What is Project AsiaForward?

With Project AsiaForward, Alibaba Cloud aims to foster and advance digitalization talents, digital entrepreneurs, and digital technologies in Asia. Hand-in-hand with the enterprises, organizations, and developers in Asia, Alibaba Cloud is committed to helping to grow the prosperity of Asia’s digital economy while setting an example for digital innovation around the world.

3 Programs

Startup Program

Accelerate the growth of 100,000 tech startups with Alibaba Cloud Global Startup Accelerating Program.

Developer Program

Solving digital challenges for conventional enterprises and thereby empower 100,000 developers.

Talents Program

Featuring several advanced digital talents enablement program, aims to foster 1,000,000 digitalization talents.

Startup Program

Alibaba Cloud Global Startup Accelerator

Demo Day Series
In June 2021, we announced our new Project AsiaForward initiative to bring digital transformation to local enterprises in Asia and nurture fresh talent. As part of Project AsiaForward, we are launching the Alibaba Cloud Global Startup Accelerator. Here a series of Demo Days will be held, offering startups the chance to be selected for the Global Startup Accelerator and become part of Alibaba Cloud’s global ecosystem.

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AsiaStar Focus

As part of Project AsiaForward, the AsiaStar Focus aims to highlight the outstanding figures that innovate in Southeast Asia.

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Developer Program

Developer Program

Connect global developers to tackle a series of most challenging digital transformation issues through AI competitions, courses, datasets and more.

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Global AI Innovation Challenge Series

  • AETA Earthquake Prediction AI Algorithm Competition
    Hosted on Alibaba Cloud Tianchi as a part of Project AsiaForward, AETA Earthquake Prediction AI Algorithm Competition organized by Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, SVV and Capgemini is aimed at discovering abnormal signals and features related to impending earthquakes, and building earthquake prediction models, and promoting the solution of scientific problems of earthquake prediction and forecast.
  • Alibaba Cloud Low-Code Development Contest 2022
    Alibaba Cloud Low-Code Development Contest is a virtual solution building contest for professionals and students in India, Singapore, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, organized by Alibaba Cloud and IndiaSpark. This contest welcomes participants from both tech and non-tech backgrounds, and encourage them to build solutions with their innovation and Alibaba Cloud’s low-code development tools, and win a total of $15,000 in prizes, and exclusive merchandise.
  •         2021 APTOS Big Data Competition       
    This Competition focuses on the prediction of anti-VEGF treatment outcomes on patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). In this synchronous competition, you’ll build a machine learning model to predict treatment response of patients with DME. You’ll work with thousands of images collected in hospital settings to help predict patients’ response to anti-VEGF treatments. If successful, you will help ophthalmologists customize treatment plans and ensure timely and effective treatments for patients.
  • Intelligent Weather Forecast for Better Life
    This challenge encourages developers and innovative enterprises around the world to think outside the box, break boundaries, and leverage accessible weather data to analyze the interplay between meteorological changes and various aspects of life, probe into the correlation between multi-source heterogeneous data, and raise the public awareness of the value of AI-assisted weather forecasting and green innovations.

Talents Forward

Advanced Industry Digital Talents Enablement
Cooperating with 3rd party resources, Alibaba Cloud ecosystem, and our customers, we are launching 3 webinars, 3 free courses, and 3 whitepapers for 3 specific industries: FSI, Internet, and Retail in Asia.
Financial Services Industry(FSI)
Internet Industry
Retail Industry

Industry Webinars

Digital Trust: A Key for Sustainability in FSI Digital Innovation

How can financial service providers balance between availability and risk management? What exactly is Digital Trust? What are the best practices in risk management models in FSI?

Join with the moderator, Dustin Kehoe, Head of APAC Tech Practice of GlobalData, and three brilliant panelists, Andrew Haslip, Head of Content for Asia Pacific of GlobalData, Nikhil Agarwal, Senior Manager of Cyber Cloud, and Vince Chew, Chief Operations Officer of Cycloan, to find out the key for sustainability in FSI digital innovation.

Meanwhile, turn your know-how into success with our best practices.

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Digital media as a New Source of Information in the Society

What are the key trends in the media & internet industry in the next 5 years in Southeast Asia and especially in Indonesia? What are the strategies to secure your users and ensure a smooth customer experience?

Join with the moderator, Dustin Kehoe, Head of APAC Tech Practice of GlobalData, and four brilliant panelists, Aji Pribadi Henoch, Chief Operations Officer of NovelMe, Danny Sudarsono, Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer of Oval, Eric Purwoko, Senior Solution Architect of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, and Alfie Amir, Principal Analyst of GlobalData.

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Embracing Digitalization for Retailer in ASEAN

Join with the moderator, Malcolm Rogers, Senior Analyst from, and three brilliant panelists, Edric Khoo, Technical Director from SCash Global, Ngoi Se Keng, Senior Solutions Architect from Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, and Alfie Amir, Principal Analyst from GlobalData.

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Industry Courses and Whitepapers

Course

Financial Services
Industry Enablement Course

Learn what solutions Alibaba Cloud, KPMG, and Fortinet offer to help you innovate in the FSI industry, and how to turn that into success with the best practices we shared.

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Course

Internet Industry
Enablement Course

Learn what solutions Alibaba Cloud, Elastic, and MongoDB offer to help your innovate in the Internet Industry, and how to turn that into success with the best practices we shared.

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Retail Industry
Enablement Course

Learn what solutions Alibaba Cloud, Accenture, and Majorel offer to help your innovate in the Retail Industry, and how to turn that into success with the best practices we shared.

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More initiatives on its way, Stay tuned with #AsiaForward

As we exploring the edge of Project AsiaForward, more initiatives lie ahead, so better stay tuned! Make sure you follow #AsiaForward on our LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channel!

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