Of Insights and Opportunities: Tech in Asia 2017 Singapore Retrospective

In its 6th successful edition in Singapore, Tech in Asia (TIA) 2017 concluded its event of spectacular speakers, pitches and exhibitions with a turnout of over 5000 participants. Notably, 1517 students were present at this two-day event, which was more than double of last year’s numbers.

Geeks in Cambodia is certain that these students must have obtained much new knowledge on the tech and startup scene with the stellar lineup of speakers that shared enriching insights including CEO of Razer, a company specializing in computer hardware targeted at gamers, CEO of Lazada, one of the biggest e-commerce players in SEA, and co-founder of Reddit, one of the biggest online discussion forums.

These speakers dished out advice, opinions and insight on their various topics in the Fireside Chat segment on the Main Stage. Razer detailed their plan of becoming a true entertainment company highlighting the importance of acquiring the right talent, while Lazada addressed their stance on Amazon entering the SEA scene, and Reddit talked about how Singapore impacted his entrepreneurial journey along with helpful advice for those starting up.

In addition to this Main Stage, TIA also had 4 other Expert Stages where topics touched on by invited speakers were more focused and specific.

This year’s Bootstrap Alley, an exhibition space that showcases the region’s most promising startups, was also a step-up from 2016’s with over 260 dynamic startup exhibitions from around the world including France, United Arab Emirates and Russia.

The most popular categories of startups were:

  1. Software as service (8%)
  2. FinTech (8%)
  3. Ecommerce (7%)
  4. Enterprise Solution (6%)
  5. Travel (5%)
  6. Social Networking and Communication (5%)

Interestingly, in TIA’s 2016 run, the number one category showcased was hardware and IoT. FinTech also steadily rose up the rankings from being in 10th place last year, to 2nd this year. This certainly highlights the rapid and ever-changing tech and startup scene in SEA, and what the community is currently seeking for now. Being able to acquire such statistics also emphasizes the need for such activities like TIA, which bring together global players and gives participants a good overview of what they can expect in the scene regionally and internationally.

Aside from exhibitions and talks, TIA also presents startups the opportunity to connect and pitch to investors in the Speed Dating segment. Attended by 69 investors such as M1, Mediacorp, Global Founders Capital and Golden Gate Ventures, 650 pitches were made across this two-day period.

The Arena was also another pitching event held at TIA, where top startups were picked to pitch on the conference stage. All selected startups get instant exposure to hundreds of investors, international media, and potential customers, with the winner receiving a fully paid participation at Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Summit 2017 as the cherry on top.

This winning spot was bagged by Malaysian startup Swingvy, an all-in-one HR platform. The runner up spot was given to Singaporean education company CognaLearn, and 3rd place was awarded to AI-driven advertising platform, KOBE, from Singapore.

Year after year, Tech in Asia has never failed to be an enriching, well-rounded tech event that leaves all participants, regardless of startups, investors or simply event-goers, something inspiring and enriching to take away.

If you missed out on this event, or want to be a part of this exciting conference again, be sure to join Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017 that is happening from September 27 – 28! Early bird 1-for-1 registration has already opened, so sign up for your discount code before June 30, and you can buy one ticket and get another one for free when ticket sales begin!

For more information on Tech in Asia Singapore, check out their cool infographic here: https://www.techinasia.com/tech-asia-singapore-2017-numbers-infographic.