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Convergence is the only business (B2B) event that explores the relationship between work, people and combined emerging techologies like VR, AI, robotics, AR, IoT, gaming, 3D printing, M2M and blockchain.

Come and find out how these economy driving technologies work together and will impact your industry, your career and your life. Convergence 007 is the new way to understand the exciting opportunities created by combined emerging technology.

 

Convergence 007 provides a unique experience combining world class conference learning, expo trade show research and cross industry peer networking to achieve deeper understanding of the impacts and valuable prospects driven by the latest technologies that shape our world.

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Learn, Collaborate, Innovate & Explore

Convergence returns to Singapore on Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 November 2018 at the beautiful Pavilion, Far East Square, Chinatown Singapore. As well as flying in the amazing 360 Dome Cinema, we will be adding a massive level of AV to the great space - setting another high bar in conference production and visual entertainment.

 

Do you want to gain a business advantage and experience the game-changing technologies?

 

Whether you are interested in entry level information or a seasoned industry professional Convergence will deliver insights, learning, collaboration, work opportunities, unrivaled peer networking and a rare chance to understand these technologies first hand.

Convergence gives you a unique opportunity to:Learn from world leading keynote speakers discussing what’s top-of-mind for the tech industry’s key innovators in this economy driving ecosystem.

  • Explore game changing technologies at the trade show with rare hands on experience of these products by the brightest and the best from around the region and the world.

  • Innovate your industry, career and life with insights from the top local and international thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

  • Collaborate on new client / supplier relationships with leading local and global makers, thinkers and industry professionals.

  • VIP premium peer networking across a broad range of industries and professions all interested in meeting you and discussing how to utilise these technologies for success.

  • Meet investors and VC to take you to the next level or Founders with products you can grow your investment at our "Investors & Founders" networking event Sunday evening.

 

You will come away from Convergence with real world knowledge, deep understanding, fresh ideas and connections to implement the latest business opportunities for successful outcomes.

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Main Speakers

Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne

Co-founder and COO

Open Bionics (UK)

Samantha co-founded Open Bionics with Joel in 2014 when she learnt about the work that he was doing on open source robotic hands. Samantha has an exceptional business acumen and brings valuable experience in project management, marketing and business development. Samantha has elevated Open Bionics to a globally recognised brand and has recently won several awards celebrating her entrepreneurship.

You can learn more about the important work Samantha and Open Bionics are doing through their YouTube channel, or watch our hightlights video here:

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Chris Bobotis

Chris Bobotis

Director Immersive

Adobe (Canada)

Chris Bobotis is the Director of Immersive at Adobe. Prior to Adobe, Chris co-founded Mettle which has created 360/VR software for the Adobe ecosystem that has been widely adopted by leading companies world-wide, such as The New York Times, Time, CNN, HBO, Google, youtube, Discovery VR, DreamWorks TV, National Geographic, USA Today, LinkedIn, The Ellen Show, BuzzFeed, Conan 360, Framestore, Google, Jaunt VR, CARE, RYOT, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Apple, and Facebook.

At Adobe, Chris is leading the effort to integrate Mettle SkyBox Suite into Adobe Creative Cloud and is working with a team to develop more foundation-level tools in immersive technologies.

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Lin Kayser

Lin Kayser

Member of the Board Advisors, Isar Aerospace

CEO, Hyperganic (Germany)

Lin Kayser is a German serial entrepreneur based in Munich. As co-founder and CEO of Hyperganic, a software startup, he is reimagining how we build things in a world of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) and synthetic biology.

At the Convergence conference, Lin will discuss, how digital fabrication is fundamentally transforming how we think about the production of the things around us. In this world, where even extremely complex machinery can be produced at little cost, objects are increasingly created using AI computer algorithms and manufactured close to the consumer.

Lin began his career in 1994 at ARADEX, a German startup in the industrial automation space. In 2000, he started IRIDAS, which actively drove the digital transformation of the film industry in Hollywood. IRIDAS was acquired by Adobe in 2011.

Lin’s research and investment company, COGLOBO, focuses on disruptive technologies in the field of robotics and new manufacturing methods. Lin is a mentor with Isar Aerospace, meeting them the WARR Hyperloop project. Continuing to work with them as member of the Advisory Board, alongside Professor Schmucker and SpaceX veteran Bulent Altan. Lin sees private space flight is an important enabler for the future of humanity.

Lin is also Member Advisory Board at VoltStorage, Member of Strategy Board at Future of Leadership Initiative, Founder & Member Board of Directors at Eleza, Founder at UBOT (submersible robotic vehicles and sensors to explore the underwater world) and CEO at k7 Ventures Holding.

Lin is an active mentor in the German startup scene and gives frequent talks on leadership and tackling global issues through bold technological innovation.

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Dr Jeff Evenson

Dr Jeff Evenson

Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer (New York)

Corning (USA)

Jeff Evenson joined Corning in 2011 and was named chief strategy officer in 2015. In this role, he oversees corporate strategy, corporate communications, and advanced analytics.

Glass is one of the most transformative materials of all time.  From spectacles to telescopes to fiber optics, glass has been responsible for numerous technological and cultural revolutions.

Yet despite glass’s history, Corning believes some of the greatest glass innovations are still ahead.  The ubiquity of glass in our day-to-day lives, the accelerating pace of glass innovation, and the increasingly vital role that glass plays in a broad range of industries have led Corning to declare that we are living in The Glass Age.

Jeff will discuss the aesthetic and technical properties that make glass such a remarkable material and explain how today’s deep understanding of glass physics and chemistry is unleashing new capabilities faster than ever.  He will describe how highly engineered glass compositions and optical technologies are enabling seamless delivery of real-time information and interactive displays with life-like images, intuitive interfaces, and exciting new form factors. Jeff will share his thoughts on the implications of glass innovations for advertising in diverse environments from retail windows to digital fitting rooms to head-up displays in next-generation cars. And he will invite the audience to consider how glass can address their challenges and enhance their lives – because the Glass Age isn’t just a technological movement, it’s a human one.

Prior to his current position, Jeff served as senior vice president and operations chief of staff, and was responsible for leading the process to create Corning's annual operating priorities and overseeing a variety of strategic programs and growth initiatives across the company's diverse businesses. Previously, he spent seven years at Sanford C. Bernstein as a senior vice president and senior analyst focused on data networking companies. Earlier in his career, Evenson was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led technology and market assessments for early-stage technologies.
 
Jeff has a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and a bachelor's degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Chairman of the Corning Museum of Glass, a trustee of the Corning Foundation, and a member of the board of directors for View, Inc. and Fuzzy Logix Inc.
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Dr Pauline Tay

Dr Pauline Tay

Deputy Director

National Research Foundation

Dr Pauline manages the Innovation and Enterprise (I&E) division at NRF (based in the Singapore Prime Minsters office), designing policies and schemes to catalyse innovation and facilitate the translation of research into impactful outcomes – to improve the world around us. Initiatives range from support of early innovation coming out of universities, formation and growth of hi-tech startups and the facilitation of research collaboration and technology development by industry.

Responsible for creating and implementing the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH). She was tasked to energise the innovation and tech event space in Singapore and NRF gave the opportunity to transform how things were done in the past – singular events ran by different organisations throughout the year that were often duplicative. Tech conferences in Singapore were predictable, dull and hardly integrated with lifestyle.

As a regional innovation leader, Dr Pauline was determined to change that image and created a completely new concept for the tech scene in Singapore.

SWITCH is a concept where multiple complementary tech events come together to plug and play in an open platform integrated with lifestyle elements, reflecting the diversity and vibrancy of the Singapore ecosystem.  It is driven by a community of people, not just individual organisations, many of whom are volunteers in the innovation and entrepreneurial space, coming together to make it all work for the ecosystem they believe in.

Find out all about SWITCH 2018 HERE

Convergence worked with Dr Pauline, NRF and SWITCH in 2017:

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Scott Jones

Scott Jones

Partner, SingularityNET

Managing Director, Six Kin Development

Scott is a Silicon Valley veteran who began his career writing code and managing software development teams for several early Internet startup companies, including Netscape, where he helped build the legendary Netscape Navigator web browser. Scott also has more than a decade of experience in education, serving as Senior Lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore, and as a researcher at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, working on advanced robotics and AI projects. He has founded three startups and been involved with numerous high tech ventures over the past 25 years.

Technopreneur | Transhumanist | Singularitarian

Scott has always had a deeply ingrained feeling that our period in history is a very special one, and that our generation is destined to experience incredible events that previous generations couldn’t have imagined. Part of this comes from watching too much science fiction while growing up, but it is also based upon the observation that technological advancement has been increasing at an exponential rate. Scott believes that we are now at the take-off point in this high speed technology curve and that most people alive today are going to witness profound changes in the very near future.

In his current role, managing a startup company, Six Kin Development, that is working hard to create revolutionary new applications in the areas of EduTech, HealthTech, Robotics and advanced Artificial Intelligence.

Previously his career has essentially revolved around three overlapping phases:

Software Development - Throughout the 1990's, Scott wrote code and managed development teams for several early Internet start-up companies in Silicon Valley, including Netscape, where he helped build the legendary Netscape Navigator web browser.

Education & Research - Scott spent over a decade in academia, serving as Senior Lecturer at the tertiary level and as a researcher at a university in Hong Kong, working on advanced robotics and AI projects.

Technopreneurship - I have founded three startups of my own and been involved with numerous high tech ventures over the past 25 years.

Scott is also Partner at SingularityNET – the brainchild of renowned Artificial Intelligence expert, Dr. Ben Goertzel, and famed robotics pioneer, Dr. David Hanson – the creators of the famous Sophia robot. A new, decentralized, open marketplace for exchanging AI services. Six Kin Development is proud to represent SingularityNET in Singapore and the region, collaborating in a number of areas, including software development, business development, marketing, and community outreach.

Scott's presentation topic for Convergence is:

“Moving from Centralized to Decentralized AI - How Enterprises Can Benefit from the Convergence of Blockchain and AI”

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Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman

Director of Innovation

Magnify World (New Zealand)

With over 20 years experience in the entertainment, sports tech, music industry, Matt has worked for Warner and Sony Music in both New Zealand and Australia.

Matt previously founded LTPS Music a music label and management company and founded Txtstation as CEO. In 2001 The Txtstation company (interactive broadcast mobile marketing company) raised over $6 million in venture capital, following this succes he sold the company in March 2011.

Launching the company into the European and North American markets Matt moved to New York, then Los Angeles where he successfully set up the first telecommunication connections and sold the companies original contracts to FIFA World Cup, SKY TV Italy for the Champions League, Fox USA, CBS USA, Time Warner and the NBA. Matt was then offered the Txttunes position as CEO by Renaissance Group a public company who handles Apple distribution and still remains a shareholder in Txtstation.

Since then Matt focuses on his ArivalGlobal sport innovation company, based in Auckland, New Zealand. ARIVAL technology brings the fans into the game like never before, using augmented reality to visualize real-time player data whilst engaging them with gamification.

When he isn't leading the next sports tech wave Matt travels the globe as the Director of Innovation for the VR / AR / AI Magnify World event series. Speaking, MC, organising the relationships and working across the whole platform Matt explores his real passion for virtual, augmented and mixed reality. We are very excited to be hosting Matt at Convergence Singapore.

Convergence is very excited to be working with Matt on the next Magnify World VR / AR event is part of the Victorian Government Digital Innovation Festival, 24-25 August: More info HERE

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Prof. Shuzhi Sam Ge

Prof. Shuzhi Sam Ge

Director, Social Robotics Lab, National University of Singapore

Editor in Chief, International Journal of Social Robotics

Prof. Shuzhi Sam Ge is the Director of the Social Robotics Laboratory (SRL), Interactive Digital Media Institute, the National University of Singapore, is a research laboratory focused on socially competent, personal, healthcare and edutainment robotics internationally for scientific, social and economical impacts through the synergy from arts, engineering, medicine and sciences.

The multi-faceted research program conducted in SRL is structured to investigate all aspects of social, personal, medical and edutainment robotics. It aims to produce a seamless integration of artificial agents into the human society, with intelligent robots that can participate in and learn from intuitive, long term interaction with humans, and which can be safely deployed in myriad applications ranging from entertainment, healthcare/eldercare, education and childcare. These robots will act as intelligent companions which enrich the lives and co-exist in harmony with humans.

The main objectives of SRL are: Advanced cross disciplinary research of social robotics for improving the lives of humans worldwide; Sophisticated common R&D platforms under one roof for more cohesive and vibrant research across arts, engineering, medicine, and sciences; Dedicated human capital development for creativity, leadership, and visionary in the area of social, personal, healthcare, and edutainment robotics; High intellectual properties throughputs for technology transfer and start ups in making social and economic impact; and Magnet for joint research and international collaboration.

The SRL web is a gateway to our research programme and activities. It is our pleasure that you visit our web to view the evolving SRL. Wish you a stimulating experience as you are on our web, exploring how SRL thrives for creative ideas in robotics community and how we embrace new challenges to push the research work further.

Prof. Shuzhi Sam Ge, PhD, fellows of IEEE, IFAC, IET, and Academy of Engineering (SG). He is a professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, the director of Center for Robotics and in Honory QianRen JiHua Professorship with University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He is a visiting professor of the Chang Jiang Scholar Program, the vice-chairman of International Robotics and Intelligent Equipment Industry Alliance, and a member in advisory group of national robotics standardization.

He was awarded NSF Outstanding Overseas Young Researcher Award (China) and National Technology Award (Singapore). His research interests include social robotics, intelligent systems and intelligent equipment. Professor Shuzhi Sam Ge has presided over and involved in national projects under Singapore Government, National Basic Research Program (Program 973) and State High-Tech Development Plan (Program 863) in China. He has published 7 monographs, over 700 papers with more than 20,000 citations. He is an Elsevier Highly Cited Chinese Researcher (2014, 2015, 2016) and a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (2016).

He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Social Robotics and the associate editor of Automatica.

 

 

Unmish Parthasarathi

Unmish Parthasarathi

Global Head of Digital

International Cricket Council

Unmish works at the intersection of content, commerce and culture - facilitating the digital transformation of traditional media concerns, curating new markets of digital demand, hello brands tell innovate stories and mentoring startups in MediaTech, SportsTech & VideoTech.

Educated at Cambridge, London Business School and St. Stephen’s, Singapore is Unmish’s 5th home after spells in London, New York, Johannesburg & Delhi where he was born. He’s conducted business in over 30-countries on three Continents for and with blue-chips such as IMG Media (Endeavour), BBC Technology, ESPN STAR Sports, Fox, News Corp, Scripps Interactive Networks and most recently Jungle Ventures and the International Cricket Council (ICC). Unmish is extremely active on LinkedIn and in “listening” mode on Twitter.

Unmish will be presenting on the topic of:

"Future of Broadcast Content: Emerging Technology and Digital Transformation"

Dr Jeffrey Koh

Dr Jeffrey Koh

Director of Strategic Ventures

Chemistry

Jeffrey Tzu Kwan Valino Koh has spent most of his life so far in Toronto, Canada but has managed to live, work and study in Sydney, Zurich, London, Rotterdam, Berlin, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo.

He is a trans-disciplinary experiential designer who has worked on catwalk and fashion show designs for PRADA, advertising and gallery curation for KesselsKramer, and architecture and exhibition design for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture / Rem Koolhaas.

As a practicing artist, Jeffrey has exhibited in venues such as the Barbican and Southbank Centre in London, UK, for festivals such as the Singapore Design Festival and in galleries in Munster, Berlin, Vienna, Crete, Tokyo and other world-class venues.

In the past he studied Semiotics and Fashion Photography, and was awarded his BFA in Monumental Kunst from the Aki Academy of Art and Design (ArtEZ) in Enschede, the Netherlands and an MA in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, United Kingdom.

He earned his PhD at the National University of Singapore and was a visiting research scholar at Keio University in Japan, where his research interests focused on various topics regarding HCI, HRI, interactivity and transdisciplinary experimental creative practice.

Recently he was the UX Lead at the National Gallery Singapore, faculty Lecturer at UNSW, Vice President of Transmedia at Villains and Chief Curatorial Officer at Artifact Global. Currently he is Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW, Peer of the Australia Council for the Arts, and is the Director of Strategic Ventures at Chemistry Singapore, where he applies Chemistry’s strength in human-centred design research to new venture projects.

Jeffery will be presenting on the topic:

"The Revolution will be an API"

Dickson Tang

Dickson Tang

Future of Work Speaker & Author

Leadership for Future of Work

Dickson Tang is a future of work speaker and author. He covers future of work from a humanistic perspective through the lens of leadership and creativity.

He is author of the book "Leadership for future of work: 9 ways to build career edge over robots with human creativity".

He believes everyone is a leader. He believes everyone, with an open mind, can be proactive in exploring future possibilities.

He was featured in media such as Forbes, Irish Tech News and “Money FM 89.3”.

He is also the founder and master trainer of Ideaschap, a training and consulting firm based in Singapore.

He has over 15 years of experience in management, marketing, business consulting, organizational strategies and training & development. His prior corporate experience includes assignments with several leading companies such as KPMG Advisory, Gartner and Netscape Inc. He has trained professionals from Cartier, CITIC Telecom, Exterran, JVC Kenwood, Kongsberg Maritime, Mannheim Business School, Menicon, Montblanc, Wirtgen and many more.

With a dual background in business strategy and training, he effectively designs and delivers speaking / training programs with the alignment of organizational, team and individual needs.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from ESSEC Graduate School of Management in France and a Bachelor of Social Science from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dickson will be presenting on the topic:

“The future of work, build career edge over robots with human creativity”

Jay Shah

Jay Shah

Founder & CEO

OpenDNA

Jay Shah is the Founder & CEO of OpenDNA, a publicly listed company (OPN) on the Australia Securities Exchange that has operations in South Africa, Australia and headquartered in Singapore. Jay is a technology visionary and the designer behind OpenDNA’s AI technology. He brings 20 years of serial entrepreneurship having founded numerous technology companies in Europe, North America and Africa, ranging from Content Management Systems, VoIP & GSM Mobile Telephony as well as launching a technology incubator in the UK. It was Jay’s vision about the user owning and controlling their own data to be able to then personalize their experiences of the internet that led to the development and launch of OpenDNA.

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Dave Lim

Dave Lim

TEDx Singapore

Leadership team, Singularity U Singapore Chapter

Dave Lim is a polymath, provocateur, pioneer and possibilist who delights in designing, launching and growing new ventures with people. He is part of the leadership team of the SingularityU chapter in Singapore, sits on Danone's Digital Advisory Board and since 1996, has been founder of Coca-Cola Innovation X,  a tech VC in $1B APAC fund that had invested in a small startup called Alibaba.com,  a design thinker and innovation catalyst for corporates, central banker and global fund manager of $100B.  Outside work, Dave is a TEDx Ambassador and founder of TEDxSingapore, growing this into a >150,000 multi-disciplinary community today.  He has studied at Singularity U, Stanford, Berkeley, UNSW and UBC.  Dave's favourite quote and challenge to you is  "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -Johann Wolfgang von Goet

 

Penny Wong

Penny Wong

Director, Radmis

AI, Robotics, Technology & Enterprise

Penny has over 15 years of technology consulting experience helping clients (including Optus, Telstra, NSW Gov, Visa, MasterCard & Coles) to deliver digital projects and opportunities underpinned by emerging technologies.

Penny is a co-founder of Radmis, a digital product prototyping & artificial intelligence software company. She studied computer science and holds a Grad Cert of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Master of International Business & Law from the University of Sydney.

Suzy Jacobs

Suzy Jacobs

Convergence MC

Co-Founder/Director, Finesque

Suzy Jacobs is the Chief Inspiration Officer for your team or community, known as an inspiring, motivating and thought provoking keynote speaker who captivates audiences as soon as she walks in the room.

Suzy started out in the sales & training world of big tech companies such as IBM and Compaq before she switched to small business. Having spent time in such diverse sectors as manufacturing, health & wellbeing and business development, Suzy brings years of experience and background knowledge to her role of a lifetime as CEO of She Business Australia.

She’s a successful business leader and entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries.

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