One of the largest conferences that celebrate arts and entrepreneurship in Asia, The August Fest turns 5 years old this year! To mark the fifth year of the event the Fest will be held at two venues, one in Mumbai and the other in Hyderabad.
The event was held in Mumbai on August 19th and 20th and hosted 3 events around the media, growth stories, social innovation, scaling up, sports and future technology. The Mumbai Fest held sessions like the media festival which saw a gathering of the best of the minds including freelancers, producers, creators, content generators, journalists, bloggers and creative folks from Television, FM, Print, New Media and Marketing Industries. The media festival provided a platform to discuss opportunities, growth, trends, content, traditional and new media via inspiring talks, interactive discussions and exclusive workshops.
The Hyderabad leg of the Fest will be hosted on August 26th and 27th at the Indian School of Business. The Hyderabad event will include sessions such as a scale up festival, a sports carnival and a future festival. Jayesh Ranjan the Secretary of Information Technology (IT), Govt. of Telangana will be one of the speakers at the event along with brand strategist and consultant Carolina Correa, Founder and MD of Livewell Future Solutions Deepthi Uppalapati and Founder of Hug Raj Neravati among other chief executive officers.
In a first of its kind meet, the Sports Carnival will involve 5 sessions with 25 speakers, 10 exhibitors and 500 attendees. The event, which will be held on 27th August, will provide an interactive platform for attendees where sports can be discussed, showcased and celebrated. The day long event will include players, coaches, trainers, team owners and influencers along with various others from every stream of sports and fitness in India.
This year’s August Fest has partnered with the Government of Telangana and Indian School of Business along with Clearcut and Hubilo to host the event in Hyderabad! To pitch at the Hyderabad August Fest or visit the event visit their website here.
Elon Musk’s Tesla Makes Inroads Into India By Registering Company In Bengaluru
Commonly known as the Nikola Tesla of our generation, Elon Musk is a technology entrepreneur, engineer and investor. The self made billionaire managed to convert his scientific imaginations into reality and tried his hands at various fields, spread across technology, science and exploration. Automaker Tesla has been in the news for the last few months for breaking records and creating new milestones. In the first week of January 2021, Tesla surpassed Facebook, in terms of market cap and is currently the fifth most valuable company in the United States of America.
There have been calls of bringing Tesla to the Indian market since a couple of years ago and now the dream finally turned into reality. In what can be termed as a momentous occasion, Tesla makes inroads into the Indian market as Elon Musk registers a new company in Bengaluru, India. On January 8, Tesla Motors India and Energy Private Limited was established with its registered office in Bengaluru, also known as the IT capital and the Silicon Valley of India.
Reportedly, Tesla would launch their Model 3 first in the Indian market for an estimated price of INR 60 lakhs. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways confirmed in December, Tesla is coming to India in early 2021 and will first start off with sales, and then look at assembly and manufacturing based on the response it receives. According to Republic TV, other than Karnataka, Tesla is in talks with the governments of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to establish offices.
If you own a smartphone, there is a very high chance that you are a WhatsApp user. The simple and lightweight online messaging application has embedded itself into our lives and has become indispensable. Family groups, friend groups, office groups, play groups and many other groups like these see millions of conversations happening on a daily basis. Millions of people across the world use Whatsapp for multiple purposes. Beginning from a simple user to user online text messaging app, over the years Whatsapp has grown exponentially by adding a lot of features like payments, location sharing, pictures and video sharing, document sharing, group chats and calls.
Signal in particular saw a huge spurt in registrations following Tesla founder Elon Musk’s tweet which said Signal in response to a user asking Musk what is a good alternative to Whatsapp.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
On January 12th, 2021, nearly 800,000 users installed Signal globally. Signal could not handle the influx and their SMS verification failed to function properly. Signal has since then added more servers to cope with the surge in app downloads. Signal said the only information it collects is the phone number and they do not assign a name to the number. Whatsapp on the other hand collects a slew of data as shown in the picture below.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
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Whatsapp data is instead used to improve Facebook user experience. Facebook is benefiting from Whatsapp by generating a huge wealth of consumer behavior data which inturn is being used to improve the ads on Facebook.
In this day and age when the internet is making its way to every nook and corner of the world, companies are increasingly developing an internet ecosystem in order to make lives easier. These ecosystems learn from gathering continuous data. While it is hard to pinpoint how much data should be collected and kept private and how much could be used to improve quality of lives, the choice ultimately lies with the individual.
Let us know if you are going to continue using Whatsapp or will move to SIgnal in the comments below.
Google Employees Form A Labour Union Amid Growing Disgruntlement
In what can be termed as a rarity in the silicon valley, a group of Google employees formed a labour union. More than two hundred employees of Google’s parent company Alphabet and Google, have come together to form a union. Although the number of people in the union is far below the threshold for the numbers needed to get formal recognition as a union, the move has definitely shocked many.
This union will be affiliated to Communication Workers of America and says it will be a structure that ensures Google workers can actively push for real changes at the company. The union members say they want more of a voice not just on wages, grievances, benefits and protection against discrimination and harassment but also on the ethics of Google’s practices.
Google software engineer Chewy Shaw, who has been elected to the new union’s executive council, believes the union needed to be formed because of employees being asked to leave due to workplace activism.
The communications director of the union, Beth Allen said “One of the reasons why it’s taken a while for workers to get to this point is because the leaders of these companies did a good job of convincing workers they were these benevolent folks who were going to provide for them, kind of a paternalistic model (sic.)”
The National Labor Relations Board typically recognizes petitions to form new unions when they get interest from at least 30% of employees in a given location or job classification in the United States. Alphabet has a global workforce of 1,20,000. While the number of members in the union might look like a tiny fraction, various other silicon valley giants will be watching this story develop with keen eyes.
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