Start Singapore: Highlights of tech innovation event

Mr Vesterbacka (above), the creative director behind Angry Birds and Ms Kalayanamitr, co-founder of Orami, are two of the speakers at InnovFest unBound.
Mr Vesterbacka (left), the creative director behind Angry Birds and Ms Kalayanamitr, co-founder of Orami, are two of the speakers at InnovFest unBound.PHOTOS: INNOVFEST UNBOUND

Highlights of tech innovation event

The popular game Angry Birds is good for the brain. Or is it not?

Mr Peter Vesterbacka, the game's creative director, will share his thoughts on the topic when he joins 150 or so entrepreneurs, investors and tech innovators at InnovFest unBound, a two-day conference next month.

Other speakers include Mr Peter Ho, chief executive of local drone company Hope Technik, Mr Shailesh Naik, CEO of mobile payments firm MatchMove Pay, and Ms Shannon Kalayanamitr, co-founder of online shopping outlet Orami.

The event at the Marina Bay Sands on May 17 and 18 will look at topics like the impact of new technologies in finance, healthcare, retail and media, and opportunities in Asian markets.

InnovFest unBound is organised by NUS Enterprise and unBound Media in partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). It is part of Smart Nation Innovations 2016, organised by IDA, which lasts from May 16 to May 21. It aims to connect the business, tech communities and public to explore collaborations and to drive adoption of new technologies.

Forbes magazine will host its Under 30 Summit as part of the week-long event.

It will spotlight Asia's top young entrepreneurs and innovators, including local film director Anthony Chen, and Pakistani writer and artist Muniba Mazari.

Another event under Smart Nation Innovations is a five-month long Big Bang Data exhibition at the Art Science Museum, starting on May 21, which explores the impact of data in the world.


New book sheds light on financial technology

Singapore is emerging as a fintech hub alongside cities such as Sydney, London and New York.

A new handbook on fintech - industry-speak for financial technology - said Singapore's conducive business environment supports the growth of this sector. It notes that entrepreneurship and innovation are heavily supported by government-related agencies like Spring Singapore, the Infocomm Development Authority and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

The book said that for Singapore to truly emerge as a fintech hub, there is a need for a representative organisation to create a bridge between large corporations, start-ups and many other organisations.

The chapter on Singapore was written by Mr Gerben Visser, managing partner of investment firm Incubasia Ventures, and Mr Markus Gnirck, co-founder of Startupbootcamp FinTech, which helps tweak new firms' business models and readies them for venture funding opportunities. More than 100 investors, entrepreneurs, lawyers and others in the fintech industry contributed to the book, which summarises the latest fintech solutions for both established corporate players and consumers and identifies the five hottest fintech areas - lending, payments, personal finance, money transfers and digital currencies.

The Fintech Book is the first crowdsourced book on the topic and is published by Wiley.


Get to know about Blockchain at workshop

Blockchain is an online ledger used by the crypto currency Bitcoin but it can also be used in different industries to log various items in an online database. Once the item is added in a blockchain, it cannot be removed or altered.

To find out more about the myths and complexity of blockchain, the Singapore cryptocurrency and blockchain association Access will hold a seminar on May 3.

The event costs $30 and will be held at Worklor@532 Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Complex.

To register go to www.access-sg.org/secure/signup/blockchain101

Grace Chng

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2016, with the headline 'Start Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe