27 - 28 September, 2016
Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview, Singapore , Singapore

Day 1 - 27 September Tuesday

08:20 - 09:00 Morning Refreshment and Registration

09:00 - 09:10 Opening Remarks from the Chairperson

Hugh Mason - Co-Founder & CEO, JFDI.Asia
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Hugh Mason

Co-Founder & CEO
JFDI.Asia

09:10 - 09:50 Keynote: Stimulating a culture of innovation to encourages individuals to think creatively and empowers them to challenge the status quo

Arcot Desai Narasimhalu - Managing Innovator, Simha Innovations
From R&D to human resources, customer service to financial operations, success relies on a constant evaluation of creativity—innovation is everyone’s job, all the time.
  • Establishing a company-wide innovation program that empower employees to improve and think ‘out-of-the-box’
  • Promoters and inhibitors of creating an Innovative culture – What makes it work?
  • Empowerment and engagement in cultivating an innovative environment
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Arcot Desai Narasimhalu

Managing Innovator
Simha Innovations

09:50 - 10:30 Using Technology to Improve Lives and Possibly Save Them

Keith Nielsen - Co-Founder, AgriLedger

Keith Nielsen

Co-Founder
AgriLedger

10:30 - 11:00 Networking Break

11:00 - 11:40 Roundtable Discussion 1: Analysing management styles and their correlation with the organization’s ability to innovate

Juliana Chua - Director, IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International
Joseph Toh - Founder, FinTech Association
Walter Lee - Head, Innovation & Incubation, NEC
  • Top 3 leadership issues with driving Research Innovation
  • Demonstrating successful Research Innovation practices. (e.g Build an open innovation platform, engage external speakers, hire experienced innovators, redesign the office environment, enhance training)
  • How do different leadership/management styles affect the success of Research Innovation within the company and industry
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Juliana Chua

Director
IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International

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Joseph Toh

Founder
FinTech Association

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Walter Lee

Head, Innovation & Incubation
NEC

11:40 - 12:20 Case Study: DHL’s Trend Research Process

Timothy Kooi - Innovation Leader, DHL - Asia Pacific Innovation Centre
  • Exploring trend identification techniques (i.e. 3D printing, analytics, Augmented reality) and how to pursue it as a company
  • Augmented Reality: (i.e. Past trials: Use of google glasses and similar devices in the warehouse over traditional hand-held scanners)
  • Internet of things: (I.e. Past trials for safety and warehouse efficiency)
  • Robotics and drones in logistics: Collaborative robots for use in logistics operations and the new parcelcopter 3.0 concept
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Timothy Kooi

Innovation Leader
DHL - Asia Pacific Innovation Centre

12:20 - 13:20 Lunch Break

13:20 - 14:00 Turbocharging shared service centers with machine learning: boost capabilities, save money and time

Daniel Dahlmeier - Research Lead, SAP Innovation Center Network Singapore
  • Learning how machine learning will revolutionize knowledge work in enterprises similar to how machines have revolutionized manual labour
  • Utilizing machine learning to make applications intelligent and automate business processes, while elevating the nature of work by removing people from dull, repetitive tasks
  • Capitalizing benefits to companies – improved customer satisfaction, faster response time, lower costs and higher productivity in the workforce
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Daniel Dahlmeier

Research Lead
SAP Innovation Center Network Singapore

14:00 - 14:40 Utilizing big data to allow companies to make better informed judgement on research innovation projects

Verdi March - Chief Research Scientist, Deep Labs
  • Optimizing the value of big data by collecting and analysing the right data to alert on trends and market changes
  • Case study: List of examples of industry-research collaborations which used big data to base their research innovation projects
  • Analysis data allows companies to align its research agendas with the needs of its industry partners and the possible engagement models for potential new industry partners
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Verdi March

Chief Research Scientist
Deep Labs

14:40 - 15:20 Tackling the challenges of driving innovation and how to maximize return on investments

Zia Zaman - Chief Innovation Officer, MetLife Asia
  • Assessing key industry stimulants that drive innovation and how to stay relevant
  • How to cultivate the right organizational mindset to drive the innovation agenda
  • Evaluating current R&D incentives, policy, frameworks and other mechanisms to facilitate impactful changes on innovation
  • What’s the right ROI metric for innovation? Does the “cost & benefits” analysis reveal the true effectiveness of your program?
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Zia Zaman

Chief Innovation Officer
MetLife Asia

15:20 - 15:50 Networking Break

15:50 - 16:30 Availing tax savings : Qualification and quantification of R&D spending

Ching Ne Tan - Partner, PwC Singapore
  • Exploring innovation policy instruments to support R&D projects in Singapore
  • Conditions to meet tracking/reporting issues for Singapore R&D tax claims
  • Improving R&D tax system to boost innovation
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Ching Ne Tan

Partner
PwC Singapore

Capital expenditure is under tight control and staying alive is the goal for many businesses. How do you justify innovation spending instead of investing in other profitable new ideas with faster ROIs.
  • The top 3 challenges in establishing mutually beneficial partnership for knowledge transfer
  • How do you align different stakeholder expectations to produce the most desirable outcomes for the company
  • What are the lessons learnt to apply in the journey moving forward
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Joseph Toh

Founder
FinTech Association

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Walter Lee

Head, Innovation & Incubation
NEC

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Zia Zaman

Chief Innovation Officer
MetLife Asia

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Chaw Sing Ho

Managing Director, NAMIC
Nanyang Technological University – NTUitive Pte Ltd

17:10 - 17:50 Value creation: Research agencies, businesses and government grants

Viktor Cheng - Managing Partner, EDGE Lab and TheLastMile
  • Understand collaborative innovation as the new normal
  • Identifying the key issues with government grant applicability and the best ways to tackle them
  • Redefining partnership strategies to gain greater flexibility in acquiring corporate and government funding
  • How to bring technology relevance and market accessibility in a timely, sustainable fashion
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Viktor Cheng

Managing Partner
EDGE Lab and TheLastMile

17:50 - 23:59 Closing Remarks from the Chairperson

Hugh Mason - Co-Founder & CEO, JFDI.Asia
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Hugh Mason

Co-Founder & CEO
JFDI.Asia