From 30 – 31st January this year, EmTech Asia brought together the leading minds of artificial intelligence, quantum computing, robotics, automation, future cities, space and aerospace innovation, augmented and virtual reality, and bioengineering. Held in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, the two-day event was attended by over 700 individuals from 21 countries.

Co-organised by MIT Technology Review and Koelnmesse Pte Ltd, the theme for the fifth edition of this conference, “Where Technology, Business and Innovation Collide”, initiated discussions on the latest breakthroughs in Science and Technology.

It featured categories such as quantum computing where Joseph Fitzsimons, Assistant Professor of Singapore University of Technology and Design, covered topics on development of quantum computers, their uses, challenges, and opportunities when developing the quantum software.

Joseph Fitzsimons speaking at EmTech Asia 2018. Photo Credits: EmTech Asia

Joseph Fitzsimons speaking at EmTech Asia 2018. Photo Credits: EmTech Asia

Audiences had insights on augmented and virtual reality, presented by speakers such as Vivienne Ming, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Socos, and Donald Sadoway, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT. They discussed the ideas of Maximising Human Potential in the Age of AI and Innovating Towards an All-Electric Future respectively.

Other sessions on space and aerospace innovations included talks from Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space Technologies, who discussed about business of the small satellite industry and ways his company is developing low-cost and small launch vehicles for the fast-paced, ever-growing market.

Adam Gilmour speaking at EmTech Asia 2018. Photo Credits: EmTech Asia

Adam Gilmour speaking at EmTech Asia 2018. Photo Credits: EmTech Asia

Alvin Wang Graylin, China President of Vive, HTC and speaker at EmTech Asia 2018 said, “The quality of the speakers at EmTech Asia 2018 is amazing. Every speaker brings a different perspective and hearing multiple speakers in every single topic allows you to get a very balanced view, which I believe is more important than any one particular speaker.”

The event had an elaborate list of several other distinguished speakers such as Bill Dally, Chief Scientist of NVIDIA, Steve Leonard, founding CEO of SGInnovate, Gerald Wong, President and CEO of Cambridge Industries Group and many more.

The MIT Technology Review’s 10 Innovators Under 35 also had the opportunity to take the stage to share their leading-edge research and inventions. Anjali Jaiprakash, Advance Queensland Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology said, “Being an Innovator Under 35 honouree has given me a great platform to network and understand how to get technologies to market. It’s absolutely wonderful to meet inspiring and successful people that are making an impact in this ever-changing world.”

EmTech Asia is a platform to showcase emerging technologies for the world to better understand the future technology that will drive and shape the global economy. For more information on what went down during EmTech Asia 2018 and upcoming events, check out their website at https://emtechasia.com/.