(Past Event) Join us at SFFxSWITCH 2020!

November 8, 2020


It has been a tough year all around, and so much is uncertain. But we at the UNDP Global Centre Singapore are excited to share with you what we have been working on, to explore further how tech and innovation can play a part in a more resilient future, beyond the pandemic – and hopefully bring some inspiration to your day. #BuildForwardBetter

We are pleased to cordially invite you to attend the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH 2020), and the parallel Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) happening virtually next week from 7-11 December 2020. We are a key partner of this global virtual conference, and have put together a diverse agenda of topics and discussions over the week that centre around tech and innovation across our three focus areas: smart cities and digitalisation; sustainable and digital agriculture; and sustainable finance.                                                                                            

SWITCH 2020 is the Asia’s leading technology, innovation and enterprise festival, organised in conjunction with SFF. With over 200 online conference sessions covering the latest trends in emerging technology, deep tech and Fintech across a variety of themes, you will have access to global perspectives on innovation and enterprise from over 650 international speakers. SFF x SWITCH 2020 is expanding to become the world’s first week-long, round-the-clock, hybrid digital and physical event.

Expect panel discussions, tech showcases, roundtables and sessions on myriad topics:

  • How open innovation is changing the way governments approach service delivery and tech solutions
  • The exciting and innovative developments in the world of sustainable and digital agriculture
  • The importance of robust and secure cross-border data flows
  • How we will redefine smart cities outside of the Global North, and how cities can learn from the successes and experiments of others
  • An in-depth look at circular economies, best practices, and the barriers that remain
  • Digital finance and its central role in helping countries to build inclusive financing systems

Key speakers include Bill Gates, Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft), Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand Prime Minister), Achim Steiner (UNDP), Michael Miebach (President and CEO-elect, Mastercard), Julie Sweet (CEO, Accenture), Nandan Nilekani (Co-Founder and Chairman, Infosys), Jane Fraser (Incoming CEO, Citi), Stuart Levey (CEO, Libra Association), Vijay Sharma (Founder and CEO, PayTM), Dr Raghuram Rajan (Professor, University of Chicago), Akon (Founder, Akoin).

We would be honoured if you would join us! (Do note that UN and UNDP colleagues receive complimentary passes - simply write to urantsetseg.ulzhiikhuu@undp.org for instructions on how to register.)






A more detailed rundown of all of our sessions below.

  • [SWITCH] Mon 7 Dec 09:45 SGT / 02:45 CEST / 03:45 CAT / 20:45 ET: Day 1 Opening Introduction Video: Reimagining the Future. Cameos from senior UNDP management: CDO Robert Opp, Director RBA Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director BPPS Haoliang Xu, Director of UNDP Global Centre Singapore Bradley Busetto.
  • [SWITCH] Mon 7 Dec 20:00 SGT / 13:00 CEST / 14:00 CAT / 07:00 ET: How Digital is Transforming Agriculture: Post-Pandemic Opportunities and Challenges for Development. Organised by UNDP Global Centre Singapore. Speakers from FAO, AgFunder, UNDP.
  • [SWITCH] Tue 8 Dec 16:00 SGT / 09:00 CEST / 10:00 CAT / 03:00 ET: Africa Spotlight: Making Smart Cities Truly Global. Organised by UNDP Global Centre Singapore. Speakers from Govt of Indonesia, Global Resilient Cities Network, UNDP Resident Representative of Uganda, Dalberg.
  • [SFF] Tue 8 Dec 17:30 SGT / 10:30 CEST / 11:30 CAT / 04:30 ET: Blockchain and 5G’s Role in Public and Private Collaboration. Organised by Cambodian Association for FinTech. Speaker from UNDP Global Centre Singapore.
  • [SWITCH] Wed 9 Dec 13:00 SGT / 06:00 CEST / 07:00 CAT / 00:00 ET: Asia Pacific Spotlight: Digital Solutions for Agriculture. Showcasing eight Cultiv@te startups with innovative solutions. Organised by UNDP Global Centre Singapore.
  • [SWITCH] Wed 9 Dec 17:20 SGT / 10:20 CEST / 11:20 CAT / 04:20 ET: Towards a Global Circular Economy. Co-organised by UNDP Global Centre Singapore and SGInnovate. Speakers from Ecobusiness, PACE, WEF, UNDP.
  • [SFF] Wed 9 Dec 11:40 SGT / 04:40 CEST / 05:40 CAT / 22:40 ET: Impact: Sustainability and Climate Change Global Leaders Roundtable. Organised by Ecosystem360. Speakers include UNDP Global Centre Singapore and the New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore.
  • [SFF] Wed 9 Dec, 18:00 SGT: Session on Digital Financing of the SDGs – Experience from the APAC Region. Organised by UNDP Finance Sector Hub and UNCDF. Senior speakers from DBS, UNCDF, UNDP.
  • [SFF] Wed 9 Dec 19:20 SGT / 12:20 CEST / 13:20 CAT / 06:20 ET: Inclusive Digital Finance for SMEs. Keynote address by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.
  • [SFF] Wed 9 Dec 20:30 SGT / 13:30 CEST / 14:30 CAT / 07:30ET: Fintech as a Force for Good. Organised by Copenhagen Fintech. Speakers from UNDP, DBS, Citi.
  • [SFF] Thu 10 Dec: Ceremonial signing of MOU between UNDP Global Centre Singapore and Monetary Authority of Singapore, followed by a demo. This agreement will help SMEs in Singapore and APAC to scale up their businesses and grow in the digital economy.
  • [SFF] Thu 10 Dec 08:00 SGT / 01:00 CEST / 02:00 CAT / 19:00 ET: Redefining SMEs Through the Integration of Technology and Diversity. Organised by Monetary Authority of Singapore. Speakers include Director of UNDP Global Centre Singapore Bradley Busetto.
  • [SWITCH] 11 Dec 17:10 SGT / 10:10 CEST / 11:10 CAT / 04:10 ET: How Cross Border Data Flows Can Drive the Digital Economy. Speakers from Singapore’s MFA, GovTech, OECD, Gov of Estonia, Gov of Thailand.
  • [SWITCH] 11 Dec 18:00 SGT / 11:00 CEST / 12:00 CAT / 05:00 ET: Closing Plenary: Why We Need 'Open Innovation' to Tackle the Biggest Global Challenges. Speakers include UNDP Director BPPS Haoliang Xu, The Things Industries, the Governance Lab, and UNDP Resident Representative of Mauritius & Seychelles Amanda Serumaga. Organised by UNDP Global Centre Singapore.
  • And check out all the SFF sessions being run by our colleagues at UNCDF here

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  • #UNDPxSWITCH2020
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