Singapore has boosted its reputation as an international technology ‘thought leader’ by winning a string of high-profile meetings in sectors including information and medical technologies and robotics.
The technology-centric events range from internationally renowned meetings to regional conventions making their debuts in the city-state. They are expected to attract the brightest minds and will boost Singapore’s opportunities to showcase its knowledge hubs and innovation precincts in key sectors.
Melissa Ow, deputy CEO, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “As a city with a multitude of strategic industries, Singapore is delighted to welcome MICE events that further add to our economic vibrancy. Events that offer stimulating content and inspire further dialogue will also build up our thought leadership, which is important for our knowledge-driven industries.”
The city-state looks set to play a key role in the future of the Internet and cyber security with two pinnacle events in the field of Information Technology – the ISACA Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) Asia Pacific in November 2016, and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 100 meeting in November 2017. Both events are expected to bring around 2,500 IT engineers and developers from around the world to Singapore to explore initiatives on new Internet framework development and cyber security structure enhancements for Internet users worldwide.
Tim Mason, ISACA Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Singapore’s strategic location as the centre of Southeast Asia makes the Lion City an ideal place to demonstrate our cyber security capabilities, and allows us to reach out to regional visitors who will bring further diversity and sophistication as they interact with our attendees. That, along with Singapore’s big push to become a smart, connected city, made it a relatively easy decision for ISACA.”
Singapore will also make further forays into the robotics sector, with the inaugural Singapore International Robo Expo (SIRE) in November this year, followed by the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) from May 29 – Jun 3, 2017.
The Lion City, already renowned as a leading destination for medical meetings will host the second-ever edition of the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum this November. Created by the newly-formed Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed), the event aims to advance the standards of patient care in the region.
Vladimir Makatsaria, Chairman of APACMed, added: “Singapore is an ideal location to host the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum because of its proximity to several important markets in the region. Our attendees value the state-of-the-art event venues and outstanding business infrastructure. We are confident that this year’s Forum will be a memorable experience for all involved.”
This year Singapore has already hosted the 5,000-delegate Echelon Asia Summit (June), the two-day Asian media-tech event InnovFest unBound (May), the Tech in Asia conference (April), and the CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia and EnterpriseIT combined event, lauded as Asia’s largest integrated info-communications technology (ICT) event. It has also attracted a number of tech events to Southeast Asia for the first time, including the 14th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (Mobisys), which took place in June.