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Talent International Team up with Branson and Wozniak to Target 2 Million Talented Techo’s

Globally expanding IT&T Recruitment Company, Talent International, has teamed up with Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak to search for leading technology super stars in the 2014 Talent Unleashed Awards.

The Talent Unleashed Awards are set to reignite the Hong Kong technology sector by recognising the bravest, boldest and most brilliant individuals who are making a positive impact in the community and business.

While Hong Kong's infrastructure bears a resemblance to Silicon Valley in terms of tax breaks, rapid company creation, efficient business practices and world-class infrastructure, there is less focus on software engineering and technology innovation.

The Talent Unleashed Awards will address this by stirring the dream and ambitions of technology superstars at a grass-roots levels across APAC in five categories.

Founder and Managing Director of Talent International Richard Earl said, “It’s time to actively promote individuals who are making a positive impact in the technology sector not only in HK but across the globe.”

“When we look to the Hong Kong technology sector we’re concerned about the level of technology talent being highlighted and rewarded at a grassroots level. These awards are here to address this very issue,” Earl added.

INTERNATIONAL JUDGING PANEL

“We’re thrilled to have some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and business minds on board this year. It’s great to have Sir Richard Branson with us for the second year in a row, highlighting our joint passion to reward excellence in technology,” Richard Earl said.

2014 Judges include:

Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder, Apple

Cliff Rosenberg, Managing Director, LinkedIn

Joel Neoh, Head of Groupon Asia Pacific and founder of Youth Asia

Patrick Grove, Co-Founder and CEO, Catcha Group

AWARDS CATEGORIES

Adding to last years inaugural Community Impact Award, the 2014 Talent Unleashed Awards Program has added four new categories including: Rising Star, Inspirational Leadership, Best Start Up, and Digital Content.

Regional winners will be selected and will travel to Sydney, Australia for the APAC Awards Ceremony where five category winners will be selected in addition to a People’s Choice Award winner.

Strong supporters of continual development, Talent International will reward the six category winners with a five-day business innovation workshop at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Images, video and information available: www.talentinternational.co

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