SWITCH gears up for a bigger and better 2017

SWITCH gears up for a bigger and better 2017
Featuring a line-up with six new partner events, the platform will see engaging conversations and innovations around tech and humanity under the theme, “Founding a New World”

Singapore, 4 September 2017 –­­­­­­­ SWITCH (Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology) is back for the second year with a line-up that promises to be bigger and better than the last. Held over three days from 18 to 20 September at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, SWITCH 2017 will feature eight conferences, over 300 exhibits and seven satellite partner events. The event will also kick off with an opening address by Minister for Finance, Heng Swee Keat, followed by a panel discussion on “Imagining a New World with Technology” featuring Mike Descheneaux, President, Silicon Valley Bank; William Bao Bean, General Partner, SOSV; and Taizo Son, CEO, Mistletoe.  

Highly regarded as one of the leading “plug and play” platforms in Asia, more than 6,000 are expected to attend SWITCH 2017. It sees an increase in both international and local partner events this year, including the very first edition of Campus Party in Singapore, Convergence, Impact Hub Singapore, Ecosystem Day: Nature SciCafe Asia & Singapore QuickFire Challenge, Slingshot@SWITCH, Slush Singapore, SWITCH ON@LaunchPad, TechInnovation, VentureCon (e27) and Women in Tech Conference (Asia). 

Following the theme “Founding a New World”, the platform brings together the best minds to create interactions and exchanges that will shape our way of life. Innovators and influencers around the world are expected to come together at SWITCH to discuss current and future technologies including the reprogramming of bodies with biotech, artificial intelligence’s impact on creativity, developments in space technology, autonomous vehicles, clean energy, and robotics.

Key speakers at SWITCH 2017 include:
18 September
SWITCH Opening Ceremony
Opening Speech
Minister for Finance, Heng Swee Keat

Panel Discussion
Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Taizo Son, CEO and Founder, Mistletoe

Mike Descheneaux, President, Silicon Valley Bank

William Bao Bean, General Partner- SOSV, Managing Director –Chinaccelerator, Managing Director – MOX

·         Robert Scoble, Futurist, Author, "Fourth Transformation", AR, AI, VR, Silicon Valley
·         Adrian Kaehler, ex VP Magic Leap, AI, Robotics, Silicon Valley
·         Lawrence Crumpton, HoloLens & Mixed Reality, Asia Lead, Microsoft, USA / Australia
·         Olof Schybergson, CEO, FJORD / Accenture Interactive, New York
·         Claire Davidson, Creative Shop - APAC (Oculus VR), Facebook
·         Sami Kizilbash, Developer Relations, (Daydream VR & Tango AR) Google

Ecosystem Day: Nature SciCafe Asia 2017 & Singapore QuickFire Challenge - Metabolic Disease Innovation
·         Juan Carlos López, Founder, Haystack Science and former Chef Editor of Nature Medicine
·         Melinda Richter, Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS
·         Professor Salvatore, President, Eureka Institute of Translational Medicine
·         Philip Lim, CEO, Exploit Technologies (ETPL)
·         Dong Wu, Head of Asia Pacific Innovation Center, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
·         Andrew Marshall, Chief Editor of Nature Biotechnology
Impact Hub Singapore
·         Grace Sai, CEO and Co-Founder, Impact Hub Singapore and Hub Ventures Fund
·         NMP Kuik Shiao-Yin, Founder, The Thought-Collective
·         Oyvind Roti, International Head, Machine Learning Solutions, Google Cloud
·         Rosaline Chow Koo, Founder and CEO, CXA Group
·         Piyush Gupta, CEO and Director, DBS Group
·         Scott Hartley, Venture Capitalist and Author of ‘The Fuzzy and The Techie’
·         Peng T. Ong, Managing Partner, Monk's Hill Ventures
·         Jason Portnoy, Managing Partner, Oakhouse Partners

19 September
Slush Singapore
·         Taizo Sun, Founder & CEO, Mistletoe Inc.
·         Taavi Roivas, Former Prime Minister of Estonia, Vice President of the Estonian Parliament
·         Taavet Hinrikus, Co-Founder and Chairman,  Transferwise
·         Pocket Sun, Founding Partner, SoGal Ventures
·         Julian Hosp, Co-Founder, TenX
·         JP Lee, Partner and Managing Director, SoftBank Korea
·         Shao-Ning Huang, Partner & Co-Founder, AngelCentral
·         Gina Heng, CEO, Marvelstone and Co-Founder, Lattice80
·         Praveen Velu, Co-Founder, Evie.ai
·         Abhishek Gupta, Co-Founder, Circles.Life
TechInnovation (19 & 20 September)
·         Sean Carney, Chief Design Officer, Royal Philips
·         Phyllis Ong, Deputy CEO, Armstrong Industrial Corporation
·         Guangyi Yu, Senior Director of Global Resource Integration, Haier Open Innovation Centre
·         Stefan Dobrev, Global Head of Innovation, Portfolio Management Nestle S.A.
·         Carl Clayton, Outside Innovation Strategist, Head of Open Innovation & Global Technology Sourcing, Reckitt Benckiser (RB)
20 September
Women in Tech Conference (Asia)

Annabelle Kwok, Mathematician/AI Practitioner and CEO & Founder, SmartCow

Teo Lay Lim, ASEAN MD, Accenture

Bidushi Bhattacharya, ex-NASA Rocket Scientist and CEO/Founder, Astropreneurs HUB – SEA’s 1st space technology incubator

 Sunita Kaur, MD Asia, Spotify

Mei Lin Neo, Marine Biologist/Scientist and TEDx Fellow

Sidney Yee, Chemist & Research scholar, CEO, Diagnostics Development Hub and Executive VP, ETPL

Reshmi Rajendran, Nuclear Scientist and Director of Health and Life Sciences, Budding Innovations, Intellectual Ventures
·         Vishal Harnal, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
·         Nobuaki Kitagawa, CEO, CyberAgent Ventures Beijing
·         Michael Lints, Venture Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
·         Paul Santos, Managing Partner, Wavemaker Partners
Campus Party
Stay tuned for the full list of speakers at Campus Party.

Steve Leonard, founding CEO of SGInnovate, says: “The inaugural SWITCH event last year brought together a tremendous number of talented people from Singapore and many other countries.  We are building on that momentum.  We will switch up a gear this year by focusing more on how technology can positively impact lives.  We want SWITCH 2017 to help people learn, discuss and understand how technology can play a positive role in building societies and economies."

To highlight Singapore’s vibrant entrepreneurial and technology innovation ecosystem, SWITCH will also feature exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and activities revolving around topics such as technology and humanity, open innovation, technology transfer, technopreneurship, venture funding, and diversity in talent.
SWITCH is presented by SGInnovate, and supported by the National Research Foundation Singapore.
Visit switchsg.org for more information on attending or exhibiting at SWITCH 2017.


SWITCH (Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology) is a leading “plug and play” platform in Asia that showcases the best ideas, technology and innovation from around the world. Through a series of complementing technology and innovation events held between 18 - 20 September 2017, SWITCH brings together the best minds to create exchanges that will shape our world. At SWITCH, interactions are the catalyst for change; at the end of the day, technology does not shape our future – we do. SWITCH brings together partners from around the world in the technology, innovation and enterprise ecosystem, featuring exhibitions, conferences, workshops and activities revolving around topics such as open innovation, technology transfer, tech entrepreneurship, venture funding and talent development. SWITCH is presented by SGInnovate, and supported by the National Research Foundation Singapore. SWITCH Partners include Campus Party, Convergence, Impact Hub Singapore, Nature SciCafé, Singapore Quickfire Challenge, Slingshot@SWITCH, Slush Singapore, SWITCH ON@LaunchPad, TechInnovation, VentureCon (e27) and Women in Tech Conference (Asia). For more information, please visit www.switchsg.org

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