Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology activities to be spread over a year

PARTICIPANTS looking to join this year's Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH) will now have up to a year to take part in its activities, up from the one-week duration of the event in its previous form.

There will be monthly opportunities for businesses, innovators and investors to take part in deal-making, networking and innovation around the world. The extension was made in view of active participation and interest in the earlier editions. Last year, more than 15,000 took part in it, said Minister for Manpower Tan See Leng in a doorstop interview on Friday.

The event, which is in its sixth year, is organised by Enterprise Singapore to help businesses, innovators and investors build networks and uncover innovation opportunities around the world.

This year's event will be a hybrid one, including a mix of virtual and physical events, which Dr Tan said would also depend on when Singapore exits its Phase 2 state of Heightened Alert.

Two marquee events from past years remain - the SWITCH conference and the Singapore Fintech Festival, held from Nov 8 to 12.

The festival will feature a host of activities aimed at helping entrepreneurs, investors and industry professionals connect via a showcase of solutions. In particular, the events will focus on sustainability and climate change, especially for those in the technology and financial sectors.

For the first time, participants will also get to connect over a digital platform with other ecosystem partners and check out innovation opportunities.

Urging companies to take part in the innovation challenges offered at the event, Dr Tan said: "As we continue our battle with Covid-19, the government will continue to ensure that our local SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and startups are well-placed to capture new opportunities and respond to future challenges."

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