TechNode Global’s
ORIGIN Conference

TechNode Global’s ORIGIN Conference
joins TECHFEST Live! to bring you
“Startup Asia: Celebrating the spirit of
innovation and entrepreneurship”, inspired by
the power of technology in building resilience.



18-20 NOVEMBER 2020

18 – 20 NOV 2020

A 3 days digital festival to be enjoyed both virtually and through specially curated physical events and live broadcasted conversations to keep technology to its promise of bringing good to humanity. All from George Town, a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in Penang.

LIVE broadcast with 77% household penetration across Malaysia
Opportunities to explore Southeast Asia with a market size of 650million people from your screens with AI enabled B2B networking amongst 3,000 global influencers, experts, industry leaders, investors, founders and C-suites
Talent matching and recruitment from cream of the crop of top universities with some of the most successful companies in the region
Online exhibitions to explore likeminded partnerships, new business opportunities and capital markets
200+ on-demand sessions with at least 120 global experts’ featuring insights from industry leaders, new innovative business models and sharing of inspiring success stories of tech use from across the world

Rewrite the rules and rethink opportunities

Equip your business with the latest and most current conversations of how technology is redefining how we live.


Different economies perceive advances in technology in different ways, this is a WCIT track for businesses to stay competitive amidst the digital advancements.

Digital Lifestyle

From connectivity to going cashless, digital lifestyle connects everything to promote growth, efficiency and better quality of life.

Experiential Tech

Take a proactive stance and confront the new ways of living with the latest breakthroughs and the most innovative of companies especially in ecommerce, foodtech, esports and gaming.

Ethical Tech

Important codes, questions and issues to build a safe, fair and sustainable digital future.

5G’s Power of Transformation

Enabler to industry and societal change – best practices that navigate the heavy 5G investments to fulfilling its potential and implementation.

Urban Innovation

Discover innovations that can help transform cities to be liveable and sustainable.

Meet the Experts and Authorities for Innovations

Nancy Giordano

Strategic Futurist & Founder, CEO of Big Play Inc

Ryo Umezawa

Director, J-Seed Ventures Inc.

Alan Jones

General Partner, M8 Ventures

Ariel Garten

Fouder, Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband

Marita Cheng

Founder/CEO, Aubot

Carl Nicholas Ng

CEO, Lifetrack Medical Systems

Cameron Adams

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Canva

Kashmera Self

Associate Vice President, Interac

Joel Neoh

Founder, Fave

Kok Tin Gan

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gina Romero

CEO and Co-Founder, Connected Women

Humna Raza

Founder, Inspire Me

Tom Teehan

Chief Visionary Officer, SOLREV

Steven Lam

Co-Founder and CEO, GOGOX

Jarmo Eskelinen

Director,University of Edinburgh

ROAD-TO-WCIT Malaysia is a lead-up towards marking the return of the prestigious World Congress On Information Technology, WCIT to Malaysia that expects a congregation of visionaries and business leaders from 80+ economies.

Held since 1978, WCIT – a signature event by WITSA, the World Information Technology and Services Alliances; usually hosted and celebrated in different countries through competitive bidding  – is the largest and most reputable international event among worldwide IT leaders. Endearingly known as the Olympics of the world’s information technology conferences, speakers of WCIT have included Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison, Bill Clinton, Don Tapscott, Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, John Chambers, Nicholas Negroponte and Colin Powell.

One of the most anticipated event from Road-To-WCIT Malaysia is the WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards 2020 which will be presented to exceptional achievements in realizing the potential of businesses, providing better services, improve services and providing trust and transparency in governance. Entries are submitted from around the world.

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TechNode Global’s ORIGIN Conference will take place on November 18 with the theme “Startup Asia: Celebrating the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship”, inspired by the power of technology in building resilience. 

This special track will also reveal the winners of the winners of the ORIGIN Innovation Awards!

ORIGIN Conference is TechNode Global’s premier international content track about the latest developments in the Asia tech and startup scene where international industry leaders and technology innovators from across the region gather to share trends, experiences, and leadership lessons.

Sessions will be live streamed and include: 

“Trend Explained: Everything you need to know about live streaming eCommerce” 

with Andrew Lim, CFO at Gushcloud and Sega Cheng, Founder & CEO at

“How will the health innovation environment change post-COVID?”

with Dr. Liu Chang, Regional Director, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, ACCESS Health, Anil Argilla, Cluster Lead Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan & Singapore, Pfizer, Carlos Jo Loo, Investment Associate at MassMutual Ventures SEA, and Seow Hui Hong, Program Director at BlueChilli

“Reimagine insurance in the digital age”

with Cleosent Randing, Founder and CEO at PasarPolis, Max Tiong, Lead, Transformation Office at NTUC Income, and Kayvon Deldar, Program Lead, Insurtech and Fintech (Singapore) at Plug & Play Tech Centre

“Where’s The New Cash For Startup Founders?”

with Kenneth Li, Managing Partner at MDI Ventures and Ambar Machfoedy, BD Director at Sistema Asia

“Thriving in the #SheEra: It’s time to shine for women entrepreneurs”

with Tang Shuyin, Partner at Patamar Capital and Jenni Risku, Founder at Women in Tech Asia

“Harvest The Future: Food & Agri’s big opportunity”

with Nick Cooney, Founder and Managing Partner at Lever VC, Kelvin Ng, BD Director (ASEAN) at Green Monday, and John Friedman, Director at AgFunder Asia & GROW Accelerator

“Digitizing Indian MSMEs”

with Harsh Pokharna, co-founder & CEO at OkCredit

Penang was a centre of trade and culture exchanges between the East and the West. Its early manufacturing success and industrial experience evidenced by the presence of the multinationals companies  has famed Penang as ‘The Silicon Valley of the East’.

An authentic Asian experience, Penang’s prosperity as British outpost and ancient port city attracted the world to its doorstep, inter-marrying local cultures with that of the world. The potpourri of Asian cultures and world religions make Penang a successful multicultural and multi-religious experiment that has thrived for generations. The vitality of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is evident in the traditional artisans still practicing their trade in the heart of the city.

Forget not the tantalising gastro spread as Penang cuisine is famous the world over for its incredible variety, cultural influences and quality. Asia’s great culinary traditions live on in Penang’s coffee shops, hip cafes and fine dining establishments.

For all speakers and physical invites, introducing our official hotel with preferred rate:

A Majestic Stay at
Hotel Equatorial, Penang

Set majestically 250 feet above sea level and on top of hillock with individual balcony in each room where you can admire exclusive view of Penang Island, and fresh air that radiates a calm ambiance. It seek to craft a memorable experience by introducing an open and spacious design, amenities and restaurants that offers a gastronomical paradise and great choices of dishes for any food enthusiasts – coupled with lush tropical garden right at your footstep with just 15 minutes from the Penang International Airport and the Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone and 20 minutes to George Town, UNESCO Heritage Site for you to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable stay.

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