15With launch of the 30-day Countdown 2019 WAIC Partners Going Public and the Flag-granting Ceremony for Volunteers, the relevant WAIC partners were announced for the first time. The first batch of strategic partners in this conference totals 15, namely, Alibaba, IBM, State Grid Corporation of China, iFLYTEK, DiDi, Shanghai Guosheng Group, SAIC Motor, SenseTime, Tencent, Microsoft, AWS, ICBC, CCB, Ping An Insurance and China Mobile. (Ranked according to the first letter of the full name of the enterprise)
Alibaba Group aims to empower enterprises, help them change the way of marketing, sales and operation, improve their efficiency, provide technology infrastructure and marketing platform for businesses, brands and other enterprises, in order to help them interact with users and customers and operate more efficiently with the help of new technology.
Alibaba Group’s businesses include core business, cloud computing, digital media and entertainment, and innovation-based business. In addition, non-consolidated affiliate Ant Finance provides payment and financial services for consumers and businesses on the platform. Centered on the platform and business of Alibaba Group, a digital economy covering consumers, businesses, brands, retailers, third-party service providers, strategic partners and other enterprises has been established.
IBM, founded in 1911, is a centennial enterprise in the global IT industry, and one of the largest technology companies in the world as well, with its business covering more than 170 countries and regions. IBM has transformed itself into a cognitive solution and cloud platform company that continues to support business and social development with innovative technology, industry expertise and integrity. Its total revenue in 2018 reached US$ 79.6 billion. It has invested over US$ 6 billion in R&D every year, and has ranked top for 26 consecutive years in terms of patents.
State Grid Corporation of China
State Grid Corporation of China is a wholly state-owned company directly managed by the central government. It is a large-scale key state-owned enterprise related to the lifeline of the national economy and national energy security. The company takes investment in the construction and operation of power grids as its core business and undertakes the basic mission of ensuring safe, economic, clean and sustainable power supply. State Grid’s business covers 26 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government), covering more than 88% of the national territorial area, providing more than 1.1 billion population with power supply services. With the registered capital of CNY 829.5 billion and the total asset of CNY 3808.83 billion, State Grid operates its assets steadily in Philippines, Brazil, Portugal, Australia, Italy, Greece, Hong Kong S.A.R. and other countries and regions. For 13 consecutive years, State Grid has been evaluated as a Class A Enterprise in the Central Enterprise Performance Assessment. From 2016 to 2018, it ranked 2nd in Fortune Global 500 and 1st in Fortune China 500. It is the largest public utility enterprise in the world.
iFLYTEK is a well-known listed company focusing on intelligent voice recognition and AI in the Asia-Pacific region, and one of the new generation AI open innovation platforms in China. It is the director unit of the AI Industry-University-Research Innovation Alliance of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1999, iFLYTEK has been engaged in R&D and industry-based application of related core technologies and AI products such as voice and language, natural language understanding, machine learning, reasoning and autonomous learning, dedicated to making machines “be able to listen, speak, see, recognize, understand and think”. iFLYTEK has won the “National Science and Technology Progress Award” many times and the highest honor of independent innovation in China’s information industry - “Information Industry Major Technological Invention Award”. iFLYTEK listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2008.
Based on the core technology with independent intellectual property rights, iFLYTEK has launched intelligent products and services covering multiple industries, leading in-depth applications in consumer, smart education, smart city, smart customer service, smart car, smart medical treatment and other fields. At the same time, iFLYTEK opens its technologies and build a better world with ecological partners. As of 30 June 2019, the total number of developers has exceeded 1,030,000 with 650,000 applications in iFLYTEK’s Open Platform. The AI industry ecology centered on iFLYTEK has continued to gain momentum.
DiDi is an excellent one-stop mobile travel platform, providing diversified travel and transportation services such as taxis, express cars, tailored cars, luxury cars, buses, substitute driving, corporate transportation, shared bicycles, shared scooters, car rental, food delivery services, etc. for 550 million users. On the DiDi platform, tens of millions of car owners and drivers obtain flexible job and income opportunities, transporting 10 billion passengers per year.
DiDi actively collaborates with regulatory authorities, taxi industry and communities to address global transportation, environmental protection and employment challenges with smart transportation innovation. DiDi has also established extensive cooperation with automotive enterprises to jointly build a future-oriented automotive operation service platform.
Globally, the mobile travel network built by DiDi and Grab, Lyft, Ola, 99 and Bolt (Taxify) reaches more than 80% of the world’s population and covers more than 1,000 cities. At present, DiDi serves the Brazilian market through its platform – 99, provides DiDi travel services in Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Australia, as well as offers online taxi service through joint ventures in Japan. DiDi has always been committed to improving user experience, creating social value, and building a safe, inclusive and sustainable new ecosystem of mobile travel.
Shanghai Guosheng Group
Established in September 2007, Shanghai Guosheng (Group) Co., Ltd. is a wholly state-owned large-scale investment holding and capital operation company approved by the municipal government. By the end of 2018, Guosheng Group had a registered capital of CNY 20.066 billion, total assets of CNY 92.9 billion in consolidated statements and net assets of CNY 64.2 billion.
In recent years, Guosheng Group has focused on the three basic functions: state-owned assets operation, major industries investment and strategic fund allocation. Focusing on the three major tasks entrusted to Shanghai by the central government, and according to the overall arrangement of the municipal Party committee and municipal government for the transformation of Shanghai’s economy and society and the reform of state-owned enterprises, efforts have been made to build a large platform for the state-owned assets operation with the characteristics of “state-owned assets, distinctive platform and enterprise-based features”, to cultivate a large industry dominated by strategic emerging industries, to promote great cooperation in regional resources integration and reorganization, and to build functional channels to support the flow of state-owned assets and the development of state-owned enterprises. Guosheng Group will strive to become a promoter of Shanghai’s urban development energy level and core competitiveness, a new force of global high-end resource allocation, a leader in promoting industrial innovation and industrial synergy in the Yangtze River Delta, a pathfinder in promoting the fintech development, a pioneer in exploring a new model of rural revitalization, and a state-owned assets operation platform complex with market influence, as well as makes new contributions to Shanghai’s construction of “Five Centers”, “Four Brands” and new advantages of strategic development.
SAIC Group, a leading enterprise in the automotive industry in China, is committed to providing all-round travel services and products for consumers. It was selected by Fortune 500 Magazine for the fifteenth time in 2019, ranking 39th. SAIC Group’s main business covers finished automobiles, spare parts, automobile service trade, automobile-related financial insurance and investment, overseas operations and international trade. In recent years, SAIC Group has continuously promoted the innovative development of “New Four Modernizations” (electrification, intelligent network interconnection, sharing and internationalization), continuously and thoroughly explored the in-depth integration of new energy, AI, 5G communication and other emerging technologies with the automotive industry, accelerated the formation of core technologies, created differentiated competitive advantages, and aimed at the goal of “Global deployment, transnational operation, globally renowned automobile enterprise with international competitiveness and brand influence”.
As the world’s leading AI platform company, SenseTime is a new generation AI open innovation platform of “Intelligent Vision” designated by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. It is also “the most valuable AI innovation enterprise in the world”.
With the mission of “insisting on originality and letting AI lead human progress”, SenseTime has independently developed and established the world’s leading in-depth learning platform and supercomputing center, and launched a series of advanced AI technologies, including face recognition, image recognition, object recognition, text recognition, medical image recognition, video analysis, unmanned driving and remote sensing, etc. SenseTime has become a leading provider of AI algorithm in China.
SenseTime ranks first in the market share of many vertical fields, covering smartphones, Internet entertainment, automobiles, smart cities, education, medical treatment, retail, advertising, finance, real estate, etc. So far SenseTime has established cooperation with more than 700 world-renowned enterprises and institutions.
SenseTime has established offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Kyoto, Tokyo and Singapore.
Tencent East China Headquarters
Tencent enriches the lives of Internet users with technology. Tencent’s communications and social networking platforms, WeChat and QQ, connect users to digital content and services, such as games, videos, music and literature. Tencent’s independently developed targeted technology helps advertisers reach hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers. In terms of infrastructure, fintech and enterprise services, Tencent provides differentiated products in the areas of cloud services, network security, AI, mobile payment and other financial services to promote business growth of partners and help them achieve digital upgrading. Tencent invests heavily in talents and promotes technology innovation, seeking common development with the Internet industry. Tencent, founded in Shenzhen, China in 1998, now has listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is committed to the digital transformation in the era of “Smart Cloud and Smart Edge Computing”, and endeavors to empower every person and every organization in the world to make great achievement.
For 13 years, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been a cloud service platform with diversified services and applications in the world. Through 21 geographical areas and 66 Availability Zones (AZ) in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom, AWS provides customers with more than 165 services with comprehensive features covering computing, storage, database, networking, analysis, robot, machine learning and AI, Internet of Things, mobile, security, hybrid cloud, virtual reality and augmented reality, media, application services, deployment and management, etc. Millions of customers around the world, including fast-growing start-ups, large enterprises and leading government agencies, rely on AWS to strengthen their infrastructure, improve agility and reduce costs through AWS services.
ICBC was founded on 1 January 1984 with its head office at No. 55 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Beijing. It is a large state-owned bank managed by the central government and a deputy ministerial unit of the state. The basic task of ICBC is to raise social funds through financing activities at home and abroad, strengthen credit and fund management, support enterprise production and technological transformation, and serve China’s economic construction in accordance with national laws and regulations.
China Construction Bank is China’s leading commercial bank, dedicated to providing customers with comprehensive financial products and services. CCB is committed to providing customers with better service, creating greater value for shareholders, building a broad development platform for employees, and assuming comprehensive corporate responsibility for society. The objective of CCB is to develop with customers and prosper with society.
In recent years, CCB has implemented the “three strategies” of House Leasing, Inclusive Finance and Fintech to actively solve the social pain points. With financial innovation to boost the real economy, CCB connects thousands of households, builds a shared open platform by AI and infiltrates financial services into various life scenarios, so as to provide a layout for people’s better life. Along the way, China Construction Bank keeps innovating and pursuing excellence.
Ping An Insurance
Founded in 1988, Ping An Insurance (Group) of China Co., Ltd. has grown into a technology-based comprehensive financial group after 30 years of development. In the next ten years, Ping An will use the “technology-based strategy” to leverage the five ecospheres of “financial services, medical health, real estate services, automobile services and smart cities”, deepen “finance + technology” and explore the strategic transformation and upgrading of “finance + ecology”.
This year, Ping An, with its forward-looking AI technology, well-grounded and rich application scenarios, and multi-dimensional ecological chain, officially entered the 2019 WAIC “Strategic Partners” list. During the conference, Ping An, together with 10 professional companies - Ping An Technology, Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange, ONE CONNECT, Ping An Good Doctor, Ping An Medical Insurance Technology, Ping An International Financial Leasing, Ping An Urban-Tech, Ping An Smart City, Ping An Property Insurance and Automobile Home will participate in the leading enterprise ecological zone of the conference.
China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “China Mobile”) is a central enterprise established in 2000 in accordance with the overall arrangement of the national telecommunications system reform. In May 2008, China Tietong Group Co., Ltd. merged into China Mobile as a whole. In December 2017, China Mobile Communications Group carried out a corporate restructuring, changing from a nationally owned enterprise (without appointed shareholders) to a wholly state-owned company, and renamed China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd.
China Mobile is currently the largest telecom operator in the world with the largest network size, the largest number of customers, the leading profitability and brand value, and the top-ranking market value. It has a registered capital of CNY 300 billion, assets of nearly CNY 1.7 trillion, and nearly 500,000 employees. China Mobile has been selected as Fortune Global 500 for 18 consecutive years, ranking 53rd in 2018, and has been awarded Grade A in the performance appraisal of SASAC for 14 consecutive years.
China Mobile wholly owns China Mobile (Hong Kong) Holdings Ltd. China Mobile Limited, which is controlled by China Mobile, has set up wholly-owned subsidiaries in 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government) and Hong Kong, and is listed in Hong Kong and New York, with its main business in mobile voice, data, broadband, IP phone and multimedia services. It also has the right to operate computer Internet and international entries and exits.
This conference will invite front-end enterprises around the world from the AI field to present a brand-new AI pioneering carnival to all visitors. In the three-day schedule, there will be highlights and surprises every day. Let’s take a bite of the global wisdom and vision the future together!