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The Future of Technology to be Discussed at EmTech Asia 2017

An exceptional line-up of speakers plus two new events to be held in the lead-up to the

· EmTech Asia

SINGAPORE – The hottest topics in emerging technology will be discussed at EmTech Asia 2017, including Computing and Cybersecurity, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Agile Manufacturing and New Materials, Bio-Engineering, Urban Sustainability and Space 4.0. EmTech Asia attracts some of the world’s most visionary leaders and innovators to lead the discussion about what is set to change the way we live, work and interact with each other. This year, EmTech Asia is partnering two new events in the lead up to the conference; MIT Hacking Medicine and MIT Solve Strategy Workshop. The fourth edition of EmTech Asia will be held 14 – 15 February 2017 at the Sands Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

“The constant exploration of technology will drive Smart Nation, transforming the way we live, work and play. IMDA is glad to support EmTech Asia in advancing collaboration across the innovation ecosystem, bringing researchers, engineers and businesses together to tackle pressing challenges facing all of us,” said Mr Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). IMDA is the Host Partner for EmTech Asia 2017.

Organized by Koelnmesse Pte Ltd and MIT Technology Review, EmTech Asia 2017 is expected to draw over 700 participants from more than 20 countries. More than 40 visionary speakers will come together to participate including:

Space 4.0

    • Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor Chair, MIT
    • David Oh, Project Systems Engineer & Former Lead Flight Director, Curiosity Mars Rover, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
    • Matt Bold, Principle Researcher, Advanced Technology Center, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
    • Kay Soon Low, Professor/Director of Satellite Technology and Research (STAR) Centre, National University of Singapore
    • Daniel E. Hastings, CEO, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Former Chief Scientist, US Air Force
    • Rohit Jha, Engineer and CEO, Transcelestial

    Computing and Cybersecurity

    • Walter O’Brien, Executive Producer, Scorpion (CBS-TV series)
    • Thomas Sohmers, Chief Executive Officer, REX Computing
    • Marek Michalewicz, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw
    • Alexander Ling, Principal Investigator, Quantum Optics, National University of Singapore
    • Paul Daugherty. Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture
    • Douglas J. Gardner, CTO, Secure Technology Group, Analog Devices

    Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

    • Marc Hamilton, Vice President of Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA
    • Samay Kohli, CEO and Cofounder, GreyOrange

    Agile Manufacturing and New Materials

    • Julia R. Greer, Professor, Materials Science and Mechanics, California Institute of Technology
    • Omkaram (Om) Nalamasu, Applied Materials, Inc. and Applied Ventures, LLC
    • Jackie Ying, Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR

    Virtual and Augmented Reality

    • Adrian David Cheok, Director, Imagineering Institute Chair, City University of London
    • Anders Ynnerman, Director, Norrköping Visualization Center

    Brave New (Bio-Engineered) World

    • Daniela Rhodes, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
    • Jun Wang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iCarbonX
    • Le Cong, Postdoctoral Fellow. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    Entrepreneurs and Visionaries

    • Jenny Lee, Managing Partner, Shanghai, GGV Capital
    • Vinnie Lauria, Funding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
    • Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Director, SOSV
    • Mike North, Host, Prototype This!, Discovery Channel
    • Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate
    • Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, Chief Operating Officer, MIT Technology Review
    • Antoinette Matthews, Vice President of Licensing and Communities, MIT Technology Review
    • Alex Amouyel, Executive Director, Solve
    • Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive (Development), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

    EmTech Asia 2017 also features the MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators under 35’, which recognizes Asia’s most outstanding innovators under the age of 35. The 10 honourees selected for 2017, come from Singapore, Malaysia and Australia and will each present a three-minute elevator pitch at EmTech Asia about their innovations, which typically attracts investment in their work.

    The 10 innovators under 35 are:

    • Zhi Wei She, Research Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
    • Angela Wu, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) & Founding Member, Agenovir Corporation
    • Dhesi Raja, Cofounder Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology (AIME)
    • Simon Gross, ARC DECRA Research Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University
    • Yong Lin Kong, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    • Gang Wang, Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
    • John Ho, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS)
    • Prateek Saxena, Dean's Chair Assistant Professor, School of Computing, National University of Singapore (NUS)
    • Sumeet Walia, Lecturer, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
    • Dawn Tan, Assistant Professor, Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

    New events leading up to EmTech Asia

    Sponsored by SGInnovate, the MIT Hacking Medicine hackathon takes place from 10 – 12 February 2017. The event aims to stimulate the merge of cutting-edge robotics with healthcare. At the hackathon, teams will create social robotic platforms capable of perception and engagement that could impact a wide range of patients, including autistic and Alzheimer patients, and the elderly. Teams will work with on platforms including Google, and 5 Segway Social Robots with full Software Developer Kits (SDK). The winning teams will present their solutions at EmTech Asia during a special panel.

    The MIT Solve Strategy Workshop will be held on the 13 February 2017 and will focus on solving the most pressing challenges within the education arena. Solve is open to innovators and thought leaders from Southeast Asia’s technology and education sectors. At EmTech Asia, they are set to brainstorm and discuss the topic: In a world where Google knows everything and machines think, which new competencies and knowledge should students and adults learn?

    Key sponsors and partners of EmTech Asia 2017 include: Host Partner, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Diamond Sponsor, Accenture, Disruptive Innovation Partner, SGInnovate, Innovation Partner, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and Cybersecurity Partner, Analog Devices. Sponsors and partners include L’Oréal Research and Innovation, SAP, MIT Professional Education and Workforce Singapore (WSG). Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and The Institution of Engineers are the Technology Showcase Partners.



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    1. MIT Hacking Medicine will be held on 10 – 12 February 2017. For more information, head to: 
    2. The Solve Strategy Workshop will be held on 13 February 2017 from 1:00 – 3:30 PM at the Sands Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. For more information, email

    About EmTech Asia 

    EmTech Asia is MIT Technology Review’s annual conference on emerging technologies that matter, hosted annually in Singapore. EmTech 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, EmTech 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.

    EmTech Asia is organised by MIT Technology Review and Koelnmesse. The event is supported by IMDA, SGInnovate, Accenture, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and Analog Devices. Sponsors include L’Oréal, SAP, and MIT Professional Education; the event co-organiser, Koelnmesse, was recently recognised by the Singapore Tourism Board as Best Trade Conference Organiser for EmTech Asia.

    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 cologneAnugaIDSINTERMOTInterzum Cologne, PhotokinaGamescom and the International Hardware Fair Cologne. Koelnmesse is MIT Technology Review’s local partner for EmTech Asia, EmTech Hong Kong and TR35 Asia. 

    About MIT Technology Review

    MIT Technology Review (, which is wholly owned by MIT, creates award-winning technology-related editorial content on a variety of platforms for an audience of millions of business leaders, innovators, and thought leaders, in six languages and in 147 countries. At readers access daily news and analysis, and the award-winning MIT Technology Review magazine has set the standard for technology publications since 1899. In addition to producing engaging live events, the company manages the global entrepreneurial organization MIT Enterprise Forum.


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