SWITCH 2018 panel: Game changers in the gaming industry

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In 2017, Bloomberg’s headline “China just became the games industry capital of the world,” reflected the country’s rising dominance in the gaming industry. With 600 million gamers, it’s no surprise that China is the world’s largest mobile games market. Recently, however, the industry has come under tighter control as regulators try to fight gaming addiction and myopia in children. If we look to nearby Southeast Asia, we see continuing signs of growth in this industry, as the region has become one of the most attractive markets for developers, publishers, and users. A number of Chinese gaming firms have even turned away from the competitive local market and toward Southeast Asia instead.

At SWITCH 2018, which, along with ORIGIN, aims to uncover insights on the latest trends and developments in China’s vibrant tech scene and Southeast Asia’s rapid growth landscape, industry game changers will discuss innovations in game development and the future trajectory of gaming in China, Southeast Asia, and the rest of the world.

About the speakers

Lau Kin Wai

Chairman, iCandy Interactive Ltd (ASX:ICI)

Kin Wai is a tech investor and entrepreneur with broad experience across Asia and Europe. Kin Wai founded his first company at the age of 23 and he has since been building companies across internet media, software, and biotechnology. He was named by the media as one of the youngest Managing Directors of publicly traded firms in Southeast Asia when he led his first company to a successful IPO at the age of 28. He has to date led half a dozen of technology companies with 6 of them being listed on major stock exchanges in the Asia Pacific region. More recently he co-founded the Fatfish Internet Group (“Fatfish”), a regional venture builder that focuses on building internet businesses in Southeast Asia and Europe. Kin Wai currently serves as the Chairman of iCandy Interactive Ltd (ASX:ICI), the first smartphone game company to go public from Southeast Asia. iCandy Interactive runs a portfolio of mobile games that are being played by over 350 million gamers worldwide and has won multiple awards in various coveted international events. Kin Wai was a recipient of a full undergraduate scholarship from a Fortune 500 energy company. He received an MBA degree from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Engineering degree with first class Honors from the University of Manchester. He was also a faculty research staff and PhD candidate at the Imperial College London.

Kyle Lu

Founder & CEO, Dapp.com

Kyle Lu is the founder and CEO of Dapp.com, a platform that has created an entire ecosystem to encourage decentralized application (dapp) development, awareness, and usage. Kyle has extensive experience in bringing technology transformation and innovation into the business. Prior to founding Dapp.com, he held the position of partner and Vice President at Achain, an Asia-based blockchain platform that allows developers of all levels of experience to deploy tokens, smart contracts, and blockchain network. He is a serial entrepreneur in big data and mobile internet. He is also an expert in global business development and investment with a bachelor degree from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Kyle is a regular speaker at blockchain conferences, in particular on topics including blockchain technology adoption, blockchain scalability, and dapp market insights.

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SWITCH, the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology, is a new platform concept where tech and innovation come together to “plug and play.” The conference will be the first in Singapore to gather both public and private sector players in the tech and business ecosystem for a week of exhibitions, speaker sessions, workshops, and activities around the topics of open innovation, technology transfer, tech entrepreneurship, venture funding, and talent development. It also aims to open up a new genre of events that showcase the intersection of technology and lifestyle—the way we live, learn, work and play.

ORIGIN, a content track run by TechNode, will be launching at SWITCH 2018. In collaboration with National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF), ORIGIN will be focusing largely on the ASEAN-China synergy, uncovering insights on the latest trends and developments in China’s vibrant tech scene and SEA’s rapid growth landscape.

With invigorating panels and intimate fireside chats, SWITCH 2018 aims to encourage cross-sharing and mutual understanding that benefits everyone. Find out who else will be speaking at SWTICH, here.