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Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) 2022

Asia’s flagship technology event, Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) 2022 took place from 31st May to 3rd June 2022 in Singapore. A return back to face-to-face exhibitions/conferences/events, it was great to be able to attend ATxSG technology conferences/exhibitions again (CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia).

With reopening of Singapore’s borders, along with relaxation of safety management measures, ATxSG 2022 brought together 16,600 hybrid attendees from 93 countries and regions, and 26,000 event visits. Held at the Singapore Expo, ATxSG 2022 hosted 600 exhibitors showcasing their latest tech products and services, and more than 350 speakers who shared expert insights across 200 conference sessions.

Attendees at ATxSG 2022 were presented with insights from top-notch thought-leaders from both the public and private sectors, covering the latest technology trends, challenges, and opportunities arising from the ongoing digitalisation of the economy. During my visits to ATxSG 2022, I tried to balance between attending talks and visiting the booths by the exhibitors. There were some very interesting and insightful talks that I managed to attend and listen.

“In collaboration with our partners, we successfully gathered more than 2,000 guests and 80 speakers from 30 countries to discuss current and emerging tech issues and the opportunities to harness the power of digital, to build an inclusive digital future. Singapore also announced our commitment to grow trust in the digital domain with the launch of the National Digital Trust Centre, stepped up our efforts to contribute to the Global Partnership on AI and furthered regional cooperation through a new MoU with Brunei. We would like to thank our esteemed partners, speakers and guests for truly making ATxSummit 2022 a success, and we look forward to them coming back for a more impactful ATxSG 2023,” said Ms. Foo Chi Hsia, Assistant Chief Executive, IMDA.

One of my key highlights at ATxSG 2022 was listening to Mr Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, he also made an appearance on-site at the ATxEnterprise Headliners to discuss the ongoing technology revolution and how governments and industries can best leverage technology to aid global change.

ATxSG 2022 MOUs and announcements

At ATxSG 2022, participating exhibitors inked several memoranda of understanding (MOU) and made announcements that reaffirmed Singapore and Asia’s continued attractiveness to attract global digital-first disruptors, as well being a regional home to some of the world’s largest and fastest growing digital economies. Here are some of the MOUs and announcements:

  • NCS Telco+ signed an MOU announcing its partnership with Advanced Info Service (AIS), Thailand’s leading provider of mobile services and mobile network operator, to address the digital transformation needs of AIS and other enterprises in the country. The agreement formalises NCS’ support for the digitalisation journey of AIS and the pursuit of joint projects in 5G and IoT transformation, cloud and cybersecurity, enabling enterprises in Thailand to benefit from the combined strengths of AIS’ market leadership and the digital services capabilities of NCS.
  • Global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) company, OneQode, signed an MOU with PLDT Global, the international arm of the Philippines’ largest integrated telco network PLDT Inc. This will help fast-track the deployment of OneQode’s cloud presence in Manila, allowing users in the Philippines to access OneQode’s network and cloud. A presence in Manila will also provide existing OneQode users in Singapore with a redundant connection, should disruptions occur between Guam and Singapore.
  • Quebec-based QSTC Inc, which provides advanced space engineering solutions, signed an agreement with PT. Wahana Telekomunikasi Dirgantara (WTD), a leading provider of satellite services to satellite fleet operators and end customers with in-orbit satellites as a business for their fleets. The agreement sees QSTC Inc providing turnkey UHTP Ka and Q/V band services satellites using a dedicated smart Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite. The satellite will provide coverage over Southeast Asia while demonstrating new and innovative digital communication payloads.

Networking and business opportunities for exhibitors at ATxSG 2022

From C-Suite or key decision makers at their respective organisations, to the delegates and visitors, ATxSG presented significant networking and business opportunities for exhibitors.

  • Mr. Jared Ching, Business Development Manager at DeepBrain AI Inc, a Korean company focused on the use of AI to create lifelike human-based avatars, said: “The event is well-organised, and we are happy with the overall results of our participation at ATxSG. Exposure and turnout were good, with our booth receiving significant foot traffic. This is the first time DeepBrain AI has participated at ATxSG, but we’ll definitely be back.”
  • Mr. Zoro Jiang, Regional Sales Manager, SEA at iBwave, a telecom radio planning software provider, said: “This year’s in-person event is better than 2021’s fully virtual event that we participated in. We were initially anxious in view that this is our first physical event in Singapore, especially as it took place post-COVID-19, but we’re happy with the high-quality leads that we captured. We’re satisfied with how the overall event turned out, and we will most likely be a part of the Canadian Pavillion again next year.”
  • Mr. Kenneth Cheng, Director of Sales, Asia Pacific at NuraLogix Corporation, one of Canada’s fast rising tech companies, said: “ATxSG was the first exhibition in Southeast Asia that NuraLogix participated in to raise awareness of Anura, our patented, science-backed, award winning world’s first contactless blood pressure and health vital sign monitoring solution through a 30 second facial scan. We are extremely encouraged by the number of visitors to our booth trying this state-of-the-art technology, which included international delegates from verticals such as health tech, insurance, automotive, smart home, smart city, wellness, telecommunication, creating significant business leads for NuraLogix. The resumption of physical events and the interaction was a refreshing change from the past two years, and we look forward to the next iteration of ATxSG in 2023.”
  • Ms. Audrey Leong, Founder and CEO, at FloatingOn, a Singapore startup that delivers sustainable life and work solutions that float on water, said: “We are delighted to have successfully showcased our sustainable floating accommodations at InnovFest x Elevating Founders, one of the co-located events at ATxSG. Our participation at the event was fruitful, having met many potential business partners and investors, including venture capitalists (VCs), accelerators, incubators, as well as business and government decision-makers interested in green technology solutions. Face-to-face interactions at the event facilitated deeper and more meaningful conversations and exchange of ideas, helped start or build relationships, and provided an important platform for startups like FloatingOn to launch and showcase our innovative products and solutions.”     

Visiting Start Ups at ATxSG 2022

Whenever possible, I would make a point to visit and check out start ups pavilion at various technology conferences/exhibitions. Visiting start ups at ATxSG 2022 was an eye opener for me, it’s good to see them back in action. While I am unable to visit and chat with all the start ups present, I tried my best to visit and check out as many as possible.

One of the start ups at ATxSG 2022 that came into my radar was FloatingOn. What their business were doing and developing caught my attention and interest, I went to check out their booth and I met Ms. Audrey Leong, Founder and CEO at FloatingOn, had a good chat with her, learning and understanding more about FloatingOn.

What is FloatingOn all about? They are a Singapore start-up, they also announced the launch of a sustainable solution in the form of accommodations that float on water. These modular units can utilise a diverse range of renewable energy sources, which can help land-scarce countries such as Singapore reduce waiting time and cost for new builds. They can also potentially contribute to the creation of an off-grid living environment that can help accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future.

ATxSG – Synergies and Opportunities

With the co-located events at ATxSG, talks and technology showcases, providing synergies and opportunities arising from various segments of the digital economy.

ATxSG has provided opportunities for both public and private sectors, from policymakers, global technology leaders , and public-private decision makers to network, debate, and exchange ideas on the latest technologies that would continue to drive digital innovation, changes and transformation across all sectors of society, thus impacting how people work, live, play and live with technology.

“We would like to congratulate IMDA and Informa Tech on a successful ATxSG, one of the largest business events to take place since the start of the pandemic. ATxSG has reaffirmed Singapore’s ability to stage effective in-person events, which strengthens our position as a leading MICE destination in a post-pandemic world. We look forward to its continued growth in the coming years as Asia’s flagship tech event,” said Mr. Yap Chin Siang, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board.

“We are thrilled at the resounding success of ATxSG 2022. It demonstrates the welcomed return of large scale MICE events in Singapore, and the feedback we have received from our delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and partners has been very positive and encouraging,” said Mr. Tom Cuthell, Vice President of Global Festivals, Informa Tech. “The increasing pace of innovation and technological advancement will surface many new developments to explore and showcase, and we look forward to Informa’s continued role in shaping the region’s digital transformation with an even bigger, broader ATxSG in 2023.” 

ATxSG 2023

ATxSG 2023 edition returns 6-9 June 2023, looking forward to 2023 edition. The world is still emerging from the lockdowns and downtime from the global pandemic over the 2020 to 2022 period, we should see an even bigger and better turnout for companies, exhibitors, speakers, delegates and visitors for ATxSG 2023.

* Information courtesy of ATxSG and Team Lewis *

Asia Tech x Singapore 2022 taking place from 31 May – 3 June

Asia’s flagship technology event, Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) is taking place from 31st May to 3rd June 2022 in Singapore. This flagship tech event is expected to attract around 10,000 attendees, this week-long ATxSG will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore and the Singapore EXPO this year, as large-scale, in-person MICE events return to Singapore.

The ATxSG is organised by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), InformaTech and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). IMDA will host ATxSummit and ATxAI, where global tech, business, and government leaders convene for high-level discussions on shaping the region’s digital future. Informa Tech will helm ATxEnterprise and ATxImpact, representing ATxSG’s segments for B2B and start-up respectively.

ATxSummit

The ATxSummit, to be held on 31 May, is the apex event of ATxSG. The one-day high-level exclusive by-invitation-only event seeks to address how governance, trust, and technology can come together to solve global challenges while promoting innovation, diversity, and inclusion. Top-level government officials and industry leaders will engage in searching conversations on trends, challenges and opportunities across four key pillars – Tech x Trust, Tech x Good, Tech x Builders, and Tech x Creative – that will redefine tech for a better future.

Mr Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority, said, “Building on the success of last year’s inaugural ATxSG, we will host government and business leaders from around the world in-person at the ATxSummit, to collectively shape an exciting, shared digital future. Important conversations and ideas were borne at the 2021 Summit, addressing both opportunities and challenges in the intersections of technology, digital economy and society. This year, we look forward to deepening those discussions, and pushing the boundaries of innovation and co-creating solutions that make a difference.”

ATxAI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts and policy makers will convene at ATxAI conference on 1 June. These thought leaders will discuss the future of AI technologies, AI and sustainability as well as how to demonstrate trustworthy AI. Attendees can also learn about successful and trustworthy AI implementations from established companies through an industry showcase.

ATxEnterprise

ATxEnterprise will comprise industry events BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia, SatelliteAsia and TechXLR8Asia. ATxEnterprise will be held at the Singapore EXPO from 1-3 June, featuring a bustling international marketplace of exhibitors and industry-leading speakers. ATxEnterprise will feature new dedicated tracks on Cyber Security, Data & Cloud, as well as the inaugural Asia Satellite Business Week in partnership with Euroconsult.

ATxImpact

ATxImpact will also return from 1-3 June with InnovFest x Elevating Founders Asia, with more than 100 start-ups from around the region, and EQL:HER Asia (formerly accelerateHER Asia) featuring leading women-in-tech from across Asia.

“We are thrilled to stage the first physical event of ATxSG in partnership with the IMDA and the STB. We have witnessed an increased demand for in-person experiences across the business in 2022 and are very excited to bring our communities in Asia together onsite to build meaningful connections, network, share ideas and discover new innovations. We will bring with us the best of what we have learnt over the last two years of virtual events, to support and optimise the onsite experience of all attendees,” said Mr Gary Nugent, CEO of Informa Tech.

“Singapore Tourism Board is pleased to support the first-ever physical edition of Asia Tech x Singapore, a platform that will inspire new possibilities for the region’s digital future. It also reaffirms Singapore’s ability to stage safe and innovative events that provide a meaningful in-person experience. We look forward to welcoming all participants to Singapore soon,” said Mr Yap Chin Siang, Deputy Chief Executive, STB.

CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia

I have attended and covered CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia in previous years, visiting the company’s booth that invited me to know more about their technological products and services, I also took the opportunity to check out other booths at CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia too. They are under the ATxEnterprise segment of ATxSG, I would check out more information on ATxSG 2022, it’s great to see our business and technology conferences/exhibitions coming back to Singapore again.

BroadcastAsia for my photography/videography/content creation, CommunicAsia and TechXLR8Asia on technology sectors such as AI, IoT, cybersecurity that I have been covering over the years.

If you are interested in ATxSG 2022 and would like to know more information on the events, please visit asiatechxsg.com.

* Information courtesy of Informa Tech and Team Lewis *

Accedo at BroadcastAsia 2019

Accedo was in Singapore recently, they were at ConnecTechAsia 2019, part of the BroadcastAsia exhibition and they had a booth there, exhibiting and showcasing their services. Accedo is video experience pioneer through their experience centric video solutions to customers.

Through their pr agency, I was informed about Accedo coming to ConnecTechAsia 2019. They had recently launched their sports solution, that enables sports service providers to launch OTT and Direct-to-Consumer services featuring Live, Catch Up and On Demand video to all major platforms. Their sports solution got me interested to know and find out more about their sports solution since I am a sports fan, watching football, F1, rugby, basketball etc.

OTT and Direct-to-Consumer services are getting bigger and more traction in the market. Being a sports tv fan, I had an interesting and informative chat with Accedo on their sports solution, would sports organisations change their way of doing business by going direct to customers without pay tv providers. The changes to this market space for sports tv channels going direct to consumers might be possible in the years, we have to observe and wait for the market changes when existing contracts between sports organisations and pay tv providers expire. When the time comes, sports channels might be able to go direct to customers through OTT and Direct-to-Consumer services such as the Accedo sports solution.

There was a demonstration on their sports solution on the big monitor at their booth, it’s on football! Customers like me would like to view more information on teams, players and statistics along with watching the football matches.

OTT and Direct-to-Consumer services are definitely on the rise, would that mean that it would be cheaper in cost for customers when they choose OTT and Direct-to-Consumer, that remains to be seen in the near future. Customers would definitely be able to choose and customise their own tv channels with the availability of OTT and Direct-to-Consumer services.

Would Accedo sports solution be the choice for OTT and Direct-to-Consumer solutions by various sports entities to provide sports channels to customers around the world? Personally, I think they would be a good choice!

For more information on Accedo, check them out below

Website: www.accedo.tv

Twitter: www.twitter.com/accedotv

Facebook: www.facebook.com/accedo.smarttv

OLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/accedo-tv/

Thank you Radical Moves PR for the arranging my visit to Accedo during ConnectTechAsia 2019.

ConnecTechAsia 2019 18th to 20th June

ConnecTechAsia 2019, comprising of CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia and NXTAsia, took place in Singapore from 18th to 20th June 2019 at Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Convention Centre. Although this wasn’t my first visit to ConnecTechAsia, my previous visits over the years were through invitations by conpanies. This time however, was my first time whereby I applied for media accreditation and there was a bloggers/influencers category, making it a lot easier for folks like us, writing and publishing B2B/Enterprise technology topics to apply.

What were the key themes/topics for ConnecTechAsia 2019?

5G

A key focus at CommunicAsia, the 5G Xperience zone at Marina Bay Sands presented by KT Corporation (KT), South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, is an immersive sandbox where visitors can see 5G come to life.

Smart Cities

Smart cities have been a focus of governments as they meet rising challenges from growing populations, rapid urbanisation and desire to improve their citizens’ quality of life.

Future Enterprises, Intelligent Industries

As industries continue to undergo digital transformation, emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, blockchain, cloud and big data are increasingly being integrated into business processes. This presents enterprises with the golden opportunity to harness new technologies to improve their efficiencies and transform into smart, digitally-first organisations.

Media, Broadcasting and 5G

“Thanks to TV digitisation, networking everywhere has totally transformed the TV industry including tying in social media with video on demand. 5G will only further accelerate this especially with 4K. Just like with the Internet, video will be the stimulus towards the establishment of 5G, yet there will be a larger future impact due to healthcare, gaming, automotive, AI, public transport, utilities and IoT devices,” says Stan Moote, Chief Technology Officer, IABM.

As we continue to witness the convergence of technologies that are blurring the lines between the technology, media and telecommunication sectors, ConnecTechAsia is committed to its vision of empowering businesses and helping them navigate the changes that are unfolding over the digital economy,” says Ian Roberts, Regional Executive Director – ASEAN Business, Informa Markets.

“ConnecTechAsia continues to be the regional Telecom, Media and Technology event to look out for. I look forward to engaging with industry thought leaders and companies to exchange views on emerging technological trends and how we can collectively seize new opportunities in the Digital Economy,” says Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority. 

* Information via press releases from Informa Markets and Omnicom Public Relations Group *

Over the period of 3 days from 18th to 20th June, I visited BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and NXTAsia, with some appointments booked through pr agencies or the brands themselves to visit some of their booths.

CommunicAsia and NXTAsia

My application to ConnectTechAsia 2019 was a writer under my technology and business portal/blog, covering B2B/Enterprise technology topics. Due to the size of the exhibitors, I wasn’t able to cover everything, I was particularly interested in NXTAsia, the future of technology, IoT, 5G. Although I didn’t reply to all the invites by pr agencies to visit booths and their exhibits at ConnecTechAsia, I do make an effort to visit and tour their exhibits/services/technology without making an appointment. I also visited this technology booth PayKey, do check them out!

The country pavilions at NXTAsia were also interesting, it’s good to know and learn more about different technological developments and services in various countries/states, I visited Korea Pavilion and State of Victoria, Australia pavilions and viewed some of their innovative technology products and services.

There was a particular summit that I attended on 20th June 2019, on Future of Work & Innovation Track, on this particular discussion topic: Crowdsourced Threat Intelligence. I would be sharing more on this topic in another article! Thanks to ConnecTechAsia, I managed to link up and have a very fruitful and informative fireside chat with Uppsala Security on cybersecurity and blockchain!

BroadcastAsia

This would always suits me since I run a small proprietorship photography business, the range of photography, cinematography and broadcast showcases suited my scope of business. I visited the booths of Canon, Sony, Zhiyun, Fujifilm, Cathay Photo, SLR Revolution (for Boya) and Accedo TV.

Key highlights and announcements from ConnecTechAsia 2019

There were a number of key highlights and announcements coming out from ConnecTechAsia 2019, I would share them below from the press release information received:

5G and Smart Cities

At ConnecTechAsia, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between ConnecTechAsia, Smart Cities Network and Smart Cities Council India on ‘The Digitally Twinned Smart Cities Initiative’ on 19 June. This signifies a pioneering regional effort aligned to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) that encourages a proactive, innovative, and entrepreneurial approach towards the creation and development of Digitally Twinned Smart Cities from participating countries. The MoU covers the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of Digitally Twinned Smart Cities, and several cities in ASEAN and India are set to come on board.

Notable product launches

– OTSAW’s O-R2 indoor autonomous security robot

– Solustar’s VAL II, its smart concierge robot that gives a boost to the front-line service industry

Virtual Reality (VR)

Korea’s Salin Co. inking a deal with Singapore’s Green Lab to bring its EpicLive VR education platforms to international schools in Singapore and regional Asian countries.

Gaming and eSports

“Esports is driving significant growth for the live entertainment sector, and is also a converging point with other industries such as media, broadcast productions, advertising, and games,” says Nicholas Khoo, Co-Founder & Chairman of Singapore’s Cybersports and Online Gaming Association. “ASEAN itself has become a significant focal point for the region with a massive uptake of smartphones and rising income levels. With emerging technologies such as 5G, VR and IoT there is a lot of potential for esport’s further growth and expansion, which is also bringing about massive opportunities for the world’s largest brands.”

* Information via press releases from Informa Markets and Omnicom Public Relations Group *

Overall, I had an interesting time, visiting different booths at ConnecTechAsia, networking with some of the companies, hopefully, it would be beneficial for me on both fronts of B2B/Enterprise technology writing and photography business (both still photography and videography).

There were 38,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibitors over Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Singapore during ConnecTechAsia 2019. Due to the big scale and size of CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia and NXTAsia under one roof of ConnecTechAsia, I was only able to cover topics closer to what I have been covering over the past few years.

Keep a lookout for some of my upcoming articles from my coverage of ConnecTechAsia 2019, from my visits to some of the booths and having a chat with them.

ConnecTechAsia returns from 9th to 11th June 2010 at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Do mark the dates down on your calendar!