eventos presenciais e trocas de experiência entre as centenas de investidoras que aprendem a cuidar de sua independência financeira. O Horyou blog entrevistou a fundadora Elaine Fantini, que fala sobre o cenário de investimento feminino no Brasil.

Sovinas no primeiro encontro do grupo

O que te motivou a criar o grupo Sovinas?

O grupo surgiu a partir de um reencontro com uma amiga de faculdade, que eu não via há mais de 10 anos, Anita Delmonte. Nós duas tínhamos começado a investir há pouco tempo e notamos que era muito difícil conversar com outras mulheres sobre investimentos porque nossas amigas não investiam. Ficamos incomodadas, porque estávamos amando investir e acreditávamos que mais mulheres também se interessavam pelo tema. Tínhamos que descobrir onde elas estavam. Daí, tivemos a ideia de criar o grupo, para reunir em um mesmo lugar mulheres que tivessem interesse sobre investimentos para trocar ideias e experiências. Assim, o grupo surgiu no Facebook em julho de 2017.

Por que você decidiu se concentrar no público feminino?

Nos concentramos no público feminino porque ele é o que menos investe no Brasil. Dos investidores da Bolsa e do Tesouro Direto menos de 30% são mulheres. E é um grupo que precisa investir, pois vivemos mais que os homens, ganhamos menos, interrompemos mais a carreira para cuidar de entes queridos, em muitos casos somos as provedoras da casa… Em diversas áreas vimos as mulheres se afirmando, em relação ao corpo e ao mercado de trabalho, por exemplo, mas do ponto de vista financeiro ainda temos um longo caminho a percorrer. O grupo quer ajudar cada vez mais mulheres a cuidarem melhor do seu próprio dinheiro. Afinal, não existe empoderamento com dependência.

Por que as mulheres investem menos que os homens?

Há uma questão cultural: por muito tempo a mulher foi excluída dos modelos econômicos e dos assuntos ligados a dinheiro. Há ainda sociedades que não permitem que a mulher tenha atividade remunerada. O homem sempre teve o papel de provedor da casa e por isso o dinheiro ficava sob sua responsabilidade. À medida que a sociedade evolui e a mulher passa a ocupar posições de trabalho, isso começa a mudar e a partir daí, ela passa a ter que lidar com essas questões. É nesse momento que aparecem os dois outros motivos que as mantêm afastadas dos investimentos: 1) menores salários. Muitas ganham apenas o suficiente para pagar as contas; 2) baixo nível de educação financeira. Diversas pesquisas conduzidas internacionalmente pela economista italiana Annamaria Lusardi mostram que a mulher é menos alfabetizada financeiramente. Com menos conhecimento, fazem piores escolhas para seu dinheiro.

Quais foram os momentos mais importantes do projeto?

A decisão em si de criar o grupo foi muito marcante e aos poucos ver o grupo crescer de maneira orgânica. E em 2018 tivemos um momento muito marcante, quando realizamos um evento presencial para comemorar mil Sovinas no grupo e foi muito legal. Foi um sábado caótico no Brasil, com greve e limitação de transporte e mesmo assim as mulheres estavam lá, interessadas, querendo saber mais sobre como lidar com dinheiro de maneira saudável.

Quais são os planos do Sovinas para o futuro?

Queremos crescer mais, realizar mais eventos, promover ações que estimulem as mulheres a pensar sobre investimentos, realizar parcerias com outros grupos e iniciativas para fazer a cultura de investimentos se espalhar entre mais e mais mulheres.

Horyou apoia as iniciativas de inovação social que ajudam o mundo a alcançar os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável. Nesta entrevista, destacamos o Objetivo 5: Igualdade de Gênero. Seja a mudança, seja Horyou!

The new generations are more afraid of the traditional financial markets and willing to bring purpose to their investments.

Impact investing: money with purpose

Once upon a time, investing was considered a sport for the wealthy. While in many countries it is still meant for the rich to get richer, most of the Western World have now opened to new innovative investment options which don’t even require a bank account, crowdfunding, growth ventures and microloan agencies being some of the best known.

Research shows that new generations are prone to saving their money, but afraid to invest in the traditional financial market. Many are considered too conservative, traumatized as they still are by the repercussions of the financial crisis. But there is something else that differentiates Millennials from the former generations.

And it is called Purpose.

A recent study published by Deloitte shows that 76% of Millennials support businesses that have a positive social impact. Another research points out that this generation considers investment as a statement of values and a tool for change. Last but not least, Millennials believe there is no tradeoff between impact and financial return. Together, these ideas form the core of Impact Investing, a concept which combines philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and profit-only traditional investment.

Businesses are aware of the trend and want to attract more investors by developing social and environmental actions and programs. It’s a matter of survival, as corporate social responsibility is not only about having a good image, but also about attracting clients who want to consume consciously. In doing so, ‘good companies’ build solid and sustainable profits and… they bring the attention of demanding, purposeful investors of all sizes. Following the trend, banks like Credit Suisse and JP Morgan are creating funds based on impact investing, and even Stock Exchanges are giving more space to these investments, as evidenced in the UK with the Social Stock Exchange (SSE).

Impact investing is also about prevention, as businesses which act responsibly have fewer problems with environmental and work lawsuits, keep their employees more motivated and productive, and thus generate better results. By polluting less, they minimize potential problems with the authorities and prevent corruption, as bribes can cost dearly.

Investors the world around are concerned with the economic, as well as the social and environmental impacts of their decisions. More and more, they want to walk the talk. Are you ready to consider to do the same?

Horyou, the social network for social good, is an advocate for Impact Investing. By launching Spotlight and, more recently, Horyou Token, Horyou is also investing in social impact alternatives for good. Join us and be the change, be Horyou!

 

A holistic nutritionist and plant-based chef, Sarah Britton is the creative force behind the award-winning food blog My New Roots. Featuring original recipes that taste great, look beautiful and boast incredible health benefits, she has become an influencer to reckon with and gathered more than 370k followers on Instagram. Horyou blog is happy to interview Sarah and share her inspiration with its community!

Sarah Britton

How did My New Roots begin?

My New Roots began as a way for me to share what I had learned about wellness and healing through my Holistic Nutrition education, as I discovered so many things that I believed needed to be public information, not just for those who can go to school to study in this field. I wanted to set up a non-biased space for people to come and learn about how to take better care of themselves through diet and lifestyle, as I have seen immense changes in myself since making little, positive changes every day. Over the years my vegetarian, whole food recipes have inadvertently created a community of readers who are passionate about cooking. There are so many people out there who are hungering for direction and guidance in preparing nutritious food, and it is gratifying to know that I can play a small role in that. As emails from readers flow in every day praising the results of the raw cocoa brownies or sweet potato hummus they made at home, I am called to the cutting board to create yet another dish to satisfy those who want to take charge of their health and reclaim their kitchens. Their inspiration becomes mine, and the cycle continues.

What was the catalyst that turned you into a healthy foodie?

I lived in an experimental city in the high desert of Arizona for a year. There I worked on the organic farm, growing food for the community. That was the first time I experienced living in tune with the earth to such a degree and it was like I woke up for the first time. I ate what we grew, and gave up processed foods, which changed everything. I finally understood what it meant to feel healthy, alive, and vibrant.

Sarah cooks plant-based recipes

What is your food philosophy?
With every bite of food we take, we vote for the kind of body and the kind of world we want to inhabit. There is no doubt in my mind that eating a whole food, plant-based diet benefits both ourselves and the planet, more than any other way of eating.

Why are you so passionate about vegetarian plant-based food?
Eating a plant-based diet has changed the way I feel so dramatically for the better – I have more energy, clarity of mind, and most importantly, connection to the earth. There is also a noticeable peace and calm that comes with eating this way. The body is strong and mind is at ease.

What is the link between healthy and sustainably produced food?

Sustainable food production practices are in line with the earth’s best interests. And what’s good for the planet is also good for us. Chemicals pesticides, herbicides, fungicides harm the delicate balance of life, and are inevitably passed to us through what we eat, and everyone loses. I almost always check where food comes from, not necessarily how or who grew it, but I choose organic, biodynamic whenever possible, and will often pass on things that have traveled a long way to get me. Of course growing your own, or getting your food from someone local is the best, but we don’t all have that luxury!

Changemakers is an Horyou initiative which aims to highlight remarkable people & projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals. In this article, we shed a light over #SDG2 – Zero Hunger.

 

Medical technology, or MedTech, brings solutions to improve lives using the latest advancements in technology. It is an evolving concept that combines innovative, high technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of things, nanorobotics, big data and even Blockchain to tackle the biggest challenges in medicine over the last decades. Overall, it has developed a more human, inclusive approach that aims to provide health for all.

Medical conditions and healthcare are being transformed by the disruptive and break ground technologies used by health professionals that are changing the lives after a rough diagnose or an accident. The main objective is to give back to the patient a certain level of the original quality of life by improving, replacing or simulating a physical characteristic close to the genuine one, in order to maintain the respective functionality and/or appearance. This aims to restore dignity and contribute to social inclusion. Therefore, here I will list the top 5 most impacting tools, methods and procedures that have been already implemented successfully in patients and have reached a satisfactory progress and rise in their quality of life.

3D printed body parts

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine prints ear, nose and bone scaffolds that can be coated with cells to grow body parts. (Laurie Rubin)

3D printing started to gain awareness in the past years, as engineers and designers started using this tool to create the unthinkable. This technology has been around for two decades; fortunately, the price has come down in recent years and more people have been able to make use of it. Consequently, we’ve started to be able to really tap into its vast potential.  

One really exciting application of 3D printing is the generation of body parts. The level of detail that this technology can produce often overcomes traditional methods results, offering patients a superior fit or design, and they can often be produced at an impressively low cost.

Virtual Reality for Medical experience and education

Dr. Shafi Ahmed wears a VR headset as he operates on a fictional patient as part of the Virtual Surgeon program his company designed.

On April 14, 2016, the British doctor Shafi Ahmed performed the world’s first operation broadcasted around the world via virtual reality.

The entire operation, which lasted approximately three hours, was live-streamed on Medical Realities website for people without a VR headset. For those who have one, they could download the “VR in OR” app to get immersed in the 360-degree surgery room, right beside Ahmed as he removed cancerous tissue from a male patient’s bowel.

The surgery began at 1 p.m. local time at the Royal London Hospital. Thanks to a partnership between Barts Health and the 360-degree video company Mativision, the broadcast will serve as a training tool for up-and-coming surgeons and other medical professionals. Rather than endure an expensive flight to a hospital for on-site education, students can tune into VR and still see firsthand how it’s done.

Food Scanners

Food scanners

A food scanner is designed to tell how many grams of sugar a fruit contains, or what the alcohol percentage of a drink is. Even though this is one of the most recent inventions that still needs adjustments in its different brands, it has been a powerful tool for people with gluten intolerance and diabetes to overcome fears at the time of eating and choosing food.

Food scanners will need to progress similarly to wearable health trackers – move from raw data to automated analysis and smart suggestions to the user.

Nanorobotics

Nanorobotics

Surgical nanorobots are introduced into the human body through vascular systems and other cavities. They act as semi-autonomous on-site surgeon inside the human body and are programmed or directed by a human surgeon. The programmed surgical nanorobot performs various functions like searching for pathogens, and then diagnose and correct lesions by nano-manipulation synchronized by an onboard computer while conserving and contacting the supervisory surgeon through coded ultrasound signals. Nowadays, the earlier forms of cellular nano-surgery are being explored.

 

Prosthetic parts

Printed skin made as face prosthesis

One of the bigger advancements in MedTech that have promoted social inclusion is all kinds of prosthesis either for humans or animals. Prosthesis comprehends a large diversity of technologies that contribute to the final result. 3D printing is used to recreate physical appearance as AI to recreate motion and dexterity.

The skin is technically the largest organ in the human body and thanks to 3D printing, it is possible to replicate it if needed. This can actually be done by taking a sample of DNA and growing stem cells to create a material to ‘print’ with. In the past, in order to perform a skin transplant, one would have to remove a patch from another part of the patient’s body. It might be a painful process and creates an additional unnecessary wound. It is officially possible to 3D-Print skin and transfer it onto patients but within a few years, will be even possible to have the capability to Scan and 3D-Print directly over the wound with just one machine.

With these MedTech solutions, healthcare is rapidly advancing not only to expand the variety of options to patients but to restore and improve the confidence and quality life conditions of them. A human being needs to feel useful in society to contribute and participate by its own means of them. That is why MedTech plays a fundamental role in integrating every individual as a needed and valuable member in the society.

Written by Sueyfer de la Torre

SIGEF 2018, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum organized by Horyou, will include a special panel on MedTech. SIGEF2018 will take place in Singapore, on 12th and 13th September.

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