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Thank you for being a part of New Frontier 2021! With opportunities abound, we look forward to welcoming more bright minds into the Deep Tech ecosystem. Register your interest below for notifications on the next edition of New Frontier.

New Frontier 2021 Programme  

Time Session
9:00am - 9:30am
New Frontier 2021 Commencement 
Opening Address

by Dr Lim Jui, CEO, SGInnovate

Keynote Address

by GOH, Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Education

9:30am - 10:30am
Synopsis:

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams. For those fascinated with tech and looking to enter Deep Tech, the time is now. There are many offerings for you to pursue your interests, be it through short courses, traineeships, or self-learning. There is room for anyone, even those not technically trained for a tech role — Deep Tech companies are highly inclusive, as our panel of speakers will share with you.

Our panellists will share their outlook on the Deep Tech economy and highlight the opportunities to join the Deep Tech sector beyond typical tech roles. Join us and gain actionable insights on how you can create your unique career path in Deep Tech.

Speakers:
  • Dr C Mohan, Shaw Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University
  • Dione Song, Chief Operating Officer, Love, Bonito
  • Kester Poh, CEO & Co-founder, AiChat
  • Siew Choo Soh, Managing Director & Group Head of Consumer Banking and Big Data / AI Technology, DBS Bank
Moderator:
  • Jessica Dourcy, Chief Happiness Officer / Global Head of HR, PALO IT
10:30am - 11:30amSession 1
Synopsis:

Steve Jobs once shared that we can’t connect the dots looking forward but only backwards, and to trust that these dots will somehow connect to your future. An unplanned calligraphy class he took in college only came into good use when he was designing the first Macintosh computer.

Like a vacation, your choice of internships may not always go according to plan. Are 'planned' internships necessary for jumpstarting your Deep Tech career? Should you pursue internships related to your field of study or those that fuel your passion?

Join the conversation to discuss how you can connect your past experiences to carve a unique Deep Tech career path. Hear from our apprentices who will share the impact of their unconventional journeys, and startup leaders on their outlook when hiring fresh talent.

Speakers:
  • Daryl Lim, Co-founder, Augmentus
  • Avni Agrawal, Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder, Sixsense
  • Wei Ching Ong, Summation Apprentice, Holmusk
10:30am - 11:30amSession 2
Synopsis:

Curious about what's in store for You in Robotics and what being a Robotics trainee entails? Step into our trainee's shoes as You determine our protagonist's day in this interactive session to explore the traineeship journey and impactful projects you can take up as a PowerX Robotics trainee.

After the interactive journey, have your burning questions answered through an AMA (Ask Trainees & Mentors Anything) session.

Speakers:
  • Abhishek Gupta, CEO & Co-founder, MovelAI
  • Ong Koon Han, Trainee, Movel AI
  • Selina Sia, Manager, Advanced Manufacturing, EDB
11:30am - 12:30pmSession 1
Synopsis:

Calling all current developers! Find out how to kickstart an AI career from Google Developer Experts - Dr Martin Andrews and Sam Witteveen. They will be providing insights on how you can harness your current skill sets to get started in areas such as Deep Learning.

Speakers:
  • Dr Martin Andrews, Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning & Founder, Red Dragon AI
  • Sam Witteveen, Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning & Founder, Red Dragon AI
11:30am - 12:30pmSession 2
Synopsis:

Ever had the deep-seated passion for making an impact in the Deep Tech sector but found yourself lost in the journey over time? We heard you and expanded the PowerX tracks to bring you more Deep Tech career opportunities in Cybersecurity and Software & Product Development! This is an SGInnovate exclusive developed with industry experts, complete with formal training, on-job-training and company placements.

Learn the latest industry trends from tech leads who will open the session. Engage with them in a light-hearted sharing about their motivations to help you begin your journey anew. Don't miss this chance to find out how you can break into up-and-coming fields such as Cybersecurity, Software Development or Product Management.

Speakers:
  • Gaurav Keerthi, Deputy Chief Executive, CSA
  • Matthias Chin, CEO and Founder, Cloudsine
  • Richard Koh, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Singapore
  • Sumukh Avadhani, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Pencil
12:30pm - 1:30pmSession 1
Synopsis:

Are you a budding entrepreneur who wants to create your startup? Attracting the right talent to buy into your vision is vital. Taking reference from years of research into the startup ecosystem across key markets in Southeast Asia and Singapore, AON will shed some light on the myths and misconceptions about compensation and benefits amongst startups. They will also share exclusive insights from their upcoming research paper on the Southeast Asian startup ecosystem.

A panel discussion by startup leaders across varying life stages will follow, and they will share their success and failures in attracting the right talent. The panel will also discuss other important factors to attract human capital, such as career progression and employee engagement, as these startups compete with large Multi-national Corporations that have stronger brand recognition for the same pool of talent.

Presenter:
  • Ravi Nippani, Associate Partner, Human Capital Solutions, APAC & MEA, AON
Speakers:
  • Bridget Shao, Head of Talent, SEA, ThoughtWorks
  • Christel Quek, Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder, BOLT Global
  • Dr Geok Leng Tan, CEO, AIDA Technologies
  • Lucas Ngoo, Co-Founder, Carousell
  • Ravi Nippani, Associate Partner, Human Capital Solutions, APAC & MEA, AON
Moderator:
  • Roger Olofsson, CEO, Olofsson & Company
12:30pm - 1:30pmSession 2
Synopsis:

The recent hike of Bitcoin’s price may have put the cryptocurrency on the spotlight but it is the underlying Blockchain technology that continues to shape many industries. According to the latest skills index, Blockchain expertise is the fastest growing skill in the job market.

Just like Bitcoin, many cryptocurrencies are created with the aim of providing a decentralised form of digital currency that can serve as the perfect alternative to traditional currency. Learn how to create your own cryptocurrency and find out why Blockchain technology is not just a fad but here to stay, creating a significant career opportunity for professionals.

Speakers:
  • Liang Zan, Wong, Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder, Propine
  • Ian Fong, Director, Marketing & Partnerships, Propine
1:30pm - 3:00pmSession 1
Synopsis:

In this session, Quinn Pham, an expert in digital transformation and customer data platforms, will share her inspiring journey from an accounting graduate with minimal knowledge in Data to managing a Data Analytics team at Meiro and an instructor for She Loves Data. She will also cover the vast opportunities available in data-related fields and how you can build your career path in data. Beginners in data can also catch a teaser to "Intro to Data", She Loves Data’s signature workshop for data beginners. This session will underscore how anyone, especially women, can upskill themselves with essential data skills through online resources, government upskilling programmes and nurturing communities like She Loves Data.

Speakers:
  • Quinn Pham, Director of Client Services, MEIRO and Volunteer Instructor, She Loves Data
1:30pm - 3:00pm Session 2
Synopsis:

Many key figures behind major tech corporations are vocal advocates for the value of experience against the typical paper chase. However, there are actual merits to the formal training behind the certificates. How does this debate stand in the Deep Tech space? Hear from our speakers, and choose your camp via a live-poll.

Speakers:
  • Amrish Nair, CEO & Founder, Biorithm
  • Rajesh Elara Mohan, Assistant Professor, SUTD
  • Gary Loh, CEO & Founder, DiMuto
  • Santhosh Viswanathan, Managing Director (Asia Pacific and Japan), Intel Corporation
Moderator:
  • King Wang Poon, Director - Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, SUTD
3:00pm - 4:30pmSession 1
Synopsis:

Riding on the Maker Movement, SGInnovate's Deep Tech Movers Challenge aims to help aspiring trailblazers learn how to build chatbots to express their passion and creativity through technology. Through this challenge, participants will build chatbots to share ideas on how Deep Tech can make a positive impact on the world.

The top teams will convene at the summit to present pitch their solutions to industry leaders and our audience for the grand prize of up to S$1,000.

Judges:
  • Andrew Vranjes, Head of Startup Ecosystem (Southeast Asia), AWS
  • Arnold Doray, CEO, Terra Ai
  • David Bey, Volunteer Innovation Consultant, Better.sg
  • Kester Poh, CEO & Co-founder, AiChat
  • Ping Shung, Koo, President & Co-founder, AI Professionals Association
3:00pm - 4:30pmSession 2
Synopsis:

Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile are prominent mindsets amongst innovation practitioners. It is a fundamental misunderstanding that these mindsets should be differentiated. Instead, we should examine where these mindsets integrate and how they help build critical core skills in the age of digitalisation and transformation. This talk by Eugene Wong, Senior Lecturer & Consultant, Digital Innovation & Design Practice, National University of Singapore Institute of System Science (NUS-ISS), will help you connect the dots and take actionable steps to win at the workplace.

Speaker:
  • Eugene Wong, Senior Lecturer & Consultant, Digital Innovation & Design, NUS Institute of Systems Science (NUS-ISS)
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Closing Address and Announcement of Contest Winners

Speakers 

Arnold Doray

CEO Terra AI

David Bey

Volunteer Innovation Consultant Better.sg

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