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Author: Amit Midha & Danny Elmarji

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The digital future is bright. Digital transformation is changing the way we work, learn and live. Join Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, as they explore the power of emerging technologies, the opportunities ahead, impact on the region, and insights from leaders and influencers. We’d love to hear what you think about our podcast. Feel free to write to us at: apj.podcast@dell.com.
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In this episode, our guest Nurul Hussain helps us to decode diversity in the tech industry.Founder of The Codette Project, a non-profit ground-up initiative that aims to get more minority women into technology, she once said this about her mission: "It matters to me because women matter. Talent and capability are equally distributed across different communities – it is access and opportunity that create gaps in success."Tune in to hear from Nurul, who shares with Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, on how we can empower more minority women to join the tech industry and how she’s abandoning traditional business models to build an impact-focused community. Do support The Codette Project here: https://www.thecodetteproject.com/donate/ 1:10 – 3:43 Introduction to Nurul and The Codette Project (TCP)3:43 – 4:53 TCP beginnings4:53 – 7:30 Milestones achieved while redefining diversity in tech7:30 – 11:09 Why are women not achieving their full potential?11:09 – 14:00 How has COVID impacted women?14:00 – 18:09 How can we help achieve a woman’s full potential in society and tech?18:09 – 20:00 What would TCP do differently?20:00 – 22:41 What values does TCP look for?22:41 – 26:01 What’s next for TCP?26:01 – 30:04 This time in BizTech – Heroes that have inspired you30:04 Future plans
In August 2020, Amit and Danny had a chat with Andy Ridley, Founder of Earth Hour & Chief Citizen of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, who shared about the 2020 Great Reef Census and how it was designed to help fill critical gaps in our knowledge of how individual reefs are coping with stresses. Today, the team returned with a huge success. With hundreds of volunteers’ hours committed from scientists, dive crew, tourists and conservation groups,150 reefs from the tip of Cape York to the remote southern Swains have been surveyed. With their help, 13,000 images have been captured and uploaded to the Great Reef Census platform for analysis. Now, the project is recruiting citizen scientists from all around the world to help analyze the images – a huge trial to determine how best to utilize everyday people as part of the major conservation effort. If you have five minutes to spare, we urge you to please visit greatreefcensus.org. All you need to do is to select a reef image and ‘color-in’ where you see key elements including coral, sand and rubble. Find out more in our chat with Katie Chartrand, Senior Researcher at James Cook University and Lead Science Coordinator, for Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef’s launch of the Great Reef Census. Katie shares with us her work on this project, what’s next for the team and what sparked her interest in marine ecology. 
Our guest, Simin Liu, is an inspiration to all of us. She is a young entrepreneur who feels passionately about running a meaningful business that aligns with her values to positively impact communities. Recently, Simin co-founded Light of Hope – a social enterprise based in the Philippines providing the under-served with light sources and electricity to improve their quality of life.Join us as Simin talks with our co-hosts, Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, on how technology helped to launch the initiatives that Light of Hope planned, the rise of social entrepreneurship and why we need to double-down to make a difference in this world.
Digital banking is the now and the future. How are consumers embracing the digital transformation of our traditional banks? We know it’s happening, but what is the real value of technology in the finance industry? In the second part of this series, Siew Choo Soh, Managing Director and Group Head of Consumer Banking and Big Data / AI Technology at DBS, along with our co-hosts from Dell Technologies, Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, examines the rise of digital banking, the value of technology for the financial services industry and how technology is reshaping the future of work. See part I of the discussion with Siew Choo here.1:53 –  5:26 Using technology as a game changer5:26 – 7:50 How can organisations make incremental changes to adopt technology?7:50 – 9:30 Addressing Technophobia and the future of AI9:45 – 11:30 Banking on the growth of technology11:30 – 13:46 Bitcoin and emergence of blockchain technology13:46 – 15:30 Adapting to the data era15:30 – 17:35 Finance as a service17:35 – 18:43 Balancing accessibility and innovation with Fintech18:43 – 20:05 Fairness of AI models20:05 – 21:22 Achieving AI efficiency
For organizations, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is no longer just a check in the box. A research by McKinsey suggests that the Asia Pacific region can add a collective annual $4.5 trillion by 2025 – adding significant growth to growth – if we address gender diversity. This week, we invite Siew Choo Soh, Managing Director and Group Head of Consumer Banking and Big Data / AI Technology at DBS to discuss how we can improve D&I in the workplace and support women in the workforce. Must know: Siew Choo has been recognized on the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech List, 2020. In part I of the episode, Siew Choo shares her stories growing up and what led her to pursue a career in banking and technology. She also discusses how we can improve D&I in the workplace in the workforce with our co-hosts from Dell Technologies, Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales.1:52 – 3:39 Siew Choo’s career journey: pursuing computer science and working in banks3:39 – 6:31 Why there is a need for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) 6:31 – 8:48 Is D&I a business imperative?8:55 – 12:29 Encouraging more women and girls to join the STEM industry12:30 – 16:07 What can corporations do to improve D&I?16:07 – 18:30 Reception towards hiring women in tech18:30 – 19:56 How does Siew Choo reach full potential?19:56 – 21:59 Building the next generation22:05 – 23:50 Can technology be the solution to gender equality?23:55 – 24:32 Advice to aspiring women in tech24:33 – 25:57 This moment in BizTech
In our previous episode, Joep de Ligt, Lead Bioinformatics & Genomics from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited, New Zealand, discussed the use of genetic fingerprint to track the spread of COVID-19. In part two of the podcast, Joep along with our co-hosts, Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, examine the role of technologies like containerization in biological researches and analysis; how genome sequencing at sites of Ebola and Zika outbreaks provides health intelligence; and how is the future better with genome technology.01:09 – 04:38 Towards effective software solutions for big biology05:00 - 08:18 Value of bringing genome sequencing to patients or at the edge where it’s happening 08:18 – 11:03 Study of mutation in human adult stem cells11:18 – 14:08 This time in BizTech 14:16 – 17:27 Is there enough understanding of the STEM field? Is there fear of genomics?17:27 – 20:02 How can we create a better future with genomics?20:37 – 24:57 Driving social impact – Sustainability, data privacy, diversity
The Human Genome Project, initiated in 1990, was completed in 2003 at an estimated cost of US$2.7 billion with the collaborative efforts of institutions and laboratories in countries including the US, UK, Japan China, Germany and France. Genomic technology has made major impact in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, life sciences, diseases and viruses.How can genomics help in our battle against COVID-19? Join us for an insightful conversation with Joep de Ligt, Lead Bioinformatics & Genomics from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited. In part one, Joep shares about his role and how genome sequencing can help trace the sources of COVID-19 outbreaks. He also chats with us on his career journey and why he chose to move from the Netherlands to New Zealand. In part two, we  examine the role of technologies like containerization in biological researches and analysis; how genome sequencing at sites of Ebola and Zika outbreaks provides health intelligence; and how is the future better with genome technology. 03:40 – 04:37 Introduction to Lead Bioinformatics and Geonomics04:38 – 05:51 Joep’s career journey06:02 – 07:58 Migrating from Netherlands to New Zealand08:15 – 10:16 How genome sequencing is solving diseases worldwide10:25 – 14:13 How genome sequencing work14:24 – 17:54 Progression of COVID-19 and the future of vaccines17:58 – 20:18 How are governments investing in sequencing to solve health challenges20:33 – 22:42 Progress of sequencing and how effective is it in managing viruses now
Our guest for this episode, Phil Dickman, Chief Revenue Officer, Intuit Technologies, is a huge advocate of Esports. Phil shares how he is driving a culture that values esports prowess as much as physical sports in an effort to break stereotypes on popularity. With our co-hosts, Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, Phil also discusses the inspiring collaboration between Intuit Technologies and Tassal, Australia’s largest producer of Tasmanian grown Atlantic salmon, to level-up sustainable farming.01:54 – 04:30 Phil’s career journey04: 55 - 11:20 – Intuit Technologies – Tassal partnership to transform salmon feeding and advance sustainable farming11:23 – 17:20 Phil’s passion project: Esports & why it should be equated with physical sports17:28 – 20:08 Pay equity – is it playing out in esports?21:30 – 24:20 What skills can gaming teach? Could gaming and esports experience be more mainstream for how the society may look like in 2030?25:20 – 29:20 How do you bring D&I into the STEM side or Eports scene?30:20 – 33:20 This time in BizTech
Did you know the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system and the only living organism that can be spotted from space? What could its connection be with technologies? In this episode, Andy Ridley, Founder Earth Hour & CEO Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, joins us and shares how the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef is using the most advanced technology and science to save one of the planet's most extraordinary natural wonders! Together with co-hosts Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, Vice President of Presales, from Dell Technologies Asia Pacific and Japan, the trio shares their observation on why companies need to put sustainability at their top of mind besides performing well and how to use technology to build a better, brighter future. 1:40 to 5:57: Andy’s introduction, career sharing, challenges and lessons learned from conservation efforts6:07 to 9:12: Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef puts emphasis on building a global community – how is this activated? How did Andy and his team establish the Great Barrier Reef as an inspiration for change?9:12 to 11:10: Are there actions changing that will be able to save the Great Barrier Reef and people to pay attention to more important climate issues? 11:18 to 15:40: Why is it significant for businesses to run sustainable businesses?15:40 to 17:31: Are there differences in perception or attitude between different generations when it comes to engagement? 17:31 to 22:04: How can you engage different demographics and people for a cause?22:04 to 25:25: How can technology and science be used to build a better future?25:25 to 28:40: Now that sustainability has hit tipping point, what else can people do to help support? 28:40 to 31:18: Micro segment – This time in BizTech31:47 to 33:33: What needs to be done moving forward
In today’s episode, we share a quick introduction to the Future Extraordinaire podcast and why you should tune in. Learn more about the inspiration behind the series! Co-hosts Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, Vice President of Presales, from Dell Technologies Asia Pacific and Japan, will share their career journeys, their passions and the aspects of technology that excite them. 1:01 to 2:15: All about Amit2:15 to 3:30: Danny’s bio3:30 to 6:31: Vision for Future Extraordinaire6:31 to 7:18: The stories we’ll be sharing
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