These Southeast Asian Tech Conferences Can Help You Grow Your Startup

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Want to get an overview of a country’s startup ecosystem? Are you itching to see the latest technology trends in a country? Need to network with the right people? There’s no better place to do all three than in tech conferences. Organized by incubators, tech media, large companies, and even government organizations, these events serve as great learning and networking opportunities for your team.

With many tech conferences being held all year round, we picked the most noteworthy events that will be held across six Southeast Asian countries. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect from them and how much they charge for tickets.

INDONESIA

Source: e2ecommerce website

e2eCommerce

  • 2019 schedule: September 25-26
  • Organizer: PT Omni eComm Expo
  • Regular ticket price: USD 150 for one-day access, USD 200 for two-day access
  • Website: https://www.e2ecommerce-indonesia.com

With Indonesia being a hotbed for e-commerce—two of its four unicorns are digital marketplaces—it’s no surprise that it hosts conferences focused on the industry. e2eCommerce features talks, exhibitors, and activities all focused on e-commerce as well as related industries such as fintech and marketing.

Source: Tech in Asia website

Tech in Asia Conference

With Indonesia having the largest digital audience in Southeast Asia, the Tech in Asia Conference promises a deep look into the Indonesian market with its comprehensive talks and exhibit. Tech in Asia used to hold a series of conferences in Indonesia, Singapore, and Tokyo, but recently decided to merge them into one event.

MALAYSIA

Source: deTECH Facebook page

deTECH

  • 2019 schedule: October 1-2
  • Organizer: Ayuh Bina
  • Regular ticket price: MYR 150 (USD 35)
  • Website: https://detechconf.com

Dubbed as “Penang’s largest tech conference,” deTECH brings together stakeholders from in and out of Malaysia to discuss relevant tech trends and how they impact the Malaysian market. On top of its various keynote talks, deTECH also has master classes to immerse participants in the latest disruptive technology.

Source: Wild Digital website

Wild Digital Southeast Asia

  • 2019 schedule: July 3-4
  • Organizer: Catcha Group
  • Regular ticket price: USD 1,500 for general admission, USD 2,000 for premium
  • Website: http://www.wilddigital.com

Organized by the same group that built iflix and Ensogo, Wild Digital brings together key executives and entrepreneurs across Asia-Pacific to discuss the future of Asia’s tech startups. Interested teams who won’t be able to make it to the Malaysia conference can also attend one of Wild Digital’s smaller networking events in other Southeast Asian countries.

PHILIPPINES

Source: DigiCon website

DigiCon

  • 2019 schedule: October 16-18
  • Organizer: Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines
  • Regular ticket price: PHP 29,500 (USD 562)
  • Website: https://digicon.immap.com.ph

Touted as “the largest gathering for the digital industry in the Philippines,” DigiCon brings together tech companies of all sizes to discuss the future of technology in the Philippines. As it is put together by the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines, the conference puts a spotlight on digital marketing and how it evolves in the Philippine context.

Source: Ignite PH Website

Ignite

  • 2019 schedule: June 24-25
  • Organizers: Techshake, Dentsu X, brainsparks
  • Regular ticket price: USD 100 for Day 1 access, USD 200 for two-day access
  • Website: https://www.ignite.ph

With a technology-focused media title, a digital marketing firm, and a startup incubator as its main organizers, Ignite promises a comprehensive look into the Philippine startup ecosystem. On top of its various talks and sessions, its second day features a startup pitching competition as well as a business matching event.

SINGAPORE

Source: ConnecTechAsia website

ConnecTechAsia

If one conference isn’t enough, ConnecTechAsia holds three simultaneous events that each focus on a specific industry: ICT, broadcasting, and disruptive solutions. Aside from the usual talks and exhibitors, the 3-in-1 conference also has several immersive and collaborative activities that introduce visitors to next-generation technology.

Source: e27 Echelon website

Echelon Asia Summit

  • 2019 schedule: May 23-24
  • Organizer: e27
  • Regular ticket price: USD 10 for starter ticket, USD 299 for premier ticket
  • Website: https://e27.co/echelon/asia/

With Singapore being a hub for large corporates and small startups alike, it’s no surprise that it’s a host to various tech conferences. One of the biggest is Echelon, organized by tech-focused media website e27. With tracks dedicated to startup founders, venture capitalists, and future innovations, as well as over 200 exhibiting businesses, startups are sure to find something useful, whatever stage of the journey they’re in.

Source: Singapore Fintech Festival Twitter page

Singapore FinTech Festival

  • 2019 schedule: November 11-15
  • Organizer: Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Early bird ticket price: SGD 199 (USD 144) for startups; visitor passes are free
  • Website: https://www.fintechfestival.sg

If your business deals with financial technology and other related fields, then there’s a good chance that you’ve already heard of this event. Dubbed as the largest fintech festival in the world, this week-long event features various talks, exhibitors, and activities all dedicated to the global finfech industry.

THAILAND

Source: Startup Thailand website

Startup Thailand

Organized by the country’s National Startup Committee, Startup Thailand is a week-long event that brings together startups and experts from all over the world. Its talks and exhibits focus on deep technology, marketing technology, and government technology.

Source: TechSauce website

Techsauce Global Summit

Aside from its talks and exhibitors from all around the world, the Techsauce Global Summit also provides free workshops about various technology topics to its participants. Techsauce also promises that the summit experience will go “beyond tech” as it will also feature representatives from music, fashion, film, and other industries.

VIETNAM

Source: Hatch! website

Hatch! Fair

  • Organizer: Hatch! Ventures
  • 2019 schedule: TBA
  • 2019 regular ticket price: TBA
  • Website: http://fair.hatch.vn

Hatch! Fair aims to uplift the Vietnamese startup ecosystem by fostering collaboration between its different stakeholders under one roof. Its organizer, one of the country’s leading incubators, promises a conference that is co-created by the entire startup community.  

Source: Techfest website

Techfest Vietnam

  • Organizer: Ministry of Science and Technology
  • 2019 schedule: November 22-24
  • 2019 regular ticket price: TBA
  • Website: https://techfest.vn/en

Organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Techfest Vietnam brings together startups and experts from within and outside the country to discuss how the latest innovations can be used in the Vietnamese context. The event features different “startup villages” that each focus on a certain industry such as MedTech, EdTech, tourism, and others.

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