iSoftStone and VestLink co-organize technology innovation forum to demo local technology solutions and services
On Sunday March 26th, iSoftStone and VestLink teamed up to co-organize a technology innovation forum, which included an innovation briefing and solutions exhibition in iSoftStone’s Kirkland, WA office. In an effort to connect with foreign institutions and promote communication and cooperation between the United States and China, E-Town Industry and Internet Research (ETIIR) Institute utilized this time to visit with the Beijing Economic and Technology Development Area delegation. Attendees also included representatives from the China Chamber of Commerce of Washington State and the Washington State China Relations Council. During the forum, iSoftStone revealed cutting-edge solutions and services for smart cities, internet of things, and enterprise wearable technologies. Several local companies including Sensoro, 8ninths, Sapphire View and other local startups demoed their relevant products, solutions and services as well.
iSoftStone presents solutions and services
Kicking off the presentations, iSoftStone began by giving an overview of their global Smart Cities practice. Director of Smart Cities and IoT Greta Knappenberger shared details of iSoftStone’s recently launched Smart Transportation Analysis Solution and showcased some of iSoftStone’s newest enterprise level solutions including iSoftStone’s Retail Management solution, Virtual Makeup solution and preliminary smart conference room technology. The solutions demoed at the event were just a handful of the many unique custom offerings rolling out in 2017.
President of North America Glenn Bowers, and Marketing Manager Aurora El Murr also attended on behalf of iSoftStone.“The Technology Innovation forum was a great opportunity to bring together local businesses, startups and investors from both Beijing and Seattle,” said Aurora El Murr. “There is a huge opportunity for investment and collaboration between China and the United States, and Seattle is positioned to continue growing as a hub for innovative solutions in technology. At iSoftStone we recognize the vast potential in the Seattle area and recently launched a Startup Incubation Center to help nurture new small businesses and create a strong alliance among local startups. What sets iSoftStone apart is that we are well established in both China and North America, and can help guide our clients who are looking to do business in either market.”
Strategic partnership with VestLink
Co-organizing the event was VestLink, a cross-border investment platform and strategic partner of iSoftStone. Founded by former iSoftStone Vice President, Amy Du, VestLink’s mission is to enable innovation across borders. VestLink partners with high-profile private and public companies, government agencies and investment firms with the goal of connecting innovators and startups with real international investment opportunities. During the event, VestLink signed a strategic MOU with the ETIIR Institute. The partnership will focus on accelerating cross-border business development utilizing the VestLink platform.
“VestLink’s sole purpose is to act as a liaison between enterprises, startups and investors,” said Amy Du, Chief Executive Officer. “Entrepreneurs from China looking to invest in the United States and vice versa, may not know where to look to find the next cutting-edge product or service. By partnering with enterprises and startups, we help bridge that gap. We do so by connecting investors with viable opportunities and enabling innovation across borders.”
Beijing E-Town Delegation joins technology innovation forum
Special guests of the event were representatives from the Beijing E-Town delegation. The delegation visited Seattle to promote collaboration in innovation and business opportunities with local businesses, startups and community leaders. E-Town was approved by the State Council as the only national economic technological development area in Beijing since 1994. It has attracted 16,000+ businesses including Fortune 500 companies from 30+ countries. E-Town is a symbol of economic excellence across China.
Startup exhibition and demos
During the exhibition portion of the event, several local startups showcased their innovative products, technologies and solutions. Local startup Sensoro demoed their Alpha Product Suite, an easy to implement and manage network of IoT sensors. Their solution provides long-range low-power capabilities for IoT sensor networks. The solution spans over 120 square miles while supporting thousands of sensor devices. 8Ninths demoed their mixed and virtual reality platform solutions and services. As a partner of Microsoft HoloLens, 8Ninths showcased their enterprise level holographic applications for enterprise clients using the HoloLens hardware. Sapphire View was another exhibitor who demoed their end-to-end solutions for enhancing live events using AI technology. They focus on making video experiences more beneficial to end users by recording events from multiple perspectives. Their goal is to create a more interactive way to watch videos and create a more dynamic viewing experiences.
“Overall, this event was a huge success for all parties involved,” said Greta Knappenberger. “From an innovation perspective it is incredibly important to connect with the startup community to identify shared projects and strategies. For iSoftStone this event was a platform to begin discussions around interconnected initiatives, especially within Smart City and IoT spaces. We’re looking forward to continuing the conversation with the connections we made as we further develop our Smart City solutions.”