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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