IEEE Presence at Asia’s Mega Technology Event

By Ewell Tan - Project Manager, IEEE Asia-Pacific Limited, Singapore

Once again, IEEE is proud to be one of the supporting organizations for ConnecTech Asia. This is the 4th time IEEE partnered with ConnecTech Asia (previously known as CommunicAsia). This year, ConnecTech Asia was held at Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Singapore on 18-20 June 2019. Comprising BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and NXTAsia, this regional event unveils Asia’s digital future by highlighting emerging smart technologies (such as 5G, IoT, AI, Smart Cities and Blockchain) that are shaping the region’s digital landscape. The show boasts key technology brands such as Alibaba Cloud, Amazon, Ericsson, Google, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Singtel, Verizon and VMware showing their latest technology innovation. One main focus of this summit is 5G technologies, which enable a smarter and more connected world. The conference has attracted 40,000 C-levels, decision makers, end users, and professionals from across the world.

The Guest of Honor, Mr. Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), gave an opening speech at the summit. In his speech, Mr. Tan pointed out the digital technology is sparking innovation, boosting productivity, spurring economic growth and raising the standard of living for societies around the world. All sectors shall work together to harness the full benefits of digitalization.

Through the partnership, Tay Kok Chin, Chairman of the Smart Cities Network (SCN), was invited to be the moderator for the Internet of Things and Smart Cities session. Prof. Yu Chien Siang, Chief Innovation & Trust Officer of Amaris.AI, was also invited as a speaker to dive deeper into the topic of how artificial intelligence (AI) will disrupt today’s innovation practices. Companies have started to invest and build capabilities in AI as it will gradually become more cost efficient.

In addition to the mega summit, both the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and IEEE Asia-Pacific had an exhibit booth at the show to promote, engage and network with regional industry players and companies. IEEE represents a crucial partnership that provides additional networking opportunities for engineers, scientists, technologists, and policy makers to stay abreast of the latest technology advancement.