The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) gathers some of the country’s leading tech start-up companies to form the Philippine Delegation to ConnecTechAsia, the region’s latest mega technology event that debuts on 26-28 June 2018 in Singapore. The Philippine Pavilion will house 10 local companies, including seven (7) start-ups, to showcase the latest technology offerings, solutions and services the country has to offer.

According to the 2017 Philippine Start-up Survey by QBO Innovation Hub and PwC Philippines, 61% of the 106 CEOs of start-ups surveyed are planning to enter new territories outside the Philippines[1]. ConnecTechAsia provides the perfect venue for technology-related start-ups to foray into the regional and international scene with key industry players in telecoms, media and technology coming together to talk about the latest innovations in digital transformation of businesses and cities across Asia.

Participating Philippine start-ups include HYBrain, Kollab Guru Group Inc., MediAid, MobileOptima Inc., Payruler, Rumarocket Limited Incorporated, and Snapcart who will be showcasing their latest offerings in software development, platform adoption, digital marketing, human resource management systems, talent sourcing, and data acquisition and analytics. They are also joined by outsourcing firms Advance World Solutions, Magellan Solutions and Titanium Technologies.

“The Philippine government recognizes the impact of new and emerging technologies in today’s business models and in the way companies operate and communicate with customers. We are excited to bring forth the Philippine delegation to ConnecTechAsia 2018, which will allow them to showcase local innovations that highlight the country’s efforts to move towards becoming a world-class digital economy in the future,” said DICT Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim.

Select Philippine startups gave a preview of what to expect in the Philippine Pavilion in a press briefing recently.  According to MobileOptima CEO and Co-Founder Rio Ilao, “MobileOptima is proud and grateful to represent the Philippines in one of the biggest IT events in Asia. As first-time exhibitors at ConnecTechAsia, we are excited to showcase Tarkie, our world-class Field Force Automation solution and connect with potential partners and investors who can help us export our enterprise technology globally.”


ConnecTechAsia Highlights

ConnecTechAsia  combines long-running events CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia, with newly launched NXTAsia. CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia have served the telecommunications and broadcast media sectors respectively for nearly 40 years, and the new NXTAsia builds upon this to present the emerging and disruptive technologies of this new digital age. Together, ConnecTechAsia will see more than 1700 companies representing 52 countries and regions to make up a showcase of the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sectors, presenting a holistic ecosystem of infrastructure, enterprise hardware, new innovations and services businesses and governments in Asia need to thrive in this new era of digital convergence.

“As Asia pursues digital transformation at an accelerated pace, it is critical that the event evolves alongside the dramatic shifts happening in the spaces we serve,” said Mr Calvin Koh, Assistant Project Director (Telecom, Media and Technology), UBM, organiser of ConnecTechAsia. “The new event reflects the pulse of Asia today, and is the only business platform covering the converging ecosystems of communications, broadcasting and emerging technologies connecting the physical and digital worlds.”

At NXTAsia, industry professionals will catch the newest innovations and thought-leadership in areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Cyber Security, IoT, Robotics, Cloud and Data among others.

These themes will also be discussed at Big Bang, a brand new one-day conference spotlighting AI, Robotics, Industry 4.0 and future industries, creating a future with innovation and augmented and mixed reality worlds. Speakers include leaders from UBTech, University of Tokyo and Siemens Digital Factory among others.

CommunicAsia, Asia’s most established international industry event for the telecommunications sector, will focus on Network Infrastructure/FTTx, satellite communications and telecom software and services – the latest technologies to help companies and governments in Asia prepare for the coming of 5G and maintain a competitive edge in the communications and digital world.

With on-demand and streaming services surging in popularity, BroadcastAsia will shine a spotlight on the future of broadcasting, exploring how we have consumed news and entertainment over the past decade, and the challenges and opportunities this creates for traditional broadcasters and OTT players. BroadcastAsia will highlight technologies that are reshaping the value chain, such as the latest innovations in UHD/HDR, IP Broadcasting, Live Production, Content Media Security, OTT and Alternative Content Platforms.

Launching at BrocastAsia2018 is the new Esports Arena Studio that will host the first-ever Southeast Asian League (SEAL). In partnership with WeOne, a blockchain-based esports tournament and gaming platform, and esports organiser Cresmos, attendees have an all-access view of the games will learn what transpires behind-the-scenes at esports events. Featuring a three-day live streamed Hearthstone tournament, the Esports Arena Studio will allow attendees to interact with acclaimed esports personalities, players, commentators as well as get to witness real-time production, graphics, audio, encoding, and transmission of the esports tournament.

ConnecTechAsia Summit – Digital Business Transformation

The ConnecTechAsia Summit this year centres on Digital Business Transformation, covering the hottest trends across ICT, broadcasting industries and enterprises to enable a digitalised future. The three-day summit comprises three tracks – NetworkComms, BroadcastMedia and EmergingTech – that will drive business growth and sustainability.

5G, Network Virtualisation, Satellite Communications and Network Slicing will be the main topics in the NetworkComms track, while The Future of Television, Monetisation Strategies, Social Video, IP Broadcasting, 4K, AI and Immersive technologies for broadcasting will feature in the BroadcastMedia track. Topics of the EmergingTech track will include: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Blockchain Technology, Cybersecurity, IoT, Data Analytics, Seamless Commerce/Digital Payments, Connected Industries, IoT, Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality, and Smart Cities.

Key speakers include:

  • Derek Wang, Chief Cloud Architect, Alibaba
  • Richard Harshman, Managing Director – Asia Pacific, Google Cloud
  • Amy Wu, Chief Financial Officer – APAC, Discovery Inc.
  • Tony Zameczkowski, Vice President – Business Development Asia, Netflix
  • Petr Peterka, Chief Technology Officer, Verimatrix
  • Rene Werner, Chief Customer Service & Customer Experience Officer, Celcom Axiata Berhad
  • Jonas Engwall, Head of Asia, iFlix
  • Ian Yip, Chief Technology Officer – Asia Pacific, McAfee
  • Bill Chang,  Chief Executive Officer  – Group Enterprise , Singtel
  • Guo Feng, CTO (Enterprise IoT), Enterprise Business Group, Huawei

Representing The Philippines at the ConnecTechAsia Summit are:

  • Bettina Quimson, Senior Digital Leader and Evangelist of the Philippine Government will be on panel discussion on “The Tokenized Economy – How to Separate Hype from Facts?” On Day 2 of the EmergingTech track.
  • Leah Camilla R. Besa-Jimenez, Chief Data Privacy Officer, PLDT, speaking on a telecoms stakeholder panel, discussing industry challenges and policy on the Day 2 Morning Planery.

“Presenting a comprehensive showcase of digital convergence, an engaging event experience and a platform for the discovery and understanding of new frontiers of innovation to elevate the global standing of Asian business and governments sits at the heart of what ConnecTechAsia stands for,” adds Mr Koh. “Continuing the legacy of CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia, the new ConnecTechAsia will continue to serve Asia as we embark on the journey of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

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