10 – 11 August 2018
Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore
Imagine Conference is an annual event brought to you by the Adam Smith Center in Singapore. We are an independent organisation dedicated to promoting humanities education in the tradition of Adam Smith. Featuring both local and global thought leaders, our yearly conference explores the big ideas that will shape our future.
In our inaugural conference this year, we are exploring the theme of “Future of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Progress”. We will explore the way entrepreneurs matter in society, how they innovate to solve global problems, and more importantly, how societies can create a supportive environment for such entrepreneurs to flourish.
Our speakers will investigate this through 5 different themes, ranging from the “Future of Work”, to the “Future of Finance”, and the “Future of the Developing World”. This is not just another business networking event, but one focused on the big ideas! Join us for a robust discussion over issues such as ethics of organ trading, the impact of automation on work, the disruption posed by Blockchain technology & even how to combat poverty in developing countries. You will get the chance to network and learn from academics, local entrepreneurs and business professionals from all around the world.
Our conference is open to all, but are most suitable for current students of all levels, recent graduates, public policy practitioners, young and aspiring entrepreneurs and business professionals from new & emerging industries. Attendees get to receive free books, and thanks to our generous sponsor from Bitcoin.com, free Bitcoin cash as well!
We want to thank the following organisations for participating in this conference
Day 1, August 10th
|8:30 AM||Registration Commences|
|9.00 – 9.30 AM||Opening Address by Mr Bryan Cheang, Director of Adam Smith Center
“Why Adam Smith is important for Singapore and the world”
|9.30 – 10.15 AM||Keynote Address by Mr Andrew Bryant, bestselling author, leadership coach and motivational speaker
“Why Self-Leadership is Essential for Progress”
|Theme: Future of Work and Workplaces
The world of work will look very different in the economy of the future, characterised by automation, disruption and uncertainty. How will these trends impact business leaders, organisational practices and how should young talents respond to these challenges? Our presenters and panelists come from diverse backgrounds and will bring different perspectives on this exciting issue.
|10.15 – 11.00 AM||Short Presentations by:
Ms Anne Caron, HR Specialist and Partner at Trellis Asia
|11.00 – 11.45 AM||Panel Discussion on “Future of Work” involving the presenters, moderated by Mr Jeremy Chua, Research Associate at Adam Smith Center and PhD Candidate at University of Southern California|
|11.45 – 12.45 PM||Lunch Buffet at Foyer|
|12.45 – 1.30 PM||Special presentation by Mr Lim Seng, Founder of IN.Genius. Mr Lim aims to be the first Singaporean to send a man into space.|
|Theme: Future of Blockchain and Finance
Blockchain technology is taking the world by storm, as entrepreneurs apply it in a myriad of ways. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin & Ethereum are also increasing in popularity. How will such new developments affect the wider economic and financial system of the future? This segment will feature short presentations by specialists on this topic followed by a panel discussion.
|1.30 – 2.15 PM||Short Presentations by:
Mr Willie Khoo, Product & Strategy Manager, Electrify
|2.15 – 3.00 PM||Panel Discussion on “Future of Blockchain and Finance” involving the presenters moderated by Mr Ho Khin Wai, Research Associate at Adam Smith Center.|
|3.00 – 3.30 PM||Break|
|3.30 – 4.15 PM||“So, You Want To Be An Entrepreneur?”
Panel Discussion involving local Singaporean entrepreneurs, moderated by Mr Henry Chew, Partnerships & Operations, Adam Smith Center.
|4.15 – 4.45 PM||Presentation on “How Entrepreneurs Solve Market Problems” by Prof. Randall Holcombe, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics, Florida State University|
|4.45 – 5.15 PM||Closing Address by Dr. Tom Palmer, Atlas Network
“Social Justice and the Moral Challenges of Capitalism”
|5.30 PM||End of Programme|
Day 2, August 11th
|8:30 AM||Registration Commences|
|9.00 – 9.30 AM||Keynote Address by Professor Razeen Sally, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, former Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy.
“Future of Economic Development in Asia”
|Theme: Public Policies for the Future Economy
Not only do businesses need to adapt to the future economy, public policies must also be updated if ordinary people are to experience greater welfare and happiness. New technologies like AI, 3D printing bring positive potential for improving human health but come with risks too. Explore with us how economic principles help to illuminate how these difficulties may be resolved and what makes for successful public policies!
|9.30 – 10.15 AM||Short Presentations by:
Mr Fred Roeder, Director of Consumer Choice Center on “Consumer Choice Around the World”
|10.15 – 10.45 AM||Panel Discussion on “Public Policies for the Future Economy” involving the presenters|
|10.45 – 11.00 AM||Break|
|Theme: Future of Healthcare
Healthcare is one of the most basic human needs and a burgeoning industry serving the global population. New technologies are disrupting the world of healthcare, which poses dilemmas on how best to balance the need for innovation while at the same time, ensuring safety and quality for consumers. Our speakers will provide an industry perspective on this topic, and also analyse it from an economic lens.
|11.00 – 11.45 AM||
Short Presentations by:
|11.45 – 12.15 PM||Panel Discussion on “Future of Healthcare” involving the presenters|
|12.15 – 1.15 PM||Lunch Buffet at the Foyer|
|1.15 – 2.15 PM||Breakout Sessions
Film Screening on Entrepreneurship and Global Poverty Alleviation
Talk on “What’s Wrong with Mainstream Economics” by Prof. Randall Holcombe, Florida State University – Training Room 9-2
Workshop for Business Leaders and Practitioners by Mr Bart Remes, Economist, Business Consultant and Founder of Economica Action – Training Room 9-3
|2.15 – 2.45 PM||Break|
|2.45 – 3.15 PM||Special Presentation by Mr Ma Jun Jie, Unirule Think Tank, Beijing on “Can Confucianism Provide a New Model for Progress?”|
|Theme: Future of the Developing World
The past half a century has witnessed unprecedented poverty reduction and increases in human welfare in developing countries. Yet, we constantly see on the news media reports of disasters, conflicts & social dislocations. Millions around the world continue to lack access to goods and services most of us enjoy today. Do we have any room for optimism about the future of human progress?
|3.15 – 4.15 PM||Short Presentations by:
|4.15 – 4.45 PM||Panel Discussion on “Future of Developing World” involving the presenters moderated by Ms Nikita More, Tabula Rasa|
|4.45 – 5.15 PM||Closing Address by Mr Wesley Goh, President of Students for Liberty (Singapore)
“Students Changing the World”
August 10 – 11, 2018
Lifelong Learning Institute
Lecture Theatre, Level 1
11 Eunos Road 8
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the tickets sold allow entry for both days.
Yes, ticket sales proceeds go towards providing for a lunch buffet which will be served on both days.
Our speakers mainly include business leaders, academics and policy experts in Singapore and overseas. We aim to provide a wide range of speakers who can contribute to the theme of entrepreneurship, innovation and progress in different ways. Speakers will be added along the way and will be displayed in our website.
There are many great conferences out there, but ours explores the big questions surrounding the future of entrepreneurship and innovation around the world. We want to provide critical perspectives on topics like economic development, blockchain and the future of money, the sharing economy, the role of government in promoting innovation, and welfare policy, amongst others. As such, anyone interested in the social sciences will find this insightful.
Our conference will feature speakers from the business world who will share their experiences and best practices, and there will be networking opportunities. However, non-business practitioners are especially welcome, especially if you are interested in how global trends are changing our world today.
We had you in mind when planning this! If you’re a pre-university student in JC or Poly, you will get a better sense about studying economics, business, politics or global affairs at a higher level, and you get to speak directly to the leading professors at the event. If you’re a current undergraduate or graduate student, we are confident you will enhance your learning beyond your classrooms, forge meaningful connections with like-minded, critical thinkers from other schools and hopefully secure opportunities through the networking sessions. All student attendees may also request for a Certificate or Letter of Participation, after the event, from us to add to their CVs.
We are on the lookout for potential sponsors & partners, to make Imagine Conference an annual conference of choice for future-oriented individuals and organisations. All sponsors may receive a booth space to share about their work, and be listed on our marketing collaterals. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Refunds are only allowed up to 7 days before the event.
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