EmTech Singapore is a community, a network, and a meeting place for over 500 business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change makers based in APAC who are passionate about turning ideas into solutions and addressing major global issues.
It is an opportunity to glimpse the future and begin to understand the technologies that matter and how they will change the face of business and drive the new global economy. It is where technology, business, and culture converge. It is the showcase for emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives. It is an access point to the most innovative people and companies in the world.
Join us on 27-28 January 2015 for two days of intelligent conversation as we bring MIT Technology Review’s editorial content to life.
The world’s most influential thinkers and innovators are coming to EmTech Singapore. Get inspired and hear from leaders who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs and changing the world.
Scott Farquhar is the cofounder and co-CEO of Atlassian – an award-winning enterprise software company that helps innovators everywhere plan, build, and launch great software. Sydney-based Atlassian counts some of the world’s largest organizations as clients—including some of the biggest names in media, manufacturing and technology—such as eBay, Coca-Cola, Netflix, United Airlines, Cisco, Proctor & Gamble, BMW and NASA. Atlassian currently has over 33,000 customers globally and has been named one of the "Fastest Growing Companies" by both Deloitte and BRW Magazine.
Scott was awarded the ‘Australian IT Professional of the Year’ in 2004, and in 2006 was the youngest person ever to be awarded the ‘Australian Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young alongside co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes.
Steve Isakowitz is President of Virgin Galactic, a company committed to providing any individual the opportunity to experience space travel through their unique design of spaceship vehicles. Moreover, the company is developing an innovative, low-cost air-launched rocket to service the burgeoning small satellite market. Previously, he worked at NASA, where he served as an executive for space exploration, and Lockheed Martin where he was a senior manager for space launch. He was also appointed by President Bush and President Obama to serve as Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy and served in the Clinton White House budget office as lead for science and space programs. He holds aerospace engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Steven Feiner is Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab, and co-directs the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center. His lab has been doing augmented reality (AR) research for over 20 years, creating the first outdoor mobile AR system using a see-through display, and pioneering experimental applications of AR to fields such as tourism, journalism, maintenance, and construction. Steve is coauthor of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, received the IEEE VGTC 2014 Virtual Reality Career Award, and was elected to the CHI Academy. Together with his students, he has won the ACM UIST Lasting Impact Award and best paper awards at ACM UIST, ACM CHI, ACM VRST, and IEEE ISMAR. Steve is lead advisor to Meta, which is developing 3D AR eyewear.
Dr. Kai Yu, as the deputy director of Institute of Deep Learning (IDL) at Baidu, the Chinese national 'One Thousand Talent Program' expert, the leading top talent of Zhonguancun (counterpart of Silicon Valley in China) and also the high-level oversea talent of Beijing, graduated from Nanjing University and the University of Munich. He has served in Microsoft, Siemens and NEC. Dr. Yu has published dozens of papers which have been cited over 4000 times with H-index being 31. He took the position of adjunct faculty at computer science department in Stanford University in 2011, acted as the area chairman of the ICML and NIPS and won the best paper runner-up prize of ICML in 2013. He has won the first place in well-known international competitions such as PASCAL VOC and ImageNet.
Dr. Alex Dickinson is the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Illumina (the world's leading DNA sequencing company and recently named the #1 smartest company by Tech Review). His responsibilities include establishing nation-scale population sequencing programs and developing software for innovative sequencing applications. Previously he directed the team that built Illumina’s cloud-based bioinformatics platform, BaseSpace, now one of the world's largest stores of genomic data. Alex joined Illumina in 2010 when the company acquired Helixis, a molecular diagnostics company that he co-founded and led as CEO.
Alex was previously the founder and CEO of Luxtera, a leading supercomputer chip company. Alex began his career in AT&T Bell Labs' research division and has been awarded over 30 patents. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.
2012 Young Australian of the Year Marita Cheng is dedicated to encouraging young women to pursue careers in engineering. She founded Robogals Global in 2008 as a response to the traditionally low levels of participation by women in engineering and technology. Already Robogals has run robotics workshops for 7,000 girls across 90 schools in Australia and now has 16 chapters across Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan. For her work with Robogals, in October 2012 Marita was named one of 100 Women of Influence by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac.
A former panelist on ABC TV's New Inventors, Marita serves as a Board Member for the Foundation for Young Australians. She founded 2Mar Robotics in 2012, creating robots that will take care of many every day and mundane tasks, including robotic arms for whelechair users. In 2013, 2Mar Robotoics swept the fifth annual Tech23 awards, winning top honours - the Innovation Excellence Award - in addition to four other awards.
Li Yingrui is a recognized thought leader in the field of applied bioinformatics and a key contributor to establishing BGI as a world-class bioinformatics research and services center. Yingrui has played an instrumental role at BGI in enabling the translation of “Big Data” to useful biological knowledge, including the development of SOAP (Short Oligonucleotide Alignment Program), proprietary software widely used today for alignment of short oligonucleotides onto reference sequences, providing full solution to next generation sequencing data analysis.
A graduate from the College of Life Sciences, Peking University, Yingrui has engaged in or organized a number of national projects, including Yan Huang Project, 1000 Genomes Project, Yan Huang Whole Genome Methylation, and the Cancer Genome Project, among others. He has more than 60 papers published in numerous high-impact peer reviewed scientific journals, including Nature, Science, Nature Genetics, Nature Biotechnology and BMC Bioinformatics.
Dr. Guyue Zhou is Director of New Technology at DJI, which is the global leader in developing and manufacturing high performance, reliable, and easy to use small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), for commercial and recreational use. He is in charge of leading a R&D team to develop the next generation technology for consumer drones.
Guyue won the champion of Hong Kong & Macau & Shenzhen local collegiate entrepreneurship competition in 2013. His work was awarded as the best poster in IEEE Embedded Vision Workshop 2014. He holds a Ph.D. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in the area of robotics.
Sumeet Jain joined Intel Capital in 2013 and focused on Internet and Mobile enabled Consumer products and services. His primary interest areas are Data Driven Consumer Experiences, Innovative Ecommerce, Marketplaces, Wearable Technologies & Internet of things, Marketing Services, and lightweight SaaS software.
Sumeet brings a perspective to investing that comes from having been intimately involved with entrepreneurship and technology from multiple angles - as a startup executive and operator, an engineer, a strategy consultant, and an investment banker.
Prior to Intel Captial, Sumeet was a Partner with CMEA Capital. At CMEA, Sumeet invested and worked with disruptive technology companies and was intimately involved in the firm’s investments in companies such as Liveops, Intermolecular (Nasdaq: IMI), Cafe Press (Nasdaq: PRSS), Blekko, Apriso (Acq by Dassault), AWR (Acq by National Instruments), Baxano (Acq by Trans1) and Surgiquest.
Prior to CMEA he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he focused on mergers and acquisitions as well as equity and debt financing transactions for many venture and private equity backed companies across several sectors.
Edward Jung founded Intellectual Ventures in 1999 after leaving Microsoft Corporation where he was chief architect and advisor to executive staff. At Intellectual Ventures, he also serves as the chief technology officer, setting strategic technology and new business models for the company.
At Microsoft, Mr. Jung managed projects relating to web platforms, semantic web technology, intelligent operating systems, adaptive user interfaces and artificial intelligence. He co-founded many Microsoft teams including Windows NT, Microsoft Research, mobile and consumer products, and web services. Before joining Microsoft in February 1990, Mr. Jung founded the Deep Thought Group, working on neural network chips for learning and parallel computation. His biomedical research work in the 1980s in protein structure and function was published in several journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Biochemistry.
An avid inventor, Mr. Jung holds more than 500 patents worldwide and has over 1,200 patents pending. His inventions are in the areas of biomedicine, computing, networking, energy, and material sciences.
Mr. Jung has served as an advisor to Harvard Medical School, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Institute for Systems Biology and consulted to the Asia Pacific Federation, the Aspen Institute, the China Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Health Organization.
Sonny is a co-founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of wearable sensor products, and a co-founder of AgaMatrix, which made the world¹s first hardware medical device (a glucose meter) that works with the iPhone, winner of the Red Dot Design Award and the GOOD Design Award, and has sold over 3M+ glucose meters and 1B+ biosensors for people with diabetes. Previously, he was CTO of a software start-up where he invented a number of machine learning-assisted natural language processing technologies. He studied math (BS) at UIUC and linguistics (PhD) under Noam Chomsky at MIT.
DCarlo Ratti is at the forefront of thinking about the way in which technology can be used to rewire cities, making them more energy efficient, reducing traffic congestion and stimulating new entrepreneurial activity. With half of the world's population now living in urban areas, Ratti's work could have an impact on the lives of billions of people in the years ahead. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year. He has been included in Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest list, in Blueprint Magazine’s 25 People who will Change the World of Design and in Forbes Magazine’s People you need to know in 2011. Ratti is serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management.
Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab. Ramesh Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging and human-computer interaction. Recent projects and inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next generation CAT-Scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long distance barcodes (Bokode), touch+hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (Netra,Catra), new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena and algebraic rank constraints for 3D displays(HR3D).
In 2004, Raskar received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, which recognizes top young innovators under the age of 35, and in 2003, the Global Indus Technovator Award, instituted at MIT to recognize the top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the Darpa Young Faculty award. Other awards include Marr Prize honorable mention 2009, LAUNCH Health Innovation Award, presented by NASA, USAID, US State Dept and NIKE, 2010, Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project Award (first place), 2011. He holds over 50 US patents and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on Computational Photography. [Personal webpage http://raskar.info] http://www.media.mit.edu/~raskar
As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company’s annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.
Dr. Daniela Schiller earned both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy and a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from Tel Aviv University. In 2004 she began working as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University, where she conducted a groundbreaking study that focused on memory reconsolidation and the blocking or erasure of fearful memories. Dr. Schiller’s work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including Nature, Neuron and Nature Neuroscience. She has also served as a contributing author for books, such as The Human Amygdala. Schiller has been the recipient of several awards, including the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists (2010) for her research on how to rewire the brain to eradicate fear as a response to memory. Dr. Schiller is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she directs the cognitive and affective neuroscience laboratory.
Kay-Soon is the centre director of satellite research centre (SaRC) of Nanyang Technological University. He has worked in the academia as well as in the industry. He joined the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University in 1994 first as a lecturer and subsequently became an Associate Professor. He has successfully supervised 38 graduate theses and delivered 37 funded projects. He has served as Consultants to many companies and had a number of patents on nonlinear circuits, UWB systems, and imaging sensor. His present funded projects are in the field of control system and satellite development.
The SaRC has successfully completed the first four Singapore built satellites. They are all concurrently orbiting in space now. The first satellite is named X-SAT which is a 105 kg micro-satellite. It has captured 8000 pictures since it was in service from 20 April 2011. The second satellite is a student built 1.3kg pico-satellite named VELOX-PII which was launched on 21 Nov 2013. The most recent two satellites are VELOX-I nano-satellite and VELOX-PIII pico-satellite launched on 30 June 2014. He is currently leading his satellite team to work on a micro-satellite for tropical climate study and a nano-satellite for communication application. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales.
David is a Physiotherapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He has worked as a clinician in the US, UK and Australia, studied computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and MIT, and designed prostheses for Brain Machine Interface devices at NYU. He is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Weill Cornell Medical College, and the Director of Telemedicine and Virtual Rehabilitation at Burke Medical Research Institute, where he works to develop low-cost and accessible patient monitoring, assessment and treatment systems that are designed to decrease healthcare costs whilst improving the standard of patient care.
David is a co-founder and the Chief Medical Officer of GesTherapy, a telerehabilitation software company that works to improve the standard of care patients who require rehabilitation. David also volunteers for Not Impossible Labs, a group that crowd-sources accessible technological solutions for high-impact humanitarian problems. He is currently leading or contributing to multiple Not Impossible projects, including the Brainwriter and Project Daniel.
Jean-Christophe Baillie started his career in Science at the Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris, and then founded and directed the Cognitive Robotics Lab in ENSTA/ParisTech, where he worked on the emergence of language between robots, and on a new operating system for robotics. These technologies became the starting point of Gostai, a startup company that he founded in 2006 and which has been acquired by the Aldebaran Group in 2012. He has recently launched an ambitious project in the field of advanced virtual reality by founding Novaquark, to develop a next generation MMO game. Jean-Christophe is also Chief Science Officer of Aldebaran Robotics (www.aldebaran.com) in charge of the AI Lab. He received in 2007 the Pierre Faurre award from the Polytechnique Foundation, the ACES Microsoft ICT award in 2009 and the Glavieux Award from SEE/IEEE in 2013.
Chris Boshuizen is Co-Founder and CTO of Plant Labs. He is responsible for the system architecture and oversees the engineering teams. Prior to Planet, Chris was a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research, where he co-created the PhoneSat Project --- PhoneSat was the cheapest and fastest built spacecraft at NASA --- and lead multiple partnership projects between NASA and private space exploration companies. Prior to NASA, Chris was appointed Interim executive Director of Singularity University, coordinated the founding of the University and raised over $2.5 million of initial funding from Silicon Valley sources. In 2014 Chris was awarded the Advance Global Award as Expatriate Australian of the Year. Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and Bachelors of Science with Honours from the University of Sydney.
Serial entrepreneur, named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group in 2013, Rudy Mazzocchi heads PULSE Evolution’s medical arm, PULSE BioLogic. In conjunction with PULSE Evolution’s holographic technology, PULSE BioLogic will produce holographic simulations of the human body, providing a state-of-the-art simulation model for the medical industry.
Xu Mingen invented the Regenovo 3D Bioprinter which can print biomaterials and cells. Regenovo can print in a sterilized environment with temperatures ranging between 23 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit. 90 percent of the printed tissue cells can survive in the process. He also printed different tissues with functions; some tissues have been used in drug discovery.
Born in Germany, Markus started his career at Daimler where he held several positions in Brand Management and General Management within the passenger car and the powertrain divisions of Mercedes-Benz. He spent the past decade in Asia-Pacific where he developed innovative marketing and communications approaches for the B2B markets for high tech off highway products. Markus joined Rolls-Royce Marine in October 2012 and is the EVP, Global Marketing, Communications and CRM, based in Singapore, where he has been living for the past years.
Professor Daniel Hastings is currently director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Before joining SMART, Hastings completed a seven-and-a-half-year tenure as MIT’s dean of undergraduate education. Hastings, the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, joined the MIT faculty in 1985 and became a full professor in 1993. From 1997 to 1999, Hastings served as the U.S. Air Force’s chief scientist, leading influential studies of Air Force investments in space and of preparations for a 21st-century science and technology workforce. From 2002 to 2008, he was a member of the National Science Board. He became director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program in 2000, director of the Engineering Systems Division in 2004, and dean for undergraduate education in 2006.
Robert Nicol is Director of high throughput sequencing at the Broad Institute. He oversees technology development, operations, supply chain, and special projects groups for the genome sequencing platform. Robert was previously a project manager for Fluor Corporation, the largest US based publicly traded engineering and construction firm. In this capacity he was responsible for large scale overseas projects for major petrochemical companies. In 1999, Robert moved to MIT, where he was a fellow in the Leaders for Manufacturing program performing research on manufacturing systems and processes. Upon completing his fellowship at MIT in 2001, he moved to the Broad Institute to implement industrial process design, control, and improvement techniques to biological research.
Dr. Leslie Dewan graduated from MIT in 2013 with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. She also holds S.B. degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked for a robotics company in Cambridge, MA, where she designed search-and-rescue robots and equipment for in-field identification of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. Leslie has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and an MIT Presidential Fellowship. She was named a TIME Magazine "30 People Under 30 Changing the World" in December 2013, an MIT Technology Review "Innovator Under 35" in September 2013, and a Forbes "30 Under 30" in Energy in December 2012.
Former NASA mission specialist astronaut, engineer and veteran of five space flights
Antoine Hubert is President CEO and Co-Founder of YNSECT – The Insect Company – which is supported by two Ecotech European leading venture capital funds – Emertec and Demeter Partners.
Antoine Hubert was previously senior scientist at TOTAL and ALTRAN where he managed R&D programs on Sustainable Development applied on bioresources, soil remediation, waste-to-energy and recycled resources. He also launched in 2007 and led the non-profit organization WORGAMIC, dealing with food sustainability, promoting urban agriculture and organic waste recycling within cities, and in 2011 the company ORGANEO operating on biowaste management.
He is also Guest Lecturer in different Agro Schools and Universities, like AgroParisTech.
He has a background in agronomy and life sciences from AgroCampus Rennes and AgroParisTech Engineering schools.
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Space 3.0, the Next Frontier
Sustainable innovations addressing real world challenges
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