Wed, 9 Dec, 2020, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (GMT+8)
Event Recap @ SWITCH Digital Platform - Global Channel 2 (VOD)
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A big thank you for supporting us at the Germany Singapore Business Forum Connect X SWITCH 2020!

Missed the event or want to recap on main highlights? You may do so now by viewing the event content on demand via SWITCH Global Channel 2 (VOD).

Head over to this exclusive YouTube playlist for video highlights of all 12 promising Singapore startups from the Smart Nation, AI, Sustainability and Medical Technology sectors featured during our pre-event poll, and our 2 featured Germany-Singapore Open Innovation Success Stories. 

Have any questions for us, or did any of the startup and corporate sharing sessions catch your eye? Reach out to us at to continue the conversation and be connected to relevant parties. 

Previously known as Germany Singapore Business Forum (GSBF), this platform was a biennial event that sought to promote business and capability partnerships between German Mittelstand and Singapore SMEs since 1994.

Taking on a new and refreshed format as Germany Singapore Business Forum Connect, it continues to be a key platform for German and Singapore companies to form strategic partnerships to accelerate industrial and digital transformation for both markets, as well as strengthen economic collaboration between both countries.

2020 has been a year of unprecedented upheaval and change. In this period of uncertainty, open innovation is a priority for companies to come together to co-create solutions and unlock new opportunities for growth.
The upcoming edition of Germany Singapore Business Forum (GSBF) Connect, held in conjunction with the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH), Asia’s largest tech and innovation festival, will allow German and Singaporean companies to jointly celebrate open innovation as a driver of growth, and discover new opportunities for innovation collaboration. 

Event highlights
  • Hear from our distinguished speakers on their own open innovation journeys – the highlights of their experiences and the challenges faced
  • Explore possible innovation fields of interest and discover some best-in-class Singapore startup solutions on the market
  • Discover partnership opportunities through a showcase of German and Singapore corporate innovation priorities
  • Network with potential partners through dedicated business matching sessions
SGTCETProgramme Elements
04.00 PM
09.00 AM
Welcome Video of GSBF Connect
04.05 PM

09.05 AM

Keynote Addresses by Co-Chairs of GSBF Connect
Hear about the Co-chairs' experiences and perspectives on open innovation.
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken
 Chairman of the Board of Management
Mr. Peter Ong
Enterprise Singapore

04.25 PM


09.25 AM


Plenary: Open Innovation as a Driver of Growth
Hear from industry veterans on how open innovation helps target rapidly-evolving market demands and create growth opportunities. Learn about what to expect, and how to get started, on your own open innovation journey.
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 Mr. Claus Karthe

Co-founder & CEO
German Entrepreneurship Asia
Dr. Stefan Nothelfer
Director Partnerships
Lufthansa Innovation Hub
Dr. Peter Nagler
Chief Innovation Officer, A*STAR;
Executive Director, Institute of
Chemical & Engineering Sciences
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 Dr. Maren Schweizer
Schweizer World, Singapore
Mr. Raymond Moh

05.15 PM

10.15 AM

Showcase of Germany-Singapore Open Innovation Success Stories:
Celebrate, and be inspired by the successful open innovation collaboration between SAP and Pulsifi
05.20 PM

10.20 AM

Innovation Crowdsourcing by companies from Germany
Take a peek into these companies' innovation priorities in the areas of digital solutions, IoT, sustainability and more. Explore collaboration opportunities with these companies through dedicated business matching sessions.
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Smart homes tech and services
Process optimization

IoT / predictive maintenance
Data analytics

Industry 4.0
Retail services
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Sustainable travel
Safe travel
Offline-to-online travel models
IoT / logistics
Data analytics

Carbon reduction
Alternative fuels
Sustainable packaging

06.10 PM

11.10 AM

Showcase of Germany-Singapore Open Innovation Success Stories:
Celebrate, and be inspired by the successful open innovation collaboration between Infineon and Xnergy
06.15 PM

11.15 AM

Singapore Startup Showcase 
Discover best-in-class startup solutions in the sectors of Smart Nation, AI, Sustainability and Medical Technology. Explore collaboration opportunities with these startups through dedicated business matching sessions.

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06.55 PM11.55 AMClosing

SFF x SWITCH 2020 will be the world’s first week-long round-the-clock, hybrid digital and physical event taking place from 7 to 11 December. To help maximise your takeaways and experience at the festival, we have curated a recommended programme which includes other segments of SFF x SWITCH 2020 in addition to GSBF Connect X SWITCH.
 7 Dec, Mon 8 Dec, Tue 9 Dec, Wed 10 Dec, Thu 11 Dec, Fri
1600-1700 SGT
0900-1000 CET
Smart Cities in Action – From Vision to Opportunities

by Capitaland
SWITCH Connect Channel
1430-1530 SGT
0730-0830 CET
AI and Nanotechnology

by Nanotechnology World Association
SWITCH Connect Channel

1600 – 1900 SGT
0900 – 1200 CET
Germany Singapore Business Forum (GSBF) Connect X SWITCH 2020

by ESG / APA
SWITCH Global Channel
1615 – 1700 SGT
0915 – 1000 CET
The Vanguard of Southeast Asia’s Start Up Scene

by Tech in Asia
SWITCH Connect Channel

1500 – 1600 SGT
0800 – 0900 CET
Digitisation of Supply Chain - Enabling Visibility, Efficiency and Collaborations
SWITCH Connect Channel

 1800 – 1900 SGT
1100 – 1200 CET
Southeast Asia Spotlight: Insider Perspectives from German Startups

by German Entrepreneurship Asia
SWITCH Global Channel
 1530 – 1630 SGT
0830 – 0930 CET
Nanorobots: Where We Are Today?

by Nanotechnology World Association
SWITCH Connect Channel

 1700 – 1800 SGT
1000 – 1100 CET
ITS Future 2021 Hamburg meets Singapore

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 1600 – 1700 SGT
0900 – 1000 CET
Growing The Urban Air Mobility Ecosystem in Singapore & Southeast Asia

by Volocopter
SWITCH Connect Channel
1900 – 2000 SGT
1200 – 1300 CET
Edges of Southeast Asia - Hidden in Plain Sight

by Deloitte
SWITCH Global Channel

1730 – 1820 SGT
1030 – 1120 CET
The 5G Generation: Singapore’s Road to 5G
SWITCH Connect Channel

 1745 – 1815 SGT
1045 – 1115 CET
Mobility Insights in China: Is China's Electric Vehicle Industry Thriving or Diving?

by TechNode and TechNode Global
SWITCH Connect Channel
 1700 – 1800 SGT
1000 – 1100 CET
Market Access: Germany: What, How, & Why Now?

by German Entrepreneurship Asia
SWITCH Global Channel
 2215 – 2230 SGT
1515 – 1530 CET
SFF x SWITCH Opening Address

by Deputy Prime Minister Singapore
SWITCH Connect Channel
 2300 – 0130 SGT
1600 – 1830 CET
US Spotlight: Tech Insights & Business Strategies

by 500 Startups
SWITCH Global Channe
 2150 – 2210 SGT
1450 – 1510 CET
What Does it Take to be a Resilient and Successful Global Innovation Hub?

by Peter Ong, Chairman ESG
SWITCH Connect Channel
 2015 – 2055 SGT
1515 – 1555 CET
No Blank Cheques: VC Sentiment in a Time of Crisis

by Asian Scientist Magazine
SWITCH Connect Channel
 2210 – 2240 SGT
1510 – 1540 CET
Future of Mobility: Is There Still a Future For The Shared Economy Post-COVID-19
SWITCH Connect Channel
 2305 – 2350 SGT
1605 – 1650 CET
The Race to #ZeroCarbon

by ENGIE Factory
SWITCH Connect Channel
0215 – 0245 SGT
1915 – 1945 CET
IEEE Spectrum: The Great Quantum Debate

SWITCH Connect Channel
0315 – 0415 SGT
2015 – 2115CET
Deep Tech Summit: The Emerging Hydrogen Economy

Hosted by SGInnovate
SWITCH Connect Channel

2300 – 0000 SGT
1600 – 1700 CET
China Spotlight: China Tech Outlook 2020 and Beyond
SWITCH Global Channel

2240 – 2310 SGT
1540 – 1610 CET
Future of Mobility: The Journey Toward Sustainable Mobility
SWITCH Connect Channel

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