12 episodes

The digital future is bright. Digital transformation is changing the way we work, learn and live. Join Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, as they explore the power of emerging technologies, the opportunities ahead, impact on the region, and insights from leaders and influencers. We’d love to hear what you think about our podcast. Feel free to write to us at: apj.podcast@dell.com.

Future Extraordinaire Amit Midha & Danny Elmarji

    • Technology

The digital future is bright. Digital transformation is changing the way we work, learn and live. Join Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, as they explore the power of emerging technologies, the opportunities ahead, impact on the region, and insights from leaders and influencers. We’d love to hear what you think about our podcast. Feel free to write to us at: apj.podcast@dell.com.

    Ep 9B: Trust your gut – food, farming and the microbiome

    Ep 9B: Trust your gut – food, farming and the microbiome

    You are what you eat, and our guest Dr Sam Morris, says eating microbial content (otherwise known as the good bacteria) is the way to a healthier gut. 
    In part II of the conversation with Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, we examine how we can relook, relearn and rethink how our lifestyles and food intake to leave a positive impact on the planet with the aid of technology and science.
    Listen to part I of the episode here.

    If you’re eager to find out more about microbial content or environmental impact from food production, you can read it here below. Alternatively, feel free to reach out to Sam on his LinkedIn or via email at smorris@ntu.edu.sg. He is more than happy to connect for scientific consulting, grant writing or just for a friendly chat:
    Environmental Impact of Key Food Items in Singapore: https://www.ecosperity.sg/content/dam/ecosperity-aem/en/reports/Environmental-Impact-of-Key-Food-Items-in-Singapore_Oct2019.pdfSingapore’s Current Food Intake: https://www.sfa.gov.sg/docs/default-source/tools-and-resources/yearly-statistics/per-capita-consumption.pdfLearn About How Much Water is Used to Produce Your Food: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/jan/10/how-much-water-food-production-wasteThe gut microbiome: Relationships with disease and opportunities for therapy: doi: 10.1084/jem.20180448Hydroponic water savings for tomatoes: https://www.rockwool.com/group/about-us/our-thinking/sustainability-and-circularity/water-management/CO2 emissions for various farming sources: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5ab9f633207d13d38f431dfcf/files/de58fece-2e71-40cb-bf56-22684276a800/OneFarm_CO2_Report_20181102.pdf

    • 16 min
    Ep 9A: Trust your gut – food, farming and the microbiome

    Ep 9A: Trust your gut – food, farming and the microbiome

    How many litres of water would you need to produce 1kg of chocolate? The answer is 17 196 litres of water.
    And do you know, zeoponics, a type of agriculture once practised by NASA in space, might hold the answer to the future of farming? 
    In part I of this episode, our guest Dr Sam Morris shares more interesting nuggets of info, and breaks down how zeolites take on challenges from indoor farming and urban agriculture from a different perspective through science. 
    A Research Fellow from the Nanyang Technological University, Dr Morris speaks with Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, on how we are only scratching the surface with microbiomes and the potential it has in promoting a circular agriculture.

    Listen to part II of the episode here.
    If you’re curious and want to learn more on the challenges of urban farming today, here are some resources to supplement your reading. Alternatively, feel free to reach out to Sam on his LinkedIn or via email at smorris@ntu.edu.sg. He is more than happy to connect for scientific consulting, grant writing or just for a friendly chat:
    Environmental Impact of Key Food Items in Singapore: https://www.ecosperity.sg/content/dam/ecosperity-aem/en/reports/Environmental-Impact-of-Key-Food-Items-in-Singapore_Oct2019.pdfSingapore’s Current Food Intake: https://www.sfa.gov.sg/docs/default-source/tools-and-resources/yearly-statistics/per-capita-consumption.pdfLearn About How Much Water is Used to Produce Your Food: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/jan/10/how-much-water-food-production-wasteThe gut microbiome: Relationships with disease and opportunities for therapy: doi: 10.1084/jem.20180448Hydroponic water savings for tomatoes: https://www.rockwool.com/group/about-us/our-thinking/sustainability-and-circularity/water-management/CO2 emissions for various farming sources: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5ab9f633207d13d38f431dfcf/files/de58fece-2e71-40cb-bf56-22684276a800/OneFarm_CO2_Report_20181102.pdf

    • 20 min
    Ep 8: Decoding diversity in tech with the founder of The Codette Project

    Ep 8: Decoding diversity in tech with the founder of The Codette Project

    In this episode, our guest Nurul Hussain helps us to decode diversity in the tech industry.
    Founder of The Codette Project, a non-profit ground-up initiative that aims to get more minority women into technology, she once said this about her mission: "It matters to me because women matter. Talent and capability are equally distributed across different communities – it is access and opportunity that create gaps in success."
    Tune in to hear from Nurul, who shares with Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, on how we can empower more minority women to join the tech industry and how she’s abandoning traditional business models to build an impact-focused community. Do support The Codette Project here: https://www.thecodetteproject.com/donate/ 


    1:10 – 3:43 Introduction to Nurul and The Codette Project (TCP)
    3:43 – 4:53 TCP beginnings
    4:53 – 7:30 Milestones achieved while redefining diversity in tech
    7:30 – 11:09 Why are women not achieving their full potential?
    11:09 – 14:00 How has COVID impacted women?
    14:00 – 18:09 How can we help achieve a woman’s full potential in society and tech?
    18:09 – 20:00 What would TCP do differently?
    20:00 – 22:41 What values does TCP look for?
    22:41 – 26:01 What’s next for TCP?
    26:01 – 30:04 This time in BizTech – Heroes that have inspired you
    30:04 Future plans

    • 32 min
    Ep 7: Making the Great Barrier Reef greater

    Ep 7: Making the Great Barrier Reef greater

    In August 2020, Amit and Danny had a chat with Andy Ridley, Founder of Earth Hour & Chief Citizen of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, who shared about the 2020 Great Reef Census and how it was designed to help fill critical gaps in our knowledge of how individual reefs are coping with stresses. Today, the team returned with a huge success. 
    With hundreds of volunteers’ hours committed from scientists, dive crew, tourists and conservation groups,150 reefs from the tip of Cape York to the remote southern Swains have been surveyed. With their help, 13,000 images have been captured and uploaded to the Great Reef Census platform for analysis. Now, the project is recruiting citizen scientists from all around the world to help analyze the images – a huge trial to determine how best to utilize everyday people as part of the major conservation effort. 
    If you have five minutes to spare, we urge you to please visit greatreefcensus.org. All you need to do is to select a reef image and ‘color-in’ where you see key elements including coral, sand and rubble. 
    Find out more in our chat with Katie Chartrand, Senior Researcher at James Cook University and Lead Science Coordinator, for Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef’s launch of the Great Reef Census. Katie shares with us her work on this project, what’s next for the team and what sparked her interest in marine ecology. 

    • 31 min
    Ep 6: Technology can be the light of hope for the future

    Ep 6: Technology can be the light of hope for the future

    Our guest, Simin Liu, is an inspiration to all of us. She is a young entrepreneur who feels passionately about running a meaningful business that aligns with her values to positively impact communities. Recently, Simin co-founded Light of Hope – a social enterprise based in the Philippines providing the under-served with light sources and electricity to improve their quality of life.
    Join us as Simin talks with our co-hosts, Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, Dell Technologies, on how technology helped to launch the initiatives that Light of Hope planned, the rise of social entrepreneurship and why we need to double-down to make a difference in this world.

    • 34 min
    Ep 5B: Banking on tech: How are consumers embracing FinTech

    Ep 5B: Banking on tech: How are consumers embracing FinTech

    Digital banking is the now and the future. How are consumers embracing the digital transformation of our traditional banks? We know it’s happening, but what is the real value of technology in the finance industry?
     
    In the second part of this series, Siew Choo Soh, Managing Director and Group Head of Consumer Banking and Big Data / AI Technology at DBS, along with our co-hosts from Dell Technologies, Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Global Digital Cities, and Danny Elmarji, APJ Vice President of Presales, examines the rise of digital banking, the value of technology for the financial services industry and how technology is reshaping the future of work.
     
    See part I of the discussion with Siew Choo here.

    1:53 –  5:26 Using technology as a game changer
    5:26 – 7:50 How can organisations make incremental changes to adopt technology?
    7:50 – 9:30 Addressing Technophobia and the future of AI
    9:45 – 11:30 Banking on the growth of technology
    11:30 – 13:46 Bitcoin and emergence of blockchain technology
    13:46 – 15:30 Adapting to the data era
    15:30 – 17:35 Finance as a service
    17:35 – 18:43 Balancing accessibility and innovation with Fintech
    18:43 – 20:05 Fairness of AI models
    20:05 – 21:22 Achieving AI efficiency

    • 22 min

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