Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) is joining forces with the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH) in an event that brings together fintech and deeptech ecosystems from around the world: SFF x SWITCH. The event will run from November 11 to 15 in Singapore.
The organizers of SFF x SWITCH are the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Enterprise Singapore, and the National Research Foundation.
The festival consists of a three-day conference from November 11 to 13 at Singapore Expo, featuring topics like financial services, industry 4.0, AI, blockchain, cloud, cybersecurity, and more. There are also three competitions associated with the event: The Global FinTech Hackcelerator, FinTech Awards, and SLINGSHOT 2019. On November 14 and 15, workshops and events for industry players as well as an “Innovation Lab Crawl” will take place across a number of locations island-wide.
The speaker line-up includes executives from Southeast Asia’s top technology companies, as well as guests from around the world such as Andrea Donkor from PayPal; Brad Peterson, CIO and CTO of the Nasdaq; Jessica Tan, co-CEO of Ping An Group; and Rajnish Kumar, the chairman of the State Bank of India; among many others.
MAS Chief Fintech Officer, Sopnendu Mohanty, in a press statement about the event said that the partnership with SWITCH this year allows the SFF event to engage with a wider network beyond fintech. According to Cheong Wei Yang, the deputy chief executive officer of NRF, the collaboration between the events will “consolidate national efforts to create value from science and technology.” Peter Ong, the chairman of Enterprise Singapore, said that SFF x SWITCH is “the foremost platform to bring together tech communities and startups around the world to bridge the gap between technology and finance”.
Singapore is positioning itself as an innovation hub and a gateway to Asia. In its budget announcements at the beginning of the year, the island-state pledged to continue making significant investments in tech and innovation to achieve this goal.