Jointly organized by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Enterprise Singapore, and IPI Singapore, the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) x Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH) returns on Dec. 7-11. This year, the event will be presented in a unique hybrid format, combining a 24-hour online event platform and over 40 global satellite events in Fintech hubs around the world, including physical and digital formats.

The global pandemic has underscored the need for innovation and resilience to overcome the greatest challenges. With the theme “People and Talent,” SFF x SWITCH 2020 will support initiatives and community activities that drive talent development, reskilling and upskilling of the financial and tech workforce. The event will also continue to champion key themes such as inclusion, green technology, and sustainability.

In line with this year’s theme, TechNode and TechNode Global are excited to co-host five sessions on Day 4 of SWITCH. We will be spotlighting the faces that make up the Chinese tech innovation ecosystem, inspiring budding entrepreneurs and innovators.


SEA startups at a crossroad: Yay or nay to Chinese investments and partnerships?

For many China tech companies, Southeast Asia is both a second market and, increasingly, their most important global office—a home away from home. With the ongoing geopolitical tension, are Southeast Asian businesses still open to Chinese tech partnerships and investment? How can technology companies rethink their global strategies?

Mobility insights in China: Is China’s electric vehicle industry thriving or diving?

Chinese carmakers have long sought to expand overseas amid Beijing’s ambition to build a world-class auto industry, and the baton has now been passed to young Electric Vehicle makers. Are they well-positioned to sustain high growth rates into the future, and can they prove viability in the market?

China’s shoppertainment craze: Is the social commerce livestream hitting its ceiling?

Livestream e-commerce has reached dizzying sales figures, and optimism is rife. However,  the sector may have hit its limit. The hype around livestreamed e-commerce is threatening its sustainability, especially as regulators set their sights on the sector.

Up close with tech veteran Lei Ming: The Baidu Kuwo Music founder on the next breakthrough

What are some best practices for companies to overcome adversity as they seek to expand into China? This session will look back at the tech veteran’s entrepreneurship journey: co-founding Baidu and KuWo Music, before switching gears to the angel investment and artificial intelligence sector.

How the health tech innovation environment will change post-COVID-19

China’s telemedicine industry got a big boost this year, offering vital medical services that would have otherwise been unreachable to many patients. But it’s too soon to say whether the surge in patients caused by lockdowns has lasted, or whether healthtech apps will be able to turn a profit.

SWITCH 2020 Speakers, TechNode China Tech Stage

5 sectors of featured activities

The event will focus on five major topics: Fintech; Smart cities & urban solutions; Healthcare and biomedical sciences; Trade and connectivity; and Blockchain, AI, and 5G.

Other featured activities include: Deal Fridays, an internship program, 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.

Featured speakers:

More than 1,400 prominent guest speakers have confirmed their participation. Among them are:

  • Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
  • Jane Fraser, incoming CEO of Citigroup
  • Akon, Founder of Akoin
  • Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal
  • Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures
  • Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO of PayTM
  • Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq
  • Calvin Choi, Chairman of the Board at AMTD Group
  • Henry Ma, Chief Information Officer of WeBank
  • Gang Ye, COO of Sea Ltd

For more information

Please check the official website of SFF x SWITCH 2020.