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June 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE

Technology has influenced almost every industry today and Real estate is no exception. For this issue’s cover story, we selected the most influential real estate agents in North America who gave us insights into the real estate industry and the technologic forces at work within the industry. The world lost an artistic genius on May 16th. I.M. Pei, the mind behind the iconic glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, died at age 102. He was considered as one of the greatest modern architectures. Young Guns features a candid conversation with two distinguished architects of our time who helped us better understand sustainable architecture. Sustainability is the buzz word these days and very rightly so. Crowdfunding and Green Revolution will introduce you to a visionary green startup and Germany’s predicament pertaining to its energy policies. From Germany we go around the world acquainting our readers with the world’s top business destinations in Big Ticket. Lastly, Power players talks about the most important and complex demographic today – the millennials and the major brands that rule their hearts. Like always, we welcome your comments (Facebook.com/ IndustryLeaders, @IndLeaders on Twitter). You may reach us at editor@indleaders.com or Editor – Industry Leaders Magazine, The Fastest Media, 3651 Lindell Road, Suite 320D, Las Vegas, NV 89103. www.industryleadersmagazine.com

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THE TEAM EDITORIAL

TECHNOLOGY

Anna Domanska, Editor-in-Chief Christy Gren, Sub-Editor Riana Petanjek, Sub-Editor Aubrey Chang, Sub-Editor Jack Gilfoyle, Associate Editor

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Tony Raval, Project Director Jay Raol, Project Director

John Hancock, Head-Web Department

Le Manh Coung, Sr Sofrware Coordinator

Julia Hunt, Magazine Production

DESIGN Kevin Paul, Sr. Graphic Designer

Reepal Savaniya, Graphic Designer

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CONTENT FEATURES 10

LATEST IN BUSINESS

Headlines in 5 Minutes

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GREEN REVOLUTION

Germany in a Cauldron of Conflicting Energy Policies

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POWER PLAYERS

Brands Millennials Love

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YOUNG GUNS

The Starchitects of our Time

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COVER STORY

Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in North America

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BIG TICKET

Top Destinations for Business Tourism

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IMMINENT TRENDS

Cannabis is Going Legit in Latin America

108 CROWDFUNDED, INC. BeeLife Could Make Crowdfunding History

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BIG EVENTS, BIGGER GAINS

Apple WWDC 2019: New iOS updates and Keynote Date

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HEADLINES IN 5 MINUTES By Aubrey Chang

The cards have been dealt and Walmart is winning – well, just for now. In the tussle between Walmart and Amazon, Walmart newest move to undermine Amazon is one-day free delivery. In other news, Uber has found a solution to eliminate the unwanted niceties that passengers often have to indulge in with their Uber drivers. The fashion world is accepting technology with open, wide-spread arms and Blue Origin has kept its promise of making space journeys easier.

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Walmart Introduces One-Day Delivery to Undermine Amazon The tussle between Walmart and Amazon started sometime in 2016 when they both entered each other’s territory. Walmart acquired Jet.com in 2016 and entered the e-commerce realm and Amazon, in turn, acquired whole foods in 2017 to challenge Walmart’s supremacy as a brick and mortar retailer. It’s important to note that Walmart is the world’s biggest brick and mortar retailer and Amazon is the world’s biggest online retailer. Hence, it’s only natural to expect billions being spent, innovations being introduced, and myriad strategies being undertaken as a result of this competition. Amazon announced in April that is planning to reduce its

two-day shipping to one-day shipping for all prime users. In order to do that, Amazon is expected to spend $800 million in developing shipping and delivery infrastructure. While Amazon is planning, Walmart has rolled out its

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one-day shipping program, starting in Las Vegas and Phoenix. The company said that it will expand its next-day delivery to reach roughly 75% of American consumers by the end of this year. “We’ve been investing ... and now we are in the position to reap the benefits. To start, next-day

delivery will be available for roughly 220,000 items ‘most frequently purchased’ online,” said Marc Lore – head of Walmart e-commerce in the US. Walmart is offering free one-day delivery for orders over $35. In comparison, Amazon users can get free two-day delivery at no extra cost provided they have a prime membership which costs $119 annually.

Uber Black’s Quiet Mode will Save You from Chatty Drivers Uber has finally fixed the dreaded ‘chatty Uber driver’ problem. The ride-hailing service is now giving users the option to request a silent ride using a Quiet Mode in the Uber app. Quiet Mode is free and will be rolled out to Uber US riders tomorrow. As of now, it’s limited to Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides. Riders can Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 013


select from options – “Quiet preferred,” “happy to chat” or “No preference.” The feature might perhaps convince more riders to pay for Uber’s premium vehicle types so they can enjoy the ride in silence. A slew of other options promise ease as well. Bags option will allow riders to signal that they have luggage with them, so the driver knows to pull over someplace convenient to help load them into the trunk. Temperature control will allow riders to request the car be cold or warm so drivers can change the air conditioning settings accordingly. In addition to the quiet mode option, Uber has also integrated another life-saving feature into the app. Riders can now ask for extra time before getting into the car and can speak directly to customer service if they suspect something is wrong.

It’s unknown when the aforementioned preference options will be available to other types of cars. For now, only US riders will be able to enjoy the newly added Uber app features.

Jeff Bezos’ Lunar lander “Blue Moon” will make Space Journeys 24 Times Easier Amazon CEO and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday unveiled his space company’s lunar lander “Blue Moon.” During the invite-only presentation to space industry executives and the media in Washington, Bezos said: “This is an incredible vehicle [Blue Moon], and it’s going to the moon.”

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Referring to the moon as “a gift” to us, Bezos added that the nearby body [moon] is a good place to manufacturer all objects intended for space due to its lower gravity compared to the Earth. “It takes less than 24 times energy” to get resources off the moon’s surface compared to the Earth, and that’s a huge lever,” said Bezos. According to Bezos, the Blue Moon lunar lander can transport 3.6 metric tons of

payload to the lunar surface in a single trip. That’s apparently the weight of two Tesla Model 3 cars. The lander is designed to deliver payloads of different sizes to the moon’s surface, and Blue Origin’s goal is to establish “a sustained human presence” on the Earth’s natural satellite. The American technology entrepreneur also unveiled Blue Origin’s BE-7 rocket engine during the presentation. According to Bezos, the rocket engine, largely made of “printed” parts, will be test-fired

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for the first time this summer. It’s about time we go back to the moon and remain there this time, Bezos said. “We need the new engine and that’s what this is.” Established on September 8, 2000, Blue Origin has made no tangible announcements about rockets, capsules and engines its developing. However, the company has been working on many space systems simultaneously, with its Latin tagline: “step by step, ferociously.” Jeff Bezos invests over $1 billion into Blue Origin every year by selling his Amazon shares. While the Blue Moon lunar lander unveiled by Bezos on Thursday is designed to carry infrastructure payloads to the moon, the company has designed a “larger variant” [of Blue Moon] to “land an ascent

vehicle that will allow us to return Americans to the Moon by 2024,” according to Blue Origin’s website.

Louis-Vuitton unveils handbags with OLED screens Cutting-edge or extra? It depends on how you perceive fashion. If for you fashion is an art, then the latest LV screen bag will be very extra for you. But if you believe that every industry should keep pace with the technological evolution, then you’d appreciate LV’s effort in combining tech and fashion. Louis-Vuitton showcased futuristic handbags in its recent Cruise 2020 runway show – One with a single screen and the other with dual screens. Vogue reported that AMOLED

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technology was used to make the screens. A press release by the brand revealed that LV hopes to “eventually blur the lines between your smartphone and your sac.”

will definitely be expensive. So, even though it’s worth lusting over, not everyone will be willing to pay whatever LV has in mind for this, as LV calls it – “canvas of the future.”

People today are consuming a lot of content online. Bingewatching is the new normal. LV perhaps is trying to leverage this trend and be more neoteric. Since the screens are AMOLED, owners would be able to watch the same things on their LV bags as on their smartphones. The 2020 runway show didn’t screen any movies or shows though, they displayed cityscapes. But since we know that this is just a prototype and that LV has revealed its intention of blurring the lines between a smartphone and a fashion accessory, we can totally expect to see people watching YouTube videos on their LV bags in the near future. It goes without saying that, this LV screen bag is not for everyone. It’s haute and hitech. We still don’t know how much it will cost, but we know it Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 017


UNCOVER THE BENEFITS BEHIND ENERGY EFFICIENCY. What does the term “energy efficiency” mean to you? For most organization’s it means consuming less fuel, and in turn spending less money to power buildings, factories, and even municipalities. It also means a better bottom line. However, what may not come to mind is the myriad benefits found beyond monetary savings. In fact, the non-energy benefits an organization realizes from energy efficiency upgrades can, in some cases, far outweigh the reduction in energy costs. Organizations that implement energy efficiency solutions also enjoy lower facility operation and maintenance costs, increased asset value, increased employee and customer satisfaction, and improved productivity. With all the benefits achieved through energy efficiency, you might expect that organizations everywhere would be implementing efficiency solutions. You’d be right.

According to Johnson Controls, 70% of facility managers are giving more attention to energy efficiency this year than they did last year. However, some organizations still believe that too many financial and technical barriers to implementing energy efficiency measures exist, which prohibits them from taking the leap. Fears of large capital expenditures, downtime, and not having the internal expertise to identify upgrade opportunities often keep organizations on the sidelines instead of on the field.

Energy solutions are more attainable with help from National Grid

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Often, receiving help makes the difference between completing a much-needed project and letting it flounder. Large organizations of all types can take advantage of the assistance offered by National Grid to overcome some of the largest perceived hurdles to implementing energy efficiency, and reap all the benefits that come with it. Available assistance includes: Financial assistance—Valuable rebates and incentives are available for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient equipment including HVAC and lighting. Additionally, National Grid has partnered with top financing institutions to extend low-rate loans to make up the difference. Technical assistance—National Grid can help you by sending its experts to assess your organization’s energy needs, review third-party efficiency design plans, and even share the cost of the engineering studies needed to design those plans.

Not just for corporations

All organization types and sizes can benefit from energy efficiency, and all can take advantage of these assistance programs. For example, healthcare entities, municipalities, and manufacturing companies can participate and gain advantages. Let’s look at how these three different types of organizations can benefit from implementing energy efficiency initiatives.

Healthcare organizations The healthcare industry has the second-highest energy consumption per square foot (trailing only the food service sector), stemming from the fact that healthcare is a 24/7 operation with no downtime. Healthcare organizations are thus

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excellent candidates for energy efficiency programs. However, such organizations typically have a strong belief that available funding would be more appropriately spent on medical equipment or other revenue-driven/mission-critical functions. While this is a reasonable point of view, it does overlook that for-profit healthcare organizations will realize the equivalent of $20 in new revenues for every $1 saved in energy, and that number balloons to $40 for nonprofits, according to ENERGY STARŽ. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, the Center for Health Design concluded that better patient outcomes are seen in facilities where temperature, humidity, and air quality are managed. Lifespan, Rhode Island’s first and largest healthcare provider, is a comprehensive, integrated, academic health system. By partnering with engineering firm B2Q Associates and taking advantage of incentives offered by National Grid, Lifespan implemented energy saving solutions that yielded several unexpected benefits. Patients

reported feeling more comfortable in their room after improvements to HVAC were made. Staff reported similar results in their working environment, and said they enjoyed having greater access to temperature controls. Finally, employees and visitors alike reported an increased sense of security in parking lots as a result of upgraded lighting.

Municipalities Municipalities struggle with several factors that make energy efficiency particularly appealing. Aging infrastructure, as well as a number of different building types for each amenity, escalates energy expenditures. Furthermore, the money needed to purchase energy to keep everything on must be raised through tax collection. By proposing energy efficiency programs, government officials

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can demonstrate leadership and responsible stewardship of tax dollars because they will reduce both energy waste and energy costs in the future. Efficient public buildings will yield non-energy benefits as well. For example, the California Board for Energy Efficiency found that students exposed to daylight, as opposed

to unnatural light, perform up to 26% better on tests. Talk about enlightenment! The Town of Coventry, Rhode Island, teamed up with National Grid, RISE Engineering, and Energy Conservation Inc. to implement efficient lighting, weatherization, and HVAC improvements in its municipal buildings. Not only did the town realize reduced energy and maintenance costs, but town workers, school staff, and students reported both improved working conditions and a better learning environment.

Manufacturing organizations Two things that can cause anxiety in a manufacturing environment are downtime and capital investments. Concern over these issues ends up prohibiting many manufacturers from implementing energy efficiency programs. Managers fear that working on energy efficiency upgrades will create extreme downtime, and they fear that the expenditures on those upgrades will compete with other muchneeded capital improvements. However, unbeknownst to many plant managers, downtime can be mitigated during energy upgrades, and the result will often both improve equipment uptime and reduce capital expenditures in the long run. With more efficient motorized equipment comes reduced wear and tear on that equipment — meaning fewer unexpected outages. Production costs on a unit basis also drop as energy costs come down. Lastly, product quality and scrap rate have been shown to improve as a result of improved employee

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productivity when workers are exposed to more comfortable working environments. CPF and NEHF are co-ops made up of Pepsi bottling members based in Ayer, Massachusetts. The coops worked with National Grid and engineering firm Leidos on upgrading their lighting to efficient LEDs as well as upgrading their hot shrink packers from electric to gasfueled. After the improvements were made, employee morale and worker safety improved due to better lighting conditions. Furthermore, the upgrades to the shrink packers created a more comfortable work environment, which actually increased product quality at the same time. Lastly, the co-op experienced increased competitiveness as a result of lowered energy and production costs.

Isn’t it time your organization enjoyed all these benefits? These are only a few examples of how different organizations have been able to take advantage of the assistance available from National Grid to overcome their barriers to energy efficiency, and achieve the benefits that come with it. With such benefits as lowered energy and operating costs, improved working conditions, increased customer satisfaction, and increased competitiveness at stake, it’s no wonder that so many organizations just like yours have reached out to National Grid for help. Maybe it’s time you contacted National Grid, too. Visit ngrid.com/business today to take advantage of National Grid’s financial incentives and technical assistance for energy projects for your organization. Lighting upgrades and incentives through National Grid are not available in New York territories. Learn More

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GERMANY

in a Cauldron of Conflicting Energy Policies By Christy Gren

Germany is credibly fighting to reduce greenhousegas emissions and replace conventional energy sources with solar and wind power. However, its current energy policy is beginning to backfire economically. The country must reconsider its decision to phase out nuclear power in order to circumvent grave collateral damage while pushing to meet CO2 emission goals.

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French President Emmanuel Macron is probably right to believe it’s time for Germany to overhaul its economic model, mostly in the energy sector. In a bid to cut down carbon emission as required by EU, Germany is cashing in on green energy, mostly wind farms, in an attempt to phase out nuclear power by 2022, and coal-fired plants by 2038. Meanwhile France is not giving up on its nuclear power plants which produce over 70 percent

of its electricity requirement but trying to convert to electric vehicles (EV) powered by nuclear energy. However, an attempt by the German government to turn its industry wheels with wind faces growing political resistance. Wind turbines are already overpowering the nation’s infrastructures, with some of them almost 820 feet (250 meters) high. The most beautiful vistas are now taking the looks of industrial landscapes.

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Of course, German farmers and forest owners are excited to convert their land into industrial sites. They have actually struck gold at the expense of landowners close to big cities. Ordinarily, the wind farms are to be enjoyed by landowners on the outskirts of the big cities, but because legislation is facilitating wind turbine erection in rural areas, farmers end up being the winners. However, the expansion of wind turbines is stalling.

Citizens are protesting against the destruction of natural environment, and they are right. Protest movements regarding wind farm expansion in the rural area as environmental vandalism are gaining momentum every day. The German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) is even beginning to rethink its position on wind turbines, due to massive loss of birds, insects, and bats. And while biogas and solar plants remain potential alternatives to wind turbines, they still have limits. Germany is not a country which receives sunshine abundant enough to

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sources can’t still dismantle its conventional plants.

generate power, presenting a serious ethical dilemma – whether to grow food or fuel on the land.

Electricity from green sources is volatile in Germany The volatility of solar and wind energy is a major problem. Germany has no option but to resort to conventional power plants to meet up with its electricity demand. In other words, regardless of the number of solar-and windpowered plants the country installs, renewable energy

Meanwhile, wind and solar plants drive electricity price to below zero at their peaks – when they generate too much electricity. This anomaly will create problems like overshooting electricity demand due to production spikes, when the wind and solar power market share, currently at 25 percent, grow more than 30 percent. On the worse side of the scenario, the proportion of surplus energy will grow when the market share of directly usable solar and wind power approaches 100 percent. The

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wind and solar power market share could not surpass 50 percent without dumping or regenerating large portions of the excess current peaks by a change in entropy level, even if Germany and its neighboring countries decide to create a perfect electricity network that could stretch from the Alps to Norway, with the most sophisticated pumped-storage plants ever-built. Many have suggested that the problem confronting Germany could be solved by electric

cars. EVs represent the future, there’s no doubt about this. And considering the massive regulatory interventions in the automobile market in Europe, it’s an inevitable switch. However, a critical review of Germany’s energy problems indicates that EVs will worsen the challenge. Households in Germany already pay the highest electricity bills in Europe, ahead of Denmark, which is drawing a great proportion of its energy from green sources – wind power. Forcing the German transportation sector into electric will result in an increase in power demand,

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hence further increasing the nation’s electricity price. This will inflict long-lasting damage on Germany’s industrial sector and subsequently strangulate the nation’s economy.

Between energies from nuclear and green sources

Green energy sources represent the most viable route to cut down greenhouse-gas emission. It’s not difficult to understand why Germany is reluctant to accept the reality. Green energy is supplied by Earth’s natural resources; sunlight and wind, which would remain available for the next four billion years or more. The process of harnessing green energy is quite simple but requires space: installing rooftop solar collectors or

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installing wind turbines which the sun still plays part in helping the wind to blow. On the contrary, nuclear power plants are fueled by a radioactive element, uranium, which constitutes serious environmental damage to mine. And because the byproducts of uranium decay are extremely dangerous to humans and animals, they are isolated for thousands of years. Aside from management risks, the process also generates a heavy amount of CO2, though not as much as fossil-fired power plants.

Germany must temper its green ambitions if it wants to avoid energy crisis in the future. However, the nation will have to pay fines to the EU if it fails to reduce greenhousegas emissions, according to its agreements and target with the EU. Germany has two ways to salvage its deteriorating energy model. First, it needs to cut the CO2 emissions from its coalpowered power plants by half by converting them into gas plants. This option, which will allow the

Germany must choose nuclear energy over renewables

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nation to cut its current annual CO2 emission of 900 million tons to 700 million tons, would require Nord Stream 2-like gas pipelines. The second energy option Germany could leverage is to

either build new nuclear plants or buy foreign nuclear power. Germany would opt for the latter. The former would require a politically painful process of accepting the reality or retiring the generation of politicians canvasing for a move away from nuclear power plants. The first European nation to abandon nuclear power Sweden, following the 1979 Three Mile Island accident, has since 2009 reversed the decision. Germany could follow that footstep in the nearest future regardless of the fact that it may have lost most of its nuclear expertise. Buying new nuclear-power plants, which are available in France, could be Germany’s best shot.

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Brands Millennials Love By Jack Gilfoyle

Who are millennials and why is everyone trying to woo them? According to Pew Research, Millennials are those born between 1981 and 1997. They form the largest consumer segment and represent the largest demographic in the American labor force. Naturally, businesses are vying to earn their trust and earn a share of this important market segment’s business. Other than their size, this demographic is also the most educated generation in America’s history. They are the first generation to grow up with digital technology and social media. Since they are used to accessing a wealth of knowledge with a few clicks, they are complex, hard to please, difficult to attract, and extremely loyal to a few brands of their choosing.

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Many brands try to enjoy a piece of the millennial “brand loyalty” but only a few succeed and the rest are left pondering upon the questions - How can a brand be popular among millennials? The answer to this question lies in understanding what makes this generation tick. Contrary to popular belief, millennials aren’t profligate. Rather, they are more critical, sensitive and responsible when compared to baby boomers and Gen-Xers. They prefer spending on experiences and convenience, they want brands to be genuine and responsible, and most importantly, they want brands to treat them more than just customers. The fulfillment of all these expectations gives rise to brand loyalty – a rare privilege that only a select-few enjoy. As most of them are educated, critical and have a habit of Googling everything, they can see right through a brand’s advertising gimmick which only

intends to sell to them. They don’t think twice before shunning a brand which sees them only as a means of acquiring profits. The Industry Leaders Magazine takes a look at the brands which understand this complex demographic and are successfully winning their hearts. It dwells into what millennials look for in a brand and the brands that are fulfilling their expectations.

Brand Purpose Millennials put their faith in purpose-driven brands that look beyond financial success. As compared to other generations, millennials have a stronger sense of community. They are purpose driven and they want their brands to be as well. Consider Nike for instance. ‘Purpose’ is the key takeaway from Nike’s mission statement -

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“… by creating groundbreaking sport innovations, by making our products more sustainably, by building a creative and diverse global team and by making a positive impact in communities where we live and work.”

mission of empowering athletes through innovation. The Pro Hijab not just empowers them but also inspires them to achieve their aspirations with something so simple yet so significantly important like a hijab.

Nike does not just sell sports goods, it helps athletes achieve their aspirations and be their personal best. It empowers athletes with their products. A very good example of this is the Nike Pro Hijab. The product perfectly aligns with their

Millennial Perspective – Brands have the reach and the following. Brands that realize that and are not afraid to take a stand on pressing matters, get all our respect and loyalty.

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Convenience Millennials have grown up with technology. They have grown up in a world where almost everything is available with a few clicks. Convenience for them is not a luxury, it is a way of life. Brands that have found a way to seamlessly fit into their lives and ensure that their services or products conveniently reach them, are the brands that millennials love.

Offering convenience isn’t just for e-commerce. Dunkin’ Donuts, which started as a single restaurant aimed at offering great coffee and fast service has maintained its reputation of being people’s go-to coffee place even today. The brand has recognized the importance of offering convenience to people to remain competitive. The brand made its signature coffee and donuts available for purchase on-the-go using the Dunkin’ app. On-the-go purchase lets customers skip the line in stores

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to pick up their order. They can also save their favorite Dunkin’ products in favorites to speed up their next Dunkin’ run. Here’s where Google hits the home run as well. Retail convenience, financial convenience or operational convenience, Google meets all the requirements of today’s convenience-seeking consumer. It gives you the convenience of cloud computing, helps you write emails, helps your maneuver in a new city, translates foreign languages, lets you make payments with a click, and delivers a trove of knowledge at your fingertips. Millennial perspective – Life is busy. Getting a product shouldn’t be an added task to put on our to-do list. We love brands that fit into our lifestyle and make life simple rather than add extra hassle.

Involvement

The millennial customer is not looking for just a product, they are looking for a connection. Millennials are always at an arm’s distance from their phones. They love to share their doings with the world. Brands like MercedesBenz have leveraged this trait and positioned themselves as the millennial-friendly brand through engagement and involvement. For MercedesBenz’s latest CLA, the auto company created its own AR filter on Instagram. The filter was inspired by the typical neon

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lights of metropolitan Tokyo. MB fans were encouraged to get involved in the campaign by trying out the filter and posting them with PlayByYourRules hashtag on Instagram. Other than creating great cars, this kind of personalized engagement is what sets MB apart. Millennials crave the authentic and engaging experiences that they and their friends create on social media every day. Kohl’s does this in-store and a little differently. “Outfit bar” is Kohl’s

newest strategy to engage millennial customers. The bar features curated assortments of different brands and displays complete outfits highlighting the current fashion trends. In a way, it is helping customers meet wardrobe challenges by styling items of clothing for them. Millennial Perspective – We know when a brand is only trying to sell to us.

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Experience For the generation that Instagrams and Snaps everything, experience is paramount. There was a time when getting breakfast was nothing more than a bodily need, now it’s an experience to savor. Millennials thus, also like brands that offer them an experience to savor. When it comes to attracting millennial shoppers through experiences, Sephora is unbeatable. In a Sephora store, along with various makeup and

cosmetic products, one would find a red table with iPads. The iPads feature Sephora’s entire range of products and various other product information. This is Sephora’s way of amalgamating digital and in-store experience. Store associates keep a track of all the products tried or recommended by a customer and later send it to them for future reference. A Sephora store also conducts beauty TIP workshops where customers interact with Sephora’s beauty advisors and experiment with different brands and products. For a beauty junkie, Sephora is a rave party and for the newbies looking to explore makeup for the first time, Sephora is a caring teacher ready to hold your hand along with way. In a way, Sephora offers a beauty experience. “Millennial perspective – There are so many great products out there. But the deal breaker for us is how a brand offers their great product to us. We want affordability and quality, but we also want a pleasing shopping experience.”

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Authenticity Traditional marketing focused on hype and exaggerated promises. Millennials today see right through this advertising gimmick. If brands want their attention, they have to cut through the noise and offer authenticity. This is exactly what Coca-Cola does. This beverage company has been around since a long time, but they have managed to be relevant and authentic at every step of its journey. The “Share a Coke” campaign that put 250

of the most common names among teens and millennials on their bottles, took authenticity and personalization to another level. Millennials, boomers, and Gen-Xers alike loved the feeling of finding a coke addressed to them or someone they know in a supermarket aisle. Millennial perspective – We want brands to walk the talk. We prefer real and genuine over perfect and artificial.

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THE STARCHITECTS OF OUR TIME By Jack Gilfoyle

Our history is nowhere better embodied than in architecture. It is a reflection of our culture, a connection to the times gone by, and an archive of our past. Whether we consider historic structures like the Notre Dame, the Acropolis, the Roman Colosseum or modern architectural wonders like the Louvre Pyramid, we’ll notice each building connecting us with an epoch, a way of life and the culture that prevailed. And for this, architecture can never be static. It learns from its ancestors, evolves, takes new form and iterates

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Image: Raffles City - hangzhou/ photographed by Hufton+Crow

the present. The modern structures we see today are also iterating our story. It is weaving together technology, industrial design, sustainability, and interior design to create structures that reflect the time we live in today and the forces that influence it, while also connecting our time with the future. In this series of interview, we spoke with architects Ben Van Berkel and Gregory Kovacs to discuss the evolution of architecture, the influence of technology, the role of architecture in creating sustainable cities, and the future of architecture.

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Image: UNStudio/ Photographed by Els Zweerink

Co-founder and Director of UNStudio- An architecture design network specializing in architecture urban development and infrastructure.

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Architect Ben Van Berkel Architect Ben Van Berkel is the co-founder and director of UNStudio, an internationally acclaimed network of experts in architecture and urban development. He has delivered lectures at architecture colleges around the world. He currently holds the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor’s Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has designed, among others, the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the Moebius House in the Netherlands, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, Arnhem Central Station, and the Singapore University of Architecture and Design. Ben Van Berkel has several laurels to his name. To name a few, his list of awards include the prestigious Architektur & Wohnen Architect of the Year award and the BNA Kubus Award

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Industry Leaders Magazine: You have recently launched UNSense – the arch-tech startup. How can technology and architecture work together to improve structures, cities, and life? Ben Van Berkel: think that in general, in architecture and urban planning we actually still have to learn to fully understand the extent to which technology and design are completely mutually beneficial. Existing digital technologies already have a design direction; they necessarily have to be transformed into a user interface – be that via an app, a program, or the devices that such digital information needs to run on, such as a tablet or a phone. As spatial designers, our task is to recognize and apply design intention beyond what we understand as digital applications, devices and gadgets: to design spaces with data - which is actually the essence of what our sister company UNSense does. I firmly believe that technology can and will improve how we live, work, move, and learn. Data technology, sensorial technology, artificial intelligence and augmented reality will enable us as architects and designers to create buildings that sense, understand and respond to the needs and behaviors of the people that work and live in them. Data- based insights into human behavior can be used as a foundation to continuously improve and equip the city according to

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Image: Galleria Department Store – Seoul/ Photographed by Christian Richters

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the needs of its users. The combination of data and design can create a powerful force to improve living conditions for people, and to ultimately create buildings and cities that are more humane, healthy, clean, safe, sustainable, and beneficial to the environment. Much of this is connected to data and emerging technologies, but this also means that new models of data ownership will need to be introduced. Industry Leaders Magazine: You have designed museums, universities, bridges and many other structures. What do you love designing the most and do you have a particular structure/project that is closest to your heart? Ben Van Berkel: There isn’t actually one specific project that I have enjoyed working on the most, as often I like to work in a serial manner with designs. For me it is more fascinating to do combinatorial work, where ideas move from one project to another, developing and changing in the process. I don’t actually look back, but instead like to see where particular design concepts can go in the future. So my most satisfying design is always the one I am going to do next, because if I haven’t done it yet, it’s still full of creative potential. Industry Leaders Magazine: How do you think architecture has evolved from when you started

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Data technology, sensorial technology, artificial intelligence and augmented reality will enable us as architects and designers to create buildings that sense, understand and respond to the needs and behaviors of the people that work and live in them.

out and what you see today? How can architecture keep pace with the current technological changes? Ben Van Berkel: Since we started out, which was 30 years ago now, the role of the architect has completely expanded, as have the networks within which we operate. Similarly, contexts have become more international and digital communication networks more expansive. Architects are no longer being trained

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to simply make buildings, but also to reflect on the way the world is changing – the culturally diverse milieu affecting the urban fabric of global cities, as well as the long-term impact the built world has on the environment. At UNStudio we no longer take the approach of defining a fixed role for the architect within a network, but instead focus on exactly what sort of knowledge we should be producing. This is why we describe ourselves as a knowledge-based

“Architects are no longer being trained to simply make buildings, but also to reflect on the way the world is changing – the culturally diverse milieu affecting the urban fabric of global cities, as well as the long-term impact the built world has on the environment.”

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practice. In order to keep pace with technological change, we need to find new relevance by expanding the architect’s traditional skills. If we are to be in a position to shape the future, we need to invest in the exploration and production of knowledge, in order to enable a shift towards ever more performative, relevant and anthropocentric design. This is also why we founded UNSense as a separate entity; because there are no resources within the traditional architectural practice for the integration or development of new technologies, different expertise is required and such a company has to operate with a business model that is quite different from the architecture business model. That said, the solutions developed within UNSense also enable our design studio to expand the architectural practice by incorporating technological innovation into our designs. “Data technology, sensorial technology, artificial intelligence and augmented reality will enable us as architects and designers to create buildings that sense, understand and respond to the needs and behaviors of the people that work and live in them.” Industry Leaders Magazine: What do you think is an architect’s responsibility in creating sustainable cities? What elements do you or UNStudio keep in mind to take an integrated approach to sustainability?

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Image: UNStudio/ photographed by Christian Richters

Ben Van Berkel: Climate change, densification, and digitization are three of the most pressing and challenging global issues that we are currently facing; complex issues that not only ideally need to be tackled in a holistic way, but the solutions for which should also be sought across all scales. Architects, designers and urban planners need to work alongside innovative developers, city councils and teams of experts from different fields to find and test real life, integral solutions to current challenges in the built environment. We recently completed an urban plan for an innovative

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and experimental new neighborhood in the town of Helmond, in the Netherlands: the ‘Brainport Smart District’. In this unique project, the objective is to actually build ‘The Smartest Neighborhood in the World’; a living laboratory with 1,500 homes and over 12 hectares of business park. This new neighborhood is planned with a view to integrally putting into action the latest insights and techniques in the areas of circularity, participation of (future) inhabitants, social cohesion and safety, health, data, new transport technologies and independent energy systems. However, by partnering with industry leaders we are also in a position to design on a smaller scale; to supply the combination of a product mindset, engineering knowhow and a strategic vision for building technologies that enable the development of new products that can be up-scaled for widespread use. For instance, at UNSense we recently launched a new bespoke, integrated photovoltaic cladding system (Solar Visuals) that will make it possible to harvest energy from every facade of a building, rather than just from traditional roof panels. Our research team at UNStudio also recently joined forces with Monopol Colors, the paint specialists from Switzerland, to develop ‘The Coolest White’, an ultra-durable paint with a Total Solar Reflectance value that sets entirely new standards. This new paint, more than any other, can protect buildings and urban structures from excessive solar radiation – thus slowing down the urban heat island effect.

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Architect Gregory Kovacs Architect Gregory Kovacs is the Design Director at Benoy. As an internationally exhibited architect-artist with over 15 years’ experience in design, Gregory brings a fresh perspective to Benoy. His portfolio of work focuses mainly on large-scale mixed-use, heritage and masterplan projects across Asia, bringing his unique, worldwide expertise to all of his projects. In 2018, Gregory Kovacs was awarded the Perspective ‘40 under 40’ designer award. He is also a winner of the prestigious RIBA Goldfinger Prize. Singapore’s reimagined Holland Village, a low-rise urban village with integrated, usable public realm; and Ningbo MLP, China, a mixed-use development prominently located on the riverfront of the city, are some of the prominent designs included in Mr. Kovacs’ portfolio.

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Design Director at Benoy – An International Architecture, Master planning, Interior and Graphic Design Studio.

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Industry Leaders Magazine: What aspects of your life before becoming an architect has shaped your design principles and style? What inspires your creation? Gregory Kovacs: I am rather skeptical towards having a strong style or a rigid set of principles in architecture or in any other creative practice. I have lived and worked in very different parts of the world and the most important thing I have learned is that the things we see in everyday life can be taken in very different ways. Many of our projects only open around 5 years after we start working on it and will be used for decades to come. In short, our work is always looking to the future. Principles, styles, rules of thumb are all grounded in the past. I believe that we should continue to question these assumptions in order to develop ideas that work best for every single project. Each project has a unique set of challenges and constraints pertaining to site, community, and cultural, physical, political and economic context. Each project requires its own, unique solution to maximize the value for its owners and the users. The local culture is an essential source of inspiration - it grounds the project; makes it relevant and meaningful today and in the future. But the greatest inspiration is always the actual project itself; a project with a very difficult set of

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problems that requires a collaborative effort to solve. I am passionate about problem-solving from developing the brief through the later stages of finer adjustments. Industry Leaders Magazine: You have a diverse portfolio of work, from interior design to massive structures; what do you love designing the most? Do you have a particular project that is closest to your heart? Gregory Kovacs: As architects, we are incredibly lucky to have this level of variety in what we do. It is great being able to see a project evolve from designing the interiors to creating a large scale masterplan; from designing an airport to working on a heritage village. This variety allows for unexpected cross-fertilization of ideas among different typologies and scales. Industry Leaders Magazine: What according to you are the aspects that make a structure a great one and why? Gregory Kovacs: What we are increasingly seeing is that architects are contributing to a much broader range of problem-solving than ever before. Tackling problems that lie outside of the traditional scope of the architect. Architects have important experience in bringing together many stakeholders with a common

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When it comes to sustainability, the real challenge is tackling all major aspects of sustainability: environmental; economic; social/ cultural. None of these can be successful without the others.

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vision that navigates conflicting requirements and interests. This skill will be incredibly sought after in the future as projects are becoming more complex. Industry Leaders Magazine: What according to you does a ‘green building’ or a ‘sustainable building’ mean? What would you say is the future of architecture? Gregory Kovacs: A great structure helps people find meaning in their day; creates opportunities for social exchange; reinforces the cohesion in communities. I am a passionate believer in brownfield developments projects using existing buildings. These are some of the greenest buildings we have worked on recently. When it comes to sustainability, the real challenge is tackling all major aspects of sustainability: environmental; economic; social/cultural. None of these can be successful without the others.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL REAL ESTATE LEADERS IN NORTH AMERICA By Anna Domanska

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A lot has changed since 2008 in the real estate market. Extensive use of technology, shifting business models, changing seller and buyer expectations, are the trends redefining the commercial and residential real estate market today. Technology has caused a tectonic shift in how Americans buy and sell real estate. According to a 2017 report by National Association of Realtors, 99 percent millennials search online to get information about homes and home buying, followed by 89 percent of older boomers and 77 percent of the silent generation. Home-buying is a task that baffles everyone, especially the first time buyers. Though prior online research instigates confidence in buyers, finding a house is a far cry from closing a deal with the home owner/seller. A real estate agent is the linchpin in this intimidating territory. Real estate agents today are backed by technology which has helped make the daunting task of home-buying a lot simpler and streamlined. Industry Leaders magazine takes a note of the most influential real estate leaders in North America. Further, Jeffrey Detwiler - President and CEO – Long & Foster Companies, gives us insights into how the Real Estate market had evolved in the technological landscape.

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Tami Pardee

Laura Brady

Tami Pardee is the founder and CEO of Halton Pardee + Partners and the creator of a cutting-edge concierge brokerage model. Pardee is consistently listed among the top real estate agents in Los Angeles and has helped several Hollywood A-listers find their dream home. Her company was ranked as the number one sales team in Los Angeles.

Laura Brady, the founder and President of Concierge Auctions, is a leader in luxury real estate. With her tech-forward model and exemplary leadership, Concierge Auctions went from a newbie to a company closing sales in billions in just eight years. Her strategic vision has made her company one of the fastest growing companies in America.

Founder and CEO – Halton Pardee + Partners

Founder and President – Concierge Auctions

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Sherry Chris

Association of Realtors

A successful entrepreneur, an excellent real estate agent and a sought-after speaker who wows listeners with her charisma and industry insights, Sherry Chris – also the most followed real estate CEO on Twitter, is an inspiration for real estate agents of the world.

As the director of engagement, Nobu Hata overees NAR’s community outreach and communication with the association’s one million members. An industry veteran and a distinguished communications professional, Hata amalgamates his skills in real estate and communication to help fellow real estate agents adopt new-age techniques into practice and increase overall productivity of the real estate industry.

Founder and CEO – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

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Director of Digital Engagement - National

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Jeffrey Detwiler

President and CEO – Long & Foster Companies Jeffrey Detwiler is the President and CEO of Long & Foster Companies – United States’ largest privately owned real estate company. Detwiler is a protean industry leader who along with guiding the strategic direction of Long & Foster, also oversees other enterprise functions like marketing, human resources, information services, and finance. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 070


Industry Leaders Magazine: Since you began your career in real estate/financial services and currently serving as the president of Long & Foster Companies, how would you say has the real estate market evolved? Jeff Detwiler: The real estate market has seen tremendous shifts in the 10 years that I’ve worked at The Long & Foster Companies. As technology has simplified the process of shopping for a home, the role of the real estate agent has evolved. Today, a Realtor does so much more than simply show and sell properties. They serve as trusted advisors and pricing strategists, guiding their clients on how to maximize the return on their housing investments. They’re also practiced negotiators and contract experts, helping ensure their buyers and sellers

are protected throughout what’s often the most expensive transaction in their lives. They guide their clients through every step of a property transaction, making sure it’s a seamless and convenient process for them. The brokerage’s role in supporting its agents and their clients also has progressed over the years. The services and backing real estate firms now offer our associates are more expansive and sophisticated. At Long & Foster, for example, we became a part owner of MoxiWorks, a Seattle-based tech company, about five years ago. That move enabled us to continually provide our agents with the best and most innovative solutions to build their businesses. The competitive landscape has also transformed in recent years. More and more brokerages are getting acquired by larger firms.

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As this consolidation continues, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for smaller and midsized firms to compete. Industry Leaders Magazine: While more companies everyday are adopting various technologies to deliver their realestate services, you are championing ‘personalbased services’. Your reasons for this? Jeff Detwiler: We’re strong advocates for technology and innovation. They add value to our agents and enable them to deliver an even better customer experience. Buying and selling a house has a ton of moving parts, and today, most consumers want convenience and ease of delivery. Meeting those expectations requires an exceptional level of personal service, supplemented and automated by technology. People want to do business with other people, especially

Today, a Realtor does so much more than simply show and sell properties. They serve as trusted advisors and pricing strategists, guiding their clients on how to maximize the return on their housing investments.

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those who have the backing of strong technology. We recognize that and strategically invest in tech resources and align ourselves with innovative companies that help our associates in better supporting their clients. Industry Leaders Magazine: What is the current trend in the real estate market? Which cities are attracting the most property buyers? Jeff Detwiler: It’s the era of urbanization. Consumers are moving from rural areas and suburbs to the cities. They’re looking for walkability and downtown living- convenience to the places they work and play. It’s not just millennials either. Boomers, too, are headed to urban areas, often in search of one-level condo living.

“As the urban movement has grown, the suburbs have seen a rise in the number of “town centers.” These mixed-use communities create a city-like experience, with residential, retail and commercial development in a single location.”

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As the urban movement has grown, the suburbs have seen a rise in the number of “town centers.” These mixed-use communities create a city-like experience, with residential, retail and commercial development in a single location. It brings the same convenience and quality of life that consumers are looking for, now in the suburbs. Cities like Richmond and Raleigh- sometimes considered second-tier cities, are gaining in popularity amongst buyers. They offer more affordable housing, growing job opportunities and an urban lifestyle—often without as large of a population and congestion as the so-called first-tier cities. Industry Leaders Magazine: What future milestones do you have in mind for Long & Foster?

We do that by offering an allinclusive experience, providing all the real estate services that a consumer might need through our family of real estate and financial services companies. Because of that, our associates and their clients have access to entities that provide mortgage, title, insurance, relocation and property management, among other real estate and financial services. As we look toward the future, we’ll continually grow those offerings. Just this past spring, we opened Tailored Move, a residential moving and storage company, further streamlining the home-buying and selling process for our clients. Plus our all-inclusive approach is backed by unparalleled financial strength, as we are part of the Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HomeServices of America.

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Top Destinations for

Business Tourism By Riana Petanjek

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New ideas, opportunities, connections, culture, and innovation are the major factors inspiring the success demonstrated by every business mogul. People deemed successful draw inspiration from various sources – books, people and even places. The world is becoming one big global village and businesses no longer keep their operations in the fetters of geographical limits. Break your boundaries by exploring our list of top destinations for business tourism. The beauty of business tourism is beyond the level of relaxation it could offer but how much it could inspire travelers to wax stronger in their various sectors or venture into new ideas. Of course, everyone loves to leave their city of maximum work input for someplace with new air, cultural experience and sights. And the pleasure has to come with a little room to integrate business agendas while you explore new business opportunities and connections. As the spring makes way for summer, it’s okay to make your list of top destinations for business tourism. Industry Leaders Magazine has compiled a list of 10 top destinations for business tourism considering factors – the level of comfort, travel cost, availability of work resources and the level of new opportunities. As a team with new cultural opportunities in mind, we focused on the top business tourism destinations for maximum travel benefits.

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Austin, US

As the best city for startups (outside Silicon Valley), Austin features burgeoning tech and business inspiring scenes

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established by varying startups speedily developing the city. Before now, Austin has generally been a top business travel destination during Southwest (SXSW) events and festivals which take place in the first quarter of every year. But the city has claimed more commercial portfolios to increase business trips in several folds. It’s no surprise that every business tycoon wants a trip to the fastest growing city in the United States. Austin is famous for its barbecue, breakfast tacos, lively music scene, and a bizarre motto: “Keep Austin Weird.” It’s located within the great Texas Hill Country, at the heart of Texas and as a home to several waterways; rivers, lakes, including Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake on the Colorado River, Lake Walter E. Long, McKinney Falls, and Barton Springs, there are lots of natural scenes and beautiful places for outdoor relaxation. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 079


Berlin, Germany

Berlin is the German capital housing big and globally recognized companies. As a crucial business hub in Europe premiering in various sectors; manufacturing, financing, etc., Berlin is also highly attractive, featuring both traditional and modern attractions for tourists. It’s most remarkably known for Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 080


its Bauhaus art school built in 1919, which is the reason why it’s a top business tourism destination this year, even though the school existed for only 14 years. The ‘architecture house’ referred to as the Scholars of Bauhaus were guided by the fundamental premise of creating a link between craftsmanship and art – the idea of a democratic design for all. And the school has become one of the century’s most influential modernist art schools and its influence is far-reaching. Aside from the recognition of its style around the world, the school has paved the way for modern architecture and avant-garde art. All through 2019, the atmosphere in Berlin will remain refreshing as Germany celebrates 100 years of the transformation school of thought this year. Business travelers are carefully conceding to the event, moving workshops, exhibitions, and other business events to Berlin to make them remarkable. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 081


Mexico City, Mexico

Over the years, headlines have undermined Mexico City’s reputation, painting the densely populated city as polluted, dangerous, violent and dirty. While such reputations have forced many into being skeptical of visiting the city for so long now, you need to be informed that a lot has changed within the past decade. Tourists and business travelers now frequently Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 082


visit the sprawling metropolis of roughly 22 million people who fly down to explore this unexplored city. In the 1990s, population levels in Mexico City were among the highest in the world. However, this is no longer the city’s distinguishing attribute at present. The government’s radical approach has drastically improved air quality and scrubbed up the city which is now one of the most important cultural and financial centers in America. To politely highlight the city’s achievement in tackling pollution, the World Health Organization’s ranking estimates that one is now more likely to die in the UK from pollution-related sicknesses than in Mexico. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 083


Malmö, Sweden

Malmo is Sweden’s third-largest city, only behind Stockholm and Gothenburg. Despite this record, Malmö, located on the southern coast of Sweden is still seen as a low-key city to both Swedes and foreigners. Aside from all the arteries of civilization in the city, natural Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 084


beauty and serenity is still the core substance of Malmo. During summer, visitors to the city experience the full vibration of the city. In this time also, brilliant sunshine replaces astonishing Sweden’s chilly winter weather, resulting in a temperature of about 30 degree Celsius in the city. The city observes two major summer festivals -Sommarscen and Malmöfestivalen, which contribute to the city’s vibrant life. There are lots of cultural attractions in Malmo for visitors to enjoy. There is the Malmö Castle, nestled in the heart of Slottsmöllan, Malmo’s ‘green lungs’. Visitors will also find the design museum and the bright orange contemporary art gallery a facilitating site. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 085


Cape Town, South Africa

For any traveler who seeks to enjoy amazing sites, interesting cultures and breath-taking hospitality, Cape Town in South Africa is the place to go. The city is a well-rounded destination that offers a true sight of the skillful art of nature and the innovative ideas of human at its best. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 086


For the past 20 years, Cape Town has been named seven times as the best travel destination in Africa at the World Tourism Awards. This feast will come as no surprise when you consider the bustling city center, the dramatic mountain ranges, pristine white beaches, and the Cape Floral Region that the city boasts of. The city has in recent years made a huge investment in tourism. There has been the introduction of new galleries, restaurants, bars, artisan markets, and others, just for the pleasure and comfort of visitors. To find the choicest local cuisine, take a walk into the Neighborhoods Market in the Old Biscuit Mill. The coolest bars and restaurants in Cape Town can be found easily on the vibrant Kloof Street. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 087


Seattle, US

Seattle has been responsible for some of the most important cultural development since the 20th century. Located in Washington State, Seattle is one of those business travel destinations that does not just offer premium relaxation and Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 088


refreshment but also leaves you much inspired. It is one of the fastest-growing major cities in the US, yet it’s amazing that the city takes things at its pace. For visitors, the city offers the original Starbucks coffee at Pike Place Market to help begin their day. In the numerous exceptional restaurants located in the streets of Seattle, visitors can find Culinary delights. The city center is its central creative energy. Situated there are the Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Museum of Pop Culture. The city’s first luxury hotel, Benjamin Franklin, built in 1929 is also located in the city center. For whatever reason, you visit Seattle, be rest assured that you will leave feeling excited and enriched. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 089


Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia is once again becoming a major travel destination for business tourism if not the most visited place in the Caucasus. The city’s diverse and colorful history is engineered by its proximity to the lucrative Silk Road trade route. It was once a key trade point for Asian and European Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 090


merchants as it was once the home of Georgia’s prosperous textile industry. Georgia’s liberal politics attract a lot of Western tourists for visitations even beyond business missions. While the flourishing country is still deploying measures to do away with the old Soviet Union image most people still think of it, Tbilisi tourism has proven that it’s a modern place for business travelers in the Caucasus. Before the fall of USSR in 1991, Georgia was plunged into a period of economic depression and civil war in the 20th century when it was occupied by the Soviet Union. Since the rebuilding process started, it has regained most of its creative roots and legacy. The Old Town, which has topsy-turvy wooden buildings and cobbled streets, is home to most of the city’s major attractions. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 091


Patmos, Greece

Patmos is an island with an immense religious significance. Though arguably Greece’s most underrated islands, Patmos happens to also be among the favorites and the most popular Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 092


destination for visitors of Greece. The location of the island, north of Greece’s Dodecanese island group, ensures that the island is complete as a classic Greek isle with several iconic whitewashed walls and ancient castles. The island comprises of beautiful beaches, of which the sandy Petra Beach located on the south side of the island is chief. For religious visitors, the island offers one of the most significant places to the Christian faith, the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse. The cave believed to be the location where the Theologian Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation. This cave situated almost halfway up the island’s mountain, has over the years drawn lots of religious pilgrims to the island. There are lots of upscale hotels and traditional lodgings on the island of Patmos that ensure every visitor feels the island to be an ideal travel destination. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 093


Prague, Czech Republic

The capital of Czech Republic, Prague, is another top destination for business tourism in Europe. Prague is bisected by the Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 094


Vltava River, making it one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. The city is never off-season; business-inspiring activities are interminable throughout the year. It has nearly 800 hotels scattered around the city which has a direct route from 165 destinations. Prague has inspired many notable scientists and artists. It has quite a mysterious atmosphere remarkably depicted in the works of its native son Franz Kafka. The famous saying: “the people of Prague understand me,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first performed Don Giovanni, his best-known opera, in Prague 230 years ago. The theatre where it was performed still stands today. However, business travelers would find more than just culture and a wealth of incentive ideas in Prague, as an up-and-coming business destination. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 095


Annecy, France

Annecy is a beautiful French city located at the northernmost tip of a mountain-fringed lake. Sometimes called the ‘Venice of the Alps,’ the city, which features cobbled streets and winding canals, never fails to live up to the romantic reputation.

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Despite Annecy’s emerging status as a top business tourism destination in Europe, it has managed to preserve most of its old-town charm. The city is home to unique turreted castles and lordly manor of the 12th century. With two major international airports (Geneva and LyonSaint-Exupéry) serving Annecy, travelers easily get into the city located in the southeast of France which is just a few hours from neighboring Italy and Switzerland. It’s quite easy to access Lake Annecy’s crystal clear water, which is Europe’s purest lake, from several urban centers in Europe. While most businesses are moving to Paris following Brexit talks, the charming city of Annecy features most of France’s treasure. Business travelers and tourists are increasingly choosing the fairy tale city as their destination mostly during the summer for quality relaxation within the shores of Lake Annecy. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 097


By Christy Gren

Without the stigma on drugs, Latin America could be as clean as any region considered violent-free. In a classic context, the UK and North America hold the biggest market share in the cannabis industry, because it’s a legal business in those regions. How would Latin America fare if allowed to participate in the cannabis market? Investors have indeed found a new fortune in growing the once illicit plant.

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I ran into an old friend some weeks ago at LaGuardia Airport, on my way to River North, Chicago. Of course, a lot should change about him; it’s over six years since we last saw each other. He has become deeply introverted and would look at people like a “cybernetic being,” constantly processing some useful information about them at every glance. I also noticed it was taking him longer to respond to questions. It seems your perception about life has changed a bit, what’s the secret? I politely asked. Yes! In fact, I had to unlearn all that I’ve learned in my entire life, he replied, after mumbling a few words. I began seeing life differently two years, he added. From further inquiries, I learned his cousin had introduced drugs to him. That drastically changed him, at least his social life. This is not the type of change going on in Latin American’s Cannabis Belt. For as many years as we can recall, small and single-engine

airplanes have flown illegal drugs from the coastal plains of Sinaloa, Mexico or the Andes’ fertile ridges to buyers who distribute them to the rest of the world. In those days, all the proceeds from Hong Kong and Moscow mafias are safely laundered back to Latin American real estate by the drug kingpins. However, a serious change is going on to legally unmask the shady deals.

Cannabis gets a new ‘social outlook’ Nowadays, the drug is a highlytested yellowish oil that ships from international airports on cargo flights without any form of worry about authorities. That’s because cannabis – once labeled Latin American product – is becoming legal for medical purposes in the region. This change is encouraging a group of Latin American startups to complete with Canadian greenhouses on cost in a move to take away major marijuana

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For the past two years, many cannabis companies have registered with facilities and licenses in Colombia to produce various kinds of cannabis-related products. Local pharmaceutical company Clever Leaves, founded in 2016, earlier this year gained regulatory approval to begin commercial farming of cannabis for medical use. The company is currently operating 5 hectares of cannabis cultivation facilities undergoing certification process for Agricultural Collection Practices (GACP). It’s also working on a top-of-the-line extract facility that can produce up to 30,000,000 ml of full spectrum cannabis oil every year. Khiron Life Science, also founded in 2016, is manufacturing Kuida – a skin care product – using CBD oil. Mexican entrepreneurs

are equally responding to this development. Mino Labs pharmaceutical is working with Colombia’s PharmaCielo to manufacture health and wellness products. Fundación Daya of Chile is already planting cannabis buds for medicinal use. On 23rd May, the nonprofit organization partnered with de Rengo municipality for the sales of 20 mg of THC and 9 mg of CBD to patients for medical use. These startups and others in a similar course are not limiting their brands within their national borders but also targeting other regions with new attitudes towards cannabis. Uruguay opened doors to legalize cannabis six years ago, and other Latin American countries, including Chile and Peru, are following up the increasing flexible commercial regulations in Columbia. For instance, Khiron is processing

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legal framework to market its skin care product Kuida in Peru and Mexico. A global market, which is more lucrative, is the target for these companies, not a regional dominance. Khiron, for instance, is also eyeing the US market for its Kuida and could bring in the product before the last quarter of 2019. It plans to sell as much as 120,000 units of cannabis-based skin care products in the US, Peru, Mexico, and Colombia. Clever Leaves’ next target is the European market. The global cannabis market will inevitably flip upside down, there’s no doubt about it. “It’s a question of when,” says Clever Leaves CEO and co-founder Andres Fajardo. In addition to Cannabis’ new social outlook, these Latin American startups also have other advantages over their peers in North America, in their quest to redraw the global cannabis market. They include

12 hours of sunlight all the year, cheap land, low-cost electricity, and greenhouses, Fajardo added. These advantages could be very important now that the world’s medicinal cannabis market is estimated to reach $146 billion by 2025, says Grand View Research. The cannabis market, currently dominated by UK and Canada, is valued $40 billion in estimation. For a very long time, efforts to move into the market by Latin American entrepreneurs have been ridiculed by violence associated with drug-trafficking. Legal or illegal, the cannabis market in the region is estimated at $9.8 billion. However, commoditybased economies in the region have suffered the effects of global price instability. For instance, Chile’s copper and Colombia’s coffee. Entrepreneurs behind the rising startups in Latin America are actually working hard to add value aside from capturing the value of a once illicit plant.

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Khiron’s office in Bogotá’s Chicó district has since become a rendezvous for professionals. The company’s head of skin care business Elsa Navarro would dress in her regularly corporate-looking attire and present just a line of the wellpackaged skin care products, referencing cannabis leaf subtly. The company has a skin rub for nighttime, a $22 cream for those fragile, soft patches under the eyes. There’s also a spray designed to stimulate relaxation.

Dealing with the stigma Colombian actress, TV presenter, model, and journalist Catalina Aristizábal – also a health-obsessed mother of two – is Kuida’s brand ambassador. Also, former Mexican president Vicente Fox is advising Khiron. When it first hired Navarro, it’s

head of skin care business, the company told her she would oversee sales for a cannabis company based in Colombia. “Now we are global,” she says. The company is speedily accessing varying destinations around the world to launch its product. Navarro joined members of the company’s legal team in January to properly evaluate import regulations in Europe. “It was like 10 of us,” she says. It looks like we can export to Italy, she continued. Societies around the world continue to be plagued by black markets where heroin and cocaine change hands. That’s part of the conditions that encouraged lawmakers and leaders in British Colombia, Denver and California to begin thinking differently about the use of cannabis for treating anxiety, epilepsy, pain, and other medicinal uses, with cannabis for medical use

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legalization starting to creep into our society in the early 2000s. South American nations welcomed the message. In 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos supported a push for the legalization of cannabis for medicine by Senator Juan Manuel Galán Pachón. Other Latin American presidents (Ernesto Zedillo of

Mexico, Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, and César Gaviria of Colombia) joined the wagon and began lobbying for decimalization and regulation of drugs in the world. Of course, it’d be a win-win for the region in terms of economic value, provided the regulation is effective. Meanwhile, some veteran political observers are afraid

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that the peak of cannabis legalization may have passed long ago. According to OZY, former health minister to the Santos government Alejandro Gaviria Uribe says he thinks the world politically broke away from a rational mindset on drugs since 2016. “There was a moment of optimism when people were perceiving a change of rethinking drugs,” he says. The conservatives are having their time again since after that and this could change a lot in the cannabis industry. The former minister also thinks there’s a lot to worry about products like Kuida. “Producers of cannabis oil haven’t really pinpointed their market… Where is that big market?” asks Uribe. In a different angle, he is concerned if Latin American companies could successfully eke out a factual, value-added pharmaceutical product. Uribe is also concerned if the cannabis market will end up like soybeans or crude oil and trade different grades of CBD and THC.

At the moment, no budding Latin American cannabis company can claim to have made a profit, though none has reported firstquarter results so far. Whereas it’s not as though the region has crushed every competition from the North American producers. The south has more to worry about. Canadian pot producers are turning to the region for the benefits. Canopy Growth and Aurora, for instance, have both planted roots in the south to challenge cannabis entrepreneurs from Latin America. However, investors believe that Latin American cannabis companies have more advantage in any competition with counterparts in North America. Khiron and Clever Leaves are both heavily backed by investors in the US and Canada. These investors must be munching on the old glories of Latin America – the crop that gave the region a bad name could now change its fortune.

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BeeLife Could Make Crowdfunding History By Aubrey Chang

Projects with nature-saving objectives or aimed at addressing problems with climate change always make good headlines in crowdfunding. Fatherson startup Flow made crowdfunding history two years ago with a revolutionary beehive FlowHive. But BeeLife, A French startup believes the technology is not sustainable enough. BeeLife has introduced a new beehive tackling bee mortality rate due to varroa mite.

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Nature everywhere is abating at a very quick rate, more than we have ever seen before now, all to the credit of human civilization. Around one million species are currently threatened with extinction, according to BBC’s report in May. And at the frontline of this potential annihilation are the bees – indispensable insects in any plant environment. Bees pollinate around one-third of all crop species in the US. In other words, most of the food we consume every day is made possible by the bees. In fact, around 80 percent of the US crops depend on honey bees for pollination, according to sustainableweb. But the way humans interact with nature is causing the death of this main energy-bringing insect. A survey in 2018 by researchers from the University of Maryland and Auburn University, reported by Bloomberg, shows that erratic weather patterns caused by changing climate are increasing the mortality rate of honeybees. About 40 percent of beekeeper’s bee colonies died unexpectedly, the report said. That’s up from 33 percent recorded the previous year. Bees are dying from cold waves and heat, poor beehive quality and varroa mite. However, we can assist bees to survive this condition by providing a new and adaptive hive, with the help technology. This is BeeLife’s ultimate mission. The French startup aims at improving the existing beehive model to reduce the scale of threat we have imposed on biodiversity.

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CROWD FUNDED INC. BeeLife is bringing its state-ofthe-art design – the CoCoon beehive – which it hopes will add something unique. It also seeks to improve access to beekeeping for the masses. Through the process, the start-up hopes to increase local biodiversity. The nature-mindful startup won the best Innovation award in the category of eco-design and sustainability at the 2019 CES convention – world’s largest trade-only event for consumer technology, in Las Vegas.

Bee cultivators have over time used pesticides to treat the parasite. However, BeeLife

The CoCoon Beehive Bee cultivators have problems of how to contain and manage the parasite wiping out hives of bees, varroa mite – one of the biggest threats to bee populations. The parasite only reproduces in bee colonies, attaches itself to the bee and sucks fat from the host’s body. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 110


founder Pascal Nuti explains that whenever a new cocktail is used for treatment, the parasite changes and evolves into something else. The CoCoon beehive introduced

a new revolutionary system that makes use of air conditioning and heating to take care of the bees throughout the year. And the parasites are treated twice in this system. To achieve this, a solar panel is placed on the roof of the hive to power the “cocoon” which is developed with other weather regulating features. The system prevents the usual thermal leaks that occur in normal hives and serves the bees well as it protects them from changes in the weather which impact the bee colonies negatively. Several reports support the fact that bees’ survival is threatened in harsh climates. The CoCoon setup focuses on protecting the bees from harsh climates. According to Nuti, BeeLife is different from other beehives that focus only on the harvest and do not consider the comfort of the bees. BeeLife’s system connects to a smartphone app to help beekeepers monitor and adjust their beehive temperature. Industrial beekeeping requires industrial solutions, said Nuti,

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CROWD FUNDED INC. something out of the league for small startups. Hence, the target of BeeLife is individual households. Three main types of people constitute the customers of BeeLife, and they are those who are already keen apiarists, those who have never kept bees before but are interested in doing so, and finally, those aspiring to keep bees in order to increase local biodiversity.

BeeLife Aims at Areating History in Crowdfunding BeeLife plans to perform better than a current competitor Flow, which launched crowdfunding campaigns on the Indiegogo platform in 2015 and 2017. FlowHive is the name of its product, and the freedom it grants novices to collect honey from the beehive with the help of a tap, is its distinction. The Flow set a target of US$ 70,000

for its campaign, but in the first 15 minutes, it cleared US$ 250,000. The Flow went on to become the fastest to reach the $1 million mark, and also the US$ 2 million mark. BeeLife is confident that it can perform better than Flow. It also hopes the buzz draws more publicity than they could get from any potential marketing campaign.

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A complete set of the BeeLife’s hive comprises of the electrical system, the solar panels and the hive with its legs. It costs €1,000. However, one beehive can be ordered for about €200, and it is capable of housing up to 50,000 bees. Unlike their competitors who charge a monthly subscription, all costs of BeeLife are contained in the initial outlay. The biggest challenge for the new startup now is the shortage of the chestnut wood, a necessary raw material for building the hives. Statistics reveal that the European country with the highest chestnut (best wood for building hives) is France. Chestnut can survive any climate, including fierce heat with no painting required, Nuti said. In the short supply of dry wood, natural wood could serve the purpose.

project named LaVie is about creating a stylish water bottle capable of purifying untreated tap water by removing chlorine, pesticides and trace chemicals. As at the time of writing, LaVie, which also won CES Best Innovation Award in 2019, has raised 75 percent of $27,985 in funding on Indiegogo within a month of its campaign launch. The CoCoon is expected to launch on the crowdfunding platform later this year. It would be no surprise if the project surpasses FlowHive’s achievement. Projects that seek to cut down the scale of threats imposed on nature by human activity are always flying high. BeeLife marketing strategies which include a focus on the hive’s sustainability and onetime payment structure could give them an edge over Flow.

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APPLE WWDC 2019: New iOS updates and Keynote Date

By Riana Petanjek

Apple Inc. is planning to blow your mind with codes in June. While speculations are wide that the tech giant could introduce a new realm of iOS and change everything about its operating system, it’s difficult to dispute that Apple is warming up to unveil a slew of new features, apps and tools for development at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019. It’s a period to remind consumers of how innovative Apple is and of course, without servicing the existing connection with customers by improving its devices, wooing outside app makers won’t be easier. But Apple has always made every WWDC more remarkable than it has ever been. Dates for this year’s edition of the Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference have been confirmed. It begins on

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Monday, June 3 and ends on Friday, June 7, 2019. The WWDC 2019 will also take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. And like always, this year’s event will feature a first-day keynote where Apple will unveil upcoming products as well as provide details on new operating systems. In some of the previous WWDC, Apple focused largely on software, without announcing any hardware. However, that may not be the tradition this year. Apple is expected to introduce major products alongside new apps, tools, and features included in the list of the company’s ever-expanding range of devices, software, and services. New versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS are expected to launch at the event this year. It is also expected that Apple CEO Tim Cook and host of other executives at the 2019 WWDC will reveal the company’s software strategy and tackle issues ranging from privacy, security and to developer relations.

WWDC 2019 Date, Time and Venue On May 22, Apple sent invites to members of the media to attend the WWDC 2019 keynote address which will take place on Monday, 3rd June. Time: 10 am Pacific Time. The event will run through the week till June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

WWDC 2019 Tickets Apple is offering the WWDC 2019 tickets to a sheer number of App Store developers through a lottery system. Interested attendees opted for a lottery which ended on March 20, 2019.

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Successful applicants were awarded the 2019 WWDC ticket as a pass into the event. Developers submitted their entry on the company’s developer website to make an entry. Ticket winners were notified on March 21, 2019.

How to Watch the WWDC 2019 Livestream? The Apple Events app on Apple TV can be used to watch the event. However, in the absence of an Apple TV on your device, you can log on to the company’s website and livestream WWDC from the Apple Events section. As the WWDC 2019 date draws much closer, let’s look at some products one could expect to see during the event.

New Operating Systems • iOS 13 The next-generation version of iOS, the iOS 13 would be introduced by Apple at the WWDC. Rumors regarding what the iOS 13 will look like are already on. Among the features of the yet-to-be-introduced iOS 13 is a long-desired iOS feature, dark mode. The mode, which was introduced first on macOS in Mojave, works like a sleep mode that darkens the lock screen and mutes all incoming notifications. Apple’s plan for the iPad is to introduce a feature used in displaying multiple windows in a single iPad app in a tab view. Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 118


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There will also be a multitasking feature which allows the usage of two windows of the same app side by side. It’s very important to mention the fact that the iOS 13 will be having a new volume HUD. This is likely to be less obtrusive than the current one.

• MacOS 10.15 Apple could also unveil a new version of macOS, macOS 10.15 at the event, though details of the update are not available yet. Rumors have it that Apple is working on a universal app feature which was first introduced in macOS Mojave and iOS 12, and will extend it to developers in the iOS 13 and macOS 10.15. Apple aims at seeing developers come up with a single app that works with a touchscreen or a mouse and trackpad, regardless of the operating system it’s running on (iOS or macOS). The number of available apps on Macs would be significantly increased by this universal app feature. It could also lessen the workload of developers trying to create cross-platform apps. There will be the introduction of a new TV app designed solely for the Mac, and Apple confirmed it’s in the works. Along with this will be a new Music, Podcast, and Books app introduced to the macOS 10.15.

A Radically Revamped Mac Pro Many believe that Apple may likely preview the redesigned Mac Pro at the WWDC 2019. Since the beginning of 2017, Apple has actually been working on a high-end, high-throughput Mac Pro and it is aimed at Apple’s pro user base. Part of the features will be top-of-the-line components and a modular design that

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makes part upgrading very easy. It’s still not certain if the Mac Pro will be displayed at WWDC or not, as Apple is yet to take a firm decision concerning that.

Apple Mouse with support for iPads Apple’s plan to improve the iPad’s reputation as an ultimate laptop replacement could hand us a mouse with support for iPads. MacStories editor in chief, Federico Viticci revealed that Apple could include support for the mouse in a future iOS version, potentially iOS 13.

A new MacBook Pro and iPad Pro Apple has already surprised us with non-Pro iPads this year – the iPad Mini and the iPad Air. Though the latest iPad Pros were released not too long ago, in October, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the company could unveil two iPad Pros this year, with one potentially materializing at the WWDC.

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Advanced Bank Risk Analysis

12-14 Jun’19

In Advanced Bank Risk Analysis you will learn about structured framework to analyze banking institutions. Identify and interpret key ratios. Evaluate a bank from its published financial information. Understand the objectives of bank regulations and the calculation of capital adequacy. Analyze various elements of regulatory capital, including hybrid securities etc. New York, USA

International Conference on IT & Computer Science

14-15 Jun’19

The International Conference on IT & Computer Science aims to bring together experts from industry, governments, and academia, experienced in engineering, design, and research. It provides an interdisciplinary platform to academics, researchers, policymakers, activists, students and professionals from the respective branches of learning. Hotel Mercure London Bridge, London, UK

Bonn Climate Change Conference

17-27 Jun’19

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World Conference Center Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit

19-20 Jun’19

Now in its 9th year, the Annual Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit is Canada’s premiere source for marketing innovation in Financial Services. Over 350 professionals will attend this year’s summit in Toronto on June 19th and 20th at the Westin Harbour Castle. The event will tackle topics including the challenges around omni-channel integration, attribution, disruption, automation, content, search and display, social, mobile, and customer experience. The event features over 50 awardwinning speakers including Betsey Chung (Senior Vice President & CMO, Canadian Banking at TD Bank Group), John T. Renz (Vice President, Marketing Content & Advertising at Prudential) and David Willows (Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer at Green Shield Canada). The Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada

InterPlas Thailand

19-22 Jun’19

ASEAN’s Most Comprehensive Exhibition on Machinery, Technology, Chemicals, and Raw Materials for Plastics Manufacturing – 28th Edition. BiTEC | Bangkok international Trade & Exhibition Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

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25-26 Jun’19


Environment and Natural Science International Conference on Environment and Natural Science brings together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Environment and Natural Science to a common forum. It aims to promote research and developmental activities in Environment and Natural Science and to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in and around the world. Hotel Mercure Wien Westbahnhof, Vienna, Austria

International Conference of Wireless Networks

03-05 Jul’19

The International Conference of Wireless Networks will focus on some specific issues for wireless LAN, PAN, sensor networks and ad hoc networks such as efficient management of energy, the security, the behaviour of different protocols over these networks, the theoretical and applied study of these networks in a disconnected and weakly connected operation and middlewares/agents/proxies based solutions. South Kensington Campus Imperial College, London, UK

London Fintech Week

05-10 Jul’19

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international event. With Brexit looming in the background, there’s no better place to get answers than from London’s key influencers and decision makers. Some may see challenges ahead, but there will also be plenty of opportunities in London for innovators from around the world. Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London, UK

International Conference on Economics and Financial Engineering

06-07 Jul’19

The International Conference on Economics and Financial Engineering aims to bring together leading academic scientists, professors, researchers, students and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Economics and Financial Engineering. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Economics and Financial Engineering. New York, USA

International Conference on Architectural and Environmental Engineering

06-07 Jul’19

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and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Architectural and Environmental Engineering. New York, USA

International Conference on Science, Technology and Management

18-19 Jul’19

The International Conference on Science, Technology and Management conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration. Hotel Skypark Kingstown Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea

California Accounting & Business Show & Conference

23-24 Jul’19

Accounting & Finance Show & Conference brings together the technology, the people and the experts that will keep the attendees ahead of the exciting changes that are sweeping their profession. Whether the attendees are an accountant or bookkeeper in private practice or a finance manager in a small business, this is the event for them. This is about different and better in data, analytics, decision making, funding, and results. It is core to improving the overall performance of the business. It is core to the professional Industry Leaders Magazine - June‘19 | 128


future. Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, USA

China International Internet of Things Exhibition

30 Jul-01 Aug’19

The China International Internet of Things Exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive IoT expo in Asia. It exhibits the technologies of RFID, sensor network, short-range communication, financial payment, middle-ware, big data processing, Cloud, real-time locating, and etc. It also shows the IoT solutions and applications in various industries, such as transportation, manufacturing, smart grid, smart home, logistics, anti-counterfeiting, attendance, military, asset management, apparel, library, smart city, environment monitoring. Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China

30 Jul-02 Aug’19

Qwebec Expo

QWEBEC-Expo offers Free Badges for Affiliates, Cams Studios, and Female Models. A special afternoon for prospective Female Cam Models is also planned for them to come to meet Cams Companies in a safe and business-friendly environment. It provides great opportunities to have quality time with Industry-Big-Names which are hard to find at other bigger events. Its aim has always been Quality over Quantity. Hotel Novotel Montreal Centre, Montreal, Canada

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11-14 Aug’19


Oil & Gas Conference offers investment professionals the opportunity to listen to the world’s key senior management teams present their growth plans and provide industry professionals a venue to learn about important energy topics affecting the global oil and gas industry. The Westin Denver Downtown, Denver, USA

The Great American Trucking Show

22-24 Aug’19

The Great American Trucking Show is an interactive and allencompassing public convention of trucking professionals. It represents truck, trailer, engine, component and parts manufacturers, among many others. It exists to create an interactive, energizing environment entirely focused on trucking’s improvement. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Dallas, USA

MIMS Automechanika Moscow

26-29 Aug’19

MIMS Automechanika Moscow will cover the following product groups: automotive & spare parts, car washing, workshop and filling-station equipment, IT products and services, accessories and tuning. Expocentre, Moscow, Russia

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19-20 Aug’19


FinTech Conference The Swedish House of Finance FinTech Conference convenes representatives from the finance industry, regulators, and leading academic scholars and features key-note presentations and panel discussions aimed primarily towards a non-academic audience. Swedish House of Finance, Stockholm, Sweden

AUTO-ID & COMMUNICATION EXPO

11-23 Sep’19

The only exhibition in Japan devoted exclusively to cutting-edge automatic identification products, technologies, and solutions. This event showcases products like Mobile & Wearable Zone, Imaging Zone, Sensor Network Zone etc. Tokyo Big Sight, Koto, Japan

International Auto Show - Las Vegas Trade Show

13-15 Sep’19

New cars, trucks, SUVs and more! From Lincoln to Lamborghini, check out your favorites in a non-selling environment, sit behind wheels, inspect engines, experience new technologies and even take your favorite new vehicle for a spin. Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA

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Industry Leaders Magazine June 2019  

Technology has influenced almost every industry today and Real estate is no exception. For this issue’s cover story, we selected the most in...

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Technology has influenced almost every industry today and Real estate is no exception. For this issue’s cover story, we selected the most in...