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    Tony Fernandes is a legendary entrepreneur who has, in a few short years, turned AirAsia into a true force to be reckoned with. Join him in a one-on-one chat with one of the pioneers of the modern internet, Yossi Vardi, in an intimate discussion on the entrepreneurial mindset and why its integral to the future of humanity.

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    Grab has taken over Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing scene, but it doesn’t look content to stop there following its acquisition of Uber earlier this year. Anthony Tan is the young entrepreneur behind the scenes, steering grab, the company he founded in June 2012, to exciting and ever-more enviable destinations on the world stage.

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    His Royal Highness the Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace in 2014 as a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of Entrepreneurs. 

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    In the past two decades, China has been advancing at a rapid pace. Today, as the world's second largest economy, the digital economy accounts for nearly one third of its GDP.
     
    What kind of company can keep its edge in a rapidly developing society? Tencent has proved that only with innovative technology and forward thinking can it keep up with the times and become the accelerator of social development.

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    As the world hurtles towards an internet-powered knowledge economy, the role of governments as the prime movers in innovation is evolving. Companies big and small can change the world overnight and governments are often on the backfoot in creating meaningful legislation around new technology. How do governments around the world plan on dealing with this revolution and how can we ensure that technology enables businesses and societies to achieve more.

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    With more of the world having access to high-speed, wireless internet, the digital economy is no longer just a nice idea of a future that will one day come to pass. It’s evolving, and so is the new digital consumer.

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    We all know that AI is taking over. You can’t open a newspaper – or blog – today without reading about the phenomenal new technology that is simultaneously hailed as the harbinger of a new utopia and the apocalypse. Waymo, the world’s leading name in a practical designing self-driving car and autonomous vehicle systems, is a benign power (we hope) that’s rapidly become the uncontested world leader in the space.

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    What is the future of money? New financial technology could stop the concentration of wealth and increase participation in the economy, but it may not altogether fix the broken financial system. Digital currencies are giving us a glimpse of a new economic order, but many questions remain.
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    One of Asia’s most charismatic entrepreneurs, Chatri Sityodtong is one man to watch – and hopefully learn a thing or two from, while avoiding that knockout blow. With an MBA from Harvard Business School, this is one fighter who’s not all brawn and no brains. Come listen to how he built ONE Championship, Asia's largest sports media property.

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    How can corporates and brands transform their legacy business and operations to serve the new digital-first customer and compete in an evolving global digital economy. As many of the biggest companies in the world have been around for decades, the challenge of upgrading their back-end infrastructure, adopting cloud-ready solutions, and delivering new digital touchpoints for customers is a very real challenge indeed.
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    Tata Group is a global powerhouse of business and one of India’s most valuable companies, with stakes in industries from steel to automotive. Gopichand, the group’s CTO, will share how the juggernaut is reinventing itself to evolve and adapt to the 21st Century.

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    The future of transport is about more than driverless cars. The problem of moving people around efficiently is of utmost importance, as the global population grows and concentrates in already overcrowded urban centres. But transport includes sectors like shipping, aviation, rail, and even goes underground (i.e. subways). Then there's also the question of space travel. On this panel, we discuss the big ideas in the future of transport.
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    How do brands leverage innovation and innovative ideas to transform themselves? This is beyond digital transformation. This is about enabling an innovation culture where forward-thinking and new ideas can thrive. It goes beyond simple PR exercises. It’s about real leadership, taking risks, and being open to fundamentally new models and paradigms so that the brand can reinvent and renew itself – like a snake shedding old skin.

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    As more markets mature, especially in Southeast Asia, the e-commerce sector has started to evolve as is evident by the sheer number of niche online retailers. Far from being a zero-sum game, e-commerce is a key driver for a variety of new, innovative, and uniquely local solutions.
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    The telco has evolved from just a provider of calling services to the gatekeeper of your entire mobile existence. As we enter a 5G world, how will the telco continue to evolve as it continues to play a more personal role in the life of everyday people.
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    Given the nature of what museums offer, this particular cultural sector holds the honourable visage of “legacy”. However, like all industries, even museums will face disruption. If AirBnb rents property without owning any, what does this say about a museum and its collection? 

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    Brands have more platforms and channels on which to tell their stories, and more technologies to leverage when building their narratives, than ever before. The evolution and innovation in brand storytelling goes hand in hand with the rise of technology. But knowing where, how, on which platforms, and to which audiences to tell those stories is a complex business. While technology has lowered barriers to entry for innovative brands to craft and share their narratives, the fundamental elements of good story remain unchanged.
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    LINE has grown to become one of the most successful social chat apps in the world, but with a distinctly Asian flavour. But it’s not content to stop there: the company has moved into music streaming in a major way, taking on competitors like Spotify and Apple Music.

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    All businesses want to grow sales beyond their initial client bases. The most important factor: a positive customer experience. It’s critical to a company’s brand and, ultimately, its bottom line. But old ways of engaging are failing — with the proliferation of technology and devices, the customer is smarter and more powerful. They now decide when and how they want to interact. Macro trends such as social, mobile, cloud, big data and IoT are forging a new era of engagement and consumers are ultimately far more disruptive than the technology itself. How will you help your customers — and your own firm — connect?

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    Gain insight into the magnetic brand idea behind one of the biggest Super Bowl campaigns ever executed. In 2018 Tourism Australia convinced the world a new Dundee film was on the horizon, but this was all an elaborate rouse to showcase the world-class experiences on offer in Australia. From an unbranded launch, unique audience targeting, to building world-class data and targeting infrastructure, Come listen to Leigh Terry, CEO IPG Mediabrands APAC interview Lisa Ronson, Chief Marketing Officer Tourism Australia about the lengths required, and lesson learned, from delivering such an ambitious idea.
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    Can big corporations innovate or are startups the only hotbeds for innovations? With the rise of tech-driven challengers in every industry, from Wechat in e-payments to Didi in transport, being nimble and innovative are paramount for every function across a company. Using examples from China's most innovative companies, Bessie Lee argues there's no reason big players cannot develop the next big thing.

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    The idea of virality is nothing new, but successful viral content and campaigns can still be a big boon for brands. Armies of consultants and agencies are hired every year to do just that. So what is the secret sauce of virality in 2018, and why should the world’s biggest brands care about it? After all, there are more pressing corporate matters to attend to…

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    Unilever Foundry is Unilever’s platform for partnering with the world’s best startups to accelerate business innovation on a global scale. The head of Unilever Foundry SEAA, Barbara Guerpillon, will share how Unilever Foundry has developed an effective model for startups to work with Unilever, and also examples of pilots that went from experimentation to scale with startups around the world, showcasing why it’s imperative that an innovative mindset becomes part of every corporate culture.

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    Building and engaging Gen Z communities is all-important in 2018. In particular, understanding the consumption habits of Gen Z, Internet culture, and mastery of the latest gadgets and digital mediums through to engage their fan base. Gen Z communities are a new connected consumer a force to be reckoned with – one that brands must leverage to succeed.

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    Building great AI systems is hard. While the technology has become the darling of investors and media, customers do not always care about it or understand it. Not only do companies need to understand how to build great AI, they must also find ways to commercialise the technology and communicate its business proposition to customers. Let the fun begin.

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    In today’s digital economy, business owners are thinking of creating and launching new business models faster to keep their companies competitive. The need to provide contextual intelligence becomes more imperative for any applications to be relevant to the discerning customer. Collaboration in the API economy becomes key to achieving business agility.

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    From nanobots surfing through your blood stream to genetic engineering that may one day hold the key to immortality, innovation in medicine is changing the rules of the game. These breakthroughs are creating new opportunities for brands big and small, and innovators are entering a brave new world of medicine that has traditionally been controlled by the pharmaceutical giants.

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    We will discuss the basics of quantum computing, where it is in its experimental 
    development, and what some likely applications will be.  All of this is put together by 
    looking at the security impact of quantum computers on the digital currency Bitcoin.

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    The way we drive our cars – or are we being driven? – evolves around more electrification, more excitement and more connectivity. Which technologies shape the future of automotive? And how will cars be integrated into society? Nissan provides an R&D perspective of how we interact with our vehicles in the year to come.

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    Every business starts with an idea, sometimes in a lab, sometimes in a parent’s basement or garage. To get those ideas into products and services that can be bought and sold on the mass market, and maybe even change the world, usually a lot of expertise and capital is required. That’s where investors step in to bridge the divide.

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    Smart mobility is a key concept in the achievement of sustainable cities. It encompasses development, environment, transport, and even the economy. While it often gets confused with just being about autonomous vehicles, there’s a lot more to smart mobility than meets the eye. Brands with a stake in sustainable cities should get to grips with this important issue.

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    A global groundswell of support for AI, automation, data, blockchain and open innovation is emerging is emerging around financial services. Customers stand to benefit from a new wave of connected services, automated personal financial coaching and products and services yet to come to market. How will these deeptech solutions pave the way for the future of finance?

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    Never mind the science fiction visions of robot waiters serving us food in a restaurant, the reality is much more exciting – and broad – than that. From mimicking human feats such as backflips and running, to detonating bombs and putting out fires with the military and emergency services, robots are slowly but surely entering all areas of our lives. Even our cars – and one day aircraft – will soon have minds of their own.

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    Blockchain is being hailed as no less of a historic innovation than the Internet. The digital ledger can be applied beyond economic transactions to virtually every industry and area of value. It’s transparent, durable, and decentralised. It’s more secure than almost all the legacy solutions we have come to rely on. Blockchain’s innovative potential could bring big rewards for brands committed to reinventing themselves and radically renewing the technology at the core of their operations.

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    Somewhere in a laboratory far, far away… some very clever people are building cool space tech. It represents a bright spot for our future, but it’s built on the technological foundations of our past and present. Requiring cutting-edge science, vast amounts of capital, and a disregard for failure, the new generation of entrepreneurs building the tech for our space-faring civilization of tomorrow is an inspiration to us all: a reminder that we can go further, do better, and be bolder than our shackled imaginations had ever thought possible.

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    Precision medicine holds great promise for the future of medicine, holding out the hope for more targeted therapies which offer better treatment results with fewer side effects. This innovative approach, tailoring treatment to an individual patient's genes, lifestyle and environment, presents new opportunities in tackling difficult-to-treat diseases such as cancer which has a high unmet need. Join our most reputable healthcare experts, innovators, academia, and corporations to understand their compelling perspectives on embracing precision medicine for the future of healthcare. Learn about the latest breakthroughs including the revolutionary Larotrectinib, a treatment which identifi­es and treats cancers by targeting a gene mutation. Examine the role of technology and big data in driving more breakthroughs in the future, and discuss how partnerships bring the best minds together to fulfi­ll the promise of precision medicine to benefi­t patient and society?

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    The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour, equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. While current machine learning algorithms try to mimic how a human processes information by gaining actionable intelligence from big data, and are a step in the right direction, they are yet to pass the Turing test. In this session, we will look at what machine learning applications can achieve today in the world of ­finance. We will also take a sneak peek into the future of commerce ten years from now, when we can bring together machine learning, natural language processing, speech, robotics and more, to enable and advance AI to a point where it can pass the Turing test.

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    According to the World Economic Forum, “the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations forms the world’s third largest labour force, its ­fifth largest manufacturing economy in value-added terms and its seventh largest market”. The changing innovation landscape of ASEAN has seen new technologies invented, invested, supported, and adopted. How can ASEAN innovations and China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative create new dynamics for ASEAN and China? What are some of the trends in innovation that have the greatest potential in ASEAN?

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    Huawei and IMDA have partnered to provide local SMEs a new platform to grow their business. The initiative, called Strategic Partners Programme (SPP), enables partners to ­find solutions to designated problems and scale their businesses by leveraging Huawei’s technical expertise and facilities, go-to-market opportunities and global business network.

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    Deeptech companies developing smart devices are working with designers, engineers, manufacturers and distributors to imagine new applications and manufacture innovative products. The Hardware Roundtable, a quarterly Enterprise Singapore networking event, brings together hardware startups, investors, manufacturers and has facilitated successful rounds of fund-raising for startups. In this 6th edition of the event, co organized with NUS Industry Liaison Office at InnovFest unbound, we’ll be featuring pitches by Seed to Series A hardware startups from the region, as well as sharing sessions by industry veterans and partners. Join us to better understand the challenges and opportunities for businesses as sensors, AI and hardware converge. This session is presented by NUS Industry Liaison Office and Enterprise Singapore.

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    Ephemeral video is now one of the top preferred format of mobile video in Southeast Asia. Learn how you can adapt this new behavior from the biggest ephemeral platform in Southeast Asia, Instagram with Stories
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    Digital have accelerated how people can start, launch and grow their businesses on mobile. In this Small Business 2.0 class, you will learn the blueprint of how you can unlock the potential of Southeast Asian market to build business in 90/60/30 days.
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    Description: Start VR is Australia's leading dedicated VR studio with over 60 VR projects delivered over the last 3 years across all VR platforms. Come and hear from two of the founders of the company talk about their Interactive Cinematic Approach to VR plus get exclusive production insights into their latest project Awake (www.awake-vr.co) which recently premiered at SXSW and Cannes Marche Du Film.

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    How can businesses leverage on 360VR / AR for commerce, marketing & training today? Regardless if you are a business owner, entrepreneur or if you belong to different industries or occupational roles, we are constantly driving for greater work effectiveness, efficiency and ROI using digital technology. Come hear from the founder of 360VR Asia, Nick Tan as he shares with you the strategies to scale your business with 360VR and AR, drawing from real project case studies and applications. Discover more at http://360vrasia.com/

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    Asia’s conglomerates are at an inflection point. Whilst many have exceptional track records of success, they now find themselves competing for customers, capital and talent in a very different environment. Rapid technical and social innovation is highlighting the need for continuous innovation; and with that, many are looking to harness the power of collaborating with start-ups. Why is such a symbiotic relationship important and what benefits and opportunities does such as arrangement hold?

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    Facebook has changed the way we connect with the world. For most of us, when we think of connecting with a friend, we do it via Facebook's Messenger platform. But Messenger has evolved beyond just a message service, incorporating a slew of multimedia experiences and even payment functionality (in some geographies), that makes it so integral to our lives.
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    Generation Z has used the Internet since a young age and are comfortable with technology and social media. For brands, they are a challenge as well as an opportunity; a delight as well as an enigma. Savvy beyond their years with technology and digital, successfully (or unsuccessfully) navigating this key consumer group can determine the rise and fall of today’s Internet-reliant businesses.

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    Blockchain is at the heart of the digital revolution that's sprouting new life and ideas into business and innovation across Southeast Asia. With use cases in everything from finance to government, blockchain promises to make our future more decentralized, transparent, and efficient. SGInnovate, and its founding CEO Steve Leonard, is a champion of this new tech.
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    Corporate innovation has been talked about for years. At its most basic, it’s the need for business and brands, with all their legacy systems and infrastructure, to adopt new technology and platforms. It’s about serving their customers in new, digitally-aligned and innovative ways. Cloud computing is a big part of it, helping businesses to become leaner and more agile. So where are we up to with corporate innovation? And what are the do’s and don’ts for brands already on, or looking to start, that journey?

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    Richard is the chief scientist at Salesforce and an adjunct professor at Stanford's computer science department. He enjoys improving the state of the art in AI through research (deep learning, natural language processing and computer vision) and wants to make AI easily accessible to everyone. Find out how he’s doing just that.

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    Axton Salim is one of the thought leaders in promoting Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations. Beyond his day to day directorship in the Salim Group, his passion has led him to be a global co-chair of Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network. He hopes to share and inspire the next gen of entrepreneurs and startups to identify local solutions in tackling global challenges in empowerment, nutrition, maternal health and beyond.

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    Online video streaming services are displacing cable TV, while social media platforms win licenses to broadcast major sporting events. The old entertainment delivery model is rapidly changing, and existing incumbents are having to scramble to stay relevant in the face of challenges from new digital platforms with mass market appeal.
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    LEGO is a household name doing a very good job of keeping up with the times. Through partnerships and the leveraging of new technologies and mediums, LEGO has been able to position itself as a legacy brand innovating and capturing the imagination through storytelling in entirely new and unexpected ways.
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    Rapid advancements in technologies – including artificial intelligence (AI), advanced analytics and the cloud – are enabling companies to not just create innovative products and services, but change the way people work and live. This, in turn, is changing companies’ relationships with their customers and business partners.

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    Data is at the core of every business operation today. For banks, it’s arguably more important than oil. Data helps them understand their customers’ needs, determine the efficiency of asset allocation across millions of portfolios, and tie together all their products and services to offer a connected, tailored experience.

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    Since its re-birth in 2011 as Block71, Launchpad@One-North has quickly grown to become the epi-center of Singapore’s tech startup ecosystem.

    In this talk, we provide the key figures & insights from our research on how the Launchpad has evolved and stayed vibrant.

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    The car experience will soon be almost unrecognizable to our 19th and 20th century ancestors. Electric, self-driving, connected, and intelligent. But we’re not there yet. To discuss how the automotive industry gets from here to there, we have a panel of industry leaders to give us the full download on automobility 2.0.

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    Urban spaces and cities are going to look different in future. Design and infrastructure will get smarter; planners will have to contend with growing populations and fundamental changes in the way people are living. Out with the old and in with the new! But how do we get from here to there?
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    The world has never been smaller or more connected, thanks to cloud technology and the rise of Internet-only businesses. But building trust with consumers and business key. While some have grown to be consumer-facing behemoths, others provide the back-end cloud infrastructure and solutions. The benefits versus legacy systems are endless; the results are to be enjoyed by everyone in this new connected world on the intelligent cloud.

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    Judges: - Jonathan Hammond, Global Marketing Director and Head of Unilever Foundry - Karen Gilchrist, Reporter CNBC - Sudipta ROY, Managing Director, WPP Team Unilever - Jacquelyn Cheok, Startups Corr ...
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    Right message, right person, right time. Technology has been touted as the deliverer of this coveted ‘Holy Grail’ for marketers. But the digitization of both industry and consumer has instead brought about an increasingly complex landscape plagued with concerns around brand safety, ad fraud and personal data privacy. Though the Google / Facebook duopoly reins supreme, what are the opportunities and challenges for enterprising startups? Can a broken ecosystem be fixed for an increasingly sceptical industry, fatigued by murky promises?

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    This new, digital-first world that we all are beginning to live in has upended what we, for generations have considered media. How do legacy media companies and content providers adapt to the changing landscape while still maintaining the standards that made them great in the first place.
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    As we hurtle towards industry 4.0, the role of the government in the innovation journey has changed dramatically. New types of technologies, businesses and methodologies mean that governments can no longer stay on the side-lines but instead have to lead the way in building the knowledge economy of the future.

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    E-sports has come crashing into the media industry. Astonishingly, the streaming of e-sports – and associated advertising and marketing opportunities – has become worth more than some of the world’s most-recognised sports leagues. To think only gaming brands stand to benefit would be foolish. But being a co-innovator in the e-sports space is not straight forward, especially when the potential synergies are not immediately clear.

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    Music is a universal language, the bedrock of every city's culture and soul. What exactly is Singapore's sound? We discuss the evolution of the little red dot's music scene, how artists are leveraging on technology and platforms to reach a wider audience, and how the industry is raising the profile of music in our nation through innovation.

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    Customer experience is the battleground for brands today. Winning in an experience-led market means being hyper-focused on the customer. By leveraging on applied intelligence, businesses can successfully create intelligent, connected and informed customer experiences at any point along the customer journey.

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    Figuring out how to sell toothpaste to Americans was once the marketing challenge of its times. Today, it’s about selling to the digital natives. Join our esteemed panelists to discuss this make-or-break issue for today’s businesses.

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    In a global world, it’s important not to forget the little guys. In an age where technology is levelling the playing field, boutique agencies in the media, marketing, and advertising space stand to benefit enormously. So how can they compete with the big boys, and how is this David and Goliath dynamic playing out in this region?

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    What toolbox does the journalist of 2018 need? Fluency on social media, a finely combed Twitter feed, an understanding of facts in a post-truth world, a thick skin to governments who lament the rise of “fake news”. But the core skills of the journalist, as relevant today as 100 years ago, still prevail.

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    Marketing technology (martech) is enabling marketers to do and manage more than ever before. Propelled by a new era of cloud and digital-first economy, martech is introducing digital tools that make it possible for marketers to automate tasks and make data-driven decisions.

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    Singapore aims to be a leading digital economy. A key accelerator to get us there is AI. Join Yeong Zee Kin, Assistant CEO of IMDA as he sets the stage for an AI and data powered Singapore of tomorrow.

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    In a digital economy, data is king. Data governance is the next frontier for a new breed of digital stewards, charged with navigating a safe route through turbulent seas. It is not water that these captains are concerned about leaks in their proverbial ships – it is data leaks and cyber-attacks by digital pirates (hackers). Without good data governance and responsible stewards, businesses in 2018 stand less chance of making it back safely to the proverbial harbour.

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    The concept of the digital economy can be traced back to the 1990s, but today ití´s very much a reality. The basic idea is not about revolution, but rather evolution. Ití´s about taking the fundamentals of an economy, the institutions and actors in a modern society that must work together across the public and private sectors, and leveraging technology to do it all better, faster, cheaper, and more transparently.

     

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    The biggest banks and financial institutions in the world cannot rest on their laurels. Hear from Vivek about how one household name in the industry it attempting to inject innovation and growth into its legacy business.

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    By combining sensors, cloud services and AI, many industries are being transformed by the Internet of Things. From connected agriculture to Industry 4.0 and smart homes, Bosch is involved in key areas of this transformation. Thomas will share real-life use cases from around the region as well as learnings from the team at Bosch as it explores new innovative paths into a connected-device world
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    AI is becoming a layer atop every service and software product, delivered and run on the cloud. The result is that within the next decade, it will no longer be fanciful to claim we are living in an AI-powered world. Indeed, we can already see that the technology will leave no industry untouched.

     

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    Being responsible for the technology at one of the world largest technology companies is no mean feat. Hear from Paul about the challenges and opportunities Huawei faces today, and the big tech trends affecting the industry at large.

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    From mobile payments to entirely new forms of currency, the finance industry continues to undergo a rapid digital transformation. At the heart of these changes are companies new and old, working together to reinvent the finance wheel.

     

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    Data governance has proven itself to be one of the key issues of 2018. So how can brands better protect their í and your í data as governments and consumers expect better safeguards. Privacy is something that has been discussed for years, but ití´s all now coming to a head: the industry at large needs to take solid action to restore trust.

     

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    Within the next decade the price of chips is going to become so cheap that companies woní´t hesitate to stick them in almost anything: clothes, toilets, glasses. The result is smart devices that are always íÍoníñ. This new category of intelligent objects has been christened as the internet of things (IoT), but really its already moving towards the Internet of Everything.

     

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    Fintech is no longer something new, but each year the space continues to see huge breakthroughs and take significant steps forward. The rise of supporting technologies like blockchain have opened up new possibilities for fintech that we hadní´t thought of just a few years ago. From cost-free remittances to banking the unbanked, fintech, especially in Asia, continues to be a force for tremendous positive change in the world.

     

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    A stalwart in Singapore's nation building, the Singapore maritime industry has long been a pioneer and leader, establishing Singapore's reach and presence beyond the island state. With the undeniable benefi­ts of digitisation and the potential transformation that new technologies and creative technology applications will bring, vast untapped opportunities are in store for entrepreneurs. How may these be tapped and how can maritime companies steeped in traditional structures ride on this wave for change? What technologies may be tapped on, discovered and applications re-imagined? Join us at InnovFest to ­find out more. Brought to you by PIER71, Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined at BLOCK71

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    Until recently, smart wearables were not accessible to the average consumer. Today, the segment is humming with innovation and the burgeoning market is expanding rapidly. But can the reach of this technology extend beyond the current youth and fitness focus? Asia's senior population is expected to boom by the middle of this century causing a host of unprecedented issues. What then are the potential solutions that smart wear can offer to counter these challenges? Join us at the Modern Aging panel session to hear experts share their views on the advancements made so far and strategies for future growth in this segment. This session is brought to you by Modern Aging Singapore and supported by Access Health International.

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    Artifi­cial Intelligence (AI) brings transformation to our cities, and its impact will be widely explored in a few key areas such as transportation, Internet of Things (IoT), urbanization and sustainable living. The future of self-driving cars in the next 10 years is changing the way we see transportation today. AI has also transformed the transportation choices of the younger generation. Instead of owning a vehicle, the younger generation is more open to vehicle sharing, which provides great opportunities for new business models as evidenced by the rise of Uber and Grab. Apart from transportation, AI is also being used alongside other technologies, such as sensors and IoT, lending to the rise of Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

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    Technology, innovation and digital strategies are where people want to be, but innovation – just because everyone else is doing it – is not going to create impactful value, socially and economically. So what will? Invention to Innovation (can we do better?). Open innovation, user innovation, co-creation (more than jargons?!). The API economy (let’s all go to code bootcamp before our jobs are all taken away). Idea to Enterprise (simply coming up with a brilliant business idea is the easy part). Silos to Ecosystem (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Discuss). Join us as we debunk the myths and realities together. This session is brought to you by Cisco

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    Open innovations have enabled many actors to collaborate in the healthcare industry. The rapid pace of technology has facilitated the best brains to contribute and combine their inventions and knowledge to cope with the new demands of their clients. IoT devices and robots have humanised the interactions to provide patient-centered care with predictive analysis of Arti­ficial Intelligence (AI). Corporates, practitioners and academic partners are working more closely with each other to solve problems from the simplest to the most complex nature. The panel brings experts from the health technology ecosystem to discuss and share case studies on the acceleration of fresh ideas into commercialisation through collaborations.

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    One Belt One Road (OBOR) is promoted as a new Renaissance of innovations and the new silk road. Technology and innovation advances can complement the rapid building of new physical infrastructure along the economic corridor. To reach a common objective through co-existence, there are essential ingredients in the exchange and flow of Technology, Human Capital, Logistics and Resource flow. With the right play and mix, a perfect storm can be created. The panel of innovators and business leaders shall bring together the perspectives of different roles which Asian players in ­field of education, start-up, technology and business. They will share their views of the social capital, culture and structure make-up of China and recent case studies that have successfully connected the dots.

Innovation Academy
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    What goes into building and scaling a fintech business and product? Learn about the pitfalls, trips and tricks of going from zero to hero in the fintech world. Whether it’s securing funding, bringing on board your first customer, or expanding into new markets, this is the panel for all you ambitious fintech entrepreneurs who are ready to take the first step.
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    Medical technology is reinventing the entire industry. Defined by the World Health Organization as the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives. It’s one of the most exciting areas being advanced by today’s tech.

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    • Innovation Academy

    What makes a great community, and how do you ensure it grows in sustainable and non-disruptive ways to the wider ecosystem? Benefits of community work spaces are especially felt by startup-stage businesses and entrepreneurs, who enjoy the reduced cost of office space as well as entrepreneurial environments. But traditional community models are having to evolve to keep up with the fast-changing times.

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    The relationship between founders and investors isn’t always an easy one, but it’s a necessary part of their startup equation. Getting from idea stage to a viable product in the market takes capital and expertise – often from beyond the core founding team. As clever as any founder is, they always need help from those who have done it before. Enter the VC.

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    AutoPolitic uses AI to win elections in Asia and provides strategies for government, parties, and candidates. Roger shares the election strategies and motivational tactics used and observed in the GE14 election, with insight into the future battle of human-centric democracy under attack by the digital persuasion of microtargeting Fake News in the hand of social robots to be human beings.
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    After raising a whopping US$60 million in Series B funding led by SoftBank, Carro’s young and ambitious founder shares his tips and guidance on the process of fundraising, dealing with VCs, negotiating contracts, and keep a cool head throughout it all.

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    Singapore has been home to some terrific homegrown creative and communications agencies. With all the new startups being funded, and a hive of entrepreneurial activity, there’s always high demand for marketing, public relations, and media and creative assistance. Come hear from the experts helping to tell the stories of Singapore’s would-be famous startups.

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    Blockchain is ushering in a new era of increased transparency, efficiency, scale, and sustainability. The technology is being used across industries and markets, in the public as well as private sector, on issues like identity, notary, digital assets, smart contracts, digital voting, distributed storage, and much more.

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    What are the unique challenges of investing in Southeast Asia? What are the regions inherent strengths. What kind of founders grow out of this part of the world? There are certainly an increasing number of successful case studies, rising to global prominence. Let’s hear from the investors funding Southeast Asia’s innovation.

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    Having a great online brand presence and online presence should be a no-brainer in 2018. There’s so many easy-to-use tools and cheap options for startups showcasing their brand online. But it’s amazing how many startups still get it wrong. From having no visibility on Google, to loading issues or poor user experience and design on their home page – this is a little-discussed issue that really is vital to projecting a competent, professional image to the world.

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    Startups must get to grips with the inner working of the media industry. That’s because their public reputations and credibility in the eyes of investors, partners, and customers are often shaped by the degree of visibility and positive coverage in the mainstream media. To be effective in dealing with journalists and securing favorable coverage, they can either bring on board a PR agency or pick up the trick of the trade themselves.

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