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Press Release   •   Nov 04, 2013 13:28 +08

20-21 January 2014, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

4 November 2013 – SINGAPORE – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review Magazine, the world’s most respected technology publication founded in 1899, is bringing its famous EmTech event to Singapore, 20-21 January 2014.

EmTech is a showcase for emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives. The event is also an access point to the most innovative people and companies in the world. "At MIT Technology Review we firmly believe that technology can solve big problems, increase productivity and expand human possibility," Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review.

Designed to inspire — EmTech is an opportunity to glimpse the future and begin to understand the technologies that matter and how they’ll change the face of business and drive the new global economy. “We’re at the beginning of the most rapid transformation ever seen by technology,” added Pontin.

Kathleen Kennedy, Chief Strategy Officer for MIT Technology Review said that the reason Singapore was chosen as the location for the first Southeast Asian edition of EmTech is that "Emtech is all about commercialization of new technologies. With a consistently high Innovation Index, Singapore is an essential destination for this conference. It has both the industry and scientific talent needed for success."

The conference host and moderator is Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher of MIT Technology Review.

Presented in a rapid fire, TED-like conference format, 30 speakers will present topics including Big Data, High Density Urbanization, Emerging Technologies in Healthcare, 3D Printing & Future Manufacturing as well as Synthetic Biology. The speakers, who represent industry and academics include:

  • Jeff Hammerbacher, Founder & Chief Scientist, Cloudera 
  • Mitchell Higashi, Chief Economist, GE Healthcare
  • Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
  • Skylar Tibbits, TED Senior Fellow, Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT; Founder & Principal, SJET LLC
  • Dr Homi Bhedwar, Technology Director – South Asia & ASEAN, DuPont
  • Halle Tecco, Founder & CEO, Rock Health
  • Amar Hanspal, Senior Vice President, IPG Product Group, Autodesk
  • Salah Sukkarieh, Director of Research and Innovation, Australian Centre for Field Robotics
  • Dr Homi Bhedwar, Technology Director – South Asia & ASEAN, DuPont
  • Hao Li, MIT TR35 2013 Winner & Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California

Speakers from Singapore include:

  • Emilio Frazzoli, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics , Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Ryan Chin, Managing Director, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab
  • Corentin Roux Dit Buisson, SVP Business Intelligence and Head of Data Science, Zalora 
  • Ng See Kiong, Programme Director, SERC Urban Systems Initiative, A*STAR
  • Wong Tien Yin, Group Research Director, SingHealth

More speakers are featured on the website together with the conference agenda.


Since 1999, MIT Technology Review has identified the top young innovators under the age of 35 who receive the TR35 Award at EmTech. Past TR35 winners include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Tumblr’s David Karp and Spotify’s Daniel Ek among others.

TR35 nominees are recognized annually for their contribution in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biotechnology, computing, energy, medicine, transportation and the web. Submissions were opened this year to innovators from Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 10 finalists will be selected and announced at EmTech Singapore in January 2014. Nominations closed 16 October 2013.

MIT Technology Review will showcase the global winners in the September/October issue and online at

Early bird registration for EmTech closes 29 November 2013.

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EmTech Singapore Contact:

Sofia Balmaceda

Regional Manager

Koelnmesse Pte Ltd

D: +65 6500-6719


About Koelnmesse

Koelnmesse is one of the world's largest trade fair companies. Its more than 70 trade fairs and exhibitions have the broadest international scope in the industry, as 60 percent of the exhibitors and 40 percent of the visitors come from outside Germany. The Koelnmesse events include the leading global trade fairs for 25 sectors, such as imm cologne, Anuga, IDS, INTERMOT, interzum cologne, photokina, Gamescom, and the International Hardware Fair Cologne.

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