What makes China tick? Understanding this just might influence the way you live and where you choose to live. ORIGIN, a content track run by TechNode, dives deep into the basis of China’s technology. With the goal of helping the world understand why and how to get involved in this new stage of China’s development, ORIGIN offers valuable connections with critical players in the Chinese tech community and helps facilitate more interaction between China and SEA through a two-track focus: industry conferences and investor meetings.

ORIGIN will be launching this September at SWITCH 2018. SWITCH, the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology, is a new platform concept where tech and innovation come together to “plug and play.” The conference will be the first in Singapore to gather both public and private sector players in the tech and business ecosystem for a week of exhibitions, speaker sessions, workshops, and activities around the topics of open innovation, technology transfer, tech entrepreneurship, venture funding, and talent development. It also aims to open up a new genre of events that showcase the intersection of technology and lifestyle—the way we live, learn, work and play.

Get your pass today! By purchasing the ORIGIN by TechNode Pass, you will be granted access to ALL conference tracks and exhibitions happening at SWITCH 2018. Save more than 70% when you buy through TechNode!

This year, in collaboration with National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF), TechNode will be focusing largely on the ASEAN-China synergy, uncovering insights on the latest trends and developments in China’s vibrant tech scene and SEA’s rapid growth landscape. With invigorating panels and intimate fireside chats, SWITCH aims to encourage cross-sharing and mutual understanding that benefits everyone.


About the speakers

Mao Daqing

Founder, Ucommune

Mao Daqing is the Founder and Chairman of UrWork(Beijing)Venture Investment Co., Ltd., also known as Ucommune. He is also the Founder of 5Lmeet. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President of Vanke Group and General Manager of Circum-Bohai-sea region of Singapore CapitaLand Group. Mao Daqing also serves as a visiting professor at the University of International Business and Economics, a visiting professor at the Tsinghua University School of Continuing Education, a distinguished professor at Southeast University Department of Architecture, a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ MBA Center, an external school counselor of Peking University Law School, a visiting professor at Tsinghua University’s Graduate School, an executive director of China’s Society for Non-State-Owned Economy, and a researcher at China Index Academy. Moreover, he is also an instructor of Western Returned Scholars Association Returnees Pioneer College and the head of the instructor group of Beijing Maker Space Alliance.

At SWITCH 2018, Mao Daqing will be discussing The business of building communities: What’s the next step for innovation in the co-working industry?


Zhang Zhenjie

Head of R&D, YITU

Zhang Zhenjie is the Head of R&D, Singapore at YITU Technology where he oversees research and development activities as well as collaborations with industry partners and academia. Prior to joining YITU Technology, Zhang Zhenjie was a senior research scientist in the Advanced Digital Sciences Center at University of Illinois. He has served on various committees for international technology workshops and conferences as well. In 2015, he served as the program committee co-chair for Asia-Pacific Web conference (APWeb) and in 2014, as well as the program committee co-chair for an international workshop on data privacy (PrivData). Zhang Zhenjie is also a program committee member of top Artificial Intelligence and machine learning conferences, including the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) and International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML).

At SWITCH 2018, Zhang Zhenjie will explore the question, How should we interpret the battle for AI supremacy and how will it affect Southeast Asia?


Daisy Wu

VP, Yeahmobi

Daisy joined Yeahmobi, a data driven mobile advertising agency, in August 2015 to be responsible for Out of China business growth and strategic partnership. Previously, Daisy was the business development director in Huawei Marine Networks, a joint venture between Huawei Technologies and Global Marine Systems dedicated on providing the subsea cable turnkey solution. Before that, Daisy was working in Huawei Technologies as the Transmission Solution Sales Manager, with 3 years working in Huawei UK Branch office from 2007 to 2010, and 1.5 years in Huawei Gunagzhou Branch office from 2006 to 2007.

At SWITCH 2018, Daisy will be speaking on the panel Taming the beast: Understanding the different faces of mobile marketing and social media in China.



Michelle Yeo

Co-founder, DATAVLT

With more than 12 years of global experience, Michelle is a seasoned strategist to some of the world’s leading businesses’ and brands’ senior management teams. Bringing with her an insider’s perspective of business to brand integration and operationalization processes, she co-founded DATAVLT, a secure and dynamic data analytics tool and ecosystem that provides a structured and open sourced approach to aggregating, correlating and managing information based on blockchain technology.

At SWITCH 2018, Michelle will explore the topic of More than ICOs: How are Asian companies putting blockchain technology to good use?



Paul Wong

VP, Li & Fung Group

Paul is an innovation evangelist. He is passionate about technology and keen to apply technologies to transform traditional businesses to be future ready. Paul started his career as open-source developer in Los Angeles, then joined Li & Fung in Hong Kong. He is currently with Fung Group, managing the innovation center inside the Explorium, a globally-connected open innovation ecosystem for supply chain and retail. Paul has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Explorium 2.0 is Fung Group’s value-generating ecosystem for commercial enterprises, where technology and business model innovation come together on an experimental platform for developing a full range of consumer products, supply-chain solutions and services related to branding and retailing. The platform has a strong focus on collaborative innovation with various partnerships—such as Microsoft Accelerator, TechNode and the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology—as well as the mandate to showcase the rich capabilities the Fung Group has developed over the course of the company’s 111-year history.At SWITCH 2018, Paul will be talking about Building a healthy ecosystem: How can global corporates play a part in China’s renaissance?

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