Keynotes

Session

Welcome & Opening Address

Date & Time

26 April 2017
9.50am – 10.30am

Title

What will it take for Singapore to be an Innovation Hub?


Professor Arnoud De Meyer
President SMU

Synopsis

All over the world, governments have aspired to recreate their own “Silicon Valley”. What contributes to the success of an innovation hub. Professor De Meyer shares key areas Singapore does well in and a few dimensions where we could do better.

Session

Keynote 1

Date & Time

26 April 2017
11.50am – 12.50pm

Title

Reimagining Learning and the School- Work Nexus in an Age of Disruption


Ms Cheryl Lim
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Synopsis

As the pace of technological advancement increases, change and disruption will become the new normal. Full-time jobs and hierarchical careers in corporations and within a single domain will no longer be a norm nor a guarantee. It has been estimated that 47% of jobs will cease to exist by 2030, that intelligent machines will outnumber human beings by 2030 and that 65% of school children today will end up with jobs that do not yet exist. Drawing from research from the Mckinsey Global Institute, Cheryl will posit how can educational institutions can remain relevant in a disrupted world and what skills students need to develop to be prepared for the race with robots. In the face of the increasing trend of machines and artificial intelligence taking over middle-management jobs and knowledge work, she will provide some perspectives on how we can anticipate the needs of the nextGen workforce.

Session

Keynote 2

Date & Time

26 April 2017
11.50am – 12.50pm

Title

The Future of Work is Human


Mr Michael Distefano
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Korn Ferry &
President, Korn Ferry Institute

Synopsis

We are living on the brink of the Second Machine Age, as significant for humanity as the inventions of the cotton gin or the steam engine. Computers already surpass the human brain at sheer processing capability. Artificial intelligence is developing intuition. Robots and drones are becoming as common as self-driving cars. In this keynote, Michael Distefano presents a case for humans in the future of work. It is people, not capital or technology or anything else, that is the key factor linking innovation, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century.

Session

Keynote 3

Date & Time

27 April 2017
9.30am – 10.40am

Title

Hybrid Reality: Thriving in a Human-Technology World


Dr Parag Khanna
Senior Research Fellow
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore

Synopsis

What human civilisation needs more than anything is not greater IQ or EQ, but TQ: technology quotient. In this era of disruptive technologies, accelerating change, and deep anxiety about the future, this keynote focuses on how the smartest countries, cities, and companies are harnessing new technologies to gain an edge and how each of us also needs better TQ to adapt to a future in which robots are normal social actors in our lives.