RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and Taylor Wessing UK organised an Asia Tech Roadshow covering the key technology trends in Asia and the region. The event was supported by SGInnovate, a government agency tasked to develop Singapore’s start-up ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs with industry mentors, venture capitalists and research talent. The highlight of the event was the panel discussion featuring legal experts and key industry players with significant experience in the technology sector.
Head of Intellectual Property & Technology, Jonathan Kok, moderated the panel discussion titled ''Tech Trends and Predictions in Asia and Beyond''. The panel members comprised Robert Fenner, Partner at Taylor Wessing; Saufung Ma, Senior Associate at Taylor Wessing; Manoj Sharma, Founder and CEO of CusJo and Mohan Belani, Co-founder and CEO of e27. The Panel shared their insights on trending topics including artificial intelligence, data analytics, Internet-of-Things, sharing economy, fintech and cryptocurrency. They also explored possible legal implications and government regulations that may shape the development of these technologies.
The Panel closed with an engaging Q&A session and a networking session over drinks and light bites. The session saw a turnout of close to 100 representatives across various industries including Healthcare & Life Sciences, Technology & Communications and Media & Entertainment.
This session is timely in view of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative to apply digital and smart solutions aimed at improving services and living and working conditions for citizens and businesses.
14 October 2017 marked a momentous occasion in the calendar of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation (“Foundation”) as its representatives travelled to Lombok, Indonesia, to participate in an opening ceremony of three bridges totalling 49 metres, sponsored by the Foundation. This is the Foundation’s first corporate social responsibility project out of Singapore.
Why are we doing this? Who are we helping?
Helping the disadvantaged is one of the goals of the Foundation.
A rural village in Lombok had to rely on makeshift bridges to get across different river sections from their village to the mainland. These bridges were unstable and collapsed at each monsoon season, presenting dangerous situations for both adults and children. After various discussions with both Singaporean and Indonesian contacts, the Foundation was pleased to support the construction of the bridges, benefitting 15 farmers and 75 of their family members whose main source of income come from the farming of chillis, vegetables and rice.
The objectives of this project are to:
Present safety passage for the villagers to cross from their village to the mainland
Allow mini trucks to travel across the sturdy bridges, opening up economic opportunities for the villagers and future generations
Allow the villagers to earn an income even during the monsoon season
The Foundation’s Associate Director Christabel Lim was in Lombok and in her opening remarks said, “We are very happy to be here in this beautiful country and hope the bridges will be a blessing to you and your families. Now that the bridges are built on strong foundations, you can travel to and fro your village and the mainland with a peace of mind. Thank you to everyone who helped to build the bridges under the hot sun, sometimes working late into the night as well. Your skills and perseverance to complete the bridges in a short span of time before the monsoon season are admirable.”
The official launch of SMU Pro Bono Centre, supported by RHT Rajan Menon Foundation was featured on Channel NewsAsia’s PrimeTime Asia segment on 6 October 2017.
This feature included the unveiling of the Centre’s signage by Chan Sek Keong, Former Chief Justice and current Advisor for SMU Pro Bono Centre; Tan Chong Huat, Chairman of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation and Senior Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing; Rajan Menon, Founder-Senior Consultant of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing; Professor Lily Kong, Provost of Singapore Management University; Goh Yihan and Rathna Koman, Associate Professors of Law, Singapore Management University.
Please watch the video for the full interview.