EmTech Asia 2017: A catalyst for emerging technologies

From 14 – 15 February this year, EmTech Asia brought together some of the world’s brightest minds in emerging technologies, including leaders in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, smart cities, space exploration, as well as augmented and virtual reality. Co-organised by MIT Technology Review and Koelnmesse Pte Ltd, the two-day event was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore.

With over 600 participants from 22 countries, the fourth edition of this conference featured in-depth exchanges between experts on the most exciting breakthroughs in science and technology that have recently come to light.

As a true testament to the conference priding itself on being a curation of the world’s leading scientists and tech executives, space exploration formed a key theme of the event. Speakers from NASA and MIT engaged in conversational panels at the conference, including one titled “Space 4.0: A New Era for Space Exploration”. Hosted by the ArtScience Museum in collaboration with EmTech Asia, over 130 students, teachers, and media representatives formed the audience.

Those involved in this panel included leading technologists from prestigious backgrounds, such as Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor Chair, MIT and Former Deputy Director of NASA; and David Oh, Project Systems Engineer and Former Lead Flight Director, Curiosity Mars Rover, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab.

One of the highlights of Emtech Asia was the Innovators Under 35 segment, where 10 people were selected to present their three-minute elevator pitch on stage on their work and research. These nominees had the most groundbreaking and exciting inventions and researches across over 100 nominations from Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand.

The MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics 2017, held the weekend before EmTech Asia, saw winners highlighting their hackathon journey on stage and reviewing the potential of long-term solutions in elderly care through robotics. Botler, a patient-friendly autonomous transport for social robotics in eldercare, helped its team clinch the winning title.

“EmTech Asia is always a great event. We meet amazing men and women from around the world and we talk about technology that is going to change the future. There is work in bio-medical areas, in artificial intelligence, computer vision, virtual reality. It also gives many people a chance to get together and talk about new things they might be able to collaborate on, might be able to discover and, most importantly, how they can contribute to positive things for all of humanity,” said Steve Leonard, Disruptive Innovation Partner of Emtech Asia and Founding CEO of SG Innovate.

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