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  • Happy Hour | 19 January, 2017

    HAPPY NEW YEAR HAPPY HOUR plus Q&A with Ted Plafker – China correspondent, The Economist

    Join us at the Bookworm next Thursday for a drink and an opportunity to hear the views of one of Beijing’s leading commentators – Economist correspondent and veteran China reporter, Ted Plafker. Ted has been reporting China since 1989 and has worked for a variety of publications including the South China Morning Post, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune and the Boston Globe. He is author of “Doing Business in China: How to Profit in the World’s Fastest Growing Market.”
    You can also drop in to pay your 2017 dues or pick up your new membership card, if you have already paid.

    DATE: Jan 19 (Thursday) 7-9pm
    VENUE: The Bookworm, Sanlitun

    Speaker | 10 January, 2017

    Stuck in a toxic cloud of smog? – Big data sheds new light on air pollution

    Whether it’s in regard to global warming or another red alert, air pollution continues to dominate headlines globally. Yet, whilst the pollution problem is widely acknowledged and reported on, the scientific reality of air pollution can become obscured in conflicting information. Yann Boquillod, founder of AirVisual, will use big data to shed new light on the problem, whilst busting common myths about pollution along the way. He will also unveil ‘AirVisual Earth,’  a new way for visualizing air pollution, and discuss what these forecasting models and new innovations mean for the pollution climate around the world and the industry at large.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Yann Boquillod is the founder of AirVisual, a social enterprise using big data and artificial intelligence to bring a novel approach to tackling the air pollution problem. He is a parent and long-term resident in China, and decided to use his 19 years of experience working with big data in the tech industry, to address the air quality problem. AirVisual crunches over a billion data points daily to forecast air quality, and discover trends around the world. The AirVisual Node was released last year, an air quality monitor measuring both PM2.5 and CO2. Beyond China, AirVisual is using its monitors to contribute to the worldwide network of air pollution monitoring stations, helping raise awareness of air pollution globally.