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Day 1

29th of August 2019 – Day 1

Main Stage

9:00 – 9:30

Opening Remarks

  • Nguyen Duc Chung – Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee (Vietnam)
  • Nguyen Chi Dung – Minister of Planning and Investment (Vietnam)

9:30 – 9:35

Greetings from International Leaders

  • Michael Croft – Resident Representative for UNESCO (Vietnam)

9:35 – 9:40

Cooperation between the European and Vietnamese Business Community

  • Nguyễn Hải Minh – Vice Chairman of European Chambers in Vietnam (Vietnam)

9:40 – 9:50

Words from the Organizers

  • Ben Costantini, CEO, Startup Sesame (France) 

  • Jean-Claude Charlet, Co-founder, Schoolab (France)

10:00 – 10:20

Panel: Innovation for Sustainability and Inclusion

Intention of the panel is for international experts to  illustrate the main theme of the conference on what it takes to build a responsible innovation economy that fosters sustainability and inclusion. Solutions that can have a positive impact in Hanoi and the local ecosystem will be discussed. 

  • Kamran Elahian, Chairman, Founder, Ci, Global Innovation Catalyst (USA)

  • Euis Saedah, Executive Director, FORSEAA (Indonesia)

  • Caitlin Wiesen, Resident Representative, UNDP Viet Nam (Vietnam)

10:20 – 10:30

Beyond Silicon ambitions: a Southeast Asian innovation model

  • Robyn Klingler-Vidra – Senior Lecturer, King’s College London (UK)

10:35 – 11:45

Ecosystem Track

10:35 – 10:40

Keynote – Digital Transformation

10:40 – 10:50

The Vision for National Innovation Center

  • Nguyen Hoa Cuong – Head, Taskforce of National Innovation Center | Deputy Director-General, Agency for Enterprise Development, Ministry of Planning and Investment (Vietnam)

10:50 – 11:00

The Ecosystem As a Product

  • Paul Papadimitriou – Futurist, Intelligencr (UK)

11:00 – 11:20

Supporting Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is at the forefront of global innovation and technology. As a growing number of success stories are being built in the region, the panel   will address the different models and programs, which foster entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia. It will also provide insight on solutions leading to continuous global success.

  • Nguyễn Trung Dũng – CEO, BK-Holdings group (Vietnam)
  • Barbara Guerpillon – Director, Unilever Foundry Asia and New Business Growth, Unilever (Singapore)
  • Raguraman Gurusamy – Group CEO, Advance Technologies Innovative Alliance (Malaysia)

Moderator : Samer Karam – Chairman, Seeqnce (Lebanon & China)

11:20 – 11:35

iTechpreneurship: Creating Chaos to Avoid Chaos

  • Kamran Elahian – Chairman, Founder, Ci, Global Innovation Catalyst (USA)

11:35 – 11:55

Building the bridge between Europe & Asia

Beyond international trade and commerce, Europe and Asia share a common history,  which still encourages new business creation Intention of the panel is to determine the steps that must be taken to further develop this relationship and how both continents can both benefit from sharing talents and funds ? 

  • Eva Bandelj – Head of Innovation Ecosystem, Startup Bootcamp (Netherlands)
  • Carman Chan – Managing Partner, Click Ventures (Hong Kong)
  • Quynh Anh Nguyen – Program Manager, Swiss EP Vietnam (Vietnam)

Moderator : Robin Wauters – Founding Editor, (Belgium)

11:55 – 12:35

Environment Track

11:55 – 12:10

Bio-Based Economies for Smart Cities

  • Nico Barito – Special Envoy of Seychelles for ASEAN at Department of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles (Seychelles)

12:10 – 12:15

Winner from Environment Competition

12:15 – 12:35

Towards a clean future: the role of innovation & startups

With UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in mind, one can clearly see that, innovation and startups are playing an essential role for  our planet by helping provide a clean future for next generations. From Northern Europe to Southeast Asia, this keynote will address how each of our international speakers are contributing towards a healthier environment.

  • Selena Le – Founder & CEO, No Waste Vietnam (Vietnam)
  • Viivu Padden – Executive Director, Helsinki Foundation (Finland)

Moderator : Ben Costantini – CEO, Startup Sesame (France)

12:35 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:35

Smart Cities Track

5G, IoT, Real Estate, GovTech

14:00 – 14:15

How platform technologies are driving innovation

  • Ding Ming Chee – VS Channel Business Leader, Dassault Systèmes (Singapore)

14:15 – 14:35

How Innovation Hubs empower the cities of tomorrow

Coworking is more than just providing a physical space of shared offices. This keynote addresses how it brings new technologies and entrepreneurs together and pushing urban planning into developing new infrastructures for tomorrow’s economies.

  • Amarit Charoenphan – Executive Chairman, Hubba & CCO, TechSauce (Thailand)
  • Tin Nguyen – Founder, Dreamplex (Vietnam)
  • Eze Vidra – Managing Partner, Remagine Ventures (UK)

Moderator : Mike Butcher – Editor at Large, TechCrunch (UK)

14:35 – 14:50

Keynote: The City As a Product

  • Paul Papadimitriou – Futurist, Intelligencr (UK)

14:50 – 15:10

Investing in Smart Cities in emerging economies

By 2050, 64% of Asia’s population will fall under the urban category . In order to address this inescapable fate,  investing in innovative solutions has become a priority for public servants. This panel will address the trends and opportunities when it comes to building better cities for tomorrow.

  • Michael Lints – Partner, GoldenGate Ventures (Singapore)
  • Michael Blakey – Managing Partner, Cocoon Capital (Singapore) 
  • Jaewon Peter Chun – Founder and CEO, XnTree (UK)

Moderator : Monty Munford – Writer (UK)

15:10 – 15:30

Real Estate Innovation for Smarter Cities

For a long time, real estate companies were qualified as less innovative than startups. TImes have changed. In this panel,  speakers will provide insight into the “how” and “why” Proptech is growing at an unprecedented speed and how it will transform our lives.

  • Anthony  Liu – New Ventures Lead, Swire Properties (Hong Kong)
  • Jacques Malz– Dean and Director, Singapore Strate School of Design (Singapore)
  • Ee Lyyn Tee – Innovation & New Ventures, Sime Darby Property (Malaysia)

Moderator : Monty Munford – Writer (UK)

15:30 – 15:35

Winner of Smart Cities Competition

15:35 – 15:50

The Future Belongs to Cities

It’s now clear that the future destiny of humanity is in an urban environment. By the end of the century, almost all people will live in cities. This remarkable transformation of our human experience is happening in the context of yet another industrial revolution. This short keynote will provide a brief overview of the defining characteristics of this fourth industrial revolution and what it might mean to our cities and to every one of us. The time for action is now if we’re all going to prosper during this period of extreme change.

  • Jonathan Reichental – CEO, Human Future, and former CIO of Palo Alto (USA)

15:50 – 17:05

Mobility & Travel Track

15:50 – 16:05

Building the first Mobility City

Mobility City Campus is the first physical dedicated location for all things mobility. We will learn about the journey so far, creating a space of over 15 hectares inside the city of Rotterdam, effectively creating a new city.

  • Kayvan Nikjou – Founder & CEO, Mobility City Campus (The Netherlands)

16:05 – 16:30

Larger cities, new sets of Transportation modes

With  the development of new infrastructures in Asian cities, connected citizens are now also looking for highly disruptive services. Customers’ expectations for new mobility applications have never been so high. This keynote will address how new transportation modes are bound to create greener and more liveable cities.

  • Duc Phung – Chief Operations Officer, Go Viet (Vietnam)
  • Leo Genping Liu – Partner, Vertex Ventures (Singapore)
  • Kavi Raj Joshi – Founder, Managing Director, Next Venture Corp (Nepal)
  • Tomonori Kimura – Founder & CEO, Asian Gateway Corporation (Japan)

Moderator : Kayvan Nikjou – Founder & CEO, Mobility City Campus (The Netherlands)

16:35 – 16:40

Winner of Mobility Competition

16:40 – 16:55

The Future of Mobility & Energy

  • Tin Hang Liu–  CEO, Open Motors (China)

16:55 – 17:15

A 360 Degree Tour of Formula 1 in Hanoi VGPC

  • Nguyễn Thế Duy, Chief Operating Officer, ADT Technology Group JSC (Vietnam)

17:15 – 17:20

Closing Remarks

29th of August 2019 – Day 1

Business Stage

10:30 – 11:00

Open Innovation: Do’s & Don’ts

The average age of a Fortune 500 company is under 20 years, down from 60 years in the 1950s. Technology disruption and startups are accelerating that trend, challenging the status quo and pushing established businesses to reinvent themselves. We will learn how corporations in France and Vietnam can adapt their strategy to better collaborate with innovative companies and what are the keys to success.

  • Guilain de Pous – Head of Intrapreneurship, Schoolab (France)
  • Nguyen Phi Van – Chairwoman, Saigon Innovation Hub (Vietnam)

Moderator : Thu Thuy Tran, Hanoi Ambassador, Startup Sesame (Vietnam)

11:00 – 11:15

The Power of Flowers for Social Transformation

  • Nir Peretz, Founder – Hanging Gardens of Bali Ubud (Indonesia)

11:15 – 11:45

3D Virtualization of a City – A collaborative platform to build and operate a Smart and Resilient City

  • Fabien Demoersman – Regional Additive Manufacturing & Cloud Solutions Consultant, Dassault Systèmes (Singapore)

11:45 – 12:00

Digital Transformation in one of the Largest Conglomerates in Indonesia

  • Reginald Hamdani – Director, OttoDigital (Indonesia)

12:00– 12:15

Vietnam’s Central Role in Asia’s Future

  • Samer Karam – Chairman, Seeqnce (Lebanon & China)

12:15– 12:30

Disrupting Financial industries with E-KYC

Financial service providers have a responsibility to identify their customers and understand the risks they pose before providing services. E-KYC (Electronic Know Your Customer) is a resident authentication used by banks and other organizations. The E-KYC systems can improve the onboarding process by reducing or eliminating paper-based procedures and record-keeping, which reduces cost and time spent on verification, making it more profitable to provide services to low-income customers. In regard to current key issues for Indonesia’s 270 million population, this session will explore the innovative and disruptive financial industry.

  • Irawan Mulyadi – CEO of International Biometrics Indonesia (Indonesia)

12:35 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

The Next Generation of Immersive Experiences

  • Mr Duy – Chief Operating Officer, ADT

14:30 – 14:45

How to Navigate the Funding Landscape in Southeast Asia to Finance your Startup?

In this session, we will learn how to navigate the unprecedented funding sources to finance a startup. Allowing entrepreneurs to understand the differences between, but not limited to, FFFs, Angels, Venture Capitals, and Corporate Venture Capitals.

  • Arnaud Bonzom Founder, Map of the Money (Singapore)

16:10 – 16:30

Exits & Failures of Vietnamese Startups

How to avoid failure? Why only a few Vietnamese startups are achieving exits when so many are failing?

  • Bobby Liu – Co-Director, Founder Institute (Vietnam)
  • Jonah Levey – CEO, Dreamplex, Board Member of Mekong Capital (Vietnam)

16:10 – 16:30

Exits & Failures of Vietnamese Startups

How to avoid failure? Why only a few Vietnamese startups are achieving exits when so many are failing?

  • Bobby Liu – Co-Director, Founder Institute (Vietnam)
  • Jonah Levey – CEO, Dreamplex, Board Member of Mekong Capital (Vietnam)

15:15 – 15:30

Building a Deep Tech Ecosystem

  • Tuan Nguyen – Deputy Director, Singapore Innovate (Singapore)

15:30 – 16:00

Towards Industry 4.0

  • Willson Deng – CEO, Arcstone Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)
  • Dr. Andy Lee Teck Meng – Business Development Director, Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (Singapore)

16:00 – 16:10

The Foundation of Startups in Vietnam from 2000 to Nowadays

  • Bobby Liu – Co-Director, Founder Institute (Vietnam)

16:10 - 16:30

Exits & Failures of Vietnamese Startups

How to avoid failure? Why only a few Vietnamese startups are achieving exits when so many are failing?

  • Bobby Liu - Co-Director, Founder Institute (Vietnam)
  • Jonah Levey - CEO, Dreamplex, Board Member of Mekong Capital (Vietnam)

16:30 – 17:15

10 steps to innovate at the pace of a startup

Startups and bigger corporations are nothing alike. Big companies mimicking startups is doomed to failure. However big companies have to innovate faster and faster to meet customers’ demand and increasing competition. What can be learned from startups and how can we apply it to intrapreneurs in a corporate setting?

  • Etienne Gatti – Partner & Director of New Business Acceleration, Schoolab (France)

29th of August 2019 – Day 1

Startup Stage

10:00 – 11:30

Ơi Award | Environment Final

Finalist :

  • Minh Hieu Le – CEO, AC-COOL (Vietnam)
  • Ali Jahanshahi COO, AirGo Design (Singapore)
  • Le Thuy Linh Le – Founder, AYA CUP (Vietnam)
  • Madison Savilow – Business Development Coordinator, Carbon Upcycling Technologies (Canada)
  • Veli Eloranta – CEO & Founder, Nordic 247 (Finland)

Judges :

  • Huy Nguyen – Founder, Vietnam Social Innovation Challenge (Vietnam)
  • Sébastien Toupy – Head of Startup Relations, The Next Web (Netherlands)
  • Nicolas de Boisgrollier – Managing Partner, Dexter Strategic Advisory I Impact Investing in Southeast Asia

11:30 – 13:00

Ơi Award | Smart City & Logistics Final

Finalists :

  • Nguyễn viết Chính – Director, ACIF JSC (Vietnam)

  • Charles AUGIS – COO, Aeho Solutions (Vietnam)

  • Tomohiro Hagiwara – CEO, Aquabit Spirals (Japan)

  • Adithep Chawla – CEO & Founder, Jerbit (Thailand)

  • Young Joon Kim – CEO, Pablo Air (South Korea)

  • Ranjeet Deshmukh – Founder, RoadBounce (India)

  • Khiem Tran – Marketing Director & Co-founder, Smartlog Vietnam (Vietnam)

  • Jernej Adamic – CEO, Zenodys (Netherlands)

Judges :

  • Tomoko Inoue – CEO, Omron Ventures (Japan)
  • Anthony Liu – New Ventures Lead, Swire Properties (Hong Kong)
  • Hang Thu Pham – COO, FundStart (Vietnam)

12:35 – 14:00


13:00 – 15:00

Ơi Award | Mobility Final

Finalists :

  • Manh-Cuong Tran – Investment Director, AN VUI Technology (Vietnam)

  • Anugrah Nurrewa – CEO, Banopolis (Indonesia)

  • Minh Hoang – Founder & CEO, Chungxe (Vietnam)
  • Eva Chuang – Business Development, LuggAgent International (Hong Kong)

  • Annie Vu – CEO, Tubudd (Vietnam)

Judges :

  • Kavi Raj Joshi – Founder, Managing Director, Next Venture Corp (Nepal)
  • Carman Chan – Managing Partner, Click Ventures (Hong Kong)
  • Lâm (Louis) Nguyễn – Investment Associate, G&H Ventures (Vietnam)
  • Van Tran – Founder & CEO, Vexere (Vietnam)
  • Jane Cheng – Head of VC and Startup Partnerships, Google (China)

15:00 – 15:15

Creating a new market and raising from Alibaba within 3 years

  • Djoann Fal – Co-founder & CEO, GetLinks Inc (Hong Kong)

15:15 – 15:30

Co-create the Future of the City

From digital traffic signaling to automatic ticket gates, the Smart City revolution has taken the world by storm.. This presentation addresses how we can create a world without traffic jams and a society that is optimized on an individual and collective level. A glimpse into cities’ future and ways of living in times to come.

  • Tomoko Inoue – CEO, Omron Ventures (Japan)

16:00 – 17:30

Ơi Award | Life Science Final

Finalists :

  • Mermaz Christophe – Co-founder & Managing Director, Clean Cube Concept (Vietnam)

  • Dainese Chung – QA manager, DIABNEXT SAS (Taiwan)

  • Thanh Bình Nguyễn – Co-founder, ECO4P – Dynlab (Vietnam)

  • Na Yung Roh – CMO, Marine Innovation (South Korea)

  • Isabella Duong – Co-founder, Mosia (Vietnam)

  • Kry Sopity – Co-founder, NEATY (Combodia)

  • Rafael Masters – CEO, Vulcan Augmetics (Singapore)

Judges :

  • Michael Blakey – Managing Partner, Cocoon Capital (Singapore)
  • Qaynat Sharma – Partner, Big Idea Ventures (Singapore)
  • Stephane Paillard – Head of Startups Programs, Schoolab (France)
  • Ernest Xue – Head, Hello Tomorrow Singapore (Singapore)


Vietnam National Convention Center

Phạm Hùng, Mễ Trì, Nam Từ Liêm
Hà Nội 129408, Vietnam

The venue Vietnam National Convention Center is located on Thăng Long Boulevard in Nam Từ Liêm district of Hanoi, Vietnam. The address is served by excellent transport connections in all directions.