The #SGFinTechFest 2018 is more than what you think it is all about

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 another day.

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:

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Kathleen M.