SGInnovate: Venture catalysts for deep tech, research based start-ups in Singapore
January 23


SGInnovate 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

SGInnovate Presents: Blockchain Evening with IBM

Organised by SGInnovate

In today's digitally networked world, there is a race to capture opportunities that create new value, transform industries, optimize business ecosystems and reduce risk – all using business networks created with blockchain technology.

Let us discuss the transformational power of blockchain – a technology that is here and real today. In this community meet session, let us discuss:

  • How blockchain can radically transform industries

  • What are some of the use-cases across the globe and across industries

  • Concept of blockchain and considerations for applying the technology in regulated industries

  • Review real life examples where blockchain has been applied.

SpeakerDr. Ernie Teo, IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation

Date: 23 January 2018 (Tuesday)

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

Programme (subject to revision):

6:30pm - 7:00pm: Registration

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Blockchain Evening with IBM

8:00pm - 8:30pm: Q&A and Networking

SpeakerDr. Ernie Teo, IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation

Economist by training and applying social sciences to technology.

Dr. Ernie Teo is an economist by training and specializes in the areas of game theory and applied microeconomics with an application to high tech industries. He is currently a research scientist at IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation where his main research area is in blockchain and distributed ledgers. Ernie received his PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Prior to IBM, he was a research fellow at the Sim Kee Boon Institute (SKBI) for Financial Economics at the Singapore Management University. Ernie was also Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore from 2008-2014. He also has an interest in building an inclusive socio-economic system through financial technology.

Upcoming Events

  • At this event, we host thought-leaders from the Singapore data community to discuss the possibilities of career paths in the Data Science world. They’ll cover how today’s wealth of data drives business and product decisions across industries ranging from journalism to programming, and share their visions for the future and how you can jump into this exciting area.

  • The blockchain revolution has made its way to the healthcare industry, and it’s only the beginning of what’s possible. Healthcare Rallies for Blockchain, a 2017 study from IBM, found that 16% of surveyed healthcare executives had solid plans to implement a commercial blockchain solution this year, while 56% expected to by 2020. Healthcare companies, tech innovators and the rest of the healthcare industry are grappling with what’s possible now and what blockchain could solve in the future.

  • Join SGInnovate and NVIDIA Chief Scientist, Bill Dally in an exclusive fireside chat on the power of Artificial Intelligence, as we discuss:

    • What is causing the current resurgence of AI: AI is nothing new, where algorithms used have been around since the 1980s. 

    • Systems based on deep learning now exceed human capability in areas such as speech recognition and object classification. Is AI "taking over the world, with millions of jobs being lost to machines”?

    • We agree that AI has the capability to bring great impact to some of the worlds biggest challenges. But for AI to reach its full potential, it needs massive volume of data to learn and get better in the process. When people think about human-centric, date-driven technologies, many are worried about the issue of data privacy (in the healthcare sector, we could be talking about healthcare records and even biological data). Data and privacy can there ever be a win-win? 

    Date: 31 January 2018

    Venue: SGInnovate, 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911


    6:30pm: Registration

    7:00pm: Fireside chat with Bill Dally, NVIDIA Chief Scientist

    7:45pm: Q&A and Networking

    8:30pm: End

    Bill Dally, NVIDIA Chief Scientist

    Bill Dally joined NVIDIA in January 2009 as chief scientist, after spending 12 years at Stanford University, where he was chairman of the computer science department. Dally and his Stanford team developed the system architecture, network architecture, signaling, routing and synchronization technology that is found in most large parallel computers today.

    Dally was previously at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1986 to 1997, where he and his team built the J-Machine and the M-Machine, experimental parallel computer systems that pioneered the separation of mechanism from programming models and demonstrated very low overhead synchronization and communication mechanisms. From 1983 to 1986, he was at California Institute of Technology (CalTech), where he designed the MOSSIM Simulation Engine and the Torus Routing chip, which pioneered “wormhole” routing and virtual-channel flow control. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, and has received the ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, the IEEE Seymour Cray Award, and the ACM Maurice Wilkes award. He has published over 250 papers, holds over 120 issued patents, and is an author of four textbooks. Dally received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from CalTech. He was a cofounder of Velio Communications and Stream Processors.

  • This event is most suitable for professionals in Data Analytics or Data Science.

    Please register your interest to attend the talks with us. In view of the technical nature of the event, we will then send you an email to confirm your attendance should the event suit your profile. 

    Date: 7 February 2018

    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911


    6:30pm - 7:00pm: Registration

    7:00pm - 7:45pm: Talk 1 - A Big Data Exploration with BigQuery and Github

    7:45pm - 8:30pm: Talk 2 - Introduction to Serverless Big Data processing on GCP

    8:30pm: End

    Talk 1: A Big Data Exploration with BigQuery and Github
    Speaker: Felipe Hoffa, Developer Advocate from Google

    Synopsis: What can we learn from 1.1 billion GitHub events and 42 TB of code? Anyone can easily analyze the more than five years of GitHub metadata and 42+ terabytes of open source code. We’ll leverage this data to understand the community and code related to any language or project. Relevant for data analysts and data scientists.

    Talk 2: Introduction to Serverless Big Data processing on GCP
    Speaker: Allen Day, Developer Advocate from Google

    Synopsis: In this presentation we’ll do a high-level review of some of the managed services available on Google Cloud Platform for deriving insights from petabyte-scale datasets. Who should attend: Data engineers, Data scientists, and Data analysts.

  • Space tech is not often talked about in Singapore, but it is a deep tech sector that holds tremendous potential globally. At this event, the aim is to inform and connect potential investors, startups and interested public (future employees & startups) about the commercial and investment opportunities in space here in Singapore.


    6:30 – 7pm: Registration 
    7 – 7:45pm: Sharing by locally funded space startups: 

    - Gilmour Space Tech (Adam Gilmour, CEO & Founder)
    - Transcelestial Technologies (Rohit Jha, CEO & Co-Founder) 
    - Spire (Mark Dembitz, Head of APAC Sales & Business Development)

    7:45 – 8:30pm: Panel Discussion with: 

    - Atsushi Taira, Chief Growth Officer, Mistletoe Inc 
    - Vishal Harnal, General Partner, 500 Startups
    - Jonathan Schiff, Managing Director, Schiff Family Office
    - Moderated by Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

    8:30 – 8:45pm: Q&A 
    8:45 – 9pm: Networking & End 


    Adam Gilmour, CEO & Founder, Gilmour Space Technologies

    Adam Gilmour is the CEO & Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies, a new rocket company that’s pioneering low-cost rocket development and launch in Australia and Singapore.

    In just 3 years, Gilmour Space has developed a proprietary 3D printed fuel, which it successfully test launched in June 2016; raised US$3.8 million in Series A funding from Blackbird Ventures and 500 Startups, among others; completed and passed its full-scale orbital engine tests; and is now scaling to launch its first commercial suborbital rocket by 2019, and LEO launch vehicle in 2020. Payload capability: 380 kg small satellites to Low Earth Orbit.

    Rohit Jha, CEO & Co-Founder, Transcelestial Technologies

    Rohit is the CEO & Co-Founder of Transcelestial Technologies, which is developing a laser communication solution to replace existing wireless communication technology.

    Mark Dembitz, Head of APAC Sales & Business Development

    A creative and analytical self-starter, Mark has 12 years of international experience in strategic business development, consultative sales and account/stakeholder management. He builds strong interpersonal and corporate relationships, and leverage those to create value for customers, partners and shareholders.

    Spire Global, Inc. is an American private company specializing in data gathered from a network of small satellites. It has successfully deployed twelve Earth observation CubeSats into Low Earth orbit. The company has offices in San Francisco, Glasgow, Singapore, and Boulder.

    Atsushi Taira, Chief Growth Officer, Mistletoe Inc

    Atsushi is the representative director and Chief Growth Officer at Mistletoe Inc.. Mistletoe Inc is one of the investors of Astroscale, a Singapore-based satellite services company formed in 2013.

    Mistletoe Inc. also invests, incubates and grows startups and venture companies in US, Japan and Asia.

    Atsushi’s previous key roles includes SVP, Global Business Strategy, SoftBank Corp. and Softbank Mobile, and the Chief Marketing Officer of Yahoo! Japan.

    Vishal Harnal, General Partner, 500 Startups

    Vishal is a General Partner at 500 Startups, and is responsible for leading and scaling 500’s investments and operations across South-East Asia. He’s an investor of Gilmour Space Technologies, an Australia and Singapore-based small satellite launch company.

    Prior to 500, Vishal was a Senior Associate at law firm Drew and Napier.

    Jonathan Schiff, Managing Director, Schiff Family Office

    Jonathan Schiff is a Singapore based serial entrepreneur and early stage investor whose business interests have included TMT, healthcare, real-estate, hospitality, mining, and banking. His life focus is empowering the advancement of technologies which further an evolution in human enlightenment and empathy.

    Moderator: Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

    Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience, having played key roles in building several global companies in areas such as Software, Hardware and Services.  Although born in the US, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the larger global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.

    In his current role as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate – a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government – Mr Leonard has been chartered to lead an organisation that builds ‘deep-tech’ companies. Capitalising on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Mr Leonard’s team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early-stage technology companies from Singapore.

    Note: Refreshments are not provided. You are advised to have dinner before attending the event. 

  • This seminar is intended for SMEs and entrepreneurs who are looking to use technology to enable the elderly who choose to "age in place" safely and comfortably. We believe that this will be through identifying Solutions and Models through the use of Artificial intelligence, Robotics and other Technologies which are quickly coming on stream.