SWITCH 2020 will continue to take place as planned from 9 – 13 November 2020 in Singapore. The organising committee is closely monitoring the situation arising from COVID-19 outbreak and will keep the public informed of any updates. More details here.
Dr. Kees Immink received his PhD from TU Eindhoven, Netherlands, and was conferred an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has over forty years of industrial experience in the field of digital data storage such as optical disc and magnetic tape, solidstate, and DNAbased storage, including contribution to well-known consumer products DCC, CD, DVD, and Bluray disc. He was from 1996 till 2006 a part-time professor at the Institute of Experimental Mathematics of the EssenDuisburg University, Germany. In 1998, he founded Turing Machines Inc., which he currently serves as its president. He has been a visiting professor/research fellow at Princeton University in 1999, and a regular visitor at NUS, DSI, NTU, and SUTD, all in Singapore since 1998. He received, among others, the 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor, a personal EmmyAward, IEEE Edison Medal, IET Faraday Medal, and was bestowed a knighthood by Queen Beatrix in 1999. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IET, AES, and SMPTE, a foreign member of the (US) National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.
Based in Singapore, Barbara works at the intersection of corporate innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. She is leading Unilever Foundry in Asia, which enables the company’s global brands and functions to accelerate experimentation and pilot new technologies more efficiently, effectively and speedily.
Unilever Foundry is Unilever’s global platform for partnering with the world’s best startups to accelerate business innovation on a global scale. We identify and leverage the latest technologies from around the world, and exchange knowledge to solve business challenges through collaboration with Unilever and our 400+ brands, across 190 countries.
Barbara is an experienced entrepreneur and is passionate about making disruptive ideas a part of the Unilever’s business. She joined Unilever in 2015 to build and run the Foundry, not just to help start-ups scale, but to ensure Unilever would embrace the startup culture and works to champion transformation across the business in the region.
While she is driven to deliver impact to the business, she is pioneering a new model of engagement with a wider ecosystem of innovation by building LEVEL3. More than a co-working space, LEVEL3 is an ecosystem helping Unilever, startups, other corporates, Industry leaders, Investor and Governments to collaborate and create synergies.
His leadership has resulted in the growth of Razer from a two-man startup to a multinational market leader that was honored on Fortune Magazine’s “Unicorn List” in 2015 (private companies valued at US$1 billion or more). Razer went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2017.
Tan was named one of "The 25 Most Creative People in Tech" by Business Insider in 2015. Juniper Research distinguished him as a “Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in Tech” while Tech in Asia has ranked him No. 1 of the 30 top Southeast Asia tech founders. In 2016, he was named one of the “Straits Times Asians of the Year”.
Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore Law School.
iPod Inventor, iPhone Co-Inventor, Nest Founder, Future Shape Principal
Future Shape LLC
Tony is an active investor and entrepreneur with a 30+ year history of founding companies and designing products that profoundly improve people’s lives. He is the Principal at Future Shape, an investment and advisory firm coaching deep tech startups. Currently, Future Shape is coaching 200+ startups innovating game-changing technologies.He is the founder and former CEO of Nest, the company that pioneered the “Internet of Things.” Tony was the SVP of Apple’s iPod Division and led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. Throughout his career Tony has authored more than 300 patents. In May 2016, TIME named the Nest Learning Thermostat, the iPod and the iPhone as three of the “50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time.”