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ASEAN Young Writers Award: Final Calls for Entries

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Short Stories in English or National Language to Vie for the New Literary Prize of the Region

BANGKOK, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) joins hands with The S.E.A. Write Award Organising Committee and the Mahidol University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts in hosting the new literary prize of the region, the “ASEAN Young Writers Award”. Young writers who are nationals of ASEAN countries, aged 15-24 years old, are invited to submit their short stories in English or in National Language, from now until June 30, 2014.

The ASEAN Young Writers Award is the region’s literary prize which provides a platform for the creation of a new generation of writers
The ASEAN Young Writers Award is the region’s literary prize which provides a platform for the creation of a new generation of writers

Mr Amorn Kitchawengkul, Deputy Bangkok Governor, disclosed: “‘The ASEAN Young Writers Award’ was initiated last year as a lasting tribute to the celebrations of Bangkok as the UNESCO’s 13th World Book Capital as well as the 35th Anniversary of The S.E.A. Write Award. The competition also marks an effort to incubate the new generation of writers and form a new literary network to welcome the official integration of the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC.”

This year’s competition is in the category of short story — in English, or in a national language of a respective ASEAN member country. Two qualified winners will be selected from each of the ten ASEAN countries to join the Award Trip and the ASEAN youth event in Bangkok in August. They will be awarded a royal plaque of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (now in the protocol of requesting royal consent) and a cash reward of 1,000 US dollars. In addition, they all will be given a rare opportunity to meet with Thai S.E.A. Write Awardees, while the winning works will be compiled and published for distribution around the region.

“For Thailand, 30 finalists will be entitled to an inspiring workshop with Thai S.E.A. Write Awardees and distinguished writers before two winners — one each for Thai language and English — will be chosen as representatives of Thai young writers to go on a study trip to the ASEAN Secretariat Office in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta,” revealed Dr Aphilak Kasampolkoon, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, on behalf of the organising committee. “In other ASEAN countries, the selection of winners will be conducted in line with The S.E.A. Write Award,” he added.

Representing the judging committee is Assoc Prof Surapeepan Chatraporn, Deputy Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Arts, and President of the Bachelor of Arts in Language and Culture International Programme from Chulalongkorn University. She elaborated on the rules and regulations that: “The contest is open to imagination of the applicants, hence no set topic of the entry. The rule is that an applicant must submit a fiction-type short story of no more than 3,000 words in English language and in his or her national language. This competition is organised for the first time, and I would like to invite all young writers in Thailand and the ASEAN to be a part of this exciting award. We hope our new literary award would continue to grow healthily just like its predecessor, the much sought-after S.E.A. Write Award.”

Young writers of 15 to 24 years of age who bear the nationality of ASEAN member countries can be a part of the history by submitting an application form along with their writing work from now until the end of this month.

For more information, please contact;

The Project Co-ordinating Office
Tel: +66-2-254-6895 ext 59 or Fax:+66-2-255-4468.

Source: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)

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June 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm

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Rally Software Partners with NCS to Propel Faster Software and Product Development for Enterprises in Singapore

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SINGAPORE, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Rally Software(NYSE: RALY), a leading global provider of enterprise-class software and services solutions to drive business agility, today announced a partnership with NCS, a leading infocommunications technology (ICT) service provider in Singapore. This is the company’s first reseller partnership in Asia.

Rally’s cloud-based solutions and coaching of Agile practices have helped companies transform their businesses, some achieving a 50 per cent faster time-to-market than industry peers and 25 per cent increase in global productivity.  By partnering with NCS, a prominent solutions provider across a spectrum of industries including the public sector, airports and aviation, healthcare and life sciences, financial services, telecommunications and utilities, Rally can enable more enterprises in Singapore with the Agile approach.

“NCS is committed to providing holistic solutions to help our enterprise clients realize higher productivity and increase utilization of existing systems and resources,” said Lai Weng Yew, Vice President of Business Application Services at NCS. “We are very excited to collaborate with Rally to bring Agile development workflow into the development life cycles for our clients to drive business efficiency.”

“We are proud to have NCS as our first reseller partner in Asia,” says Bryan Tan, Regional Vice President of Asia, Rally Software. “Our customers globally are realizing the benefits of fast-paced delivery from Agile teams, and scaling that process across the business. Together with NCS, we will be able to bring Agile practices to more enterprises in Singapore, who are looking for solutions to build products quickly and cost-effectively in an increasingly competitive market.”

With a growing demand for Agile expertise in Asia, Rally opened its Singapore office in late 2013 with a core team focused on supporting regional customers. Rally provides software, solutions and coaching required for successful and sustainable transformation. Global customers who have adopted Agile practices through their use of Rally’s solutions include Telstra and Yahoo.

About Rally
Rally Software is a leading global provider of enterprise-class software and services solutions that drive business agility. Companies use Rally’s solutions to accelerate the pace of innovation, improve productivity, and respond effectively to evolving competitive markets and customer needs. Rally’s SaaS platform transforms the way organizations manage the software development lifecycle by aligning software development and strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, and increasing transparency. Rally’s consulting and training services apply Agile and Lean approaches to help organizations innovate, lead, adapt, and deliver. Learn more at

About NCS
NCS is a leading infocommunications technology (ICT) service provider and together with SingTel, we have a presence in 22 countries located throughout APAC, Europe and the USA. NCS delivers end-to-end ICT and communications engineering solutions to help governments and enterprises realise business value through the innovative use of technology. Our unique delivery capabilities range across consulting, development, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure management & solutions and portal management. We also provide mobility, social networking, business analytics and cloud computing services. Headquartered in Singapore, NCS has over 8,000 staff serving governments and large global commercial enterprises. For more information on NCS, visit

© 2014 Rally Software Development Corp. All rights reserved. Rally, the Rally logo, and Rally Software are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rally Software Development Corp. in the United States and other countries.  All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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June 15, 2014 at 11:26 pm

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Crowdynews Delivers Live Crowd Updates from Ukraine to Global Media Outlets

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— On-the-Ground Updates Captured from Social Media Streams including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and More

GRONINGEN, Netherlands, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Crowdynews, the social media curation platform for media companies, today announced an online live social media streaming page devoted to Ukraine events.  The page provides real-time perspective from people on the ground experiencing the country’s volatility. The page gathers social media posts, photos and videos from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo and others for a complete perspective of events as they happen.  News outlets are using the Crowdynews platform to augment their traditional reporting with social media and engage readers.

“Social media has dramatically transformed the media industry,” said Edwin Kuipers, CEO of Crowdynews.  “In breaking news environments, such as what’s happening in Ukraine, social media reporting and imagery have become just as critical to a well-rounded story as coverage by trained journalists.  Crowdynews lets media organisations combine the trustworthiness and reliability of traditional news reporting with the mass appeal of social online discussion, and find new digital revenue streams in the process.”

Crowdynews is a platform that gathers and filters relevant social media content and posts it in real-time next to topical, popular stories.  The platform uses advanced technologies such as natural language processing and artificial intelligence to achieve over 90% relevancy rates in more than 25 languages.  The technology monitors social media feeds, collects relevant posts and ranks their relevancy and value-add.  The organisation can also set up rules to filter results based on criteria such as profanity or local language. The results are published in real-time without requiring the editorial staff to monitor or edit the content.  Crowdynews is the only social media curation platform that is both multi-lingual, globally scalable and pulls from a list of premium social media services.

Pricing and Availability
The Crowdynews platform is available now in 25 languages and easily scales globally.  The platform consists of three products:

  1. The Crowdynews Article Widget runs alongside a news story to give Twitter commentary relevant only to that story.
  2. The Crowdynews Breaking Burner application is best for situations like Ukraine where a full, dedicated online page with breaking news from all social media sources is needed.
  3. Crowdynews Amplifinder pulls only from expert social media comments, such as the organisation’s own journalists and editors or other industry experts for a more qualified social media discussion.

Crowdynews shares its advertising revenue with media outlets using the Crowdynews products, creating a new digital revenue stream for media outlets with no implementation costs. Customisation of the product is quoted on a case-by-case basis.  Advertising revenue is shared monthly.

About Crowdynews
Founded in 2007, Crowdynews is headquartered in Groningen, The Netherlands.  The company’s social media curation platform is comprised of three products:  The Crowdynews Widget, Crowdynews Breaking Burner and Crowdynews Amplifinder.  Customers include the Chicago Tribune, The Malaysian Insider, Philippine Star, and hundreds of media outlets around the world.  For more information, please visit

Source: Crowdynews

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June 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm

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Videology Finds Almost 100% of Video Advertisers Buy in a Reserved, TV-Like Fashion

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SINGAPORE, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Videology – one of the world’s largest video advertising platforms – today released its 1st Quarter 2014 findings on the video advertising market in the Asian Pacific region, which shows the vast majority of advertisers are buying their online video ads the same way they do on TV — in a reserved fashion.

“While many of the headlines have focused on the use of real time bidding, reserved buying at a fixed CPM remains the mainstay of TV-centric advertisers buying video in a programmatic fashion,” said Scott Ferber, Chairman and CEO of Videology. “As television and video continue to converge, the same advertisers who rely on the guaranteed, time sensitive delivery offered by television are looking for those same guarantees in video. Reserved, automated buying has always been a mainstay of our offering. Clearly, it resonates with advertisers using the platform, as almost all campaigns are purchased in this way.”

According to the analysis, which is based on over 156 million impressions delivered via Videology’s platform from January through March 2014 in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, 97% of advertising campaigns were purchased on a guaranteed CPM.

This is the first time that this type of data was made public, as Videology recently enhanced its global quarterly Video Market At-A-Glance reports to include metrics around buy type in order to reflect the increased focus in the industry around brand-focused and TV-like digital buying. This is also the first time Videology released a Video Market At-A-Glance analysis for the APAC region.

Additional highlights from the report include:

  • CPG continued its reign as the top video ad category, increasing its share from 45% in Q4 2013 to 50% in Q1 2014. Retail gained the most ground of any category quarter-on-quarter, increasing its share on the platform five-fold to 23%, good for second place in Q1.
  • Of the 13% of advertisements using advanced targeting (beyond demo targeting), 37% were geo-targeted, and 36% were domain-targeted, while 23% targeted by daypart, and 4% were behaviourally-targeted.
  • Advertisers are starting to branch out from PC; in Q1, 10% of all campaigns used both PC and mobile to deliver their messages.
  • APAC advertisers catered to the 35-44 age group the most in Q1, targeting 26% of all impressions to them. In comparison, the European region targeted the 25-34 age group most.

The full APAC Video Market At-A-Glance and other country-specific versions are available on

About Videology
Videology ( is one of the world’s largest video advertising platforms. By simplifying big data, we empower marketers and media companies to make smarter advertising decisions to fully harness the value of their audience across screens. Our math and science-based technology enables our customers to manage, measure and optimize digital video and TV advertising to achieve the best results in the converging media landscape.

Videology, Inc., is a privately-held, venture-backed company, whose investors include Catalyst Investors, Comcast Ventures, NEA, Pinnacle Ventures, and Valhalla Partners. Videology is headquartered in New York, NY with key offices in Baltimore, Austin, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and sales teams across North America.

For more information, contact Michele Skettino at or 212-231-7853.

Source: Videology

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June 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm

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