Join us as we share insights on Industry-University collaborations, research posters featuring innovative research by our scientists and students, as well as partake in a virtual visit to our research centres.

Register to join us at the FIRST Industry Workshop 2021

28 July, Wednesday

Time Programme

Opening Address

Professor Yeo Kiat Seng
Associate Provost, Research and International Relations, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


Keynote - Manufacturing Strategy in the De-Globalisation Age

Mr Chaney Ho 
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Board of Advantech Co. Ltd
Advisor, Singapore Mentorship Committee (SMC))


Keynote - Reimagining Unicorns of the Future

Dr David Ong
Senior Partner, Naef Group Spiele AG
Chairman, Singapore Mentorship Committee (SMC)


Keynote - The Rise of Self-Reconfigurable Maintenance Robots

Assistant Professor Mohan Rajesh Elara
Engineering Product Development (EPD), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


Forum Panel Discussion - University-Industry Collaboration: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Ms Celestine Khoo
Senior Director, Venture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Mr Eugene Wee
Director, Enterprise Division, A*STAR

Ms Hemalatha Annamalai
Founder, Uni Connect
Investor & Mentor in Disruptive Startups

Mr Jeremy Sim
First Prototyper, Audacity
Creative Director, Mistletoe

Mr Nicholas Ma
CEO, Huawei International Pte Ltd


Industry Spotlight



Research Showcase

Speaker profiles & keynote abstract  |  Forum panel discussion

History of the FIRST Industry Workshop

  • first2020_400x300

    Since its inception in 2016, the FIRST Industry Workshop has gone from strength to strength - the 2020 edition, which took place on 22 July 2020, saw over 1,000 attendees from all over the world (about 700 of whom were from industry). Due to the global pandemic, the event has also gone virtual for its first time.

    FIRST Industry Workshop 2020
  • first2019_400x300

    The FIRST Industry Workshop 2019 was held on July 24, 2019, hosting over 900 visitors and featuring over 40 research projects. Senior industry, Government and academia representatives discussed about a 'Singapore 4.0', new economic opportunities and national needs.

    FIRST Industry Workshop 2019
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    The FIRST Industry Workshop 2018 was held on July 25, 2018, hosting more than 800 visitors and featuring over 70 research projects. Senior industry and academia representatives outlined how collaborative research is essential for spearheading Singapore’s economic growth.

    FIRST Industry Workshop 2018
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    The FIRST Industry Workshop 2017 was held on July 26, 2017, hosting more than 600 visitors and featuring over 50 research projects. Senior industry, Government and academia representatives discussed how to foster innovation and develop skills for Singapore’s future economy.

    FIRST Industry Workshop 2017
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    The inaugural FIRST Industry Workshop was held on July 27, 2016 to provide a platform for industry-academia collaboration. Over 300 guests viewed more than 35 research projects and witness a Memorandum of Understanding signing between SUTD and BCA.

    FIRST Industry Workshop 2016