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Last year, Tech in Asia Singapore hosted a total of 5,387 delegates from more than 50 countries. 264 startups from across the globe gathered at our conference floor and showcased their products, and 650 pitches were made to investors at Speed Dating. Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 happening this May 15 & 16 marks the seventh edition of our annual flagship conference, and we’ve been working hard to bring you a bigger and better version.

Read on below to find out the changes to look out for this year!

1) Debut of Blockchain Stage

Blockchain is gaining worldwide attention now – we’ve all heard claims of how it will revolutionize businesses and redefine the world’s economy. With this emerging technology, we’ve recognized that there’s an increased demand to be equipped with the knowledge and potential of blockchain. To bridge this gap, we’re introducing a dedicated Blockchain stage this year.

Whether you’re just starting out in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space or want to expand your knowledge in this field, we’ve got you covered across seven sessions that revolve around this technological advancement:

  1. Blockchain 101
  2. A checklist: How to prepare your company for blockchain development
  3. How blockchain reinvents data management, and how it affects you
  4. Problems in the blockchain space: Scalability and Secure Smart contracts
  5. Government regulations and its impacts in a decentralised world
  6. Asian blockchain investment trends
  7. What’s next: Life after ICO

For a more detailed breakdown of what to expect across each session, head over here.

2) Speed Dating 3.0

In 2013, the Startup-Investor Speed Dating segment was conceived to meet the needs and demands of startups to connect with established VCs for funding in a structured manner.

Throughout the years, we’ve been improving the Speed Dating segment – from the first-come, first-served queueing system when we first launched, to v2.0, an upgraded online queueing system in 2016. However, despite startups’ best efforts to research on which investors to meet before booking their slots, several investors felt that the startups they met were not as relevant as they’d hoped. Some startups also felt that the investors they pitched to didn’t seem keen.

While each system had its own merits and flaws, one thing’s for sure – quality connections are still in demand – so here’s one major change we’re implementing this year:

Each meeting at Speed Dating will now be curated and matched based on the startup’s compatibility with investors’ criteria.

This means that meetings will only take place if there is a mutual match. With both startup and investor agreeing to meet each other, this improves the odds that quality connections are made, providing greater value for startups and investors.

For more information on the timeline and a detailed explanation on how our new Speed Dating works, head over to our Speed Dating pre-registration site.

3) From Bootstrap Alley to Startup Factory

Previously known as Bootstrap Alley, we’ve renamed this crowd-favourite segment to become Startup Factory. As the name suggests, a factory is a place where things are built, and we want to be part of the process of accelerating a startup’s success be it through exposure, leads, or connections.

In addition to renaming the segment, we’ve increased the funding cap for exhibiting from US$1.5 million to US$3 million. Since the initial US$1.5 million cap was set, deal sizes and funding for Series B and growth stage startups have been steadily growing. Our mission from day one has been to build and serve Asia’s tech and startup community, and with the maturing ecosystem, we needed to progress as well.

By increasing the funding cap, later stage and niche startups who require more exposure and funding to develop their products will be able to benefit from exhibiting.

Ready to exhibit your startup? From now till this Sunday, March 18, apply for your Startup Factory booth and you’ll be able to score 20 percent off (i.e. US$119) off your booth package.

4) Extending quality connections to our conference mobile app

Tech in Asia’s conference mobile app is one other handy networking tool when it comes to connecting with fellow conference attendees. Previously, one was only limited to filtering by companies when searching for others to connect with.

We’ve heard your feedback and added in more filtering options, so that you’ll now have an easier time screening through the attendee list and getting in touch with your target attendees. With the updated version of the mobile app, you’ll be able to filter attendees by groups, i.e. startup/SME, corporations, investors, government/educational institutes, and developers – in addition to companies.

With this modification, connections will be made more convenient and efficient, allowing more time for quality conversations.

Experience a bigger and better TIA Singapore

With these changes, we are set to deliver more value to attendees at Tech in Asia Singapore 2018. We’ve got a great show lined up – look forward to learning from industry experts at our six content stages, network with other attendees, and more.

Get in on the action this May 15 & 16, with just a conference pass. Due to overwhelming response, we’ve extended 20 percent off tickets (code: tiasg20), but only till this Sunday, 18 March. There won’t be any further extension, so get your tickets soon before prices increase next week!

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