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WiT Singapore 2018

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Last year, WiT Singapore built the road to "Better Travel" and encouraged you to embrace five values – Creativity, Diversity, Openness, Respect, and Love. This year, we invite you to join us on the next stage of our journey to Better Travel by stepping "Through the Looking Glass".

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About WiT Singapore
WiT Singapore 2018 will take a step "Through the Looking Glass". Other than uncovering inspirational and new ideas in travel from across the world and in APAC, it will also look beyond the borders of travel, to take lessons and to see things in a different light.

About WiT
WiT is Asia's leading digital travel media and events platform with content focused around how technology is changing travel and behaviour in the world's fastest growing market. Its signature conference in Singapore, launched in 2005, attracts more than 500 travel industry professionals from around the world. Held every October in partnership with ITB Asia, WiT Singapore will be held at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre on October 15-17. It also holds WiT Hospitality, Hong Kong; WiT Seoul; WiT Indie, Penang; WiT Europe, Amsterdam; and WiT Japan & North Asia.

WiT is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northstar Travel Group, the leading B2B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business travel, business and sports, meetings, incentives and travel technology.

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Why attend

Change is coming at us from so many different directions. Emerging markets, new customers, new behaviours. New tech – AI, machine learning, blockchain – are promising to transform every industry. Fintech is targeting consumers at the point where it matters most – their pockets. On-demand services are changing our expectations in how we consume, live, work and play.

Marketplaces do retail better – compare buying on Amazon versus an airline website. Facebook and Google are streaks ahead in AI and machine learning. Spotify has taken personalisation to a new level, it even discovers new music for you. Netflix knows what you should be watching before you do.

It is clear no industry can afford to operate in silos anymore. Lines have blurred, walls have come down. It is vital we look past our industry to explore and discover other verticals – whether in tech, media, retail, banking – and take lessons from their experiences.

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OUR THEME

When Alice stepped "Through the Looking Glass", she did it boldly. She asked questions of everyone she met, she had a playful spirit, she accepted everyone as they were, with all their quirks and eccentricities. Yet, she never lost sight of her identity and who she was.

Curiosity, Courage, Experimentation, Acceptance and Character. These are the values we should hold on to when we set off on any journey to a new destination.

This year at WiT 2018, we encourage you to embrace these five values as we take the journey "Through the Looking Glass" together. Let's explore what is out there that we can learn from, see things in a different light, so that together we can uncover a world of possibilities on the other side.
 

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Monday, 15 October 2018
8:00 am - 9:00 amChecking In [More Info]
9:00 am - 9:10 amKick-off [More Info]
9:10 am - 9:20 amWhat's Up In The World of Startups? [More Info]
9:20 am - 9:50 amThrough The Lens of Investors [More Info]
9:50 am - 10:20 amFounders' Fireside Round: There's Life After Exit [More Info]
10:20 am - 10:45 amThrough The Looking Glass: China [More Info]
10:45 am - 11:15 amCoffee Break
11:15 am - 11:45 amThrough The Looking Glass: Philippines [More Info]
11:45 am - 12:15 pmThrough The Looking Glass: Taiwan [More Info]
12:15 pm - 12:35 pmCreating Inspirational Content To Link The World: The Story of Culture Trip [More Info]
12:35 pm - 12:55 pmRocking It In The World of Fashion & Retail [More Info]
12:55 pm - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 2:25 pmThrough The Looking Glass: Israel [More Info]
2:25 pm - 2:45 pmThrough The Looking Glass: Nepal [More Info]
2:45 pm - 3:45 pmWiT Singapore Startup Pitch 2018, Part 1 [More Info]
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmBreak
4:15 pm - 4:35 pmCreating Aspirational and Luxury Travel In China: The Story Of Zanadu [More Info]
4:35 pm - 5:25 pmWiT Singapore Startup Pitch 2018, Part 2 [More Info]
5:25 pm - 5:50 pmWiT Startup Alumni Club [More Info]
5:50 pm - 6:20 pmPain Points In Travel: Advice For Startups [More Info]
6:20 pmIt's A Wrap [More Info]
6:30 pm - 8:00 pmWiT Opening Cocktails (Hosted by Ingenico ePayments) [More Info]
 
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
8:00 am - 9:00 amChecking In
9:00 am - 9:10 amOpening
9:10 am - 9:20 amSetting The Stage: Walk On Through To The Other Side [More Info]
9:20 am - 9:40 amOpening Conversation: A Bridge Closer To The Other Side [More Info]
9:40 am - 10:00 amGlobal Might, Asia Fight [More Info]
10:00 am - 10:20 amThe Next Big Pot Of Gold [More Info]
10:20 am - 10:30 amThe Power Paradox [More Info]
10:30 am - 10:50 amThrough The Google Glass [More Info]
10:50 am - 11:00 amThrough The Looking Glass: Going Beyond Hospitality [More Info]
11:00 am - 11:30 amBreak
11:30 am - 11:35 amOpen Space
11:35 am - 11:45 amFuture Of Travel Technology: 2030 [More Info]
11:45 am - 12:05 pmThe Now Big Thing In Search: Data Science, Context & Personalisation [More Info]
12:05 pm - 12:40 pmI Spy With My Little Eye ... [More Info]
12:40 pm - 1:00 pmMessaging Might, Travel Power [More Info]
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 2:05 pmOpen Space
2:05 pm - 2:45 pmMining The Golden Nugget: Stuff You Ought To Know About Airline Distribution Including NDC [More Info]
2:45 pm - 3:05 pmThrough The Looking Glass with Singapore Airlines [More Info]
3:05 pm - 3:20 pmCatching The Wave: Uncovering The Cruise Opportunity [More Info]
3:20 pm - 3:40 pmString Art, Surf With A Local & Walking With Wolves: Airbnb Experiences, A Year On [More Info]
3:40 pm - 3:45 pmOpen Space
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmCoffee Break
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmImagine New Possibilities [More Info]
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmThe Next Wave in Destination Marketing: New Tech, New Ideas, New Travellers [More Info]
5:00 pm - 5:30 pmIt's Getting Hot In The Experiences Kitchen [More Info]
5:30 pm - 5:45 pmThrough The Looking Glass: The Journey Of Travel [More Info]
5:45 pmIt's A Wrap - Till Tomorrow
7:00 pm - 9:00 pmWiT Hall of Fame Salon 2018 [More Info]
 
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
8:30 am - 9:20 amChecking In
9:20 am - 9:30 amKicking Off
9:30 am - 9:50 amOpening Conversation: MakeMyTrip - Looking Towards Amazon [More Info]
9:50 am - 10:00 amThrough The Looking Glass: Behold The New World of Convergence [More Info]
10:00 am - 10:20 amCoffee Chat: Eric Gnock Fah, COO & Co-founder, Klook [More Info]
10:20 am - 10:50 amThe Ever-Changing Prism Of Hospitality [More Info]
10:50 am - 11:10 amCoffee Chat: Nikhilesh Ponde, Head of Global Travel Strategy, Facebook [More Info]
11:10 am - 11:40 amCoffee Break
11:40 am - 11:55 amThrough The Looking Glass: How Online Travel is taking off in South-east Asia [More Info]
11:55 am - 12:00 pmOpen Space
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmOTAs & Different Shades Of Grey [More Info]
12:30 pm - 1:00 pmPayments Make the World Of Travel Go Around [More Info]
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 2:05 pmOpen Space
2:05 pm - 2:15 pmThrough The Looking Glass: The Sound Of Travel [More Info]
2:15 pm - 2:45 pmBlockchain In Travel: Boom, Bust, Or Mere Blip? [More Info]
2:45 pm - 3:05 pmBest of WiT Europe [More Info]
3:05 pm - 3:25 pmCoffee Chat: Cherry Huang, General Manager, Cross-Border Business, South-east Asia, Alipay [More Info]
3:25 pm - 3:55 pmCoffee Break
3:55 pm - 4:25 pmChina Power, Local Stories, Global Ambitions [More Info]
4:25 pm - 4:45 pmContent Creation & Consumption In China [More Info]
4:45 pm - 5:00 pmWiT Startup Pitch 2018 Grand Finals [More Info]
5:00 pm - 5:20 pmWhat's Cooking, Booking? [More Info]
5:20 pm - 5:40 pmThe WiT Great Debate [More Info]
5:40 pm - 5:45 pmIt's A Wrap, See You Oct 14 – 16 Next Year
7:00 pm - 9:00 pmClosing Cocktails Hosted By Adara [More Info]
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REGISTRATION

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STARTUP PITCH

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The WiT Startup Pitch is one of the most dynamic travel startup pitch competitions in Asia Pacific. We're looking for groundbreaking new ideas and clever, entrepreneurial minds that are pushing the boundaries in travel technology.


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 SEMI-FINALISTS

Catch these startups as they take the stage at the WiT Startup Pitch semi-finals round at the WiT Bootcamp on October 15. Each startup will get 5 minutes to present their business idea before facing a 3-minute Q&A with our panel of judges. The top three will move on to pitch at the Grand Finals during the day two of Main Conference on October 17.

Airbuy
BookMeBus
Caption Hospitality 
Carepod
Checkmate Technologies
Nommi
Octotrip
Pebblar
Portier Technologies
Split
Travel Ads Network
Trell
TripClub
 

*The WiT Startup Pitch is open to all travel-related startups, up to 5 years old.


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WIT HALL OF FAME


In 2017, WiT introduced our Hall of Fame to recognise and honour individuals / companies who have had the greatest influence on the progress and professionalism of the digital travel industry in the Asia Pacific.
This year, we will continue the tradition of inducting eight more individuals / companies into our Hall of Fame. Recipients will be honoured at the WiT Hall of Fame Salon Evening on October 16th in conjunction with WiT Singapore 2018.
These were last year's inductees: /h2>
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