Computer Vision AI Fruit-Sizing App Spectre for Efficient Orchard Management

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Tue, Jan 02, 2024 @ 01:47 PM

23 spotlight Square-Jan-02-2024-06-29-49-6064-PMStevie-winner Hectre is a fruit technology company offering a full suite of orchard management modules plus a computer vision AI early fruit sizing tool, so users can gather accurate fruit size data at scale and with speed.

Established in 2016, Hectre helps clients optimize food production by enabling digitization of key processes and access to accurate, rich data for better-informed operations decision-making. They offer easy-to-use orchard technologies that deliver value to growers and packers—whether they be small family-owned businesses or large-scale enterprises.

Product Design & Development
Size is a major determinant of export sales. Industry needs analysis identified a major problem caused by a lack of early fruit sizing data. Growers and packhouses had to make critical sales, storage, and packing decisions based on minute-size samples, as manual early sizing processes were extremely time-intensive and costly.

When the wrong size fruit is selected for packing and sale (due to lack of size data), huge packing operations come to a standstill, causing enormous costs and non-fulfillment of orders, negatively impacting reputations, and causing fruit waste.

Hectre body imageHectre harnessed the power of machine learning to develop the Spectre early fruit AI app. Spectre enables growers and packers to size a large sample of fruit by taking a photo of it with a simple iPad; users receive accurate size samples and color detection results within seconds.

The computer vision technology means users don't need expensive equipment, and clients can add unlimited users and images within the app. Spectre's high accuracy—whether a user is in an orchard, in receiving, or anywhere else—has been proven against multi-million dollar grader machines, not just lab tests.

In December 2020, Spectre for Apples was launched. Demand from the citrus market and premium cherry market followed. Spectre for Citrus and Cherries have now been released to New Zealand, the United States, Australia, and Canada. Spectre for Pears was then released in December 2022.

The Spectre app is now being used by some of the largest fruit companies in the United States, including Washington Fruit & Produce, Sage Fruit, Borton Fruit, and Monson Fruit.

Customer Service & Personnel
Hectre has a strong dedication to the success of its customers. They do in-person implementation at their property whenever possible.

Recognizing the importance of strong onboarding, training, and support in an industry that has not historically had much exposure to technology support, Hectre established a Customer Success team and provides bilingual tech and support in person, via phone, and online. An extensive online knowledge base for customers who wish to troubleshoot independently before contacting support has also been created.

To support current and future employees, they created paid internship pathways, which immerse tech grads into Hectre’s culture with opportunities to work on fulfilling Hectre projects. This has enabled Hectre to acquire talent despite tight labor markets.

Hectre won two Gold Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Startup of the Year - Business Product Industries and Most Innovative Tech Startup of the Year - Software in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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BGL Corporate Solutions' Third-Generation Software Suite Evolves With Regulatory Compliance Requirements

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Tue, Jan 02, 2024 @ 01:36 PM

23 spotlight Square-Jan-02-2024-06-34-30-8811-PMStevie-winner BGL Corporate Solutions (BGL) delivers third-generation, company compliance management, self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF), and investment portfolio software solutions to over 9,500 businesses in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and 15 other countries around the world.

Founded in 1983 as a small consulting firm to assist accountants and businesses in gaining more value from their computer systems, BGL has since become a market leader in compliance management software, employing over 200 people across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, and the Philippines.

Australia's accounting and compliance software industry is highly competitive, with several established players and new entrants vying for market share. BGL operates in this industry and provides software solutions to assist businesses in managing and automating their clients' financial transactions, reporting, and regulatory compliance obligations.

The compliance software industry in Australia is growing, driven by the increasing complexity of regulatory compliance obligations and the need for businesses to manage these obligations efficiently and effectively. BGL's mission is to make compliance easy for its clients by being innovative, collaborating with its community, and creating remarkable experiences.

Product Suite & Customers
With sophisticated automation and AI-powered technologies, the BGL Product Suite includes 3 integrated, cloud-based solutions:

  • CAS 360 (Innovative company compliance, trust, and AML management software)
  • Simple Fund 360 (AI-powered SMSF administration software)
  • Simple Invest 360 (End-to-end investment portfolio management software)

The BGL Suite integrates with 350+ data feeds and ecosystem partners to provide clients with holistic compliance solutions. Plus, the Suite's automation and integration eliminate manual and duplicated data entry, freeing up time for clients to focus on delivering remarkable moments to their clients while boosting their productivity, profitability, growth, and team satisfaction.

BGL clients include all major accounting firms, law firms, many listed and private company groups, accountants, financial planners, and many individual SMSF trustees. The demand for compliance software solutions will likely grow as compliance requirements evolve.
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In July 2020, BGL launched its cloud-based compliance management software, CAS 360, in New Zealand. CAS 360 New Zealand now supports 70+ firms, managing 25,000+ companies.

CAS 360 is a complete compliance management solution and a huge time-saver for accounting firms and corporate service providers. With powerful automation and integration with the New Zealand Companies Office, CAS 360 provides a streamlined workflow for managing annual returns, company registrations, and common registry changes made by companies. CAS 360 also simplifies the management of trusts and AML/CFT and CDD compliance requirements.

In June 2021, BGL launched an end-to-end portfolio management solution, Simple Invest 360, which now supports 500+ firms, managing 3,000+ entities. Simple Invest 360 is a portfolio management solution for companies, individuals, partnerships, and trusts. With powerful automation and AI-powered technologies, Simple Invest 360 keeps track of investments and income, providing a complete set of financial statements with automated preparation and electronic lodgment tax returns with the ATO. Simple Invest 360 also provides integrated accounting workpapers, digital signing, 350+ data feeds, and registry integration.

Another offered tool, BGL SmartDocs turns paper documents into usable digital data saving clients a tremendous amount of time and money. Using AI, BGL SmartDocs extracts data from PDFs or images. BGL SmartDocs has helped clients extract over 24 million transactions from Bank Statements with our AI-based model with 95% accuracy.

In October 2022, BGL released its latest product in BETA, BGL Smart Docs 360. BGL Smart Docs 360 is an AI-powered cloud solution that helps businesses unlock their full potential by transforming unstructured data in paper and digital documents into smart digital data. Using Agile, BGL has been able to continuously update its software for changing regulations and technologies.

BGL Corporate Solutions won a Bronze Stevie Award for Innovation in Technology Development - All Other Industries, and a Silver Stevie Award for Excellence in Innovation in Technology Industries - 100 or More Employees in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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Fresh by Friska's Approach to Digital Business Transformation and Lasting Behavior Change

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Tue, Jan 02, 2024 @ 11:20 AM

23 spotlight Square-1Stevie-winner Fresh by Friska is a change management consultancy for executives, teams, and businesses positioned to help organizations in their digital transformations by assessment and guidance of new technology, alternative structures, leadership styles, and other key aspects of operations.

The agency was founded in 2020 by Friska Wirya, a self-described geek and lifelong learner with a flair for communication. Friska helps businesses achieve elusive behavior change in large globally distributed workforces by implementing strategies that work with, not against, an organization’s culture and operating environment. This leads to change that lasts.

Friska is the former Head of Change at a large gold mining company where she led digital transformation changes to achieve USD $170 million dollars in annual savings. To do this, she implemented a digital-first culture across four countries to create a strong foundation to drive the adoption of new and emerging technologies.

Prior to this, she was the Global Change Lead for multimillion-dollar projects spanning technology, structure, process, and people, impacting +23,000 employees at Tier 1 engineering firm Worley, and she was one of the founding consultants for Fujitsu Australia’s change practice. This real-world experience enabled her to develop a comprehensive toolkit of methodologies, frameworks, and processes proven in different environments.
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Fresh By Friska is the culmination of her contemporary approach that helps companies move away from old ways that aren’t getting traction, so they are more fluid and agile, enabling them to faster develop their culture, technology, structure, or strategy. Integrated into her approach are team-building principles, positive psychology, emotional intelligence, and vulnerability.

Since starting Fresh by Friska, Friska has more than doubled its revenue each year. She achieved this growth by developing her differentiation edge, cementing her position as a thought leader, and expanding her services to include multiple revenue streams.

In addition, Friska often speaks at events and conferences. She has spoken on stages within Australia and internationally to a diverse audience of professionals and executives with experience in presenting, chairing, and facilitating several conferences such as Future of Mining, Female Influencers in Tech, and Women in Leadership Asia.

Friska also volunteers as a career coach for Deloitte's leadership program, Elev8, helping young professionals, especially women from minority backgrounds. She's also on the management committee for Liberty Victoria, the longest-running human rights advocacy group in Australia.

Outside of fortifying her change practice, Friska explores somewhere new each year and is growing her personal styling business, partnering with Mys Tyler (a fashion style inspiration app) and Mirvac Retail on key fashion and personal branding events.

Fresh by Friska won a Bronze Stevie® Award for Most Innovative Startup of the Year - Business Service Industries and a Silver Stevie Award for Excellence in Innovation in Business Product & Service Industries - Up to 20 Employees in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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Integrating MicroGrid's Conversational AI to Streamline Healthcare Communications

Posted by Zachary Myers on Thu, Nov 30, 2023 @ 03:44 PM

23 spotlight Square-3Stevie-winner MicroGrid is a healthcare technology company that specializes in developing conversational artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Their core offering, MicroGrid Intelligent Connect (MIC), enhances patient experiences by enabling personalized care through AI technology.

The comprehensive omnichannel platform uses various foundational AI technologies and front-end software to enable healthcare professionals to offer personalized care and exceptional customer experiences to patients.

Since its inception, MicroGrid has implemented its MIC in multiple geographies worldwide and partnered with Google Cloud within the first quarter of operation. Working closely alongside Google, MicroGrid has advanced significantly thanks to its state-of-the-art Contact Center Artificial Intelligence (CCAI) technology, which has transformed patient experiences and is constantly enhancing.

The Impact of MicroGrid’s AI Technology
MicroGrid's Proof of Concept (PoC) for CCAI-led Drug Adherence and Service Feedback has had a significant effect. They improved the recognition rates of short and very short-spoken phrases to over 92%, also enhancing recognition of low-volume speech.

Moreover, they enhanced the ability to detect spoken words in noisy environments, leading to more accurate transcription and making conversations with AI feel more free-flowing and realistic, with Virtual Customer Agents becoming more humanlike. In addition to MIC, MicroGrid has built a full-scale Digital Health suite on Salesforce, which seamlessly integrates with MIC, unlocking its full potential in the field of conversational AI. 

MIC's conversational AI capabilities are transactional and voice-enabled, empowering it to handle complex conversations with multiple questions and commands in a single interaction. This allows MIC to manage intricate tasks such as appointment scheduling, consent collection, and feedback on adherence and services, all without requiring the presence of contact center agents.
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Furthermore, MIC is fully connected with the MedDRA Medical Dictionary, enabling it to identify and report Adverse Events to the client's pharmacovigilance team for further action.

From Prototype to Project: MicroGrid's Progress
One of their most promising initiatives still in development is MICNxt, a suite of independent tools delivered through a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. These tools seamlessly integrate with external software systems, offering a simplified, code-free platform for crafting comprehensive enterprise solutions. This accessible approach empowers developers, making what used to be a time-consuming development process more efficient, with the potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery and significantly enhance the patient experience.

Since January 2023, they have not only acquired two key pharma accounts but have also developed a chatbot prototype for capturing Informed Consent Forms (ICF) in clinical trials aimed at assisting the onboarding process for novel cancer treatments. This promising prototype is currently in the process of evolving into a full-fledged project.

In addition to their work on ICF capture, they've also crafted a comprehensive PoC for case management through Salesforce, aimed at providing substantial support to major pharmaceutical companies.

MicroGrid Technologies Private Limited won a Gold Stevie Award for Excellence in Innovation in Health Care Industries - Up to 20 Employees in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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Educational Mentoring Service ElevateRA Provides Proactive Support and Mental Health Resources for Adolescents

Posted by Zachary Myers on Thu, Nov 30, 2023 @ 03:34 PM

23 spotlight SquareIn a landscape where the global adolescent mental health crisis looms, Stevie-winner ElevateRA stands as an educational venture seeking preventative measures.

Founded by Ramita Anand, a trained teacher with a Science and Special Educational Needs specialization, ElevateRA is designed to educate and support pre-adolescent girls on crucial life skills.

Passionate about helping girls’ well-being, ElevateRA originated to work in conjunction with the conventional approaches in education to equip young people with the skills of confidence, empathy, resilience, emotional intelligence, and kindness that will serve them throughout their lives. Ramita works with families and their daughters, but also with schools to implement the lesson plans designed to promote these skills.

ElevateRA's program, comprising eight mentoring sessions, is crafted to address diverse issues, ranging from social anxieties to concerns about school performance. Rather than imposing solutions, the program equips girls with tools and resources to develop their unique strategies for navigating these complex challenges.

Cultivating "5 Superpowers" for Resilience
ElevateRA places a significant emphasis on fostering resilience and well-being by cultivating those life skills that they frame as the "5 Superpowers": Confidence, Resilience, Empathy, Emotional Intelligence, and Kindness. These attributes are not just buzzwords, but integral elements woven into the fabric of the program.

Girls enrolled in ElevateRA are not only taught about these superpowers but are actively encouraged to embody and apply them in their lives. The program goes beyond theoretical concepts, employing engaging activities, Supergirl motifs, and vibrant imagery to make the learning experience both enjoyable and impactful. By celebrating each girl's unique differences, ElevateRA strives to build a sense of self-belief that extends beyond the program, influencing their overall personal growth.
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ElevateRA's commitment to empowering girls extends beyond theoretical frameworks. The program equips girls with practical tools and strategies to confront and overcome adversity. The keepsake workbooks are designed as more than mere instructional materials, they serve as personal journals for recording emotions and platforms for immersive role-playing exercises. These tools aren't just about providing solutions but encouraging a proactive approach to problem-solving.

By incorporating real-life case studies of young women who have triumphed over adversity, ElevateRA instills a sense of hope and possibility, reinforcing the idea that challenges can be surmounted with the right mindset.

Leaving a Global Impact
Despite the challenges of starting a business during the COVID-19 pandemic, ElevateRA exemplifies resilience. Adapting to school closures, the team altered lesson and workshop plans, transitioning to online delivery creatively.

The Elevate Podcast, hosted by Ramita, was launched to engage a new audience, featuring conversations with thought leaders on empowering girls during adolescence. The podcast, now in its seventh season, enjoys a global reach and a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts.

In addition, in February of 2022, Ramita authored Girl Elevated: 5 Steps to Empower Girls in Early Adolescence to Be Their Best, a book now used in schools and conferences internationally, educating parents and teachers on empowering girls as they navigate adolescence.

Testimonials and feedback from parents and teachers highlight the care and passion invested by Ramita in her work with each pupil. Over the last two years, Ramita has collaborated with school groups and individual students across various countries, implementing her learning framework in classrooms and individual sessions, aiding girls in overcoming adversity and fostering a positive mindset.

ElevateRA won a Gold Stevie Award for Most Innovative Startup of the Year - Consumer Service Industries in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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ESHORE: SET Maritime & Electrical’s Innovative Solution to Electrical Safety Hazards on Maritime Vessels

Posted by Zachary Myers on Fri, Nov 03, 2023 @ 09:26 AM

22 spotlight Square-3Stevie-winner SET Maritime and Electrical offers a simple solution to electric safety hazards within the marine industry with their new product, ESHORE.

ESHORE’s patented electrical design was created to ensure the safety of boat owners, meet regulatory standards, and save customers time and money on incorrect electrical connections.

Current State of Maritime Safety
Over the past six years, SET Maritime & Electrical has been involved in verifying electrical compliance for plan approvals and surveys of Domestic Commercial Vessels. During this time, a range of different shore connection installations have been inspected and checked against the required Standards.

SET Maritime & Electrical found that most vessels did not meet the required safety standards. The most pressing safety factor found in these vessels was Reverse Polarity, which presents a serious risk of electrocution.

Currently, all other shore connection products available on the market are based upon a Polarity Monitoring Device that detects reverse polarity with a simple circuit as the fundamental design. A certificate from an electrical contractor ensures that a boat's wiring is correct.

But when a boat connects to shore power, the polarity (direction of electricity flow) can be uncertain due to various factors like installation or maintenance issues. If the power's polarity is reversed, it can make the safety systems on the boat useless and put people on board in danger.

ESHORE’s Patented Design
To solve this problem, SET Maritime & Electrical owner Mark Smith designed a groundbreaking new “Plug and Play” shore connection device called ESHORE. His device meets the requirements of the Australian Standard for electrical installation safety for single-phase and three-phase systems, has a reverse polarity switch and momentary Polarity test with an interlocking device, and can be used anywhere in the world with minor modifications.ESHORE guy

In the development phase, the device was refined based on suggestions received from government and regulatory bodies, industry representatives, target markets, and peers, all of whom gave encouraging feedback on the necessity of the device in the marine industry. 

Since 2021, SET Maritime & Electrical has seen their hard work in pursuit of safety come to fruition as they reached the manufacturing phase and created a device that is robust and fit for purpose. The device was first installed in the Domestic Commercial Market, where it received positive feedback from all owners for its ease of installation and use.

In 2022, they officially launched ESHORE and are already on their third generation of the device that offers more flexibility for installation, remote operation capability, and can be easily concealed, making it more aesthetically pleasing. 

SET Maritime & Electrical won a Gold Stevie Award for Innovation in Consumer Products & Services and a Bronze Stevie Award for Achievement in Product Innovation in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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The 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards Ceremony Recap

Posted by Nina Moore on Fri, Jun 30, 2023 @ 10:14 AM

The 10th annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards ceremony took place virtually on 27 June. The ceremony was live-streamed to over 250 Stevie Award winners and their guests. 

The ceremony replay is available on the Stevie Awards YouTube channel.  

High-achieving organizations and professionals from organizations in 19 nations and territories in the APAC region were named Stevie Award winners this year, and 34 winning organizations participated in the virtual festivities.

How the Awards Were Presented

Each organization was announced once during the virtual presentations. A short video about the winning organization produced by the Stevie Awards was played, followed by a pre-recorded acceptance speech video supplied by the winning organization. The virtual ceremony was live-streamed via YouTube Live at 2:00 pm KST.

Within the virtual event platform, attendees had the ability to interact in the live chat, learn about and engage with sponsors, take photos, and submit interviews on the virtual red carpet.

"Since 2020, the Stevie Awards have staged virtual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards ceremonies, though we hope to return to the region with a live awards ceremony in 2024. In the past, we've staged the event in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo," commented Stevie Awards Founder, Michael Gallagher, during the live chat. 

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The following organizations participated in the virtual ceremony. Only winning organizations that registered for the virtual ceremony were recognized.

Future Market Insights (FMI)
Strategic Public Relations Group Limited
MDI Novare
Maynilad Water Services, Inc.
Rush Technologies Inc.
Personal Collection Direct Selling, Inc.
Pru Life UK
M360, Inc.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Home Credit Philippines
Cisco Systems India Pvt Ltd
dentsu China
PT Kawasan Industri Terpadu Batang
Grazitti Interactive
Advanced Info Services Plc.
PJ Lhullier and entomo
Metro Pacific Water
DHL Japan, Inc
PLDT and Smart
Eastern Communications
Newport World Resorts
PT Bank Central Asia, Tbk.
PT Pupuk Indonesia
MSys Technologies LLC
Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Vejthani Hospital
Hinduja Global Solutions

Individual Virtual Acceptance speeches and red-carpet interviews are available on the Stevie Awards Youtube channel. View and download photos from the virtual red carpet album below:

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Winner Highlights

Stevie-winner Scaffad of Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia, was the first organization that was honored during the ceremony. Scaffad won a Gold Stevie Award for Innovation in Human Resources Management, Planning & Practice, among all other industries. Scaffad is Australia's leading early works construction and development signage pacemakers. Scaffad partners with top Australian and global companies to bring their branded spaces and places to life. Accepting the award virtually were Scaffad Directors Lachlan Bell and David Montgomery, along with Finance Manager Rachel Bohr.

"It's an award that means a lot to us as a company, as it's something we believe strongly in...that we're making positive steps towards bringing the best out of our staff and how we all interact with each other and how we motivate each other," Lachlan said during his virtual acceptance speech.

A multiple Stevie Award winner and People's Choice winner that was honored during the virtual awards was M360, Inc., of Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines. M360 won two Bronze Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Startup of the Year in both Business Product Industries and Services categories, and a third Bronze Stevie Award for Innovation in Business-to-Business Services. M360 also won two People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies in both the Startup Business Products and Tech Startup Services categories. M360's powerful mobile technology is recognized for being cost-effective, quick, and proven to deliver results so that businesses of all sizes can use SMS marketing quickly, easily, and at low cost. 

Other multiple Stevie Award winners that were recognized during the awards included Cisco Systems India Pvt Ltd, of Bangalore, India; HP of Australia and New Zealand; Metro Pacific Water of Makati City, Metro Manila, Philipines; and PT Pupuk Indonesia of Jakarta Barat, Indonesia.

One of the more creative virtual acceptance speeches came from Fuji Television Network Inc. of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, the nation's largest television network. Fuji Television Network won a Silver Stevie Award for Innovation in Entertainment Events for the Tokyo Idol Festival 2022. With his Stevie Award in hand and surrounded by balloons, the Executive Producer of the Tokyo Idol Festival acknowledged his team and the award. View his acceptance speech and others on the Stevie Awards YouTube channel, linked below.


About the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

The 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards have recognized organizations in 19 nations and territories, including Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.

More than 800 nominations about innovative achievements in the 29-nation APAC region were considered by the judges this year in categories such as Award for Excellence in Innovation in Products & Services, Award for Innovative Management, and Award for Innovation in Corporate Websites, among many others.

The Official Creative Media Partner of this year's awards is Adobo Magazine, and the Official News Release Distribution Partner is PR Newswire, a Cision company. 

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HIVE by Income, An Innovative Insurtech Offering, Drives Digital Business Transformation in Insurance

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Mon, May 08, 2023 @ 10:13 AM

HIVE by Income (HIVE), an Insurance-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform by one of Singapore’s leading composite insurers, Income Insurance, enables insurers and digital platforms to launch innovative embedded insurance propositions with speed and agility. 

IncomeStevieAwardsFinal@3x@3xWith pre-built InsurTech integrations and seamless customer journeys, HIVE brings innovative product offerings to new segments of digital-first customer segments across the region, empowering greater financial well-being for all.

Recently, HIVE collaborated with Vietnam's leading housekeeping service,, and third largest non-life insurer, Post and Telecommunication Joint Stock Corporation (PTI), to launch a pay-as-you-earn microinsurance product that addresses the needs of vulnerable gig economy workers - domestic helpers.

Empowering Lives Through Stackable Microinsurance: Protecting The Underserved, One Policy At A Time is a mobile app that connects domestic workers with customers for on-demand housekeeping services. Known as the “Uber for maids,” its objective is to provide regular jobs and skills upgrading necessary for these women to earn a higher income and improve their lives and social status.

HIVE launched “JupViec Care” with the gig platform and PTI to provide a pay-as-you-earn personal accident microinsurance product that is embedded into every successful job completed. Designed to be simple and flexible even for tech illiterates, premiums are adjustable starting from as low as S$0.12. These domestic helpers can stay protected against death and disability, with a sum assured of up to SGD6K.

“Helpers are at high risk of getting injured while working such as climbing as they are cleaning. In the event of injuries, treatments would mean a financial loss which could take away their humble income. JupViec Care cleverly fits as a perfect solution, by allowing the helpers to purchase insurance with an amazingly small, affordable amount and making coverage stackable, giving them extra confidence and protection as they carry out their shifts.” —Mr. Phan Minh, Founder & CEO of

The availability of this innovative microinsurance model allows informal gig economy workers access to relevant financial services, putting them on a path toward greater financial security and social mobility. HIVE's approach to financial inclusion prioritizes customer-centric partnerships and allows for flexibility and customization to address the specific needs of different communities.

HIVE InsurTech offerings, which are compatible with any insurance core system and adaptable to multiple customer channels, allow new embedded insurance propositions to be launched in as short as 3 months. HIVE integrated with PTI and JupViec wallet within 3 months to serve the needs of the domestic helper segment.

Together with like-minded partners, HIVE aspires to transform the insurance industry and create a fairer and more sustainable economy, embedding insurance into our lifestyle activities, one activity at a time.

HIVE By Income won a Gold Stevie Award for Innovation in Business-to-Business Services in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. 

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Grand and People’s Choice Stevie® Award Winners Announced in 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, May 01, 2023 @ 09:00 PM

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world's premier business awards programs, announced the winners of five Grand Stevie Award trophies, plus nine winners of a People’s Choice public vote, in its 10th annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the only awards to recognize innovation in the workplace throughout the entire 29-nation Asia-Pacific region. All organizations in the region are eligible to submit nominations to the competition.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners in the various categories were announced on 6 April. Those awards were determined by the average scores of more than 150 executives worldwide acting as judges. Winners will be celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday, 27 June at 2:00 pm KST. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

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The 2023 Grand Stevie® Award for Most Honored Organization of the Year goes to Cisco Systems, Bangalore, India with 28.5 award points.  This award could not be applied for directly. The award is determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won in the competition, with a Gold Stevie win counting for 3 points, a Silver Stevie for 2 points, and a Bronze Stevie counting for 1.5.

Grand Stevie Awards are also presented to the highest-scoring nomination from each of the four nations that submitted the most nominations to the competition. Three of the four highest-rated nominations in the competition are in the Innovation in Thought Leadership awards categories.

  • Australia: Street Science, of Brisbane, Queensland, for their “Creating Future Innovators” nomination, a Gold Stevie Award winner for Innovation in Thought Leadership, with an average score of 8.78/10.

  • China: Wharf China Estates Limited, Hong Kong, winner of a Gold Stevie for their nomination “CQIFS -The Gate” for Innovation in Consumer Events (8.56/10).

  • IndiaIndian Oil Corporation Ltd, New Delhi, for their nomination “Parivartan - Prison to pride by IndianOil,” a Silver Stevie winner for Innovation in Thought Leadership, average score 8.70.

  • Philippines: The nomination of Kelvin Lester K. Lee, SEC Commissioner, by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines, which won a Gold Stevie for Thought Leader of the Year with an average score of 8.83/10.

More than 9,300 votes were cast over the past three weeks in the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies, a long-time feature of Stevie Awards programs but a first-time public vote as part of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. Each People’s Choice winner received at least 100 votes; the minimum number required to be eligible to win:

  • Business Products & ServicesVA Platinum, Bright, Victoria, Australia
  • Startup – Business Productsm360, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Startup – Business ServicesAedium Design Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Consumer Products & ServicesEmpire East Land Holdings, Inc., Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Health Care IndustriesTCI Co., Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan
  • Non-Profit Organizations and NGOsANUDIP Foundation for Social Welfare, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Social Impact CompaniesNewport World Resorts, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Technology IndustriesHP India Sales Private Limited, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
  • Tech Startup – Servicesm360, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines

These honorees will receive crystal People’s Choice Stevie Award trophies.

The 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards have recognized organizations in 19 markets including Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China including Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. More than 800 nominations about innovative achievements in the 29-nation APAC region were considered by the judges this year in categories such as Award for Excellence in Innovation in Products & Services, Award for Innovative Management, and Award for Innovation in Corporate Websites, among many others. 

"Organizations have had to become more creative than ever to serve their customers and stay ahead of the curve since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Thought Leadership achievements shown in the Grand Stevie-winning nominations are exceptional and are paving a new standard for business in the Asia-Pacific region, " said Maggie Miller, President of the Stevie Awards. "We commend all of this year's Grand and People's Choice Stevie Award winners for their achievements, and we look forward to celebrating them on 27 June."

Details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the 27 June awards ceremony, and the list of Stevie Award winners, are available at

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Winners in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Apr 05, 2023 @ 09:00 PM

Winners have been announced in the tenth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the only awards program to recognize innovation in business throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region. 

See the Full List of 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Winners


The Stevie® Awards are widely considered to be the world's premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in the workplace over the past 21 years in programs such as The International Business Awards® and The American Business Awards®. The name Stevie is derived from the Greek word for “crowned.”


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The 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards have recognized organizations in 19 nations and territories including Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. More than 800 nominations about innovative achievements in the 29-nation APAC region were considered by the judges this year in categories such as Award for Excellence in Innovation in Products & Services, Award for Innovative Management, and Award for Innovation in Corporate Websites, among many others.


Among the top overall winners in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are HP. Inc, with 13 Stevie Awards in total from their offices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam. Cisco Systems India [Pvt] Ltd of Bangalore, India won 11 Stevie Awards in total in categories including Award for the Innovative Use of Technology in Customer Service - Telecommunications Industries and Award for Innovation in Customer Service Management, Planning & Practice - Computer Industries. IBM worldwide won 10 Stevie Awards in categories including Innovative Achievement in Customer Satisfaction and Achievement in Product Innovation.

Winners of two or more Gold Stevie Awards include A.S. Watson Group (Hong Kong), Ambiq (United States), Bandai Namco Holdings China (China), Beijing Indigo Property Services Company Limited (United Kingdom), Brillio Technologies Pvt Ltd (India), Cisco Systems India [Pvt] Ltd (India), City of Sydney (Australia), Comm&Sense, Inc. (Philippines), FPT Software (Vietnam), Hectre (New Zealand), HP (Worldwide), KAYLEY MOON - HONEY DIGITAL (Australia), KT (Korea), Megaworld Corporation (Philippines), Metro Pacific Health Tech (mWell) (Philippines), Metro Pacific Water (Philippines), Ngong Ping 360 Limited (Hong Kong), Nuance Communications (Australia), PT Bank Permata, Tbk (Indonesia), PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) (Indonesia), SOOHYUN Inc. (Korea), SSS Strawberries (Australia), Street Science (Australia), Tata Consultancy Services (Hong Kong), and Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Asia Pacific (Australia).

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 150 executives around the world acting as judges in February and March.

For the first time, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards features an edition of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies, a worldwide public vote for all nominees in the competition’s Company/Organization categories. Voting will be ongoing through April 28, 2023. Winners in these categories will receive a crystal People’s Choice Award.

“The submissions in the tenth edition of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards were outstanding,” said Stevie Awards President, Maggie Miller. “The judges remarked that the innovation and perseverance demonstrated in the nominations were inspiring. We applaud all the Stevie Award winners this year and look forward to celebrating them on 27 June.

For details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the 27 June awards ceremony, and the list of Stevie Award winners, visit

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