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It’s Next Technologies

It’s Next Technologies’s background:
It’s next technologies is a Startup that was founded in May 2018 by Iqbal and Stephan during the SGI/EntrepreneurFirst’s 3rd program in Singapore.

Our mission is to use cutting-edge AI to automate the most painful and time-consuming processes when creating Computer-Graphics (CG) content.
And our vision is to drive a paradigm shift in the Animation and VFX industry; to empower CG artists so they can focus on creating, rather than wasting their time on repetitive tasks.

Our technology:
We are using advances in deep learning and applying them to fit seamlessly within our customers’ creative processes. To do this, our tech touches on many fields of AI, from computer vision to audio analysis, and, with each new feature we develop, we face new and interesting technical challenges.

You can find more about us at, or get in touch directly via LinkedIn

Iqbal Haider
Co-Founder and CEO

Dr. Stéphane Mangeon
Co-Founder and CTO

Dayne Cowan
Industrial Advisor and Product Consultant

AI in Entertainment

Filling the void of the lack of a low-cost, full-featured A.I. platform for insurance management

Founded in June 2015, Hearti Lab was born out of the realization that there was a void in the corporate and personal insurance sector: the lack of a low-cost, full-featured A.I. platform for insurance management.

To achieve its vision of developing an integrated insurance platform, the company has developed two complementary platforms: HEARTI.IO & SURETY.AI. The former allows insurers to offer their corporate customers employee insurance that is managed by an employee wallet for benefits management, while the latter allows general and life insurers to leverage the latest developments in artificial intelligence to better serve their customer base at all times.


The technological levels in the insurance industry have remained roughly the same for the past decades.  Insurance consumers enjoy very low switching costs; the market is very fragmented and highly saturated, which means that little power is held by each insurer.

There is a growing prevalence of the internet that has increased transparency and made insurers more accountable to their customers. In addition, the invention of comparison sites means that consumers can easily compare hundreds of insurers, which make switching at the end of the contracts very easy. Insurance in general is very price driven, as there is little difference between the basic insurance policies. Insurers currently therefore have to compete on price. Loyalty is also very low in insurance as there is little differentiation between insurers and their products.


Sompo’s customers are mainly individuals with very different, personalised needs.  Today’s consumers want more control and flexibility according their choices and preferences.

A Bain Research done in 2016 also suggested that 60% of Asia consumers value a platform of services, e.g. if they insure their houses, they would also want to insure its contents.  Consumers are becoming more mobile, and more demanding in terms of the products they purchase.  They would want the right coverage, at the right price, and at the right time.

In view of the industry challenges and consumer demands, Sompo has decided to implement at an enterprise-wide level since Q3 2017.  With, Sompo is able to design on-demand insurance products that empower consumers to insure things anytime, anywhere. Sompo believes that technologies such as artificial intelligence is critical in making on-demand insurance popular with consumers.

Sompo intends to offer such On-Demand Insurance using Artificial Intelligence for:

  1. Travel Insurance – to cover selected activities and high value purchases made during the trip
  2. Personal Effects Insurance – to cover watches, jewellery or even handbags.
  3. Personal Accident coverage for activities – e.g. Triathlon, cycling event etc. would also enable Sompo to offer personalised insurance with dynamic pricing.  This means that insurance premiums are adjusted based on consumer behaviour, external risk factors (such as weather and natural disasters) and market conditions etc.  This will address the current challenge where insurance products are non-differentiated and “off-the-rack” prices are fixed.

Closely following the developments in the artificial intelligence and blockchain space, Hearti Lab will be introducing industry-first features to the product in the coming year. One such example is the inclusion of image-detection capabilities that will expedite the underwriting and claims process for personal items insurance as well as a migration of user data onto the blockchain to ensure greater security, efficiency in training AI models and transparency of transactions. Hearti Lab is currently present in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, with plans to expand beyond.

Chat as an interface to automate business processes and workflows for increased productivity

Company profile
Botbot.AI is an enterprise productivity solution that uses chat as an interface to automate business processes and workflows. Driven by our principles of maximizing human potential, we aim to move people away from low-value, menial and transactional work, leaving those to chatbots, and refocusing them on high-cognition, high-value tasks, driving enterprise productivity and elevating the level of engagement in our workforce.

Botbot.AI was built for the Asian enterprise in mind, optimized for the rich range of languages and creoles as well as platforms popular within the region. We harness advancements in natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning, but that only makes chatbots more conversant on the surface. Rather, it is our comprehension of the complex systems powering each enterprise that have led us to creating chatbots that not only integrate extensively with, but also directly address and automate workflows or processes within these abstract systems. Above all, Botbot.AI taps on a rich new source of data — conversations — that bring a qualitative edge to the insights that businesses can already glean from existing quantitative data.

Most enterprise softwares are limited by their adoption within the organization, and as such, our chatbots are deeply integrated with existing back-end systems to execute necessary workflows, providing utility whilst engaging users with an interface that they are more than familiar with – chat.

With deep expertise in understanding, dissecting and analyzing conversations, we’ve successfully built chatbots that deal with all sorts of custom workflows from financial trading to food ordering, for clients ranging from cafes to conglomerates. Botbot.AI hopes to ultimately become the automation solution of choice for dynamic, innovative organizations of the future.

Recent successes
Botbot.AI has seen the biggest traction in industries that rely on labour-intensive, administration-heavy processes. Our clients range from banks to restaurants and even dating agencies! Among them, FranCIS, a Singtel chatbot that aims to provide clients with quick answers they need to specific questions that they might otherwise have to scour the website for, thus creating a new touchpoint for the brand to engage customers.

Within the financial services sector, our clientele includes TP Bank in Vietnam, and in line with their vision of becoming an innovative digital bank, launched T’Aio, their fully Vietnamese chatbot, in 2017. With T’Aio, Botbot.AI has served more than 2,000 customers for their transactional needs, and have also worked with insurance companies and asset management firms to automate back-office operations.

Human resource has also been an automation stronghold, and in a global FMCG conglomerate, Botbot.AI has not only enriched the onboarding process for new hires, but also established a use case as a research tool together with Alexa, evaluating the efficacy of their products in the household and recording qualitative user feedback for further enhancements.

Widening our repository of chatbots, each with custom workflows and lexicons, has validated our hypothesis that chatbots can augment human effort in many key industries and make all that we do count for more. Botbot.AI hopes to ultimately become the automation solution of choice for dynamic, innovative organizations of the future and engage the workforce on a level higher than ever before.

This article was posted on behalf of Botbot.AI.

Connecting People and Jobs (and changing the labour market for the better) with AI

JobTech is driven by a desire to change the labour market for the better. We have made it our mission to find the right match between people and jobs more efficiently, and continually build products and solutions that enhance human resource productivity.

We are Singapore’s leading Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics start-up that provides optimised job matching tools and real-time labour market intelligence. Our core technology is the result of 10 years of research and development by top machine learning experts and data scientists. This drives our ability to analyse more than 1 million job postings every day, providing complete and accurate visibility of online jobs markets around the world.

We serve a multitude of customers. For employers, we provide candidates that have been vetted for quality and interest. For job seekers, we provide a platform where they can find jobs across thousands of sources. For businesses, financial institutions, the government, recruiters and consultancy firms, we provide information on hiring trends that they use to inform policies and guide business decisions.

Recent successes

  1. We are proud to announce that for our relaunched portal, we have added job opportunities from thousands of sources – these include not only listings from job portals, but also jobs directly from the career pages of more than 500 companies from the Forbes 2000 list
  2. In terms of strategic collaborations, we are in talks with AI Singapore to develop an AI job and career recommendation engine specially for tertiary students
  3. We are working with consultancy firms such as Ernst and Young to support the development of the ITM skills framework at the national level
  4. Lastly, we are availing Skills Maps of industry demand vs talent supply on the JobTech website. The skills maps illustrate the skills that are in demand within various industries, as well as skills being offered by job seekers, created by analysing hundreds of thousands of job descriptions and resumes in Singapore over the past 1 year since the inception of JobTech.

This article was posted on behalf of JobTech.

The world’s first A.I. Driven Marketplace for Dating and Relationships

Viola.AI is the world’s first love and blockchain-based project. She is an ever-improving, decentralized and secure A.I. Driven Marketplace that gives data-driven advice, recommendations, concierge and matches to help singles to be effective and efficient in finding love while also helping couples to sustain and better their relationships with their significant other. Harnessing on the latest technology in artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency and trustless smart contracts, Viola.AI sets to become the world’s most powerful and effective platform for dating and relationships.

The team behind Viola.AI – Lunch Actually Group is the first and largest lunch dating company which has over 13-years of proven success record and over 1.4 million members in 6 major cities in Asia. The Group already boasts a line-up of dating services, including 4 Dating Apps, 2 Online Sites and 4 Offline Services. Viola.AI will be trained by the Group’s 13 years of accumulated service experience, 3500 datasets and 1.1 billion data points as well as social and engagement data from users to make it the smartest A.I. on everything dating and relationships.

Some success in our AI:

  1. Customer service chatbot in our online dating platform esync that improves our sign-up rate
  2. Personality traits prediction based on user’s interest & hobbies.

This article was posted on behalf of Lunch Actually.

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