This year, the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH) focuses on deep tech and the intersection of tech and lifestyle. True to the tagline of “Today’s Inventions, Tomorrow’s World”, the activities and conferences zoom in on how today’s technologies can help build a better future.

We’ve previously given you the low-down of what’s happening at the various stages of SWITCH. Now, we’re telling you how each partner event packs and punch and why you shouldn’t miss them.

Asia Early Stage Investment Summit

If you’re an angel investor, planning to be one, or simply curious as to how angel investing works, then you should head on BANSEA’s Asia Early Stage Investment Summit.

From keynote presentations on how angel investors impact the world to panel discussions about how to not fail at angel investing, the summit covers everything you need to know about angel investing especially in the context of Southeast Asia.

The summit also includes a discussion on impact investing, ICOs, and the potential of China and South Asia for angel investors, all featuring industry leaders and some of the region’s top investors, like Harbourfront Ventures’ Managing Director Shoko Suzuki and Singtel Group Sustainability Director, Chia Boon Chong.

And since it’s organised by BANSEA, the Business Angel Network of Southeast Asia, you can be sure they know what they’re talking about.

Find out more about Asia Early Stage Investment Summit here.

Deep Tech Summit

If you’re curious about deep tech and where it’s leading to, then drop by the Deep Tech Summit.

The inaugural Deep Tech Summit convenes thought leaders and industry practitioners specialising in transformative technologies. We’re talking about artificial intelligence, blockchain, medtech, venture building, the future of talent and more.

With panel discussions on medtech innovation and how frontier technologies would impact our society, the summit explores the role of transformative technology in human lives and what it means for our future.

Organised by SGInnovate, the summit features speakers from various universities, research institutes, leading enterprises, and innovative startups from around the region, like Prof. Tsuhan Chen, the Chief Scientist of AI SIngapore, and Dr. Carolyn Hargrove, the CTO of McLaren Applied Technologies.

Find out more about Deep Tech Summit here.

DEMO Asia Summit

If you’re excited to learn more about what’s happening in China’s tech scene, then you’ll love DEMO Asia Summit.

Featuring keynote speeches from industry leaders of China’s tech community, the summit will tackle topics like breaking free from traditional business concepts and how blockchain is applied in China.

There is also a Demo Show where some of the latest tech and solutions will be showcased to attendees and judges, which include Jaeyoung Shin, Head of Samsung Ventures China and Chiong Tian Taum, Managing Director of Gobi Partners.

Find out more about DEMO Asia Summit here.


If you’ve ever wondered technology can help achieve sustainability, then Empiricon is just the right conference for you.

Leading the conversations are some of the best minds in sustainability and innovation like Dr Yeoh Lean Weng, the Director of Urban Solutions and Sustainability at the National Research Foundation, and Bernise Ang, Co-Founder and Methodology Lead at Zeroth Labs.

With discussions on the future of energy consumption, saving the earth, bio-engineering, and the possibility of immortality, Empiricon by Tabula Rasa aims to answer questions like “can we still put all our existing technology to better use?”; “can artificial intelligence help us achieve our sustainability goals?”; “what kind of legacy do we want to leave behind anyway?”; and “is it too late to save the Earth?”

Find out more about Empiricon here.

ICMG Corporate Innovation Summit

If you’re wondering how corporations are handling the rise of new technologies, you can find out more at the ICMG Corporate Innovation Summit.

Speakers from top corporations in the region will be sharing their insights about corporate innovation strategies in Asia, what challenges the region is facing, and the future of open innovation.

There is also time for open innovation networking as well as a startups pitching session covering blockchain, AI, Autonomous EV, urban farming, and digital health, among others.

Find out more about ICMG Corporate Innovation Summit here.


If you want to know more about the latest developments in the ASEAN-China startup scene, then you better head on over to Origin.

Organised by TechNode, Origin aims to facilitate more interactions between China and Southeast Asia’s businesses, focusing on the ASEAN-China synergy by bringing in prominent speakers and thought leaders from China to share what’s going on behind-the-scenes in the country’s tech landscape.

The conference would also include panel discussions on urban mobility, supply chain planning, and e-payments, among others, with industry leaders like TechNode founder Lu Gang and NUS Enterprise Program Director, Kelvin Tan, among others leading the conversations.

Find out more about Origin here.

[email protected]

If you’re excited to see new innovations from top international startups, then spend your time at [email protected]

Over 100 startup pitches will happen over three days in this Startup SG-organised competition. Top international startups will battle it out on stage as they showcase their technology and business ideas to the judges and audience consisting of investors, corporates, media, and potential partners and clients.

Apart from the main pitch competition, [email protected] also features startup pitches from its partner competitions: [email protected] Cloud Startup Contest features startups pitching for a chance to compete at the CASC finals in Shanghai; while L’Oreal Innovation Runway is a startup challenge in search for unique solutions in performance materials and products, personalised beauty experiences, and sustainable innovations.

Find out more about [email protected] here.


If you’re looking for the opportunity to collaborate on projects with some of the world’s leading organisations, then make sure not to miss TechInnovation.

Back for its seventh run, TechInnovation by IPI Singapore aims to bring together technology providers and seekers to explore technology and business collaboration through open innovation.

Through their Crowdsourcing session, industry speakers and technology seekers from various companies from the region will share on emerging trends, challenges and opportunities, inviting solutions and partnerships. Get the chance to learn from Hydroemission’s Grace Chew, Addiseo’s Dr. Stefan Jakob, and GE’s Jessie Yip, among others.

Find out more about TechInnovation here.

Women in Tech

If you want to learn from the top women visionaries in the region, then don’t miss Women in Tech.

Born from a volunteer movement within Southeast Asia’s tech community, Women in Tech has become an amazing platform that brings together Asia’s leading women innovators and creating tangible opportunities for women to transform the world. Their amazing lineup of speakers includes Zimplistic’s Pranoti Nagarkar Israni, ADDO AI’s Dr Ayesha Khanna, and best-selling author Linda Liukas.

While keynote speeches covering machine learning and analytics, leveraging diversity, healthcare, and robotics are available for everyone, there also deep dive break-out session with limited seats. Pre-book to join in-depth conversations about mentoring, angel investing, and more.

Find out more about Women in Tech here.

SWITCH 2018 main events are happening on 17-19 September 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, with offsite tours to parts of greater tech ecosystem on 20 September 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with, learn from, and share with the region’s best in the tech and innovation community!

Register for your passes today.

Disclosure: This article is produced by e27 content marketing team, sponsored by SWITCH