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Bringing China’s tech to the international stage at SWITCH 2018.
TechNode launches the inaugural ORIGIN by TechNode to highlight ASEAN-China’s tech scene

As the Asia Pacific region makes plans to congregate in Singapore for the upcoming Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (SWITCH) 2018, TechNode announces its inaugural content track called ‘ORIGIN by TechNode’ to help regional businesses, governments and China-watchers better understand and unpack the developments and changes in the Chinese tech scene. ORIGIN by TechNode will offer two different content programmes in its inaugural event, the main conference and the VC Meetup, to help bridge the Northeast and Southeast Asian tech ecosystems together. TechNode’s new track will bring much needed insights and analysis to the region, and aims to be an important link in its mission to bridge China to the world.

In the conference section, ORIGIN By TechNode will see many Chinese luminaries and forerunners in the business world take to th e stage, including Mao Daqing, Founder of UCommune, Dr. Lugang, Founder of TechNode, Ms. Daisy Wu, VP of YeahMobi, Mr. Paul Wong, VP of Fung Group Explorium. They will speak on a wide variety of topics ranging from MedTech to FinTech, from Social Gaming to Artificial Intelligence. These conversation topics are specially curated at ORIGIN by TechNode as all have significant developments or importance in the past year. Along with the conference track, ORIGIN by TechNode also will organise its signature VC Meetup, 10-minute quick conversations between investors and startups, to be held in a speed dating format. Startups, venture capitalists and other participants interested in attending ORIGIN by TechNode can purchase ticket s at TechNode’s event page, where they can enjoy special discounts.

“It is important for the greater Asian community to have a voice and greater involvement in the direction of the way these Chinese tech industries develop domestically and internationally, which is why this conference is timely and essential in the current international climate” says Dr LU Gang, Founder and CEO of TechNode. “As China develops, we must adopt an attitude of collaboration rather than competition when dealing with the wider international community. ORIGIN by TechNode will be the first steps in fostering this collaborative attitude.”

“We want to increase transparency and knowledge about China’s tech and development, so that people can better engage their Chinese counterparts and take advantage of the resources and market that China has to offer” Dr. Lu said. “Of course, expanding into China has its unique challenges, and that’s why we’re here to help. Getting useful and timely information and contacts is only the first step for many into China.”

Concurrently taking place is TechNode‘s Asia Hardware Battle, created specially for Hardware Startups from selected APAC countries with a working prototype and a total funding of less than USD 5 million, to battle in a pitch competition and is currently calling for applicants. The Singapore leg of the competition, a fringe partner event of SWITCH, will be held on 21 September 2018 at Jurong Innovation District, 2 Cleantech Loop. The top winner of the Singapore pitch will be flown to the Grand Final competition (airfare and accommodation included) which culminates in Shanghai in mid-October. All registered teams are eligible for attractive perks - check out AHB 2018 for more information.

For more information about participating or partnering us at ORIGIN by TechNode or the Asia Hardware Battle, please contact Shi Hui at shihui@technode.com or Stanley at
stanley@technode.com.


About TechNode:
TechNode is an innovation platform that aims to support and bridge the startup ecosystem between China and the rest of the world through technology and business. TechNode is comprised of six different business units that helps different facets of businesses of all sizes to cross borders, either into or from China. TechNode is made up of our media, global, innovation and VC arms, and is also the exclusive China partner of TechCrunch. Visit us at technode.com (English) or cn.technode.com (Mandarin).


About ORIGIN by TechNode:
ORIGIN by TechNode at SWITCH 2018 is TechNode's premier international content track about the latest developments in ASEAN-China's tech and startup scene. As China globalises, education about these Chinese companies, their philosophies, insights and contributions should be kept up to par with the attention that China is receiving. For a fast-growing ASIA, ORIGIN at Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (SWITCH) aims to facilitate more interaction and cross-pollination between China and SEA's sharing economy by bringing in the international industry leaders and technology-changers globally to Singapore.

About SWITCH 2018:
The Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (SWITCH) is a leading “plug and play”
platform where complementing international events in tech, innovation and lifestyle operate side by side in an extraordinary concept week. It is here that tech ecosystems from around the world connect and interact in one place over one week. SWITCH features exhibitions, conferences, workshops and activities revolving around topics such as open innovation, technology transfer, tech entrepreneurship, venture investments and talent development. With the tagline “Today’s Inventions, Tomorrow’s World”, SWITCH 2018 will introduce more deep tech tracks and showcase the intersection of tech and lifestyle. As 2018 is the ASEAN-China Year of Innovation, SWITCH will feature various China and ASEAN tracks, bridging efforts across Asia and the world. Organised by National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), SWITCH 2018 is held from 17 to 20 September. SWITCH 2018 partners include CYZone, GE Digital, ICMG, Intellectual Property Intermediary, SGInnovate, Startup Weekend Singapore, Tabula Rasa, TechNode, TechXLR8, Women in Tech, and World Restorative Innovation Forum. Visit www.switchsg.org for more information.

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