10 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.

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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 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...

    • 22 min
    Ep 5A: Banking on women in tech

    Ep 5A: Banking on women in tech

    For organizations, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is no longer just a check in the box. A research by McKinsey suggests that the Asia Pacific region can add a collective annual $4.5 trillion by 2025 – adding significant growth to growth – if we address gender diversity. This week, we invite Siew Choo Soh, Managing Director and Group Head of Consumer Banking and Big Data / AI Technology at DBS to discuss how we can improve D&I in the workplace and support women in the workforce. Must know: Siew Choo has been recognized on the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech List, 2020. 
    In part I of the episode, Siew Choo shares her stories growing up and what led her to pursue a career in banking and technology. She also discusses how we can improve D&I in the workplace in the workforce 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.


    1:52 – 3:39 Siew Choo’s career journey: pursuing computer science and working in banks
    3:39 – 6:31 Why there is a need for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) 
    6:31 – 8:48 Is D&I a business imperative?
    8:55 – 12:29 Encouraging more women and girls to join the STEM industry
    12:30 – 16:07 What can corporations do to improve D&I?
    16:07 – 18:30 Reception towards hiring women in tech
    18:30 – 19:56 How does Siew Choo reach full potential?
    19:56 – 21:59 Building the next generation
    22:05 – 23:50 Can technology be the solution to gender equality?
    23:55 – 24:32 Advice to aspiring women in tech
    24:33 – 25:57 This moment in BizTech

    • 26 min
    Ep 4B: From rare diseases to COVID-19: Charting the future of healthcare with genomics

    Ep 4B: From rare diseases to COVID-19: Charting the future of healthcare with genomics

    In our previous episode, Joep de Ligt, Lead Bioinformatics & Genomics from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited, New Zealand, discussed the use of genetic fingerprint to track the spread of COVID-19. 
    In part two of the podcast, Joep along 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, examine the role of technologies like containerization in biological researches and analysis; how genome sequencing at sites of Ebola and Zika outbreaks provides health intelligence; and how is the future better with genome technology.


    01:09 – 04:38 Towards effective software solutions for big biology
    05:00 - 08:18 Value of bringing genome sequencing to patients or at the edge where it’s happening 
    08:18 – 11:03 Study of mutation in human adult stem cells
    11:18 – 14:08 This time in BizTech 
    14:16 – 17:27 Is there enough understanding of the STEM field? Is there fear of genomics?
    17:27 – 20:02 How can we create a better future with genomics?
    20:37 – 24:57 Driving social impact – Sustainability, data privacy, diversity

    • 26 min

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