2017 Testimonials



We asked participants what they thought about EmTech Asia 2017. Here’s what they had to say about the event:


“Emtech Asia - and Singapore - is definitely the next hub after Silicon Valley that you want to be part of, where great minds meet. Besides the mind-blowing convergence of technology, engineering, medicine & entrepreneurship, a vast network of investors has also enabled us to verbally secure a deal worth S$ 200,000, just after a 3-minute pitch. Yes! This is the next valley! Singapore valley!”
Dhesi Raja, Chief Scientist and Cofounder, Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology (AIME)


“I have been attending EmTech Asia for the last three years. Ever since that, I’ve made a point that MDV, the biggest venture organization in Malaysia and the company I represent, will participate in this event.”
Datuk Md Zubir Ansori Yahaya, CEO, Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV)


“This is my third EmTech Asia. I keep coming back because I am a technologist and I want to know what new trends are out there that I should be getting my research teams to take a closer look at. It’s important to understand what’s emerging before it’s already commercialised. We have definitely met some of the right people here. It is good to see the great diversity of basic research, academics, as well as start-ups, VCs, corporates, everyone is here. It is a nice environment to have high-level conversations about what deep tech can do across different industry sectors.”
Kelly Anderson, Open Innovation Manager, Procter & Gamble


“EmTech Asia is a great event where you meet amazing people from around the world. We hear from scientists and engineers about technology that could change the world. Topics such as gene editing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, quantum computing and satellite communications are a few areas covered this year. The best part of EmTech Asia is being with a group of people who want to use science and technology to make a positive impact on humanity. That’s why Singapore is proud to host it.”
Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate


“If you want to know across a range of different technologies, exciting things that are happening that may well come to market relatively soon, this is the place to come – EmTech Asia. You just don’t get that out of the deep science conferences.”
Daniel E. Hastings, CEO, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)


“What's different at EmTech Asia compared to other conferences is the quality. The quality of the presentations, the quality of the folks you meet. You are not going to come here just to hear presentations that you’ve heard before. You’re going to hear things that are new and that challenge you. The pace, the interactivity with some of the talks, the ability of questioning that continually. This conference really encourages you to participate and I definitely met the right people here.”
Ron Cellini, Analog Devices Analog Garage


"EmTech is the legendary conference that I have heard so much about in the past. It is a great honour to be here with Loomo, our Robot. I feel like I have already become much smarter after listening to all these smart people from around the world sharing the latest breakthroughs in the field of science and technology. I’ve met a lot of very interesting people that I’d like to meet up with. It’s a great venue to meet collaborators and catch up with old friends as well."
Sarah Zhang, Business Lead and Head of Developer Partnerships, Segway Robotics


“The 2-day event has brought together some very interesting, intriguing and inspiring insights into impactful technologies and trends in the innovation and knowledge economy that all of us should pay attention to. The EmTech Asia experience has been exciting, engaging, educational and enlightening to say the least!”
Lim Tit Meng, CEO, Science Centre Singapore


“Best event to experience the future in the present! Fantastic education on the latest and best technologies solving world’s problems from across the globe.”
Satish Menon, Founder and CEO, INSIGHTZ


“Every year EmTech Asia is raising the bar! The innovations showcased are inspiring and motivate one to think differently.”
Prakash Natarajan, IT Director, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Pte Ltd


“The diversity of topics gave me plenty to think about and opened my horizons!”
Khoo Bee Luan,  Postdoctoral Associate, SMART


“The event was very well organized with a diverse range of topics being discussed. The one very appreciable aspect is that for each topic discussed, it serves to address very important and challenging problems that could bring about greater global benefit. As such, the content preparation is admirable.”
Sriram Vijayan, Research Engineer, DSO National Laboratories


“Wonderful topics and wonderful speeches.”
Yin Lu, Postdoctoral Associate, SMART


“Great conference with interesting insights into the future!”
Mohd Ashraf Bin Abdul Wahab, Head, Front End Engineering (Upstream), PETRONAS


“The space exploration segment was awesome!”
David Toh, Director, Ntuitive-NTU


“A trip to the future. Very inspiring and exciting to know what the next generation technology is going to look like.”
Borja Bonet Segui, Co-founder, Ambitious Tracks


“The amount of innovation and technology discussion at EmTech Asia is simply mind-blowing!”
Manny Malaki, Director of Engineering, Analog Devices


“EmTech Asia was a wonderful conference. So many exciting ideas, it makes my head spin!”
John Gustafson, Visiting Professor, A*STAR-CRC


“Whether you are from the industry sector, business sector, government, academic or someone from home who just loves science, no one leaves EmTech Asia not feeling excited about the future!”
Johann Ignacio, Senior Engineer, Analog Devices


“Hearing about the new technologies as they are emerging, makes me feel better prepared to embrace them once they come to the market.”
Ekta Makhija, Postdoctoral Associate, SMART


“The range of topics covered is phenomenal, as well as the quality of the speakers. It’s definitely an eye-opener and inspiring to see/hear of the amazing breakthroughs that are happening to make the world a better place.”
Erwin Choo, Portfolio Director, Navis Capital


“It was a very fruitful event. Pleasure to be able to attend and be part of EmTech Asia. Indeed, great presentations, topics, speakers were not just ordinary but fun and engaging speakers. Grateful to meet them in person.”
Janina Catrina Fuentes, Science Research Specialist II, DOST PCIEERD


“Very informative and inspiring.”
Ong Soon Kiat, Development Director, Astraltec Pte Ltd


“I am delighted with the innovation happening around us and would be keen to partner with a few to create products and services that help mankind.”
Pritam Onsker, Director, Corporate Strategy, Tata Communications International Pte Ltd


“EmTech Asia brings out the best of Asia’s Innovators and their bold and cool ideas.”
Tan Wei Hwang, Head of Carrier Services, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd


“Inspiring & Insightful, EmTech Asia 2017 has been an amazing experience to know firsthand the technologies that are going to disrupt the world as we known it.”
Tamara Lucas, Researcher, 2Geeks1City


“It's totally fascinating, eye-opening especially for PhD students like me. Please attend EmTech Asia if you have not.”
Chow Yiing Yng, PhD Student, Monash University Malaysia


“Congrats on another well-attended event! The speakers as always were excellent and the Jublia networking platform which allocated specific meeting tables was brilliant too.”
Calvin Chu, Partner, Eden Strategy Institute


“Amazing presentations in such a diverse range of interesting topics. EmTech Asia gathered a critical mass of smart and creative people in the most inspiring setting imaginable.”
Anders Ynnerman, Director, Norrköping Visualization Center


“I found EmTech Asia to be excellent. The crowd was enthusiastic, smart, and engaged, clearly deeply interested in new space technology, with great questions for the presenters. I felt that I met a wide cross-section of people and learned a tremendous amount about the tech community in Singapore and Southeast Asia in a very short period of time. It was the best way I know of to quickly get engaged with a gifted and diverse community which I had never met before.”
David Oh, Project Systems Engineer and Former Lead Flight Director, Curiosity Mars Rover, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab


“A great snapshot of some of the most exciting and important technology research being done in Asia. If you had to pick one conference to learn about the hottest emerging technologies across Asia, this would be it.”
Marc Hamilton, Vice President of Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA


“EmTech was an amazing eye opening experience and I'm really grateful for the opportunity to attend!”
Joshen Lim, Junior Developer, Servis Hero


“EmTech Asia 2017 was an inspiring and eye-opening experience for me as I was awed by the scientific developments and innovations in various fields such as biotechnology, engineering and computer science. It was truly a learning experience as I was able to discover many different technologies and research findings, as well as understand how these technologies and innovations can be applied in the future for the betterment of humanity. Kudos to the organizers for hosting such a great event. Highly recommended!”
Delegate, Bank Negara Malaysia


“The Emtech Asia event was run with the panache of Hollywood and the efficiency and timeliness of the German train system. Great and interesting range of thought-provoking speakers on the cutting edge of tech and innovation, an engaged and active audience and great chances for the audience to connect with the speakers and each other.”
Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Director, SOSV


“EmTech Asia is indeed a fantastic tech event which provides a great platform to let tech leaders and entrepreneurs share their ideas. Great job!”
Gang Wang, Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)


“EmTech Asia brought its audience to the forefront of technological innovations, and presented those ideas in a well-orchestrated manner so that the audience could see how technology is interwoven with lifestyles, and how research institutes and universities are collaborating with governments, corporates and entrepreneurs in improving every aspect of human life. Showcasing ideas from miniscule molecular level all the way to the vast universe within two days, are simply mind-blowing.”
Lee Yi Lin, Head of Post Commercialization, Group Technology Commercialization Management, Petronas Research


“Thank you EmTech team for a wonderful event filled with the best minds from the scientific, venture capital and education fields. A well-organized professional event held in a beautiful location by very helpful people. A good time was had by all including in the MIT facilitated workshops. I highly recommend others attend the next EmTech conference.”
Walter O’Brien, CEO, Scorpion Computer Services & Executive Producer, Scorpion (CBS-TV series)


“The quality of talks and discussions during breaks at EmTech is as good as it gets for conferences. Each talk was interesting, engaging and shared a unique perspective on emerging technologies and why we should care. To have this caliber of talks at such an intimate gathering is truly unique and allowed for forming new connections and inspiring new ideas.”
Mike North, Host, Prototype This!, Discovery Channel


“The event features very interesting talks on a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies.”
Jackie Ying, Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR


“EmTech Asia was truly inspiring and covered important technologies from the nano to the universal. I enjoyed the multi-cultural aspects of all speakers and participants. The energy was palpable. It was my honor to speak at EmTech Asia about the future hope I have for humanity to become multi-planet explorers.”
Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor Chair, MIT & Former Deputy Administrator, NASA


“The EmTech Asia Conference provides an ideal platform for discussing the fascinating research and development initiatives happening around the globe. The wide range of speakers from almost all fields of science coupled with industry participation give this event a unique and holistic edge. The recognition of Asia's top Young Innovators is something that works to inspire the next generation of technologists and entrepreneurs. A very well managed and organised event.”
Sumeet Walia, Lecturer, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)


“I really enjoyed pitching my research in 3 minutes to a broad audience. EmTech is an excellent event for getting to know the latest technological advancements across a diverse range of fields. Furthermore, it provides a great platform for networking.”
Simon Gross, ARC DECRA Research Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University


“Being named one of the innovators under 35 was an incredible honor, and this conference provided an extraordinary platform to share and learn about the most exciting ideas in technology today.”
John Ho, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS)


“I think it was very well organized and the top-notch curation of the whole event was evident from the quality of presentations and individuals present. I think its crucial to surface the absolutely amazing cutting edge research and engineering work happening in Asia and EmTech (& Koelnmesse) did a fantastic job in surfacing the Under 35 talent leading all of that and companies involved in pushing the envelope. Will absolutely be happy to come again next year - hopefully with a lot more fantastic news around our progress.”
Rohit Jha, Engineer and CEO, Transcelestial


“EmTech Asia was an exceptional event to have been a part of. Having the opportunity to hear about new and upcoming technologies from the scientists and engineers that were actually pioneering them was incredible.”
Emily Shilton, Mechatronics Engineering Student, The University of Waterloo (Canada)


“Brilliant and fantastic event to find out the latest technologies and to network with the smartest minds!”
Adrian David Cheok, Director, Imagineering Institute & Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing, City University of London


“The lineup of speakers was on point, impactful and I enjoyed hearing from every one of them!”
Dawn Tan, Assistant Professor, Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


“I found the event to be inspiring and engaging - it was fantastic to meet other innovators from not only my field but other fields as well. New friends were made, and new insights were had. All in all it was a very worthwhile event.”
Angela Wu, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) & Founding Member, Agenovir Corporation