24-Hour Global Singapore Fintech Festival Now Live

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The second edition of the Singapore FinTech
Festival
x Singapore Week of Innovation and
TeCHnology
(SFF x SWITCH) kicks off today, providing an
avenue for the global fintech, innovation and business communities
around the world to connect, collaborate and network.

Running from 7 to 11 December 2020, SFF x SWITCH 2020 will
feature more than 600 sessions over five days, 1,400 speakers, more
than 1,000 exhibitors, 27 international pavilions, and more than
60,000 participants representing over 7,000 global companies from
more than 130 countries.

SFF x SWITCH 2020 will feature a unique hybrid format that
combines a 24-hour online platform with satellite events around the
world. This new hybrid model will provide participants with greater
access to the global fintech and Deep Tech communities looking to
discover partnerships, attract investments, and boost sales.

This year, SFF x SWITCH will feature many new initiatives,
experiential sessions and activities including:

  • Live sessions with climate scientists from research locations
    in the polar regions, the Amazon forest and the Himalayas, as well
    as solar energy farms.
  • Knowledge and tips through masterclasses by industry experts on
    raising funds, expanding into Asia, and using digital tools and
    technologies like APIs, Platforms, Cloud, and AI.
  • Networking opportunities with private equity and investment
    firms around the world.
  • An immersive online city experience to interact with more than
    1,000 exhibitors and sponsors showcasing their innovations
    digitally.
  • AI-enabled matching of talent with leading tech employers at
    the Startup & Innovation segment of the SFF x SWITCH Talent
    Pavilion.
  • A “Care Package” put together by SWITCH industry partners,
    comprising special grants and benefits for start-ups, SMEs and tech
    companies.
  • A musical performance at Music x Tech @ SWITCH, where three
    artistes will perform unique musical arrangements powered by their
    imagination and enabled by technology.

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer of
MAS, said, “We are proud to have built an online
event platform that continues to serve as a meeting point for the
global fintech community and a hive for business activity when the
industry needs it the most. In addition to the online city
experience, we have worked with select global satellite event
partners to host physical events. By leveraging on the concerted
efforts of the teams within MAS, Enterprise
Singapore
and SingEx, and partners
including Accenture, Microsoft and Pico
Art
International, SFF x SWITCH is now another step closer
to realising our vision of a global platform for knowledge sharing,
where meaningful connections are made and better ideas are built
for the financial services and technology community.”

The Key speakers who will deliver speeches, lead discussions and
provide mentorship include:

SFF

  • Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill
    & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dan Schulman, President and Chief Executive
    Officer, PayPal
  • Dr Abhijit Banerjee, 2019 Nobel Prize in
    Economics, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics,
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Hong Feng, Co-Founder and Senior Vice
    President, Xiaomi
  • Jane Fraser, Incoming Chief Executive Officer,
    Citigroup
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director,
    International Monetary Fund
  • Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New
    Zealand
  • Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer,
    Microsoft
  • Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer,
    Google and Alphabet

SWITCH

  • Albert, Co-Founder,
    Traveloka
  • Dr Chi Youngcho, President and CIO,
    Hyundai Motor Group
  • Eduardo Saverin, Co-Founder & Partner, B
    Capital Group and Co-Founder, Facebook
  • Forrest Li, Founder & Group CEO,
    Sea Ltd
  • Henry Ma, Executive Vice President and Chief
    Information Officer, WeBank
  • Lei Ming, Co-Founder,
    Baidu
  • Mark Evans, Global Director of Partnerships
    and Ecosystems, Rolls Royce
  • Stephen Welby, Executive Director and Chief
    Operating Officer, IEEE
  • Timothy Draper, Founder, Draper
    Associates

Alongside the content channels in the 24-hour online city, there
will be showcase zones and villages highlighting innovative Fintech
and Deep Tech solutions from all around the world. The ‘Changi’
International Zone will host over 40 global satellite events which
will bring together content from innovation hubs and tech showcases
around the world. There will be a mix of physical events in
selected cities and digital events. Twenty- seven international
pavilions will also champion their country or region’s
innovations via digital showcases, including the “Care
Package”, with free consultation packages on pitching, discounts
on digital capital raising tools, free business guides and special
packages for cloud and enterprise solutions, and the ‘Boat
Quay’ Networking Zone, hosting curated meet-ups and 1-to-1
networking sessions and digital lab crawls by Innovation Labs.

Edwin Chow, Assistant Chief Executive Officer
(Innovation & Enterprise), Enterprise Singapore, said, “We
look forward to participants experiencing the diverse and
multifaceted programme at SFF x SWITCH this year, one put together
with more than 160 partners from all around the world. While this
is primarily a virtual event, we are heartened by the support that
we have received from the innovation and tech community. The
‘Care Package’ our industry partners have put together will
help provide a good runway for startups and tech SMEs. Despite the
pandemic, we are confident this event will connect and catalyse new
partnerships between innovation enablers, enterprises and startups
from Singapore and the rest of the world.”

In his opening speech, Heng Swee Keat,
Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for
economic Policies and Minister for Finance, said: “Covid-19 might
have thrown the world a curveball. But it has been an opportunity
for people to show resilience in the face of adversity, innovation
in the midst of necessity, and the determination to build back
better from the crisis. Just as we innovated to cope with the
pandemic, we must also use technology and innovation to emerge
stronger from this crisis. This event is a good example of our
response to the pandemic. Despite the challenges, the organisers
have put together the world’s first week-long round-the-clock
hybrid digital and physical event, involving a global network of
partners from over 40 cities. The valuable connections and business
activities from this gathering will help drive pandemic recovery
and provide insights on the new possibilities post-Covid.”

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