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Coding Bootcamp Produces In-Demand Developers

Posted by Hailey Roos on Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 04:45 PM
  • Filipino startup company helps beginner coders become well-versed in technology development
  • - Zuitt Coding Bootcamp’s curriculum teaches essential skills that often result in lifelong careers in technology 
  • - Despite the global pandemic, Zuitt provided scholarships and online education to help learners continue their training and find fulfilling jobs

About Zuitt 

Zuitt is the #1 Philippine-based startup offering web development coding bootcamps. 

Coding Bootcamp

Founder and CEO of Zuitt Coding Bootcamp, Tomohisa Kato, developed the company to help Filipinos develop their technology skills, as it was his personal mission to help them realize and maximize their potential. Zuitt Coding Bootcamp offers full-stack web development coding with a beginner-friendly curriculum to equip students with essential skills which help them land in-demand tech jobs. 

In its years of service, Zuitt has produced thousands of developers who have a vast array of coding skills. Bootcampers undergo rigid training with curriculum crafted by in-house developers and trainers. Embracing the company’s mission to be a lifelong partner, the learning does not stop after training is completed. Short courses are also provided to help bootcampers continuously improve their skills in all areas of the tech industry. 

One of the changes in the company in 2020 is the shift to fully online classes. This not only made a major impact to the students but also to the company's direction as a whole. This situation paved way for a new product for Pi-shaped Careers, or individuals who need to learn to code so they can understand developers, but don't necessarily need a career shift. The new normal opened another opportunity for Zuitt to everyone who has more time to learn new skills.

Zuitt’s COVID-19 Response 

During the pandemic, a number of bootcamp batches were put on hold, but that did not stop Tomohisa Kato from looking for ways to help bootcampers continue their training and find jobs. People who wished to continue their education were provided mobile internet scholarships and were able to rent PCs from Zuitt. The transition from lab-based instruction to online instruction was completely successful, as many bootcampers graduated and became employed developers. 

Zuitt won a Silver Stevie for Innovation in Technology Development - Other Service Industries in The 2020 Asia-Pacific Awards®. 

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Topics: Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Stevie-winning Virtual Phone System for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Posted by Hailey Roos on Mon, Nov 16, 2020 @ 05:18 PM
  • MightyCall’s cloud-based phone system provides VoIP services to thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs across North America
  • The Contact Book Plus feature allows users to create contact lists and take notes on specific contact interactions for reference at any time

About MightyCall

MightyCall is a cloud-based virtual phone system, making it possible for solo entrepreneurs and even the smallest businesses to stay connected anywhere and anytime. MightyCall is a VoIP provider that started as part of the Infratel corporate group which ran the early version of the software for call centers. As VoIP took off in the greater business world, the technology was repackaged in a more manageable version accessible to small businesses. Ever since, MightyCall has consistently been building its user base, now serving more than 4,500 small businesses across North America. 

Since the beginning of 2019, MightyCall has made leaps and bounds in the quality of its service. More importantly, however, they’ve done so without a price hike, meaning their customers are getting more value for their money than ever before. The company has made the typical array of improvements that come with time, such as improved functionality of existing features, better call coverage and connections, and UI redesigns to continually take customer feedback into account. 

What is most revolutionary is MightyCall’s Contact Book Plus feature, which single handedly pulls a simple VoIP system in line with mini-CRMs, offering solopreneurs and small business owners an organizational tool at a much lower rate than they would normally have to pay. The Contact Book Plus lets customers create contacts and contact lists within the system, and it lets them take notes for each contact and each individual communication with each contact. 

The Contact Book Plus is significant in that this option hardly exists in the VoIP sphere. Expensive, high-functioning CRMs have featured VoIP features for years, but VoIP has not embraced CRM elements. Through committing to this route, MightyCall has distinguished itself as both a trailblazer and a champion for small businesses, who all too frequently have to pay for a CRM they cannot truly afford or juggle low-priced options that lack centralization. By creating a simple and affordable mini-CRM type system, even solopreneurs will now have an option that centralizes their business communications. 

MightyCall won the Gold Stevie for Company of the Year - Telecommunications - Small in The 2020 International Business Awards®. 

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Topics: International business awards, telecommunications

The Rebirth of Burkina Faso’s Women’s Football Team

Posted by Hailey Roos on Mon, Nov 09, 2020 @ 10:01 PM
  • Burkina Faso’s football teams provide sports, leisure, and education to children and adults
  • The women’s football team was removed due to lack of material and funding, and Jaleo jumped in to help rebuild the women’s team
  • Jaleo helped coordinate the complete and successful renewal of the women’s team 

About Jaleo! Sports & Human Events 

Jaleo is an event planning agency working around the globe. 

In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the Santos FC football club provides the city with sports, leisure, and education. However, due to the lack of material, logistics, and human resources, the Burkinabe club decided to remove all the women’s teams. When the situation reached the ears of Jaleo through their association with Burkinabe of Barcelona, Jaleo took it upon themselves to find a football club to help recover the women’s teams of Santos FC. 

After intense meetings between the two Burkinabe clubs, Jaleo organized a football tournament with FC Martinenc, the women’s football team. In March of 2019, Jaleo collected sports equipment and financial funds to send to the team with the goal of rebuilding the women’s team and providing them with essentials. 

Jaleo’s efforts resulted in:

  • ½ ton of material sent to Burkina Faso
  • 2,250+ raised by crowdfunding
  • Valuable mass media appearances
  • Barcelona City Council assistance
  • Promotion of the event through the Catalan Football Federation

Jaleo! Sports & Human Events won a Silver Stevie for Company / Organization Categories - Company of the Year - Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations - Small and a Bronze Stevie for Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, & Public Relations Categories - Communications Professional of the Year in The 2020 International Business Awards®. 

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Topics: International business awards

Stevie-Winner Named as Guinness Book of World Record Holder

Posted by Hailey Roos on Mon, Nov 02, 2020 @ 04:32 PM
  • Animation studio works to produce licensed products and content to consumers worldwide  
  • Animaccord’s Masha and the Bear series boasts record-breaking success with over 39 language dubs, broadcasted in over 150 countries, and billions of YouTube views

About Animaccord

Animaccord is an international Media & Licensing company and studio that delivers the best animation across the world. They represent the exceptional attributes of their animated brands in partnerships with the global media and consumer goods companies to broadcast the content on leading TV and Digital channels and bring licensed products to retail shelves worldwide. Animaccord specializes in worldwide distribution of content, consumer products rights, and brand management. 

First established in 2008, Animaccord was the studio behind the animated series Masha and the Bear, created by Russian director Oleg Kuzovkov. The CG-animated series follows the adventures of a little mischievous girl, Masha, and her friend Bear. The cartoon gained worldwide popularity, has been dubbed in 39 languages, broadcasted in more than 150 countries by global media majors including Netflix, Google, Nick Jr., Sony, and Televisa. The series’ massive success paved the way for Animaccord to initiate considerable licensing activity. 

Since setting up as a licensing company, Animaccord has established itself as a hugely successful brand with more than 300 global partners including Fererro, Danone, Simba Dickie Group, Crayola, Clementoni, Penguin Random House, Hachette, and other market leaders. Animaccord manages one of the world’s largest children’s content networks on YouTube with more than 120 million subscribers and 43 YouTube Creator Awards, including 4 Diamond Play Buttons. 

As of 2019, Masha and the Bear episode “Recipe for Disaster” was included in the Guinness World Record Book as the most-watched cartoon on YouTube. With more than 4 billion views, the episode ranks in YouTube’s top 5 most viewed videos of all time. Animaccord is currently producing other seasons of Masha and the Bear as well as launching new projects and brand engagement activities such as promotions and live shows to bolster the property across all markets. 

Animaccord won a Bronze Stevie for Company / Organization Categories - Company of the Year - Media & Entertainment in The 2020 International Business Awards®. 

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Topics: International business awards, media awards

Caring for the Azerbaijan Community

Posted by Hailey Roos on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 @ 12:42 PM
  • - Telecommunications leader hosts millions of subscribers worldwide and pilots new network capabilities in Azerbaijan
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  • - Azercell Telecom is an industry expert and the biggest investor in the country focused not only on company growth but individual/societal needs
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  • - Azercell’s COVID-19 response helped individuals from all walks of life stay safe during the pandemic

About Azercell Telecom

Azercell Telecom is the leader of the mobile communication industry, the largest taxpayer, and the biggest investor of the non-oil sector in Azerbaijan. Over 4.5 million subscribers worldwide choose Azercell services.

Azercell was the first to pilot 5G network in the country and South Caucasia regions. As a pioneer in the industry, Azercell introduced a number of innovations in Azerbaijan, including GSM technology, advanced payment systems, mobile internet services, 24/7 call center service, and online customer care. 

Azercell’s 4G network covers nearly 60 regions of the country and is top-rated in mobile operators of Azerbaijan. They are the only company in the country to be awarded the Gold Certificate of International “Investors in People” Standard. 

Azercell’s COVID-19 Response

When the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, Azercell uploaded 50 AZN to the balance of active roaming subscribers who were in countries with limited transportation in order to provide them with uninterrupted communications with their families and relatives. They also added 50 AZN to the balance of over 600 medical workers. In addition, calls to the State Agency were waived of charges for all Azercell subscribers. A 5GB internet package was presented to more than 25,000 teachers and staff who were forced to work online during the pandemic. Nearly 600 students of the Azerbaijan Technical University were provided with discounted internet packages. 

They donated 2 million manats to fund the Support Fight Against Coronavirus. Azercell’s preventative measures included caring for vulnerable people in society by giving nearly 6,000 product baskets to low-income families. During the month of Ramadan, 4,000 low-income families received food aid. Hundreds of Azercell employees joined the blood donation campaign to help children suffering from thalassemia, hemophilia, and other inherited blood diseases. The Children’s Hotline provided thousands of children with necessary psychological, legal, and social assistance during this time. 

Prioritizing subscribers’ health, Azercell has organized various campaigns to keep people safe at home while spending time productively. They offered 50% discounts for language-learning applications and free mobile internet music applications. 

Azercell Telecom won a Gold Stevie for Company of the Year - Telecommunications, a Bronze Stevie for Most Innovative Company of the Year, and a Bronze Stevie for COVID-19 Response Categories - Most Valuable Corporate Response in The 2020 International Business Awards®. 

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Topics: International business awards

Not Your Average Staffing Agency

Posted by Hailey Roos on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 @ 01:14 PM
  • - Backwoods Promotions, Inc. provides staff and brand ambassadors to top-line outdoor and motorsport clients
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  • - This staffing agency prides themselves on genuine relationships with companies through passionate, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic event staff who go above and beyond to promote products

About Backwoods Promotions, Inc.

Backwoods Promotions specializes in motorsports, outdoor, and automotive event staffing across North America. Founded in 2012 by Jessica Kline, the company provides ongoing service to a number of large corporations, primarily focused on supplying brand ambassadors and event staff to outdoor festivals, trade shows and more.

Since 2019, Backwoods Promotions has successfully trademarked its motto: Promote What you Love® and Enthusiasts First® to use in marketing and commerce. Backwoods Promotions was also certified as a Woman Business Enterprise by WBE Canada. In addition, its founder and CEO, Jessica Kline, was accepted into the Forbes Business Council. 

In terms of clients and services, Backwoods Promotions has demonstrated an ability to maintain its existing client base for years. This year, the company celebrates its sixth year providing service to Bombardier Recreational Product brands (i.e. Ski-Doo), its sixth year working with Fox Factory Inc., and now its second year working with Harley-Davidson Canada and Anheuser-Busch. In total, the company has provided thousands of event staff to work at 500 events across North America. 

What makes Backwoods Promotions unique is an emphasis on sourcing staff who are passionate about the companies, products, and services they represent at events and trade shows. While a number of staffing agencies and modeling agencies exist, none have successfully dominated the motorsports and outdoors industries with the same specialized approach that Backwoods Promotions has. Since the beginning, they have touted the fact that they are not a typical staffing agency, resulting in a rich niche of opportunity to supply skilled staff for motorcycle demo tours, off-road ride and drive events, corporate product launches, trade shows, and more. Backwoods Promotions’ unique approach to staffing is one that consistently adapts to North American motorsport and outdoor markets. 

Backwoods Promotions won three Stevie Awards for Company / Organization Categories: a Silver Stevie for Company of the Year - Diversified Services - Small, a Silver Stevie for Company of the Year - Business or Professional Services - Small, and a Bronze Stevie for Company of the Year - Hospitality & Leisure - Small in the 2020 International Business Awards®. 

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Topics: International business awards

Modern Money Solutions for Developing Countries

Posted by Hailey Roos on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 @ 10:30 PM
  • - Laos’ mostly rural population does not have access to traditional banking services
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  • - Star Fintech Sole Co. (Star Telecom) developed “u-money” which is easy to use, low-cost, and accessible via mobile devices

About Star Fintech Sole Co. 

Founded by Star Telecom (Unitel) in 2019, Star Fintech Sole Co. is the first “u-money” mobile phone service in Laos. This provides nationwide financial services that are quick and convenient, low-cost electronic payments. 

Modern Money in Laos

Laos is a developing country where most areas are rural. Most people live in mountainous areas and do not have bank accounts, thus access to financial services is quite limited. As a leader in telecommunication and digital transformation, Star Telecom is committed to investing and concentrating its resources to people who would benefit the most. 

Unitel engaged with the Bank of Lao PRD (BoL) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in 2014 to develop “u-money”, a digital financial service product. U-money now takes an active part in the development of Laos and allows people in rural areas to access financial services via mobile devices. In 2019, Star Telecom became the first company to receive a legal license for e-wallet services in Laos.

Startelecom (Star Fintech Sole Co.) won a Silver Stevie for Innovation in Product Design & Development - Consumer Products & Services in The 2020 Asia-Pacific Awards®. 

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Topics: Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Smart Support with SearchUnify

Posted by Hailey Roos on Mon, Oct 05, 2020 @ 06:49 PM
  • - Customer service tools with AI-based technology improve sales, marketing, and overall customer satisfaction

  • - Grazitti Interactive’s SearchUnify platform simplifies complex issues and provides tools and personalized search results 
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About SearchUnify

SearchUnify is a flagship product of Grazitti. This unified cognitive search platform revolutionizes information discovery, fuels an insight engine, and makes for a robust platform for AI-based apps like customer-facing and agent-assisting chatbots. It’s AI powers relevant and personalized search results for customer support and self-service. 

Grazitti’s Product Inception

Grazitti Interactive is a digital innovation leader with extensive experience in developing solutions for CRM, marketing automation, online communities, and analytics. With over a decade of experience enabling businesses to improve marketing, sales, and support outcomes, Grazitti Interactive witnessed businesses struggling to put information in the hands of end-users. SearchUnify was built to unify diverse content sources and provide a seamless user experience and to simplify tools and requirements in one extensive platform.

AI is being seen by support leaders as a possible solution to many complex issues. AI-powered apps built on SearchUnify equip agents with tools they need to delight customers. As a one-stop solution, SearchUnify helps to increase case deflection and expedite case resolution. It helps community managers drive self-service success by showing smart recommendations to users based on their search behavior to help them find the most relevant answers quickly. 

SearchUnify’s customers have seen exponential success: 

  • AI-Driven Enterprise Search & Analytics | SearchUnify12% month-to-month increase in site visits 
    13% increase in search conversions
    15% increase in agent productivity
    21% increase in case deflection
    28% reduction in searches without results 
    Over 8 million cumulative total searches 

SearchUnify won a Silver Stevies for Innovation in Customer Service - Innovative Use of Technology in Customer Service - Computer Industries and a Silver Stevie for Innovation in Product Design & Development - Innovation in Business-to-Business Products & Services in The 2020 Asia-Pacific Awards®. 

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Topics: Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Startup Company Challenges Traditional TV Advertising

Posted by Hailey Roos on Tue, Sep 29, 2020 @ 03:15 PM
  • - Australian-based digital advertising company paves the way for new revenues in traditionally untouched spheres
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  • - Hoppr creates a new way to advertise on the small screen while still reaching massive audiences
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  • - Advertising with Hoppr allows customizability and flexibility for businesses of all sizes
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About Hoppr

Hoppr is a startup company focused on creating technology solutions for the global advertising sector. Their flagship technology solution - HopprTV - creates ad space in a new place. This world-first turnkey solution can be seamlessly integrated with any TV service to display personally tailored and targeted ads to audiences of the small screen. Hoppr’s innovations are visible through their strategic partnership with leading global media groups including Technicolor, a global media giant with access to 700 million set top boxes worldwide. 

Hoppr allows businesses of any size to deliver messages to highly engaged TV audiences, targeted personally or geographically, thus unlocking new revenue while generating detailed information about audience habits. By integrating HopprTV, platforms can instantly offer digital advertising solutions that compete with online rivals, creating a new ecosystem of advertising on the small screen that opens the doors for small businesses to connect with audiences closest to them.

HopprTV’s Solution

In the modern media landscape, nothing compares to the reach and prestige of advertising on television. But in the digital age, most advertisers are turning from the traditional, expensive contracts on the small screen to more targeted, flexible, and cost-efficient messaging found online. 

This trend has only accelerated with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, wherein TV advertising revenues plummeted worldwide despite more people than ever watching streaming and free content online. To adapt and thrive in this new media environment, TV advertisers need to adopt the tactics and techniques of online digital marketers. HopprTV was designed to bridge the gap between TV’s prestige and digital’s flexibility, creating ad space in a new place to unlock revenue, rich audience data, and targeted exposure like never before. 

Hoppr won a Gold Stevie for Innovation in Technology Management, Planning & Innovation - Telecommunications Industries in The 2020 Asia-Pacific Awards®. 

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Topics: Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, telecommunications

Staying Chill with PepsiCo

Posted by Hailey Roos on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 @ 12:09 PM
  • - Humidity and condensation cause serious problems for PepsiCo sales including lack of visibility, water leakage, and risk of electric shock
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  • - PepsiCo’s BLU cooler lowers the cost of cooling and creates a condensation-free, 100% visible case for beloved products

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has since grown into one of the largest multinational corporation food and beverage businesses in the country. The company is dedicated to continuously improving all of their products, operating responsibly to protect the planet, and empowering people around the world to create long-term success for society. 

Keeping Cool

Tropical countries in Asia and Africa have extreme weather conditions with temperatures over 41 degrees celsius and humidity over 75%. During the rainy season, humidity rises to nearly 90%, which leads to many of Pepsi coolers’ glass doors to drip with heavy condensation and subsequently block the products’ visibility, leading to a serious loss of sales and high risk of leakage and electrical shock. 

BLU Cooler was introduced as a super workhorse, robust design cooler with efficient temperature management. The full-length glass door doubles the visibility and lowers the cost of cooling by 20% compared to existing coolers. Patented Hot Air-Flow Management ensures 100% condensation-free see through experience in any environmental conditions, even in the highest humidity. 

PepsiCo India won multiple awards for Innovation in Product Design & Development: both Gold and Silver Stevies for Consumer Products & Services and a Silver Stevie for Energy & Sustainability in The 2020 Asia-Pacific Awards®. 

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Topics: Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards