Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


General Information 

1. Where and when will TechInnovation 2017 be held?

TechInnovation will be held on 19 - 20 September 2017 at Level 1 Halls A & B, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore. The opening hours of TechInnovation 2017 are 0830 hr to 1730 hr.

2. Where can I find the TechInnovation 2017 programme?

Details on the programme will be available under the Agenda section at a later date. Please check back for updates.

3. How do I register for TechInnovation 2017?

To register as an exhibitor, apply online at www.techinnovation.com.sg. Please note that registration ends on 24 July 2017 or when the booths are fully booked, whichever is the earlier.
TechInnovation is a free event for delegates. Delegate registration opens in June 2017.

4. When I have registered for TechInnovation 2017, can I attend other events during the Singapore Week of Innovation & TecHnology (SWITCH)?

TechInnovation is an anchor event in SWITCH. Details about registration for other events in SWITCH will be provided when switchsg.org site is ready.

5. Who is the organiser of TechInnovation 2017?

IPI is the organiser of TechInnovation. IPI was established by the Singapore Ministry of Trade & Industry in April 2011, to catalyse and enable enterprises to grow their businesses through the use of technology and innovation. IPI promotes open innovation, and works with enterprises to source for technologies available both locally and from overseas. In addition, it facilitates partnerships to bring new and innovative products and services to the market. Connected to a global network of technology partners including the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), IPI is well-positioned to assist Singapore enterprises to discover new business and innovation opportunities and expand their reach through its innovation partners.

For more information about IPI, visit www.ipi-singapore.org.

Exhibiting at TechInnovation 2017

6. What are the booth types available for TechInnovation 2017?

There are 3 types: Standard Booth (6-Panels), Small Booth (1-Panel) and Raw Space (min. 32 sqm). For more information on the benefits and pricing, please download the Exhibitor Brochure.

7. When does exhibitor registration close?

Exhibitor registration will close on 24 July 2017 or when the booths are sold out, whichever is the earlier. A gentle reminder that Early Bird Rates end on 31 May 2017.

8. How can I apply to be an exhibitor?

To register as an exhibitor, apply online at www.techinnovation.com.sg. Select the type of booth and tell us about your technology offers, products or services that you want to exhibit. The person who submits the form will be the main point of contact for all correspondences with us.

9. Do I get to choose the location of my booth?

The booth will be allocated by IPI and you will be informed of the location nearer to the event. IPI takes into consideration the type of booth, category of technology to be featured, geographic region of the exhibitors, layout of the exhibition hall, footfall to optimise the booth allocation.

10. Why is the exhibition fee for Technology Provider and Service Provider different?

TechInnovation is a marketplace & brokerage event that promotes technology commercialisation and collaborations between technology seekers and technology providers. The exhibition rates for Technology Providers are non-commercial to encourage tech transfer offices, research institutes, enterprises, technology intermediaries, SMEs, startups to participate.

The higher rates for Service Providers, who are selling products and services, help to defray the cost of organising the event. Nevertheless, the rates are very competitive compared to other events of similar scale and target audience. There is a limited number of booths for Service Provider exhibitors.

11. Who are Technology Providers?

Technology Providers make available technologies or intellectual property for technology transfer, commercialisation, licensing, research collaboration, joint development etc. They include tech transfer offices, research institutes, hospitals, enterprises, corporate ventures, technology intermediaries, SMEs, incubators/accelerators, startups.

12. Who are Service Providers?

Service Providers sell products and services such as consultancy services, patent agents, database & search services, technology translators, prototyping services, design services etc.

13. Why do I have to submit a technology offer write-up?

The technology offer write-up (TechOffer) includes descriptions such as its title, summary, features, specifications, technology readiness level (TRL), applications, benefits and illustrations. The information will be published on the event website and apps for technology seekers know more about your technologies. It also enables IPI and our supporting partners to help you find the right technology seeker to initiate a collaboration.

14. What are the required information to be submitted in the TechOffer write-up?

You may submit the TechOffers online after your application is accepted, and before 31 July 2017. All fields in the TechOffer form are required such as the title, summary, features, specifications, technology readiness level (TRL), applications, benefits and illustrations. The information will be used to assess the suitability of the technology for exhibiting, matchmaking and Crowdpitching purposes.

15. Does IPI help me to write the TechOffer?

You are responsible for writing your TechOffers in the English language and they will be published as it is. IPI is not responsible for proofreading and correcting factual or grammatical errors. 

16. I am a Service Provider exhibitor. Do I have to submit a TechOffer? Does my booth come with free posters?

You are not required to submit any TechOffer. You may provide descriptions of your products and services in the corporate profile. The free poster is not applicable to Service Provider exhibitors but you may bring your own posters or marketing collateral. You may also engage the event organiser to produce the posters at your own cost.

17. Do the Technology Provider booths come with technology posters? What is published in the poster?

If your TechOffer is submitted and approved before 31 July 2017, you may choose to have the poster produced by our event organiser free of charge. The A0-sized foam-backed poster will be based on a standard template design with technology title, 250-word summary and an illustration (eg image, diagram, drawing etc). The number of free poster will be dependent on the type of booth you have selected (up to 6 posters for Standard Booth and 1 poster for Small Booth).

The free poster is applicable to Technology Provider exhibitors using the shell scheme Standard & Small booths only. However, you will bear the cost for additional posters or re-prints after the posters have been produced.

For exhibitors in raw space and speciality pavilions, please bring your own posters.

18. I am a Technology Provider exhibitor. Can I bring my own technology posters and collateral?

Yes, you may bring your own A0-sized posters at your own cost. Please ensure that your posters show the same title and summary as shown in the approved TechOffer in our system. You may also bring other marketing collateral eg, standees, pull-up banners, brochures. Please ensure that the collaterals are placed within the space allocated for your booth. Double-sided tape is available from the event organiser to mount the posters onto the booth panels.

19. Can I bring equipment, prototype and demonstration set to exhibit at the booth?

Yes, you are strongly encouraged to bring and exhibit them at the booth. Booths with such exhibits attract greater interests from the visitors. Please ensure that the exhibits are placed within the space allocated for your booth. if you need additional furniture to display the exhibits, you may rent them from the event organiser. If your exhibits have high power requirement, please inform the event organiser.

20. When do I move in to set up the booth?

The venue will be ready for exhibitors to move in on 18 September afternoon. Details will be provided closer to the event.

21. Can I keep the technology posters after the event?

Yes, you may keep them after the event.

22. What is Crowdpitching and how can I participate?

Crowdpitching is a platform for Technology Provider exhibitors to present and pitch their technology to the audience for commercialisation or collaboration opportunities. When you submit your TechOffers, you may indicate your interest to participate in crowdpitching. IPI will evaluate the suitability and shortlist the TechOffer for crowdpitching. If accepted, Exhibitors are given 7 minute at the main stage or pitching stage during the crowdpitching sessions. One crowdpitch per Technology Provider exhibitor is accepted.

23. How many exhibitor passes do I get? Why can’t I get more passes?

For Standard Booth (6-panel), you will get four (4) exhibitor passes. For Small Booth (1-panel), you will get two (2) passes. The exhibitor passes are given to exhibitor personnel who are manning the booth at all times. The exhibitor
passes allow exhibitors to access privileged functions in the event system, eg TechOffer submission, meeting and leads management etc so the number of passes is strictly limited.

24. What are the dates for cancellation and refund policy?

The exhibition fee should be paid within one month to the event organiser after your application is accepted. If you withdraw on or before 24 July 2017, the fee will be refunded to you less any charges that may have been incurred by the organiser. If you withdraw after 24 July 2017, there will be no refund.

Getting to TechInnovation 2017

25. How do I get to TechInnovation 2017?

TechInnovation will be held at Level 1 Halls A & B of Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Expo and Convention Centre.
Please find the directions to Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre here

26. I am visiting from outside of Singapore, where can I stay?

A list of recommended hotels will be provided at a later date. Please check back for updates.

27. Where is the car park located?

Please find the relevant information on parking here.

28. Where do I collect my Exhibition / Conference Pass?

For exhibitors, your passes will be available for collection from 18 September afternoon onward from the “Exhibitor” line at the registration counter.
For delegates, you may collect your pass on 19 and 20 September at the registration counter. Please bring along your confirmation email or flash the QR code in the TechInnovation mobile apps for a smooth registration process. The mobile apps are available in iOS and Android and will be rolled out in July.

29. Will food be provided at TechInnovation?

Lunch can be purchased at the F&B area in the exhibition hall. 


If you did not find the answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact us at admin@techinnovation.com.sg