Meet the Southeast Asian startup competing at Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge

Meet the Southeast Asian startup competing at Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge

Last of Ours was named in the top 10 list of Extreme Tech Challenge semi-finalists, which final round is set to be held in Necker Island on April 2019

Extreme Tech Challenge, a startup competition organised by entrepreneur Richard Branson, has announced the top 10 teams that have made it to the semifinal round of their 2019 edition.

Already in its fifth running, the competition has announced the top 25 teams in October.

Among the semifinalists, one startup is set to represent the Southeast Asian region: Last of Ours.

Originating from Thailand, Last of Ours is a platform that offers crypto-collectible game on the blockchain. The company explained on their website that every unique token represents a real endangered animal living in the wild; each token is collectible, tradable, and playable in both mobile, VR, and AR games.

The platform itself was built with the goal to build awareness, create engagements, and raise funds for these endangered animals.

Describing itself as “Pokemon Go and CryptoKitties meets Ready Player One and Animal Planet,” Last of Ours is currently run by a team of eight.

It also named National University of Singapore (NUS) Professor and Discovery Channel Host Dr. Andrew Quitmeyer as an advisor.

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Towards Necker Island

In addition to Last of Ours, the competition have shortlisted semifinalists from Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the US. The startups are working in various sectors from fintech, healthtech, to transportation.

Two of the startups are working on products that aim to improve the life of senior citizens. Philadelphia-based ActiveProactive develops a wearable that protects the hips of older adults, while Boston-based Elevian develops regenerative medicines, which is said to have the potential to treat and prevent many age-related diseases and extend healthy lifespan.

From Turkey, WeWalk develops products to help the visually impaired increase their independence, safety, and participation in the society, with their first product being a smart cane that is able to detect obstacles and connect with devices.

In the transportation sector, there is Sweden-based Einride, which develops “interconnected, all-electric” autonomous trucks or T-pods with the goal to make goods transportation more emission-free, safe, and cost-efficient.

Last of Ours will be joining the other semifinalists at the stage on January 10 at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The teams will fight for the top three teams position, with the final round of the competition set to be held in Branson-owned Necker Island on April 3, 2019.

Image Credit: Extreme Tech Challenge

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