DPM Heng announced the launch of NQSN+ at the ATxSummit Social event, and QEP co-organised the Quantum Technology Summit at the business-to-business TechXLR8 Asia
Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) was attended by over 17,000 participants across its family of events held 6-9 June 2023 – with quantum on the agenda.
At the ATxSummit Social on 6 June, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Mr Heng Swee Keat, announced the launch of the National Quantum-Safe Network Plus (NQSN+). The network aims to deliver quantum-safe communications across Singapore to enhance the resilience and security of business in Singapore’s digital economy.
ATxSG is Asia’s flagship tech event, organised by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Informa Tech, and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board.
IMDA is driving the NQSN+. The new initiative follows the National Quantum Safe Network launched in 2022 with support from QEP. The NQSN is acting as a testbed for quantum-safe communication technologies, with collaboration among universities, government agencies and companies. The NQSN+ will start with at least two network operators. Each will build a nationwide, interoperable quantum safe network that can serve all businesses.
The ATxSummit during ATxSG was an invitation-only event, gathering governments, global enterprises and communities. ATxEnterprise followed at Singapore Expo from 7-9 June, where QEP had a presence at the TechXLR8 Asia tradeshow for emerging technology. QEP is proud to have partnered Informa Tech in planning the Quantum Technology Summit for TechXLR8 Asia. The track on 7 June featured speakers on topics such as the timeline for the commercialisation of advanced quantum technologies. QEP also had an exhibition booth.
“ATxSG is a great platform for industry leaders, business professionals and end-users to share knowledge and forge new connections. We thank Informa Tech for the opportunity to bring quantum into the conversations at TechXLR8 Asia,” said A/Prof Ling, QEP Director.
In his opening address, Rakesh Jaiswal, Chief I&E Officer, National Quantum Office, shared about Singapore’s quantum journey. From research institutions to strategic partnerships, Singapore has positioned itself as a global quantum hub.
Next followed a panel discussion on quantum technologies’ commercial viability. The panel moderated by Paul Griffin, Associate Professor, Singapore Management University featured Kenneth Tan, SVP & President (Asia Pacific, Japan & India) of Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company, Sahil Tapiawala, Co-Founder & CEO of local startup Atomionics, and Priyanka Deva, Director of Collaborative Innovation at Singapore Technology Center, MSD.
Arunima Sarkar, Thematic Lead for Quantum Technologies from the World Economic Forum, spoke in a session titled ‘Responsible Research & Innovation in Quantum Tech’. This session explored the barriers limiting international collaboration on quantum, the challenges of talent and sustainability, and discussed how we can fully harness the social and economic benefits of quantum computing.
Dimitris Angelakis, Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, presented a talk titled “Quantum Computing Architecture: Next Steps for Enterprises”. Lum Chune Yang, Co-Founder & CEO of SpeQtral, and Katsuro Ejima, Chief Evangelist of the QKD Business Development Office at Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation, spoke on the current state of quantum-secure data transfer, and discussed the future of data protection in a quantum computing era where traditional encryption methods would be vulnerable to potential quantum computing threats.
Mr Zhang Shengyu, Director of the Tencent Quantum Lab, explained how quantum computing theory can be translated into practical use cases and applications.
A final afternoon panel focused on global efforts in preparing for the security risks. Moderated by Paul Griffin, Associate Professor at Singapore Management University, the panelists were Soenil Soebedar, CEO & Founder of SOEBIT Cybersecurity, Jack Ow, Assistant General Counsel (APAC Intellectual Property, Operations & technology) at Citi Group, and Michael Kasper, CEO of Fraunhofer Singapore and the Coordinator of the National Quantum-Safe Network.
The Quantum Technology Summit ended with a startup showcase moderated by Peter Hlavnicka, Founder of PhiVentures, and featuring the start-up founders Tan Teik Guan, CEO of pQCee, and Tu Zeyang, CFO, of Anyon Technologies.
QEP displayed translational research exhibits, videos, and startup posters at its exhibition booth for attendees to learn more about Singapore’s quantum ecosystem.