With ORIGIN by TechNode’s launch at SWITCH 2018 quickly approaching, we would like to announce three more invigorating panels and fireside chats and introduce the VC Meetup portion of this event. We would also like to remind everyone that by purchasing the ORIGIN by TechNode Pass, you will be granted access to ALL conference tracks and exhibitions happening at SWITCH 2018. This is the final call to get it for the price of S$99 instead of S$450 when you buy through TechNode (offer ends September 16)!

Here are the panels, speakers, and participating VCs:

At SWITCH 2018, we will be examining the opportunities and challenges for electric vehicles in Asia. Back in April, global automobile manufacturer Ford revealed its plans for electric vehicles, particularly its special focus in China. Why China? China’s electric vehicle market grew rapidly over the past decade, making it now the world’s largest market for electric vehicles. Characterized by growing population and increasing urbanization and urban density, Southeast Asian countries are also seeing greater demand for electric vehicle development as a result of growing mobility needs and issues. The opportunities are there, but so are the challenges. As the market evolves, the Chinese government is said to raise barriers for new-energy vehicle (NEV) makers to access subsidies, which would in turn raise the price of the already high-cost NEVs. Competition is also growing, though many might reason that competition could be both good and bad. We invited Justin Sim, Co-founder of QIQ, and Maneesh Tripathi, Executive Director and Group CEO of Sevak Limited, to dive deeper into the opportunities and challenges companies are facing in the electric vehicle sector.

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