Retrospective: EmTech Singapore

EmTech Singapore took place on 27 and 28 January at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and it certainly ended with a bang. As Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, puts it, “EmTech Singapore 2015 was a tremendous experience for everyone who attended.  It is always exciting to spend time with some of the world’s most creative and future-oriented thinkers.  EmTech Singapore is a great way to meet many of these visionaries in one place.”

Steve LeonardSteve Leonard giving the opening address.

About 500 participants from 23 countries gathered together for the conference, which is hosted by MIT’s Technology Review. This year’s conference on the “emerging technologies that matter” left attendees delighted and speakers inspired. EmTech Singapore gives all a glimpse into what the future holds, and allowed all to see how these new technologies will change businesses and drive the global economy.

RegistrationDelegates registering in the morning.

Delegates participated for a myriad of reasons. Some to source technology that they could use in their work, some to network and make connections for their business. Either way, everyone left with some form of knowledge gained.

One of the most anticipated sessions themes was “Space 3.0 – The Next Frontier”. Some of the speakers included Bonnie Dunbar, Former NASA Astronaut, Steve Isakowitz, Virgin Galactic and Chris Boshuizen, Planet Labs. They presented on the different technologies that are slowly bring us out to space, and space closer to us.

Bonnie DunbarBonnie Dunbar presenting on The Future of Human Space Flight.

On the conference, Steve commented, “EmTech Singapore pulled together a compelling group of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and educators to share ideas for technologies that stir the imagination and promise new industries. I met many wonderful people and appreciated Singapore’s wonderful facilities and welcoming setting.” His session discussed the commercialisation of space travel, where everyone can have an opportunity at exploring the unknown.

Steve IsakowitzSteve Isakowitz speaking at EmTech Singapore 2015.

Other themes explored during the conference were: Digital Life, Healthcare & Life and Sustainable Innovations Addressing Real World Challenges. There was talk on domesticated drones, “transformer” robots and more.

Marita ChengMarita Cheng of 2Mar Robotics spoke on empowering young women to engineer our future.

Apart from the conference sessions, EmTech Singapore also featured the regional TR35 Innovators under 35 competition. 10 finalists presented a three-minute pitch each of their groundbreaking inventions and innovations. One of them was Peh Ruey Feng, Program Director, A*STAR, who showcased the implant her team has been developing that can prolong the lifespan of a patient in dialysis.

EmTech Singapore has been wonderful, and we expect no less from their next installment in 2016. Visit here to learn more about the conference.

All pictures courtesy of EmTech Singapore.