Overview of NextBigTech Asia 2019

With the emergence of AI, the competitive landscape has become highly disruptive, forcing companies to analyse new market trends, improve operational efficiency and find appropriate keys to innovation. Companies have started to use innovation and digital transformation to differentiate themselves and to stay competitive. Today, almost every organization entered the digitization sphere to achieve enhanced productivity and automation. Meet rock star technology gurus and AI experts at NextBigTech Asia 2019 as they share their experience in the journey to digitalisation and the latest trends in AI. The three concurrent sessions provides specialised content for Retail, Manufacturing and Public Sector.

Conference Agenda

08:00 - 09:00
Registration of NextBigTech Asia 2019

Selva Nagappan, Managing Director, NextBigTech Asia

Ir Dr Karl Ng, Director, Data Economy, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Malaysia

How do we humanise artificial intelligence for sustainable development? In his keynote address, Mr. Chakchouk of UNESCO will make the connection between the concept and practice of human rights, transparency, access to data and algorithm, as well as inclusiveness as critical elements in humanising artificial intelligence for sustainable development. He will also address how ethics play an important part in the global discussion on artificial intelligence as well as the role of governments, companies, technical communities, IGOs, civil society and academia on the issue. Drawing examples from UNESCO’s own recent initiatives around the world, the keynote will help provide a global understanding of the phenomenon.

 

Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director – General for Communication and Information, UNESCO

 

Natalie Black, HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade, UK

Our children are facing an increasingly uncertain future. Rising inequality, diminishing wellbeing, extremism, automation and climate change are just a few of the hurdles the next generation will have to overcome. What do we need to do to ensure we’re setting up all of our children for success?

 

Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder & CEO, CENTURY Tech, UK

10:45 - 11:15
Morning Refreshment & Tour to the Exhibition Hall

AI adoption by industries and public sector around the globe is progressing at a faster rate than anyone had expected. Listen from the leading scientist as she shares a realistic opinion about what AI can and can’t do for businesses and leaders can lead their organizations to apply AI in the right way in solving real-world problems and transform businesses.

 

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK

Are robots the next gen of humans? How AI will be augmented with humans? How many sectors will be needing the human-touch? Find out your answers in this session.

Moderator:

 

Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia

 

 

Panellists:

 

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi, Global IT Head for Data Science & Marketing Analytics, Executive in Residence, The Coca Cola Company, US

 

 

Dr. Avik Sarkar, Former Head of Data Analytics Cell @ NITI Aayog, Government of India, India

 

 

David Rajoo, Chief Cybersecurity Architect, Symantec ASEAN, Malaysia

 

 

Nini Marini, Artist, Malaysia

 

 

Jacob Isaac, Managing Director, New Technologies, Fusionex International

12:45 - 14:15
Networking Luncheon & Tour to the Exhibition Hall

From simple regression to complex reinforcement learning, which AI solutions provide more value for the organization and how AI will change the wealth distribution geographically. Based on research between GDP per capita and the maturity of AI/Data science.

 

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi, Global IT Head for Data Science & Marketing Analytics, Executive in Residence, The Coca Cola Company, US

  • Gain insight of 5G as an enabler for AI edge processing.
  • Faster, Smarter Connection to process more data.
  • Harnessing the power of AI with 5G to increase productivity.

 

Dr. Keeratpal Singh, Chief Data Scientist, Axiata, Malaysia

In an always faster-moving world, where data, signals, information are permanently inundating our lives, capturing our attention, we have to develop new skills to ensure we don’t fall into cognitive traps, biases which naturally appear in the context of information overload, time pressure, and uncertainty. It also implies that bigger data does not always equal better decisions. Then why not delegating part of the decisions to AI? But do we trust it? We suggest to break down the question by addressing how we can improve decision making by coaching business and tech people at using AI the right way and coaching AI systems at improving humans at what they are good at.

 

Thomas Couronné, PhD., Head of Data Science, AirAsia, Malaysia

 

15:45 - 16:15
Refreshment Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall

Data-driven decision-making can be costly or dangerous when something that appears to be true is not actually true. How can we address data bias? Can AI create unbiased result when there is fault in the input data?

 

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi, Global IT Head for Data Science & Marketing Analytics, Executive in Residence, The Coca Cola Company, US

 

 

Dr. Keeratpal Singh, Chief Data Scientist, Axiata, Malaysia

17:00
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08:00 - 09:00
Registration of NextBigTech Asia 2019

Selva Nagappan, Managing Director, NextBigTech Asia

 

Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia

 

Natalie Black, HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade, UK

 

YB Tuan Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications & Multimedia, Malaysia 

10:00 - 10:15
Morning Refreshment & Tour to the Exhibition Hall

Getting started with deep learning can feel really intimidating. In this session I’ll dive right in to explaining the basic concepts of deep learning with barely any jargon and only a bit of high-school math. We’ll see how easy it is to take an existing pre-trained general-purpose image classification model from the cloud and re-train it to identify objects from a specific business domain. I’ll show how to do all of this with python, using a Jupyter notebook hosted from Amazon Sagemaker (a service from AWS that makes it easy to develop, train, and deploy deep-learning models in the cloud). Finally, we’ll finish up with a review of where to continue learning more.

 

Gabe Hollombe, Senior Technical Evangelist, Amazon Web Services, Singapore

  • The real impact of digital recognition towards organizations.
  • How are customers reacting towards the implementation of AI in digital recognitions?
  • What are the future expectations from digital recognition and AI?

Moderator:

 

Bobby Varanasi, Chairman & CEO, Matryzel Consulting Inc., Malaysia

 

 

Panellists:

 

Justin Goh, Co-founder & Business Director, WISE AI Sdn Bhd

 

 

Dr. Toa Charm, Chairman, OpenCertHub Limited

 

 

Dr Ong Hong Hoe, Senior Director of AI Lab, MIMOS, Malaysia

  • Primary will address how to create products and how to make it efficient.
  • AI throughout the process of building a product.

 

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi, Global IT Head for Data Science & Marketing Analytics, Executive in Residence, The Coca Cola Company, US

Artificial intelligence holds the key to future growth and success in manufacturing. Small and medium
manufacturers who typically don’t have the capital and time could focus on continuous improvement to achieve the
lean philosophy. Applying machine learning could be the key to lean manufacturing and prepare for Industry 4.0
evolution.

 

Dr Ong Hong Hoe, Senior Director of AI Lab, MIMOS, Malaysia

12:30 - 14:00
Networking Luncheon & Tour to the Exhibition Hall

“Business Insider estimates that global manufacturers will invest $70 billion on IoT solutions in 2020.”

  • Understand how improving accuracy can reduce cost of performance.
  • Creating accurate data sets – pricing, inventory velocity, etc.

Moderator:

 

Vinay Biradar, Senior Consultant, Digital Transformation, Frost & Sullivan, Malaysia

 

Panellists:

 

Walter Lee, Evangelist & Government Relations Leader, NEC Corporation

 

 

Ankur Agrawal, Head – AXA Data and Tech Innovation Lab Asia, Singapore

 

 

Dr Ong Hong Hoe, Senior Director of AI Lab, MIMOS, Malaysia

  • Understand how AI can supplement Lean efforts.
  • Transformation to knowledge workers.
  • Leading successful digital transformation implementations.

 

Praveen Lala, Director of Digital Services, GE Digital, Singapore

15:15 - 15:45
Refreshment Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall

AI, IOT, and 5G will transform the manufacturing industries, the likes of which, will disrupt the conventional processes and practices – what should stakeholders consider as of paramount importance as industrial revolution 4.0 hacks the manufacturing sector moving forward to 2020? The future calls for the present to embrace Data Transformation, whose pillars are Data Integrity, Data Security, and Data Mobility.

 

Walter Lee, Evangelist & Government Relations Leader, NEC Corporation

Unscheduled downtime can be a nightmare and Just-in-Time manufacturing is the goal of every company. Predictive maintenance enables the scheduling of corrective maintenance before an issue or equipment failure surfaces. Companies can allocate the right parts and deploy technicians only when needed, saving time and resources while increasing production period.

Moderator:

 

Bobby Varanasi, Chairman & CEO, Matryzel Consulting Inc., Malaysia

 

Panellists:

 

Vicknendran Krishna Younee, Vice President and Head of Digitalization Go-To-Market Asia, Siemens Malaysia

 

 

Walter Lee, Evangelist & Government Relations Leader, NEC Corporation

17:00
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08:00-09:00
Registration – NextBigTech Asia 2019

Selva Nagappan, Managing Director, NextBigTech Asia

 

Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia

 

Natalie Black, HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade, UK

 

YB Tuan Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications & Multimedia, Malaysia 

10:00 - 10:45
Refreshment Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • Where and how does one start to identify data in generating business intelligence.
  • Understanding and capturing data to better utilise them.
  • The barriers of wide-ranging AI and Big Data.

Moderator:

 

Natalie Black, HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade, UK

 

Panellists:

 

Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder & CEO, CENTURY Tech, UK

 

 

 

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK

  • Using AI for real-time capture and verification of the citizens’ digital identity.
  • Find out how biometrics helps to build trust in the digital identity to increase security.

 

Abhishek Ranjan, Chief Technology Officer, CSC E-Governance Services India Limited, Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology, India

 

12:30-14:00
Networking Luncheon & Tour to Exhibition Hall

It is becoming increasingly critical for governments to find new ways to transform data into actionable information – new ways that include techniques like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). In this session, the catalyst of AI in government will dive deep into AI strategy in various government.

 

Dr. Avik Sarkar, Former Head of Data Analytics Cell @ NITI Aayog, Government of India, India

AI, robotics and other forms of smart automation have the potential to bring great economic benefits, contributing up to US$15 trillion to global GDP by 2030 according to PwC analysis. However, by 2030, millions of jobs will be gone as well. In the same PWC report, up to 30% of jobs worldwide could be automatable by the mid-2030s. For sure, as leaders in governments and enterprises, we need to play with different game book in the Digital Economy than what works before. In this session, Dr. Charm will share his experience on how to prepare digital strategy and digital workforce to seize the AI opportunities and manage the unprecedented challenges in workforce.

 

Dr. Toa Charm, Chairman, OpenCertHub Limited

15:30-16:00
Refreshment Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • Understand how to implement a strategy to centralise all data.
  • Making sure the technology infrastructure can be supported.
  • Keeping an eye on the privacy and cybersecurity issues through encryption.

 

Nicholas Car, Former Senior Experimental Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

  • Identify and adopt Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transform the government in leading the high-scale resilient country.
  • Implementing good use of open standards and shared platforms.
  • Regional implementation of AI based on citizen’s need.

Moderator:

Jonas Lim, Insider, Malaysia

 

Panellists:

 

Nicholas Car, Former Senior Experimental Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

 

 

Abhishek Ranjan, Chief Technology Officer, CSC E-Governance Services India Limited, Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology, India

 

 

Dr Fazidah Abu Bakar, ICT Consultant, MAMPU, Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Malaysia

 

17:30
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08:00-09:00
Registration - NextBigTech Asia 2019

Selva Nagappan, Managing Director, NextBigTech Asia

 

Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia

 

Natalie Black, HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade, UK

 

YB Tuan Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications & Multimedia, Malaysia

10:00-10:30
Refreshment Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • Collecting and analyzing requirements from customers.
  • Sharing successful implementation of AI in the app.
  • Challenges during peak hours booking.

 

Alan Cheah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), GoCar, Malaysia

Learn how DDDM help businesses in making decisions that are backed up by hard data rather than making decisions that are intuitive or based on observation alone.

 

Allard Sjollema, Managing Partner, GNC Group Asia, Malaysia

Brands are now predicting customer’s wants and needs while seamlessly integrating into their everyday lives. Consumer expectations and preferences vary greatly by demographic, geography, and career field. Learn how innovation in technology can enhance post purchase relationship while maintaining customer loyalty.

 

Ankur Agrawal, Head – AXA Data and Tech Innovation Lab Asia, Singapore

12:45-14:00
Networking Luncheon & Tour to Exhibition Hall

Companies that have been leveraging data have proven to grow successfully. AI is an extremely helpful tool to make us understand and be more productive and efficient allowing to focus on improving the downfall. In this session, views and experiences will be shared on starting and continuing in this path to AI transformation.

Panellists:

 

Allard Sjollema, Managing Partner, GNC Group Asia, Malaysia

 

 

Alan Cheah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), GoCar, Malaysia

  • Know the difference between digitization and digital transformation in retail.
  • Self-leadership in Digital Transformation.
  • Understand how machine and technology works.
  • Review your Data Transformation.
  • Focus on the next biggest problem in retail.

 

Andrew Chow, Founder & Chief Curator, Travel Wisely, Singapore

15:30-16:00
Refreshment Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • How e-payments can help bring brick-and-mortar stores into the digital economy.
  • Creating a seamless data collection/ management process.
  • Ensuring user security and confidentiality of your consumers.

Kannan Rajaratnam, Director of Operations (Payments, Experience and Service), ZALORA Group, Malaysia  

Biggest sales day is always a hectic day for retailers, no matter online or in-store. This session will provide some best practices and experiences about how to prepare during this crucial time of the year.

Panellists:

 

Patrick Steinbrenner, Managing Director – APAC, Insider, Singapore 

 

 

Andrew Chow, Founder & Chief Curator, Travel Wisely, Singapore

 

Kannan Rajaratnam, Director of Operations (Payments, Experience and Service), ZALORA Group, Malaysia  

17:30
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8:30-10:30
Registration

Mr. Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia

 

Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director – General for Communication and Information, UNESCO

 

 

YB Tuan Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications & Multimedia, Malaysia

11:00-11:05
Introduction

Speaker 1:

Ms. Khashkhuu Naranjargal, President of Globe International Center, Mongolia

Speaker 2:

Mr. Simon Kemp, Founder and CEO, Kepios.com, Singapore

Speaker 3:

Dr. Najat Aoun Saliba, Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Nature Conservation Centre at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Speaker 4:

Mr. Louis Liaw, Elected Member of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee, Malaysia

Speaker 5:

Mr. Bayu Wardhana, Member of the Alliance of Independent Journalists of Indonesia

Speaker 6:

Ms. Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Assistant Professor, PhD Candidate at the University of Nottingham Malaysia

12:25-13:20
Q&A Session with All The Speakers
13:20-13:30
Closing
13:30-14:30
Luncheon & Networking Session
14:00-14:15
Welcome Address

 

Natalie Black, HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade, UK

 

Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia

 

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK

Moderator:

 

Sumitra Nair, Vice President Tech Talent Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

 

Panellists:

 

 

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost, CEO and Vice Principal, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

 

 

 

Pei-Si Lai,Retail Banking Head, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia

 

 

 

Dr. Sharlene Thiagarajah,Chief Executive Officer, Telekom Research & Development Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

 

 

 

Sugee Bhanoo, Senior Capabilities Lead, BAE Systems

 

 

 

Waris Candra, Head of Asia Pacific, Micro:bit Educational Foundation

 

 

 

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK

 

 

16:30-17:00
Evening Refreshment & Networking Session

Manufacturing/SME Agenda

Public Sector Agenda

Banking Agenda

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