It's not another lecture…It's an invitation to join the conversation. The program provides you with access to the experts at the heart of the technology revolution. In carefully curated sessions, you'll gain unique insights into the next wave of innovation that is connecting our world in surprising and inspiring new ways.



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Registration & Welcome Coffee

Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks by the Emcee

Mike North, Host, Discovery Channel


Building a Community of Innovation

Zee Kin Yeong, Assistant Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Presenting Partner

Future Cities

Enabling Competitive Asian Economies with Hyperloop

Hyperloop One is building the first new mode of transportation in 100 years. With speeds 2-3 times faster than high-speed rail and on-demand experience, Hyperloop can move passengers and freight 300-km in under 20 minutes, smashing traditional transportation boundaries. The speed and experience of Hyperloop can create competitive mega-regions and dramatically streamline supply chains. Paul will outline Hyperloop One's vision for a high-speed Hyperloop network connecting Singapore with Malaysia and other South Pacific countries as well as emerging routes in India and Australia. As the only company that has built a full-scale Hyperloop, Paul will share their engineering milestones and discuss the realities of bringing Hyperloop to market.

Paul Smith, Global Field Operations Manager, Hyperloop One


Cooling Singapore: A Citizen Design Science Approach

The Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect, accompanied by increased levels of noise and pollution, is a phenomenon that increasingly impedes the quality of life and productivity in tropical cities. Cooling Singapore (CS) counters this threat with the first multi-institutional approach, funded by the National Research Foundation of Singapore and led by the Singapore-ETH Centre, together with NUS, MIT and TUM. Mitigation and adaptation strategies, supported by Citizen Design Science, lead to a roadmap towards a cooler, calmer and cleaner city. Singapore could thus become the first urban system to turn the UHI threat into a resilient advantage.

Gerhard Schmitt, Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zürich & Director of Singapore-ETH Centre


Bridging the Deep Tech Gap: From Research to Commercialisation

Singapore is home to some of the world’s most prestigious research institutions and universities, many of whom receive significant investments from the government and private corporations. The city-state also does not lack ambitious and talented people in creating solutions that can solve some of the world’s most pressing issues in areas such as healthcare, transportation and energy. How can we help these men and women turn their remarkable R&D work into start-ups that can produce globally relevant innovations and truly make a difference to the world? In his presentation, SGInnovate Founding CEO Steve Leonard will share about the important journey of deep tech by aspiring entrepreneurs in Singapore through a mindset shift, investments, branding, talent networking and more.

Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate


Presenting Partner

Meet the Innovators Under 35

Bee Luan Khoo, Senior Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

Chun-Hao Huang, Cofounder and CEO, CLINICAI Inc

Yok Hian Chionh, Assistant Director, Tychan Pte Ltd

Networking Coffee Break

Rewriting Life: Bioengineering and Precision Medicine

Moderated by Steven Tucker, Chief Medical Officer, CXA Group & Founder, Tucker Medical


Epi-Everything: The Explosion of Information Beyond the Genome

The Central Dogma defines the “what” of biology: genes are transcribed into messenger RNAs that are translated into proteins. But it says nothing about the “when” or “how much” of gene expression. Convergent technologies have uncovered information-rich scheduling systems for gene expression involving dozens of chemical modifications of DNA, RNA and proteins - the epigenome and epitranscriptome. Here we explore the newest of these - a universal “system of systems” in which the transfer RNA epitranscriptome interacts with an alternative genetic code to fast-track production of survival proteins during stress. The components of this system are just now being recognized as drivers of disease and are emerging as new tools for academic and industrial research and development.

Peter Dedon, Underwood-Prescott Professor of Biological Engineering, MIT


Let’s Get Personal: Your Microbiome, Your Blood Sugar and You

Ground breaking research by DayTwo scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute has proved a direct link between an individual’s microbiome and their blood sugar reactions to different foods. This may account for why some people find it harder than others to lose weight but, more importantly, could explain why people following an apparently ‘healthy’ diet still find their blood sugar levels hard to control. Based on this research DayTwo is using machine learning algorithms to predict individuals’ responses to different foods and to develop personalised diets that regulate blood sugar levels. Yuval’s presentation examines the link between the individual microbiome, obesity and metabolic disease, and the science that is unlocking personalised health solutions.

Yuval Ofek, Cofounder and Chairman, DayTwo


Artificial Intelligence and Microbes to Feed Our World

Trace Genomics has delivered the first microbiome test for the food supply, aimed at improving soil health, nutrition, and sustainability in agriculture. Plants get diseases too, and health and disease fall on a spectrum, leading to critical yield differentials that determine sustainable profit margins for a farmer. In this talk, Diane explains how innovations in genomics and artificial intelligence are fueling exciting advancements in agriculture and how data is used to improve the stability of our food supply. Diane draws analogies between plant health and human health, illustrating how the cycle of innovation and wellness comes together to influence our future.

Diane Wu, Cofounder, Trace Genomics


How We Built Our Machine Intelligence to Help Doctors Save Lives

7.2 million people die of heart disease every year. 50% of these lives can be saved if heart attacks can be diagnosed quickly and treatment coordinated within the golden hour. Diagnosing heart disease requires a simple test called an ECG, unfortunately, interpreting the ECG accurately requires a specialist. But, how do we put the skills of a cardiologist in every corner of the globe? How do we equip a GP in India or a nurse in sub-Saharan Africa or a medical attendant in Buenos Aires to be able to help diagnose a heart attack and start treatment? Tricog provides real time cardiac diagnosis amplifying the work of few doctors to reach out to all patients worldwide. We’ve built specialised algorithms to help our resident doctors with the diagnosis of over half a million patients, which is then sent back to the remote centre, thus enabling a doctor or a health care worker in any remote location diagnose and initiate treatment for heart disease, thus saving lives. This talk will discuss how we’ve built our systems to bridge the divide between machine intelligence and human expertise so that they work together as a team to provide this “Cardiology as a Service” at scale, accurately and quickly.

Zainul Charbiwala, Cofounder and CTO, Tricog Health

Networking Lunch Break

World of Immersive Media: Augmented and Virtual Reality

Exploring the Future of AR/VR

Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC


Grokking XR

AR/VR (XR) is no longer science fiction and the nascent industry has exploded. Lots of buzz, acronyms, opinions and investment. Where are we now and why? What's driving the technology forward? Most importantly where is this headed and why?

Brett Bibby, VP of Engineering, Unity Technologies


Sony Computer Science Labs’ Latest Breakthroughs in XR

Jun Rekimoto, Deputy Director, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.


Quantum Computing and Quantum Security

Moderated by Mark Shmulevich, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, Acronis


Quantum-Safe Transition: How to Future Proof Critical Infrastructure

Grégoire Ribordy, CEO and Vice Chairman of Board, ID Quantique


Quantum Software

The advent of scalable quantum computers will mark a fundamental change in computing technology. Such devices fundamentally change the ways in which we can manipulate information, leading to vastly more efficient algorithms and more secure forms of encryption. Recent years have seen tremendous progress in the development of quantum processors, with experimental devices beginning to reach the limits of what can be simulated with conventional computing resources. With the hardware effort well under way, the challenge of developing applications which fully exploit quantum hardware has become more pressing. This talk will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the development of quantum software.

Joseph Fitzsimons, Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design


Quantum Mendeleev Table

Quantum technologies are by now considered as a holy grail of the future progress in high-tech spheres. Eventual applications of quantum information technologies range from cryptoanalysis and machine learning to simulating complex materials and biological systems. Despite the significant flow of research, the relevance of using technologies like quantum computing for concrete business tasks remains uncovered. Would it be possible to demonstrate not only computational but also commercial supremacy of quantum technologies in the near future? In this talk, we’ll discover the most relevant business applications of quantum information technologies.

Serguei Beloussov, Chairman and CEO, Acronis

Networking Coffee Break

Meet the Innovators Under 35

Ajay Giri Prakash Kottapalli, Research Scientist, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

Weibo Gao, Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Mathematical Science, Nanyang Technological University

Min Hao Wong, Candidate for PhD in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Technology, Jobs and the Future of Work

Growing in a Corporate Environment: Management or Technology Ladder?

Entrepreneurs tend to focus on “the invention” and overlook the whole picture in getting products to customers. However, innovation beyond “the invention” is particularly interesting as innovation in areas beyond invention can make a significant difference to the bottom line. Companies have many responsibilities in establishing a successful product or service, and coping with these responsibilities requires technical leadership and innovation. Follow Michael as he examines a typical path to leadership roles in companies, as well as criteria and recommendations to move up the ladder.

Michael Condry, President, IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS)


Maximising Human Potential in the Age of AI

Ever-improving AI and stubbornly resistant systemic bias is quickly turning human capital into a toxic asset. Problem-solvers take a lifetime to "build", but technological change is outpacing the social and economic institutions entrusted with their future. Applying insights and algorithms from theoretical neuroscience, economics, and psychology to massive datasets, Vivienne challenges ideas about bias and human potential in education and the workplace. Her research and tools explore solutions to map our greater aspirations, as companies and communities, to everyday actions.

Vivienne Ming, Cofounder and Managing Partner, Socos


Investing in the Future

Consumer Internet: Lessons from China and the US for Global Entrepreneurs

In this talk, Hans will discuss what global entrepreneurs can learn from the fast-growing tech scene in China. He will give an overview of the scale and speed of China's technology industry and the enabling factors for high growth, as well as shed light on the key players in the Chinese market. He will also share some lessons that can be gleaned from trends in China, in particular the importance of the mass market and going global from day one. He will then compare and contrast the US and China in four key consumer Internet categories: mobile payment, social networking, e-commerce, and transportation.

Hans Tung, Managing Partner - Silicon Valley, GGV Capital


Networking Cocktail Reception

End of Day One






Registration & Welcome Coffee

Opening Remarks by the Emcee

Mike North, Host, Discovery Channel


Artificial Intelligence I

Moderated by Will Knight, Senior Editor for AI, MIT Technology Review


Latest Breakthroughs from Tencent AI Lab

Tong Zhang, Executive Director, Tencent AI Lab


A Chinese AI Startup’s Journey

What is special about the current AI boom? How does a startup remain competitive among tech giants in finding right problems to solve with AI algorithms? The speaker will share with us Yitu’s journey so far as a Chinese AI startup, what Yitu has accomplished and what it is aiming to do.

Shuang Wu, Scientist, YITU Tech

Presenting Partner

New Challenges in Artificial Intelligence

In this talk Oriol will give an overview on Reinforcement Learning (RL), a research topic in Artificial Intelligence, and one of the techniques behind DeepMind's AlphaGo, the system that was able to defeat the best humans at the legendary game of Go. He will conclude describing their recent work on StarCraft 2, a popular strategy game which poses new, unique, and exciting challenges for RL.

Oriol Vinyals, Research Scientist, Google Deepmind

Networking Coffee Break

Artificial Intelligence II

Fueling the AI Revolution: Efficient Methods and Hardware for Deep Learning

The current resurgence of artificial intelligence is due to advances in deep learning. Systems based on deep learning now exceed human capability in speech recognition, object classification, and playing games like Go. Deep learning is enabled by powerful, efficient computing hardware. The algorithms used have been around since the 1980s, but it has only been in the last few years - when powerful GPUs became available to train networks - that the technology has become practical. This talk will review the current state of deep learning, describe recent research on deep learning systems, and explain how these systems are leading to more capable AI.

Bill Dally, Chief Scientist, NVIDIA


Bridging the Gap between Silicon Memory and Intelligence with Neuromorphic Chip

The brain is a repository of experiences associating stimuli with actuators. NeuroMem reflects this in its massively parallel neural network associating input patterns with categories. NeuroMem is a high performance non-stop learning solution that consumes very low power, and where all data is protected. NeuroMem could be everywhere in your everyday life as the perfect solution that makes all the sensors intelligent within milliseconds at milliwatts, without needing access to the web and keeping all data secure. NeuroMem solutions are simply scalable and by using ZISC architecture that don’t need to be programed, making it the best AI solution when energy, non-stop learning and secure data are key factors.

Pierre Brunswick, CEO, NeuroMem


Presenting Partner

From Machine Learning to the Science and the Engineering of Intelligence

In recent years, artificial intelligence researchers have built impressive systems. Two of my former postdocs — Demis Hassabis and Amnon Shashua — are behind two main recent success stories of AI: AlphaGo and Mobileye. We are still far, however, from creating artifacts that are as intelligent as we are. The Center for Brains, Minds and Machines was started with the belief that the path towards intelligent and ethical machines needs a science of intelligence, based on the combination of neuroscience, theory, machine learning and computer science. In this talk, I will sketch its vision and describe some of the projects that we are pursuing.

Tomaso Poggio, Eugene McDermott Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, McGovern Institute, MIT


Industry 4.0: Internet of Things, Robotics and Automation

Building Tomorrow’s Smart Factory, Today

The electronic manufacturing industry is lagging behind other industries in terms of automation as it still heavily relies on manual operations. Facing the fast increase of labor costs and labor shortages, the industry is undergoing revolutionary transformations. While Automation and Information Systems are the pillars of Industry 3.0, their integration is becoming fundamental for Industry 4.0. Gerald will discuss the technologies behind Industry 4.0, specifically for the electronic industry, the progress made, and the future of the revolution for the next 2~5 years to come.

Gerald Wong, President and CEO, Cambridge Industries Group


Networking Lunch Break

The 10 Billion Population Challenge

The 10 Billion Population Challenge: Energy, Food and Water for All

As we add another 2 to 3 billion people to the planet, some are concerned – others are not. In many regions the challenge of providing resources for more people is paramount: the land / food / energy / water nexus is seen as a potential driver of conflict and migration as well as a major growth constraint. Elsewhere there is great hope in new technologies to save the day and allow us to accommodate future population imbalances. Based on insights from multiple discussions around the world, this talk shares how this may play out.

Tim Jones, Programme Director, Future Agenda


Innovating Towards an All-Electric Future

Massive electricity storage would offer huge benefits to today’s grid, reducing price volatility, improving stability against loss of power, increasing utilisation of generation assets by enabling us to design towards average demand instead of peak demand, and deferring the costs of upgrading existing transmission lines. When it comes to tomorrow’s grid, storage is critical to widespread integration of renewables. Comprising two liquid metals and a molten salt electrolyte, the liquid metal battery has been invented to offer colossal current capability and long service lifetime at very low cost. In parallel, there are lessons more broadly applicable to innovation: how to pose the right question, how to engage young minds – not experts, how to establish a culture of support for risk taking. In short, innovation in batteries comes from outside the established battery industry.

Donald Sadoway, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT


The Wind and Solar Powered Drones Quantifying Our Planet

70% of our planet is covered by water and yet this vast domain remains mostly unexplored. Learn how wind and solar powered ocean drones are changing this and revolutionizing data collection at sea. In this talk, you will discover how this amazing technology works, why ‘saildrones’ were created and how we are using them to improve the understanding of our oceans at the confluence of autonomous technologies and big data, helping us better understand key planetary systems that affect humanity, such as weather, ocean acidification, and global fisheries.

Sebastien De Halleux, COO, Saildrone


Meet the Innovators Under 35

Anjali Jaiprakash, Advance Queensland Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

Qilin Wang, ARC DECRA Fellow & Lecturer, Griffith University

Wesley Zheng Guangyuan, Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR

Jiashi Feng, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore

Ceremony Honouring the Innovators Under 35

Networking Coffee Break

New Frontiers in Space and Aerospace Innovation

Moderated by Jonathan Hung, President, Singapore Space and Technology Association


Whither the Space Enterprise

A new space age is dawning. The first and second ages of space have been government driven. They have given the world communication satellites. They have provided global navigation and precise timing. However, the systems are expensive, slow to build and difficult to modify. This third phase of space is seeing the growth of entrepreneurial, private enterprise driven space as well as the development of more and more capable small satellite systems. This entrepreneurial, private enterprise driven space is leading to new profit-making ventures and the space enterprise being changed through reusable launch, small capable satellites and on-orbit servicing.

Daniel Hastings, CEO and Director, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology


Small Sats to LEO, on the Cheap

What do most observers see as the fundamental force behind Space 2.0 or New Space? Answer: Small satellites weighing less than 500 Kg. Indeed, there’s been no lack of innovation and entrepreneurship in/around small sats in recent years. However, limited launch opportunities and prohibitive costs continue to hinder the development and deployment of these new and exciting technologies. Enter Gilmour Space Technologies, a young rocket company based in Australia and Singapore that is developing low-cost small launch vehicles, specifically for this fast-growing market.

Adam Gilmour, CEO, Gilmour Space Technologies


Modeling and Shaping Technological Progress in Complex Aerospace Systems

We will explore two topics related to the question of how to model and actively shape technological progress. First, we will demonstrate through underlying theory and examples three complementary ways in which technology progress over time can be modeled in general: S-Curves, Generalized Moore’s Law and Pareto Shifts. Overall, we find that technological progress is exponential in all areas, albeit with different annual rates of improvement which range between 1.8% and 30% for the examples provided. Second, we will discuss the new efforts in technology planning and roadmapping at Airbus that help shape the Future of Flight.

Olivier de Weck, Senior Vice President for Technology Planning and Roadmapping, Airbus Group


Reliability and Affordability, the Case for Reusable Space Launch Systems

For the last four years, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has been aggressively pursuing recovery and reflight of its first stage Falcon 9 rocket booster. March 30, 2017 marked the first successful launch of a flight-proven booster. This talk will give a brief overview of the steps it took to achieve this, discuss the impact this technology will have on the space launch industry, and touch on why this is a critical step moving forward towards SpaceX’s next big goal, colonizing Mars.

Shana Diez, Director of Build Reliability, SpaceX


Close of Conference