Past Events

Investment Trends in Southeast Asia -- How Investors Look at the Region? by @Justin Hall

[This is a repeat session because of overwhelming demand on the first session on 18 Sep] This session is intended to help attendees understand how investors look at potential investments and close deals. It'll not only cover broad investment trends in Singapore and Southeast Asia, but will also help entrepreneurs understand such complex issues like determining when to raise, understanding key terms on a term sheet, and how to pitch to investors. Justin Hall is Principal at Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Singapore but investing across Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. As principal, he manages Golden Gate Ventures' existing portfolio while sourcing investments across APAC. In addition, he is director for Golden Gate Ventures Annex Fund, focused on follow-on funding for existing portfolio companies. IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ATTENDEES: * Venue sponsor: NUS Enterprise as usual! :-) * NUS Enterprise/Plugin has moved to #02-09, so look for the new space right by the stair case on Level 2, Blk 71! Do not go to the old location at #02-18

Collabor[EAT] - 'Why CEO's need a Talent Acquisition Strategy' with DEREK LING from Yahoo!

WHAT? Mr. Derek Ling, Head of Talent Acquisition at Yahoo! - INSEA Region, will be sharing his vast experience in talent acquisition, and will give the best advice in how to hire top talent, coach leadership, shape culture, and drive results in a face-paced environment. With WHO? Derek Ling is an energetic and business focused Global Talent Acquisition leader who excels at growing teams and org capabilities. He has designed innovative, scalable, and repeatable hiring initiatives across a myriad of industries, including: Mobile, Consumer Technology, IT, and Hospitality.

Investment Trends in Southeast Asia -- How Investors Look at the Region? by @Justin Hall

This session is intended to help attendees understand how investors look at potential investments and close deals. It'll not only cover broad investment trends in Singapore and Southeast Asia, but will also help entrepreneurs understand such complex issues like determining when to raise, understanding key terms on a term sheet, and how to pitch to investors. Justin Hall is Principal at Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Singapore but investing across Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. As principal, he manages Golden Gate Ventures' existing portfolio while sourcing investments across APAC. In addition, he is director for Golden Gate Ventures Annex Fund, focused on follow-on funding for existing portfolio companies. IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ATTENDEES: * Lunch is sponsored by Golden Gate Ventures for this Hackers & Painters session * Venue sponsor: NUS Enterprise as usual! :-) * NUS Enterprise/Plugin has moved to #02-09, so look for the new space right by the stair case on Level 2, Blk 71! Do not go to the old location at #02-18 See you!

Collabor[EAT] - with Christine Edwards from The HONEYCOMBERS

'From 1 user to 1 million users’ Christine Edwards founded The Honeycombers 6 years ago. She started from home, with no staff, no funding and a limited background in digital media. Now with an audience of over 1.5M, 5 websites and presence in 3 SE Asian markets, Chris shares how she started, the challenges she faced and how she created a media company from ground up.

Automatic differentiation in deep learning by @Shawn Tan

If you've come across the term deep learning before and have been hearing about how we're going to get Skynet soon, this talk will let you in on a little bit more of the details: The history of some of its development in the past and how it works. I will also delve a little into automatic differentiation, which has become increasingly useful given the more complicated models being built. Shawn is currently a research assistant in NUS with the speech recognition group. Previously, he worked as a data janitor for Semantics3. EDITOR's NOTE: Shawn Tan will possibly be one of the core contributors who will be responsible for ending human race and inciting the rise of the machines. Where are you, John Connor???

Hands-on Haskell

Our aim at the workshop is to immediately get you developing in Haskell. Haskell is notorious for its steep learning curve, but we’ll fast track your entry into the Haskell world by going over a decent set of exercises. Fun! The Plan * Set up a dev environment: * Cabal sandboxes * Grokking basic haskell syntax * Basic mental models, programming constructs and data handling (types) * Interesting things about Haskell (touching upon some advanced topics) Getting ready for the workshop Install the haskell-platform. Please come with your machines! Tanmai Gopal holds a BTech/MTech from IIT Madras in CS. He's spent his initial years consulting for large IT organizations, niche research groups, and now is the co-founder and engineering head at and . He loves good engineering and exchanging notes with like minded people. He spearheads the nascent chennaihaskell community.

Collabor[EAT] - '‘‘Cross-platform App Development: Do you have what it takes?” with GERALDINE YONG and KHANG TOH

What? Mobile Messaging Platforms are taking over the world, do you have what it takes to market effectively on these platform? Who? Geraldine Yong, CEO, PicoCandy and Khang Toh, PicoCandy will be leading this Session!

Algorithms used in Games: Any-Angle Path Finding in Open Spaces

The answer to finding the shortest path between two points on a graph is well-known. However, strategy games and other real-life cases often involve wide-open spaces without well-defined graphs, how does one construct shortest paths between arbitrary points in a space? We give an overview of the most effective algorithms for generating realistic paths using a grid-based approximation of open spaces. Oh Shunhao is a Computer Science and Mathematics student at NUS. He enjoys mathematical problems and algorithms, and loves sharing about them with like-minded people. He also makes games in his spare time. He is currently working with Health Visuals to produce a game for the app store. His current research work involves working on finding fast any-angle pathfinding algorithms for use in games, as well as developing cool visualisations for them.

What’s new in iOS 9, Xcode 7 and Swift 2?

Mugunth Kumar (editor's note: the Great Mugunth Kumar of iOS Pushing The Limits fame) will be sharing with us the latest features for developers in iOS 9, Swift 2 and Xcode 7. Specifically, for iOS 9, he will discuss about * Split screen Multitasking * Search and Deep linking * App Thinning * Cloud Kit * News Publisher * Content Blocker Extensions For Swift 2, he will talk about the specifics of * Error handling with do-try-catch * Availability annotation And in Xcode 7 * App Thinning with Assets Library * Bitcode Mugunth is an independent iOS developer based in Singapore. He graduated in 2009 and holds a Masters degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, majoring in Information Systems. He blogs about mobile development, writing tutorials focussing mostly on iOS platform Mugunth also runs a classroom-based training teaching the advanced concepts in iOS programming in Singapore ( Prior to iOS development he worked for top Fortune 500 companies consulting on Windows and .NET platforms. His core areas of interest include programming methodologies, Mobile Development and Usability Engineering. If he were not coding, he would probably be found at some exotic place capturing scenic photos of Mother Nature.

Collabor[EAT] - “Web analytics session: How entrepreneurs can use web data for their business.” with TAKASHI NAGAI

What? Learn how to use web data to improve your business by studying real business cases.Though it may sound tough, all you need is basic knowledge of web analytics and a desire to learn. Enjoy the workshop and learn how to turn data into action! Who? Takashi Nagai (Web Analytics Consultants Association Certified Trainer) has experience in web marketing in India and Japan. Teaching Web Analytics in Singapore, Thailand and Japan from beginners to seniors. His motto is “Do not be a machine”. See each data point as a person, not a number!

How to create a working & fluid prototype in 12 days - A Pop-up design studio case study by @Wang Xiaodan

This is a case study on how to set up pop up design studios to gain real time user feedback and rapidly improve it. The client who commissioned this product design project is an international Hotel chain. Our team at Thoughtworks worked on the redesign of their hotel booking process. Within 12 days, we did an inception workshop with extended stakeholders from the client side, provided interaction and visual design mockups, a fluid working prototype (smart phones/tablets/desktop), and conducted user testings in various hotel lobbies as well as 1-1 in depth user testings. Xiaodan joined Thoughtworks in 2012 as the lead user experience designer, She has 15 years experience in the online space, covering areas from interaction design to product strategy, design management to user research. Prior to Singapore, she worked at Yahoo! & Microsoft based in London. Outside of design, she is an artist by training, an urban gardener, a freelance writer and photographer. NOTE: Lunch for attendees will be sponsored by Thoughtworks

Functional Programming from First Principles

Many recent programming languages, such as Javascript, Ruby, and Scala, include elements of functional programming. These languages are large and complicated, which makes it difficult to grasp the essence of functional programming. Church's Lambda Calculus is the oldest and simplest possible functional programming language. It has the following syntax: <var> ::= a | b | ... | z <exp> ::= <var> | (λ <var> <exp>) | (<exp> <exp>) In this talk, we will illustrate the principles of functional programming using Church's Lambda Calculus via a series of demos based on About the speaker: Melvin Zhang is an avid programmer who enjoys minimal programming languages and elegant algorithms. At Cosmiqo International, Melvin is developing its sensor data aggregation and analytics platform. In his free time, he is trying to create the strongest AI to play Magic: the Gathering @ Venue sponsor: Plug-In@Blk71, Managed by NUS Enterprise 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #02-18, Singapore 139951

NodeJS as a backend for real-time multiplayer games by @Teemu Ikonen

Nonstop Games backends are built on the popular Node.js platform and NoSQL databases. Learn how we implemented scalable real-time multiplayer core for our mobile game Heroes of Honor. Hear why and how we did it and what we found out, both good and bad. This presentation will give you some valuable insights and some backend best practices if you’re considering Node.js for production. Teemu Ikonen is Technical Director at Nonstop Games - a King studio, well known for various popular and well-received games on iOS and Android devices. He is well known for his keen abilities to solve difficult technical problems and has led many technical teams through his software development career spanning 15 years. [IMPORTANT NOTE: Food & Drinks are sponsored by Nonstop Games/King for this skills sharing session and it will be held at Nonstop Games/King's development studio at 12 Kallang Avenue @ 5 PM, not the usual 12 noon; the nearest MRT station to this location is Lavendar MRT. Link to google maps here -,103.8643225,17z?hl=en]

‘Video, the future of Content Marketing’ with SHARIZA KAMIL

Find out why video is the future of content marketing; How to use video marketing for ultimate brand engagement and how to leverage on web TV for viral video marketing for your products & services.

Best practices for Best practices by @Alvin Goh

Managing an IT company is quite similar to managing an IT department. It's not easy. Challenges abound. Thing is, there are tons of knowledge out there about how to manage IT, and even non-IT; best practices, methodologies, frameworks, you name it. Why aren't they being adopted more? I want to clear up some misconceptions and perhaps share some experiences and information as an ex-consultant. "Best practices" don't have a good rep. Everyone groans when people talks about best practices. There's a lot of ego involved as well, "I have this many years of experience, why do I need best practices? I should know!" Some of this bad rep comes from not understanding about best practices. People need to have a mind-set change about it. Since I've been using, implementing, improving best practices for companies, I'm sharing some of these mistakes the made, what they should be doing instead. Alvin Aloysius Goh has spent over 15 years working for companies in FMCG, Government, Banking and Engineering industries, e.g. IBM, Hewlett Packard. He uses his experience and knowledge to balance theory with practicality to help businesses maximise their IT efficiency, increase operational stability and increase user satisfaction.

Collabor[EAT] - '‘OTT video and the Future of TV’ with JAMES MINER

WHAT? The Television industry is in an era of unprecedented change. In the near future, TV content will reach us in new ways, changing how we experience programming and movies. Over the Top video (OTT) is gaining global popularity with a large number of service providers like Netflix, HBO Now, HOOQ, Toggle and others now launching in Asia. We will explore these new TV services that are making global news, and launching across Asia this year. WHO? James is Managing Director at MinerLabs Group delivering TV Everywhere, Social Media, and Mobile Application solutions. Previously, James was SVP Digital Media ESPN STAR Sports and FOX Sports Asia. Before ESPN STAR/FOX Sports, James was Head of Creative Services GroupM Asia, setting up the digital production, and social media practices. Prior to GroupM, he held leadership positions at Blue Interactive Marketing, Scient, Praxis Management Consulting, Y&R,, and Prodigy.

The Age of Software Development Industrialisation by @Justin Lee

[Note: lunch will be sponsored/provided by IBM for this technology sharing session] The Age of Software Development Industrialisation With so many startups popping up like mushrooms, startups must create a Proof of Concept (PoC) and a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in a short period of time in order to test the market and refine the idea as quickly as possible. To achieve that, several pieces must fall in place - Distributed scalable operations, pluggable consumable services, cross domain development and standards. The recent adoption of distributed technologies like "cloud" technologies (e.g. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS), allows startups to compete at the same level as established businesses. Various "cloud services" cutting across horizontal domains allows developers to quickly pick and choose reusable components whilst letting them concentrate on the key value proposition of the application. Lastly, unifying everything together with standardised communication between languages and cross platforms allows for growth and flexibility between multi-discipline technologies. In this talk, we will discuss some of the industry trends happening in the near future and show you what is possible today, where applications can be churned out in less than a few months. Specifically, we will take a look at IBM Bluemix, and how it is realising this vision. Various other major industry players have also already started on this revolution towards "The Age of Software Development Industrialisation". Justin Lee has been a developer since young, dabbling in everything from C++ to C#, from web development to mobile development. He’s also an active contributor to the technical community, organising community-led events like GeekcampSG and FOSSASIA. Justin Lee is currently working at the IBM Cloud Ecosystem as the Developer Relations guy.

Collabor[EAT] - 'Hiring the Right Fit' with Andrew Jones

What? In this talk Andrew introduces the fundamental steps for preparing and executing the Behavioral, Fit or Situational interview, and how it can help you to select candidates for hiring or other purposes. Who? Andrew Jones is an Executive Coach at, where he coaches professionals at all levels. Andrew is also an External Career Counselor at SMU and INSEAD on their Masters programs.

Collabor[EAT] - 'Financial Risk Management for Startups' with Alex Vanderlip

“ Financial Risk Management for Start Ups “ with Alex Vanderlip What? The Co invites you to our next Collabor[EAT] session on Friday 17th with Alex Vanderlip. He will be sharing his expertise to teach you simple ways for small businesses to identify and mitigate financial risks that are external to their core competencies. Who? Alex is a 20 year veteran in currency markets, having worked as a derivatives trader and structurer in London, Tokyo and Singapore for Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Standard Chartered. He has advised SMEs and High Net Worth clients on currency and rate risks.

Creating and communicating with a BLE device using an Arduino, Raspberry Pi, iOS and Android by @Yeo Kheng Meng

Kheng Meng: Information about Bluetooth Low Energy(BLE) programming usually revolve around writing code on Android or iOS devices to interact with existing BLE peripherals. Very few involve actually creating your own BLE peripheral itself. After my presentation, you will get an introduction on how to program your own BLE peripheral based on an Arduino or Raspberry Pi. Basic iOS and Android BLE code will also be covered. Kheng Meng is a graduating student from NUS Comp Science faculty; he currently works at AlgoAccess, a med-tech start-up providing solutions to Opticians, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists and he enjoys innovating at the juncture of hardware and software.

Structuring employee relationships in growth startups

Join us for an introduction to structuring employee relationships in growth start-ups sponsored by The Co and Futurebooks. We cover everything you need to know about ESOPs, employment contracts, employment handbooks, NDAs and bonds in the Singapore context. We will look at documentation, compliance and immigration angles. Date: Thursday, 26th July 2015 Time: 07.00 pm – 08.30 pm Where: The Co, 75 High Street, Singapore 179435 Price: Free Find out more and register:


This class is for aspiring entrepreneurs, those currently in a business or anybody looking to understand business and startup principles. After this workshop, you will have a broad awareness of the important aspects of building a startup, and the critical strategic and operational requirements of successful businesses. Additionally, we will go through business principles to get right such as research & analysis, marketing & customer acquisition, pricing and financial modelling. It will be an interactive session that will address startup concepts such as Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and the Lean Startup methodology and the importance of understanding your customer. Takeaways: - An exhaustive checklist of requirements for setting up a startup. - Knowing which business model is a best fit for your idea. - A broad overview of critical strategic aspects such as financial modeling, operations, marketing, and customer acquisition. - Understanding of the key skills required to develop and implement strategies. - Familiarity of startup principles such as MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and the Lean methodology. Reserve your tickets here:


This two-part workshop is designed for entrepreneurs and business professionals who want to learn about finance fundamentals and financial modelling. We will go through finance basics, principles around pricing & forecasting, MS Excel functionality and how to build a financial model. A significant part of the session will be dedicated to creating a practical example of a financial model from end to end through a live & interactive demo. You will understand the purpose of a financial model, build a model from scratch, and how to utilize it as an essential tool for business planning, forecasting and decision-making. Participants will take away an actual financial model that can be adapted to specific business needs, with an understanding of how to develop it on an ongoing basis. The course will comprise of two sessions of 2.5 hours each, held over two consecutive evenings. Takeaways - Know how to create basic financial models and use them to make better informed business decisions. - Understand the anatomy of financial models and how to implement them - Understand finance basics & principles and methods for pricing and forecasting - Have built an actual financial model to take away and use on an ongoing basis Tickets:

STARTUP BOOTCAMP: a mini MBA for startups

Do you want to gain a comprehensive and deep understanding of all the business principles required to run a successful startup? This bootcamp will teach you the business skills, startup principles and execution requirements get an idea off the ground, acquire customers, monetize it as well as how to pitch effectively to investors.The course is made up of an intense, interactive and hands-on series of modules, with case studies as well as exercises to put the theories into action. It will be a highly tailored and personalised approach, where students are encouraged to use and/or develop a business idea to apply the exercises to. We will be joined by EVERNOTE and FUTUREBOOKS to share wisdom and answer questions. In addition, at the end of the course you will utilize your business acumen and understanding of fund-raising to develop a pitch deck pitch your idea to investors from JUNGLE VENTURES. Students will take away vast business knowledge from this bootcamp, as well as an array of tools and techniques to apply to different parts of their business. Takeaways: - Develop a deep understanding of the critical strategic aspects to build and grow your business - Use the Business Model Canvas to map out and innovate your business model - Learn how to conduct analysis to understand your industry and competitive landscape - Use marketing, digital marketing and social media effectively to reach and acquire users - Apply financial modelling to build forecasts and drive business decisions - Understand the fund-raising process and how to pitch effectively to investors, including creating a pitch deck - Gain actual experience at pitching to investors and receive valuable feedback - Have the opportunity to interact with a successful entrepreneur of a world famous startup Develop the confidence and business skills to move to the next stage. Tickets available here:

'Scaling to 15 millions downloads and 1 million daily active users with less than 5 people' with Erwan Macé

'Scaling to 15 millions downloads and 1 million daily active users with less than 5 people'. with Erwan Macé Friday 13th March, 12.30 - 13.30pm @ The Co - Level 3, Sofa Area Get ready to gather with like-minded members who are all ready to collaborate for an session filled with exclusive insider tips and tricks over lunch at The Co! Join Erwan Macé, Founder and CEO of Bitsmedia, a Singapore based mobile application that develops and publishes, among others, the leading Muslim Pro mobile application (12 million downloads as of August 2014). See you!

"How to nurture your customers to increase sales online." with Jon Eilerman

"How to nurture your customers to increase sales online." with Jon Eilerman Friday 6th March, 12.30 - 13.30pm @ The Co - Level 3, Sofa Area Get ready to gather with like-minded members who are all ready to collaborate for an session filled with exclusive insider tips and tricks over lunch at The Co! Join Jon Eilerman, Head of Business Development for Digital Agency RRE. He will be sharing his marketing background and experiences ranges from vibrant startups to large MNCs such as PayPal. Jon's presentation will provide you with the tools to accelerate your online sales regardless of where you are in your business. See you!

Social Media B2B by Martin Pasquier

Join as for another session of Collabor[EAT] this Friday 27th, 12.00pm @ The Co. -with Martin Pasquier around 'Social Media B2B' Martin is an Entrepreneur based in Singapore founder of Agence Tesla Asia and Innovation is Everywhere.

The emerging online threat landscape by @Eugene Teo

Targeted online attacks on software infrastructure were up 91 percent in 2013 and lasted an average of three times longer compared to 2012. Cybercriminals have become more patient and persistent — waiting for a bigger and better reward, and marking a shift in behaviour from years past. We have been actively keeping tabs on numerous highly resourceful and organised groups of hackers. Find out more about the evolving cyber risks and the devastating impact; and what it means for your tech company. Eugene Teo heads a multi-functional security team that he built from the ground up at Symantec. Prior to joining Symantec, he was a senior member of Red Hat's product security team where he played a pivotal role in investigating, reporting and managing security flaws reported in the Linux kernel. He was also a member of the upstream Linux kernel security team ( His professional certifications include CISM, RHCE, RHCA, RHCSS, RHCDS, and RHCVA. He has been an active member of the Linux and open source community for over fifteen years. Eugene has spoken at numerous conferences, including Red Hat Summit, SyScAN, GNOME.Asia, and Linux Conference Australia.

Collabor [EAT] - 'Pitching to Media' with Dean Shams

Join Dean Shams, Public Relations specialist and founder/Principal Consultant of KinetiqBuzz PR in learning how to make a razor-sharp job of media pitching. Deliver that compelling punch line you've always wanted and learn how you can effectively communicate business ideas to your desired audience. Get ready to gather with like-minded members who are all ready to collaborate for an afternoon filled with exclusive insider tips and tricks over lunch at The Co! See ya!

Learning Haskell and using Yesod as a production API backend by @Calvin Cheng

Haskell is an obscure language in comparison with other popular languages/frameworks like python/django, ruby/rails, javascript/nodejs and is usually not considered in 'mainstream' start-up projects. I decided to take a look and found it an impressive language that I am comfortable using, for a new production app in my company. Our current app uses golang for the API backend. I would like to share my experiences (and pain :-p) learning the language and why I am happy with it as our API backend for a new app.

Correlation between IT and Sales by Charmain Tan

We all know that sales is important to every startup’s survival. Join us this Friday to find out how Charmain hybrids IT and Sales and how she manages the twist between Sales People and Engineers? In addition, you will also get to hear more about how IT can help you increase your sales systematically for a tech company. Speaker Bio: Who would think that a exchange student would develop a winter product after just being on exchange in a winter country. But 3 years back, Charmain Tan did so. She invented and commercialized a winter touchscreen gloves as she could not use her newly bought iphone in the midst of the winter. It was indeed a great innovation as validated by the various international awards (eg. Red Dot Design Award, International Invention Award-Gold) that her company acclaimed for the invention. But great innovation needs to be coupled with great sales for the growth of a company. Hence as she was enroute to starting her second, she wanted to build something that could help companies increase their sales so entrepreneurs would not walk the same path that she did. Together with some great partners who are talented at Sales, Operations and Technology respectively, she started her second earlier this year Register Now! Sign up now to listen to how this young and crazy lady blend sales and technology in her new startup, developed a market-ready product in 2 months & scale it to profitability in less than 6 months.

The Hard Parts About Publishing Your Own Book, And How To Overcome Them by @Zell Liew

Have you thought about writing your own book, but quickly gave up on the idea? Zell thought about it for more than 7 months. When he started, he only had 67 people on his email list. He then went on to sell over 100 copies of his book, earn over $8,000 and gain 1,000 email subscribers in 3 months. Find out how he overcame his barriers to self publishing and how you can do the same Speaker profile: Zell is a freelance website designer and developer. He also authored Learning Susy, a book created to help developers pick up the Susy Tool for developing websites. He started to learn to code only in his final year in university and has been freelancing ever since he stepped out of school. Slides: Slides are slightly modified to help give some context if you never attend the talk :)

Hacking Unity by Rustum Scammell

Rustum Scammell has been making games for more than 10 years. He owns Craft Colony, a game production & consulting company. He is a games technology generalist and takes a holistic approach to game development. He has been developing in Unity since 2009. Rus is an MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC) winner. In 2012, he released Penyu the Turtle, a top‐down shooter for iOS. He also launched and managed Malaysia’s first online portal for game assets. Previously, he was Technical Art Director at Big Bad Robots and Senior 3D Artist at GameBrains. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This presentation will cover some of the inner workings of the Unity Game Engine and the Unity Editor. We will be looking at how to make a simple but powerful pooling system as well as adding functionality to the Editor using both documented and undocumented techniques. Some knowledge of programming would be useful!

Clash of the cloud titans: AWS vs GCE by @Moses Liao

Moses Liao will share with us the strengths and weaknesses between AWS and GCE in this cloud vendor show-down. Moses is an experienced, highly skilled and highly sought after software engineer with backend/scaling specialization working for Gumi, a successful Japanese casual gaming development company with millions of users. Learn from the pro and cons of both vendors understand the nuts and bolts of scaling servers and he will also share why he choose one over the other for one of the upcoming exiting game Gumi is lauching

The changing face of technology recruitment by @TusharTejuja

Abstract: Each of us has multiple skills, and these skills vary greatly in dimension, intensity and depth. This is particularly true within the world of technology, where acquired skills can go from 'new' to 'mature' to 'legacy' in a matter of months. This leads to a few obvious questions for employers and prospective employees. Employees: Do I have to keep myself up to speed all the time? I have enough jobs to choose from, but how do I pick the 'right' one for me? Employers: What type of skill set should I be hiring for? What can I do to attract the 'right' people? Once I hire the right people, what can I do to retain them? Join us for an interactive session on what's new in the world of recruitment, and why this industry is on the path to disruption. We will broadly cover: - Trends within the recruitment industry - Best practices for hiring managers, and for those looking to get hired - Leveraging technology for recruiting technologists Speaker profile: Tushar's professional journey started as the tech co-founder of a startup based out of Mumbai, India back in '98. After spending over a decade in New York and Singapore building, growing and leading technology teams for several MNCs including Goldman Sachs, KPMG, Lehman Brothers, Barclays and the Chandler Group, Tushar stepped away from corporate life to follow his passion of becoming an entrepreneur. In June 2014 Tushar launched HackerTrail, a cloud-based service for sourcing and assessing technologists, leveraging elements of gamification, social media and crowdsourcing.

Investor: Friend or Foe? by @John Tan

An angel investor/VC shares his thoughts on fund raising and working with investors. When, what, how to raise? How to keep investors happy? John Tan - The Real John Tan - is an angel investor who has invested in a long list of prominent and successful local start-ups. He is also a shareholder at 8capita. Hear from an angel yourself and evaluate whether raising capital makes sense for your start-up.

10 lessons from 10 years of web writing by @Visa

Visakan Veerasamy does marketing at @ReferralCandy, which builds customer referral software for SMBs. He's a two-time Quora Top Writer. His work has been featured on TIME, He was invited to the Istana to chat with PM Lee about social media. He’s passionate about good writing, and by that he really means to say that most writing is cringe-inducingly bad. Let’s talk about how to fix that.

The Art and Science behind Drone Technology by @Gabriel Kang

Ever wondered how Hollywood films shoot impossible footage of characters flying through windows and jumping off trains? Curious about the Amazon and Google drone delivery projects? Come join Gabriel Kang, the Founder & CEO of Sensory Robotics as he takes you through his journey from the Art of using Drones for Film-making to the Science of using Drones for Search & Rescue and everything in between.

The Future of Social (and Social Enterprises) by @Robin Low

The convergence of Social Impact and Social Media. Robin Low is the co-founder of Civil Innovation Lab, promoting Social impact through civil action and local innovation. A lab in collaboration with various universities including Stanford University to enhance efficiency and impact on social initiatives. Running workshops to change behavior and innovate business and social impact. ( Robin is co-founded Relief 2.0 ( Robin went on an International Photo Exhibit, Tohoku: Road to the Future Tour to promote sustainable disaster recovery, by engaging, empowering, enabling and connecting survivors to the support they need. He was in more than 20 countries sharing the arts, crafts as well as recovery progress of the Japan Tsunami and how communities could support one another in times of disaster. An international entrepreneur involved in training, researching and consulting companies on the use of Social Media, Robin is currently helping to rebrand Baja California in collaboration with Emerson College and the Mexican Tourism Board. He also trains the Tourism industry in Sri Lanka and several companies in Singapore. Robin enjoys inspiring youth at many universities - including at Emerson College, Harvard University, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management Institute. He started @SGbrands, a twitter account to help Singapore Companies evangelise their brands and @SGTweetup, a twitter networking account. He has managed several Twitter gatherings and talks in Singapore, Boston and New York.

Hardware Prototyping 101 by @Mark (MK FX)

So, you want to build a hardware product? Every so often, a device comes along that changes the way we live our daily lives and things are never the same again. With today's digital technology, such devices may come more frequently than in the past - personal gadgets you cannot live without. What’s inside? What makes it tick? How do you find out? In this sharing session, Mark will provide an introduction to hardware hacking and why it matters, going through some quick tips on getting cosy with hardware to find out what makes it tick. Mark (MK FX) is founder of Bazinga! Pte Ltd, a technology development and prototyping company that builds gadgets from ideas. An engineer since birth, because if you can dream it, think it - you can build it.

How we do 60fps in our 3D RTS Mobile Game by @Dannie of Nonstop Games (now a King Studio)

Find out what Nonstop Games is all about and how being part of King - Makers of Candy Crush, helps us push the limits of core gaming on mobile. Take a peek at our Fleet Tech Demo and engage in a Q&A session about 3D Rendering and RTS Gameplay Tech. * Render and animation of a large army Real-time * Hyper-real Ocean Simulation Particle Effects (including Projected Particles) * Real-time Physics Integration Pushing Mobile Memory and Computational Limits Dannie Sim is senior engineer at King, the famous makers of Candy Crush, which needs no introduction :-)

Building a state of the art AI to play Magic: The Gathering

Magarena [1] is an open source implementation of Magic: The Gathering focused on creating a strong AI player. In this talk [2], Melvin will describe the technical challenges of creating a strong AI player and how we overcame them. Melvin Zhang is the maintainer of Magarena and a programmer at Cosmiqo. He is a Java/Clojure programmer with an interest in algorithms for game playing and data mining. [1] [2]

To ship or to slip? by @Kevin Ng of Expedia Asia

This is a question where the answer is nearly always (at least for me) - ship. For the engineering team, shipping is exciting and gives the sense of having done something. More importantly for the company, it gives us immediate feedback on how user reacts to what we have done and it gives us the signals to decide what next best to do. In this talk, I like to provide a framework of what is in place within Expedia from a technology perspective to enable fast shipping and how product and engineering teams focus on shipping fast and early. Then, once I “shipped” minimally, I like to invite some questions, and then I talk some more, living the principle on why we always prefer to ship fast and early. Kevin Ng is an engineering director of the Expedia Worldwide Engineering organization and he leads the engineering team that is responsible for the Expedia Asia point-of-sales (websites) as well as the AirAsiaGo brand point-of-sales (websites). As a leader, his main role is all about people and cajoling, influencing, blackmailing, brainwashing everyone in the team to ship early and to ship fast, because yesterday is already too late.

Functional Programming with Scala

Scala's been around for a few years now and i've been using Scala in a few number of projects and I would like to share with you my journey in learning Scala and how you can learn it and eventually be productive in it. Raymond Tay is Chief Architect at HP Labs and an all-round software engineer skilled with both Functional Programming paradigm as well as the more "traditional" Object-Oriented Programming paradigm. Learn from him as you continue to expand your programming skills and level up as a programmer!

1 Year as a Digital Nomad

How I got started on a life of living hotels, working on beaches, and building a business at the same time. Jon Yongfook Cockle has started a few software companies, had two successful acquisitions, and failed a bunch of times along the way. He has consulted / advised at some of the world's biggest internet companies, including Cookpad and Renren, respectively Japan's biggest recipe portal and China's biggest social network. For the last year, he has been living by the beach and working on a bootstrapped and profitable SaaS product called

Software Scrum Teams in Global Finance

T-Kiang Tan is CTO of grasshopper, a Singapore proprietary trading company. He has more than 17 years of experience working in the finance industry and is an expert in the high frequency low latency trading implementation. he started his career on the buy-side of the business at UBS (Chicago) developing trading models and tick database for quantitative studies. To gain a better understanding of risk management, TK worked within risk management system for 3 years at JP Morgan Chase (Chicago, New York), after which he returned to the trading desk on the sell-side in Lehman Brothers and Mizuho Securities in Tokyo. He will share with us some of his observations and practices in the finance technology work place. There are a lot of outside forces that affect a team of innovators that may be due to government regulation, broker limitation, industry standards, time to market and self governance. These challenges have pushed technology teams to adapt to the fast pace global trading world in ways that are quite different. Hear from Hackers and Painters who work in the field of finance! :-)

Start-up to Media A-to-Z

How do you pitch to a journalist other than with a press release? What on Earth is an embargo? How do you deal with social media when you are asleep? :-p Do you really need to hold a press conference? Find out with E27's Elaine Huang, who will share the 26 things you need to know about media outlets as a start-up founder!

In pursuit of Happy-ness

Clayton Christensen is a Harvard Prof best known for popularising the idea of disruptive innovation. However, his greatest contribution to humanity may be his less known work, "How will you measure your life?" that popularizes the idea that unhappiness and happiness are two separate things. KimSia works hard at following Clayton Christensen's recommendation on happiness. That is why he is taking two Coursera Specializations, works on his own moonshot projects like STORYZER, and still leave time to make money $$$$$$$$. And that makes him both happier and less unhappy. :-) This talk is sparked because of the comments in

REST API best practices

API-fy EVERYTHING with Arul Kumaran. Arul is a prolific open source contributor, known for his open source REST framework Restler. He has helped his customers implement tonnes of API backends and is continuing to do so. Learn from the Master of REST himself as he explains what it takes to build a performant, standards-compliant and easy-to-use API backend for your frontend apps.

Building web apps with Martini-go and Gorm

Chang Sau Sheong, engineering director at Paypal SG and well-known Ruby/R hacker, will share with us his latest projects with martini-go and gorm and what he loves above golang! Find out more and learn about his latest knowledge acquisition in the golang!

Practical Core Data / Building Apple TV Apps

Jeremy Foo is the lead iOS engineer for Minus. He has extensive experience implementing CoreData with AFNetworking and has expert knowledge on implementing client side apps with persistent capabilities that talks seamlessly to server-side APIs. This is a rare opportunity to catch up with Jeremy - one of the best iOS engineers I know of - as he shares his work in New York City and all his interesting Apple experiments - including writing jail-brokened Apple TV apps! ;-) Be there on 4th of July!

Personal Finance for Hackers (& Painters)

What does it take to survive (and thrive) in Singapore as a maker? Christopher Ng Wai Chung, currently a private investor, with a long successful career history with Singapore Mercantile Exchange, and Account Technical Lead (SGX) with HP, and a prolific user of R for purpose of statistical analysis, will share with us what it takes to be risk takers, entrepreneurs, hackers and painters in (Sunny and Expensive) Singapore. :-D Shiny App showcase : Blog :

Programming Clojure: Why and How by @Omer Iqbal

In computer science, functional programming is a programming paradigm, a style of building the structure and elements of computer programs, that treats computation as the evaluation of mathematical functions and avoids state and mutable data. Functional programming emphasizes functions that produce results that depend only on their inputs and not on the program state—i.e. pure mathematical functions. It is a declarative programming paradigm, which means programming is done with expressions. Omer Iqbal is currently a comp science student at NUS and active hacker with NUS Hackers. He loves clojure and emacs

So, you want to build a Bluetooth Heartrate Monitor or iBeacon App? By @Mugunth

The eminent, illustrious, newly licensed Singaporean driver Mugunth Kumar, and world famous, best seller iOS Pushing The Limit author, will share with us what it takes to build your own Bluetooth Heartrate Monitor that talks to your iOS app (which will also work with an Android app as proven by Delphi Ni). Join us, to learn more about Core Bluetooth APIs in iOS and to take a deep dive into the world of bluetooth technologies.

Elixir for high performance, distributed applications by @Benjamin

Benjamin is the Technical Director at Pte Ltd, a video game retailer based in Singapore. Deathly afraid of being irrelevant, he is always trying to catch up on his ever-growing reading list. Lately he has been consumed with learning Erlang/Elixir, and working on his upcoming book on Elixir and OTP ( He also blogs ( and contributes articles at SitePoint ( Elixir is a relatively new functional programming language that is built on top of the Erlang VM. In this talk, we take a look at some of the interesting features of Elixir, and learn about some of the interesting features Erlang gives us for free.

Continuous Integration & Crazy Concurrency with Docker & ØMQ by @Delphi Ni

Delphi Ni is a poor (but totally legit!) programmer with a poor (but totally awesome!) start-up who most likely will relocate to the west coast in August doing computer vision-y stuff. In her current work, she uses ØMQ and Docker to build a distributed, API-based services for mobile and web clients. Docker, aka 'Super Whale', expands upon Linux Containers (LXC) and ships them from dev to prod machines efficiently, whereas ØMQ, aka 'Sockets on Steroids', is an async messaging library. Tech talk with simple demos. More silly hacks on

A Field Guide to the Algorithmic Whiteboard Coding Interview by @Wong Yiwen

You may have rumours of it... You may have even have attempted to give one... Some of you may actually have glimpsed the horror. This talk will discuss this particular species of interview, specifically the subspecies found in certain big 4 companies. While the speaker may have successfully survived the process, no real questions will be given from the actual interview (Sorry. But you'll get examples in the same style). Why so secret? Find out why and more. (Wong Yiwen is a kick-ass HPC engineer who used to work for various local tech and research organizations in Singapore. She's too shy to share more about herself so I added in some intro here for her. She's now headed over to North America to work for one of the technology big 4s)

Dogfooding: A Product Manager's Best Friend by @Fabian

Fabian Lua (@fabianlua) talks about Product Managers "eating their own dog food". The session will cover lessons learned from building a set of new subtitling tools at Viki ("global TV site powered by a volunteer community of avid fans"). Fabian is currently the Community Growth Manager at Peatix and was Product Manager, Community at Viki. *RSVP required* The Paypal Singapore office's building security needs to know who is coming, so please indicate you're coming so Calvin can get your details.

Getting Your Users To Love You - Marcus@Carousell

Marcus from Carousell, a mobile marketplace, will be sharing their experiences on how they went about building the strong community culture that currently underpins their brand and service.

User acquisition myths & realities by @Arrif Ziaudeen

Arrif is the Founder/CEO of Singapore's leading online restaurant reservation site In 2 years since launch Chope has sat over 5 million diners, received $4.4M of investment from VCs and Singapore Press Holdings and expanded into Hong Kong. Prior to founding Chope, Arrif worked in management consulting and private equity and obtained an MBA from Stanford GSB. In this session, he shares with us how he is growing Chope's user base with Cohort analysis, conversion rate vs offline marketing & brand building as the engines of user growth!

Why I switch from python to Go? by @Weng Wei

Go is designed to be "better C", however it attracts more attention from dynamic language community. Why switch from python to Go? Let the python developer who once chose python for his own startup tell you his reason. Weng Wei is a speaker at PyCon China 2013: and currently Software Architect at Zalora South East Asia. - Internet banking transfer as a form of payment - by @Liu Tianwei

Are you running an e-commerce service and would like to reduce the transaction costs associated with using services like paypal? Are you accepting bank transfer as a form of payment but find that too manual and hard to scale? Find out how Tianwei Liu of can help you accept internet banking payment at a low flat rate of $0.45 per transaction. Developer APIs at Tianwei is co-founder & CEO (a.k.a Chief Everything Officer) at He's a Singaporean writing code and hacking stuff for a living in the San Francisco bay area.

Computational Investing by @Stan

Stan Chang Khin Boon (@lxcid) is a self-taught professional programmer. Now he had embark on a new found hobby in the world of finance (and economy). It started off with a motivation to get out of the rat race (a metaphor from the book Rich Dad Poor Dad), but instead discovered engaging concepts of how the world (of capitalism) works. This create an opportunity for him to explore between the intersection of computing and finance. In the session, Introduction to Computational Investing, Stan will touches on: - the basic of finance - introduce data analysis tools in Python - show how we can build tools that: - assess stocks. - do simple risk analysis. - study of “events" how stocks reacts to them. Much of the session is based on the Coursera Course: Computational Investing Part I which Stan attended and highly recommend it. It will be crafted with Stan’s own experience who can be at times opinionated. To keep the session short, it is assume that the audience have some level of familiarity with programming. If you are a Software Engineer, having done investing before or planning to do it in the future, you might find the session interesting. P.S. This is not a get rich quick session. This is applicable for both technical and fundamental analysis of finance.

Optimise Your Body First, Homepage Second.

Melvin Lim will be sharing with about health/fitness stuff and what he does at Sweatshop. He's the only person I know to have passed the SEALS training, so don't mess with this guy man! Green room

Engineering journalism: how one hack turned into a hacker to elevate his craft

Terence Lee, editor at Tech in Asia, shares how he learned coding in an attempt to build tools that tell better stories and scale journalism.

How I got my website to top Google's search results with no budget

Wei Leen (@ngweileen) does Inbound Marketing for fun and profit. In this session he reveals how he got free SEO linkjuice that's right under everyone's noses. Learn how social counts towards SEO, and how most people are in fact, doing too little. Bonus, find out why spending just a minute more on crafting your message can make a difference to search rankings.

So You Wanna Build a Marketplace

Darius of will be sharing his experiences in tackling the rentals marketplace this informal sharing session.


An interactive session by Min Xuan Lee and team. Sharing nuggets on personal finance and exploring your relationship to money. Would be useful to download the life simulation app for context so we can dive straight into it! From the folks at PlayMoolah!

Modern C++

Michael Clark talks about "Modern C++”. This talk will briefly cover new language features and idioms in C++11/C++14. C++ as many may not be aware, is a rapidly evolving language and the standards group has been making active progress to address many perceived shortcomings and have been incorporating new language features from the state of the art in language design. One of the themes covered will be “new and simple C++ idioms” and adding complexity to hide complexity (r-value references as an example). The talk will give a brief intro to template meta programming (orthogonal to object oriented programming), and cover some of the improvements in memory management, compile time type inference, variadic templates, lambdas and other new C++11 language features.

Shipping - Principles Worth Pondering @Howie Chang

There's lots of books and articles out there that touches much on product management. I say, no need to repeat lah. You can read yourself. Lol. So, I think it's a good idea to have some interaction. I am gonna share my journey as a product designer/manager and principles I have learnt and am learning which we can openly discuss over. Sounds good? I hope so! See you guys!

Kibana by @Kokhong Cheng

Kokhong Cheng, member of the technical staff at Paypal, talks about what he has learnt using Kibana to monitor and visualize data in his company. Use Kibana, Logstash and ElasticSearch and build a data-driven, data-informed company/start-up!

Casualties: One desk. How we made one mobile app for four platforms in 40 days

Björn Andersson explains how you can build a mobile app for 4 different platforms in one go using Cordova/PhoneGap. Introduction to Cordova and lessons learned from writing an app available on Android, BlackBerry 10, iOS and Windows Phone 8.

How I got my website to top Google's search results with no budget

Wei Leen (@ngweileen) does Inbound Marketing for fun and profit. In this session he reveals how he got free SEO linkjuice that's right under everyone's noses. Learn how social counts towards SEO, and how most people are in fact, doing too little. Bonus, find out why spending just a minute more on crafting your message can make a difference to search rankings.

Use of python at Twitter by @Senthil

O. R. Senthil Kumaran is an engineer at Twitter. He's in town for a short visit and WeiLeen Ng has kindly agreed to share the 1 hour session this Friday at Mig33 for Senthil to talk about the use of python at Twitter. So this Friday at mig33, there will be two back-to-back exciting sharing! See you there!

CouchDB by @Thibault

Thibault Weintraub talks about the use of CouchDB for his enterprise start-up!!!!!

Best Practices in Building a Responsive Website by @coderkungfu

Learn about the best practices used in creating a responsive website that loads well on mobile, tablet and on your desktop browser. With examples from the "trenches" at mig33. Speaker: Michael Cheng, Senior Software Engineer at mig33 Twitter: @coderkungfu

How to hack your way through a Termsheet by @Julian Low

Julian Low Junliang, current EIR at Red Dot Ventures, one of the co-founders from Zopim (Official) (an early tech success story from Singapore) will share with us how to work out a term sheet and secure an investment for your tech start-up/product!

New APIs in iOS 7 by @Mugunth

iOS 7 gives your Apple devices a fresh user interface, but the beauty of iOS 7’s user interface changes are not just skin deep. iOS 7 is a major update that benefits both users and developers. In this talk, I'll be discussing the new UI and how that new UI will impact your app. Moving on, we discuss the various SDK additions and the new IDE and Compiler, Xcode 5/LLVM 5. The talk will be for 45 minutes and another 15 minutes for discussions or a short Q&A session.

New is Easy but Right is Hard: Hacking Product Management by @Bernard Leong

Synopsis: A great product is a synthesis of technology and business thinking. How do we decide what goes into the product and determine the roadmap of the product? How do we establish the balance between the business and technology of the product? In this session, we discuss some interesting lessons learned on product management and why both business leaders and technologists don't get it. Bernard Chung Wei Leong - current technology manager in Vistaprint, former start-up CTO (Chalkboard), co-founder of SGEntrepreneurs (acquired by Tech in Asia) and early stage angel investor.

How I do categorisation and some naive bayes sh*t

Shawn Tan of YCombinator and Semantics3 fame shares with us how he does "categorisation and some naive bayes sh*t"

How I Built My Own 3D Printer With No Experience

"I'll probably talk about my thoughts about 3D printing and getting into 3D printing from a non-engineer's point of view."

Machine learning in action: tuning an underwater communication link

Satish Shankar explains Machine Learning! Talk summary: Machine learning (ML) has emerged as one of the hottest areas of computer science. As an discipline, ML deals with learning from data and it encompasses a variety of sub-fields. This talk will begin with a (very) brief overview of ML, followed by a case study. The case study will describe the use of ML techniques in (underwater) communication technology. Specifically, i will describe how i used data-driven methods to dynamically adapt the parameters of a wireless receiver in response to a time-varying channel.

Combining art/design with technology by @Fung Kwok Pan

One of the best UI/UX guy in Singapore - Fung Kwok Pan - will show case design principles he uses when building tech products! See you there!

Algorithms by @Yan Han

Algorithms by Pang Yan Han

Salt and Salt-Cloud

By Markus Kirchberg

Scala by @Raymond Tay

Last minute changes to Raymond's schedule so this is the postponed session.

Clojure by @Jiang Fung

Jiang Fung showcases his Clojure app.

Mystery Topic by @Jeffrey Lim

Mystery Topic by Jeffrey Lim

Web audio API by @Chinmay & How @Bryan Lim crawls the web

Web audio API by Chinmay How Bryan crawls the web by @Bryan

Neo4J database by @Rishi

Neo4J database by Rishi Gupta

Elixir language by @Chang Sau Sheong

Elixir language by Chang Sau Sheong

Elastic Search by @Ivan

Elastic Search by Ivan Vanzaj