At Slush Singapore we want to put your senses, thoughts and beliefs to the test.
Our speakers are here to challenge you as they step into the spotlight at the Avalanche, Sandstorm and Wildfire stages to talk about one of our five tracks. This year, the exhilarating content will cover the topics of Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Tomorrow, Sustainability, and Science.
At Slush Singapore we do not want you to learn something, we want you to change something.
Keynote: The Hyperloop: Ticketless, Frictionless and Sustainable
Experience the next breakthrough in mobility with Mr. Bibop Gresta, Chairman and Co-Founder of HyperloopTT. Since 2013, HyperloopTT has been building a system that brings airplane speeds to the ground by using a unique business model that continues to enlist passionate engineers, creatives, technologists, corporate and university partners from around the world. The original Hyperloop company is doing more than envisioning a better, faster, and more sustainable way to travel; it's making it a reality
Co-Founder & Chairman, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
Panel: Morality in Robots
We are moving into an era where many things and jobs can be replaced by AI. Will robots overtake us, humans, one day? Should we fear AI and robots? Will the scenes in Black Mirror turn into reality where Robots conquer human race? Join Nadia, creator of Robot Nadine the world first human like robot, Ayesha, AI advisor to clients such as SMRT and running an incubator for AI startups, Jacqueline, Partner and consultant transforming brands in Asia as well as Xin En, CNBC - as they discuss how we as human are responsible in creating ethical AI programs and robots and the reinforcement of data privacy act in AI.
Director, Institute for Media Innovation (Nanyang Technological University)
CEO & Co-Founder, ADDO AI
Journalist, CNBC International
Keynote: Fave: Accelerating a cashless Southeast Asia with series B
Having just raised over US$20M in a Series B round, Fave, the leading mobile O2O platform in Southeast Asia, is on a mission to help offline businesses go online. With 90% of retail spend still taking place offline, Fave is on a quest to enable offline businesses to not just go online but also grow online. If you are looking for insights from one of the fastest growing startups in SEA, this talk is for you.
The MoU, signed by Life3 Biotech CEO Ricky Lin, AVA CEO Lim Kok Thai and NJC Principal Ang Pow Chew, has put this tripartite partnership as the first of its kind for a local enterprise, government agency and school to work together and exemplify the shared vision of R.I.C.E – Research, Innovation, Community Engagement and Entrepreneurship. Each party will provide an array of resources such as infrastructure, technical expertise and manpower to determine research topics and develop new agri-food technologies and innovation for sustainable urban food production. The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding provides a foundation to work collaboratively in establishing Project Cube/Roots as Singapore’s first urban agriculture research facility in a school for research and development work covering the food value chain.
Founder & CEO, Life3Biotech
Keynote: Level-up! The Decentralisation of the Gaming Industry
Blockchain has been a buzzword infiltrating every aspect of our lives, transforming numerous industries, especially the gaming industry. With blockchain, the game and virtual items can now be separated so item ownership can be in perpetuity, beyond when the game shuts down. Gamemakers are able to further explore potential business models that bank on the opportunity of using blockchain technology. Chase Freo, CEO & Co-Founder of Alto.io, will discuss the shift of the gaming industry towards blockchain and present limitations that they seek to overcome in the future.
CEO & Co-Founder, Alto.io
Keynote: Beyond Deep Tech Buzzwords: How do deep tech startups win the market?
This season of startup hype has a mother buzzword to encapsulate many others. On a day to day basis, what the heck is 'deep tech'? How do entrepreneurs cut through their own hype and focus on the right things when scaling up a business in 'deep tech'? How do investors invest in deep tech businesses profitably? Khailee Ng shares how 500 Startups shares investing stories in deep tech (pre-buzzword) and how they apply the commercial sensibility they've been known for to cut through the buzzwords. Expect stories, case studies and a lot of energy from this anti-buzzword presentation!
Managing Partner, 500 Startups
Fireside: Talk (Crypto) Money to me: Decentralising Crypto Exchanges
The proliferation of crytocurrency has brought along with it increasing fragmentation of the network and problems of integration from other DApps and projects. With such impacts running deep into merger and acquisitions and ICOs, what can be looked forward to in improving the efficiency in blockchain? Join Kyber’s CEO & Co-founder, Loi Luu as he discusses with Hoe Lon, on how new growth is possible by making the liquidity network more diverse and interoperable to power the latent needs in the space.
CEO & Co-Founder, Kyber Network
Head of Macro Trading Asean, Standard Chartered Bank
Pitching Session Welcome Address by Philips and The Bakery
Philips X Slush Singapore Startup Challenge: Pitching Round 1
Panel: A-venture time! Family ventures vs venture capitalists
Family funds are not new in the investment scene; what is interesting are the type of investments made - will it be in line with the overall business strategy, what are the key values critical to family funding? Join Hamzah, Michelle and Shumei as they share insights on the regional startup ecosystem and the advantages that a family fund has over VCs. Whether you are an entrepreneur or a family looking to invest, this panel will discuss key investment evaluations and how in their own ways, they are reshaping the regional investment environment.
Founder, Core Collective & Collision 8
Managing Partner, Plug and Play Tech Center
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, RHL Ventures
Principal, Azul World Singapore
Panel: Making Sense of Decentralized-Everything
The panel discusses the various different applications of the blockchain and decentralisation in our lives other than what it's most commonly known for when it gained traction - cryptocurrencies as a form of currency. The question of the relevance of blockchain for these applications the panelists represent via founding their startups is raised, given the suddenly boom and hype of "blockchain-everything-and-anything".
Co-Founder & CEO, Eximchain
CEO, Bluzelle Networks
Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer, Intrepid Ventures
Fireside: Mind of an investor - soul of an adventurer
You seldom meet someone who literally calls the whole world their home. Not only is that true for entrepreneur-turned-investor Paul Bragiel, but while touring the world he has also started successful funds in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. Is Silicon Valley, after all, not the only right answer for founders and investors looking for success? And if so, how does one win at this global game? We turn to a man with three citizenships for some answers.
Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Head of Slush Singapore
Panel: What’s on Your Feed - can we feed 9 billion by 2050?
The Earth’s population is expected to expand beyond 9 billion by 2050. How can we do that without overwhelming the planet? With limited resources, how can technological developments create a more sustainable food supply chain? How do we create a secure food chain and ensure food safety? At this panel, investors and entrepreneurs within the industry will discuss market opportunities within SEA and from a global perspective, and share how they respond to innovative technological developments.
Investment Partner, Bits x Bites
Director of Partnerships, Antler
Founder & CEO, JR Group Holdings
Founder & CEO, Life3Biotech
Keynote: Why Blockchain sucks (Except when it doesn't)
Blockchain has yet to live up to it’s utopian promises of decentralization, disruption and disintermediation. Or has it..? There are issues with Blockchain technology that has not been resolved yet: it is not scalable, throughput is terrible, it’s extremely difficult to use, divisive communities, scams, application security and the list goes on. The common man suffer from blockchain fatigue as every company attempts to integrate it into their business model, without knowing how it actually works. Zach Piester, Chief Development Officer at Intrepid Ventures, will break down how blockchain has changed the very fabric of how we live, work and play, and how we can identify and trust these solutions.
Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer, Intrepid Ventures
Keynote: Save the Earth. Eat Meat.
We’ve heard a lot from plant-eaters - how going vegan is the way to save the planet. But for way too long meat-lovers have been excluded from this equation. Nick Halla, SVP International from Impossible Foods is here to share with us how the Impossible Burger will be a great force in bringing clean, delicious meat to people of all diets. The vegan meat that bleeds? You heard us right. It’s time for traditional agriculture to make way for a new era of food production!
Senior Vice President International, Impossible Foods
Keynote: Leveraging Blockchain to Transform Global Payments
In an age where we can talk to people all over the world instantly and for free, why are global payments so costly, inefficient and unreliable? How can we enable the world to move money and other assets like information moves today? Cory Johnson of Ripple will discuss the fragmented infrastructure of payments today, and how blockchain is improving and revolutionizing the global financial system and beyond.
Chief Marketing Strategist, Ripple
Keynote: Realizing the Promise of Precision Medicine
Chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, are the leading cause of global mortality and pose significant challenges to society. The new science of metabolomics provides us with an opportunity to kickstart a healthcare revolution - transforming today's reactive 'sickcare' into a proactive system of personalized diagnostics and disease prevention. Teemu Suna, Nightingale Health's CEO, will explain how we can successfully take scientific discoveries out of the lab, simplify their concepts and bring them to the clinic, where they can benefit everyone. Discover how blood screening can empower people to stay healthy and unlock the potential of precision medicine.
CEO, Nightingale Health
Keynote: Space Sweepers - Did you Know? Space isn’t as clean as you think!
As landfills around the world fill up, space becomes the convenient dumping ground for our trash. Is space truly an unfillable void, or are we using a short-term and selfish solution? Nobu Okada, fellow Earth Dweller and Founder and CEO of Astroscale, has a solution to this. Through hustling, grit and the entrepreneurial spirit, he introduces the hurdles he faces in the noble and unpleasant job of cleaning up space and what fellow earth-dwellers like you can me can do to help.
Founder & CEO, Astroscale
Keynote: Dare to Think Quantum
For decades past, computational power has been the workhorse of the modern economy. Unfortunately, classical, conventional computers are now reaching fundamental physical limits - beyond which lie some of humanity’s hardest computational problems. Quantum computing, however, offers a radically different model of computation, based on the unfamiliar properties of subatomic systems. Today, quantum processors are already available on the cloud, with capabilities of revolutionising the way we perform and understand computations. Join Tommaso Demarie, CEO & Co-Founder of Entropica Labs, as he presents the current state of quantum computing with its challenges and inspires you to unlock the potential of quantum computing. Even if quantum physics might make you lightheaded, Tommaso will dare you to start thinking more quantum.
CEO & Co-Founder, Entropica Labs
Fireside: Deciding the Next Battle Ground
How do you transform your company into a $1billion dollar powerhouse and make the next step into the business elite? With this provocative question, Fajrin Rasyid, the Co-Founder & President of Bukalapak, will explore the rollercoaster life of start-up business' and why entrepreneurs should strive for more than just innovation and passion to begin their own business journey. Discover more about the results of Bukalapak’s early business stage to build the nation by empowering SMEs and technology utilisation as well as delve into the Offline to Online (O2O) plan from Bukalapak.
Co-Founder & President, Bukalapak
Pitching Session Welcome Address by Philips and The Bakery
Panel: Bridging the translational gap between research science and entrepreneurship
It is an increasing pain point where technical terms in science go over the heads of the many lay-people that are not familiar with the research and innovation landscape, and there is an increasing call for solutions in bridging this translational gap between the scientists and the investors that then fund the research ideas, and also other businesses that would then be keen in the most recent innovations. The aim of this panel is to be a steppings stone for bridging this gap and hopefully more scientists see the value of "getting out of the labs" and turning their research innovations into actual viable business plans
Operating Partner, Idinvest Partners
Founder & CEO, Triumf Health
Managing Director, Temasek Life Sciences Accelerator
Head of Program & Speakers Management, Slush Singapore
Keynote: Whom to trust, when no one is In charge?
Trust is the crucial element of any personal and business relationships and the core of all our interactions. This talk will challenge the common idea about the blockchain, the technology that powers cryptocurrencies; allowing two parties to make a transaction “without relying on trust”. The blockchain does not eliminate trust. It merely converts trust from one form to another and the question is whom to trust when no one is in charge. From a medical doctor, then professional kite surfer to a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, keynote-speaker and blockchain expert - TRUST us, Julian Hosp’s life pattern is as advanced as the technologies nowadays. If you want to know, whether we can make trust more accessible by using innovative technologies, listen to his keynote.
Co-founder & President, TenX
Philips X Slush Singapore Startup Challenge: Pitching Round 2
Panel: Demystify! The State of Southeast Asian Tech
Slush Singapore and Monk's Hill Ventures have published a joint State of Southeast Asian Tech report. It's the first report of it's kind to address the current state of the tech, startup and funding ecosystem of the region. Thus, it has already generated a lot of interest and publicity. The panel aims to present the top findings of the report and discuss their implications to the region - and why the world should pay attention to Southeast Asia. The report can be viewed here.
Head of Slush Singapore
Managing Partner, Monk’s Hill Ventures
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Horangi Cyber Security
Global Industry Editor for Technology, Reuter News
Fireside: Counting down to Singapore’s First Rocket
NewSpace - new ways of doing space stuff, without the government setting the roadmap and budget - aims to commercialize and democratize space exploration for the everyday man. An explorer by heart and setting sights beyond the skies, CEO & Founder of Equatorial Space, Simon Gwozdz, will share about his dreams and what his rocket launching journey means for us all.
CEO & Founder, Equatorial Space
Executive Director, Singapore Space and Technology Association
Squirrel AI: The Machine that regularly outperforms human teachers and redefines education
To enhance personalized learning and deliver quality education to the growing population in China, YiXue uses AI-driven adaptive tutoring services to understand the child’s weaker topics and tailor classes to meet their specific needs.Truly giving every child a teacher and bringing equity to education, join Yvonne as she shares how they have reached more than 100,000 paid user across more than 20 provinces, breaking the current bottlenecks in the education segment.t.
Keynote: The Path of a Serial Entrepreneur and Tech Investor
The entrepreneurship journey is full of twists and turns. As a serial entrepreneur caught with the bug of tech investment, JP Lee will share his entrepreneurial journey from building his own company and being the last man keeping it afloat, to his second company which he successfully sold off. From managing small funds, to overseeing bigger funds, JP Lee will share how he joined Softbank Ventures Korea as the CEO, investing in more than 250 companies and managing more than USD 623 million under its portfolio.
CEO & Managing Partner, SoftBank Ventures Korea
Keynote: A Journey from Public to Private; from Europe to Asia
Startup and the whole private sector are faced with public regulations.How can startups build relationships with the public sector? Fleur Pellerin, will give an ex-minister’s perspective of how the public and private sectors foster the ecosystem. She will also shed a light on her journey from public to private and Europe to Asia, as the Founder and CEO of Korelya Capital. What have been the setbacks, learnings and how do different cultures deal with failure? Has Europe harvested all the opportunities from collaborating with Asia?
Founder & CEO, Korelya Capital
Keynote: The Antler Story - What makes a Great Founder?
What does it take for you to follow your own path in the world? Setting out on a life less travelled is no easy feat. Learn from the journey and experiences of Magnus Grimeland, CEO of Antler and Co-Founder of zalora.com as he shares first-hand insight into what it takes to be a great founder. An inspiring session on the necessary traits, mindset and unique perspectives anyone can and should adopt in order to survive the startup trek to success.
Founder & CEO, Antler
Fireside: We need to talk about Rock Chain
|As with all successful technologies, blockchain is an enabler, just like the rocks used as a form of currency by the islanders of Yap! Many expect blockchain to be the next internet and to make us all live a slightly different life. A life where trust is provided by technology and where existing, sometimes centuries old business models will be re-designed. So can blockchain truly be the technology ushering in the next big wave of change in our daily lives?|
Founder & CEO, Funderbeam
Digital & Technology Lead, PWC Legal International Singapore
Panel: Forbes 30 Under 30
The young person’s desire and drive to reinvent the world that we live in is, remarkable. Join the panel discussion of Forbes 30 under 30, who have in their own ways, hustle to powerfully impact the communities they are in. One is never too old or young to dream another dream; come be inspired as Shanrun, Lu Zhang, Mahdi share their stories of disappointments and hope, failures and achievements, in their journey of entrepreneurship, an unconventional step at a time.
Founder & Managing Partner, Fusion Fund
Founder, Guanxi.AI & Advisor, Slush Shanghai
Panel: Minimizing Waste in a Circular Economy
The definition or process of the circular economy means that waste is automatically reduced. All the worlds resources have a value. That value within our economic system now only continues when that resources is created into a consumerable product. However in the circular economy value is not just allocated to products but also to their by products or waste from the production process. It allows us to truly reflect value across 100& of natures resources. Interestingly this shift in value also increases a desire for increased quality, especially in the fashion industry. Through the circulation of textile fibre companies will be rewarded and encouraged to create a better quality product at the very beginning. This shift from fast and cheap to a more quality fibre or product could also have very interesting impacts on the way we do business and capitalism itself in the future.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Nusa Sentara
Co-Founder, Reverse Resources
Business Development Director, Winnow
Managing Editor, Eco-Business
Keynote: Staying Focused, Recharge and Perform
Life as startup founder or investor in an emerging market can be demanding. Besides running and growing your business you spend time with stakeholders in the ecosystem, deal with distractions and have to perform at your best. Michael Lints, partner at a early stage venture capital firm in SEA knows this well. He will share his best life hacks on how do you manage those demands, stay focused, healthy and at your best.
Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Keynote: Machine Learning: Bridging the Gap from Useful to Usable
This talk will look at some of the key challenges that need to be addressed to take the next step towards enabling "usable" and "operationally scalable" machine learning. As a professor in Data Science and CTO at the award winning machine learning company AIDA Technologies Shonali Krishnaswamy is the right person to discuss how machine learning models can help to create truly transformational impact in an organisation and how machine learning models can bridge the gap from being useful, to being truly usable.
CTO, AIDA Technologies
Fireside: Saving the World Through Tech - Why not?
Capital trends are moving towards Social Good Tech - Now is the Best time to do it. Join Shannon, Partner of Gobi Ventures and Paul, Managing Director of Digital Ventures in discovering the trends Social Good Tech.
Partner at Gobi VC
Keynote: Heading to the Era of Protocol Economy
Working for a protocol instead of a corporation? Simon Seojoon Kim from Hashed suggests the technology and philosophy behind blockchain will bring open network economy without friction. He talks about the history of corporations and co-operatives and our future of working and making contributions for a protocol.
CEO & Partner, Hashed
Philips X Slush Singapore Startup Challenge: Announcement for TOP 5
Keynote: How can Quantum Physics deter hacker attacks?
Quantum computing will lead to an inconceivable leap in computational power, which will leave many of our data systems and their current security mechanisms defenseless to cyber attacks. Learn why our current data protection systems are at risk, why the situation is not hopeless, and how we can fight quantum with quantum: leveraging the fundamental properties of quantum physics to devise security systems to prevent the most advanced hacker attacks.
Panel: Brace for Impact
The mainstream funds are closely assessing governance not because they label themselves as ethical or socially responsible, but because these are genuine and material investment risks. With Yvonne’s lead Maureen, Anders and Paul will discuss if all investment mandates should be impact driven and what supportive “braces” each of them have been building for the ESG ecosystem.If you want to hustle radical impact and help others embrace change, beyond green washing & certifications, this is the panel for yous.
Managing Partner & CEO, Bethnal Green Ventures
Founder & CEO, Aquifer Institute
Co-Founder & CEO, Vesl
Executive Chairman, Nordic Impact & Co-Founder, Katapult Future Fest
Keynote: Zero to Billions: The Making of Asia's Largest Global Sports Property
Chatri, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship;the largest martial arts organization in the world, has experienced extreme hardship, surviving on $4 a day while putting himself through school. Today, he is a multimillion dollar entrepreneur and one of the most brilliant minds in business. But he wouldn’t have gotten to where he is now if it weren’t for his passion for martial arts, and the key values it instilled in him growing up. Discover how the key values martial arts teaches helped Sityodtong power through seemingly insurmountable obstacles, making the impossible possible, and the impact martial arts has had on his life.
Founder, Chairman & CEO, ONE Championship
Panel: Joining China's Belt and Road
With the Chinese economy surpassing the US, eyes are looking to where Chinese money will next land its footprint – be it through the belt or road. Merger and acquisition activities in the region or investments into unicorns will only be on the rise - so how will the investment landscape paint out in time to come? More significantly, what are the pain points when investing in the different markets with the fragmented backdrop arising from differences in cultural or regulation or social trends? Join the panel as they confront issues of investing in value and discuss areas that are ripe for entrepreneurs to innovate and problem solve.
China & APAC Community Director, Startup Grind
Founding General Partner, Haitao Capital
Founder & Managing Partner, Fusion Fund
Principal, Jungle Ventures
Keynote: The Art of Creating Opportunities
Whether you are working in a startup where resources may be limited or you have moved on to the growth phase of your company there will always be challenges to reaching your goals. How you decide to look at those challenges and then finding ways to solve them could mean the difference between success and failure. Join Donna as she discusses the art of creating opportunities using positive thinking, which is proactive problem solving. She will share real life examples about how she overcame challenges she faced in the various startups she has worked in to hopefully offer you inspiration about new ways you can start looking at how you will face your next challenge or goal.
CEO of VirtualTraveller
Keynote: Sky’s Not the Limit: Space Exploration in Astropreneurship
As discovering space becomes an increasingly democratised and commercialised venture, the barrier to entry for companies to join the race becomes lower and lower, in no small part thanks to the new technologies radically transforming the space industry. The thought that Singaporean startups can now be involved in the exploration is out of this world. How can we support this dynamic growing industry? Ex-NASA scientist and current CEO of Astropreneurs HUB, Bidushi Bhattacharya, will share about how Singaporean companies are uniquely positioned, and how we can overcome challenges like limited resources to stay competitive.
Co-Founder, Astropreneurs HUB & CEO, Bhattacharya Space Enterprises
Keynote: Closing the Loop: where Crisis meets Opportunity
Circular economic models are rising to meet the challenges of today's Global Crisis. Ocean's Plastic, Frequent Natural Disasters, Water Shortages & Species Loss. These are all topics which are covering our headlines, political symposiums and news feeds more than ever. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the problems we are facing today as a global society. What to do? Is it too late? Perhaps from the old world view - but a new type of company is emerging which are using these crisis as a catalyst for an enviro-economic revolution. Come join Sabrina co-founder of Nusa Sentara as she tells her stories of the front lines of the movement from oceans of plastics to earthquake disaster zones.
Managing Partner & Founder, Nusa Sentara
Keynote: Making meets Make-believe: Technology Education for the 21st Century
From a jacquard loom maker to a daughter of a poet and mathematician to philosophers, material scientists, artists, dreamers and tinkerers, the history of technology is about humans and their big ideas. But how do we make sure access to creating with technology is democratized in the era of automation, AI and algorithms and Silicon Valley running the show? Let this Scandinavian storyteller share her vision.
Founder, Rails Girls
Philips X Slush Singapore Startup Challenge: TOP 5 Intro
Philips X Slush Singapore Startup Challenge: Final Pitches
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