There are four major groups of people in
#SGFinTechFest; delegates, media, exhibitors and visitors. If you are thinking
that Singapore Fintech Festival 2018 is all about “networking” and showing off
then you have the wrong definition of fintech and its purpose.
For each delegate, they come here to represent their
company. Some of them are required to get the information from relevant
companies or people in their business before they go back to work and report to
their boss. For media, we come here an hour early before anyone else to get the
info and report it online whether that means it is for the blog, social media
updates and other publications. When we are invited, we have no idea what’s
going to be in the context. We have to focus and remember and understand the
conference as much as we can so we can write it all. This is also means whilst
trying to remember everything, we have to talk to people, take photos and be alert
of the situation (the most interesting scenes are the best ones to report for
social media updates). This multitasking last for more than 10 hours. When we
get home, we have to post process the photos and write about the event at the
same time before 12 am. Because at 1 am, it will be another info cover for
For the exhibitors, imagine how tough it is to
compete against over 500 brands who have similar business model or platform
like yours. The goal is to reach out to as many people as possible for brand
awareness. The visitors are people from over 100 countries.
So, what is Singapore Fintech Festival?
Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) is the world’s
largest FinTech festival and global platform for the FinTech community, drawing
about 40,000 participants last year which comprised of FinTech players,
technopreneurs, policy makers, financial industry leaders, investors including
private equity players and venture capitalists, and academics. The 2018
Festival will see participants from over 100 countries and host more than 250
global luminaries and 400 exhibitors, featuring highlights such as the FinTech
Conference with a new AI in Finance Summit and Global Investors’ Summit, the
FinTech Awards, Global FinTech Hackcelerator, Innovation Lab Crawl, Industry
Networking and Workshops. The Festival is organised by the Monetary Authority
of Singapore (MAS) in partnership with The Association of Banks in Singapore
and in collaboration with SingEx Holdings. Festival Grand Sponsors include
AMTD, Deloitte, GIC, Google Cloud and Prudential. Find out more at
About the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
As Singapore’s central bank, the Monetary Authority
of Singapore (MAS) promotes sustained, non-inflationary economic growth through
the conduct of monetary policy and close macroeconomic surveillance and
analysis. It manages Singapore’s exchange rate, official foreign reserves, and
liquidity in the banking sector. As Singapore’s integrated financial
supervisor, MAS fosters a sound financial services sector through its
prudential oversight of all financial institutions in Singapore – banks,
insurers, capital market intermediaries, financial advisors, and stock
exchanges. It is also responsible for well-functioning financial markets, sound
conduct, and investor education. MAS works with the financial industry to
promote Singapore as a dynamic international financial centre. It facilitates
the development of infrastructure, adoption of technology, and upgrading of
skills in the financial industry.
About The Association of Banks in Singapore.
The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) plays an
active role in promoting and representing the interests of the banking
community in Singapore. In doing so, ABS works closely with the relevant
government authorities towards the development of a sound financial system in
Singapore. Since its establishment in 1973, ABS has promoted common
understanding among its members and projected a unifying voice on banking
issues. It has brought its members closer together through various guidelines
and banking practices as well as the support of projects of mutual benefit to
face the challenges of the financial and banking community in Singapore. Today,
ABS has a membership of 158 local and foreign banks. More information on ABS is
available on the website: www.abs.org.sg.
Stay tuned for the write up about the visit of the
the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau.