Summit Programme

Future of Work & Innovation

Day 3 - Thursday, 20 June 2019, Level 4, 4303
Chairman’s Welcome Address

Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satcoms Innovation Group


Session Keynote: How AI will Disrupt Today’s Innovation Practices

Innovation offices and teams need innovation. Practices like Design Thinking have reached a plateau. Corporate innovators are challenged by the speed and complexity of technical change and AI is moving faster than a speeding bullet. Thus, AI exploitation is not understood by most enterprises. This talk will highlight how AI is poorly understood and how it is under appreciated. Due to its inherent cognitive automation, AI is a powerful general purpose tool that can drive new R&D, make discoveries and execute product rollouts faster than humans, besides replacing human diligence. The effects of AI are more potent than we could imagine.

Despite the rich opportunities, most corporate technical leadership are not able to efficiently manage Big Data and they struggle to deploy advanced Deep Learning AI systems e.g. those that could comprehend text and images to save on manpower costs, derive insights and could hence step up the automation of innovation delivery. Unsurprisingly, AI projects are often failing. Although, there are also some successful ones, what works today, may not work tomorrow. Bleak as it sounds, a few companies will eventually master AI, transforming innovation to be a less mysterious and much cheaper process. These will be the first movers in the AI First economy and this is unfolding as we speak.

Professor Yu Chien Siang, Chief Innovation & Trust Officer, Amaris.AI

Unlocking Experience Insights with Design Thinking : From ChatBots to VoiceBots

Have you ever used an Omni Channel solution with AI? Why not thinking to some ChatBot evolution, where the customer engages with contact center by phone? But this time the customer is presented with a Voice Robot engine – a VoiceBot indeed - capable of recognising the customer voices, and get back to them, just like a Bot, using virtual voice agents!

Diego Gosmar, CEO, XCALLY

The Next Frontier: An AI Strategy and Full-Stack, All-Scenario Portfolio

Huawei predicts that by 2025, the world will see upwards of 40 billion personal smart devices, and 90% of device users will have a smart digital assistant. Data utilization will reach 86% and AI services will be readily available. AI will become a new general purpose technology and will change all industries and organizations on earth. Huawei Cloud embraces the AI Era, Unleashing New Growth with Enterprise Intelligence.

This session will share Huawei’s plan in the area of AI + Cloud. including AI + Cloud strategy and the Full-Stack, All Scenario portfolio. Huawei will collaborate with the industry players to turn AI + Cloud into a practical reality, making it inclusive and available for every person, every home, and every organization.

Ma Hongwei, Solution Director - Industrial Solution Architecture, Huawei

Milking Data Insights for Real Time Business Decision Making – Are We Doing It Right?

According to a Gartner executive, “Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.” This statement has never rung truer today, where a convergence of data availability, cheaper storage, analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and evolved processes to rapidly glean data insights have greatly impacted our approach to building the modern, digital-first economy, with new applications and opportunities for data being unlocked each day.

With IBM estimating 90% of the world’s data to have been created in the last two years, this session will explore how big data and analytics can positively impact social and economic change for both businesses and consumers, particularly around innovation, effective decisioning, and inclusion.

  • Aaron Mowbray, Senior Director, Pre-Sales, Asia Pacific & Japan, Citrix
  • Dr. Min Sun, Chief Artificial Intelligence (AI) Scientist, Appier
  • Dr Rudi Rusdiah, Chairman, Association of Big Data & AI Indonesia (ABDI)
  • Sonal Jain, Chief Data Officer, Validus
  • Manuel Ho, Founder and CEO, EMO Technologies
Moderator: Dev Dhiman, MD - SEA and Emerging Markets, Experian Asia Pacific
Networking Coffee and Refreshments

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The Virtual Enterprise: Tearing Down the Walls

Want to improve your productivity and results? Tear down the proverbial four walls! Using digital workspace technologies, companies can serve up personalized access to the systems, information and tools that their employees need to be productive anywhere, anytime, on any device. This session will detail how to create a virtual workspace where employees can work in a flexible, intelligent and secure way that unlocks innovation, engages customers, and moves your business forward.

Key takeaways from this session include:
- Solve the complexity problem to keep solutions implementation simple
- Flexibility: Provide a Bento Box of technology options for employees to fill with their personal choices
- Intelligence: Optimize your workspace, leveraging innovative technologies like machine learning, alongside simplified workflows
- Security: Place the user at the center of the security controls, and predictive analytics

Aaron Mowbray, Senior Director, Pre-Sales, Asia Pacific & Japan, Citrix

AI Demystified: Case Study

At its core, artificial intelligence analyzes data to support informed decisions and predictions. However, its ability to do things faster, more efficiently and more precisely than humans has caused it to become sensationalized and mysterious. This session will explain not only its vast capabilities but also its limitations. Learn why good design principles must underpin AI development so that artificial intelligence and human intelligence can work together for maximum benefit, and so AI can be appropriately regulated. Most applications of AI will require specific guidelines, to prevent regulation from being either be too general to have effect, or too strong so that it slows or prevents AI adoption. Dr. Sun will leave the audience with some ideas of what we can expect from AI, and why it will neither make the world perfect nor destroy it, but rather help us to continuously move forward, with much left to be explored and discovered.

Dr. Min Sun, Chief Artificial Intelligence (AI) Scientist, Appier


Crowdsourced Threat Intelligence

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the critical need for cybersecurity for protecting consumers and organizations of all industries from fraudulent transactions and malicious threats has become one of the key challenges of our era. During this discussion, executives from various industries will discuss how Blockchain security affects end users worldwide, as well as the importance of cybersecurity.

  • John Kirch, Chief Evangelist, Uppsala Security
  • Dr. David Nguyen, CEO, Regulus
  • Chad Lynch, Head of Crypto Security, Horangi Cyber Security
Moderator: Sebastiaan Wahlers, Emerging Technologies Lead for ASEAN, Accenture
Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

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Mapping the Future of Financial Services through Open Banking

-Changing client needs and being market ready
-Regulatory impact on open banking – pros and cons
-Ecosystem / partnerships - Data governance
-Enabling development and building of applications and services
-Greater financial transparency options, from open data to private data

Dilip Krishnan, Vice President, OCBC Bank

Making Blockchain Mainstream – Turning Hype and Skepticism into Meaningful Industrial Applications

Distributed Ledger Technologies such as blockchain are outpacing most technology adoption curves and have yet to truly evolve beyond the proof-of-concept phase. Yet, the potential it has to disintermediate and disrupt a breadth of industries is widely accepted. To truly catalyse mainstream adoption, collaboration within industries and appropriate regulatory governance is the next important step to take.

  • Ben Goertzel, CEO, SingularityNET
  • Tom Menner | R3. | Director, Solution Architecture Asia-Pacific, R3
  • Gary Spence, CEO, Yotta Laboratories
  • Takatoshi Shibayama, Founder, Blockchain Centre Singapore
Moderator: Abhineet Kaul, Senior Director, Public Sector & Government, Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan
Case Study: Optimizing for Users, Not Machines

Maximizing your digital presence isn’t just about using the latest technologies and platforms. It’s about your users. Sadly, many organizations are so pumped up about integrating all these new technologies into their business without really looking at the wants, needs, and desires of their users. In any business, the goal shouldn’t be to have latest software or tools, it should be about having the best user experience that money can buy. If that means having the latest technology and that will solve the users’ needs, then go ahead, but if not then why waste time and money? In this session, we’ll look at some different case studies to understand what could have been done differently and how your business should go about optimizing your digital assets and platforms for users, not machines.

Weslee Trout, Digital Strategy Lead, Denkfabrik Digital (DDX)

Chairman Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Afternoon Coffee and Networking Session

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End of Conference Day 3

ConnecTechAsia Summit Plenary

Day 2-Wednesday, 19 June, Level 4, Orchid 4205
Conference Registration

Organiser’s Welcome Remarks

Chairman’s Welcome Address

David Meltzer, Secretary General, GVF

Opening Keynote: Cybersecurity in the Age of 5G

Countries across the world are racing towards the full implementation of 5G and the technology is set to become a reality within the next couple of years. As an entirely new network architecture, 5G will fundamentally change the way businesses operate and how they deliver experiences to their end users. With 5G, cutting edge innovations such as autonomous vehicles, remote manufacturing, virtual reality and telesurgery will become mainstream. This also means that Communication Service Providers (CSPs) will now be able to grow their revenue streams through the introduction of new value-added services made possible by 5G.

However, with an exponential increase in data transmitted across 5G networks, organizations relying on 5G will become increasingly vulnerable from attacks from increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals. In the race for 5G, what are some of the crucial focus areas that CSPs have to bear in mind as they implement this new technology?

Shekar Ayyar, EVP, Strategy and Corporate Development & GM, Telco NFV Group, VMware

Services 4.0: Powering Asia as the New Data Economy

We are now entering the Zetabyte era where data volumes are exploding and the increasing demand to move large quantities of data quickly and efficiently is fast outpacing the infrastructure needed to carry it. This session congregates challenges, gaps and potential new avenues where the tide of digitalisation, AI, and virtualization will impact and regulatory adaptation to harmonise against the changing business needs which will further stimulate the growth of this Data Economy; in particular covering aspects such as:
•Service robustness and security
•Impartiality and ethics in service deployment
•Governance and compliance of new services

  • Gustavo Fuchs, General Manager - Cloud & Solutions (Asia), Microsoft
  • Michael DiPaula-Coyle, Head of Government & Regulatory Affairs, IBM ASEAN
  • Mahmoud Dasser, Chief Marketing Officer, TM One
  • Mark Rigolle, CEO, LeoSat Enterprises
  • Lee Wan Sie, Director, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Moderator: Andy Haire, CEO and Founder, AJH Communications
Visionary Address: The AI-Data Recipe – The Catalyst for Personalised Immersive Experience

•Identifying persona, customer journey, pain point and web analytics
•Advanced analytics and automation capabilities for telco operations/business digitalization
•Developing real-time insights and decision-making capex investments for optimized ROI
•Using Analytics and AI to identify potential risks, outliers and breaches

Dr Keeratpal Singh, Chief Data Scientist, Axiata

Networking Coffee and Morning Refreshments

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Future of Connectivity

Day 3 - Thursday, 20 June 2019, Level 4, Orchid 4203
Chairman’s Welcome Address

David Meltzer, Secretary General, GVF

The Future Telco: Evolving in the Digital Innovation Ecosystem

The consumer telco market will be $1.2tn by 2022, and 76% of revenue will come from broadband, mobile data, and pay TV. But these businesses will only grow at 2% annually over the next five years. Telcos must find new ways to monetize a broader portfolio of services and applications.

David Kennedy, Practice Leader Asia Pacific, OVUM


Why the Internet Is Still the Only Network that Matters?

What do Smart Cities, Livestreaming, and the Connected Enterprise have in common? None of them would exist without the Internet. This talk will highlight how the Internet works – from the edge to the core; how providers work together to transmit data; and, given all of the technologies it enables, why the Internet is the only network that matters.

Dave Schaeffer, CEO, Cogent Communications

What Works for One, Will for Two: Cable Virtualized Orchestration and Wi-Fi Services Management

Cable operators’ migration into Distributed Access Architectures (DAA) brings an explosion of new devices in the plant that need to be efficiently managed. Virtualized orchestration for the cable access network is vital for handling the provisioning, monitoring, and configuration of the devices. Similar tasks need to be executed to manage Wi-Fi devices in the network, allowing for the wireless network to be a Self Organizing Network (SON). Subscribers’ Quality of Service (QoS) is managed similarly, whether it’s a DOCSIS CPE or a Wi-Fi Access Point. In addition, Quality of Experience for the end customer needs to be evaluated.

By converging these management and orchestration functions, the operator benefits from the synergies, and uses one comprehensive tool to manage the various aspects of their network.

This presentation will discuss the common features that are shared by virtualized orchestration and Wi-Fi services management and explain how operators can benefit from the synergies.

Paul Leung, VP Sales Engineering, ARRIS

Turning into a Minimalist – Empowering Connections with 5G Core

5G is around the corner in Asia pacific region, how to make it happen in a smooth way, leveraging the existing investment and enjoying the benefits to empower all connects. The presentation is practical suggest for Telco to be ready for 5G architecture, featured as all cloud, all connections, on demand and extreme experience with a minimalist core.

Tony Wu, VP of Solution Sales and Marketing (Cloud Core Solution), Huawei

Morning Coffee and Refreshments

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From the Core to the Edge – Optimising and Unlocking Full Potential of 5G

For 5G telco operators need to address a number of challenges associated with cost-efficient network deployment that scale. A key enabler of efficient 5G deployment is underlying universal compute infrastructure spanning from core to the very edge of a network. To fulfill edge compute infrastructure should have the following properties:

•Universal general purpose compute resources that are available from edge to core and exposed in consistent way throughout whole network
•At the edge of networks, general purpose compute platforms should be optimized for new unique requirements to operate outside of datacenters (tough operational conditions, limited footprint, non-secure environments)
•General purpose compute platforms should support consistent mechanisms of deploying and managing the infrastructure both at edge locations and in datacenters
This session will summarise requirements, challenges in deploying network virtualisation.

Sunil Gupta, CTO - Communication and Media Industry, HPE Asia Pacific

Trailblazers Panel: What Lies Ahead for the Business of Communications? How Will Telcos Reinvent Themselves In the Age of 5G and Digitalisation?

Just as one thinks the most interesting time for business and technology is occurring now, a glimpse into the future will reveal even more rapid change and opportunity. The opportunity set for Telcos includes a variety of factors:

·5G - of course!
· Technology options, to name a few - mmWave, optical communications, RF arrays, mesh networks, IoT, AI/ML, advanced data analytics, and it goes on…
·The drive to enhance all performance parameters - bit/sec, cost/bit, mass/bit, volume, bit, watt/bit
·Forms of communications - space, air, wireless ground, wireline

But what decisions have to be made by Telcos to manage their future? The topic area here is broad:
·What is the balance between wireline and wireless?
·Spectrum scarcity continues and only gets more challenging. How does a Telco continue to obtain capacity?
·Cybersecurity is accelerating in its criticality and what is the Telcos role to protect all?
·Technology adoption is a benefit and burden. Can Telcos afford to fall behind?

There are many more factors to be considered and decisions Telcos need to make to ensure competitiveness for the future. This session will discuss these and other topics that affect the future of Telcos.

  • Konesh Kochhal, Director, Huawei Technologies
  • Sunil Gupta, CTO - Communication and Media Industry, HPE Asia Pacific
  • Thomas Sennhauser, Regional Technical Director APJ-PRC, Networking & Communication, Data Center Customer Unit, Intel Corporation
  • CK Vishwakarma, Founder, AllThingsConnected
  • Ian Fogg, Vie President Analysis, Opensignal
Moderator: Barry Matsumori, CEO, BridgeSat
Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

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Chairman’s Welcome Address

Kourosh Ghassemi, Principal Consultant, Asia-Pacific, Ovum

The Open Edge: Delivering Web scale Performance at the Edge

Network edge is becoming the new frontier for both data center operators and telecommunications service providers as the demand grows to onboard more users, deliver enhanced experiences and increase webscale performance for data transport. The pressing question isn’t how to transform the network but rather how to deliver end user performance at low cost per bit and improve differentiated service offerings. This is where Open Networking offers great potential by opening up the edge at low cost per bit while enabling operators to create differentiated services and deliver end user performance on demand. This is the world of Open Edge.

Dhiman D Chowdhury, VP - Global Business Development & Product Marketing, IP Infusion

SDN, NFV and the Asian Telcos: Attitudes and Projections

Telcos were largely responsible for the furthering of SDN and NFV technologies. At the same time telcos are also skeptical about what SDN and NFV means to them. Lack of product maturity, inability of vendors to show real cost savings, piecemeal approach towards product development and fear of the unknown are the main reasons for telcos to be cautious.

Barring exceptions, Asian telcos by-and-large, are playing it safe with SDN and NFV. The advent of 5G will however force Asian telcos to take sides and firmly commit themselves to the new ways of network design. 5G will make it impractical to accommodate the diverse user profiles with conventional network planning, design and operations. SDN use-cases such as network slicing which are aided considerably by vEPC and vRAN are pivotal for 5G operations. As a result, we now witness examples of successful adoption of SDN and NFV in their existing 4G networks.

Kaustubha Parkhi, Principal Analyst, Insight Research

The Real-World Case: How 5G will Change Mobile Video

More and more consumers watching mobile video adding vast amounts of causing congestion which affects the economics of mobile networks. Cable, satellite and IPTV providers are adding more TV Anywhere offerings to compete with OTT players by allowing consumers to watch video at any time on any device. Mobile operators are partnering with OTT providers to drive customer uptake and add revenues. In 2019 the next generation of mobile technology, 5G, is arriving which promises vastly increased capacity, faster speeds and lower latencies.

Ian Fogg, Vie President Analysis, Opensignal

Modernizing your Adaptive Network for the Digital Future

Data is getting larger, while delivery times are getting shorter. In this application economy, digital businesses need a controllable, intelligent and secure adaptive network to deliver superior business interactions.

How can organizations leverage a cost-effective, high performing connectivity to drive a customer-first experience, and gain the competitive advantage needed for the digital future?

Trichur Vishwanathan (Vish), Senior Director (Wholesale Sales) – APAC, CenturyLink

Chairman Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Afternoon Coffee and Networking Session

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End of Conference Day 3

Future of Work

Day 2 - Wednesday, 19 June 2019, Level 4, Orchid 4303
Chairman’s Welcome Address

Weslee Trout, Digital Strategy Lead, Denkfabrik Digital (DDX)


Scaling Customer Experience with Cloud + AI

In order to keep up with this “always-connected” customer, your business must embrace technology to deliver the expected experience. In the era of digital transformation, Cloud and AI technologies are the fastest way for the region’s enterprises and authorities to accelerate innovation and stimulate growth. Huawei Cloud’s enterprise intelligence (EI) full-stack AI solutions offer enterprises with Cloud + AI services including the one-stop AI developer platform ModelArts, optical character recognition (OCR), natural language processing, video analysis and many others. Making it the most compelling Cloud + AI platform for enterprises to deliver an unmatched customer experience.

Neo Teck Guan, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Cloud Asia Pacific Region

Scaling up with Intelligent Analytics – How To Better Understand Your Customers with Optimised RPA

In this session, hear from industry players on today’s competitive business landscape, sectoral challenges and the increasingly demanding customer expectations of the digital age. Join them as they share more on how they harness the best value from this “new oil”, be it from insights-driven analytics, to consumer habits and driving differentiated propositions to stay ahead of the curve.

  • Diego Gosmar, CEO, XCALLY
  • Andreas Voigt, Director, Satcoms Innovation Group
  • Vinod Joseph, Lead Technologist (CTO Office), VMWare
  • Kristina Boey, Head of User Experience, Sembcorp Industries
  • Steven Mutch, Senior Business Architect, Software AG
Moderator: Laurent Doucet, Principal - Eastern Asia, Roland Berger
It’s All About Business Impact! The Heritage Bank Digital Transformation Journey

Utilising the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, Australia's Heritage Bank underwent a transformational journey into digitalisation, adopting a different approach to delivering major projects via a new methodology to help develop the needed capabilities for a real time payment requirement which had taken years using traditional methods. With the help of Red Hat, the bank delivered working prototypes under their strategic initiatives within just weeks, instead of months. The bank then saw increased profits and had the highest customer satisfaction rating of any bank in the country for the second year in a row in 2018, being the Most Recommended Bank in the Mozo People’s Choice Awards. The focus is now on operationalising a platform-based operating model while driving cultural change throughout the organisation. Attend this session to learn how.

Andreas Spanner, Chief Architect (ANZ), Red Hat

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

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The Advent of Workplace Experience: Avoiding Silos In Your Digitilisation Strategy

Organisations must assess and consider leveraging their whole 'ecosystem' when embarking on a digital transformation journey. As a starting point, this includes identifying who within the organization is best placed to lead the digital transformation and the disruption it will bring to the organisations business as usual and its stakeholders.

Yet, further analysis of the stakeholder landscape should not just include the organizations internal stakeholders, but also business partners, customers, legislators and even competitors.
A strategic stakeholder approach supported by modern change management practices to identify and address the needs, fears and capabilities of all the organisations stakeholders is a necessity to avoid silos and harness all available leverage for an organization as it undertakes a digital transformation journey.

Nimalan Nadesalingam, Global Lead for Deployment and Adoption, Deloitte & Author of ‘Transformative Change’

The Blended Workforce: How will Digital Literacy and Workplace Analytics Impact the Future of Talent Transformation?

With the power of the Internet and borderless world, the Gig Economy is no longer an estrange term to many. In this panel, hear from leaders as they highlight the need to prepare their organisations, employees’ digital capabilities to move ahead this fast-evolving hyper-connected world.

  • Soumee De, Senior Vice President, Regional HR APAC-EMEA, Citibank Group
  • Nimalan Nadesalingam, Global Lead for Deployment and Adoption, Deloitte
  • Dr. Sumitra Nair, Vice President - Talent Development & Digital Entrepreneurship, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Sharala Axryd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS)
Moderator: Andrew Milroy, Head of Advisory Services, Asia Pacific, OVUM
The Connected Enterprise - Security, Challenges

The rapidly growing and ever-expanding use of mobile and remote technology to allow the gathering, processing and dissemination of information creates enormous challenges for Enterprise and Government alike. All Commercial and Government Enterprises are responsible for managing issues such as data security, workplace safety and personal privacy. Confronting these challenges will be critical to fully optimise benefits available from this technological expansion and realise objectives.

This presentation looks at the key benefits to be gained from “The Connected Enterprise” in allowing the rapid expansion of data collection, processing and utilisation. It also considers the role of Unified Endpoint Management in maintaining and improving the ability of the Enterprise to meet its responsibility for data security and to manage and optimise the functionality of connected endpoints.

Michael Dyson, Managing Director - ANZ & SEA, SOTI

Afternoon Coffee and Networking Session

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Levelling Up in the Digital Age: Why Your Organisation Needs to be IoT’d?

This panel will gather strategic and technical leaders to discuss how businesses that are at the start of their IoT journey should approach their strategy. Hear them out to understanding key considerations and why it is important to stay ahead with change – i.e. from leveraging on existing organisational capabilities, down to infrastructure upgrading decisions they need to make before, during, and after digital transformation implementation.

  • Rob van den Dam, Global Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment Industry Leader, IBM (IBV)
  • Dave Schaeffer, CEO, Cogent Communications
  • Dr Abdul Memon, Director - Solution Marketing, Huawei
  • Jeff Mendoza, Asia Pacific Regional Head, PLDT Smart
Moderator: Craig Price, SVP, Mobility Products and Marketing, PCCW Global

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly : Are You Ready To Move to Multi-cloud?

Enterprises are used to having multiple suppliers; in a cloud context that makes engineering, security and operations more complex, introduces risk and often reduces the opportunity to get volume discounts. Inevitably, multi-cloud is nearly always more expensive.

But how do we choose the right vendor(s) since they all provide different services and what criteria should we use to define the preferred one or two providers?

Is cloud arbitrage a myth? Clients have spent millions building cloud broker layers, to move workloads between cloud providers, but this approach loses a lot of cloud benefits and increases complexity.

Also, what are some of the cloud best practices? Cloud providers are innovating at an accelerated pace such that industry best practices change regularly. How do businesses keep up with that?

Finally, talent. Do we have a team for each cloud application or do we get teams to manage and work across multiple clouds?

  • Andy Waroma, Co-Founder, Cloud Comrade Policy Lead, The European Cloud Alliance
  • Vijai Karthigesu, Founder & CEO, Ubique Networks Inc
  • Vincent Goh, Enterprise Solutions Architect, Verizon
Moderator: Darren Thayre, Partner - Head of Asia Pacific (Technology Practice), Oliver Wyman
Coding for Success: Open Source Software (OSS) and IP Considerations

From IoT to education, virtually every industry is impacted by the adoption of cloud computing. At the heart of unfettered cloud innovation lies open source and an agile developer community. Experts believe open source will fuel disruption and shape the future of cloud computing, with multiple tools such as Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and Linux already available.

Against the backdrop of a complex and quickly evolving open source and cloud computing universe, the need to protect digital creations through Intellectual Property (IP) has become critical. The patent litigation on cloud technologies has been increasing by 700% over the past four years; innovators must consider smart strategies to mitigate IPR risks.

This session discusses how cloud computing and open source are leading digital transformation and provides insights on how to protect and promote success by leveraging IP in a simple way.

Andy Waroma, Co-Founder, Cloud Comrade, Policy Lead, The European Cloud Alliance

Saving The Bottom Lines - Modernising The Enterprise with Cloud

The modern workplace is becoming increasingly virtual, video and application centric. Employees demand access to mission critical applications everywhere “on the go”. Modernizing the workplace has become a major priority for many enterprises both as a means to drive productivity but also as a talent management tool. Digitalization of the workplace is one of the routes to achieving this with cloud platforms and other emerging technologies now on the radar of many enterprises as they seek to modernize their workplace to fit the 21th century worker.

Adrian Ho, Principal Analyst, Large Enterprise, Ovum

Chairman Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

End of Conference Day 2

Future of Cities & Economies

Day 2 - Wednesday, 19 June 2019, Level 4, Orchid 4205
Chairman’s Welcome Address

CK Vishwakarma, Founder, AllThingsConnected


Opening Keynote: Asian Smart cities: Are You Ready for the Disrupted Future?

City readiness for a disrupted future is the foundational theme for future cities and economies to prepare for the opportunities and risks that digital disruptions will bring.

Over half our world’s population lives in cities today and their rapid growths suggest they will become even greater economic powers. There are increasingly more complex demands on critical infrastructure, policy makers, educators, and industry leaders across global cities. Competition intensifies as leaders position their cities as ideal places to live, learn, work, and invest – while being mindful to respond to technological shifts to succeed.

Identifying the set of governing criteria becomes critical to move the success needle and tap on the opportunities amongst the many vulnerabilities exposed to the leading cities in the face of technological disruptions. Today, we’ll look across Asia: which future city is winning? What is the city readiness for embracing the opportunities and managing the challenges of AI? And which ‘sleeper’ cities should current leaders be looking out for?

Jacob Hook, Managing Partner, Asia-Pacific, Oliver Wyman

Innovative Satellite Services for Intelligent Transport - A Case Study

Intelligent transport systems (ITS) can be used for basic management systems such as car navigation; traffic signal control system to more advanced applications that integrate live data and feedback. Additionally, predictive techniques are being developed to allow advanced modelling.

In this session we will look at the role satellites will play in the ITS enabled world.

Mark Steel, VP Product Development, Inmarsat

The Power Station Hack: Inside the Mind of a Hacker –– Don’t Let the Lights Go Out

Hacking into a Power Station is something that is a scary thought about the possibility of someone being able to turn off the power or damage systems. We have seen major incidents in previous years in which the Ukrainian energy sector was hit by a cyber-attack that caused a power outage for more than 86,000 homes.

This session is a real-world hack into a power station that explains the process on planning and preparation, the major challenges of hacking into a power station, adapting to the risks, the perimeter security, engines and SCADA controls. The session will reveal some of the amazing security as well as some of the most shocking findings that will surely see people put hands on their face. It will share the challenges on reporting the findings to the board and the lessons learned.

This session describes the anatomy of a privileged account hack, how cybercriminals target their victims, which includes reporting Risks to the board and what you can do to reduce your risk and prevent abuse of your critical information assets.

Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist & Advisory CISO, Thycotic

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Parkway Pantai Case Study: Augmenting Healthcare with AI, at Scale

Healthcare expenditure is set to rise over the coming years. Cost will undoubtedly influence patients’ decision-making when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

UCARE.AI’s AI-Powered Hospital Bill Prediction Engine (APACHE) was developed for Parkway Pantai and deployed at hospitals in Singapore to provide dynamic real-time predictions of bill size at pre-admission with an average 85% accuracy. This allows for (1) patient financial counselling and (2) price transparency, which builds trust amongst payer, provider and patient. Ultimately, this case is a first step towards standardization of healthcare cost estimation.

Beyond its application, it is a large-scale implementation that is recognised by the Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information as the first successful use case for adopting their recent (PDPC) Model Governance Framework for AI.

Neal Liu, CTO & Founder, UCARE.AI

Smart Streetlight: Going Beyond Lighting Up Cities

Cities across the globe are increasingly adopting smart streetlights as the first step towards their transition to smart cities. Besides achieving energy savings, the numerous smart lighting endpoints also serve to lay the foundation for future smart city applications.

Ong Kok Hua, VP, IoT, ST Engineering

The New Retail and Digital Commerce: Lean & Mean - How Revolut employs AI

• Using Revolut Intelligent Troubleshooting Assistant (RITA) chatbot to solve up to 30% of customer queries with an average customer satisfaction rating of 4.5 out of 5
• Using algorithms to automate detection of financial crime and card fraud
• Using algorithms to automate and optimize identity verification
• Data as the driving force between all operations, product development, and growth

Sarveen Chester, Country Manager, Revolut

Emerging Technologies in Agriculture

The future of farming is bright. With the advent of precision agriculture, data is being increasingly used to manage and optimize production of crops. In addition, new technologies are helping to reduce complexity, increase transparency and traceability across the food value chain with benefits to farmers and consumers.

Ruchika Kapoor, Seeds Strategy and Portfolio - APAC, Bayer Crop Science

Making Cities Better Places to Live

Over the next 15 years, over a billion people will move into cities. Asia Pacific will see an increase of about 350 million people looking for homes in major cities and we need to start making efforts that would improve the flow of urban life, and to help people move conveniently, safely using emerging technologies like AI.

Jeff Montgomery, Major Projects Director, KONE

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Intelligent Transport: Investing in Mobility for Today and Tomorrow

This session surrounds the application of emerging/innovative yet practical technologies that would enhance the future of mobility/ transport. In this, leaders in their league will touch upon key investment considerations, be it from technology, talent, capex, security/data privacy in delivering the best service and quality of life to the public.

  • Professor Zhou Yi, Head – Technology Partner Relations (Institutions), SMRT
  • Fred Kalt, Managing Director ITS Asia Pacific, Siemens Mobility
  • Vincent Wijnen, Senior Vice President, Nissan Asia & Oceania
  • Tadeusz (Ted) Jankowski, Head APAC, PlugIt
Moderator: CK Vishwakarma, Founder, AllThingsConnected
Connected Spaces: Leveraging on Disruptive Innovations to Shape Smarter Cities and Increase Quality of Life

Smart Cities are increasingly adopting a bottom-up rather than top-down approach with emphasis on improvement of quality of life, equality of access, prioritization of social gains, and heightened importance of security, privacy, and human-centred design. Planning is becoming more collaborative while monitoring and evaluation is being done at a grassroots level. Innovations beyond IT, such as use of micro-bots, 3D printing, AI/ Big Data, etc. are being leveraged to address all the above. This panel will therefore focus on the following themes:
•Examples of recent innovations in the Smart City context
•Key technical, ethical and moral challenges with implementation and ways to address
•Scenarios for the future of Smarter Cities

  • William Chong, Director, Workplace Analytics & IoT, JLL Digital Solutions
  • Joanna Reijgersberg-Siew, Senior Regional Business Lead - IoT, APAC, Signify (Formerly Philips Lighting)
  • Yang Kan, Regional Manager - Data Intelligence Business, Alibaba Cloud
  • Lin Yu-Chieh, Section Chief, Taipei City Government, Taiwan
Moderator: Shivaji Das, Partner and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan
Wrap up Keynote: The Connected Ecosystem: Where are we and What’s Next?

CK Vishwakarma, Founder, AllThingsConnected

Chairman Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

End of Conference Day 2

Future of Connectivity

Day 2 - Wednesday, 19 June 2019, Level 4, Orchid 4203
Chairman’s Welcome Address

Kevin French, Publisher, TalkSatellite


New Sats, New Space, New Paradigms: Where is Satcom Headed in Asia?

The satellite and space industries are experiencing what is believed to be a space renaissance. The "old" is being threatened by the "new" yet opportunities abound for all players in the developing ecosystem including traditional players with well-established business models. Technology, innovation and an entrepreneurial drive are leading to unique market offerings, a reduction of CAPEX requirements that have given rise to unbridled market entry, and funding….lots and lots of funding! This presentation will dive into the:
•Interplay and co-existence of "new space" and "old space"
•Role of "smallsats" and "bigsats"
•Overall impact of the emerging landscape in Asia

Chris Baugh, President, Northen Sky Research (NSR)

The Future for Satellite Players – Is 5G Going to Accelerate Digital Transformation?

The roll-out of 5G mobile service has the potential to accelerate growth in the future of connectivity but inevitably operators are facing a pressing challenge of unlimited backhaul capacity requirements, concurrently needing to keep deployment costs manageable. This session will discuss how satellite carriers and providers bridge this last-mile digital divide, at the same time embracing a long-term transformative challenge in becoming more than just a mobile service provider that they are today. What do they need to do now to prepare themselves for the opportunities to come?

  • Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer, Thaicom
  • Richard Swardh, Senior Vice President, MNO, Comtech EF Data
  • Jo De Loor, VP Market Development, Newtec
  • Abhay Kumar, Regional Vice President Asia & NA, Gilat Satellite Networks
  • Karl Horne, VP, Telco/MNO Data Solutions, SES Networks
  • Terry Bleakley, Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Intelsat
Moderator: Jose Del Rosario, Research Director, Northern Sky Research (NSR)
What’s the Next Tipping for the SatCom Industry? How will AI and Big Data Disrupt This Space?

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are two technologies that often go hand-in-hand. Advancements in technology have allowed us to program AI to analyze Big Data sets, deriving trends and insights imperceptible to mere humans. These two concepts will eventually extend to all areas of the economy, and satellite is no exception. Firstly the use of AI will contribute to an optimization of satellite networks and related capabilities. In parallel, the use of AI will create new sources of data and traffic, through the multiplication of smart assets requiring live data transmissions, and through the transfer of intelligence to the cloud and to the edge of communication networks. This panel will discuss the variety of ways that AI and Big Data will impact the satcom industry, and what the future may hold.

  • Joakim Espeland, CEO & Co-Founder, QuadSAT
  • Paul Isaac, Director of RF Products, Kratos
  • Alexander Jeuck, GM Corporate & Business Development, NatSAT
  • Minseok Cha, Satellite Operation Manager & New Tech Director, KTSAT
Moderator: Nathan de Ruiter, Managing Director, Euroconsult Canada
Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Catered exclusively for registered ConnecTechAsia Summit Attendees

Spectrum Fire-side Chat: Driving Meaningful Business Strategies and Outcome from WRC-19

The exponential growth in the upcoming 5G services roll-out, mobile broadband and data traffic, video consumption up to IoT applications, is causing much pressure to the limited spectrum resources available to support all these developments. How can the complex socio-economic needs in varying regions be met? Can spectrum sharing initiatives provide a meaningful solution soon enough? How should the issue of licensed versus unlicensed spectrum use be addressed? How are we preparing our business for the burst in demand of 5G-enabled services in the near future?

  • Tare Brisibe, Senior Legal & Regulatory Counsel, Asia-Pacific, SES
  • Seungyun Paik, Senior Vice President, KTSAT
  • Dave Wright, Director, Regulatory Affairs & Network Standards, Ruckus Networks
  • Ali Ebadi, VP Engineering & Operations, MEASAT Satellite Systems
  • Suwit Pruckwattananon, Chief Business Development Officer, muSpace Corp
Co-Moderators: Gregg Daffner, President, APSCC & Blaine Curcio, Senior Affiliate Consultant, Euroconsult
Future of Space Antennas for High Throughput Systems

Space communications is the key for the future of variety of civilian and defense applications. In order to hit the maximum limit for spectrum capacity some new type of disruptive antenna technology is required. In this talk Prof. Amit Mehta will present some of UK’s cutting-edge work on novel space adaptive antennas. These will include industry-research work outcomes from funders with likes of Airbus, European Space Agency and BAE / MBDA systems.

Prof. Amit Mehta, Professor, Swansea University UK


The Cyber Challenge – Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, Network Security and Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an especially important topic for asset and risk owners throughout the critical infrastructure ecosystem. This panel discussion will focus on CIP topics from digital innovation to cost reduction, all while reducing risk throughout the enterprise. Other discussion points to include impact on the supply chain, cyber insurance and the industrial internet of things.

  • Ken Soh, CEO, Athena Dynamics
  • Guy M. Segal, General Manager, Custodio Technologies
  • Brian Fletcher, Director – Government Affairs APJ, Symantec
  • Jamie Gillespie, Information Security Specialist, APNIC
  • Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade UK
  • James Ball, Solutions Engineer Team Lead, Cloudflare
Moderator: Wayne Dennis, Security Lead, Accenture
Afternoon Coffee and Networking Session

Catered exclusively for registered ConnecTechAsia Summit Attendees

Digging Deeper on Cybersecurity: Securing the Expanding Cloud Footprint

As enterprises rapidly adopt cloud computing, new security vulnerabilities emerge and need to be addressed. Often, enterprises have multiple point security solutions for different types of technology. But, the world of hybrid multi-cloud environments requires a more robust and integrated approach to cybersecurity. This presentation will discuss cybersecurity challenges created by cloud migration and focus on ways in which enterprises can secure their clouds.

Andrew Milroy, Head of Advisory Services, Asia Pacific, OVUM

Protecting CIIs via Detection-less Paradigm

Today’s cyber landscape is radically different from the past’s. Advanced threats are stealthy and lethal. They are difficult to detect. Unfortunately, cyber protection technologies continue to progress in a detection-oriented framework. It is therefore not uncommon for malicious codes to reside in a CIIs or enterprises and stay undetected for hundreds of days, exfiltrating data in complete silence. Traditional methods are no longer working. Detect nothing does not mean it is safe, a detection-less strategy is imminently needed.

This sharing session focuses on addressing the common gaps in today’s cyber protection strategies collectively and offers the thought leadership to fill these gaps from a highly operational, practitioner’s perspective.

Ken Soh, CEO, Athena Dynamics

Securing the Future Enterprise Today: “Build Pervasive Cyber Resilience Now”

With the proliferation of more and more sensitive data, expanding connectivity, and the adoption of automated processes, new research reveals that C-suite and IT decision makers need to embrace a different approach to cybersecurity to effectively protect against future cyber risks. While most companies have a chief information security officer (CISO) or assigned cybersecurity to a C-suite executive, such as a chief information officer (CIO), often, these leaders have limited influence on cybersecurity strategy outside their departments. Additionally, nearly half of CISOs acknowledge that their responsibilities for securing the organization are growing faster than their ability to address security issues. This session will highlight the struggle to prioritise cybersecurity being one of the main agendas for an organisation and how the shift in responsibility and accountability from top-down to the individual business units will impact future operations and productivity.

Wayne Dennis, Security Lead, Accenture

Eventually, Everyone will be Breached

This session will discuss about how and why businesses should be designed in a “built to be breached” form - Why and how should governments and organizations should design their IT and business infrastructure not only for prevention of a data breach, but also to be able to be resilient during and after a data breach.

Guy M. Segal, General Manager, Custodio Technologies

Looking Beyond the Perimeter: An Immune System for Smart and Digital Environments

As organisations and nations alike rush to adopt internet-connected devices and smart sensors, defending these advancements becomes a monumental challenge.

For all IoT’s convenience and appeal, the race to innovate is leaving security behind. IoT adoption provides hidden inroads to sensitive data, and roadens the attack surface for cyber criminals and nation states. As this proliferation accelerates with smart cities and 5G, AI driven cyber-attacks, the effects of IoT hacks will no longer be restricted to cyberspace.

AI can look across all digital activity in real time, and understand what’s normal, to help defend against these complex digital environments. With AI-powered defences, organisations can develop their own self-healing digital ecosystems to detect and fight back against novel threats, regardless of origin, before they cause serious damage.

Sanjay Aurora, Managing Director, Darktrace

Chairman Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

End of Conference Day 2

ConnectechAsia Opening Plenary

Day 1 - Tuesday, 18 June 2019, Level 4

Open to all Summit Delegates, Visitors, and Exhibitors
ConnecTechAsia Event Opening & Conference Registration

Attendees to be seated for ConnecTechAsia Opening Ceremony

Arrival of Guest of Honour

Welcome Remarks by Informa Markets (Organiser)

GOH Opening Address

Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive, Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Opening Segment – Officiating Ceremony & Group Photo Session

Opening Keynote: Leadership: from Experimentation to Transformation

A new era of business reinvention is dawning. Organizations are facing an unprecedented convergence of technological, social and regulatory forces. As artificial intelligence (AI), automation, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and 5G become pervasive, their combined impact will reshape standard business architectures. The “outside-in” digital transformation of the past decade is giving way to the “inside-out” potential of data exploited with these exponential technologies. Many organizations already experimented with AI and moved simple workloads to the cloud. Now, there is a new chapter opening, moving from experimentation to true transformation, with speed and scale.

Harriet Green, CEO & Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific

End of Opening Ceremony

Summit Combined Plenary

Shaping Future Societies
Day 1 - Tuesday, 18 June 2019, Level 4
Opening Remarks from Conference Chair

Juvanus Tjandra, Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Partner, KPMG


5G Keynote: The Launch and Beyond the Future of Connectivity

The 5G boom has created much traction and interests from various verticals, and this is expected to radically reinvent new businesses across various industries. The laws of mobile communication generations are derived from the long-dated history of mankind’s effort to communicate and interact; however with the development of of 5G has also given rise to different possibilities and phenomema never seen before in this digitalised space. In this session, the main highlight of would touch upon why cross-industry collaboration will be key to making 5G a success.

Seizo Onoe, President of DOCOMO Technology and Chief Technology Architect, NTT DOCOMO

CXO Roundtable – 5G: The Future Game Changer of Data, Networks and Consumption

This session will discuss and congregate the perennial challenges and journey ahead for 5G commercialisation with regional leaders. Execs will highlight amongst the many ongoing 5G deployment plans, use cases with partners, spectrum status in the various countries, lessons learnt from 3G and 4G and more.

  • Seizo Onoe, President of DOCOMO Technology and Chief Technology Architect, NTT DOCOMO
  • Ong Geok Chwee, CEO, Bridge Alliance
  • Shekar Ayyar, EVP - Strategy and Corporate Development & GM, Telco NFV Group, VMware
  • Dr. David Soldani, Expert, CTO Office, Huawei Southern Pacific Region
  • Bryan Tan, Head of Connectivity Ecosystem – APAC, Facebook
Moderator: David Kennedy, Practice Leader Asia Pacific, OVUM
The Media and Telco Arena: Consolidation, Competition or Collaboration?

Music and video streaming services are today the dominating source for digital media consumption. Media (OTT, broadcasters, Pay-TV) companies are looking for user growth and telco partnerships are an organic fit due to their central role in enabling data consumption, but also thanks to capabilities in user authentication and monetisation. In this panel discussion, we explore topics that are relevant to both parties in the streaming ecosystem, focusing on:

•How to build scalable partnerships? How to quickly launch new partnerships and avoid cannibalisation?
•What happens when bundle partnerships run out? Free trials are alluring to telco subscribers, but how can the two parties work together to make sure users don't churn out?
•New revenue streams and marketing opportunities enabled by existing partnerships

  • Mateen Kirmani, Partnerships Lead, Circles.Life
  • Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer – Zee5 Global, Zee Entertainment
  • Stephane Le Dreau, SVP & Regional General Manager APAC, Nagra
  • Debbie Lee, Founder and CEO, TechStorm TV
  • Anson Tan, Country Manager, Viu Singapore
Moderator: Filippo Giachi, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, DOCOMO Digital
Driving Innovations: The Future of Connectivity with Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

Driving Innovations: The Future of Connectivity with Telecom Infra Project (TIP)
As an unprecedented number of networked devices and connections are anticipated by 2020, global data consumption and demand for a faster internet experience continues to grow. At the same time, half of the world’s population still does not have basic internet. Telecom Infra Project (TIP) believes in accelerating innovation to address the range of global connectivity challenges spanning from ultra-rural to dense urban environments. In his keynote, TIP Executive Director Attilio Zani will discuss the progress the TIP community has made since its launch in 2016, including field deployments and the development of cutting-edge telecom technologies. He will also highlight collaboration among TIP’s diverse membership, which comprises service providers, technology providers of all sizes, system integrators, and any connectivity stakeholder who understands the importance of a healthy telecom ecosystem to fuel the expanding digital economy.

Attilio Zani, Executive Director, Telecom Infra Project

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Catered exclusively for registered ConnecTechAsia Summit Attendees


Chairman’s Welcome Address

Keith Kirkpatrick, Principal Analyst, Tractica

The AI Stage – Let’s Get Real About the Magic of AI and its Benefits to the Society

AI is fast becoming a fundamental utility like electricity and the Internet. But as technology advances, will AI dominate the world in future? Are we utilizing AI for the greater good or we remain biased? This session will demystify the experimentation and debunk the real art of harnessing AI: from prepping the organisation, to selecting the right technology partner and embracing data science as the key resource to harness decision-driven insights for the betterment of the economy, business and wider society.

  • Harris Chan, Chief Digital & Technology Officer, ST Engineering
  • Jason Little, Chief Information Officer - SEA, Manulife
  • Ben Goertzel, CEO, SingularityNET
  • Dr. Keeratpal Singh, Chief Data Scientist, Axiata
  • Professor Kevyn Yong, Associate Dean for Corporate Programs, ESSEC Business School
Moderator: Andrew Milroy, Head of Advisory Services, Asia Pacific, OVUM

Maximising the Power of IoT for the Intelligent Age

How can organisations leverage IoT to unlock new possibilities? What are some key learnings and best practices in Asia? We share from our experience of working with premier operators in the region, as well as with technology partners and customers. Moving forward, how will 5G and other emerging tech come into play in the future of IoT?

Ong Geok Chwee, CEO, Bridge Alliance

Future Cities Panel - Building the Foundations of Smart Cities and Beyond

In this session, leaders and subject experts will discuss the pertinent ongoing challenges of amalgamation of smart cities, infrastructure and regulatory issues in driving digitalisation, citizen inclusiveness and sustainability of future cities.

  • Ani Bhalekar, Associate Partner & Vice President – Internet of Things (IoT), McKinsey & Co.
  • Dr. Supachai Tantikom, Chief Resilience Officer, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
  • Prof Suhono Supangkat, Director of Smart Cities and Communities Innovation Centre, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB)
  • Lim Wee Seng, Executive Director - Satellite Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University
  • Rebecca Lim, Director, Adoption and Engagement Directorate, Smart Nation Digital Government Group
Moderator: Tay Kok Chin, Chairman, Smart Cities Network (SCN)

Afternoon Coffee and Networking Session

Catered exclusively for registered ConnecTechAsia Summit Attendees

Blockchain in Cybersecurity – Lessons Learned from a Nation State

Estonia is a small country in the Baltics however it has been on the forefront of technology for many years. This keynote provides a story from Estonia's independence in 1991 to its use of blockchain for the integrity of voting and medical records, the importance and criticality of the identity management system that allows a citizen to vote, check online banking, e-residents and tax returns to the impact of cyber war and the lessons learned on the risks.

Session key takeaways:
• Importance of Blockchain for Data Integrity and Veracity
• The need for Government Identity Management
• Cyber War Lessons Learned

Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist & Advisory CISO, Thycotic

Rethinking the Future of Cyber Battles: How to Supercharge Your Cyber Defense?

In the past, cyber-attack confined within enterprises and homes. Incidents are mostly occurring in IT systems. Today, the nature of threats has evolved. “Advanced threats” are not just hard to detect, are they also targeting at IoT/Smart Devices and Industrial Control Systems (ICS). How ready are the community and industry in countering such new level and new sophistication of cyber threats? Let us find out more from a hand-picked plenary of moderator and practitioners with whole wealth of experiences to share and to learn with all of us.

  • Ou Phannarith, Director of ICT Security, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Cambodia (MPTC)
  • Carol Lee, Committee Member, ISACA China & Hong Kong Chapter (Head of Global Information Security, HK MNC)
  • Walter Lee, Evangelist and Government Relations Leader, NEC Corporation
  • Anthony Lim, Fellow, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Dr David Soldani, Expert, CTO Office, Huawei Southern Pacific Region
Moderator: Ken Soh, CEO, Athena Dynamics

Closing Keynote: Technology, Media, and the State

From the spinning jenny to self-driving cars, from the printing press to 5G, technology constantly changes the way we live. Whether 5G or Blockchain, IoT or AI, technology is supposed to be an elemental force transcending borders and solving humanity’s problems. The scientists who invented the atomic bomb had similar hopes. Our world system is bounded by national interests. The modern state arose alongside and because of modern technology. The media, whose primary purpose is to be the state’s critic, can create reality as easily as it can reveal human truth. In the post-World War II world, technology and media reigned over the state. That balance of power is now shifting. The state now seeks to use technology and media for its own purposes. Geopolitics is no longer simply the context in which we operate – it is the single biggest risk to our futures.

Jacob Shapiro, Director of Analysis, Geopolitical Futures

Chairman Wrap-up and Closing Remarks End of Conference Day 1

End of Conference Day 1

Future of Broadcast Media

Day 3 – Wednesday, 20 June 2019, Level 3, Meeting Room 308

Chairman’s Welcome Address

Dr. Amal Punchihewa, Consultant & Trainer in ICT and Broadcast Technologies, ADP Consultancy


SMPTE: An Update on Broadcast and Media Standards

As the broadcast and media industry migrates to a fully IP-oriented environment, it requires interoperability as its foundation. For more than 100 years, SMPTE has been providing the global technical framework where the industry comes together to develop standards, recommended practices, engineering guidelines, and registered disclosure documents that support the industry’s growth. Across motion pictures, television, and OTT, SMPTE is actively delivering the technology that enables the broadcast and media industry to thrive.

Barbara Lange, Executive Director, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)

The New 4K8K Satellite Broadcasting Services and Technologies in Japan

This presentation will give an overview of 4K/8K satellite broadcasting service that started on December 1st, 2018 in Japan and illustrate these services with 8K content and a commercially available 4K/8K TV.

Kenji Hiraki, System Engineer, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

HDR: From Dream to Mainstream

HDR has moved from technology innovation to mainstream deployment. This session will review some basics of HDR from a SMPTE perspective including the so called “Perceptual Quantizer (PQ) curve” (ST 2084) as well as the concept of a “color volume”. In addition, a snapshot of the current market status of HDR deployment from cinema to consumer.

Patrick Griffis, Vice President of Technology, Dolby Laboratories and President , Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)

Networking Coffee and Morning Refreshments

Catered exclusively for registered ConnecTechAsia Summit Attendees


Revolutionising the Video Value Chain with “ABC” (AI, Big Data, and Cloud)

AI, Big Data and Cloud have the potential to make profound impact in enabling organization to significantly improve efficiencies, get faster to the market and derive deep insights to enhance monetisation opportunities. In this session, we will explore how to maximise the value across the video value chain - from content production to distribution to user engagement.

  • Dr Randolph Nikutta, Head of New Media, Deutsche Telekom
  • Sven Bolthausen, Senior Vice President NE, Mediakind
  • Gustavo Fuchs, General Manager - Cloud & Solutions (Asia), Microsoft
  • Sudharshan Aravamudan, Sales Lead – Media, Google
  • Dr Shay David, President & GM, Media & Telecom, Kaltura
Moderator: Sushant Sharma, Managing Director, QvestMedia
Case Study: Lessons Learned and Efficiencies Achieved in Migrating to the Cloud

Technology leaders are adopting cloud solutions to lower total cost of ownership for IT applications and services, replace on-premise legacy systems, enable business continuity and to improve speed of development. The move to the cloud creates new challenges for many business models. Christian Christiansen, COO of Silver Trak Digital will discuss reasons and key learnings from migrating Silver Trak Digital and it's MAM SaaS to Aspera on Cloud.

Christian Christiansen, COO, Silver Trak Digital, USA

It’s An Attention Economy: Driving Future Next-Gen OTT Innovations and Monetisation Strategies

Consumer preferences are changing, media owners need to service more devices and platforms than ever before, across IP and traditional Broadcast. Tim will provide insights around how to prepare your business for advertising funded models and provide insight into how to set yourself up for sustained success.

Tim Armstrong, GM – Advertising Technology, Switch Media

HD - Digital Broadcasting: Research and Development for Advanced ISDB-T

Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) has conducted research and development on advanced ISDB-T. We have built large-scale experimental environments in Tokyo and Nagoya, which similar to an actual broadcast, to evaluate the performance in a propagation environment. We introduce the evaluation results of each characteristic obtained in the experiment.

Tatsuo Kagoshima, Member, Engineering Administration, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Catered exclusively for registered ConnecTechAsia Summit Attendees


Optimizing IP Technology in Broadcast

Standard IT technology can be increasingly deployed beneficially in Broadcast & Media, creating new business opportunities and streamlining workflows. This presentation will discuss the business and technology drivers behind the adoption of IP in Broadcast, as well as the various industry standards that are being adopted. Challenges with new technology are inevitable and this topic will be discussed as well.

Yew-Jin Cheong, Director of Broadcast & Media – APAC, Rohde & Schwarz

New Generation IP Video Innovation Transforms Content Delivery Workflows Tomorrow

This presentation aims at examining the impact of latest IP video innovations, which encompass DASH, CMAF, MABR, JITX, edge computing along with other emerging technologies, on re-defining video service operation with a simplistic workflows and practice to effectively address the complexity of content delivery process today.

Ming Chow, Vice President of Business Development, Converged Video Solution, Huawei


IoT Connect: How Mainstream TV Broadcasters are Adapting to Content Digital Transformation and Online Delivery?

Content consumption on smartphones and tablets has already become de-facto standard not only for mobile use, but also as device of choice at home. The smart speaker is another example of an increasing number of “connected devices” which offer with new interfaces a new way to access content to your own liking at any point of time in a new, more natural and “ready at hand” fashion. For media companies this means re-considering their strategic positioning and considering the way on how to address and monetize current and future services across a more and more fragmented yet networked landscape of Internet connected devices becomes a key challenge.

The panel will focus on understanding the dynamics in different markets and approach of the participating panelists and their companies to the challenges of Content Digital Transformation. A focus will be set on the question of how the companies address the management of market and consumer driven change in regards to their own service and content offering and its technology and operational implementation.

  • Alistar Feehan, Chief Executive Officer, Imparja TV
  • Edward Benedict Galang, First Vice President of Network Engineering & Operations, Cignal TV, Philippines
  • Satoshi Uzawa, Deputy Technical Director, News Production & Network Engineering Division, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)
  • WA Shanthakumara, Director Engeineering, EAP Broadcasting Company
  • Thierry Fautier, President, Ultra HD Forum & Vice President, Video Strategy, Harmonic
  • David Burke, Managing Director, PT Visi Media Asia Tbk (VIVA)
Moderator: Konstantin Knauf, Director – Consulting, QvestMedia
Case Study: Unifying Data Gathering and Analytics In Customer and User Experience Mapping

OTT revenues in Asia-Pacific are projected to climb to $42 billion in 2023; nearly triple the $15 billion recorded in 2017 (Research and Markets). For streaming to continue to build momentum as the dominant mode of broadcast, it’s imperative that consumers can enjoy a high-definition experience on their mobile phones, even in low bandwidth environments. Consumers expect high quality without any delays/buffering - on any device, from a TV to mobile. The rise of online video has empowered OTT companies, who can now use agile, immediate and fresh data gathering and analytics to identify the quality of experience and tailor it to each subscriber.

This session will provide an overview of key innovations in video delivery, explaining how content owners can stand out from the crowd with an optimum, data-backed consumer experience that will help drive subscribers/audiences in an ultra-competitive market.

Matt Lee, Solutions Architect, Bitmovin

The Next-Generation TV: Exploring Immersive and Interactive Content Streaming

Immersive and interactive audio is about to be introduced for 4k and 8K television around the globe. In addition to the improved listening experience, it comes with support for multiple languages and the possibility for users to adjust the sound to their liking. The presentation explains how content streaming providers can make use of these advanced features in OTT services.

Toni Fiedler, GM Greater China, Fraunhofer IIS, China

The Smart Heart of the Home

For consumers, the set-top is the heart of the smart home, delivering the newest experiences and features, including 4KTV and a new wave of options designed for the Android operating system. This presentation examines two successful deployments of new line of Android™ 4K set-tops to its subscribers in Korea and Australia. Android set-tops can deliver a rich array of content options to broadband subscribers by combining linear, on-demand and over-the-top (OTT) video into a single, integrated experience. Platforms can potentially provide access to popular Android features like YouTube™, Chromecast and the Google Play Store. This presentation also outlines recent design advancements in set top box technology and discusses how service providers can give subscribers an immersive new 4K video experience that includes quicker navigation, more flexible wireless connectivity, and greater access to new features and applications as they become available, including IoT services and voice assistants for the home.

Paul Leung, VP Sales Engineering, ARRIS

AI and Voice Assistance Technologies: User Experience and Quality Assurance

AI and Voice Assistance technologies (e.g. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, etc.) have come into play in Video Streaming and Smart Home with the objective to engage the audience and create consumer value. The success critically relies on good user experience and high software quality. The strongest element in AI is the “Human Touch” in order to serve consumers in natural and reliable ways. To achieve it, the algorithms are increasingly complex and must be accompanied by more sophisticated testing methodologies. In this presentation, we analyse the prevailing status of use cases of AI and Voice Assistance and the methodologies used by Eurofins Digital Testing.

Joint Presentation:
•Jackson Chow, Technical Manager, Eurofins Digital Testing
•Teresa Cheung, Managing Director – Hong Kong, Eurofins Digital Testings

Afternoon Coffee and Networking Session

Catered exclusively for registered ConnecTechAsia Summit Attendees

Case Study: Empowering Content Creation with Blockchain

Cryptocurrency is the most commonly understood application that uses blockchain as underlying technology. But few understand how it works, and more importantly, how it can be leveraged for other applications. This session discusses extending the core functionality of blockchain to enable a connected video marketplace, as well as an IoT certification ecosystem.

Lincoln Owen, Director of Sales, APAC, Verimatrix


The Sports TV revolution: How to design future OTT services for next-generation audiences

In this presentation, Will James, VP Asia at Massive Interactive, shares insights from the company's work with the world's largest sport operators on how rights holders can maximize fan engagement and reach new audiences through the development of targeted user experiences - delivering significant ROI on technology spending.

Will James, Vice President APAC, Massive Interactive

A 30k View of the Esports Landscape

Esports continues to gain significant attention with record growth and massive audiences rivaling that of professional sports. In 2018, the esports market was valued at $905 million with an audience of 385 million with all growth indicators pointing to a $1.5 billion value and an audience of 500+ million by the end of 2019. Join us as we explore the esports landscape, analyzing competitive titles, broadcast platforms, demographics, investors, and brands and how they are activating in the space.

Kye Browning, Program Director, XLIVE

E-sports Arena: Uncovering New Value - What Will Drive The Next Wave of Global Games?

  • Vijai Karthigesu, Founder and CEO, Ubique Networks Inc
  • Fabian Birgfeld, Co-Founder & CEO, W12, A TCS Interactive Design Studio
  • Nicholas Khoo, Chairman, Singapore Cybergames and Online Gaming Association
  • Debbie Lee, Founder and CEO, TechStorm TV
  • Russell Tan, Head of Marketing– SEA, Japan, S.Korea, Australia, LaLiga
  • Kevin Cottam, Director – Global Sports & Live Events, Ross Video
Moderator: Kye Browning, Program Director, XLIVE
Chairman’s Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

End of Summit Day 3

Future of Broadcast Media

Day 2 – Wednesday, 19 June 2019, Level 3, Meeting Room 308

Conference Registration

Opening Chairman’s Address: The Evolution of TV, Media and Entertainment

Setting the scene with the forecasts and analysis on the evolution of TV, how the industry has responded to the threats posed by the FAANGs and the evolution of OTT platform strategies, while highlighting the business opportunities from the changes in entertainment and consumer behaviour as we head into the 2020s...and the era of 5G.

Ed Barton, Chief Analyst, Consumer and Entertainment, Ovum

Opening Keynote: Forging Transformational Partnerships with the Broadcast & Video Industry

As broadcasters adapt to the changing technology and consumption behaviour, it is critical to look at Partnerships that can support the transition to a digital first world. This session will cover how Google looks at partnerships with the Broadcast & Video industry and progressive deal models that are emerging both globally and in APAC. The deal models will cover relevant examples for programmers, sports rights owners and Connected TV/ distributors.

Rohan Tiwary, Head of Broadcast, Media & Entertainment Partnerships – APAC, Google

Leaders’ Forum: Where the World Watches Tokyo 2020: What Goes Behind the Scene?

  • Cameron O’Neill, Director – APAC, Riedel Communications
  • Joey Tan, Head of Global Strategic Initiatives, Alibaba Cloud International
  • Linda Noverita Wahyudi, Director of Broadcast Department, Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC)
  • Steve Miller, Vice President of Product Strategy, Limelight Networks
  • Craig Harvey, Director of Asia Pacific, Deltatre
Moderator: Unmish Parthasarathi, Founder, Picture Board
What's Next in the OTT Space: Sustainable Growth, Innovation and Monetisation Models

Netflix, the world’s leading subscription service, would shed some light on how to build a sustainable growth in the increasingly demanding and competitive OTT space. Hear how they tackle consumers’ needs through original content innovation and wider distribution across multiple platforms and screens, revenue models and monetisation strategies.

Krishnan Rajagopalan, Director of Payments APAC, Netflix

Networking Coffee and Morning Refreshments

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Becoming the No.1 choice for mobile content in Malaysia

Three years since embarking on Odyssey - Media Prima’s business transformation strategy, where the media conglomerate sought to reposition itself as a digital-first content and commerce company - many successes were recorded along the way but arguably, none have been more important than Comscore’s announcement that the Group had overtaken global media giants, Google and Facebook as the most popular choice for mobile content among Malaysians. Listen to the sharing of their journey on making it to No.1!

Nicholas Sagau, Group General Manager, Media Prima Labs & Digital Operation, Media Prima Digital

Zee Entertainment: Challenges Within the Opportunity

As content and technology costs continue to escalate, the challenge for any OTT platform is monetisation. A look at different monetisation models. Also how ZEE5 pioneered telco partnerships in India as a critical opportunity, and how this remains a core element of its strategy to reach new audiences as it expands across 190+ markets globally.

Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer – Zee5 Global, Zee Entertainment

Digital-First Dialogue: Reinventing Television’s Ambition for the Modern Age

This panel discusses the role of television in addressing the needs of modern audiences. How are pay TV service providers and broadcasters using evolving technologies to keep their services relevant in an increasingly competitive marketplace? What challenges will they face as we head into the 2020s, and where do the opportunities for growth and market share gains lie?

  • Anil Nihalani, Head of Digital Products & Technology, Mediacorp
  • Brick Eksten, CTO, Playout & Networking, Imagine Communications, USA
  • Markus Fritz, EVP Commercial Development & Strategic Partnerships, Eutelsat
  • Vishal Dembla, Chief Commercial Officer, HOOQ
  • William Lee, Head of Digital Products and Innovation, beIN
Moderator: Ed Barton, Practice Leader TV & Entertainment, OVUM
Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

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Chairman Welcome Address

Stan Moote, Chief Technology Officer, IABM

It Started with a Jersey: A Dive into AirAsia’s Esports

AirAsia – for those unsure is a company that offers flights to over 120 destinations across Asia. In late 2017, Phang decided to spread awareness of esports internally when he realized that esports spectators fit perfectly into AirAsia’s key demographic. AirAsia now sponsors teams and leagues and is a notable and recognizable non-endemic brand in the Asian esports ecosystem. Join us as Allan share his insights on the best ways for non-endemic brands to enter the space, hurdles they faced as they continued to grow their footprint and goals for 2019 and beyond.

Allan Phang, Team Manager, AirAsia Allstars eSports club

Supercharging Traffic & Mobility News | A Conversation with Waze & Top Broadcasters

With traffic becoming increasingly worse across the Asia Pacific region, Broadcasters play a crucial role in keeping citizens informed on road conditions and alternates. The Waze for Broadcasters program provides Waze data to supercharge traffic news reporting for 1250+ partners globally from the likes of CNN, Astro, Singapore Press Holdings, NBC, ABC and others. Krishna Kumar, will moderate a discussion with top broadcast partners about how they leverage Waze data for their traffic reporting today and how they envision they’ll incorporate it as technology and content platforms evolve. Finally, the panel will explore the balance of humans and technology as it relates to the future of mobility & traffic news.

  • Syed Mohd Latif Syed Abdul Rahim, Traffic Research – Presenter, Astro Radio
  • Erwin Dipo, Head of Look and Feel, CNN Indonesia
Moderator: Krishna Kumar, Regional Head of Asia Pacific, Waze

Targeted TV with a Focus on Addressable TV

TV continues to be massively popular in APAC. In Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, more than 95% of people still watch regular TV; the figure is more than 80% in Singapore. However, digital video on the rise, with 2018 seeing record growth in the region, thanks to the rise of OTT, connected TV and streaming. With viewing habits changing, advertisers have a major opportunity to tap into this evolution. The smart way to do this is via addressable TV.

The trend of personalisation has been gaining traction, with online ads and special offers tailored for individual consumers. Why should TV advertising miss out on this personal touch? Specifically targeting selected audience groups not only improves the viewer’s experience, but increases engagement and ROI.

This session will discuss how addressable TV can bridge the gap between digital and linear, offering localised ads at scale, and the opportunities and challenges it will bring to the APAC region.

Rashmi Paul, Commercial Director, FreeWheel

AdTech Panel: The Evolution of Next-Gen TV Advertising – The Way Forward

Next Gen TV brings whole new viewing experience for viewers; better picture quality via UHD TV, HDR signals and enhanced audio. It also enables broadcasters and media players to gather more data from its viewers and push out relevant targeted advertising to them. This session discusses the value chain of TV advertising today and explores the revenue potential of next-generation advertising approaches.

  • Andreas Vogiatzakis, Chief Executive Officer, Havas Media Group
  • Fabio Gattari, Director, Etere
  • Manuel Antonio Ho, Chief Executive Officer, EMO Technologies
  • Rashmi Paul, Commercial Director, FreeWheel
Moderator: Sukesh Singh, Vice President – APAC, Adform
AI-Driven Video Compression Opens Up New Revenue Opportunities and Cost Savings for Service Providers

This presentation will explore improvements being made to video compression for broadcast and OTT leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI), which reduce development and deployment costs and open up new revenue opportunities for service providers. The benefits of AI, along with the history of video compression and future possible evolutions will be examined.

Stephane Cloirec, Senior Director, Encoding, Transcoding and Distribution Product Lines, Harmonic

Media Microservices - Mighty Building Blocks Empowering Innovative Agility and Scalability

To compete with the new challengers in media, broadcasters need to adopt software-centric technologies to give them agility and scalability. To deliver these benefits, the underlying architecture should be built on microservices: configurable virtual machines that respond instantly to the demands for functionality, optimizing the efficiency of COTS hardware.

Brick Eksten, CTO, Playout & Networking Solutions, Imagine Communications

Afternoon Coffee and Networking Session

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The Reality Behind 5G

TV industry has been transformed by the emergence of digital technology and the internet. TV and video delivery platforms technologies are becoming increasingly complex. What is the market trend and what is the road map for the technology changes in broadcast and media arena?

Stan Moote, Chief Technology Officer, IABM

ATSC 3.0 and 5G as Complementary, Not Competitive, Technologies

Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) has lost relevance, isolated from the mobile broadband world. ATSC 3.0, integrated into 5G, provides broadcasters, carriers and consumers a buffer free, pixelating free experience. Adding mobile broadcast tuners to smartphones brings a new paradigm of content distribution, disaster alerting and video offload.

Sachida Padhi, International Business Development, Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG)

The 5G Saga: What Will It Mean for Content, Distribution and Aggregation?

More than just a faster mobile data connection, 5G reinvents connectivity. In this session, panelists would discuss how 5G would enable new types of remote productions, and coverage of more live events, news and sports in higher 4K/HDR quality, and it will also revolutionise the way consumers receive content, combining broadcast, OTT and data to create a seamless experience regardless of network or device.

  • Chiranjeev Singh, Head of Marketing for APAC, Mediakind
  • Ming Chow, Vice President of Business Development, Converged Video Solution, Huawei
  • Vinod Joseph, Lead Technologist (CTO Office), VMWare
  • Nilesh Zaveri, COO/CFO APAC, Vice Media
  • Kenny Bae, Senior Producer, Korea Broadcasting System
Moderator: Mark Hukill, Program Advisor, Pacific Telecommunications Council
Security: Will We Get Better at Fighting Piracy – The Never-Ending Battle

As high quality content (such as 4K UHD) and advanced streaming technology become increasingly available worldwide, pirates can easily illegally acquire and redistribute content. This global threat does not discriminate; it affects content owners, broadcasters and operators. How can the media industry shift the evolution of content consumption in their favor and combat the threat of piracy?

Roger Harvey, Regional Director, Australia, New Zealand, Irdeto

Chairman’s Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

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