Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 103

Marketing 3rd February 2022

If you’re curious to know what’s been happening in the tech space, then look no further… our Friday Tech Round Up is your weekly dose of the latest and greatest tech news!

This week, we look into a video game that is making censored journalism accessible worldwide, energy companies committing to greener projects and a building society embracing API tech – just to name a few.

If you’d prefer to watch a four-minute rundown of the news, head over to our YouTube channel and watch episode 103 of the Friday Tech Round Up.

Friday Tech Round Up

Banking organisation invests big in green tech

HSBC is to invest $100 million to accelerate green technologies. The firm is investing as an anchor partner in Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, a programme that leverages private-public capital to accelerate the development of clean technologies that will help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Founded by Bill Gates, the initiative is designed to support decarbonisation of high-carbon sectors via investments in four climate-critical technologies – direct air capture, clean hydrogen, long-duration energy storage, and sustainable aviation fuel.

 

Popular video game makes censored journalism accessible worldwide

A Minecraft library is making censored journalism accessible all over the world – whilst the idea was originally conceived as a collaborative concept between German marketing agency DDB and the German branch of Reporters Without Borders, The Uncensored Library was presented and constructed by UK design company Blockworks.

Managing director at Blockworks told The Verge Magazine that “although Minecraft is a game played predominantly by young kids, this doesn’t compromise its ability to be used as a riposte against censorship – it’s an unlikely vehicle for this topic, but it’s working surprisingly well”.

 

Building society embraces digital transformation

Nationwide Building Society is streamlining its digital onboarding through an API.

The tech is used to automate checks on customer identities when they apply for membership and make transactions, using AI and ML to check that documents used by customers opening accounts are genuine.

The building society said the technology “seamlessly integrates with existing workflows, allowing Nationwide to make an informed decision about the applicant based on a variety of powerful fraud signals”.

 

Energy companies commit to green projects

BP and HyCC are to develop a green hydrogen project in the Netherlands.

The idea is that the companies will build a 250MW plant which will produce green hydrogen to act as a replacement for the fossil-based feedstock used at BP’s Rotterdam refinery and other industries in the port area.

Once completed, this project has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by up to 350,000t a year, supporting the Netherlands and European Union’s objectives to make the industry more sustainable and develop green hydrogen technology.

 

Virtual concerts could be just around the corner

AmazeVR, a virtual reality concert platform, has secured 15 million dollars to forge the future of immersive concerts.

The CEO explains they have attracted top talent from the music, entertainment, tech and gaming industries – gifting them the advantage of VR and the metaverse’s growing popularity, as they deliver VR concerts from major artists, first to theatres, then to homes worldwide.

 

ECS shoutouts

We’d like to announce the launch of e-Comply, a tech solution which helps companies review and automatically redacts personable identifiable information when a consumer has a data subject access request. As well as delivering dramatic time and cost savings (up to 93%), e-Comply reduces the likelihood of regulatory penalties. Click here to learn more about this product, and even request a demo.

Also, we are really excited to be supporting End Youth Homelessness in their Gaming for Good fundraiser. This initiative will give our ECS gaming community the opportunity to battle it out head-to-head and do something they love for a great cause. Our teams are eager to get started raising the vital funds needed to help end youth homelessness nationwide.

gaming for good

And that’s it!

Make sure to come back next week for even more tech news.

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