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February 7


SGInnovate 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

SGInnovate Presents: Big Data with Google

Organised by SGInnovate

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.

Upcoming Events

  • How will blockchain shape the future of enterprises? What will be the significant challenges and solutions utilising this advanced technology?

    In this session, we will cover the two major aspects of blockchain in enterprises: permission & enterprise solutions.

  • Mobility – the movement of people and goods – provides access to jobs, education, healthcare and trade. Yet, today’s mobility system cannot meet future demand without increasing congestion and pollution. Technology, such as autonomous vehicles, biometrics and ultralight materials, creates opportunities to transform the mobility system by enabling new business models and mobility services for new and changing customers.

    Join our panellists who represent diverse perspectives on urban transportation as they discuss:

    • How we address current and future mobility needs

    • New applications of transport technology

    • Use of AV solutions as an extension of the public transport network


    • Doug Parker, COO, nuTonomy 

    • Lam Wee Shann, Group Director – Technology and Industry Development, Land Transport Authority

    • Annabelle Ng, Government Affairs Lead, Grab

    • Mahesh Tanwani, Director of Engineering - Automated Driving, Aptiv

      Moderated by: Michael Smith, Partner, SeedPlus

    Date: 26 February 2018

    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911


    6:30pm: Registration

    7:00pm: Panel Discussion on the Future of Mobility

    8:00pm: Q&A and Networking

    8:30pm: End

  • Patients living with one of the 7,000 rare diseases identified (and their caregivers) endure a long and often complex path to diagnosis, sometimes even taking decades.

    On Rare Disease Day 2018, SGInnovate and Shire invite you to an informative discussion on how we can address this key challenge. Join in the cause to reduce the time to diagnosis for children with rare diseases, leveraging the latest technology, tools and research. 


    • Dr Saumya Shekhar Jamuar, Consultant, Department of Paediatrics, Genetics Service, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

    • Ms Yasmin Bylstra, Senior Genetic Counsellor, SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine (PRISM)

    • Dr Timothy Low, Head of Medical Affairs Asia Pacific, Shire and Member Board of Directors, Farrer Park Hospital

    • Mr Vivek Puthocode, General Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft Asia Pacific

    • Moderator: Dr Joseph Mocanu, Principal, Health & Life Sciences, Oliver Wyman Singapore

    Date: 28 February 2018

    Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911


    10:30am - 11:00am: Registration

    11:00am - 12:00pm: Research to Help Reduce the Time to Diagnosis in Children with Rare Diseases

    12:00pm - 12:30pm: Q&A with Audience and Networking Lunch

  • Blockchain technology is heralded as the next chapter of the information and network society and is perceived to have an enormous impact on our economy, trade and the public sector. Join SGInnovate as we present experts from the Netherlands – on blockchain pilot projects by the Dutch Government, the insights from these pilots, and Singapore-Netherlands collaboration.

    Blockchain technology is heralded as the next chapter of the information and network society and is perceived to have an enormous impact on our economy, trade and the public sector.

    Blockchain provides the framework for governments to reduce fraud, corruption, error and the cost of paper-intensive processes. It has the potential to redefine the relationship between the government and the citizen in terms of data sharing, transparency and trust.

    Join SGInnovate as we present experts from the Netherlands – on blockchain pilot projects by the Dutch Government, the insights from these pilots, and Singapore-Netherlands collaboration.

    Date: 5 March 2018

    Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911



    5:30 PM – 6:00 PM - Registration

    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM - Blockchain Evening – Insights from the Netherlands

    7:00 PM – 7:30 PM - Q&A and End



    Ms. Marloes Pomp
    Blockchain Dutch Government

    Marloes will share an overview of blockchain projects by the Dutch Government and the lessons learned so far. She will also talk about the approach and ambition of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition.

    Marloes is the project leader of 30 blockchain projects within the Dutch Government and has done several rounds with pilots in the Netherlands. She is now helping the pilots reach the next level and building an international network with governments working on blockchain.

    Dr. Mark van Staalduinen
    The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research(TNO)

    BLOCKTEST – The first Blockchain project in Singapore in close collaboration with the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) together with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Our focus is to define the first steps towards Blockchain Security-by-Design. As we all know, blockchain has a tremendous potential, and a the same time an infinite list of security incidents.
    During the presentation, Dr. Mark van Staalduinen will share our background, our vision and the first results since the project started October 2017.

    Mark received his MSc in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (DUT) in 2003, and his PhD from DUT’s Department of Information and Communication Theory in 2010. Mark has been employed by TNO since 2007. Since January 2016, he holds a position in Singapore to strengthen international partnerships.

  • The TensorFlow and Deep Learning group is the biggest Deep Learning group in Singapore and regularly holds events at Google and SGInnovate.

    Intro to CNNs - Dr. Martin Andrews

    Martin will be giving an intro to CNNs and how the various components of Convolution Networks work. This includes some of the types of CNNs, their differences and the various components that are commonly used to build modern networks. He will also show how Keras can be used to build a CNN for classifying audio and speech examples by converting audio into images. 

    Building CNNs with TensorFlow Estimators and the Dataset APIs - Sam Witteveen

    In this talk Sam will go through the basics of building various CNNs combining the Keras, Estimators and Dataset APIs in TensorFlow. He will show how these various parts of TensorFlow can be used together to make models and pipelines for image classification that will easily work on CPUs and GPUs. Some of the elements he will cover include Convolution Layers, Pooling Layers and Dropout.

    Date: 6 March 2018

    Time: 6:45pm - 9:00pm

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    Programme Agenda: 

    6:45pm – 7:00pm: Registration

    7:00pm – 7:40pm: Intro to CNNs - Dr. Martin Andrews 

    7:40pm – 8:30pm: Building CNNs with TensorFlow Estimators and the Dataset APIs - Sam Witteveen

    8:30pm – 9:00pm: Networking

    9:00pm: End

  • 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.

  • “We live in an era of self-driving cars, robotic vacuum cleaners, and ever more autonomous drones. That’s because innovation comes relatively quickly and cheaply nowadays” - Dmitry Grishin, Grishin Robotics.

    According to a report published by International Data Corporation in 2016, the worldwide spending on robotics and related services will likely hit $135.4 billion in 2019. With funding for new startups almost likely to continue upward spiralling in the coming years, will 2018 be a good year to launch a robotics startup or is it already too late to capitalize on the trend? What essentials do new startups need to know?

    Join our panel of experts as they share insights on what it takes to be successful. Learn how to build great companies, overcome critical challenges, how to create a breakthrough product, raising initial capital and more!

    Presented by SGInnovate, the Startup Stories Medical Robotics Panel discussion will share valuable lessons, pain points, success stories and what it takes to go from research to commercialisation. Science fiction is becoming reality as the emerging tsunami of robotics and automation reaches through all lines of business and commerce and society. We’re at an inflection point now and things are about to get interesting!


    Date: 8 Mar 2018 (Thursday)

    Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street




    5:30 PM - Registration

    6:00 PM - Opening Address by SGInnovate

    6:05 PM - Introduction of Panellists

    6:10 PM - Panel Discussion

    7:00 PM - Q&A

    7:30 PM - Networking & End




    Dr Benjamin Tee
    President’s Assistant Professor
    National University of Singapore

    Dr. Benjamin C.K. Tee is current President’s Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore and staff scientist at IMRE-A*STAR. He has developed and patented multiple award-winning materials and sensing technologies in electronic skins. He is named one of the prestigious MIT TR35 Innovator (Global), and is one of the 2017 National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow. He has also co-founded Privi Medical, spun out of his experience as a Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Fellow. His research work on electronic skins has tremendous potential to advance global healthcare technologies in an increasingly Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics future.


    Colin Tan
    Chief Operating Officer

    Colin Tan leads the management and product development activities at EndoMaster. He started the operations of the company with the 2 co-founders and has since grown the company in size through fundraising, product development and resource management. Colin spent the first half of his career working in medical device start-ups in San Francisco before moving to Singapore to continue his journey in Asia. His expertise includes start-up management, fundraising R&D and operations in medical device companies. He has a keen interest in the future and possibilities of robotics and artificial intelligence in medicine.


    Jeff Tang
    Chief Technology Officer
    HOPE Technik

    Jeff, as one of the co-founders of HOPE Technik, takes on the role of Chief Technology Officer where he oversees technology innovation, development and implementation in the company. On top of ensuring that the various business units maintain technology synergies and achieve engineering functional excellence, he is also involved in the business direction of the company. Mr Tang graduated with Second Class (Upper) Honours from the National University of Singapore (Mechanical Engineering) and led the 2006 Formula SAE/ Student team. The team was the first Asian university to make it to the prestigious Engineering Design semi-finals during the 2006 competition in Detroit. Jeff would begin his working life as a project officer at his alma mater where he architected a continuation plan for the subsequent teams to maintain the same level of excellence his team achieved. Before joining HOPE Technik, Jeff worked part-time as a race engineer in the Formula Renault V6 Asia Championship.


    Dr Joseph Ng
    Chairman, Gynecologic Robot-Assisted Cancer & Endoscopic Surgery
    National University Hospital

    Dr Joseph Ng is an American Board Certified Gynecologist-Obstetrician. He completed his basic medical training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, in the USA. Dr Ng has special interests in preinvasive diseases of the female genital tract, zero-impact surgical treatment of endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer therapeutics. He is a founding member and Chairman of the GRACES gynecologic robotic surgery programme at NUH and is a regular on the international lecture circuit for Gyn robotic surgery. He is constantly championing access to robotic surgery and zero-impact treatment for all women who require gynaecological surgery. His practice welcomes all women who require gynaecological surgery and provides Well Woman Care for women who are keen on staying healthy and keeping well.



    About Startup Stories

    Startup Stories takes place once every quarter at SGInnovate. You can expect to hear from successful startups talking candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a platform for budding technopreneurs and the tech ecosystem to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our lives.

  • This session will discuss unaddressed opportunities in NBU markets that go beyond replicating existing businesses and building products for these markets.

    About the Google Next Billion Users (NBU): The internet's future lies with its next billion users. They are coming online through smartphones and using the Internet in radically new ways. There is a massive potential and innovation to help solve their challenges with technology. The Next Billion User initiative at Google is strongly committed to building products and experiences for these users first, and this series of talks aim to share some of what we've learnt so far along the way.


    Speaker: Jon Sugihara, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Next Billion Users Group, Google



    5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration
    6:00pm – 7:00pm: Google Next Billion Users (NBU): Opportunities and Product Development in NBU Markets
    7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A and Event End


    Date: 13 March 2018 (Tuesday)
    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

  • Artificial intelligence will be a key driver in the global precision medicine market, which according to Global Market Insights Inc. is expected to grow to USD 87.7 billion by 2023. Brendan Frey, the CEO of Deep Genomics, was quoted in the MIT Technology Review, saying “For the first time in history, our ability to measure our biology, and even to act on it, has far surpassed our ability to understand it. The only technology we have for interpreting and acting on these vast amounts of data is AI. That’s going to completely change the future of medicine.” The result will be more targeted therapeutics and risk reduction models, leading to better clinical decision support across disease areas.

    Co-presented by SGInnovate and ACCESS Health International, a panel of experts from artificial intelligence, genomics, and healthcare will discuss how machine learning will accelerate the development of personalized medicine and change our understanding of the genome/disease/environment interface.


    • Dr. Robert Morris, Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
    • Jeremy Cao Sujie, General Manager, Beijing Genomics Institute Asia Pacific
    • Dr. Ngeow Yuen Yie Joanne, Senior Consultant, National Cancer Centre Singapore
    • Dr. Devanathan Raghunathan, Principal, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL)

    Moderated by: Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

    Date: 15 March 2018
    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration
    6:00pm – 7:00pm: Health Futures – AI and Genomics panel discussion
    7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A and Networking

  • High-impact deep learning applications from machine translation to self-driving cars are transforming the global economy, and enterprises have begun to deploy deep learning to unlock new opportunities and achieve competitive and strategic advantage. Join SGInnovate and IBM as we explore the vast potential of deep learning through this four-part series.

    Deep Learning Potential and Reality:

    • Challenges with applying Deep Learning in enterprise
    • Identifying candidate use cases that can benefit from Deep Learning

    Applied Deep Learning in Enterprise: Lessons from Trenches

    • Supporting fast learning cycles in enterprise workflows (Demos of Tensor, Caffe running on DSX and IBM-WDP-AE)
    • Framework and network architecture design (Demo with IBM Caffe DSX IBM-VISION Brain)
    • Using Cloud and SPARK to scale (Demo with WDP - IBM AE)
    • Using GPU to accelerate learning cycles (Demo with IBM PowerAI))

    Date: 21 March 2018
    Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    6:30pm – 7:00pm: Registration
    7:00pm – 7:30pm: Deep Learning Potential and Reality
    7:30pm – 8:30pm: Applied Deep Learning in Enterprise, Lessons from Trenches
    8:30pm – 9:00pm: Q&A and Networking

    Speaker: Manprit Singh, IBM Watson Cognitive Solutions Architect

    Manprit Singh is IBM Watson Cognitive Solutions Architect and mentor. He has been an integral member of the IBM Watson team since the inception of the business. He strives to help businesses realize the relevance and reality of AI. Helping customers harness the potential of Watson Cognitive platform capabilities is his focus. He consults customers in identifying use cases that have high potential of benefiting from cognitive infusion. Then helps customers build minimum viable products for those use cases and also mentors in realization of these MVPs into sustained products and offerings.

    Manprit brings a broad range of industry and technology delivery experience into his current role at IBM. Before joining IBM Manprit held engineering positions at, Siemens Healthineers and Microsoft consulting. At IBM he has worked as DevOps consultant, Software Architect and Product manager for Watson IOT. He has extensive experience in helping IBM clients be successful with IBM software.

  • Join SGInnovate and Microsoft’s Corporate VP for AI Business, Steve Guggs, in an exclusive fireside chat on Microsoft’s latest developments in AI and how the company’s deep investments in the field are advancing the state of the art in machine intelligence and perception, enabling computers that understand what they see, communicate in natural language, answer complex questions and interact with their environment.

    Date: 22 March 2018
    Time: 10am – 11:30am
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street

    10:00am – 10:15am: Registration 10:15am – 11:00am: In Conversation with Steve Guggs, Microsoft’s Corporate VP for AI Business
    11:00am – 11:30am: Q&A and End

    Speaker: Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, AI Business, Microsoft

    Steve Guggenheimer is the corporate vice president of Microsoft's AI Business. In this role, he is responsible for helping to build a new generation of AI based solutions along with moving the broader AI conversation and platform forward. Over his 20+ years at Microsoft, Steve held leadership roles in strategically important areas including close to a decade helping to build Microsoft’s hardware and software ecosystem as the head of Developer Evangelism (DX) and the OEM division. He has also worked on the product teams for Microsoft’s Application Platform, Windows, IE, MSN, SQL Server, Visual Studio and more. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching rugby, playing golf and cheering on his hometown Seattle Seahawks.

    Before coming to Microsoft, Steve was at Spectra-Physics Inc., where he worked with lasers and helped develop and market new products. Steve Guggenheimer received a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in engineering management from Stanford University. He also serves on the board of Muzik and with his wife leads the Guggenheimer Family Foundation.

  • This event introduces Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia (YSI SEA), a non-profit organisation that aims make a sustainable impact through youth empowerment. Listen to the founders pitch their global youth movement to develop a more sustainable world and join YSI SEA in its journey to bring the talent and passion of youth all over the region to realize this vision.

    A regional chapter of a global movement, YSI SEA was created in response to the enormous tide of sustainability activism in Southeast Asia. Our fully funded 14-week programme will guide the 18-25 year old participants to create a sustainable product with a global impact, culminating at the Singapore Sustainability Conference, on 29 July 2018, where these prototyped concepts are pitched to angel investors, venture capitalists and business accelerators. We create strong teams and stronger start-ups.

    Learn more about YSI SEA and how we can partner up to push the sustainability agenda.

    Date: 27 March 2018
    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration
    6:00pm – 7:00pm: Co-Creating Sustainability with YSI SEA
    7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A and Networking

    Speaker 1: Chow Yen-Lu, Executive Chairman, WholeTree Foundation

    Yen-Lu is the co-founder & executive chairman, WholeTree Foundation / Over-The-Rainbow, co-founder & chairman, Singapore Creations Etc, managing partner, WholeTree Ventures, and a founding partner, Fatfish MediaLab. He has worked in the technology, media, and venture capital industries for 35 years. A former Apple Distinguished Technologist, Yen-Lu is a successful entrepreneur with multiple tech start-ups and an active angel investor, having spent many years mentoring and advising entrepreneurs and young businesses. He served as executive mentor and adjunct professor to NUS Enterprise, serves as mentor to INSEAD, NUS, SIM, SMU, and on numerous panels on entrepreneurship and innovation internationally, while advising the government on such matters. As a social entrepreneur, student of spirituality and seeker of truth, Yen-Lu understands the importance of mental wellness as a life priority. He has given numerous talks and been featured in the media on this issue. He believes that every young person has a voice, an innate gift, and deeply held aspiration - that needs to find creative fulfilment. And when we nurture the seeds of these innate gifts with attention, acceptance, and love - and by providing the right environment, and giving it purpose - these seeds sprout and grow, and the human spirit with its deepest aspirations finds fulfilment. Everyone can embark on this journey of self-discovery, healing and transformation, to attain true happiness and optimal wellbeing.

    Speaker 2: Sai Surya, Managing Director, Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia (YSI SEA

    Surya has a vision for a world with more sustainable and inclusive practices. A strong believer in Sustainable Development, he founded YSI SEA with Singapore as the hub in 2017 to accelerate the pace of sustainable development in the region. Working closely with a capable and passionate team of Singaporean youth and Southeast Asian volunteers, he manages the strategy of the Non-Profit Organization. As one of the youngest co-founders to be admitted to Enchant VC’s accelerator programme for his previous venture, Carrycott, he believes that sustainable entrepreneurship is the way forward. Surya will be representing the YSI movement to unpack the organization’s vision and how YSI SEA aims to empower Southeast Asian youth to make a measurable impact.

  • In conjunction with the inaugural SupercomputingAsia 2018, SGInnovate and Nurture.AI are presenting a dedicated conference track on AI High-Performance Computing (HPC) for start-ups, with panel discussions on AI HPC in data science, fintech and biotech.

    Date: 29 March 2018

    Time: 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    Venue: Pisces 2 & 3, Resorts World Convention Centre, Sentosa


    1:30 PM – 2:20 PM: AI High-performance Computing in Fintech

    Last year, global banks like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan released strategy reports on harnessing alternative datasets for financial trading, while Blackrock announced a massive overhaul to focus on quantitative trading. We have seen AI being applied to all areas of finance from KYC and AML compliance, to fraud detection and customer identification. When high-performance GPU computing is made more readily accessible, what will be the implications for the financial industry? What possibilities are there on the horizon?

    2:20 PM – 3:10 PM: Will AI High-performance Computing Replace Data Scientists?

    Evolutionary Algorithms, Meta-Learning, Transfer Learning and Hyperparameter Optimisation methods like Bayesian Optimisation have come together in recent years leading to solutions like AutoML and Datarobot that allow for the automated building of machine learning models. With the availability of high-performance GPU computing facilitating these methods to explore a greater search space in a shorter amount of time, does it mean the replacement of most data scientists?

    3:10 PM – 4:00 PM: AI High-performance Computing in Biotech

    We have seen deep learning creating breakthroughs in all areas of biotech and healthcare, from medical image classification to the identification of precursor microRNAs. With high-performance GPU computing made more readily available and optimised for neural network training, what further possibilities might it open up? What are the implications for corporates, and the ways doctors, healthcare practitioners and scientists work in the future?

    4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: AI6 Challenge Top 3 Winners Presentations