Shaping Asia's economies and societies for the new digital age

With digital transformation at the top of their agenda, the region's business leaders and innovators are congregating in Singapore this June to discuss and discover the latest technologies that promise to ready businesses and cities for the future.

In a 2018 study by Microsoft, digital transformation will add an estimated $1.16 trillion to Asia Pacific's GDP by 2021. The pace of digital transformation across Asia's economies will also see dramatic acceleration with 60% of the region's GDP deriving from digital products and services created directly through the use of digital technologies, such as mobility, cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), up from 6% in 2017.1

A congregation of 40,000 attendees will be looking to the annual ConnecTechAsia for truly transformative technologies and solutions in automating business processes and exploring fresh revenue streams in this digital era.

They will hear from leaders such as IBM Asia Pacific CEO and Chairman Harriet Green, who 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.

They will get a clearer picture of how 5G will make a difference in the new digital economy. Strategies to a better cybersecurity posture will also be on the agenda, as are ways to unlock industry IoT. The key is moving beyond potential to real-time impact.

"Connectivity infrastructure is a key enabler for Digital Economies worldwide, including Singapore's. ConnecTechAsia has always been a key telecoms calendar highlight, bringing the world's leading players to Singapore to exchange insights, share best practices, and build the capabilities that will be necessary to bring about next generation networks," said Howie Lau, chief industry development officer, at Singapore's Info-communications Media Development Authority.

"We expect ConnecTechAsia to be an exciting platform to learn and experience the cutting edge developments in the technologies that will shape our lives," he added.

"2019 promises to be a dynamic year for emerging technologies and Singapore continues to be a key center of innovation and exploration. On a global level in 2019, technologies such as AI, IoT, and blockchain are reaching new levels of capability and commercial scale. At the same time, the market grapples with challenges such as privacy and security, rapidly evolving business models, new hardware architectures, and the question of global cooperation in an age of nationalism," said Clint Wheelock, managing director at Tractica.

"“We expect ConnecTechAsia to be an exciting platform to learn and experience the cutting edge developments in the technologies that will shape our lives." -Howie Lau, chief industry development officer, at Singapore’s Info-communications Media Development Authority

"ConnecTechAsia will be a focal point for business and technology leaders to gather and sort through the opportunities as well as the challenges surrounding emerging technology markets," he added.

Top brands including Amazon, Axiata, Ericsson, Google, Grab, Huawei, IBM, iflix, Intel, Microsoft, Netflix, NHK, NTT DoCoMo, RedHat, Singtel, Verizon and VMWare among many others will bring with them the latest innovations, new business opportunities and networks, and thought leadership to the event.

With connectivity and digital solutions for city planning, smart buildings and smart homes, this will be where government delegations, investors, technology suppliers, disruptors and infocomm operators gather to do business to develop the cities of the future.

Attendees can also learn how 5G-connected drones, for example, will make a difference for businesses, how 5G improves mapping and transportation, as well as its impact on a digital-ready manufacturing company.

"Knowledge has always been the most powerful asset to have, and today's enterprises need additional clarity to optimize business decisions and harness opportunities," said Ivan Ferrari, event director for ConnecTechAsia from organiser UBM Singapore.

"ConnecTechAsia will bring the combined value of its new knowledge partnerships providing business 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," he added.

In 5G, AI, cybersecurity, multi and hybrid-clouds, 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.

CommunicAsia brings together next-gen technologies for the telecom and related industries. BroadcastAsia is where broadcasting media companies and equipment makers showcase their latest products and services, and NXTAsia will feature emerging technologies and enterprise solutions.

Commenting on the event, Andrew Phua, director for exhibitions and conferences at the Singapore Tourism Board said: "ConnecTechAsia is one of Singapore's flagship exhibitions and anchoring it here bolsters Singapore's reputation as a center for knowledge, innovation and economic exchange in the Asia-Pacific region."

He added: "We are glad to host leading international experts and thought leaders in the tech, digital, and media industries here, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge and connections, which will in turn deliver greater value to delegates."

The content of this paid post was written by UBM

ConnecTechAsia is where technology, ideas, and business converge. As Asia’s Mega Infocomm Media and Technology event, ConnecTechAsia brings together BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and NXTAsia to showcase state-of-the-art communication, enterprise, broadcast technologies and innovations. Coupled with a supercharged agenda of renowned speakers at the ConnecTechAsia Summit, and a host of experiential activities, ConnecTechAsia is the platform to discover the latest technologies and thought leadership that promise to ready businesses for the future.


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