The inaugural Deep Tech Summit is a best-in-class convening of thought-leaders and industry practitioners specialising in areas such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, medtech, venture building, the future of talent and more.

The full-day conference will bring together leading minds in deep tech to exchange ideas and create exchanges that aim to build a better future. Deep tech entrepreneurs, investors, government officials, corporate innovators, academics, researchers and media members from major innovation hubs around the world will be present.

In conjunction with the Summit, SGInnovate will also be presenting its Investors Night session, and a blockchain workshop on the foundation of blockchain research and application.

Blockchain and Industry Introduction Workshop
Networking Reception (By Invite Only)
18-Sep-18 Deep Tech Summit
Investors Night (By Invite Only)

The Deep Tech Summit is proudly presented by SGInnovate, a private company owned by the Singapore Government. SGInnovate backs deeply technical founders through equity-based investments, access to talent, and support in building customer traction.

Deep Tech Summit 2018 is an event partner of SWITCH 2018. The Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (SWITCH) is a leading “plug and play” platform where complementing international events in tech, innovation and lifestyle operate side by side in an extraordinary concept week. Organised by National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), SWITCH 2018 is held from 17 to 20 September.


The Summit is designed for thought-leaders and industry practitioners around transformational technologies and their impact.

artificial intelligence across industries

Future of work and talent development

Blockchain beyond fintech

Venture building and deep tech investments

medtech innovation

technology and society


Join over 500 deep tech entrepreneurs, investors, government officials, corporate innovators, academics, researchers and media members from major innovation hubs around the world, including the myriad of organisations and initiatives that SGInnovate supports, works with, and is a part of – all of which we are proud to call friends of SGInnovate.


9:00 AM


9:30 AM

Welcome Remarks


Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

9:40 AM
10:00 AM

Panel 1 - Data Dialogue: Is Bigger Data Better?

Data is everywhere, and every single day exponentially more astronomical quantities are produced. Hear from our experts as we discuss how to capitalise on the power of data, with unprecedented insights and opportunities across all industries, while managing the emerging problems associated with big data (from privacy and security to data quality). 


Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate


Frank Bignone, Digital Transformation Leader, Asia Pacific, Airbus

Dr Andy CheadleEngineering Director, McLaren Applied Technologies

Prof Chen Tsuhan, Chief Scientist, AI Singapore and Deputy President (Research and Technology) and Distinguished Professor, National University of Singapore

Dr Joe Fitzsimons, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies

Shanker Selvadurai, CTO - Cloud, Data and AI Solutions, IBM Asia Pacific

10:50 AM

Keynote 2 - The Blockchain Revolution

How the Technology Underlying Bitcoin is Changing Business, Money and the World 


Don Tapscott, Founder and Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute

Via Holographic Telepresence

11:20 AM

Panel 2 - Blockchain and the Decentralised World

Decentralisation set the stage for the unparalleled World Wide Web we know today. It is also a central feature of blockchain technology. The next generation of companies will be able to leverage core tenants of blockchain to transform a wide variety of industries. With decentralised systems, we can fundamentally optimise our future economy and benefit society at large.


Emma Cui, CEO, Longhash Singapore


Soeren Duvier, Managing Director - Asia, Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) 

Martin Lim, COO, Electrify

Joseph Lubin, Founder, ConsenSys and Co-Founder, Ethereum

Humayun Sheikh, CEO & Founder, Fetch.AI

Meeta Vouk, Director, Singapore Research Center IBM 

12:10 PM


2:00 PM

Fireside Chat 1 - Corporate-Startup Collaboration in Deep Tech

An increasing number of corporates are seeing the advantages of learning from and collaborating with startups to create mutual value. Likewise, startups are leveraging established strengths of corporates to grow. What is the future going to look like between corporate and startup collaborationsas corporates and startups look to cooperate more, particularly in deep tech?


Joachim Vandaele, Founding Partner, FutureLabs Ventures


Dr Ethan Chu, Founder and CEO, Xjera Labs Pte Ltd

Dr Ettikaan Karuppiah, Director - Developers Ecosystem, NVIDIA

2:20 PM

Panel 3 - From Lab to Market: Building MedTech Innovation

Medtech innovation often requires long gestation periods and high capital outlays to go to market. This panel will discuss the challenges, opportunities and key success factors for enterprises seeking to build their go-to-market strategies.


Ivy Teh, Global Managing Director, EIU Healthcare and Managing Director, Clearstate


Philip Kowalczyk, Head of Business Development & Strategy , Johnson & Johnson Medical Asia Pacific

Kathrine Myhre, CEO, Norway Health Tech

Phil Morle, Partner, Main Sequence Ventures

Dr Sidney Yee, CEO, Diagnostics Development Hub and Executive Vice President, ETPL

3:05 PM

Fireside Chat 2 - AI and Future of Personalised Medicine


Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate


Prof Dean Ho, Provost’s Chair Professor and Director, SINAPSE, National University of Singapore

3:25 PM

Panel 4 - The Future of Work: AI For Hire

There is unprecedented hype today around AI, and lingering concerns that AI is a threat to the future of work. The fact is that AI is augmenting human capacity and there is a dire need to rethink how talents are developed to meet needs in the future of work.


Prof Leong Tze Yun, Director of AI Technology, AI Singapore


Dr Bicky Bhangu, President, Southeast Asia, Pacific and South Korea, Rolls-Royce

Stein Eggan, CEO, NTNU Technology Transfer

Dr Ayesha Khanna, CEO, ADDO AI

Richard Koh, CTO, Microsoft Singapore

4:10 PM

Panel 5 - AI and Our Autonomous World

AI is fundamentally transforming our economy and society. At the heart of this transformation are intelligent, autonomous systems. The repertoire of possibilities, from self-driving cars to industrial robots and smart drones, is increasing rapidly. What does this mean for our future economy, and how should autonomous systems be built to maximise human potential?


Jonathan Weber, Global Industry Editor, Technology, Reuters News


Dr Ben Goertzel, CEO, SingularityNET and Chief Scientist, Hanson Robotics

Luis Gonzales, Manufacturing & Industrial Lead and ASEAN Principal Director, Element AI 

Vinay Jammu, Vice President - Software and Analytics, GE Global Research Centre

Prof Hiroaki Kitano, President & CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.

4:55 PM

Panel 6 - Technology & Society: Advancing Human Development

At the intersection of technology and humanity, we explore how frontier technologies such as AI and blockchain will impact our society positively and contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to make lives better for all in the years to come.


Susan Oh, Chair of AI, Blockchain For Impact (BFI) United Nations General Assembly and CEO, MKR AI


Niall Dennehy, COO & Co-Founder, AID:Tech

Anders Lier, Chairman, Nordic Impact

Pierre Robinet, Founder, Live with AI

Cesare Tagliaferri, CTO, Poseidon Foundation

Information correct as at 29th August 2018


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Located in the heart of Singapore's city centre, a mere 20-minute taxi ride from Changi Airport, and within walking distance to the Central Business District.



Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre

Halls E & F

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956


Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre: 97, 97E, 106, 133, 502, 502A, 518, 518A


Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre is situated at 10 Bayfront Avenue and is accessible via Sheares Avenue. Drop-off point is available outside Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.


Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre: CE1/DT16 Bayfront Station on the Circle Line and Downtown Line


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