FIRST Industry Workshop 2017

Over 600 guests (more than 500 from industry and the Government) were present to witness a star-studded line-up of senior thought-leaders and decision-makers.

Professor Yeo Kiat Seng highlights the importance of industry-academia innovation to the FIRST Industry Workshop 2017 audience.

Mr Mitchell Young talks about the disruptive nature of Artificial Intelligence and how it has shaped IBM’s Design Thinking.

Mr Chan Pin Chong outlines the forces driving global innovation in the electronics industry and how this has shaped Kulicke & Soffa’s business strategy.


FIRST Forum Panel

As part of the Workshop’s focus on strengthening existing industry-academia ties and fostering greater collaboration, the FIRST Forum Panel convened to examine, discuss and build on the Committee for Future Economy (CFE) findings, which were released in early 2017.

Matthew Lucas (Managing Partner, Davies Collison Cave) – Moderator

Davies Collision Cave is one of Australia’s largest intellectual property (IP) firms, providing copyright, commercialisation, privacy and legal services in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the ASEAN region.

Mitchell Young (General Manager, IBM ASEAN)

International technology giant IBM (aka the ‘Big Blue’) needs little introduction. In addition to its established computer hardware and software services, IBM is also a major research organisation.

Victor Mills (Chief Executive, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce)

Founded in 1837, the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and the most established private-sector business association in Singapore.

Russell Tham (Corporate Vice President, Applied Materials)

Applied Materials is a major international provider of equipment, services and software for integrated circuit chips and other electronic and related products.

Elsie Ng (Head of Relationships Management & Public Sector, LinkedIn Singapore)

LinkedIn is an online business- and employment-oriented social media platform that is built around professional networking, with over 500 million members in 200 countries.

Yong Kwek Ping (Chief Executive Officer, Inventis Investment Holdings)

With over S$6.2billion of managed capital, Inventis Investment Holdings has invested in a diverse array of industries including consumer goods, education, retail, agriculture, energy & natural resources, logistics and contract manufacturing.

Johnny Teo (Director, Manufacturing and Engineering (Emerging) Division, SPRING Singapore)

SPRING Singapore is a Statutory Board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. SPRING assists enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation and obtaining access to markets.

Tom Magnanti (President, Singapore University of Technology and Design)

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is Singapore’s fourth autonomous university and one of the first universities in the world to incorporate the art and science of design and technology into a multi-disciplinary curriculum.

The Panel, from left (L): Elsie Ng, Mitchell Young, Victor Mills, Tom Magnanti, Matthew Lucas, Yong Kwek Ping, Russell Tham, Johnny Teo.

Russell explains how companies adapt to respond to market trends and identify new areas of growth and collaboration.

Elsie speaks about the role of technology and algorithmic matching in facilitating efficient matching of jobs with jobseekers.


2017 Research Showcase

Over 50 innovative research projects from SUTD researchers were displayed at the SUTD Campus Centre. These research projects were structured around three of the Singapore Government’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 Plan (RIE2020) primary technology domains:

Advanced Manufacturing

New methods and solutions that will improve the productivity of and add new capabilities for Singapore’s manufacturing and engineering sectors (both traditional and emerging), thereby ensuring their continued growth and business competitiveness.

Digital Solutions & Services

Continuing advances in artificial intelligence/machine learning, computing analysis, cybersecurity and other innovative areas will fundamentally change existing business models and set the stage for a whole new digital economy.

Urban Sustainable Solutions

Advances in urban mobility, water treatment, unmanned surveillance and other human-centric processes and solutions that will enhance Singaporeans’ living and working environment.


Company Innovation Showcase

Participating sponsors displayed their company’s latest innovative products, services and/or solutions to event guests and industry representatives. 

This enabled their organisations to increase its visibility, branding and profile with industry peers, academia and Government agencies while laying the groundwork for future collaborations.


2017 Event Sponsors

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