Workshops & forums

A number of workshops and forums run as part of the Innovation Academy and partner forums at innovfest unbound.

Please apply to the workshop(s) you would like to attend below and explore our forums.

Innovation Academy workshops

innovfest unbound’s corporate partners are running the following workshops as part of the Innovation Academy on 3 and 4 May 2017. If you’d like to register your interest in attending one or more, please apply through the links below or contact

Masterclass – Yahoo!
The Art of Storytelling 2.0 

How do you turn less-than-exciting topics into the hottest must-know scoop? How can you connect with audiences that have increasingly short attention spans? Is it possible to turn your brand into a success story? Learn how to tell a gripping story from Yahoo’s veteran editors and journalists and learn invaluable content marketing insights from Yahoo Storytellers. The two-hour session will wrap up with a juicy live brief challenge and exciting prizes. May the best proposal win!

Click here to apply!

Innovation Academy One – Dentons Rodyk
From Founders to Being Found

What’s it like to begin your start-up and take it to a higher level where you can be noticed and attract attention from investors, potential partners, customers, media and even competitors? How do you handle good and not-so-good experiences along this journey? Can you afford to be discerning in your choice of investors, shareholders, advisors? How do you handle divergent interests amongst shareholders and the growing pains? Join Dentons Rodyk’s senior partner S. Sivanesan, who will be moderating a panel discussion “From Founders to Being Found”, featuring speakers Sam Lim, co-founder of Reebonz, Marcus Swanepoel, Co-founder and CEO of Luno, and Steve Melhuish, Co-founder and Vice Chairman of PropertyGuru. They will share their experiences and provide useful, logical and practical advice for would-be founders as well as those who think they have been ‘found’.

Find out more about the journey of founders from the start-up phase, growth and expansion and beyond at the workshop, from 11am to 12:30pm, Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017.

Click here to apply!

Innovation Academy Two – VICE Media
Creating Branded Content that Really Cuts Through

VICE has built a multibillion dollar youth media empire by creating content that cuts through the clutter. In this 90-minute workshop Mark AdamsVICE Media’s Head of Innovation – will share the the “how to” of producing high ROI content for your brand. This workshop will demystify the content question and give brand builders the keys to unlocking content that actually grows market share.

Click here to apply!

Innovation Academy Three – The Trade Desk
Programmatic Advertising, The New Norm.

Programmatic advertising is no longer a shiny new thing, it’s maturing, and a regular fixture in the marketing mix of major brands.

 Join The Trade Desk team and get the 360 view on the programmatic landscape. It’s not only about the amazing data-driven insights to help scale brand stories and messaging; there are super cool channels such as audio and weather targeting now available to reach audiences.

Click here to apply!

Innovation Academy Four – Crafting Mobile Ready Videos on Facebook and Instagram

Creating engaging and creative video content is a necessity in the age of social. Of these social networks, few are as important for video as Facebook and Instagram. Join João Carlos Pastore from Facebook as he demystifies the science behind what makes a great video and how Blueprint can become an invaluable resource to content creators everywhere. Led by João Carlos Pastore, Blueprint Live Lead APAC, Facebook, this session takes place 14:30 – 15:30pm, 4th May at the Innovation Academy, Level 5, Marina Bay Sands. Seats at this workshop are first come, first served.

Partner events

Singtel Innov8 VC Forum

The Singtel Innov8 VC Forum will take place for 3 hours throughout the afternoon on the 03 May. The forum is open to all attendees and will host panel sessions exploring topics such as global investment trends, the role of incubators and accelerators, innovating corporations and much more.

View our agenda for more information Forum

How Belgium became the European hotbed for IOT

This session will explain how Belgium became the mOst prominent IOT-country in Europe, and how Antwerp is positioning itself as the European IOT-capital. There are a lot of similarities with Singapore, Antwerp being the biggest and most important European port city. What are the plans of the Belgian IOT-players in Singapore and in South-East Asia? With speakers from Playpass, Rombit, IOT Factory, SettleMint and T-Mining, this session takes place in the Galileo Room, 4-5 pm on 3rd May. Speakers include: Ron Schuermans (Playpass), Jorik Rombouts (Rombit), Nico Wauters (T-Mining), Luc F. Jacobs (IOT Factory) and Roderik Van der Veer (SettleMint). 

Y&R E-Commerce Forum – Day Two, Da Vinci Room

10:00 Open Up Ecommerce Forum with Matt Godfrey

10:10 Fireside: BUILDING A NICHE Moderated by: Daniel Seal, CEO & Founder, unbound, with panelists Shannon Kalayanamitr, Co-Founder & CMO, Orami and Jon Sugihara, Y&R

10:30 THE STATE OF E-COMMERCE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA Moderated by: Hari Ramanathan, Chief Strategy Officer, Asia , Y&R, with panelists Henry Chan, Co-Founder & CEO, Shopback, Vincent Lau, CTO, Takatack, Victor Lim, Global Business Development Manager, Global Fashion Group and Prashant Dadlani, CEO, Blu.

11:10 Coffee Break

11:30 BUILD SMART Moderated by: Akshobh Giridharadas, Reporter, Channel NewsAsia with panelists Charles Brewer, CEO, DHL eCommerce, Anthony Bargar, Managing Director, Cyber Security Consulting Groupa and Asim Qureshi, CTO, KODAKIT.

12:10 Startup Pitch Sessions 5 min pitch + 3 min Q&A.

12:30 Ecommerce insights with Y&R

NUS Enterprise

A number of side-events run in the Edison room, powered by NUS Enterprise. These include:

Day One
11:00–13:00 Bayer-NUS Grants4Apps Singapore Finals and Awards Ceremony

13:00–14:30 How to Create an Innovation-Friendly Environment for the Digital Economy (Presented by Huawei)

15:30–17:00 Pre-IPO Funding Options for Startups (Presented by SGX)

Day Two
09:00–10:30 IP Landscape In Asia

11:00–12:30 Co-Innovation 2.0: Catalysing Industry & Deep Technology Collaborations in Singapore Science Park (Presented by Ascendas-Singbridge and NUS Enterprise)

14:00–16:00 The Rise of Big Data: Harnessing the power of data analytics in the Government and Industry (Presented by National Supercomputing Centre Singapore)

16:00–17:30 Digital Disruption in Healthcare Forum