ConnecTechAsia2019: Transformation through collaboration

In the late 1990s, when the world was going through a technological boom, if one would have asked expert worth half his salt if an Apple computer was a good investment, a most probable response would have been cynical laughter, followed by commentary on how Apple products were stale and expensive junk.

Perhaps even rightly so, Apple stocks at that time plummeted to an incredible low of USD 4 per share.

Today, however, the brand is synonymous with sophisticated and revolutionary technology, with the advent of the brand’s mp3 player at a time when the industry was touting Discmans as God’s gift to portable music.

So began the rise of the Apple empire as we know it today, at a time when buzzwords like ‘disruptive technology’ and ‘disruptive innovation’ are staple in today’s business world.

Such is the impact that disruption can have not just on brands, but entire industries and markets. It was also in the late 90s when Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen coined the phrase ‘disruptive
innovation’, alluding to the way emerging tech could redefine the way business was done.

Indeed, the world has witnessed evolution on the tech front in the last few years alone than in the past two decades combined. What we’re looking at now is not just mere ‘disruption’, but a real cataclysmic upheaval of
change that is revolutionising the way businesses engage with their stakeholders.

In today’s business landscape, collaboration is key in the age of disruptive technology and innovation. Business leaders need to encourage ongoing communication, adopting a culture of embracing innovation and change.

The application of disruptive innovation and technologies can be massive and has the potential to help emerging economies leapfrog development, especially in Asian countries, which stand to benefit immensely from this new era.

Enter ConnecTechAsia. From 18 to 20 June 2019, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Singapore will play host to this highly revered showcase which will highlight an international selection of disruptive technology and solutions that are dedicated to Asia’s communication, enterprise and broadcast sectors through three very specialised shows.

These include BroadCastAsia, showcasing the latest innovations that are reshaping the broadcast value chain;

CommunicAsia, which presents technologies that help ICT companies evolve and maintain a competitive edge in the communications and digital world; and NXTAsia, which spotlights disruptive solutions and the role they
play in connecting cities, businesses, citizens and machines.

Power packed with activities, free workshops and a hugely anticipated Summit, the event is heralded as Asia’s leading one-of-a-kind platform that inspires to engage, collaborate create and connect.

ConnecTechAsia comes out the gate in 2019 as the region’s newly minted telecom, media and technology (TMT) knowledge powerhouse, leveraging new partnerships with leading business intelligence and research affiliates such as Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, Light Reading, McKinsey, Ovum and Tractica, to provide expert insights to all event stakeholders.

“Knowledge has always been the most powerful asset to have, and today’s enterprises needs additional clarity to optimise business decisions and harness opportunities. ConnecTechAsia will bring the combined value of its new knowledge partnerships providing TMT intelligence to our stakeholders throughout the year, culminating over three event days in June when the industry comes together to share, make deals and network.

This new iteration of ConnecTechAsia is testament to our ever-growing commitment to support the TMT industry and facilitate its path towards successful growth in the region,” says Ivan Ferrari, Event Director for
ConnecTechAsia, from organiser UBM Singapore.

In today’s era of 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, multi and hybrid-clouds, Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and more, ConnecTechAsia, comprising three pillars catering to each sector of the TMT space, will bring together the diverse yet hyperconnected businesses that will form a big part of tomorrow’s digital life.

ConnecTechAsia is expected to bring together top brands including Amazon, Axiata, Ericsson, Google, Huawei,IBM, iflix, Intel, Microsoft, Netflix, NHK, NTT DoCoMo, RedHat, Singtel, Verizon and VMW, among many others who will in turn bring with them the latest innovations, new business opportunities and networks, and thought leadership to the show floor and Summit.

The ConnecTechAsia Summit, themed Shaping Future Societies, will bring together thought leaders from infocomm, technology, media and enterprises to discuss what is driving digital transformation in the region and how the latest tech trends and innovations are changing the landscapes of Cities, Economies, Business and Media.

The keynote by Harriet Green, CEO and Chairman of IBM Asia Pacific, will explore how the shift from digital experimentation to scale adoption of new technologies will fundamentally alter the value chains of entire industries and change the way we work and live.

Among a congregation of 1,700 exhibitors and 200 thought leaders at the Summit, an estimated 40,000 attendees will be looking to truly transformative technologies and solutions to get an edge up in automating
business processes and exploring fresh revenue streams in this digital era.

Other Key industry leaders at ConnecTechAsia 2019 Summit will also include:
 Dr Min Sun, Chief Artificial Intelligence (AI) Scientist, Appier
 Muhamed Zilkhairilishamuddin, Assistant Vice President, OTT Principal Engineer, Astro
 Dr Keeratpal Singh, Chief Data Scientist, Axiata
 Ong Geok Chwee, CEO, Bridge Alliance
 Dr David Soldani, CTO, Huawei Australia
 Gustavo Fuchs, General Manager – Cloud & Solutions (Asia), Microsoft
 Krishnan Rajagopalan, Director of Payments APAC, Netflix
 Seizo Onoe, President of DOCOMO Technology and Chief Technology Architect, NTT DoCoMo
 Andreas Spanner, Chief Architect (ANZ), Red Hat
More information about ConnecTechAsia can be found at

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