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ConnecTechAsia opens with spotlight on digital convergence and rise of emerging technologies

ConnecTechAsia, the new technology event comprising CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia, and the inaugural NXTAsia officially opened at Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Singapore. The three-day event covers the areas of info-communications, broadcasting and emerging technologies. The new umbrella event is a reflection of the converging industries of telecoms, media and technology (TMT) and the dynamic evolution of a fast-changing digital and business landscape in Asia, the organisers stated.

“New emerging technologies such as IoT and AI present significant opportunities for businesses but are at the same time causing disruption across all industries,” said Victor Wong, Event Director, UBM Singapore, organiser of ConnecTechAsia. “Bringing our shows under one brand has allowed us to better serve our core audience and build a new segment amidst the backdrop of converging industries and an increasingly inter-connected landscape brought about by digital transformation.”

Under this new brand, ConnecTechAsia covers a holistic view of infrastructure, innovation, services, and thought-leadership, enabling businesses and governments in Asia to navigate and adapt to this new era of digital convergence and Industry 4.0, the release stated. The event will see more than 900 product launches, 1,800 exhibitors from 52 countries/regions and 40 group pavilions.

Over at ConnecTechAsia Summit, 220 thought leaders including companies such as Alibaba Cloud International, Google Cloud, Huawei and Netflix will examine the latest business strategies, trends and issues dominating digital convergence across three key tracks – NetworkComms, EmergingTech and BroadcastMedia.

BroadcastAsia highlights the evolving broadcast and production industries with the emergence of technologies such as OTT platforms, Live Production, UHD content, and the latest cinematography and film production equipment, including 4K and 8K cameras from exhibitors such as Arri, Canon, Panasonic, RED and Sony.  The event will witness sessions from industry leaders from Netflix, BBC, Mediacorp, Ooyala, ZengaTV and more, who will discuss the role of social media and new technologies such as blockchain and how AI is redefining business models.

The first-ever live esports tournament – the Southeast Asian League (SEAL) – is staged at the Esports Arena Studio within BroadcastAsia. The three-day live streamed Hearthstone tournament provides an immersive experience, with guided tours and behind-the-scenes look at the production and technology that is core to the game. Hearthstone Global Games 2018 Singapore anchor, Samuel ‘Sequinox’ Chan, and Asian Games 2018 Singapore representative,

Another new feature area is Radio’s New Wave, which highlights the future of radio broadcasting and discusses shifts in audience behaviour impacted by streaming services such as Spotify and Amazon.