Disrupt Asia 2019: SL’s catalyst conference fostering entrepreneurship and innovation

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The Disrupt Asia Conference and Innovation Festival is Sri Lanka’s one-of-a-kind catalyst conference and premier event offering inspiration, invaluable networking and continuous educational opportunities, whilst providing access to a distinct community unlike any other.

Built on the success of previous years, the fourth edition ‘Disrupt Asia 2019: Augmented Living’ to be held on 12 October, is another not-to-be missed unique event, aimed to impact multiple sectors and stakeholders, staged on a global scale.

Casie Lau, one of Hong Kong’s tech start-up pioneers and a sought after speakers will fuel the enthusiasm of the conference with his inspiring opening keynote address. 

He is the co-founder of ‘StartupsHK’ rebranded as StartupsGBA covering the entire greater bay area in China. With an impressive 15,000+ member ecosystem community, StartupsGBA recently celebrated its decade milestone. 

Bringing the best of the startup ecosystem community together, including decision makers, investors, mentors, accelerators, corporates, entrepreneurs, aspirants and students, Disrupt Asia 2019 will centre around core themes designed to provide participants with an ideal platform to network, partner and grow.

Especially for corporates, engaging with startups helps to harness technology and knowledge to recalibrate their existing business models. Corporates attending Disrupt Asia 2019 gain access to the potential of startups; meet innovative minds, explore the possibility of partnering them and even discover ways to engage with startups as value additions for their companies.

Disrupt Asia 2019 panel discussions on ‘Travel Tech – Travel Smart’ focusing on technologies related to the travel and leisure sector will undoubtedly assist corporates in the travel sector gain new industry insight. Expert panellists from the international travel industry will reveal insight into gaining a better understanding of tourist flows, customer behaviour, and ability to predict future technology-related megatrends with an aim of enabling personalised, connected and sustainable travel.

Also for corporates, discussions on ‘Shaping Cities through Innovation’ explored by experienced industry practitioners will showcase the need to use technology efficiently to improve the quality of life in cities and for its citizens in a smart yet sustainable manner.

Corporates will gain vital understanding in the use of technology related to Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality through the discussion ‘R’ of VR and AR. Thus capitalising on its potential can offer businesses new ways to engage current and potential customers or clients 

Disrupt Asia 2019 provides the ideal platform for entrepreneurial attendees to be inspired, informed, and immersed in all that the ecosystem has to offer. The thought-provoking discussion ‘Go Global: Strategies for Emerging Markets’ aims to help entrepreneurs and aspiring startups accelerate their global expansion, assuring access to knowledgeable panellists who will share valuable lessons and experience toward steps necessary in increasing startups’ global footprint.

Also for entrepreneurs, the panel ‘Platforms Disrupting Asia’ will prove particularly valuable as it dives into the core of innovation and discusses how the economic and social impact of platforms correlate to an entrepreneur’s vision for the product, and eventually determining its global expansion.

For university students, attending Disrupt Asia 2019 will foster curiosity about the world of tech, innovation, the future itself, practical learning opportunities and fuelling network connections. For students the conference is a unique opportunity to meet inspirational young entrepreneurs and knowledgeable members of the startup community – talk to them, learn about their failures and successes, learn something new and be inspired to better shape their future.

Apart from the vibrant discussions, this year’s conference showcases a special ‘Knowledge Hub’ also catering to University students and startup entrepreneurs. Students will gain access to representatives from a number of entrepreneur support initiatives in the country such as Technopreneurship by Hackadev Academy, Venture Frontier Caravan and Bootcamps, ICTA ImagineIF and Spiralation, SLINTEC, PWC Startup Accelerator and many more.

Disrupt Asia 2019 will once again host the much-anticipated and keenly-contested ‘Disrupt Asia 2019 Startup Battle Grand Finale’. At the grand finale, attendees are exposed to the most promising startup ideas while witnessing teams pitching to a panel of experts. 

Amarit Charoenphan (Aim) another eminent startup personality in Asia will leave the audience energised ready to confront challenges with a new exuberance with his motivational closing speech.

Amarit’s extensive experience as a proven startup leader, successful entrepreneur and unique perspective on the world of startups will prove invaluable for all present. 

As Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Thailand’s first and largest co-working space HUBBA, Amarit’s passion for the community has led him to actively coach 100+ startups annually. Involved in over 20 ventures during the last seven years, he has also consulted and advised ecosystem leaders in building tech communities in 30 cities worldwide. 

Tickets can be purchased online via https://www.disruptasia.today/buy-tickets. Tickets to Disrupt Asia 2019 are priced at Rs. 4,000. However for students, a special 50% discount is applicable thus the cost of a student ticket is only Rs. 2,000. 

Tickets are also available offline. Further details can be obtained via Tel: 0112-369099, 076-1799099 and 077-2112788 or email: [email protected]