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Photo Gallery: Cutting Edge with Howard Yu

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Participants arriving at the venue with their goodie bags which included a complimentary copy of Howard Yu's book.

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The Business Times editor, Wong Wei Kong, delivering the opening remarks at URA Centre.

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Cheng Hsing Yao, group managing director of GuocoLand Singapore, said it is important to 'continue to try and have a fresh pair of eyes to look at the way forward'.

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'The moment you write things down, things can get borrowed, copied and (stolen)', said Prof Yu during his presentation.

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Audience members listened as Prof Yu talked about innovation and disruption.

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Prof Yu noted that every time industry know-how moved from craftsmanship to more rule-based decision-making, opportunities for mass production and automation were opened up.

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An audience member films part of Prof Yu's presentation as others listen attentively.

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The talk was well attended with close to 200 people in the audience.

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Among the insights shared, Prof Yu said people should block out two to three hours each day for deep, creative work to avoid being replaced by machines.

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Participants got the chance to pose questions to Prof Yu during a one-hour interactive session.

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Audience members asking questions during the interactive segment.

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Various members of the audience were keen to get Prof Yu's thoughts during the interactive session.

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Cheng Hsing Yao, group managing director of GuocoLand Singapore, presenting Prof Yu with a token of appreciation.

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A meet-and-greet session was held after the interactive segment concluded.

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A long queue started forming as audience members lined up to get their books signed by Prof Yu.

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President of Knight Frank Asia Pacific Tan Tiong Cheng, who was also in attendance, gets his book signed by Prof Yu.

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Prof Yu signing a copy of his bestselling book 'Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied'.

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Prof Yu talking to a member of the audience as she gets her book signed.

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Participants got the chance to get up and close and personal with Prof Yu during the signing session.

THE inaugural Cutting Edge forum was held at the URA Function Hall at Maxwell Road on October 5. Cutting Edge is sponsored by GuocoLand in partnership with The Business Times and The Straits Times. 

Howard Yu was the first speaker in this series of four events. Prof Yu is a renowned expert on innovation and corporate disruption, and he shared his insights on the biggest challenges facing today's companies. He is also the author of the recent business bestseller, Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied.

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