The Future Starts Here: The UK-Asia Pacific Opportunity

Hosted by Natalie Black, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, in partnership with the UK-ASEAN Business Council and techUK, this conference will bring together innovators from the UK and Asia Pacific to explore opportunities for cross-border collaboration in tech and innovation.

This event will convene top-tier technology companies and government agencies from Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia to explore potential partnerships with the UK across a number of sectors, including AI, 5G, sensors and IoT, data systems and analytics, electronics and communications engineering, smart cities and the digital economy. 

We would like to invite our members to attend this event and explore the exciting opportunities for the UK tech sector in South East Asia, one of the world’s fastest growing regions with over 640 million people, driven by a rapidly expanding and youthful middle class.


·          Equipping ASEAN for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

·          Enhancing ASEAN connectivity through digitised trade and investment

·          Enabling sustainable development in ASEAN through digital transformation


14.00 - 14.15 Keynote Address: Why UK-Asia Pacific Partnership Matters

Natalie Black, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific

 14.15 - 15.15 Panel I: UK-Asia Pacific Partnership on Tech and Innovation

 The UK and Asia Pacific share many common challenges of the future, such as the constructive use of AI and big data, managing the welfare of an ageing society, achieving cleaner growth, and improving the way we move people, goods and services. This panel will discuss how businesses from the UK and Asia Pacific can work collaboratively to address these challenges and create opportunities to boost productivity, employment, innovation and skills.

Speaker profiles coming soon

15.15 - 15.30 Keynote Address: Celebrating Limitless Innovation

Femi Owolade Coombs, a.k.a. Hackerfemo

Femi Owolade-Coombs - also known as Hackerfemo and aged 13 - started coding when he was just 8 - hacking Minecraft using Python on the Raspberry Pi. He wanted to share what he'd learnt with his friends from his Tourette Syndrome support group, which led to him setting up South London Raspberry that has run inclusive coding and robot workshops both in the UK and abroad. He has won awards and praise from the Prime Minster for the work he has done for the community. Femi was named on the Independent's Happy List and was recognised as one of the London Tech Advocates' 25 Under 25s rising talents. He has his own business and website,, and has helped to develop a Young Coders Meet Up hosted at Red Hat's Open Innovation Labs in London. Presently he has partnered with Imran Hassan to develop an app to help deaf children with literacy. He also presents inspiring keynote talks on the topics of young coders, the impact of technology, cyber security and open source community.

15.30 - 16.00 Networking Break

16.00 - 17.00 Panel II: Digital Transformation, Connectivity and Smart Cities in South East Asia

If South East Asia were a single market, it would already be the sixth largest economy in the world worth US$2.6 trillion with over 640 million people, two thirds of whom are projected to become middle class by 2020. This panel will discuss the many opportunities available for UK tech and innovation in this region, as South East Asia undergoes sweeping digital transformation to maintain its rapid growth and future proof its economies against the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Speaker profiles coming soon

17.00 - 17.30 Final Remarks and Q&A

17.30 - 19.30 Networking Reception

This is a by invitation event. To register your interest, please contact Dominykas Broga via email at

  • Dominykas Broga

    Dominykas Broga

    Programme Manager | International Trade
    T 07931 565 239

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