Showcasing frontier technologies through Data Intelligence



The Alibaba Apsara Conference, showcasing frontier technologies through Data Intelligence.

Alibaba Group hosted the 2019 Apsara Conference on September 25-27 at the Yunqi Town in Hangzhou. With a theme of “Data Intelligence”, this year’s three-day conference focused on issues relating to the digital economy, showcasing a range of smart technologies including cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous driving - all from the perspective of developers.

The 2019 Apsara Conference had a total of 108 technology exhibition areas. More than 200 world-renowned scientists and 400 technology partners delivered over 1,000 technology-related keynote speeches, offering dynamic and comprehensive content for the audience who were accommodated in the impressive 320,000 sq ft venue. During the main panel held on the first day of the conference, Daniel Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group and Jeff Zhang, CTO of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud both delivered speeches on the infrastructure, development and future trends of the digital economy.


The Conference also announced how Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of the Alibaba Group, was collaborating with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to jointly develop the Hunger Map Live as part of an aim to support the world’s sustainable development and address global social problems with Chinese technologies. The Hunger Map Live not only focuses on food availability, but also monitors food security, nutrition, conflict, weather and a variety of macro-economic data, displaying different streams of information on one central platform. During the first phase of the initiative, the Hunger Map Live will cover over 90 key countries or regions as it tracks the hunger crisis threatening the whole world. This is one of the tools that will help to fulfil the United Nations’ sustainable development goal of achieving a world free of hunger by 2030.


Alibaba Group has always been building, supporting and driving innovation within the digital economy. “In the past 20 years, we have benefited from the dividend from new technologies. In the next 20 years, Alibaba is committed to creating a technological dividend for the whole world,” said Jeff Zhang.


Locations: International Convention and Exhibition Center, Cloud town, Hangzhou, China 25-27th Sept 2019

Length: 5’34”

Shoot list:

  1. Wide of people walking into APSARA conference
  2. Wide of entrance of Keynote session conference room
  3. Zoom out of internal of conference room
  4. Wide of Daniel Zhang— Executive Chairman and Alibaba Group CEO walking on stage
  5. Zoom out of audience
  6. Wide of Daniel Zhang—Executive Chairman and Alibaba Group CEO delivering speech
  7. Close of Daniel Zhang—Executive Chairman and Alibaba Group CEO delivering speech
  8. Cutaway of audience
  9. Close of Jeff Zhang—Alibaba Group CTO and President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence delivering speech
  10. Wide of Jeff Zhang—Alibaba Group CTO and President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence delivering speech
  11. Wide of Thomas Sargent—Laureate of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 2011, walking on stage
  12. Close of Thomas Sargent delivering speech
  13. Pan of people watching APSARA speech on screen
  14. Various of crowds
  15. Medium of Cainiao“G Plus” driverless delivery vehicle
  16. Wide of crowd
  17. Various of robotic arm giving ice-cream to people.
  18. Various of exhibition
  19. Medium shot of a model car using Banma ME powered by Ali OS—a smart OS for car
  20. Soundbite (Chinese), Ms. Xu--Banma network technology: “For example if it detects you are weary driving, it will alert you and ask you like: do you need a coffee? and our OS has lots of relevant services, when you arrive the point a coffee will be delivered to your hand. ”
  21. Medium of showing the car OS
  22. Various of exhibition
  23. Soundbite (Chinese) Mr. Pan—a visitor of the exhibition: “I think the efficiency of Chinese companies could be improved a lot if they can better utilize the data.”
  24. Various of people visiting exhibition
  25. Various of Tech for Change booth
  26. Close of WFP bag
  27. Various of Hunger Map
  28. Soundbite (English) Anwen Chung, Program Manager and Strategy lead, WFP monitoring unit: “That’s a quick overview of the Hunger Map, of course you can click on different countries, we have information for over 90 countries now. We are able to make predictions on a daily basis. This is really informed it is not only a ground-breaking way forward of WFP but also the boarder humanitarian community as well as governments. Because they are really looking to use this tool in their work.”
  29. Various of the show.


27 September 2019