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The Pachamama Alliance
They aim to generate a critical mass of conscious commitment by bridging the indigenous and modern worlds.

"Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.

With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, our programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet."

Started 1995 by Bill & Lynne Twist.

Their partner in China who localised presenter's manual and video subtitles to Chinese is Huadao Eco-village / SDC in Chengdu / Sichuan.

Agrachina  Sustainability  Platform  southamerica  USA  China  community  Social_Networking  Social  Social_Media  Education  Ecology  Ecobalance  environmentalism  Environment  Humanitarian  activism  Volunteer  NGO_NPO 
march 2019 by eocas
Open Social is an online community platform for volunteer communities, ideation communities, and extranets. The software is based on Drupal's social module, written in PHP.

HQ in Amsterdam / Holland.

Startupinthecloud  community  Netherlands  opensource  Software  SaaS  PHP  Platform  Volunteer  Intranet  Communication  Social_Media  Social_Networking 
march 2019 by eocas
International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
International Vegetarian Union founded in 1908 which became a global network of independent organisations which are promoting veg'ism (vegetarian & vegan) worldwide.

Agrachina  health  food  foodsystems  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  Germany  Platform  Vegan  via:frauchauchat 
march 2019 by eocas
Artist residency portal.

"We are an association of over 650 centers, organisations, and individuals in over 70 countries. Each of our members is dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.

Through Res Artis, organisations become part of a global community of colleagues engaged in dialogue through our face-to-face meetings and virtually through our online presence.

Those interested in attending a residency can use the information and resources on our website, gaining insights into the profiles of our members and staying informed about their events and application deadlines.

Since 1993, through the volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors, dedicated staff and countless partners and friends, Res Artis has grown to become the largest network of its kind, promoting the role of residential art programs as a vital part of the contemporary arts world, stimulating the creative development and mobility of artists, and furthering intercultural understanding."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Lifesnippets  Association  NGO_NPO  Netherlands  artist  community  Collaboration  events  Research  creation  Creative  Inspiration  Innovation  Culture  Directory_Database  curation  Art  Platform  residencies  grants 
march 2019 by eocas
Sustainable Development Committee (北京国际交流协会可持续发展专业委员会 Beijing International Association of Sustainable Development Professional Committee)
"The SDC committee is committed to the research and practice of sustainable development; to provide a broadened global vision of ecological environment, financial order and moral culture; and through international exchanges as well as collaborations in eco-community, healthcare and epidemic prevention, energy technology and cultural & creativity, we actively promote sustainable development of eco-civilization reflected by harmonious co-existence between men as well as human and nature.

The Committee positioned itself as a platform for Chinese and international think tanks to build connections with one another, and it is also a cultivation centre for identified talented doers."

Registered 2005 in Beijing, yet with many of its members based in Chengdu / Sichuan and tightly related with Huadao Eco-Village that is localised there.

One of the founding organizers of Hanwang Forum, an annual conference similar to WEF Davos with ~2,000 participants consisting of government leaders, royalties, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, entrepreneurs, experts and academics from United Nations, European Union, over 40 countries and regions across Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The respective fields of “Hanwang 7+1” are namely Government Policies, Civil Society, Agriculture and Food, Healthcare, New Energy (Energy Conservation), Information Technology, Eco-community as well as Cultural Heritage and Innovation.

Agrachina  Sustainability  community  NGO_NPO  Sichuan  Chengdu  sustainable  development  Policy  civilsociety  Agricultural_Development  Platform  Conference  Beijing  China  Organic_Agriculture  health  Energy-saving  Information_Society  Information_Technology  Ecology  Culture  History  Innovation  Environment  Collaboration  Creative 
march 2019 by eocas
"StarlingX is a complete cloud infrastructure software stack for the edge used by the most demanding applications in industrial IoT, telecom, video delivery and other ultra-low latency use cases. Based on mature software deployed for mission critical applications, newly open sourced StarlingX code is the base for edge implementations in scalable solutions that is ready for production now."

Established in May 2018 as a pilot project supported by the OpenStack Foundation (OSF) and builds on code contributed by Wind River and Intel. Apache 2 license.

Startupinthecloud  IoT  Framework  Software_Engineering  PaaS  IaaS  Cloud_Development  opensource  Platform 
march 2019 by eocas
Free & Open Source Jobs - fossjobs.net
Job board exclusively for free & open source jobs. They only list jobs that improve and involve FOSS or open hardware projects.

Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  opensource  open-data  Open_Hardware  Directory_Database  HR  Platform  Germany 
march 2019 by eocas
Fueling Open Source Innovation and Sustainability - CommunityBridge
"CommunityBridge is a platform created by the Linux Foundation (LF) to empower developers — and the individuals and organizations who support them — to advance sustainability, security, and diversity in open source technology."

One of its main purpose is to help with funding. It includes some security-related services and a means for connecting developers with mentors.

Statement (https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2019/mar/13/lf-community-bridge/) from the Software Freedom Conservancy on this new initiative:

1. It's closed-source, shall make it open-source (FOSS)

2. No charitable tax deduction and unsafe governance (LF is not a charity, but a trade association — designed to serve the common business interest of its paid members, who control its Board of Directors)

3. LF's system is similar to Patreon and other platforms in that it is a hands-off system that takes a cut of the money and provides minimal financial services.

SFC's conclusion:
"This new LF system is probably just right for FOSS projects that (a) prefer to use single-point-of-failure, proprietary software rather than FOSS for their infrastructure, (b) do not want to operate in a way that is dedicated to the public good, and (c) have very minimal fiscal sponsorship needs, such as occasional reimbursements of project expenses."

Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Platform  Financial  Fundraising  Donations  Tax  Legal  Linux  opensource  Sustainability  Security  Biodiversity  Technology  Software_Engineering  Service_Provider  grants 
march 2019 by eocas
ONAP - Open Network Automation Platform
"ONAP provides a comprehensive platform for real-time, policy-driven orchestration and automation of physical and virtual network functions that will enable software, network, IT and cloud providers and developers to rapidly automate new services and support complete lifecycle management. By unifying member resources, ONAP is accelerating the development of a vibrant ecosystem around a globally shared architecture and implementation for network automation–with an open standards focus–faster than any one product could on its own.
The growing business need to deliver new services quickly and cost-effectively has accelerated the adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud architectures in carriers and large enterprises alike.

Formed in March 2017, the ONAP project brings together over 50 of the largest network and cloud operators and technology providers from around the globe–representing more than 70% of the world’s mobile subscribers–to deliver an open, standards-driven architecture and implementation platform to rapidly instantiate and automate differentiated new services, and support complete lifecycle management.

ONAP uniquely provides a unified operating framework for vendor-agnostic, policy-driven service design, implementation, analytics and lifecycle management for large-scale workloads and services, such as 5G, CCVPN, VoLTE, vCPE and more. With ONAP, network operators can synchronously orchestrate physical and virtual network functions. This approach allows operators to leverage existing network investments; at the same time, ONAP’s openness and ubiquitous acceptance in major networks will accelerate the development of a vibrant VNF ecosystem."

Under the Linux Foundation umbrella.

Startupinthecloud  Networking  opensource  Platform  Standardization  Industry  Cloud_Computing_Acceptance  Cloud_Development  Software_Engineering  devops  Linux 
march 2019 by eocas
CNCF - Cloud Native Computing Foundation
"The Cloud Native Computing Foundation builds sustainable ecosystems and fosters a community around a constellation of high-quality projects that orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture.

CNCF serves as the vendor-neutral home for many of the fastest-growing projects on GitHub, including Kubernetes, Prometheus and Envoy, fostering collaboration between the industry’s top developers, end users, and vendors.
CNCF is an open source software foundation dedicated to making cloud native computing universal and sustainable. Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. Cloud native technologies enable software developers to build great products faster."

Among the members are all the biggest names of the Western cloud computing hemisphere and among the Chinese ones are Aliyun / Alibaba Cloud, Huawei, JD.com, Inspur (Odoo CN), Kingsoft, Tencent Cloud, ZTE and many smaller ones.

Under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation.

Startupinthecloud  Cloud_Development  cloud_providers  Cloud_Service_Providers  Platform  opensource  foundation  NGO_NPO  devops  Virtualization  Education  Software_Engineering  Standardization  Linux 
march 2019 by eocas
CIVIC - Secure Identity Ecosystem based on blockchain and biometrics
CIVIC allows people to control the use of their identity information. They use blockchain identity verification technology to secure and protect personal information transfer. Applies biometrics on the mobile device and provides multi-factor authentication without a username, password, third-party authenticator, or physical hardware token. Kind of SSO with blockchain and third-party identity verification.

They fulfill KYC (know your customer) requirements by letting the CIVIC mobile app users to scan and verify their identity documents.

CIVIC leverages 3rd parties in their very own Identity.com Marketplace to validate personal information with blockchain attestations and store everything locally on the user’s mobile device.

The identity verification process is a voluntary (unless demanded by the employer) information exchange between the User and the Requester. The CIVIC Secure Identity Platform (SIP) shares authenticated data only with user permission, while the Identity.com Marketplace is a decentralized environment where CVCs are used for attestation payments.

Standard onboarding:
An individual downloads the Civic App, establishes an account, and, upon signing up for Requester services, verifies his or her identity on the blockchain and share the authenticated data with Requesters.

CIVIC conducted a successful token sale in June 2017 and since then builds on their ecosystem including identity.com, an open source, first-of-its-kind marketplace for identity verification services built on blockchain.

CIVIC claims that their Reusable KYC Solution reduces the overhead costs related to compliance and fraud prevention controls as a user only needs to be verified once. Civic reduces extreme multi-user hack risks by storing personal information only on user mobile devices to make it expensive to attack our network.

With Civic Reusable KYC, organizations easily have proof of identity information being authenticated by a trusted institution, thus, eliminating the sharing of unnecessary data. A vending machine doesn’t need to know your full personal information. They also do AML (anti money laundry) and (criminal persecution) watchlist checks.

Civic allows for a simplified user onboarding experience as users only need to submit their data once in the Civic app to get verified and reuse their verified KYC ID where Civic is accepted.tion to give you a beer, so there’s less risk of hacks or repurposing of data.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley / California.

Startupinthecloud  Enterprise_Architecture  Legal  Architecture  Systems_Management  blockchain  Platform  Freemium  Safety 
january 2019 by eocas
Fermes d'avenir
Intro by organic-market.info:

"Maxime de Rostolan founded the organisation Fermes d'avenir five years ago. In France, this organisation supports agro-ecological smallholder initiatives through appropriate training formats, advisory services, model farms as well as lobbying and public relations work."

Agrachina  farming  France  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  Agroecology  PR  agency  workshop  Education  Training  Platform  NGO_NPO  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farming  Consultancy 
january 2019 by eocas
Univention - Efficient IT with Open Source software Univention
"Univention is a leading supplier of Open Source products for the operation and management of IT infrastructures.

The core product is Univention Corporate Server (UCS), a flexible, cost-efficient and successful alternative to server solutions from Microsoft. UCS includes comprehensive Active Directory functions and an App Center to integrate and operate enterprise applications.

UCS allows web-based IT management and is well suited for organizations of any size, either as a classic server solution, in the cloud or in hybrid IT environments. UCS is designed to operate as part of existing Microsoft infrastructures and supports the easy replacement of Microsoft Windows domains.

With Univention Corporate Client (UCC), which is based on UCS, Univention provides a management solution for Ubuntu and with UCS@school a complete system for the operation and management of IT in schools."

SSO / LDAP-integration with Nextcloud (Collabora Online Development Edition), SuiteCRM, OpenProject Bacula and others.

As of recent supports Docker Multi-container: https://www.univention.com/blog-en/2018/12/multi-container-support-for-docker-apps-for-univention-app-center/

From Bremen / Germany with offices in Berlin and Massachusetts / USA.

opensource  Startupinthecloud  IaaS  PaaS  SaaS  Platform  Systems_Management  Enterprise_Architecture  ERP  DMS  Security  Management  cloud_providers  Service_Provider  IT  Germany  Application  Groupware  Virtualization 
january 2019 by eocas
NotABug | Free code hosting
"NotABug.org is a free-software code collaboration platform for freely licensed projects. We exist to help projects that distribute under any free license. These include, but are not limited to:

The GNU Affero General Public License
The GNU General Public License
The Lesser GNU General Public License
The Apache License
The two clause BSD License
The three clause BSD License
The MIT License"

Therefore kind of a FLOSS-alternative for Github.

Startupinthecloud  Legal  Hosting  Programming  Software_Engineering  development  opensource  Git  Platform 
january 2019 by eocas
"From the educational world and now turned towards popular education, Framasoft is above all a network of projects, of which the first, directory https://framalibre.org, dates back to 2001.

These projects are run by people working together with the same desire: promote digital freedoms.

Respect for the fundamental freedoms of users, guaranteed by legal contracts (the free licenses), is at the heart of the librist movement and ensures that the human remains in control of the digital tool.

The Framasoft’s goal is to offer, mainly online, a set of concrete and practical tools to facilitate adoption:

of free software (directory, USB sticks, installer…);
of free cultural creations (blog, translation, publishing house…);
of free services (more than 30 free services in the project De-google-ify Internet).

Presented as a "gateway to the Free World", the network Framasoft wants to position itself as a bridge between the librarian community and the general public."

One of their projects is for example PeerTube, kind of a free, decentralised Youtube.

Startupinthecloud  sustainablecompany  France  NGO_NPO  community  opensource  Legal  Platform  Sustainability  Social  Public_Cloud  Service_Provider 
december 2018 by eocas
"PeerTube is software that you install on a web server. It allows you to create a video hosting website, so create your "homemade YouTube".

The difference to YouTube is that it’s not intended to create a huge platform centralizing videos from the whole world on a single server farm (which is horribly expensive).

On the contrary, PeerTube’s concept is to create a network of multiple small interconnected video hosting providers.
Fundamental freedoms:

- PeerTube is freely provided, no need to pay to install it on your server;
- We can look under the hood of PeerTube (its source code): it’s auditable, transparent;
- Its development is community-based, it can be enhanced by everyone’s contributions.

PeerTube is a free/libre software financed by a French non-profit organization: Framasoft (https://framasoft.org).

Startupinthecloud  video  Video_Platform  decentralization  Platform  community  opensource  Social_Networking  sustainablecompany 
december 2018 by eocas
XianYu 闲鱼
Alibaba's / Taobao's 2nd hand / second-hand / vintage platform.

Fashionmeetsorganic  vintage  circulareconomy  Platform  e-commerce  shop 
december 2018 by eocas
Gallery Weekend Beijing (画廊周北京 GWBJ)
2019 March in its 3rd edition, set before Art Basel Hong Kong, GWBJ is determined to become an internationally significant contemporary art event. International galleries work closely alongside the local galleries and institutions. GWBJ wishes to enable an artistic and cultural exchange between Beijing and the relevant movers and shakers of the national and international art world.

Fashionmeetsorganic  Art  Beijing  China  Platform  events  exhibition  Culture 
december 2018 by eocas
Global Hand
"Global Hand is a matching service: a non-profit brokerage facilitating public/ private partnership.

Although today’s world sees many parties wishing to respond to global issues, the problem they often face is connectivity. Who should they partner with and how?

Global Hand is designed to bring together people from all parts of the spectrum. You can use this site to find partners wherever you fit. Your area of interest may be:

Social Entrepreneurship
Disaster response
Poverty alleviation
Job Creation
Guidelines/Best Practice
Doing business with the poor
Sustainable Development
Corporate Social Responsibility
Humanitarian Aid
Fair Trade
Corporate Volunteering

Global Hand helps match for-profits, non-profits, foundations, trusts, governments, diplomats and more."

Global Hand is run as an initiative of Crossroads Foundation Limited, which is a non governmental organisation registered under the laws of Hong Kong and is supported by Crossroads Global Village (UK), an independent company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales.

Agrachina  NGO_NPO  community  Platform  SocialEntrepreneur  Directory_Database  foundation  Fundraising  Micro-Financing  Sustainability  development  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  Fair_Trade  Volunteer  HongKong  UK 
november 2018 by eocas
Earth Rights Institute
"Earth Rights Institute (ERI) is designed to be an equilateral knowledge platform, where local people collaborate with academics and development professionals, both local and foreign, by exchanging skills, experiences, and knowledge to solve crucial development issues such as widespread poverty, land right disputes and environmental degradation.

ERI takes an innovative approach to join education, advocacy and research in building ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable communities in some of the world's poorest communities. ERI advocates a model of development that supports the re-localization of development expertise. We believe that in order to empower communities to manage and direct their own development, strategies and expert knowledge must be conceived locally.

We are affiliated with the IU as a United Nations NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) for these UN Departments

- ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council)
- UN Habitat
- UNCSD (United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development)
- UN Finance and Development

[...] offer online courses: 'Become a Leader in Sustainable Development' and 'Course on Land Rights, Land Value Taxation and Commons Rent'"

Agrachina  Africa  USA  NGO_NPO  Platform  Knowledge  knowledgemanagement  Research  Consultancy  Environment  Social  community  Rural_Development  sustainable  Sustainability 
november 2018 by eocas
Despite the first edition of this trade fair yet to come up this Mid-November 2018 in Los Angeles do they dub themselves already as: "The Premier Event for Disruptive and Sustainable Fashion"(!).

"REMODE is built around four pillars: RETHINK, REMAKE, REMARKET, and REINVEST. Through talks, workshops, exhibits and networking events, each pillar will provide attendees with a targeted exploration of current issues and their solutions. Click through the pillars below for a preview."

Some keynote speakers & exhibitors such as Everlane, Allbirds, etc.

Fashionmeetsorganic  exhibition  Conference  USA  sustainablefashion  Platform  Fashion  Innovation 
october 2018 by eocas
FTL (Future Tech Lab)
"FTL's CEO and founder Miroslava Duma aims to bridging fashion, sustainability and technology by setting up this hybrid investment company, multinational accelerator, experimental laboratory and philanthropic organisation with the mission to transform and empower the $2.4T fashion and apparel industry to evolve and improve its social and environmental footprints.
She is the founder of several innovative ventures, digital entrepreneur, philanthropist and active investor across a range of promising businesses including digital media, technology, responsible fashion.
Miroslava has been cited as the ‘force of the fashion industry’ by the Financial Times and ‘the most connected digital entrepreneur’ by Vogue."

Hmm, quite superlative!?!

Fashionmeetsorganic  sustainablefashion  Innovation  Fabrics  Technology  Investor_Relations  Platform  foundation  Social  ecological  Russia  SocialEntrepreneur 
october 2018 by eocas
BiiLabs (Blockchain Industry and Innovation Labs) explores a new border of Trusted Economy by using distributed ledger technology. Through DLT, they enable products (e.g. Appliances, Tools, Drones, eBikes etc.) and resources (e.g. computer storage, computational power, WiFi bandwidth etc.) to be leasing-service effortlessly.

"Along with the Machine Economy, over 5 Trillion transactions and microtransactions will be taking place on a daily base by year 2020.

DLT Research
BiiLabs is one of the pioneers of distributed ledger technology (DLT) developers with smart contract engine on top of DAG-based system (Directed Acyclic Graph, aka Tangle) which are just plain regular legal contracts, except their terms are stored on the distributed ledger and they are machine readable, enabling their automatic verification by all peers.

Customized API
Based on DLT, BiiLabs is delivering the service including digital ID, ledger and settlement, micro-payment, digital forensics and many more, by providing and securing the sandbox for testing.

Transaction Security
With the distributed system, all data would be cryptographically secured on multiple nodes so that even sensitive data can be transmitted safely and soundly in a quantum-proof system.

Scalability in Business
BiiLabs enables micro- and nano-transactions to be recorded with the application of distributed ledger technology and provides developers with an innovative set of tools for IoT applications."

From Taipeh / Taiwan.

Startupinthecloud  IoT  Taiwan  machine-learning  Service_Provider  Platform  Research  Payment  Security  decentralization  Framework 
october 2018 by eocas
PULP platform
"The Parallel Ultra Low Power (PULP) Platform started as a joint effort between the Integrated Systems Laboratory (IIS) of ETH Zürich and Energy-efficient Embedded Systems (EEES) group of the University of Bologna in 2013 to explore new and efficient architectures for ultra-low-power processing.
Our aim is to develop an open, scalable hardware and software research and development platform with the goal to break the energy efficiency barrier within a power envelope of a few milliwatts, as well as satisfy the computational demands of IoT applications requiring flexible processing of data streams generated by multiple sensors, such as accelerometers, low-resolution cameras, microphone arrays and vital signs monitors.
PULP includes a state-of-the-art microcontroller system and a multi-core platform able to achieve leading-edge energy-efficiency and widely-tunable performance. Compared to single-core microcontroller units, a parallel ultra-low-power programmable architecture allows meeting the computational requirements of IoT applications, without exceeding the power envelope of a few milliwatts typical of miniaturized, battery-powered systems.
We have intentionally taken an open-source approach from the very onset of the project and so far, we have released efficient 32 and 64bit implementations based on the open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture, peripherals and complete systems starting from simple micro-controllers, to the state-of-the-art OPENPULP release which sets a new bar for low-power multicore IoT processors. Additionally, PULP supports multiple application programming interfaces such as OpenMP, OpenCL and OpenVX that allow agile application porting, development, performance tuning and debugging."

Startupinthecloud  Open_Hardware  opensource  Platform  Technology  Switzerland  Italy  IoT  System  development  Energy-saving  Research  Media 
october 2018 by eocas
Think Tank and platform founded by Philipp Grefer in Beijing in 2018 to spark cross-sectoral dialogue about digital life, style, culture, business, science and technology. WISE invites and connects thinkers and doers from different industries online and offline to discuss essential questions about how we want and should live in the future.

"WISE puts “the human” at the center of discussions ranging from technology, music, art, fashion, entertainment, business, media, and science. Topics range from how AI can help us to solve world hunger, if the robots will take over our jobs, what we can learn about the future by looking into the past, how to find China´s first international superstar, and the future of design and creativity."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Platform  community  Beijing  China  Germany  Lifestyle  Culture  Business  Technology  Investor_Relations  InteractiveBeijing 
october 2018 by eocas
Nurtch - Platform to write interactive runbooks for incident response
"Nurtch is an internal documentation platform based on Jupyter Notebooks. It’s used by teams to write executable runbooks for quick incident response. Notebook supports markdown text, images, executable code, and output all within the single document served in a browser.
While Nurtch is great for storing runbooks, it’s also suitable to share any internal documentation within team. You can write onboarding guides, retrieve metrics, automate walk-up requests and such. This documentation is split into two sections:

1. Nurtch Platform
We talk about the actual Jupyter UI that’s used to write, edit and execute Notebooks. We provide ability to search documents, publish them to S3, store credentials, add team members to Nurtch etc.

2. Rubix Library
Rubix ™ is a Python library that simplifies common DevOps actions by leveraging infrastructure APIs. Simply put, we abstract the complexity of communicating with AWS/Kubernetes/<Your favourite tool> APIs."

By Amit Rathi from New Delhi who also does the Jupyter Notebook Diff platform ReviewNB.

Startupinthecloud  devops  sysAdmin  Systems_Management  Python  Automation  Documentation  API  Virtualization  Collaboration  Guideline  opensource  india  Platform  Service_Provider  support 
october 2018 by eocas
"IDDRI is an independent policy research institute and a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform that identifies the conditions and proposes tools to put sustainable development at the heart of international relations and public and private policies."

One of their studies (in French):
An agro-ecological Europe: multifunctional agriculture for a healthy food system

Based in Paris / France.

Agrachina  Policy  Sustainability  sustainable  development  Research  Research_Institutes  Platform  France  europe  Food_Security  Agroecology 
october 2018 by eocas
Monart (* Money x Art)
International art community backed by a blockchain-powered ecosystem. Based in Beijing / China, Switzerland and France. Builds on Ethereum with EC20 smart contracts. ICO planned for November 2018.

Partners with “Green & Sustainable Finance” initiative R20 ( http://r20paris.org ) which put in place the accord of Paris on pollution to support together the artists and designers who integrate sustainable development in their work.

Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Platform  blockchain  Art  Trade  Sustainability  Finance  Investor_Relations 
october 2018 by eocas
Sugar Labs
"At Sugar Labs we make a collection of tools that learners use to explore, discover, create, and reflect.
It is a volunteer-driven member project of Software Freedom Conservancy, a nonprofit corporation. Originally part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, Sugar Labs coordinates volunteers around the world who are passionate about providing educational opportunities to children through the Sugar Learning Platform."

Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets  Education  NGO_NPO  opensource  Software  Platform  Python  Linux 
august 2018 by eocas
"The Linux Vendor Firmware Service is a secure portal which allows hardware vendors to upload firmware updates. This site is used by all major Linux distributions to provide metadata for clients such as fwupdmgr and GNOME Software. There is no charge to vendors for the hosting or distribution of content."
It makes keeping BIOS up-to-date much easier and already has a good support of Lenovo's ThinkPad models.
Startupinthecloud  Linux  Systems_Management  Platform  Security  Safety  Automation  opensource 
august 2018 by eocas
Kapdaa - The Offcut Company
"The word ‘Kapdaa’ means ‘Cloth’ in Hindi. (Phonetically pronounced as Cup-pa-daah)
Over time I noticed a lot of excess fabric being left over and going unused. Seeing this I thought to myself, “It would be such a shame, if these beautiful fabrics with such lovely designs went to waste”.
Bespoke notebooks covered by designer fabric offcuts.
Have been able to get a whole new world of mills, textiles and interior designers, and even pram and shoe makers to be intrigued by our concept. They have successfully reached out to an array of brands, to sit up and have a dialogue about their sustainable actions by creating a range of fashionable stationery, simply out of their exquisite offcuts."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Textile  UK  London  upcycling  Made-to-Order  Fabrics  interior  Shoes  accessories  Sustainability  Green-New-Wave  Platform  community 
august 2018 by eocas
Naked – The World's First Home Body Scanner
"Naked Labs uses 3D body scanning to show people how their bodies are changing over time in an objective and holistic way.
Building a body model platform.
Imagine clothes tailored to the 10th of an inch, dynamic fitness and health care plans, airplane seats that feel molded to your curves — all enabled by your precise digital body model. This is an entirely new kind of data, and we’re excited to help people harness it."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Customization  bigdata  Automation  Retail  Platform 
august 2018 by eocas
UABB (Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism Architecture) | 深港城市建筑双城双年展
"Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) is currently the only biennial exhibition in the world that is based exclusively on the set themes of URBANISM AND URBANIZATION. Co-organized by the two neighboring and closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB situates itself within the regional context of the rapidly urbanizing Pearl River Delta, concerns itself with globally common urban issues, extensively communicates and interacts with the wider public, is presented using expressions of contemporary visual culture, and engages in international and avant-garde dimensions as well as discourses of public interest."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  shenzhen  Guangdong  HongKong  community  Architecture  urban  Urbanism  Urbanization  NGO_NPO  Innovation  design  government  Governance  Communication  Service_Provider  Platform  events  Economy  Industry  Research  Directory_Database 
july 2018 by eocas
Shenzhen Center for Design (SCD) | 深圳市城市设计促进中心
"SDC was founded by the Urban Planning Land and Resource Commission of the Shenzhen Municipality and is a non-profit organization with its mission set as “to encourage and promote innovations in the design of urban spaces and environment”. Its goals are: to integrate resources from the governmental, the industrial, and the academic fields; to establish a database of design ideas and thoughts around the urban developments in Shenzhen; to offer services for designers such as communication channels, trainings,and promotion opportunities; to fully enhance and uplift the design quality of urban developments in Shenzhen; and to stimulate the transformation of Shenzhen ‘s economy to produce a better innovation industry."

For example UABB (深港城市\建筑双城双年展 Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture) grew out of SCD's activities.

Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  shenzhen  Guangdong  HongKong  community  Architecture  urban  Urbanism  Urbanization  NGO_NPO  Innovation  design  government  Governance  Communication  Service_Provider  Platform  events  Economy  Industry  Research  Directory_Database 
july 2018 by eocas
Ziel is a retail-as-a-service platform for health & wellness communities to create & sell on-demand, custom performance wear. NYC-based.

Fashionmeetsorganic  Fashion  Manufacturing  Performance  outdoor  Flexibility  USA  Platform  Retail 
july 2018 by eocas
Nanjing-based e-commerce and content platform which is an instrumental player in Chinese trend culture ecosystem. Subsidiaries in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Venture capital investment by CDH Investment, Singapore Temasek Cheung Fung Fund, Softbank Safran Fund, Dachen Venture Capital.
ompany's main projects:
1. Print magazine and electronic platform "YOHO! Trends" and "YOHO! GIRL"
2. App "Yoho!Now"for iOS and Android platform.
3. "Yoho!Buy" (https://www.yohobuy.com) online shop targeted at young people with roughly 1400 brands covering men's and women's clothing, shoes and hats, accessories, children's wear and creative lifestyle items. The brands sold by Yoho!Buy are directly signed with the brand to maintain the sales agreement with the international and domestic physical stores.
4. Curated Location-recommendation platform / app "Mars" (http://www.yohomars.com). City guides for Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles and other.

Similar to Hong Kong's MILK magazine.

Fashionmeetsorganic  Platform  China  Online_Shop  e-commerce  Fashion  Trends  accessories  Content_Curation  Travel  Apps  App  Business_Advisory_relevant  Jiangsu  Magazine  blog 
july 2018 by eocas
Online traceability platform. By 201807 are 73 platforms installed of which 31 in Cheese, 20 in Textile and the rest in other industries. Does white label installations.

Agrachina  Transparency  Switzerland  Quality_Control  Platform  Dairy_Farming  Textile  Service_Provider 
july 2018 by eocas
Metro - Data Crowdsourcing for AI and Machine Learning >>> Generate and sell your own data
"Anybody can use our community-made plugins, "DataSources", to generate data and sell it in real-time to a Project. (free for now) A Project could be a groundbreaking new AI, a research study, or someone's curiosity project.
Artificial Intelligence is fueled by data, so innovation is monopolized by those who control data.
Our philosophy is "Empower, Don't Restrict". Let users control and monetize their data.
We want to create a transparent and fair system of sharing any kind of data where both the producer of data and the buyer of data have the power they deserve. Right now, the middle-man has all of the power and that is why the world is dominated by Google and Facebook. This is a fair and honest system which will be built without imposing unreasonable restrictions upon what can and cannot be done.
We are not a data collection company. We're a data energizing company.
We have created a Chrome/FF extension to which users can attach "DataSources" - simple community-made pieces of code which allow users to generate their own data. Our website hosts "Projects", which are pieces of work which want to crowdsource data from users using specific DataSources. DataSources are made and curated by the community, not by us, and they are open source so anybody can verify them. This gives the community direct access to raw data with its intrinsic innovative value for the coming AI revolution, while giving individual users direct access to the monetary value."

Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  AI  machine-learning  Data  Platform  open-data  opensource  Crowdfunding  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Business  Project_Information_Platform  community  Marketing  UrB 
june 2018 by eocas
Sustainable Coffee Institute
SCI provides certified education for farmers and coffee professionals that shall lead to officially certified sustainable business practices.

Also they help connect farmers directly with demand-side in consuming countries, and vice versa through a web- and mobile app.

Brand/Organisation belongs to Torch Coffee Lab in Yunnan.

Agrachina  coffee  Sustainability  Education  certification  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Apps  Platform  UrB  China  Yunnan  Rural_Development 
june 2018 by eocas
OpenIDEO - Social Impact Powered By Design Thinking
"Founded in 2010, OpenIDEO—IDEO’s open innovation practice—enables people worldwide to come together and build solutions for today's toughest societal problems. Online and around the globe, OpenIDEO works with world-class partners to convene diverse communities that collectively develop ideas and accelerate social innovation. OpenIDEO’s platform expands on the power of crowdsourcing, equipping participants with resources, connections, and design tools to create real impact. After tackling dozens of topics ranging from food waste to girls' education to Ebola, people everywhere are designing a better future with OpenIDEO.
OpenIDEO is part of IDEO, a global design and innovation consultancy. We use open innovation to help people connect and address a wide range of societal issues. IDEO.org is IDEO's nonprofit sister organization, which focuses on designing products and services that improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities. We often work closely with colleagues across the IDEO family, and we always draw from the same DNA."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  design  Platform  Innovation  Solution  Sustainability  Social  Crowdfunding  NGO_NPO 
june 2018 by eocas
Ocean Protocol — A Decentralized Data Exchange Protocol to Unlock Data for AI
"Society is becoming increasingly reliant on data, especially with the advent of AI. However, a small handful of organizations with both massive data assets and AI capabilities have become powerful with control that is a danger to a free and open society.

Ocean Protocol aims to unlock data, for more equitable outcomes for users of data, using a thoughtful application of both technology and governance.
It is a decentralized protocol and network of artificial intelligence (AI) data/services. It incentivizes for a vast supply of relevant AI data/services. This network helps to power AI data/service marketplaces, as well as public commons data. The heart of Ocean’s network is a new construction: a Curated Proofs Market. CPMs bridge predicted relevance with actual relevance of each AI service, by having curation markets for cryptographic proofs (e.g. proof of data availability)."

Ocean Protocol is supported by Ocean Foundation, which is a Singapore-based
non-profit foundation. Ocean Foundation’s mandate is to:
development of the Ocean Protocol and activate a community of
provide guidance for the development of the Ocean Protocol; and
support the growth, and governance of a vibrant data exchange network
and ecosystem based on the Ocean Protocol.

blockchain  daas  Startupinthecloud  ai  Ecosystem  Data  Technology  curation  Platform  Security  Privacy  Public_Cloud  Analysis  Storage  Social_Networks  Social  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  Singapore  sustainable  development  open-data  opensource  decentralization 
may 2018 by eocas
Cryptocurrency platform for big-data applications.

"For applications that need to send large amounts of data across the blockchain. You can use it to build un-astroturfable Internet forums, decentralized social networks, pay-to-play websites, distributed data-routing services, SSH-key registries that are secure from MITM attacks, etc.

On a technical level, the Saito network is also unique in design, notable for its embrace of a disposable blockchain, a proof-of-transaction system that improves upon proof-of-work and proof-of-stake, a market-based mechanism that divides transactions fees between bandwidth and security providers, and an economic incentive structure that protects the network from sibyl attacks and ensures that even attackers controlling a majority of mining power or peer-to-peer nodes cannot dominate the network."

Startupinthecloud  blockchain  bigdata  Platform  HongKong  Forum  decentralization  Social_Networks  Data  Analysis  Economy  Innovation 
april 2018 by eocas
Headhunting platform focusing on IT, using AI-powered profiling for more efficiently staffing vacancies.

Based in Beijing / China.

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  China  Beijing  HR  Platform  Python  ai  agency  IT 
april 2018 by eocas
Creative Friends Asia – United Creatives
Creative Friends Asia is a community helping to improve standards for Creatives in Asia through meaningful platforms.
- Bridging creatives in Singapore and China with companies attracting new jobs and projects
- Creatives with unique ideas can benefit from our grant application services
- Own incubation program

Fashionmeetsorganic  Creative  Fundraising  incubator  Platform  Venture_Capital  network  HR  Communication  community  Singapore  China  grants 
april 2018 by eocas
Since 2003 Montreal / Canada-based global online retailer of high end fashion, streetwear, and independent designers. Such as brands including Givenchy, Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Off-White.

They advocate for a new point of view on luxury, where the intersection of creativity, content, and commerce is challenged and celebrated.

201804 they took over Polyvore who then immediately closed.

Fashionmeetsorganic  Platform  Canada  luxury  e-commerce  Online_Shop  Retail  Fashion  streetstyle  indiedesign  Multi-brand  blog  Magazine  Content_Curation  Creative  Lifestyle  Pret-a-Porter 
april 2018 by eocas
European Citizen Science Association - For evidence-based sustainable development
ECSA's mission is to connect citizens and science through fostering active participation.

"The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is a non-profit association set up to encourage the growth of the Citizen Science movement in Europe in order to enhance the participation of the general public in scientific processes, mainly by initiating and supporting citizen science projects as well as performing research on citizen science.
ECSA draws on +200 individual and organizational members from over 28 countries across the European Union and beyond, having become a European reference network of Citizen Science initiatives. ECSA field of activities:

- H2020 projects (http://www.horizon2020projects.com)
- Contributing to policy briefs
- Open science policy platform
- Development of principles for good practice in citizen science.

Strategic competencies:

- Promoting Sustainability through Citizen Science,
- Building a Think Tank for Citizen Science,
- Developing Participatory Methods for Cooperation, Empowerment and Impact.

Our Mission is to connect citizens and science through fostering active participation."

Registered NPO in Berlin / Germany.

Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  Knowledge  knowledgemanagement  Innovation  Sustainability  sustainable  development  decentralization  Research  Platform  Germany  NGO_NPO  Biodiversity  climatechange  Environment  environmentalism  Legal  community  democracy 
april 2018 by eocas
HIGHER STUDIO | London fashion rental
"We are a progressive, sustainable fashion concept based in East London. Offering a curated library of new and archive stock, we provide a rotating wardrobe free from a consumer hangover. We believe that needing to buy in order to wear, forces consumers as well as creatives to compromise experimentation and quality for commerce. When free from the commitment, burden and cost of ownership, people can wear and be what they want.

higher.studio’s mission is to offer uncompromising innovative design and to allow creators to profit from greater emotional and physical durability. Crucially, we believe in a new system driven by the longevity of resources rather than quantity sold. We work with brands and partners to implement this change.

Fashionmeetsorganic  vintage  London  UK  Sustainability  sustainablecompany  sustainablefashion  Retail  Platform  Creative  Service_Provider  Consultancy  circulareconomy 
march 2018 by eocas
The Good Wardrobe | Style.Shared.
Online style-sharing community hub mixing sustainable fashion with services that prolong the wardrobe life. Providing such as:
- Sewing class recommendation
- Local cobbler
- Long-life style directory
- Affordable sustainable style
- Positive impact of personal creativity
- Promotes local and ethical industries

The Good Wardrobe describes themselves as "the antithesis of fast fashion, a cocktail of Toptable and Stylebible with a twist of Freecycle; think the love-child of Tripadvisor and Treehugger, raised by eccentric but oh so stylish great Aunt Liberty – a war baby with a life-long love of make-do and mend."

Fashionmeetsorganic  UK  London  community  Fashion  Slow_Fashion  vintage  artisanal  Ethical_fashion  Sustainability  sustainablefashion  Service_Provider  Platform  repair  Localization  LocaVore  circulareconomy 
march 2018 by eocas
Denim Alliance
"The Alliance for Responsible Denim (ARD) is an initiative from House of Denim, Made-By, Circle Economy and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. ARD brings denim brands together to collectively take steps towards improving the ecological sustainability impact of denim production. These first steps include establishing measurements, benchmarks and standards for resource use (e.g. chemicals, water, energy) and recycled denim."

Two of their major major projects are:

Wet Processing Benchmark - Improving the environmental impact of denim finishing and focussing on the Never-Out-of-Stock styles.

Post-Consumer Recycled Denim Standard - Developing a preferred industry buying standard, defining a business model and roadmap for the introduction and scaling up of Post-Consumer-Recycled-Denim (PCRD) production.

Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  circulareconomy  Netherlands  NGO_NPO  Platform  Education  Industry  denim  jeans  Sustainability  Manufacturing  Recycling  Chemicals  water  Energy  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  Standardization  Framework 
march 2018 by eocas
Fashion For Good
Innovation platform towards circular economy. About: "We are a global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration and community. Fashion for Good™ enables the daring invention and widespread adoption of good fashion practice with ‘The Five Goods’: Good Materials, Good Economy, Good Energy, Good Water and Good Lives. [...] Through our Plug and Play Accelerator, we give promising start-up innovators the funding and expertise they need in order to grow. Our Scaling Programme supports innovations that have passed the proof-of-concept phase, with a dedicated team that offers bespoke support and access to expertise, customers and capital. Finally, our Good Fashion Fund (in development) will catalyse access to finance where this is required to shift at scale to more sustainable production methods. [...] We operate from our first hub in Amsterdam / Holland, which also houses a Circular Apparel Community co-working space and a visitor-facing exhibition. We create tools that are open-source, such as our Good Fashion Guide, which provides tips for brands wishing to embrace circular apparel principles. [...] With an initial grant by founding partner C&A Foundation and an open invitation to the entire apparel industry to join, Fashion for Good convenes brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders united in their shared ambition. Supported by an innovation hub in Amsterdam, a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley and a worldwide network of changemakers, Fashion for Good will reimagine the way fashion is designed, made, worn and reused." Besides initiator C&A are the accelerator/competition corporate partners adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Target and Zalando. HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Innovation  circulareconomy  Platform  NGO_NPO  community  Collaboration  Textile  water  Energy  material  Fundraising  incubator  Netherlands  foundation 
march 2018 by eocas
Open Source Circular Economy Days – Open & globally distributed hackathon exploring Open Source for a Circular Economy
"The Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCEdays) is an open group of people that started in 2015 with a global event (see history page) promoting Open Source as the key driver for a Circular Economy. Since then people in over 100 cities across the globe got active and discussed and developed Open Source Circular Economy through practical hands on activities.
OSCEdays Values
Openness – Collaboration – Passion – Innovation

A global ecosystem of resilient local circular economies bound by the spirit of openness, collaboration, diversity and motivation for a thriving planet and fairer society.

We use and explore open source practices to create, socialize and distribute solutions globally to build local circular economies."

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  opensource  open-data  Collaboration  equality  events  Innovation  circulareconomy  decentralization  Sustainability  Knowledge  Platform 
march 2018 by eocas
Kaggle: Your Home for Data Science
"The world's largest community of data scientists. Join us to compete, collaborate, learn, and share your work.
Kaggle is a platform for data-related competitions. The platform allows companies, researchers, government and other organizations to post their modeling problems and have data professionals and researchers test & compete to produce the best solutions."

Startupinthecloud  Data  Database  datasource  Data_Warehouse  Research  Big  Platform  Collaboration  Education  Performance 
march 2018 by eocas
Circular Economy Lab
"Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy in Canada and beyond.

Launched by The Natural Step Canada in 2016, our unique process brings together public and private sector leaders from different sectors and value chains to co-develop and implement circular economy solutions. These solutions ultimately eliminate waste, improve productivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster value-creation and innovation.

We work collaboratively with our partners to:

- Define the circular economy opportunity: We help governments and businesses understand the opportunities, barriers and strategies for advancing the circular economy within their organizations, their value chains and the province as a whole.

- Accelerate promising ideas: We work with our partners to identify, incubate and scale circular economy initiatives. These include:
- Strategic, collaborative initiatives to address systemic barriers that individual organizations can’t tackle alone
- “Innovation moonshots” with the potential to transform the economy,
New or improved circular products, services, policies, business models and strategies.

- Build momentum for change: We increase circular economy awareness, understanding and commitment through strategic research, communications, education and engagement activities for stakeholders across Canada.


CEIL uses the proven Sustainability Transition Lab (STL) process developed by The Natural Step Canada. The STL process brings a genuinely new, pioneering approach to dealing with complex problems that require new levels of public, private and not-for-profit sector collaboration. Its innovation and strength lies in combining three areas of practice that have each been successful in their own right:

- A science and systems-based approach to sustainable development that has been rigorously tested and refined over 25 years of international application in businesses, governments and communities,
- The change lab methodology that emerged from the hard-won negotiations that ended South Africa’s apartheid, and
- Leading edge, proven public engagement strategies anchored in network theory and digital media.

Agrachina  Sustainability  circulareconomy  NGO_NPO  Canada  community  Communication  Platform  Research  Recycling 
march 2018 by eocas
Cenit IO | Open Platform for Data and Business Integration (iPaaS)
"100% open integration Platform (iPaaS) that's modern, powerful, yet hackable to the core, ready to use in the cloud or on-premises. It is designed to solve unique integrations needs, orchestrate data flows that may involve types of protocols and data formats, and provide API management capabilities. All of which can support a wide range of integration use cases. Is particular valuable to embrace a pervasive integration approach.
The insatiable need for integration driven by social networks, open APIs, mobile apps, cloud services and, increasingly, the IoT is fertile ground for the growth in adoption of integration platforms.
Many are familiar with services such as Zapier and IFTTT, which addresses common integration problems but have limited capabilities to adapt to particular needs and to reflect business flows that are not simple. iPaaS platforms are designed to handle this issue, being in recent years in the state of the art for applications and data integration technologies used by large organizations, and gaining increasing interest in the general public.
None of the vendor leaders in the market really offers a completely open and transparent solution, with the freedom to use, customize or modified without restriction, we believe that is one of the keys to a wide adoption, and relevant to making the decision to use on-premise.

Backendless: After create a new Data Type using a JSON Schema is generated on the fly a complete REST API and a CRUD UI to manage the data. Useful for mobile backend and API services.

Routing and orchestration: Integration flow development, monitoring and lifecycle management tools. Enables multi-step integration flows by compose atomic functionality (such as connection, transformation, data event, schedule, webhook).

Data integration: Data validation, transformation, mapping, and data quality. Exchange support for multiple formats (JSON, XML, ASN), standards (EDIFACT, X12, UBL) and protocol connectors (HTTP(S), FTP, SFTP, SCP).

Third party service integrations: Directory for OpenAPI Spec (Swagger) and Shared Collections - social feature to share integration settings - to connect services as ERP / Fulfilment / Marketing / Communication."

Based on Ruby, with integrations for Odoo and ERPNext.

Startupinthecloud  Ruby  Platform  PaaS  Integration_Solution  IoT  API  Mobile  Cloud_Development  cloud_providers  Cloud_Service_Providers  opensource  e-commerce  ERP 
february 2018 by eocas
"OrganicExportInfo informs on legal requirements and certification schemes relevant for exporting organic products into different target countries.For each country, you find information on:

1) mandatory organic standards and labels,
2) important voluntary organic standards and labels,
3) approved certification bodies/control bodies,
4) import requirements

Each chapter covers a short summary as well as a commented list of links on relevant websites where you can receive further information.

This export information service by FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture - Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau) is part of the project “Consolidation of the Local Organic Certification Bodies” (ConsCert), funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), which aims at facilitating access to international markets."

Agrachina  Organic  Business_Advisory_relevant  certification  Switzerland  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  export  Trade  regulation  Policy  Sustainability  Platform 
february 2018 by eocas
Chinaccelerator 中国加速
Self-proclaimed leading internet startup accelerator in China. About:
"Mentorship-driven program helping internet startups from around the world cross borders – from the world into China and from China to the world. It is operated by the venture fund SOSV with $300M AUM operating eight global accelerators. Chinaccelerator offers three months of rigorous guidance, training and resources from mentors, partners and investors. The robust and supportive alumni network continues into the startups’ post-Chinaccelerator lifespan.

Since its inception in 2010, Chinaccelerator has helped 120+ companies build a China and global business. One of its co-founders, Cyril Ebersweiler, also founded HAX, the world’s first and largest hardware accelerator. William Bao Bean is the current Managing Director of Chinaccelerator and Partner at SOSV."

Mostly operating in Shanghai.

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Investor_Relations  Platform  China  Venture_Capital  Shanghai 
december 2017 by eocas
Switzerland Innovation
"Five sites nationwide offering universities and companies the opportunity to network. This exchange between science and the economy allows ideas to be developed further – to produce products and services that can be marketed successfully.
The sharing of ideas between researchers, talented individuals, and innovative entrepreneurs creates breeding grounds for innovation.

- Realizing successful R&D collaborations between private companies, Swiss universities, and other research partners

- Generating domestic and foreign R&D investment

- Localizing domestic and foreign companies and research partners that create jobs and develop new marketable products, services, and processes

- Creating a platform to accelerate the development of research results into marketable solutions

- Creating attractive conditions for research groups and start-ups as catalysts for the localization of established companies

- Securing our attractiveness and competitiveness through clear competence profiles at the sites as well as excellent conditions and services for our customers

- The international positioning and marketing of Switzerland Innovation on the basis of attractive offers that are defined by the sites using uniform criteria

- Supporting the sites with financing solutions, both through the use of federal guarantees and by creating financial instruments in collaboration with the financial industry

- Coordinating and networking the sites and ensuring efficient cooperation with the federal authorities while providing a coherent umbrella brand

- Ensuring uniform quality standards at the sites on the basis of the Conference of Cantonal Directors of Economic Affairs (VDK) criteria catalog and its further development in the context of continuous improvement processes
- PARK ZURICH (ETH in Duebendorf)
- PARK innovAARE (Paul Scherrer Institut Villigen)"

It's a foundation entirely financed by those sponsors:
Credit Suisse, Swiss Re, Swiss Life, UBS, Mobiliar, Novartis, Roche, BASF, Swisscom, Holcim, Sika, Schindler, TRUMPF, Economiesuisse, Swissmem, Swiss Watch Industry, Zurich, Nestle, ABB.

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  foundation  Innovation  Switzerland  Investor_Relations  Startups  Technology  incubator  Education  Platform  Networking  Research_Institutes  entrepreneurship 
december 2017 by eocas
"A holochain application is run entirely by the people who use it.
This enables direct communication, without the need for corporate web servers.

For any particular use case, developers can create fit-for-purpose solutions that strike the right balance between minimizing risks, reducing costs, and optimizing speed.

Relative to other distributed application infrastructures such as Blockchain (Bitcoin, Ethereum), Holochain applications operate exponentially faster and cheaper. Our lightweight architecture is perfect even for mobile phones and other low capacity devices."

It builds upon the (IPFS-inspired) Ceptr distributed computing platform, programmed in Go.

They are working on Holo, an implementation which lets one share their computer's spare capacity to help others connect to peer-to-peer apps. When people use the apps one hosts, one can get rewarded in cryptocurrency by the app's creators.

Unlike blockchain's proof-of-work (universal concensus) is their holochain applying proof-of-service which is sufficiently safe for the designated shared P2P hosting use-case yet is massively more resource-efficient (no mining!) and faster.

Further information:

Startupinthecloud  Technology  blockchain  decentralization  Security  Platform  Software_Engineering  Application  ECM  Economy 
december 2017 by eocas
" *Building a Global Nervous System* -> Ceptr is one of those audacious, world-changing projects which can't be summarized into a shiny catch-phrase, but here are some anyway. Ceptr is a:

- Cooperative framework for distributed applications
- Quantum leap in large-scale collective social intelligence
- Peer-to-Peer platform for building new Commons
- Pluggable protocols that let everything talk to everything
- Organically organized computing architecture of fractal receptors

"Breakthroughs in our capacities to communicate and coordinate restructure society. Language birthed culture and hunter-gatherer tribes. Writing forged kingdoms and agriculture-age empires. Printing enabled nations and industrial-age economies. The Internet launched a new restructuring of society, but is constrained by computing tech designed for centralized control. Learning from nature's blueprints, Ceptr provides an evolvable, fully distributed framework for coordination and sense-making on all scales."

Ceptr is the underlying base for these sub-projects:

- Holo Cryptocurrency -> Infrastructure for Global Scale and Stable Value

- Holochain -> Scalable, agent-centric, distributed computing

- Mutual Credit Cryptocurrencies: Beyond Blockchain Bottlenecks

- Pcubed (Plugable Protocol for Protocols) -> Fundamental Interoperability through Self-Describing Protocols

- Sovereign Accountable Commons -> Surpassing Smart Contracts for Social Coherence

- Fallacy of Individualism -> Hacking Social Compulsion for Commonwealth

- Grammatic Capacities and the Evolution of Complex Adaptive Systems

- A Fractal Virtual Machine System Framework as New Networked Global Nervous System

- Network Intelligence (Neural Internetworking) -> From Shared Network Storage to Distributed Associative Memory

- Holoptinets -> Large-Scale Self-Reflective Functional Intelligence

- Ceptr Revelation -> Applying the patterns of living systems to upgrade social intelligence

Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  decentralization  Platform  opensource  Framework  Research  blockchain  Virtualization  Application  plugin  Software_Engineering  Security  Economy  e-commerce  Technology 
december 2017 by eocas
The MetaCurrency Project
"The MetaCurrency project builds tool and technology to open source the next, P2P economy, where currencies reflect the value and purposes of active participants.[...] Developing new protocols and projects on the ground that embody the values of gifting and deep wealth creation."

One of their projects is CEPTR which intends to building a semantic, mashable, fully decentralized Internet. Other projects such as XGFL (eXtensible Game Format Language), Streamscapes, Emerging Leader Labs or Agile Learning Centers".

Founder & mastermind Arthur Brock who is also behind Holochain.

Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Platform  Education  blockchain  Economy  decentralization  Technology  Security  opensource  Open_Data 
december 2017 by eocas
"THE HUS.institute is a think tank to explore the transformation of the old economy into the Digital Modern era. We critically convoy decision makers on their way to the necessary shift in perspective and world-view supporting the digital transformation towards an economically as well as ecologically sustainable present and future.

Our focus lies on internationally proved and tested instruments of both scientific as well as radical explorative nature.

We consider ourselves being a platform both transdisciplinary as well as cross-generations for family offices, industry experts and creatives who like to believe that there´s tremendous potential in the Digital Modern era beyond fear and greed."

Based in Vaduz / Liechtenstein.

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  agency  Switzerland  Consultancy  Sustainability  Platform 
december 2017 by eocas
Blockchain Development Company (aka "EcoChain")
Platform for eco-friendly crypto projects. Ethereum-based token to support sustainability (environmental and humanitarian impact) projects via (their) ecosystem. First three dApps projects in renewables, recycling and provenance:

Invest directly in renewable energy projects of your choice around the world.

Earn income by trading in your plastic and cans.

Guarantee what you buy is what you see on the label.

Established foundation in Scotland / UK.

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  blockchain  Eco  ecological  Sustainability  Environment  Humanitarian  Renewable_Energy  Recycling  Transparency  food  foodsystems  Ecosystem  Investor_Relations  Platform  decentralization  UK 
october 2017 by eocas
MaidSafe - The New Decentralized Internet, the World's First Autonomous Data Network
"Blockchain based storage solutions that store a data identifier (e.g. hash) in a blockchain, but store the data 'somewhere else' do not improve the security of our data. That 'somewhere else' still needs to be secured, and if this data can be deleted, or our access denied these 'solutions' are not fit for purpose. The SAFE Network removes people from the management of our information to protect the world's data.

The SAFE network is autonomous and decentralised. It is not a set of federated servers, or owned storage locations, or identifiable nodes, nor does it contain a blockchain.

Lowest possible price through a perfect market. No humans setting prices for network services, the network continually adjusts and sets prices at the lowest possible costs based on available resources and user demand.

The currency is the data. The SAFE Network's currency is data and is secured on SAFE like all forms of data. In essence, the network is the ledger, but here that ledger is private and integrated, not an add-on.

The ultimate smart contract. SAFE stores and protects all data within a network that has been designed for this specific task, and Farmers are paid for their excess resource that comprise the network. The network calculates the costs of services (such as storage, communications and in time computation) providing it to the user at the lowest possible cost. You should think of this as the ultimate smart contract.

Safecoin. The mechanism that incentivises the provision of resources by the network, measuring and rewarding value without wasting any resources (no proof of work)."

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  blockchain  Storage  decentralization  Security  network  Platform  opensource 
october 2017 by eocas
IOTA - The Machine Economy
Kind of blockchain for IoT (yet without the blockchain!).

"IOTA is an open-source distributed ledger protocol launched in 2015 that goes 'beyond blockchain' through its core invention of the blockless ‘Tangle’. The IOTA Tangle is a quantum-resistant Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG), whose digital currency 'iota' has a fixed money supply with zero inflationary cost.

IOTA uniquely offers zero-fee transactions & no fixed limit on how many transactions can be confirmed per second. Scaling limitations have been removed, since throughput grows in conjunction with activity; the more activity, the more transactions can be processed & the faster the network. Further, unlike blockchain architecture, IOTA has no separation between users and validators (miners / stakers); rather, validation is an intrinsic property of using the ledger, thus avoiding centralization.

IOTA is focused on being useful for the emerging machine-to-machine (m2m) economy of the Internet-of-Things (IoT), data integrity, micro-/nano- payments, and other applications where a scalable decentralized system is warranted."

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Opinionated press article as introduction:

Birdview of blockchain shortcomings:


Open-source repositories / framework:

Community forum:

IOTA coin price chart:
https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/iota (today 20171023 = $0.377342 / 0.00006299 BTC)

Conceptual & technical design challenges:

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  blockchain  Security  Payment  opensource  Platform  Framework  Ecosystem  Finance  Legal  Economy  Micro-Financing  decentralization  fintech 
october 2017 by eocas
NEO Smart Economy
Considered to be China's Ethereum because its ecosystem-driven approach. Said to be in discussions with Chinese government to help them building some kind of national blockchain economy standard and solutions.

About NEO:
"NEO, formerly Antshares, is China's first ever open source blockchain. Founded in 2014, NEO’s mission has been to reinvent the way commerce is done. We believe technology drives progress and together we can create the future. Motivated by this, NEO has been created to shift our traditional economy into the new era of the Smart Economy.
NEO is the use of blockchain technology and digital identity to digitize assets, the use of smart contracts for digital assets to be self-managed, to achieve "smart economy" with a distributed network."

Multi-platform support yet to develop requires Microsoft's .NET Core SDK.

Based in Beijing. Founder Da Hongfei.

blockchain  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Ecosystem  Finance  Legal  Policy  China  Economy  Payment  Standardization  government  network  Smart  decentralization  Platform  fintech  opensource 
october 2017 by eocas
Ethereum for Everyone (Ethereum Public Blockchain; ETH not ETC)
Self-introductory post of Ethereum's blockchain-based platform and its ecosystems.

"Ethereum’s public blockchain has been specifically designed to be a decentralized application platform. This means that Ethereum can run apps that are similar to apps you might find on a computer or smartphone, but in a way that shares the blockchains unique ledger-like features. This means apps that can be decentralized, potentially owned by no company and no country, and yet globally accessible, secure, transparent, as well as many more incredible characteristics.
This is the building of a new economy, a "world computer", allowing a myriad of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO).
It should not be frightening to people or governments, but in a way that should be thought of as innovative, streamlined, better, with exciting opportunities for business growth and information security, including a country’s most precious information. This is a technology that reflects a rising tide that lifts all boats.
It seems clear now that Ethereum is becoming a technological standard for a combined industry that will soon be worth trillions.
Examples of ecosystems growing out of Ethereum public blockchain:
- Mega uber supercomputing
- Fight counterfeiting
- Self-organizing company
- Network and secure intellectual property (uncencorable)
- Superior prediction
- Super auditing (records cannot be altered)
- Digitized perks and asset value (compatible with IoT and tokenize markets such as fiat currencies, premium memberships or gold)
- Fair bets (e.g. contract-based casino)
- Better loans and credit (P2P without middleman, global scope)
- Video game economy
- Banks and charity (e.g. United Nations funds for aid)
- Mobile text/payment/browsing (open global financing system)
- Asset management and investing (The complex economy emerging around Ethereum's ERC tokens may make it difficult to decide with which to invest, hold, secure, etc. Expert digital asset management are emerging to assist, creating services such as “index” funds to help)
- Empowering creators (ownership and control by the content creators, while at the same time novel, cost effective, ways for content creators to reach agreements with producers, directors, actors, crew and be able to define royalty and rights management in a way that is transparent and fair)
- Open world knowledge base (e.g. Wikipedia more accurate, uncensored, decentralized, and more detailed, by rewarding strong contributions and peer review.)
- Matchmaking (e.g. global job market or dating)
- Ad tokens (e.g. Brave web browser basic attention token)
- Internet of Things (share anything and be compensated)
Most other blockchains, such as Bitcoin (despite RSK Rootstock add-on), Dash, Monero, Litecoin, Ripple, are not Smart contract platforms, and therefore, are not competitors for such a market."

Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  blockchain  Economy  circulareconomy  Finance  Ecosystem  decentralization  Application  Platform  Security  Safety  Transparency  Automation  Organization  Innovation  network  Management  Investor_Relations  Creative  Knowledge  Marketing  Market_Report  Report  IoT 
october 2017 by eocas
Worn Wear - Better Than New
Patagonia's platform for trade-in, repair and care.

"Worn Wear is a set of tools to help our customers partner with Patagonia to take mutual responsibility to extend the life of the products Patagonia makes and customers purchase. The program provides significant resources for responsible care, repair, reuse and resale, and recycling at the end of a garment’s life."

Platform  Fashion  Fashionmeetsorganic  Sustainability  sustainablecompany  repair  Best_practice  Clothing  Trade  consumption  vintage  Recycling  circulareconomy 
september 2017 by eocas
Project JUST - Guide for responsible and ethical fashion
"We started Project JUST because we believe that real change can happen through the accumulation of the thoughtful choices you make every day.

With no information, consumers continue to buy fast fashion; incentives stay misaligned; more fast fashion is made; abuses continue. Informed and empowered consumers have the power to transform the fashion industry to an ethical and sustainable one with each purchase.

We believe in true beauty, beauty that transcends the aesthetics of an item and...
fashion  ethical_fashion  platform  ngo_npo  consumerism  sustainability  inform 
september 2017 by eocas
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BFDA)
About: "Initiative launched by Pratt Institute that provides designers with the resources they need to transform their ideas into successful businesses. With over $2,000,000 in initial funding pledged by Pratt Institute, the State of New York, New York City, and the borough of Brooklyn, the BF+DA brings high-potential fashion designers, industrial designers and technologists together under one roof." Founded by Debera Johnson. HAG
startups  fashionmeetsorganic  sustainability  incubator  platform  ethical_fashion  localization  education  usa 
september 2017 by eocas
Zady - A Lifestyle Destination For Conscious Consumers
About from Crunchbase:
"Shopping platform and lifestyle destination for consumers who care about the origins of the items they purchase. Co-founded by Soraya Darabi (Foodspotting; The New York Times) and Maxine Bédat (The Bootstrap Project), Zady is a New York-based e-commerce brand that will provide customers with information about the conscious consumer movement and the option to purchase beautifully-constructed goods. The items available for purchase were created with craftsmanship and artisanship, qualities that have been sacrificed in a world of cheap prices and fast production."

Fashionmeetsorganic  artisanal  Craftsmanship  Platform  e-commerce  clothes  shop  Fashion  Lifestyle  Slow_Fashion  usa 
september 2017 by eocas
On- and offline design market with own and third-party clothing and home utensils.

Excerpts from WGSN:
"The product descriptions that caught our attention. The interesting part of the business is how they’re foregrounding the provenance of each product down to exactly where each item is produced.
name of the factory and the location. What fabrics used.
Transparency policy."

Belongs to H&M group.

Sweden  Fashionmeetsorganic  Transparency  e-commerce  Platform  shop  Retail  Clothing  Home 
august 2017 by eocas
KaiStart 开始众筹
Lifestyle projects crowdfunding platform for films, books and small business ideas and funding primarily passion projects.

Every campaign posts a documentary-quality video to sell a highly personalized concept. Some of the videos are produced by crowdfunding campaigners, but most of the projects are filmed by the Kaistart, who visit the founders. Filming the campaign is free, then the company takes the 5% of the successful campaign’s total amount.

Finance  investor_relations  Fundraising  Venture_Capital  Startupinthecloud  technology  platform  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2016 by eocas
Okayama Denim - Premium Japanese Selvedge
"All the brands available at our store originate from the textile town of Kojima in the prefecture of Okayama. Okayama has a rich history of producing textiles, and Kojima is credited as the birthplace of Made in Japan jeans. Japanese denim has won the hearts of denim enthusiasts from around the world, most notably for its supreme quality, durability, and attention to detail. Based in Tokyo."

denim  Japan  textile  online_shop  retail  platform  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Designer  Fashionmeetsorganic 
october 2016 by eocas
China-Africa Knowledge Project Resource Hub
"The China-Africa Knowledge Project Resource Hub is a one-stop shop for researchers and practitioners working on the China-Africa relationship.

As the primary platform for the work of the Social Science Research Council’s China-Africa Knowledge Project, this site actively builds generative connections between scholars across disciplines and regions while organizing a growing and fragmented body of knowledge and connecting it to important trends in the social sciences relevant for understanding China and Africa’s new international relations.

As host to the Chinese in Africa / Africans in China Research Network, it widens the reach of existing cross-regional communities of knowledge."

Headquarter in NY, USA. Funded by Henry Luce Foundation.

research  Research_Report_Database  Research_Institutes  Research_Agriculture_Investments  Africa  China  China_Agricultural_Market_Analysis  China_Economy_Reports  China_Investment  investor_relations  Media  datasource  Social_Networking  civilsociety  SocialEntrepreneur  Report  Expert  Project_Information_Platform  platform  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
august 2016 by eocas
China Africa Project
"The China Africa Project is a multimedia resource dedicated to exploring every aspect of China’s growing engagement with Africa. Through a combination of original content and curation of third-party material from across the Internet, the CAP’s objective is purely informational. None of the blog’s authors or producers have any vested interest in any Chinese or African position."

Main categories are:

Culture 文化
Development 发展
Diplomacy 外交
Economy 经济
Media 媒体
Military 军事
Resources 资源
Immigration 移民

politics  Africa  China  Social  Media  research  platform  Report  Market_Report  Publicity  publication  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
august 2016 by eocas
The Organic Farmer (TOF) - Magazine / Information service / News for sustainable agriculture in Kenya
"The Organic Farmer (TOF) is an information service for farmers in Kenya and the wider East African region, with a focus on providing practical advice through print (a monthly farmers’ magazine) and broadcast (radio programs). These channels of communication provide farmers with information on environmentally friendly farming methods and advice on how to increase yields using simple, sustainable methods.
Feedback loops from farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture industry.
Through this platform, TOF aims to facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and experiences from farmer-to-farmer, experts/scientists/researchers to farmers and vice versa."

Started 2005 by Swiss journalist Peter Baumgartner in Nairobi.

Africa  farming  Farmer_Community  Kenya  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  education  Sustainability  Agricultural_Publication  agriculture  Agricultural_Organic_Guide  Agricultural_Development  environment  environmentalism  Best_practice  platform  Switzerland  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
july 2016 by eocas
HOBBIT evaluation platform
"Built upon the open-source platform GERBIL benchmarking platform, which resulted from collaboration between 8 institutions (including the Big Data vendor Unister) across Europe. This platform will ensure that:

- The benchmarks are easy to use.
- New benchmarks can be easily created and added to the platform by third parties.
- The evaluation can be scaled out to large datasets and on distributed architectures.
- The publishing and analysis of the results of different systems can be carried out in a uniform manner across the different benchmarks."

GERBIL (General Entity Annotation Benchmark Framework) itself is a general entity annotation system which offers an easy-to-use web-based platform for the agile comparison of annotators using multiple datasets and uniform measuring approaches. It is built upon the BAT-Framework ( http://acube.di.unipi.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/BAT-Framework-0.1-reference.pdf ).

HOBBIT is supported by European Union.

Information_Science  Information_Systems  SEO  Performance  Data  research  Platform  Knowledge  Management  semanticweb  import_startupinthecloud  Open_Data  Startupinthecloud  opensource 
july 2016 by eocas
YUCCA platform
"It is a cloud self-service platform enabling you to develop applications based on Internet of Things and Big Data. YUCCA allows you to:

• interconnect applications, social networks, systems and distributed objects;
• collect data and information, by processing and analysing them to develop end-to-end solutions"

Platform created by The SmartDataNet project which is the result of a tender launched by Piedmont Region in collaboration with CSI Piemonte. They want to foster open data heritage and smart objects to create the new digital ecosystem (in Italy and elsewhere).

Service_Provider  Cloud_Service_Providers  IoT  Application  Development  Big  Data  Social_Networks  Data_Warehouse  Analysis  Information_Systems  Solution  Provider  research  Platform  Ecosystem  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud 
may 2016 by eocas
Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.
Essay about conversational UI (instead of tradition GUI) with focus on China market. They indicate the rise of text-driven apps as a kind of “hidden homescreen” over conventional mobile apps to lead along the online shop order process. They make their case based on the "meta-platforms" Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Line and Telegram.
At the UI / UX of WeChat the author likes especially:
Killablity (no follow people)
Hierarchy (sidelining subscription messages)
Status Items
Searchability (search everywhere, even the web).

Furthermore they see general issues with apps, resp. chances for bots regarding:
QR Codes
App Distribution
Apps Are Too Big
Contacts & Social Graph
Data Interop
Offline Storage & Storage Management

Automation  Messaging  e-commerce  China  Application  Development  Process  Management  WeChat-Weixin  Javascript  Design  UI/UX  mobile  Platform  import_startupinthecloud  Online_Shop  Startupinthecloud 
may 2016 by eocas
Plasticity Forum
Co-founders Doug and Fabien explain:
"Plasticity Conference and Workshop on April 28 2016 in Shanghai. Plasticity forum is a bit like a TED event and one-day MBA on plastic/innovation/sustainbility rolled into one. Or, the "Olympics' of plastic sustainability. We launched this event in Rio at the Earth Summit, and then have had it in HK, NY and Portugal. It is unique in the cross section of experts it brings together, all from different pieces of the "plastic puzzle" in order to talk."

"I am specialised in Reusable shopping bags made out of PP, RPET, Coton etc... We also still do PE bags but less and less (impact of European Laws in Europe and pretty much everywhere else)"


"tackle the issue of so called reusable material (in the plastic bag industry) used to make plastic (from corn/potatoes etc...) ... World population growing, reaching 9.5 Billion people by 2050 = and we already face scarce space for agriculture purpose to grow our crops. Global warming already affecting the yield of crop growing and expect to dramatically cut them in the next few decades. So basically, scarce space + lower crop yield + raising polulation! At the end, you don’t want to use extensive amount of land, water and GMO in order to grow corn/potatoes or else just to make bags, that just doesnot make any sens.
The solution is educating people to have a long term approach in the use of their bags and build strong reusable bags that can be washed over and over, reused over and over, making their initial production impact essentially 0 on the long run."

Recycling  renewable_energy  Innovation  platform  sustainability  China  Shanghai  Packaging  Bio-based_Chemicals  Bioplastic  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2016 by eocas
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