We had another exciting exhibition in this year’s InnovFest x Elevating Founders, which happened on 29-31 May 2024.

The event was an absolute delight, brimming with engaging activities at the exhibitions and thought-provoking talks at the conferences. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with industry leaders, exchange ideas, and showcase our latest innovations.

Here is some interesting key-takeaways from the event!

InnovFest x Elevating Founders 2024

The event was organized by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise and held at Singapore Expo. InnovFest x Elevating Founders 2024 spanned over three days (29-31 May 2024), bringing together a vibrant mix of entrepreneurs, investors, and tech enthusiasts. The event also featured several sub-events, including startup showcases, panel discussions, and networking sessions, making it a hub of innovation and collaboration.

Embracing the theme “Driving Innovation, Nurturing Talents: Creating Impact for Asia,” this year’s InnovFest continues its legacy of uniting a diverse ecosystem from across Asia and the globe while showcasing cutting-edge technologies and groundbreaking ideas. Focused on nurturing start-ups and catalysing entrepreneurship in the region, InnovFest provides exclusive access for tech start-ups to investors and the enterprise marketplace, offering visitors invaluable insights and the latest trends in innovation.

Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG)

InnovFest x Elevating Founders 2024 is a key component of Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG), an umbrella event that brings together various tech festivals, conferences, and exhibitions to create a comprehensive platform for innovation and technological advancement. ATxSG embraced the theme of “Redefining Tech for a Better Future”, aligning with InnovFest to drive conversations and collaborations that shape the future of technology in Asia and beyond.

By incorporating InnovFest into its framework, ATxSG amplifies the reach and impact of both events. InnovFest’s focus on startups, entrepreneurship, and innovation fits perfectly within ATxSG‘s broader agenda of fostering technological advancement and economic growth. The collaboration between InnovFest and ATxSG creates a synergistic environment where ideas can flourish, partnerships can form, and groundbreaking technologies can emerge.

Thought-provoking Panel Discussions at InnovFest

InnovFest 2024’s theme revolves around “AI & Digitalisation”, “Sustainability & Environment”, and “Future of Healthcare, Work & Education”.

  • AI & Digitalisation

The “AI & Digitalisation” theme underscores the significant impact of AI and digital technologies on industry progress, showcasing advancements in AI, machine learning, and digital transformation to optimize processes, enhance decision-making, and create new business opportunities.

  • Sustainability & Environment

The “Sustainability & Environment” theme addresses the need for sustainable practices by highlighting green technologies, renewable energy solutions, and sustainable business models, focusing on reducing carbon footprints and promoting environmental conservation through innovative strategies.

  • Future of Healthcare, Work & Education

The “Future of Healthcare, Work & Education” theme explores the transformative impact of technology on these sectors, showcasing advancements in telemedicine, digital health, remote work technologies, automation, online learning platforms, and AI-driven personalized education to improve quality, accessibility, and efficiency.

InnovFest 2024 featured a series of compelling conferences that delved into pivotal topics shaping the future of technology and innovation:

Driving Forward with AI, Digitalization, and Innovation

At InnovFest 2024, a series of dynamic panels provided insights into how AI, digital transformation, and sustainability are reshaping industries and the global economy. In the “AI & Digital Transformation – Shaping the Future of Industries” panel, experts highlighted AI’s profound impact on business models, productivity, and efficiency, identifying key sectors where AI is leading the charge. Meanwhile, the “Protecting Your Innovations in an AI-enabled World” session delved into the future of intellectual property (IP) in an era dominated by AI, exploring innovative search technologies and strategies for data privacy.

The conference also addressed the maritime startup ecosystem in the “Navigating Innovation: Global Collaboration and Maritime Opportunities” panel, emphasizing the importance of cross-border collaboration for global success. Discussions in the “Predicting The Future – What To Build Next” session showcased the transformative potential of emerging technologies, which promise to redefine industries and enhance human experiences while posing new ethical challenges.

Championing Sustainability and Healthcare Innovations

Sustainability was a key focus at InnovFest 2024, with the “Scaling Sustainably – Bridging the Gap Between Ambition & Action” panel examining how businesses can help consumers adopt sustainable habits more easily. This theme extended to corporate sustainability efforts, exploring how companies can achieve widespread action at scale and speed. In the healthcare sector, the “Harnessing AI in Life Sciences” panel discussed the revolutionary potential of AI in drug discovery, diagnostics, and patient care.

The Future of the Workforce and Education

The “Talent for Tomorrow: Future-Proofing Your Workforce” panel shared strategies for fostering creativity, resilience, and initiative in organizations and educational settings. Additionally, the “How Is Technology Revolutionising Education and Transforming Learning Experiences” panel explored how educational technology is breaking down barriers and shaping the way we learn and teach in the 21st century. The “What Does The Next Step for FemTech Look Like?” session highlighted the rapid growth of femtech in Asia, emphasizing the need for further research, funding, and development to advance women’s health technologies.

See the recap of the conference here.

Exhibiting at InnovFest

InnovFest 2024 has firmly established itself as Asia’s largest showcase of university start-ups, providing a unique platform for university start-ups to present their innovations to a global audience, offering unparalleled opportunities for networking, investment, and collaboration.

The event attracts a diverse mix of participants, including venture capitalists, corporates, government agencies, and media, all converging to witness the future of innovation driven by academia. By bringing together these key stakeholders, InnovFest not only highlights the entrepreneurial spirit within universities but also fosters an environment where young innovators can thrive and make meaningful contributions to the global tech landscape.

Gleematic CEO, Christopher Lim, at the booth with Republic Polytechnic team

We participated in the exhibition, showcasing Gleematic as an innovative solution. We shared the booth with Republic Polytechnic, where together we showcased our innovative solutions to a broad audience, highlighting how our technology can transform workplaces. It was a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to driving business efficiency and creating smarter workplaces.

Gleematic Brings New Solution to the Table to Create Smarter Workplace

At InnovFest, Gleematic proudly introduced a new feature for HR Automation, designed to help HR professionals save time and boost productivity. We call this tool “Medical Leave Module”.

Showcasing “Medical Leave Module”

This tool automates the processing of medical leave requests from employees. It works by extracting data from medical certificates, then placing and compiling the data into Excel. Furthermore, cognitive bots of Gleematic access HR systems like Melioris to enter the data from Excel. The robot then processes the employee’s medical leave request, deciding whether to approve or decline it.

With this tool, HR professionals can automate numerous medical leave requests are there without needing human intervention on the process. Imagine if an HR team in a company of hundreds of employees, having to process more than one medical leave request each day. With this HR automation tool of Gleematic, HR team does not have to do manual data entry from physical or scanned documents to their HR system, the cognitive bots can do it for them!

How HR can benefit from this new feature:

  • Time Savings: reduces manual data entry time
  • Increased Productivity: HR can handle more leave requests efficiently, boosting overall productivity
  • Accuracy and Compliance: ensures accurate data entry, reducing errors and ensuring compliance

Overall, this innovation promises to streamline HR operations, allowing HR professionals to focus on more strategic tasks and improving overall workplace efficiency.

See how Gleematic automates the process:

We had a blast!

InnovFest 2024 was an exhilarating experience, brimming with innovation, collaboration, and forward-thinking discussions. We had an absolute blast showcasing our solutions and connecting with fellow innovators, investors, and thought leaders. The energy and enthusiasm at Asia’s largest showcase of university start-ups were truly inspiring.

As we reflect on the event, we are excited about the future of technology and entrepreneurship in Asia and beyond. We look forward to continuing our journey of innovation and eagerly anticipate next year’s InnovFest, where we hope to bring even more groundbreaking ideas to the forefront.

Written by: Kezia Nadira