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Hanoian who created app for people over aged 50 named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

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At the age of 28, Ngo Thuy Anh, the founder of an app for older people, has been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Vietnam.

Hanoian who created app for people over aged 50 named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Ngo Thuy Anh

Although the app HASU was launched in March 2020, as many as 12,000 people aged 50 and over have already registered.

Before developing HASU, Thuy Anh was a co-founder of a platform that teaches child sexual abuse prevention skills through interactive cartoons.

Thuy Anh said her startups all have relations with social issues in modern life because she has diverse experience with them.

A former student at the Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted, Anh studied international law at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and then received her MBA at Adelphi University in New York in the US.

From the 10th grade to the end of the third year at university, Anh worked as a collaborator for many newspapers and televisions. During the four years of studying for her master’s degree in the US, she had many jobs, from teaching assistant, assistant to the rector, and assistant in organizing charity activities of the school. She also took care of children, worked for restaurants, and opened a shop.

The diverse experiences helped Anh find the way she wanted to proceed in life. She became interested in work related to health, society and people.

In 2017, Anh opened the first social startup, Aligo Kids, a project on preventing child abuse by using cartoons. In 2018, she opened a media company specializing in cartoons about social issues.

In early 2020, she opened HASU, which initially were classes helping people use smartphones and guiding them in home health care. Later, she created an app that helps older people improve their health in all three aspects – physical, spiritual and social.

With the app, people are provided personal healthcare information and physical exercises specifically designed for older people. They also have a playground for entertainment, and online training courses on learning how to sing or play musical instruments.

When introducing the app to users, Thuy Anh was surprised when she realized that older people understood smartphones and high technology much better than she initially assumed.

“When running classes in Hanoi and other provinces, I found that only 5 percent of learners don’t have smartphones and most of the people who have them can use their smartphone fluently. Some of them even know how to edit photos with apps, while others use Google Voice,” she said.

“I am happy that some people with cancer or underlying health conditions still try to practice regularly on the app. I hope that I can design more training courses and exercises for people with cancer,” she said.

Thuy Anh recalled a memory of her grandfather. “I asked him what he was most afraid of and I expected that he would say aging or loneliness. But he replied that he was afraid of living too long,” she said.

She realized that older people fear leading a long life with illness and disturbing their children and grandchildren.

Anh set up HASU because she wanted older people’s lives to have significance and high quality.

Asked about the path to social startup, Anh said it originated from the small things around her.

“I remember the first time when I had the feeling of separation in life and parting in death. It was when my teacher, who loved me the most, passed away because of old age and illness. I still could not show my love and gratitude to her. I remember my friends who were bullied and I could not protect them. I remember my grandfather who passed away before I could do something for him,” she said.

“I can’t remember how many times I experienced helplessness before the pain I witnessed in my life. I hope that I can do many things so that other people don’t have to experience my painful feelings, and so that I don’t feel regret and remorse,” she said. 

Nguyen Thao

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/hanoian-who-created-app-for-people-over-aged-50-named-on-forbes-30-under-30-list-823745.html

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Tech unicorn VNG to list on UPCoM

Vietnamese tech giant VNG Corporation is finalizing its list of shareholders to prepare for a listing on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) exchange.

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Towards this, it has asked shareholders to complete their transactions before 5 p.m. November 28. All further transactions will be delayed until its shares are up on the UPCoM, an exchange set up to encourage companies to list their stocks.

UPCoM is one of three bourses in Vietnam, of which the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE) is the biggest with the highest criteria. It requires a company to post profits within the previous two years to list.

VNG, however, posted a loss of over VND70 billion last year.

The unicorn, a startup with a valuation of more than $1 billion, has also announced that its three foreign shareholders, Tenacious Bulldog Holdings Limited, Prosperous Prince Enterprises Limited and Gamevest PTE, have reduced their stakes to below 5% each.

Tenacious Bulldog and Prosperous Prince had a 28.46% stake in VNG, while Gamevest had an 8.14% stake.

The listing on UPCoM is an unexpected move by VNG, given that it had earlier announced plans to list on NASDAQ.

In the first nine months of the year, VNG posted losses of over VND764 billion.

Founded in 2004, VNG operates Zalo, a highly popular messaging and social network platform in Vietnam.

Source: VnExpress

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/tech/tech-unicorn-vng-to-list-on-upcom-3349253/

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Vietnam’s Cerberus Esports team wins 6th place at PUBG Global Championship 2022

Vietnamese League of Legends esports team has set record for Vietnam and the APAC region after winning 6th place at PUBG Global Championship 2022, after a month of fierce competition in Dubai.

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The achievement brought the Vietnamese esports team VND3.78 billion ($152,500) in reward. Cerberus Esports team members who have averaged age of 19.6 has set six records for Vietnam and the APAC region.

Cerberus is also one of the teams that have never had experience in an international tournament. It started the competition with low expectations from international pundits. Twire.gg rated Cerberus to finish the game in 19th place.

However, it performed beyond the audience’s expectations. From the beginning, Cerberus demonstrated good performance and got important scores. The Vietnamese young men got 114 points and became the 6th ranked team in the world, setting unprecedented records for Vietnam as well as the APAC region.

“Our players, who are between 18 and 20 years old, set the record, proving that Cerberus team has great potential. We are confident to maintain our position as one of the leading e-sports teams in Vietnam,” said Michael Minsoo Chung, Cerberus Esports Operations Director.

“We have high hopes to become a team that will bring greater development opportunities for Vietnamese e-sports,” he added.  

Photo: Cerberus Esports
Photo: Cerberus Esports

At PUBG Global Championship 2022, 32 teams from four regions, including 12 from Asia, 8 from Europe, 6 from the Asia Pacific, and the remaining 6 from the Americas competed for a total prize of $2 million.

Founded in 2018, Cerberus Esports is a professional e-sports organization headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City. It is currently a training and competition place for five teams from five different e-sports.

Saudi Arabia to invest $38 billion in esports 

In a related development, Saudi Arabia has planned to invest $38 billion to turn the kingdom into a hub for e-sports by 2030 as part of its plan to diversify the economy of the world’s largest oil exporter, Bloomberg News reported.  

Photo: Cerberus Esports
Photo: Cerberus Esports

Savvy Games Group, a subsidiary of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, will invest $13 billion in acquiring and developing a games publisher and $18.7 billion in acquiring minority holdings in gaming firms. It will also invest $5.3 billion in established companies in the gaming sector.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to invest actively in the e-gaming business. It owns shares in Activision Blizzard Inc., Electronic Arts Inc., and Nintendo Co. through its Public Investment Fund. The plan has threatened South Korea’s esports suzerainty status.

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/tech/vietnams-cerberus-esports-team-wins-6th-place-at-pubg-global-championship-2022-3349269/

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Vietnam to become a regional Digital Hub

Vietnam is aiming to become a Digital Hub, a place to transfer, connect, store and process data regional and world data.

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The Ministry of Information and Communications’ proposed information and communication infrastructure plan for the years 2021 to 2030 is to make Vietnam a “Digital Hub” where data from across the world may be transferred, connected, stored, and processed.

The term “Digital Hub” refers to a network of data storage facilities, cloud computing infrastructure, and Internet traffic exchanged by super developers, as well as global telecommunications, information technology, and digital content, which offer services in several nations and regions.

Vietnam has geographic advantages to become a regional digital hub, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications, including its location between Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, close proximity to important and dynamic development centers in the region and the world, where many economies serve as growth engines, and its location on the trans-Asian road route established by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in order to coordinate regional development.

Additionally, Vietnam is situated on the primary axis of the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC), which connects the Pacific and Indian Oceans, offering tremendous potential for quick, economical, and efficient freight transit. 

The chance that Vietnam will emerge as the region’s digital hub is also demonstrated by the number of Internet users and, in particular, the data traffic that migrates to Vietnam. 

Statistics show that there are presently more than 72 million Internet users in Vietnam, with certain applications like Facebook having up to 75.6 million active users and accounts, and Zalo having more than 75.6 million active users, and 74.1 million active users, respectively.

Source: VnEconomy

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/tech/vietnam-to-become-a-regional-digital-hub-3349082/

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