Singapore holding first tech and innovation convention

Start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to connect with and learn from other global companies and investors will be able to do so at Singapore's inaugural tech and innovation convention next month.

Government agencies and industry players in the innovation and enterprise sectors will come together at the first Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology, or Switch for short, to be held from Sept 19 to 21 at the Resorts World Convention Centre on Sentosa.

Switch will feature exhibitions, conferences and workshops revolving around entrepreneurship and technology innovation. These will be organised by 23 partners from both the Government and private sector, such as the National Research Foundation (NRF), IPI Singapore and start-up event promoter Slush Singapore.

"By bringing all these people into a week where all the events complement each other, it helps people to see how things move from being ideas in a lab all the way to a product," said Dr Pauline Tay, NRF's deputy director of innovation, and enterprise and strategy.

Two of Singapore's existing tech start-up events, Techventure and TechInnovation, will be integrated into Switch.

Techventure, an annual tech start-up and investor event now in its 20th year, will partner Slush Singapore for the first time.

Slush will hold a start-up pitching competition during Switch, where 30 companies compete for a spot in the Slush 100 Pitching Competition, a global entrepreneur contest held in Helsinki, Finland, in November. Up to four winners will stand to gain funding of up to $500,000 each.

Meanwhile TechInnovation, a conference and exhibition that connects technologies to businesses that need them, will hold panels on 3D printing and Singapore's Smart Nation initiative.

There will also be a series of conferences and workshops around topics of interest for start-ups and investors. More than 3,000 investors, start-ups, corporations and international technology organisations are expected to attend the event.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2016, with the headline 'Singapore holding first tech and innovation convention'. Print Edition | Subscribe