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Cult heroes and taxi turf wars: It’s Tuesday’s RISE highlights

Dylan Kelly
Published on May 31, 2016

Having seen a rockstar game developer, an array of drones and much more, RISE Day One has come to a close.

Here are just some of the highlights, including picks from CNBC, who were catching some of our speakers on the ground in Hong Kong.

The cult hero


Min-Liang Tan’s gaming company, Razer, inspires devotion – fans have been known to get the brand’s logo tattooed on themselves. Min-Liang talked about how to keep you community engaged, and we grabbed him after his talk to get him to answer questions that up and coming startups had.

Making wearables wearable


“The vision for wearables is always to make devices that don’t look like wearable tech,” said Misfit CEO Sonny Vu on Centre Stage. We caught Sonny after his talk and put our startups’ questions to him.

Taxi turf wars

27336988056_30fb3a9aae_o Grab have introduced a real-time data analytics system, which they hope will help them match consumer display and demand. Co-Founder Tan Hooi Ling talked about the new system and how to get ahead in a particularly crowded marketplace.

Think locally


As Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, Peggy Johnson is in charge of cutting deals for one of the world’s bona fide behemoths. In conversation with The Wall Street Journal’s Yun-Hee Kim on Centre Stage, she encouraged startups to solve local problems first before attempting to address global needs.  

A sustainable future


Ambarish Mitra is CEO of unicorn Blippar – an augmented-reality advertising company which allows people unlock digital experiences from the physical world. He gave a Centre Stage talk on how AI can fit into a vision for a sustainable future.

CNBC’s RISE highlights

CNBC are on the ground throughout RISE, looking for that next big tech story. Here’s a selection of their interviews today.

Drones for good

27335274166_10dacd474b_o EHang Co-Founder Derrick Xiong talked how the company is partnering with United Therapeutics to use unmanned aerial vehicles for delivering organs from production facilities to hospitals for transplantation. Check his interview with CNBC here.

Relax, telecoms

26761179604_5b7970d169_o Messaging drives data demand in India – that benefits both telecoms and mobile messaging, explained Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO of Hike. Here he is with CNBC.

Right back where we started

26761542994_15748fec50_o The term fintech was essentially coined to describe tech companies who have moved into financial services, reckons Neal Cross, Chief Innovation Officer at DBS. Catch his chat with CNBC.

Drones on demand

27095356630_77873a4ef6_o SwarmX CEO Pulkit Jaiswal told us about the firm’s fully autonomous drone operation platform that keeps drones charged and ready to execute missions on-demand. Here he is with CNBC.

Drone users and creativity


Aerial technology is increasingly being used in real life scenarios, a drastic change from previous years when it was just hobbyists. That’s what Michael Perry, Director of Strategic Partnerships at DJI, told CNBC.