Premium products for MEA take center stage at LG Innofest 2018

LG MEA President Kevin Cha speaks at the InnoFest 2018.
Updated 07 February 2018

Premium products for MEA take center stage at LG Innofest 2018

LG Electronics (LG) — a global leader and technology innovator, unveiled a lineup of premium products for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region at the company’s annual two-day innovation event — InnoFest 2018.
Held in Cape Town, South Africa, and attracting over 300 retailers, partners and customers from across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Innofest 2018 represents an ideal platform to showcase latest products and ground-breaking technologies.
Speaking at Innofest 2018, Kevin Cha, president, LG Electronics Middle East and Africa, said: “Today businesses are evolving at a rapid pace more than ever before and it is during these testing times, that we adapt and keep up with the changes to be able to prosper and achieve sustainability. Building on our premium products strategy for the region, we remain committed to working and engaging with our various channel partners to ensure LG innovation and technology remains at the forefront of our business strategy to increase profitability and growth in the MEA.”
The key highlights included the latest OLED TV with the 65-inch LG W8 with a built-in a9 Intelligent Processor, which made its debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES); the TwinWashTM washing machine with the capability to wash two loads simultaneously; the InstaView Refrigerator, which has won exceptional reviews for its high-end design and aesthetic; LG’s most talked about LG Signature lineup with the LG Signature OLED TV, LG Signature Refrigerator, the LG Signature TwinWash washing machine and the LG Signature Air Purifier.
The latest air conditioning solutions with the cutting edge Inverter Technology also formed a key highlight. While regular air conditioners can only turn on and off, LG’s Inverter Technology can control rotation frequency to produce cooling more efficiently.
Another key highlight at Innofest 2018 focused on the company’s ground-breaking lineup of intelligent robots and innovations in artificial intelligence and developments in the IoT ecosystem.
“LG is a world leader in electronics and appliances and is now proud to usher in technological change that has gone beyond improving lives to offering seamless everyday experiences for consumers. We are driven and motivated by a philosophy that is innovation-led, sustainable and ultimately creates premium products,” said Derek Sim, marketing director, LG Electronics Middle East and Africa.

J-PAL boosts refugee education

Updated 20 May 2018

J-PAL boosts refugee education

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is launching a new scheme to help refugees access higher education in development economics. 

The goal of this new collaboration is to empower refugees through training that will enable them to leverage their local knowledge, build their technical skills, and become experts in the fields of development economics and public policy. 

Starting in the summer of 2018, J-PAL is teaming up with MIT’s Refugee Action (ReACT) initiative to provide access for selected refugees to the online MicroMasters program in Data, Economics and Development Policy (DEDP) offered by J-PAL and MIT’s Department of Economics. ReACT, which aims to connect refugees with higher education, will sponsor selected learners and provide access to five online MicroMasters DEDP courses on development economics; in-person workshops on business skills, and paid internships to put their skills into practice. 

Hassan Jameel, president of Community Jameel Saudi Arabia, said: “Education and learning are fundamental to a strong society, and providing access to MIT’s MicroMasters is a foundation upon which to rebuild the disrupted education and careers of refugees worldwide. 

“Building on computer science and entrepreneurship support for refugees in Jordan, this collaborative effort between J-PAL, MIT and ReACT creates another bespoke learning opportunity for refugees, opening doors and knocking down barriers to higher education for learners.” 

A MicroMasters is a professional and academic credential, accredited by MITx, MIT’s online learning platform, and offers individuals a route to applying for a full master’s degree program at MIT or other universities. 

The new initiative uses a carefully crafted model of blended learning — with financial support for online courses and in-person workshops, as well as strong emphasis on community building — to specifically target and overcome the educational challenges facing refugees. This track within ReACT aims to provide refugees with the tools they need to engage as technical experts with the problems facing their communities.