Smart Nation Innovations Week Opening Symposium

SNI Week Opening Symposium


An anchor event at this year’s Smart Nation Innovations (SNI) Week , the inaugural SNI Week Opening Symposium brings together distinguished international and Singapore speakers and panellists from DBS, Google, the World Economic Forum, Sequoia Asia, DBS Bank and more. Guest-of-Honour, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Teo Chee Hean, will deliver the Opening Address.


The Opening Symposium will facilitate insightful conversations on the impact of technologies on citizens’ lives and economies, the transformation of cities and nations through technology, and the responses that societies need to adopt in an increasingly digital world.


The Opening Symposium is preceded by a by-invitation-only Gala Dinner on 4 June 2018, hosted by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative.

Date: 5 June 2018 (Tue), 9am to 12pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre

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Event Programme





Opening Address by Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security


Keynote Speech by Mr. Caesar Sengupta, VP, Next Billion Users, Google


Panel: Transforming Nations and Cities

This panel will explore how cities and nations can transform themselves through technology, and what more can be done to use technology to benefit lives through collaborations between the public, private and people sectors.

Moderated by Mr. Parag Khanna, Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

  • Dr. Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Communications and Information
  • Mr. Murat Sonmez, Managing Director, Head of Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution & Global Network, World Economic Forum LLC
  • Ms. Harriet Green, Chairman and CEO, IBM Asia-Pacific


Panel: Economic Transformation

This panel will explore on how societies and economies should react to a digital world, and how individuals and industry can become constantly innovative and adaptive, being ready to seize opportunities and harness the potential of technology.

Moderated by Mr. Parag Khanna, Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

  • Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Australia
  • Mr. Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS Group
  • Mr. Shailendra Singh, VP, Sequoia SEA & India

End of Opening Symposium


Watch this space for updates to the programme and speakers!



About SNI Week

Smart Nation Innovations (SNI) Week, from 2 June to 7 June 2018, will welcome more than 20,000 local and international guests to congregate in Singapore to share and learn about digital transformation across nations and cities, look into the future impact of technology and celebrate the success of young innovators across Asia. This innovation series comprises pillar events –Tech Saturday (Upsized!), innovfest unbound, futurenow, convergence, arise, Straits Digital Exchange and Digital Government Exchange. Visit for information.


Last updated on 18 May 2018