At TechXLR8 Asia, QEP co-organised a quantum track and signed MOUs for collaboration in quantum-safe networking with GovTech Singapore, SpeQtral and Fortinet
This June, the Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP) partnered its first major event in Singapore, co-organising a track at TechXLR8 Asia.
The Quantum Technology Summit featured more than 40 speakers across 19 sessions over three days. QEP also welcomed new collaborators during the event with the signing of three Memorandums of Understanding (MOU).
Senior Minister of State Dr Janil Puthucheary opened the Quantum Technology Summit (pictured above).
In his speech, Dr Puthucheary said ,“The challenges in quantum computing remain very complex. We will continue to invest in the building blocks today, and do our part to catalyse multi-stakeholder collaboration, to put all of us in a better position for future breakthroughs in quantum technology and science. To do so requires the combined efforts of the Government, academia, industry, the talent pool that we have been able to bring together here in Singapore, and that we engage with around the world, and that we have to grow further in the years to come.”
Other highlights of the programme included talks from companies pioneering quantum computing and communication, panels featuring startups and academics, and a presentation of Singapore’s quantum initiatives by QEP Director Alexander Ling.
Within the programme on 3 June, three organisations signed MOUs with QEP for collaboration in the National Quantum-Safe Network (NQSN). They join other partners working with the NQSN to trial quantum-safe communication technologies across Singapore.
GovTech Singapore – the lead agency driving Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and public sector digital transformation, and the public sector lead for cybersecurity
Pictured from left to right are Richard Tay, Senior Director (Government Infrastructure Group), GovTech; Chan Cheow Hoe, Deputy Chief Executive, GovTech; Ling Keok Tong, Executive Director, National Quantum Office, Agency for Science, Technology and Research; Chan Eng Soon, Director, Resarch Administation and Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Alexander Ling, Director of the QEP and Associate Professor at NUS.
SpeQtral – a quantum communications startup in Singapore on a mission to transform the world’s networks for the quantum revolution
Pictured from left to right are Alexander Ling, Director of the QEP and Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS); Chan Eng Soon, Director, Resarch Administation and Professor at NUS; Ling Keok Tong, Executive Director, National Quantum Office, Agency for Science, Technology and Research; Lum Chune Yang, co-founder & CEO, SpeQtral and Hari Ramachandran, Chief Strategy Officer, SpeQtral.
Fortinet – a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions
Pictured from left to right are Chen Guan Yow, Vice President, Innovation Economy division, Economic Development Board; Ling Keok Tong, Executive Director, National Quantum Office, Agency for Science, Technology and Research; Alexander Ling, Director of the QEP and Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore; Jess Ng, Fortinet Country Head of Singapore and Brunei; Neo Wei Ling, VP Product Management, Fortinet and Jesline Tan, Managed Account Manager, Fortinet
Read more in Fortinet’s press release.
TechXLR8 Asia is the enterprise technology-focused anchor event of Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG), the region’s flagship tech event. It was held 1-3 June at Singapore Expo alongside other ATxSG events including CommunicAsia and InnovFext x Elevating Founders.
ATxSG, which is organised by Informa Tech and the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, reported 16,600 hybrid attendees in 2022 across these events.
QEP team members met with some of the attendees at the programme’s exhibition booth (pictured below), engaging both current and potential future collaborators. Among them were visitors who had heard about the programme’s initiatives in the news media.
When ATxSG kicked off on 31 May, one day earlier than TechXLR8 Asia, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat was guest of honour. In his speech, he announced the launch of the National Quantum Computing Hub and National Quantum Fabless Foundry supported by QEP, as reported here.