The Singapore FinTech Festival has kicked off on Monday, December 7, in conjunction with the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SFF x SWITCH) for the second year running.
This year, among star speakers were Google Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, as well as winner of 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics Dr Abhijit Banerjee.
Other notable speakers include Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
To be held from December 7 to 11, SFF x SWITCH 2020 will feature more than 600 sessions and 1,400 speakers over five days.
This year, in view of COVID-19 restructions, the festival is held in a unique hybrid format that combines a 24-hour online platform with satellite events around the world. This provides participants with greater access to the global FinTech and Deep Tech communities looking to discover partnerships, attract investments, and boost sales.
“We are proud to have built an online event platform that continues to serve as a meeting point for the global FinTech community and a hive for business activity when the industry needs it the most," said Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer of MAS. "In addition to the online city experience, we have worked with select global satellite event partners to host physical events.”
Edwin Chow, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Innovation & Enterprise), Enterprise Singapore, added, “While (SFF x SWITCH 2020) is primarily a virtual event, we are heartened by the support that we have received from the innovation and tech community. Despite the pandemic, we are confident this event will connect and catalyse new partnerships between innovation enablers, enterprises and startups from Singapore and the rest of the world.”