Deep Tech Summit | SGInnovate
 

Advancing Our Future
Deep Tech Economy

Hosted by SGInnovate in conjunction with the Singapore Week of Innovation of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH), the Deep Tech Summit aims to advance knowledge on science and technology innovations, and discuss its impact on our future economy. The Summit will convene a global community of Deep Tech startups, investors, corporate innovators, researchers, government partners and international organisations with interests in:

AgriFood
Health and Biomedical Sciences
Advanced Manufacturing
Sustainability

SWITCH is organised by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), with SGInnovate and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) as Premier Partners and supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF). In its sixth edition, this hybrid festival will feature conferences, the SLINGSHOT Startup Pitching Finals, showcases, roundtables as well as global networking activities.

Deep Tech Summit
Schedule
and Agenda

TimeSession
1:00pm - 1:30pm

Deep Tech companies are aiming to transform the world through scientific, engineering and technological advances in health, food, sustainable development, etc. – for the greater good. What will the future of Deep Tech look like, and how may Deep Tech help address the grand challenges of our time and improve the human condition?

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Meeting sustainable development goals will require action on a number of fronts, including harnessing and maximising the potential of technological innovation. Examples of such technologies include efficient energy systems, sustainable transport, urban solutions, etc. What would it take for our future economy and society to be carbon-neutral?

2:05pm – 2:35pm​

How to raise the odds of lasting mutual benefits when large and small companies team up, especially as these collaborations are growing in importance as the world pilots innovations and advances sustainable development solutions?

2:35pm – 3:05pm​

While the existing market for hydrogen is dominated by “gray” production, which uses fossil fuels resulting in carbon emissions, the EU's 2020 hydrogen strategy focuses on the development of “clean, renewable” or green hydrogen. Green hydrogen could be a viable emissions-free alternative to fossil fuels and other forms of hydrogen, if costs fall and production efficiency is improved. While both public and private sectors are focusing on green hydrogen’s potential to enable decarbonisation, it needs demand and supply-side support to scale up.

3:10pm – 3:40pm​

With the growing focus on sustainability and environment concerns, circular business models will gain a greater competitive edge in the years to come because they create more value from each unit of resource than the traditional linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model. Circular economics calls for systems thinking - companies should no longer focus on personal financial gain but on optimising the entire system. This requires cooperation between and within organisations.

3:40pm – 4:10pm​

Almost every aspect of today’s modern economy and society looks set for transformation by Deep Tech. Businesses, governments, researchers and investors are paying close attention to how Deep Tech is having a profound impact on important segments of the economy such as autonomous vehicles and robotics, life sciences and medical devices, smart cities and low-carbon technologies.

This panel discussion will explore the possible futures we could we look forward to with Deep Tech, how we should be design a world made better by science and technology innovation, and what ethical considerations there may be as we seek to augment human capabilities with Deep Tech.

TimeSession
1:00pm - 1:30pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the far-reaching impact of the BioMed industry - startups and companies have developed rapid testing kits and repurposed drugs and vaccines, and produced precision medicine, cancer therapy, and other consumer solutions to improve patient outcomes. Beyond the continued investment in BioMedical science and innovation, growing a solid pool of talented individuals will enable the next stage of growth for the industry.

In this session, join our panel of BioMed innovation leaders as they discuss the importance of nurturing BioMed talent, the need to develop technical and business skills necessary for tomorrow's leaders in Biomedical Science, and the strategies and cooperative ways to facilitate a network of BioMed talent.

1:30pm - 2:00pm

While the COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on modern healthcare systems, the industry’s response has vividly demonstrated its resilience and ability to bring innovations to market quickly. Since the pandemic, the healthcare industry has produced inspiring examples of innovation in products, services, processes, and business and delivery models, often in partnership with other sectors. 

In this fireside chat, join our expert leaders as they discuss the need and ways to create the right environment for health science innovations, how a strong culture of innovation and a reservoir of human talent could help accelerate health science innovations, and how such a culture has enabled Singapore to innovate fast in response to COVID-19.

2:05pm – 2:35pm​

Telemedicine, AI-enabled medical devices, and blockchain electronic health records are just a few concrete examples of technology innovations in healthcare. While the COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on modern healthcare systems, the industry’s response has vividly demonstrated its resilience and ability to bring innovations to market quickly. 

Given the speed of recent changes, it is likely that parts of the healthcare ecosystem will operate in different ways in the coming years. To keep pace with this evolution and deliver better patient outcomes, how should Singapore’s healthcare leaders enable their organisations to be ready to innovate at scale – in digital health, diagnostics, smart devices, and drug development?

2:35pm – 3:05pm​

The science of deep learning is evolving very quickly to power some of the most advanced computing capabilities globally, spanning every industry and adding significant value to user experiences and competitive decision-making.

Specifically, deep learning has the added benefit of making decisions with significantly less involvement from human intervention. It can gauge the accuracy of its answers on its own due to the nature of its multi-layered structure. Deep learning also requires less preprocessing of data as the network itself takes care of many of the filtering and normalisation tasks that must be completed by human programmers when using other machine learning techniques.

Deep learning is steadily finding its way into innovative tools with high-value applications in the real-world clinical environment. In this session, find out what are some of the other current and future applications of Deep Learning that are important in providing better outcomes in healthcare?

3:10pm – 3:40pm​

Agriculture and Food Systems are experiencing an array of challenges that hinder fruitful, sustainable food production. For example, feeding a growing global population could come at the expense of the environmental impact of food production. As food systems are so complex, it has been nearly impossible to solve one problem without making another one worse.

3:40pm – 4:10pm​

With global agrifood investment in 2021 expected to surpass the $22.3 billion set in 2020, the appetite for agrifood tech innovations shows no signs of slowing.

Who are these global agrifood epicentres that are leading and applying innovations? Fueled by a mix of world-class research institutes, research universities and public-private partnerships between science, industry and government, agrifood hubs create the ideal environment to support and commercialise innovations.

At this session, we bring together experts from key global epicentre markets to talk about the growing global appetite for agrifood innovation and how their organisations support agrifood innovation locally and globally.

TimeSession
1:00pm - 1:30pm

Industry 4.0 is not simply about adopting new technology to replace humans, but more about creating data-driven interconnectivity between the digital and the real world.

In a 2017 report by McKinsey, the pursuit for technology development by manufacturers also creates labour demand to develop and deploy technology. The high global spending on technology products will create demand for 20 - 46 million incremental workers globally by 2030. Therefore, the future for Industry 4.0 not only lies in the advancement in technology, but also creating a dependable workforce to drive it as well.

For the Industry 4.0 ecosystem to grow further and deliver more positive impact over the next 10 years, businesses and governments and research organisations need to develop complementary strategies to develop a resilient and sustainable future of manufacturing.

1:30pm - 2:00pm

5G could help improve "efficiency" and "reliability" - business-critical outcomes that many businesses across various industries - healthcare, smart cities, supply chain, manufacturing, etc. are striving for in today's digital economy.

5G's combination of speed, scale and near-instantaneous response time carries the potential to take the management and operation of industrial machines and systems to a whole new level of performance. Its vast applications from AI/ML to digital twins and autonomous technologies would only pave the way for more efficient and reliable future industries.

2:05pm – 2:35pm​

Jointly Hosted with the Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore

The global quantum technology race is heating up as countries move to operationalise the potentially revolutionary technology. The various areas of quantum tech – computing, simulation, communications and sensing are set to disrupt many industries. In this session, discover from national leaders in Quantum Technologies about some of the strategies in Research and Development in their countries, and the collaborative opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

2:35pm – 3:05pm​

Jointly Hosted with the Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore

Quantum Computing offers the tantalising prospect of unsurpassed power on some kinds of computational problems, with the potential to disrupt sectors including Healthcare, Transport & Logistics, Financial Services, and Energy. Gain an understanding of who is chasing the Quantum Advantage to benefit their business from this panel exploring real-world applications and trial use cases with companies in Quantum Computing.

3:10pm – 3:40pm​

Jointly Hosted with the Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore

Quantum technologies are on the brink of emerging from the laboratory and science fiction realms into a wide range of industrial and consumer products that will affect the way we live, work, and spend our leisure time.

However, even though several ground-breaking applications have emerged in the past decade, market adoption of quantum systems has been held back by the lack of widely available quantum components.

In this session, our experts will get into the mechanics of building and manufacturing of quantum instruments and parts, including success stories and opportunities for Singapore to be part of a global quantum supply chain.

3:40pm – 4:10pm​

With a report by McKinsey stating that 84% of executives say that their future success is dependent on innovation, the importance for new innovations is one that is widely agreed upon. In addition to the fact that innovation allows for organisations to remain relevant in a competitive marketplace, it also a key driver for social and economic good.

In light of this, business leaders need to have a solid understanding on how they can bring their innovations to life and create a lasting impact on their organisation. At this session, we invite experts to share on how they turn their innovation concepts into reality.

Day 1 Monday, November 8
TimeSession
1:00pm - 1:30pm

Deep Tech companies are aiming to transform the world through scientific, engineering and technological advances in health, food, sustainable development, etc. – for the greater good. What will the future of Deep Tech look like, and how may Deep Tech help address the grand challenges of our time and improve the human condition?

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Meeting sustainable development goals will require action on a number of fronts, including harnessing and maximising the potential of technological innovation. Examples of such technologies include efficient energy systems, sustainable transport, urban solutions, etc. What would it take for our future economy and society to be carbon-neutral?

2:05pm – 2:35pm​

How to raise the odds of lasting mutual benefits when large and small companies team up, especially as these collaborations are growing in importance as the world pilots innovations and advances sustainable development solutions?

2:35pm – 3:05pm​

While the existing market for hydrogen is dominated by “gray” production, which uses fossil fuels resulting in carbon emissions, the EU's 2020 hydrogen strategy focuses on the development of “clean, renewable” or green hydrogen. Green hydrogen could be a viable emissions-free alternative to fossil fuels and other forms of hydrogen, if costs fall and production efficiency is improved. While both public and private sectors are focusing on green hydrogen’s potential to enable decarbonisation, it needs demand and supply-side support to scale up.

3:10pm – 3:40pm​

With the growing focus on sustainability and environment concerns, circular business models will gain a greater competitive edge in the years to come because they create more value from each unit of resource than the traditional linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model. Circular economics calls for systems thinking - companies should no longer focus on personal financial gain but on optimising the entire system. This requires cooperation between and within organisations.

3:40pm – 4:10pm​

Almost every aspect of today’s modern economy and society looks set for transformation by Deep Tech. Businesses, governments, researchers and investors are paying close attention to how Deep Tech is having a profound impact on important segments of the economy such as autonomous vehicles and robotics, life sciences and medical devices, smart cities and low-carbon technologies.

This panel discussion will explore the possible futures we could we look forward to with Deep Tech, how we should be design a world made better by science and technology innovation, and what ethical considerations there may be as we seek to augment human capabilities with Deep Tech.

TimeSession
1:00pm - 1:30pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the far-reaching impact of the BioMed industry - startups and companies have developed rapid testing kits and repurposed drugs and vaccines, and produced precision medicine, cancer therapy, and other consumer solutions to improve patient outcomes. Beyond the continued investment in BioMedical science and innovation, growing a solid pool of talented individuals will enable the next stage of growth for the industry.

In this session, join our panel of BioMed innovation leaders as they discuss the importance of nurturing BioMed talent, the need to develop technical and business skills necessary for tomorrow's leaders in Biomedical Science, and the strategies and cooperative ways to facilitate a network of BioMed talent.

1:30pm - 2:00pm

While the COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on modern healthcare systems, the industry’s response has vividly demonstrated its resilience and ability to bring innovations to market quickly. Since the pandemic, the healthcare industry has produced inspiring examples of innovation in products, services, processes, and business and delivery models, often in partnership with other sectors. 

In this fireside chat, join our expert leaders as they discuss the need and ways to create the right environment for health science innovations, how a strong culture of innovation and a reservoir of human talent could help accelerate health science innovations, and how such a culture has enabled Singapore to innovate fast in response to COVID-19.

2:05pm – 2:35pm​

Telemedicine, AI-enabled medical devices, and blockchain electronic health records are just a few concrete examples of technology innovations in healthcare. While the COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on modern healthcare systems, the industry’s response has vividly demonstrated its resilience and ability to bring innovations to market quickly. 

Given the speed of recent changes, it is likely that parts of the healthcare ecosystem will operate in different ways in the coming years. To keep pace with this evolution and deliver better patient outcomes, how should Singapore’s healthcare leaders enable their organisations to be ready to innovate at scale – in digital health, diagnostics, smart devices, and drug development?

2:35pm – 3:05pm​

The science of deep learning is evolving very quickly to power some of the most advanced computing capabilities globally, spanning every industry and adding significant value to user experiences and competitive decision-making.

Specifically, deep learning has the added benefit of making decisions with significantly less involvement from human intervention. It can gauge the accuracy of its answers on its own due to the nature of its multi-layered structure. Deep learning also requires less preprocessing of data as the network itself takes care of many of the filtering and normalisation tasks that must be completed by human programmers when using other machine learning techniques.

Deep learning is steadily finding its way into innovative tools with high-value applications in the real-world clinical environment. In this session, find out what are some of the other current and future applications of Deep Learning that are important in providing better outcomes in healthcare?

3:10pm – 3:40pm​

Agriculture and Food Systems are experiencing an array of challenges that hinder fruitful, sustainable food production. For example, feeding a growing global population could come at the expense of the environmental impact of food production. As food systems are so complex, it has been nearly impossible to solve one problem without making another one worse.

3:40pm – 4:10pm​

With global agrifood investment in 2021 expected to surpass the $22.3 billion set in 2020, the appetite for agrifood tech innovations shows no signs of slowing.

Who are these global agrifood epicentres that are leading and applying innovations? Fueled by a mix of world-class research institutes, research universities and public-private partnerships between science, industry and government, agrifood hubs create the ideal environment to support and commercialise innovations.

At this session, we bring together experts from key global epicentre markets to talk about the growing global appetite for agrifood innovation and how their organisations support agrifood innovation locally and globally.

TimeSession
1:00pm - 1:30pm

Industry 4.0 is not simply about adopting new technology to replace humans, but more about creating data-driven interconnectivity between the digital and the real world.

In a 2017 report by McKinsey, the pursuit for technology development by manufacturers also creates labour demand to develop and deploy technology. The high global spending on technology products will create demand for 20 - 46 million incremental workers globally by 2030. Therefore, the future for Industry 4.0 not only lies in the advancement in technology, but also creating a dependable workforce to drive it as well.

For the Industry 4.0 ecosystem to grow further and deliver more positive impact over the next 10 years, businesses and governments and research organisations need to develop complementary strategies to develop a resilient and sustainable future of manufacturing.

1:30pm - 2:00pm

5G could help improve "efficiency" and "reliability" - business-critical outcomes that many businesses across various industries - healthcare, smart cities, supply chain, manufacturing, etc. are striving for in today's digital economy.

5G's combination of speed, scale and near-instantaneous response time carries the potential to take the management and operation of industrial machines and systems to a whole new level of performance. Its vast applications from AI/ML to digital twins and autonomous technologies would only pave the way for more efficient and reliable future industries.

2:05pm – 2:35pm​

Jointly Hosted with the Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore

The global quantum technology race is heating up as countries move to operationalise the potentially revolutionary technology. The various areas of quantum tech – computing, simulation, communications and sensing are set to disrupt many industries. In this session, discover from national leaders in Quantum Technologies about some of the strategies in Research and Development in their countries, and the collaborative opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

2:35pm – 3:05pm​

Jointly Hosted with the Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore

Quantum Computing offers the tantalising prospect of unsurpassed power on some kinds of computational problems, with the potential to disrupt sectors including Healthcare, Transport & Logistics, Financial Services, and Energy. Gain an understanding of who is chasing the Quantum Advantage to benefit their business from this panel exploring real-world applications and trial use cases with companies in Quantum Computing.

3:10pm – 3:40pm​

Jointly Hosted with the Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore

Quantum technologies are on the brink of emerging from the laboratory and science fiction realms into a wide range of industrial and consumer products that will affect the way we live, work, and spend our leisure time.

However, even though several ground-breaking applications have emerged in the past decade, market adoption of quantum systems has been held back by the lack of widely available quantum components.

In this session, our experts will get into the mechanics of building and manufacturing of quantum instruments and parts, including success stories and opportunities for Singapore to be part of a global quantum supply chain.

3:40pm – 4:10pm​

With a report by McKinsey stating that 84% of executives say that their future success is dependent on innovation, the importance for new innovations is one that is widely agreed upon. In addition to the fact that innovation allows for organisations to remain relevant in a competitive marketplace, it also a key driver for social and economic good.

In light of this, business leaders need to have a solid understanding on how they can bring their innovations to life and create a lasting impact on their organisation. At this session, we invite experts to share on how they turn their innovation concepts into reality.

Strategic Partners

  • Centre for Quantum Technologies
  • EDB Singapore
  • Enterprise Singapore
  • National Research Foundation
  • Singhealth

The Deep Tech Summit is proudly presented by SGInnovate -

wholly owned by the Singapore Government, SGInnovate invests in Deep Tech startups to help build and scale them. Besides investments, SGInnovate is active in developing technical talent and engaging with the Deep Tech innovation ecosystem. Since 2016, over 70,000 startups, investors, scientists, researchers, corporate innovators, government and international partners have participated in SGInnovate’s Deep Tech events, industry roundtables, and innovation challenges. Through the combined networks of SGInnovate and our partners, the Deep Tech Summit will be promoted to more than 100,000 Deep Tech stakeholders from over 50 countries.

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