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Singapore to showcase its vibrant tech and innovation ecosystem

Kareyst Lin | Aug. 19, 2016
The inaugural Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (SWITCH) is a tech concept week that aggregates public and private sector players

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Singapore will be hosting a tech concept week from 19 to 21 September 2016 to showcase its vibrant entrepreneurial and technology innovation ecosystem.

Called the Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (SWITCH), it will be officially launched by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Chairman, National Research Foundation (NRF) on 20 September.

Unlike other tech events, SWITCH will aggregate 23 public and private sector players in the innovation and enterprise ecosystem. It will feature exhibitions, conferences, workshops and activities revolving around topics such as open innovation, technology transfer, tech entrepreneurship, venture funding, and talent development. It also aims to open up a new genre of events that showcase the intersections of technology and lifestyle.  

"By bringing everyone together to meet and discuss the latest tech and market trends, we can strengthen Singapore's position as a relevant and supportive environment for startups and innovative ideas to grow," said Low Teck Seng, CEO of the NRF.

More than 3,000 attendees from international technology organisations, investors, start-ups, corporations, government agencies and universities are expected to be involved in SWITCH.

The highlight of SWITCH is its two anchor events: Techventure and TechInnovation.

Encouraging innovation

This year's Techventure will be partnering Slush Singapore, a non-profit ground-up tech start-up movement which originated from Finland. The partnership looks to enhance the local innovation and enterprise ecosystem, and connecting it to the international innovation and enterprise community.

This year's themes include future creation, future technologies, the changing economy, and remaking education.

The event will feature:

  • Future stage, where speakers from all over the world share experiences of their entrepreneurial journey.
  • Pitching stage, where pre-series A startups will battle for a spot to enter the Slush 100 Pitching competition in Helsinki, Finland in November.

One local startup that has benefitted from last year's Techventure is igloohome, a home automation company. With its smart lock solution, home owners can grant visitors access to their homes remotely via a mobile app. Since the lock does not require internet connection, home owners do not need to worry about internet disruptions and security risks such as Wi-Fi hacking. By winning the Techventure International Start-up Challenge, it caught the eye of Tokyo-based early stage venture capital Global Brain, enabling them to enter the Japanese market.    

Matchmaking tech providers with enterprise

Meanwhile, the annual TechInnovation event by IPI Singapore aims to bring together international technology providers and enterprises to explore technology commercialisation and initiate business collaboration through open innovation. 

More than 100 exhibitors from Singapore and overseas are expected to showcase more than 300 emerging and ready-to-market technologies at the event.     


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