Scandinavian attendance at Techsauce start-up summit in Bangkok

Global tech leaders gathered at Southeast Asia’s Techsauce Global Summit 2017 on 28-29 July in Bangkok, with several Scandinavians among the invited speakers.

Henrik Hjelte (second from left), CEO at Cromaway, attended at panel on ‘Building a Trust Economy: The Success Stories of Blockchain’

Industrial Tech, UrbanTech, FinTech and Digital transformation were key trends as the summit drew more than 250 global tech leaders and 6,000 participants around the world to share their knowledge and make discussion, while business matching spaces are provided.

The big turnout of tech and start-up enthusiasts reflected a huge paradigm shift of what companies and ordinary people are interested in in the era of technology revolution, especially within the theme topics.

Gabriel Lundberg, Operating Partner of SeedPlus

In a Venture Capital session on 28 July the Singapore-based Swede Gabriel Lundberg, Operating Partner of SeedPlus, attended a Fireside Chat within the topic of artificial intelligence: ‘The Case for Autonomous Machines and Why All Investors Should Care.

Furthermore, Henrik Hjelte, CEO at Cromaway, attended at panel on ‘Building a Trust Economy: The Success Stories of Blockchain’.

And the Dane Jakob Lykkegaard, Co-founder & CEO, Playlab attended a Venture Capital session on ‘Investing in VR & AR: Learnings from looking over 2000 VR/AR start-ups’.

’Blockchain In Real Estate: Applications for improved property management’ by Henrik Hjelte

Among the other sessions was the Accelerate panel ‘Challenges of Investing in Thailand and SEA’. And on the Main Stage session featured for instance panels: ‘Dialogue with Policymakers: Global Best Practices of Gov Support for Entrepreneurship’ (with Korn Chatikavanij, Chairman Thai Fintech Ass and Surin Pitsuwan, chairman of Future Innovative Thailand Institute); ‘Leading Digital Transformation: Re-engineering organizational culture, mindset and governance for the Exponential Age’; m‘Failed Startup Post-Mortems: Surprising Lessons Learned’ including Sompoat Chansomboon, MD of Dtac Accelerate; and a keynote presentation by Joshua Pas, MD AddVentures by SCG Siam Cement Group on the topic ‘The New Industrial Revolution: How Corporate Giants Must Transform With the Industry – and How Start-ups Can Help’.

On the second Techsauce day Swedish CEO & Design Director of MAQE in Bangkok, Andreas Holmer, held a workshop on Corporate Digitalization: ‘Digital Evolution – How to Innovate under changing circumstances’. Henrik Hjelte, meanwhile, made his second appearance, a keynote speech within UrbanTech: ’Blockchain In Real Estate: Applications for improved property management’. ‘Future Lifestyles Outside the Home: How tomorrow’s generation will eat, shop, play & entertain’ was another UrbanTech session. And from Denmark Susie A Ruff – CEO & Founder, Ruff & Co participated in the UrbanTech panel ‘Where Digital Health and Urban Lifestyle intersect: How HealthTech can help to improve our standard of living’.

Another panel within Corporate Digitalization covered ‘The Consequence of Cooperation: How Corporate-Start-up Partnership is the Secret Sauce to Success’, incl. 500 Start-ups partner and True Corporation representatives, while ‘Future of Work and Death of Recruitment: How Machine Learning, AI and Robotics will disrupt Human Resources’ was another interesting session including WorkVenture, GetLinks and TribeHired.

The main stage saw sessions within, among others, ‘Start-ups 4.0: Propelling SEA Towards Tech Innovation and Integration’; ‘How to scale FinTeh companies across ASEAN: Challenges & Opportunities that founders should know’ including Roy Teo, Director FinTech & Innovation Group Monetary, MAS (Singapore); and Susie A Ruff moderated the panel ‘Corporate Innovation: How Opening Up is a Win-Win Scenario’.

Fonder/CEO Peter Alexanderson and Anette Nordvall of Covr Security from Sweden

In attendance at TechSauce were also Anette Nordvall and Fonder/CEO Peter Alexanderson of Covr Security from Sweden who has been picked, among 8 start-ups from worldwide for Bangkok Bank‘s new fintech accelerator programme InnoHub.

The summit also provided spaces for business matching between investors, start-ups and companies, which is expected more than 500 deals would be made in the meeting.

This summit is co-organized by big contributors such as SCG’s CVC arm AddVentures, Ananda Development Plc, dtac Accelerate, Digital Ventures, True corporations, Krungsri Finnovate, Visa and many more from both Thai and overseas companies.Techsauce Global Summit was first organized in 2016 under the name of Techsauce Summit, aimed to be Southeast Asia’s largest technology conference.

Susie A Ruff (Denmark) moderated the panel ‘Corporate Innovation: How Opening Up is a Win-Win Scenario’

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