From September 20-21, the fifth edition of TechInnovation was held at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.
Acting as the anchor event for the inaugural Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH), the event was opened by the guest-of-honour, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Chairman of the National Research Foundation Singapore.
The event was also a chance for over 120 exhibitors to showcase over 300 ready-to-market and emerging technologies. These projects revolved around the themes of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Urban Solutions and Sustainability, Health and Personal Care as well as Services & Digital economy.
Each of these themes had a few featured projects including Robotic Chef, a cooking system that is designed as a cost-effective solution to help enterprises in the F&B industry increase productivity and improve the consistency of food produced.
Another project presented at the event was the Printable Thin Film Solar Cells which is a solution-based method of manufacturing solar cells for applications such as solar farms and building facades. It’s a cost-effective and easily adaptable piece of innovation that can be scaled for large production areas.
A third project that was showcased at TechInnovation was the Novel Cosmetics Products from Mushroom Extracts project courtesy of Ngee Ann Polytechnic. This technology prepares mushroom extracts and creates cosmetic products that combine both the nutritional and medicinal values of the mushrooms. From this extract, its users can expect that the products will have anti-aging and skin-lightening compounds.
Aside from the showcase, the event also had a significant milestone for the TechInnovation series with the introduction of a brand new segment on Singapore-Europe Partnership Opportunities.
Through this segment, the Enterprise Europe Network (EEE) was introduced. This agreement with the EEE enables enterprises in Singapore will be able to expand their reach and connect with enterprises from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary and Spain.
Yet another feature of the event, according to its organisers, was the ability for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to take on some of these innovation projects to expand and better their businesses.
An example of such an arrangement comes from Health Food Matters Private Limited who signed an agreement to produce and market a range of ready-to-eat meals for hospitals. These meals are able to cater to the needs of different patients because they are texture-modified using technology developed by Changi General Hospital.
Speaking about the event, Professor Lam Khin Yong, Executive Director of IPI Singapore said, “TechInnovation provides a platform for SMEs to gain exposure to our global network of technology providers and raises their industry profile”.
Indeed, TechInnovation is one of the key events that spur technology and innovation in Singapore. It brings together international technology providers and enterprises to explore technology commercialisation and to initiate business collaboration opportunities through a culture of innovation.
This year’s edition of TechInnovation was a big success with over 2,000 delegates from 30 countries attending the event with participants coming from all over the world including Australia, China, Thailand and the UK.
For more innovation about TechInnovation, log on to www.techinnovation.com.sg and look out for next year’s edition!