The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Enterprise Singapore announced that the Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) x Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (SWITCH) will expand to become the world’s first week-long round-the-clock, hybrid digital and physical event. Running from 7 to 11 December 2020, participants may attend in person at key physical locations around the world as well as be connected in an online city experience.
SFF x SWITCH 2020 will provide a combined online-offline platform for the global fintech and deep tech communities to continue to engage and connect in spite of the current challenges with international travel. The event will feature a hybrid experience knitting together an online city with various physical locations around the world, centred on businesses activities to boost sales cycles, discover partnerships and generate investments.
The online city will provide each participating organisation with a digital location where they can share and engage with participants as well as schedule 1-1 meetings.
Curated physical events hosted by a network of trusted in-country partners will provide exclusive access to industry leaders and sponsors in selected cities around the world. Participants can access physical events hosted in their cities to network with local government and industry leaders, learn about the country’s key government initiatives and local early-stage startups or access closed-door roundtables.
An inclusive global content experience across five full days. Participants will get round-the-clock ‘live’ streams of curated sessions featuring leading speakers from around the world and also view sessions taking place in the physical cities. During ‘Golden Hours’ across time zones, participants worldwide will see keynote speakers from different regions coming together to share their perspectives on topics such as Financial inclusion, Green technologies and Sustainability.
Participants can also look forward to other key events, including Deal Fridays, internship programme, the revamped MAS Global FinTech Hackcelerator and MAS FinTech Awards ,SLINGSHOT 2020, and TechInnovation, which will culminate in special digital showcases at the week-long event. A new element this year includes digital events to engage the African fintech community.
Mr Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, MAS, said,
“The Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) has been growing each year as a destination for the global fintech community to share their knowledge, innovations and insights. This year, the extraordinary challenges brought about by the global pandemic has triggered a paradigm shift for SFF x SWITCH. We have an opportunity to redefine our approach and look towards an expanded and exciting new collaboration model. We are exploring a creative way to integrate global centres through an immersive digital engagement experience. We are confident that this approach will be able to bring together the global innovation community in spite of the current constraints in travel and meetings.”
Featured image: (L-R: Pat Patel, Principal Executive Officer, MAS; Rebecca Martin, Senior Executive Officer, MAS; Manisha Tank, Radio Host & TV News Anchor, MONEY FM 89.3; Ravi Menon, Managing Director, MAS; Peter Ong, Chairman, Enterprise Singapore
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