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Inspire. Innovate. Collaborate. Discover the future of technology and business at EmTech Asia 2016

30 November 2015, SINGAPORE – Delve into a world where humans and machines are working side by side; where scientists are breaking the genome code to fight human disease and where fully and partially autonomous vehicles pave the way we transport, travel and commute. From 26 – 27 January at the Marina Bay Sands, 40 of the tech world’s most visionary leaders and innovators will address these trends and more at EmTech Asia 2016.

Professor Daniel H. Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), shares his view about the event, "EmTech Asia continues to bring innovative thinkers who will be talking about exciting future developments that would impact our lives. Topics such as deep learning, advances in robotics, digital transformation, connected health, intelligent transportation and other emerging areas promise to be highly illuminating. Over the last few years, the conference has become better and better and is now a must attend event for business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change makers who want to change the world."

Organized by Koelnmesse Pte Ltd and MIT Technology Review, EmTech Asia 2016 attracts over 600 participants from around the world. An exceptional line-up of speakers is coming together to participate in the third edition of EmTech Asia. Speakers include:

  • Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC
  • Wolfgang Baier, Chief Executive Officer, SingPost
  • Stephen Turner, Founder and CTO, Pacific Biosciences
  • Liam Pedersen, Principal Researcher & Manager - Autonomous Vehicles from Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley
  • RJ Mical, Director of Games at Google
  • Antony Evans, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glowing Plant
  • Jens Eckstein, President at SR-One
  • Mark Post, Chair of Physiology at Maastricht University and Team Lead, Cultured Beef
  • Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI)
  • Quoc Le, Research Scientist at Google Brain
  • Jun-Ho Oh, Director, Humanoid Robot Research Center (Hubo Lab) at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • Le Cong, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Justin Newton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Netki
  • Peter Phleps, Futurist from the Institute for Mobility Research (ifmo) - A research facility of the BMW Group
  • Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Joanna Batstone, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Australia and New Zealand

 This year’s key themes aim to change the way we live, interact and learn. They revolve around: 

  • Digital Life, which scrutinizes the advances in and impact of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation on everyday lives. These sessions explore opportunities and challenges from the Internet of Everything (IoE) age, including cybersecurity and analytics;
  • Connected Health, which looks at how healthcare is changing through the application of technology. It also explores aspects of genome editing – how nanomedicine is breaking the code to fight human disease;
  • Augmenting Knowledge is a session that scans the ways technologies are changing the way we interact with each other and our environments. Speakers will delve into the next frontier of Augmented Reality and biofeedback enhanced games;
  • Intelligent Transportation, will probe how fully and partially autonomous vehicles are changing the way we transport, travel and commute. This session will zero in on smart highways, the intelligent and interactive roads of the future;
  • The Future of Money, looks at how digital banking, payment gateways and cryptocurrencies will affect the way we are going to bank and pay in the future.

EmTech Asia 2016 also recognizes the TR35 ‘Innovators under 35’ from around the region. At the conference, 10 honourees from around the region will give elevator pitches about their work at. These pitches typically result in further publicity for their work, along with investment opportunities.

EmTech Asia is organized by MIT Technology Review and Koelnmesse. The host partner for EmTech Asia 2016 is the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). The event is supported by SMART (the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology) and MIT Sloan Executive Education. Sponsors include L’Oréal, Analog Devices, MIT Professional Education and The Stakeholder Company; CNBC is the official broadcast partner.

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Illka Gobius, PINPOINT Public Relations

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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.

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.


David Sweeney

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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 cologneAnugaIDSINTERMOTInterzum Cologne, PhotokinaGamescom and the International Hardware Fair Cologne. Koelnmesse is MIT Technology Review’s partner for EmTech Asia, EmTech Hong Kong and TR35 Innovators Under 35 Asia. 

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