IMDA, STB, Informa Tech Partner to Launch Flagship Tech Event for Asia
Inaugural hybrid edition to be held in the 2nd half of 2021, in Singapore
Singapore, 25 November 2020 – The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Informa Tech signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) today to launch a new flagship tech event for Asia in 2021.
Mr Howie Lau, Assistant Chief Executive, Media & Innovation Group, Infocomm Media Development Authority; Mr Yap Chin Siang, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board; and Ms Carolyn Dawson, Managing Director, Informa Tech, signed the agreement this morning. The MOI was inked on the sidelines of TravelRevive – powered by ITB Asia and STB, the first international travel tradeshow in Asia Pacific since Covid-19.
Slated for the second half of 2021, the first edition will be a hybrid event bringing together Government, businesses in the infocomm, media and tech ecosystem, start-ups, enterprise communities and global titans of tech. The partnership, which will feature a series of events and activities, will celebrate innovation; talent and set the agenda on digital transformation; diversity and governance in the tech sector.
By combining Informa Tech's international reach, networks and world-class events infrastructure alongside IMDA and STB's leadership and market expertise, the event will provide a leading platform for the international tech and enterprise communities to congregate in Asia. The event will also showcase Singapore as an unparalleled gateway to Asia - the world’s fastest growing digital economy.
“This flagship tech event provides government and policy makers, business and tech leaders an excellent platform to exchange dialogue, discuss technology trends, opportunities and challenges to bring about increased collaborations and mutual benefits for the region and internationally. Singapore is well-positioned to host such an event as Asia continues to grow in technological influence and has seen the rise of many indigenous digital players, including Grab, SEA Group and Gojek, fuelled by a burgeoning tech-savvy user base and a thriving digital ecosystem,” said Mr Howie Lau, Assistant Chief Executive, Media & Innovation Group, Infocomm Media Development Authority
Accelerating Asia's Digital Economy, Celebrating Innovation and Diversity
Drawing on Informa Tech’s pole position in organising international trade shows, this inaugural flagship tech event for Asia will integrate some of its key event brands.
ConnecTechAsia – Informa Tech’s B2B platform for infocomm, media and technology, will provide a global marketplace for the discovery of new innovations and enterprise solutions to drive growth and digitisation of businesses and cities in Asia.
The event will also celebrate the region's innovators, bring diversity within tech in Asia to the forefront, and shine a light on the power of tech for sustainable growth and as an answer to some of the world's toughest challenges.
Among other exciting activities, Elevating Founders Asia and AccelerateHER Asia will highlight promising seed and series A start-ups to investors and the enterprise marketplace, and spotlight women in tech, respectively.
"With more than 100 specialist brands across events, research, media and training, Informa Tech is focused on inspiring tech communities to design, build and run a better digital world. We are thrilled to partner with IMDA and STB to co-create an event that will provide the platform for innovators across Asia, and Singapore as the region's tech hub, to shine among the international tech community," said Ms Carolyn Dawson, Managing Director, Informa Tech.
“As the Global-Asia node for business, we are reimagining Singapore as a preferred destination for safe, trusted and innovative MICE events. That is why we look forward to working with IMDA and Informa Tech to make this event a success, and to strengthen our reputation as a centre for knowledge, innovation and economic exchange in the Asia Pacific,” said Mr Yap Chin Siang, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board.
About Informa Tech
Informa Tech is a market leading provider of integrated research, media, training and events to the global Technology community.
We're an international business of more than 1,000 colleagues, operating in more than 20 markets. Our aim is to inspire the Technology community to design, build and run a better digital world through research, media, training and event brands that inform, educate and connect. Over 14,000 professionals subscribe to our research, with 225,000 delegates attending our events and over 18,000 students participating in our training programmes each year, and nearly 4 million people visiting our digital communities each month.
This flagship event joins Informa Tech's portfolio of global tech festivals including London Tech Week and Africa Tech Fest. Hosted in thriving innovation hubs, these global events aim to unite the tech ecosystem to inspire impactful innovation, building a better digital world for both business and society.
About Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation with infocomm media. To do this, IMDA will develop a dynamic digital economy and a cohesive digital society, driven by an exceptional infocomm media (ICM) ecosystem – by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICM infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment, and enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission.
For more news and information, visit www.imda.gov.sg or follow IMDA on Facebook IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.
About the Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions.
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