Episode 13
05 Dec 2019
Solving urban poverty by emerging technologies
Featured Guest(s):
Kelvin Cheung
Chief Research & Development Officer of NOIZ
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Kelvin has 20+ years of experience in system design and software development. He has previously worked with AxePay, Canadian Space Agency, FCB Canada and Scott’s Hospitality. During his tenure at Scott’s Hospitality, the largest operator of Yum! Brands in Canada he oversaw the architect and implementation of the executive information platform. In addition, Kelvin is one of the first to adopt Blockchain technology. Since 2011, he has grown with this industry of disruptive innovation, became an expert of the technology and launched a number of blockchain technology businesses. Most recently he launches a cryptocurrency mining box that utilizes solar energy to power container homes in Vietnam. Besides being an entrepreneur and advisor for startups, he is also the Chief Research & Development Officer of NOIZ, a communication & marketing technology platform improving online experiences for all digital users through blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data.


Like many inventors, when there is a good idea you don’t stop and you keep pushing until you perfect it. With this never give up mentality, Kelvin is one of the curators for a non-profit project called ZION Village. It is a sustainable smart village made of container homes, powered by solar energy and cryptomining technology. The project is at its early stage and located at Science Park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


With blockchain and other emerging technologies, Kelvin aims to solve some of the most pressing issues in urban poverty. His goals include open-sourcing the engineering blueprint of his self-sustaining smart container homes and decentralizing the mining process which will bring the underprivileged something similar to a universal basic income to fight against social exclusion. Tune in to learn more about this meaningful initiative.

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Quotes from Kelvin Cheung

“We specifically look at using solar energy to power blockchain because the blockchain ecosystem is actually a key point for sustainability. On blockchain, you can power a lot of businesses and process a lot of transactions. They require a lot of people to be involved so one of the key items for blockchain is the decentralization of the mining process, which is what we did.”

“In order to scale it simultaneously, we have to be willing to open-source our knowledge because even for this container home, even with the knowledge, people have to localize and make it eco-friendly. We actually would like to see local people build them. That's why open-source our knowledge is also a key for scalability of the projects.”