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    HoryouToken,
    The 1st Digital Currency for Inclusion and Advancement of the UN SDGs, Presented at the WSIS 2019 Forum

    The most prominent ICT Forum was the right setting for Horyou, the social network for social good, to establish the relevance and timeliness of its digital currency with a purpose

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    Geneva, April 2019 — HoryouToken was introduced by Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou, the social network for social good, at the World Summit on the Information SocietyWSIS Forum 2019 -, the most prominent global ICT event co-organized by United Nation agencies ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, which gathered industry representatives and government officials from 193 countries and took place from 8-12 April, in Geneva.

    During a high-level policy session on inclusiveness and access to information, as well as in a workshop around HoryouToken*, Yonathan Parienti, initiator of the concept of a Blockchain with a Purpose, elaborated on the relevance and timeliness of a socially inclusive digital currency. His contribution to the forum, especially in the ‘Technology for Sustainable Development and Impact in an Ever-Changing World’ workshop, highlighted the role of HoryouToken to support social good actions, information and projects, echoing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. While making it possible for any person to support social good, HoryouToken also provides access to a redistribution service called Proof of Impact, a traceable, transparent system that will monetize daily transactions and fund real-world social good projects, people and organizations around the world.

    Many entrepreneurs, citizens and members of the youth are waiting for the extra push for their projects and social good actions, which can be made through visibility but also funding. This is the reason why we developed a currency for inclusion – a transparent, decentralized way to impact people, leveraging a global community of changemakers”, said Mr. Parienti during the high-level policy session.

    Yonathan Parienti highlighted the power of social networks like Horyou, which promotes meaningful connectivity amongst its global community, spreading to more than 180 countries. “These citizens are shaping tomorrow’s world and sharing initiatives that touch their hearts. They represent culture, art, diversity and advance innovation“, he added.

    The WSIS Forum has traditionally promoted cutting-edge discussions about disruptive innovations thanks to its crowdsourced agenda, which has put topics such as Big Data, AI and Blockchain at the center stage, gathering from innovative corporations and startups, government officials to members of the youth and social entrepreneurs. ”Being among such important actors in this ecosystem is a mere proof that we are following the right path for social innovation and technology for good”, declared Mr. Parienti.

    *HoryouToken (HYT) is listed on CoinTiger and LATOKEN.

    Contact:
    Vivian Soares, Horyou Media Relations
    media@horyou.com
    +41 (0) 22 321 98 20

    Tokyo will host the next SIGEF as it plans to become an example of sustainability by 2020

    Tokyo is the host city of the 6th edition of SIGEF

    Tokyo wants to set a good example for the world. As it braces to host the 2019’s edition of SIGEF, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum, the city is aiming to reach the highest standards of sustainability by 2020, when it will also host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. With its ‘Be Better Together – For the Planet and For the People’ slogan, Tokyo is indeed committed to develop sustainable solutions and showcase them to the world.

    The Olympics are not the only reason the city is heavily investing in sustainability. 2020 is indeed the final date for a 7-year plan whereby the Japanese government aims to make Tokyo the ‘world’s most environmentally-friendly low-carbon city’. Part of the transformation includes the revitalization of the urban area while surrounding the city with water and greenery.

    The initiatives are broad and they resonate with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to promoting ideas like zero waste and reducing carbon consumption, the city shall otherwise rely on technology to make the 2020 Games a landmark in sustainable management. One of the projects includes fuel cell vehicles and renewable energy (see image). The city wants to equalize the greenhouse gas emissions by stimulating public transportation, reusing water and recycling not only waste but also buildings – the plan includes using existing venues and avoiding building new ones.

    These are some of 2020 Tokyo Olympics goals

    The 2020 plan also includes:

    – Creating more than 500 hectares of new green space in the city

    – Ending free distribution of plastic shopping bags

    – Equipping metro facilities with 100% LED lighting

    – Using recycled metal for the production of all the medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo Medal Project)

    – Equipping the Olympic stadium with solar-power and a rainwater retention system.

    In order to promote so many changes in such a short time, the Japanese government is seeking partnerships with other countries, especially regarding public transportation, air pollution and waste management. Last year, the city hosted the Tokyo Forum for Clean City and Clean Air, gathering representatives from 22 cities around the world which shared their experiences in smart and sustainable management. Next September, Tokyo will host the 6th edition of SIGEF, the most important Social Innovation and Global Ethics forum in the world, organized by Horyou and covering the following topics:

    • Artificial Intelligence for Positive Change
    • Fintech and Blockchain
    • Sustainable Lifestyles
    • Technology and Life Extension
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • Renewable and Future Energy

    Over the next few weeks, Horyou blog will showcase all the initiatives that are being developed by the Japanese government to transform its capital – and the whole country – into an innovative, sustainable and peaceful society, inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

    The Mobile World Congress (MWC) and its side event 4YFN, have some successful experiences to share with the social good sector

    The Mobile World Congress took place from 25-28 February, 2019

    Until a few years ago, the social good world was considered as a unique entity, completely separated from the regular businesses. Although it had common goals with the public sector, it was then clear that the ‘charitables’ or ‘non-profits’ shared few traits with the for-profit industries. The good news is, these times are over. Last week, as I dug in two most disruptive conferences, the MWC and 4YFN, I learned not only that social businesses have never been more interesting to the tech industries, but that they have many lessons to learn about them. Here are some the tech industry takeaways for social entrepreneurs:

    They want to invest in social businesses – Regardless of industry, many big corporations have substantial open innovation budgets to invest in startups that bring positive change in their businesses. Clean energy, sustainable mobility, simplified and accessible payment projects, affordable healthcare, all of these are examples of areas that are in the radar of big companies. There was never a better time for social businesses to be funded and supported by for-profit businesses.

    Accountability and Traceability are the future – As we’ve been seeing with the many Blockchain projects that have been developed in the last few years – going from cryptocurrencies like HoryouToken with its Proof of Impact to Smart Contracts that bring transparency to documents – traceability is key and, luckily, more accessible than ever. The future lies in trustworthy information, as consumers want to know more about the supply chain of their food, clothes, medicines…

    Don’t be afraid of Artificial Intelligence – One of the most awaited events of the MWC was a live medical procedure – a live surgery performed by a surgeon on the stage of MWC, while the patient was at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. The new technologies will allow exchanges that were almost impossible in the past, due to geographic barriers, distances and broadband limitations.

    Internet of Bodies and Biohacking – I witnessed, shocked, a volunteer had a chip implanted in his own hand, live on stage. It now allows him to make payments or open doors with his ‘intra-device’, but the possibilities of the biohacking technology go far beyond that. It can help disabled people to be less dependent on carers, for example, and has a huge potential in developing solutions for dementia patients.

    The Industry of Care – As populations are becoming long-lived in many countries, the industry of care has brought promising technological solutions. From apps that connect healthcare workers with families, providing traceable and monitored care to non-invasive procedures for chronic patients that use wearable devices to prevent hospitalizations, there is a range of affordable MedTech solutions that were developed by successful, social-good-oriented startups.

    Do you want to share your social innovation solution with the world? Horyou, the social network for social good, is the perfect platform to do so. Be the change, be Horyou.

    A new movement seeks to convene entrepreneurs for a sustainable 21st century

    Oxygen2050 conference takes place in Helsinki

    Exactly how would you imagine the world in 30 years? At the pace technology is advancing, the world as we know it is bound to transform completely. But will it cope with the current challenges our society is faced with?

    A global group of entrepreneurs believe they can offer some answers to those questions and, more importantly, propose solutions for the next decades. Oxygen 2050 is a grassroots movement that aspires to transform the 21st Century society through inclusion and sustainability.

    Hence, on the 15th of February, the group is bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and stakeholders in Helsinki, to consider the establishment of new ventures for a new world. For that purpose, Oxygen 2050 is re-inventing the traditional conference format and proposing an alternative to panels and roundtables in the form of ‘jam sessions’ whereby everyone is invited to bring their notes. It’s called Transformative Business Unconference (TBU), and it’s got no agenda other than the main theme, embracing the idea of crowd-sourced content. Schedules aren’t immutable and may be rewritten any time, and inspiration is the rule.

    Invited speaker Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou, the social network for social good, will elaborate on the Horyou’s mission, as well as on HoryouToken and the concept of Blockchain with a Purpose. Says Yonathan: «We are humbled to be part of this group of entrepreneurs working together and exchanging ideas for better times. Horyou is here to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030 by sharing its experience within the ecosystem of social entrepreneurship».

    It is worth noting that Oxygen 2050 gathering resonates with Horyou’s mission, which is to introduce a new approach to valuing creation. In the words of its organizers, “growth and profit are important, but motivation derives from purpose, while the challenges that the world is faced with call entrepreneurs, investors, customers and stakeholders at large to determine the mission and the purpose of their institutions”.

    Keep tuned for more news from Oxygen 2050, an Horyou Media Partner.

     

    Startups hold the power to bring positive disruptions to the world. In this interview for Horyou blog, Pere Duran, 4YFN (4 Years From Now) Director, talks about the global interest of investors for startups opportunities, social innovation and Blockchain technologies.

    Pere Duran, 4YFN Director

    Every year, 4YFN is gaining more attention and visibility and it’s conquered the status of a mandatory place to be among Mobile World Congress (MWC) visitors. Could you tell us about the growing importance of the event throughout the years?

    The astronomical growth of 4YFN in the last few years reflects the increased appetite by investors and corporations to see growth stage companies, and the robust health of the startup ecosystem which is keen to be seen. Each year we see an uptick in attendance from all quarters and each edition we see the key technologies evolve. We are continuing to grow in Barcelona and are now spreading our wings in LA and Shanghai too. Shanghai, for instance, is expected to double in size this year showing that the appetite for startup opportunities is global.

    What are the plans to come for 4YFN – to become an autonomous event or to be intrinsically connected to MWC?

    4YFN is more closely linked to MWC than ever, having been recently fully acquired by the GSMA, which owns both events. It means that we are even more inextricably linked than we were before, but of course we have our own identity and purpose. We run the events in separate venues and put together a specific program for our audience. Our goal is to give as much visibility to the startups as we can and keep them at the centre of everything we do. We also continue to grow in other ways and other geographies, for instance, we recently had an event in Buenos Aires with Mobile 360 and will do something similar in Mexico in June.

    What is the importance given to social entrepreneurs and sustainability projects?

    Social entrepreneurs and sustainability projects are intrinsic to the startup ecosystem and what we do. Tech4good is a key theme of 4YFN19 and we are seeing a whole host of social projects among our startups this year. If entrepreneurs don’t change the world, then no one will. We are extremely happy to welcome great speakers from the social sector, to mention a few, Mariamme Jamme, her goal is to empower 1 million young women and girls globally to become coders by 2030 and the President of Spain of the Red Cross, who will be running a competition for technological innovation aimed at humanitarian purposes.

     

    4YFN will take place in Barcelona from 25-27 February

    Do you think funders and investors are aware of and convinced about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals? How?

    Yes, I believe that people are fully invested in the Sustainable Development Goals and you see many organisations, like GSMA, putting a lot of resource behind achieving them. The problems they address are very big and very complex. Any progress is a step in the right direction but we have a very long way to go! I’m hopeful that the mSchools challenge at 4YFN this year that invites students to hack a Sustainable Development Goal will bring some radical thinking to move us in the right direction.

    Horyou has recently launched HoryouToken to support social inclusion and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Do you see more Blockchain projects rising among the startups and entrepreneurs who are part of 4YFN?

    Blockchain is another key theme of this year’s conference. What we are seeing is a more lateral approach to Blockchain technologies that moves them beyond cryptocurrencies. Blockchain became very over-hyped on the back of bitcoin mania, so we might not be seeing a rise in the actual numbers of Blockchain startups, but certainly a rise in the quality of the technologies and a much deeper understanding of the possibilities Blockchain offers.

    4YFN is a Horyou Media Partner

    The Alpine winter was not hard enough to cool off the world’s most important economic forum

    Horyou team was in Davos, Switzerland

    Every year, the World Economic Forum is a most awaited event – the freezing Swiss town of Davos is the place where world leaders and their finance ministers take the stage to ‘seduce’ investors and commercial partners. 2019 WEF was no different as it set the tone for all conversations and debates for the year to come. And Horyou team was there. As for some of the main outcomes of Davos:

    1. The ubiquitous AI – Artificial Intelligence has been a hot topic for some years at the WEF, but in 2019 it is a star. Its technology is everywhere – in our homes and our workplaces, and it is helping shape the world we live in and how we see it. For some firms, like Reuters and Majid Al Futtaim’s shopping mall, the forum was a platform to launch their AI solutions.

    2. Clean energy now – Even oil-based economies agree that it is important to consider alternatives. Climate change and investor pressure are pushing companies to re-think their strategies and invest in the production of cleaner energy with help from more technology.

    3. Blockchain is the name of the game – Speaking at the Blockchain Economic Forum, Horyou’s founder and CEO, Yonathan Parienti, presented the concept of Blockchain with a Purpose and HoryouToken. As a disruptive decentralized technology, Blockchain is impacting not only the financial system but also the healthcare, philanthropy, and insurance industries among others. And the World Economic Forum gave it an important exposition.

    The Blockchain Economic Forum took place in Davos from 24-26 January

    4. The future of work – It’s already happening. Humans and machines now coexist at the workplace. Companies and countries are discussing the possibility of designing strategies to make this transition smooth and collaborative, without threatening jobs and incomes.

    5. Environment matters – The WEF opened its stage to Sir David Attenborough, who was awarded for his lifetime contribution to the promotion of the protection of animal life, as well as Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern, from New Zealand, and Mark Rutte, from the Netherlands, who spoke about the urgent need to protect the environment. The private sector also showed its engagement with the cause of the planet – a group of 50 CEOs working across 150 countries met to discuss ways to reduce emissions.

    6. SDGs in the Spotlight – Besides setting a dedicated area for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the WEF nurtured many debates around them. On the Forum’s platform for public-private cooperation, business projects were presented on topics including sustainable consumption and production, mental health, youth empowerment and disability inclusion.

    Want to know more about HoryouToken and how Horyou supports the SDGs? Follow us on our social media channels and on Horyou, the social network for social good.
    Be the change, be Horyou.

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