DR. AYESHA KHANNA
Ayesha is the Founder of the Empower: AI for Singapore movement. She is Founder and Chairwoman of 21C Girls, a registered charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore. She is also Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm that was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia in 2017 and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Ayesha serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government's agency that develops its technology sector to drive the country's digital economy. Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.
Patrice is the founding director of The Sandbox, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship office of Ngee Ann Polytechnic. At The Sandbox, Patrice kickstarted several initiatives to promote innovation and entrepreneurship among students and alumni including the Global Entrepreneurial and Internship Programme (GEIP) .
CHING CHING TAN
Tan Ching Ching is Deputy Director at The Sandbox. She also leads the PolyFinTech 100 initiative which was launched jointly by the 5 polys and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to prepare the next generation of manpower for the FinTech industry.
John is the CEO of Saturday Kids, a founding partner of Found8, and a partner at 2 micro venture capital funds. He has been investing in technology startups since 2011. Some of the more recognizable names in his portfolio include Redmart, Chope and Ninja Van. He spends most of his time on Saturday Kids, a digital literacy school for children and young adults. Saturday Kids' mission is to make kids curious, self-directed learners. John is passionate about entrepreneurship and equipping young people with the skills to thrive in a tech driven world. He is a yoga loving father of five whose music playlist alternates between jazz, old-school hip-hop and modern classical. On weekends there’s a good chance you’ll find him at The Projector. In a different life he’ll probably be a film critic. Or a music writer. Or a ski instructor.
21C GIRLS is a registered charity that delivers free coding classes to girls in Singapore. Over the last 4 years, 21C Girls has spearheaded programs that have taught over 2000 children coding, and is currently engaged on a 3-year program to teach 3000 children in Singapore in collaboration with Google.
NGEE ANN POLYTECHNIC
Ngee Ann Polytechnic is an institution of higher learning in Singapore with more than 14,800 full-time and 3,000 part-time students, more than 1,800 staff, and 148,000 alumni. The polytechnic offers 44 full-time diploma courses covering diverse interests from business, design and environment, media and the humanities to engineering, technology, health and life sciences.
Saturday Kids is a leading provider of tech education services for children and teens in Singapore. Since 2012, they have taught over 3,000 students how to learn through classes in programming, electronics, digital art and design thinking. Their mission is to use digital literacy classes to transform kids into self-motivated learners who are curious, inventive & resourceful.
SGInnovate is one of the leading companies in Singapore which brings together great minds to discuss, share and inspire new ideas in deep tech. It helps ambitious and capable people to build 'technology-intensive' products borne out of science research.