Tech event spotlights Asian innovation

06 May 2015 | Entrepreneurship
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The conference attracted 2,800 attendees from Singapore and beyond

InnovFest unBound, an innovation and technology conference held on 28 and 29 April, attracted a crowd of over 2,800 global entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and corporate brands from numerous countries'making it the largest tech event held in Singapore in recent years. 

Organised jointly by NUS Enterprise and AcreWhite, a leading digital event creator, InnovFest unBound carried the theme "Where Asian Innovation Meets the World, which positions Singapore as the centre of opportunity for emerging technologies and start-up companies. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Minister-in-charge of Smart Nation, graced the event as Guest-of-Honour at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

During his opening address, Dr Balakrishnan reiterated Singapore's vision to develop a Smart Nation, noting that Singapore was "part of the Digital Silk Road and a perfect place for the prototyping and test-bedding of new products and services. 

He also took the opportunity to announce two new NUS initiatives which will help support start-ups.  One is the four-month Modern Aging programme offered by NUS Enterprise and ACCESS Health International to help entrepreneurs develop and validate business ideas that meet the unique challenges faced by the elderly.  The other, Neat IP, will enable start-up companies to easily access and adopt university technologies for commercialisation.

Over 250 start-ups and 120 speakers from organisations such as Johnson & Johnson, Thermo Fisher, Google and Twitter participated in the event. Panel discussions, keynote speeches, as well as a series of satellite workshops, forums and pitching sessions discussed a range of issues relevant to aspiring and practising entrepreneurs, with specific focus on helping digital companies within Asia become successful in global markets. 

NUS expertise was showcased through technology-specific pavilions organised around the clusters of Modern Aging, Spintronics, Medical Devices, Energy and Environment.  The event was also an opportunity for the leading institutes of higher learning in Singapore to converge and exhibit their research capabilities.  

By NUS Enterprise

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Guest-of-Honour Dr Balakrishnan is Minister-in-charge of Singapore's Smart Nation initiative