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Be Inspired by the Future of Technology at EmTech Asia 2018

· EmTech Asia

SINGAPORE - Science and technology is rewriting the way we live, work, and play. Whether we are ready or not, visionaries, scientists and inventors change our lives through their innovations. They seek to improve medical care, build smarter cities, analyse large swaths of data and ensure that 10 billion people have sufficient energy, food and water to survive. In 2018, more than 40 of the technology world’s most visionary leaders and innovators will address these trends and more at EmTech Asia, which will be held from 30 – 31 January at the Marina Bay Sands.

“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,” said Daniel E. Hastings (pictured above), Chief Executive Officer of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). SMART is EmTech Asia’s Innovation Partner.

Organised by Koelnmesse Pte Ltd and MIT Technology Review, EmTech Asia 2018 attracts over 700 participants from around the world. An exceptional line-up of speakers is coming together to participate in the fifth edition of EmTech Asia. Speakers include:

Cloud, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

  • Bill Dally, Chief Scientist, NVIDIA
  • Oriol Vinyals, Research Scientist, Google Deepmind
  • Pierre Brunswick, CEO, NeuroMem Technologies
  • Tomaso Poggio, Eugene McDermott Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
  • Tong Zhang, Executive Director, Tencent AI Lab
  • Will Knight, Senior Editor for AI, MIT Technology Review

World of Immersive Media: Augmented and Virtual Reality

  • Alvin Wang Graylin, China President, Vive HTC
  • Brett Bibby, VP of Engineering, Unity Technologies
  • Jun Rekimoto, Deputy Director, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.

Quantum Computing and Quantum Security

  • Grégoire Ribordy, CEO and Vice Chairman of Board, ID Quantique
  • Mark Shmulevich, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, Acronis

IoT, Robotics and Automation

  • Gerald Wong, President and CEO, Cambridge Industries Group
  • Sebastien De Halleux, COO, Saildrone

Future Cities

  • Gerhard Schmitt, Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zürich & Director of Singapore-ETH Centre
  • Nick Earle, SVP Global Field Operations, Hyperloop One

Rewriting Life

  • Diane Wu, Cofounder, Trace Genomics
  • Peter C Dedon, Underwood-Prescott Professor of Biological Engineering, MIT
  • Steven Tucker, Chief Medical Officer, CXA Group, Founder, Tucker Medical
  • Yuval Ofek, Cofounder and Chairman, DayTwo

Technology, Jobs and the Future of Work

  • Michael Condry, President, IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS)
  • Vivienne Ming, Cofounder and Managing Partner, Socos

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

  • Donald Sadoway, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT
  • Tim Jones, Programme Director, Future Agenda

New Frontiers in Space and Aerospace Innovation

  • Adam Gilmour, CEO, Gilmour Space Technologies
  • Daniel Hastings, CEO and Director, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
  • Jonathan Hung, President, Singapore Space and Technology Association
  • Olivier L. de Weck, Senior Vice President for Technology Planning and Roadmapping, Airbus Group

Entrepreneurs and Visionaries

  • Hans Tung, Managing Partner, Silicon Valley GGV Capital
  • Mike North, Host, Discovery Channel
  • Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

EmTech Asia 2018 also features MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators under 35 Asia Pacific,” which recognises the region’s most outstanding innovators under the age of 35. The 10 honourees selected come from Singapore, Australia, and Taiwan, and will each present a three-minute elevator pitch about their innovations. These pitches typically attract investment in their work.

The 10 Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific are:

  1. Ajay Prakash Kottapalli, Research Scientist, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)
  2. Anjali Jaiprakash, Advance Queensland Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology
  3. Bee Luan Khoo, Senior Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)
  4. Chun-Hao Huang, Co-founder & CEO, CLINICAI Inc
  5. Jiashi Feng, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
  6. Min Hao Wong, Candidate for PhD in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  7. Qilin Wang, ARC DECRA Fellow & Lecturer, Griffith University
  8. Weibo Gao, Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Mathematical Science, Nanyang Technological University
  9. Wesley Zheng Guangyuan, Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR
  10. Yok Hian Chionh, Assistant Director, Tychan Pte Ltd

Key sponsors and partners of EmTech Asia 2018 include: Host Partner, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA); Disruptive Innovation Partner, SGInnovate; Platinum Sponsor, NeuroMem; and Gold Sponsor, NCS. Strategic partners include Singapore Science Centre, TiE Singapore and Supporting Partners IEEE TEMS and Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau.

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About EmTech Asia:

EmTech Asia is where technology, business, and culture converge. It is the showcase for emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives. It is an access point to the most innovative people and companies in the world. Most of all, it is a place of inspiration — an opportunity to glimpse the future and begin to understand the technologies that matter and how they will change the face of business and drive the new global economy. For more information, please visit

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About Koelnmesse:

Koelnmesse Pte Ltd is one of the world's largest trade fair companies. Its more than 70 trade fairs and exhibitions have the broadest international scope in the industry, as 60 percent of the exhibitors and 40 percent of the visitors come from outside Germany. The Koelnmesse events include the leading global trade fairs for 25 sectors, such as Imm cologne, Anuga, IDS, INTERMOT, Interzum Cologne, Photokina, Gamescom, and the International Hardware Fair Cologne. Koelnmesse is MIT Technology Review’s co-organiser for EmTech Asia and EmTech Hong Kong. For more information, please visit


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