ROAD-TO-WCIT Malaysia is a highlight of the TECHFEST LIVE and it features the latest technology and innovation conversations and the 2020 Global ICT Excellence Awards.

PENANG   |   18 – 20 November 2020


ROAD-TO-WCIT Malaysia is a highlight of the TECHFEST LIVE and it features the latest technology and innovation conversations and the 2020 Global ICT Excellence Awards.

PENANG   |   18 – 20 NOV 2020



ROAD-TO-WCIT Malaysia is the journey towards marking the return of the World Congress On Information Technology to Malaysia as the gateway to Southeast Asia with a market size of 650 million people.


Participate and connect with Southeast Asia market leads through our B2B matching that is AI enabled and/or book a virtual booth to display your company’s products and services for procurement and partnership appointments. Catch young talents from Southeast Asia via our talent pool recruitment for your needs as well!


Different economies perceive advances in technology in different ways, mostly based on their vantage perspective and concepts of globalization, adoption, diffusion and changes necessary in policies in order to translate technical change into economic and social value.

The various conversation tracks will cover various point of views to explore new strategic and collaborative efforts.

  • What impacts are desirable? How can policy nurture innovation and diversity?

  • What deployment and data are used by governments to respond to change?

  • How do policymakers re-balance the reduced need for labour that skew the distribution of income and wealth?

  • How are policies balancing inequality from automation which is also a key driver for productivity and economic growth?

  • On-demand economy – how do we value the unprecedented disruption of new technology innovation?

  • How to spark deeper collaboration between stakeholders (state, market, community, household)?

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Douglas A. Comstock
Deputy CFO, NASA Headquarters

Audrey Tang
Taiwan’s Digital Minister

Victor Calise
Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office

Lee Tuthill
World Trade Organization (WTO)

Professor Soumitra Dutta
Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Niruban Balachandran
Program Management Officer, The World Bank

Frances West
Author of Authentic Inclusion™ Drives Disruptive Innovation

Dr. William Magee
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Operation Smile

Beverly Roach
Security Expert, Asian Development Bank

Professor Soo-Young Lee
Director, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Khairun Nisa Zabidi
British High Commission Kuala Lumpur

Dr. Santitarn Sathirathai
Group Chief Economist, Sea Group

Geoff Mulgan
Professor of Collective Intelligence, University College London (UCL)

Shinta W. Dhanuwardoyo
CEO/Founder, and Angel Investor

Charles Ng
VP of Enterprise AI, Appier

Mary-Jo de Leeuw
Founder, International Women in Cyber Security Foundation


The 2020 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards will be presented to select users and providers whose use and applications of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) exhibit exceptional achievement within nine categories:

COVID-19 literally shut down the largest cities in the world, and while the healthcare industry, first responders, governments, banks, businesses, and entire populations grappled with flattening the curve, technology companies sought to create innovative solutions aimed to combat and ease the effects of the global virus.

Cities and local communities bore the brunt of the virus, causing resource strains to occur, testing the very will of the governments.  Some city governments and local authorities were more successful than others in using technology to combat the virus. They effectively used technology, by employing sensors and data to trace the contacts of people infected with the coronavirus. At the same time, some cities are tracking and assisting in efforts to determine whether social distancing rules are being followed.

Some local authorities are analyzing pedestrian and vehicle flow and car park data, CCTV cameras, drones, cell phone usage and apps in order to measure social distancing and to track and enforce quarantines. Using technology along with community-led initiatives has helped contain the growth in numbers of effected people.

This award will recognize cities and localities that utilize technology aided solutions successfully in the fight against COVID-19. The nominee must demonstrate that the adopted technologies or solutions have produced clear positive impact on mitigating the impact of COVID-19 within their geographic locations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments, cities, localities and whole societies to seek effective solutions in the COVID-19 battle to include digital technologies to respond to the crisis. Navigating through these challenging times requires governments to adopt an open government approach and to use digital communication channels to provide reliable information on global and national COVID-19 developments. E-participation platforms can represent useful tools to engage with vulnerable groups online and to establish digital initiatives to collectively brainstorm for policy ideas to critical social and economic challenges.

Effective public-private partnerships, through sharing technologies, expertise and tools, can support governments in restarting the economy and rebuilding societies. Developing countries, in particular, will need international cooperation and support in mitigating the crisis. Therefore, regional, national and local project-based collaborations with private sector companies, international organizations and other stakeholders are necessary. In the long-term, governments need to accelerate the implementation of innovative digital technologies such as AI-powered technology, blockchain, and drones. Investments in these technologies can tremendously support the future resilience of the health economy and the public services delivery.

National and regional governments also work and coordinate with cities and help fund the delivery of not only urgently needed medical items, but also technologies and solutions deemed essential to fight and contain the spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus.

This award will recognize countries or regions that demonstrate vision and leadership with regard to using digital tools to successfully respond to the COVID-19 crisis, including engagement with vulnerable groups as well as implementing innovative digital technologies to address not only short-term concerns, but also to grow the resilience of society against future health crises in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders.

This award recognizes any companies or individuals who successfully utilize information and communications technology, artificial intelligence, big data or similar in the fight against COVID-19. Examples of solutions include telehealth apps, privacy-respecting social distancing enforcement, contact and tracing technologies, as well as vaccine and testing solutions. The nominee must demonstrate that the technology or solution has yielded a real impact on mitigating the impact of COVID-19.

This award recognizes successful partnerships between government and private sector entities in ICT. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a mechanism for government to procure and implement public infrastructure and/or services using the resources and expertise of the private sector. Where governments are facing ageing or lack of infrastructure and require more efficient services, a partnership with the private sector can help foster new solutions and bring finance. PPPs combine the skills and resources of both the public and private sectors through sharing of risks and responsibilities. This enables governments to benefit from the expertise of the private sector, and allows them to focus instead on policy, planning and regulation by delegating day-to-day operations.

PPPs can also help address longstanding barriers to the inclusion of persons with disabilities and the intersection with technological advancements, mitigate the negative effects from trade and technology change, as well as combatting cybercrime by leveraging multi-stakeholder partnerships to drive durable solutions and improve cooperation with industry and other stakeholders through information sharing initiatives, capacity-building programs, by employing responsible and equitable security vulnerability disclosure and remediation practices, and by jointly fostering technology innovations and investments that address global security challenges.

Other areas of private-public partnerships include new partnership opportunities with the ICT sector to deliver the technological transportation breakthroughs of tomorrow. PPPs can also help develop Local Innovation Ecosystems: The success of innovations often depends on the strength and development of the local innovation ecosystem, and public-private partnerships as government tools can effectively build ecosystems in a short period of time.

Individuals, academic institutions, corporations, NGOs or government authorities that have made a remarkable and successful effort at providing digital opportunities to those in need are eligible for this award. In order for the Digital Age to fulfill its promise, it must consider the unique challenges faced by diverse populations. Examples could include deployment of ICTs and Internet access among inner city populations, or in towns, rural areas or cities in developing and least-developed countries. This award also includes programs and initiatives that aid people with disabilities and others who face longstanding barriers to social inclusion. Digital Inclusion is defined as the “ability of individuals and groups to access and use information and communication technologies (ICTs). Digital inclusion encompasses not only access to the Internet but also the availability of hardware and software; relevant content and services; and training for the digital literacy skills required for effective use of ICTs.”

This award recognizes solutions enabling accessibility for those individuals who have traditionally not benefited from ICT. This award also seeks innovative solutions that create meaningful employment through ICT for those who have traditionally been underrepresented in the labor force. Of particular interest to WITSA are applications that embed inclusion and accessibility in the original design as opposed to retrofitting existing applications.

Individuals, academic institutions, corporations, NGOs or governments that have made a remarkable and successful effort at using ICTs as a tool to promote sustainable economic growth. Sustainable economic growth shall be defined as the ability to improve the financial and social well-being without compromising the prosperity or well-being of future generations; a sustainable economy is therefore one in which economic growth is decoupled from environmental impacts. Three key challenges are climate change, resource degradation and pollution.  At the heart of all three is energy efficiency and the role that ICTs may have.

This Award recognizes Individuals, healthcare institutions, academic institutions, corporations, NGOs or governments that have made remarkable and successful efforts at utilizing ICTs as a tool to promote health and health care such as telehealth, mHealth (mobile health), eHealth or through eLearning, electronic health records, big data, legal frameworks, or social media. Solutions utilized may range from provision of information to keep citizens healthy, to support for public health in communities, care and support systems in health facilities, and from all the above the data needed to inform management and policy-makers.

Disruption is changing the way we work, demanding businesses to move with speed and confidence, and continually innovate. The Digital Innovation Awards recognize businesses and entrepreneurs that have introduced noteworthy innovations in technology that advance business and IT. The Digital Innovation Awards showcase advances in the productivity and potential of business applications as well as technology that contributes significantly to improved efficiency, productivity and the performance of an organization, or more broadly helps with Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age for everyone.

The Digital Age is requiring new sets of skills, and adoption of new models of public education that emphasize coding, programming and computer science must be adopted. Contrary to popular belief, the digital gap is widening, putting pressure on countries to catch up. Public education must adopt new approaches to lifelong learning.

This award will be given to the best electronic learning project. We seek any innovative new technological tool, or any project that uses existing electronic learning tools in an innovative way. Such projects should facilitate and support learning through the use of information and communications technology.

To date, the WITSA Global ICT Excellence Award winners have positioned themselves as leaders and top innovators by fully realizing the potential of ICT to grow the bottom line as well as to provide better service to citizens, improve health care, and provide trust and transparency in government. The Awards are remarkable for its large number of highly qualified nominees, selected from among the entire 80-country WITSA global network.


The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a consortium of over 80 information and communications technology (ICT) industry associations from economies around the world. WITSA members represent over 90 percent of the world ICT market. As the global voice of the ICT industry, WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance the industry’s growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in IT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and critical information; providing members with a vast network of contacts in nearly every geographic region of the world; hosting the World Congress on IT, the premier industry sponsored global IT event.



Smart Cities Council will be launching its’ Future Cities Academy at ROAD-TO-WCIT Malaysia with an exclusive offer to the advanced ASEAN version of the Academy with its Smart Cities Practitioner Certificate, which will allow policy makers and practitioners to be recognised for their knowledge and effort in advancing the role that technology and data can play in generating economic, social and environmental value for our communities. This is the only recognition for individuals to demonstrate their commitment in shaping more liveable, workable and sustainable cities, towns and regions by using technology and data as an enabler and you can attend through WCIT both online and in-person this November in Penang.


“We are seeking to build a new generation of smart cities leaders who are informed and active in advancing the role of technology and data as an accelerator for greater sustainability and prosperity“

Adam Beck
Executive Director – Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand
Secretariat – Centre for Data Leadership


The Smart Cities Council is an international network of leading companies, advised by trusted, neutral advisors made up of top universities, laboratories and standards bodies. The Council envisions a world where digital technology and intelligent design have been harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs.

As a part of TECHFEST Live X Road-to-WCIT Malaysia 2020, TechNode Global’s ORIGIN Conference will take place on November 18 with the theme “Startup Asia: Celebrating the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship”, inspired by the power of technology in building resilience.

This special track will also reveal the winners of the winners of the ORIGIN Innovation Awards!

ORIGIN Conference is TechNode Global’s premier international content track about the latest developments in the Asia tech and startup scene where international industry leaders and technology innovators from across the region gather to share trends, experiences, and leadership lessons.

Sessions will be live streamed and include: 

“Trend Explained: Everything you need to know about live streaming eCommerce”

with Andrew Lim, CFO at Gushcloud and Sega Cheng, Founder & CEO at

“How will the health innovation environment change post-COVID?”

with Dr. Liu Chang, Regional Director, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, ACCESS Health, Anil Argilla, Cluster Lead Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan & Singapore, Pfizer, Carlos Jo Loo, Investment Associate at MassMutual Ventures SEA, and Seow Hui Hong, Program Director at BlueChilli

“Reimagine insurance in the digital age”

with Cleosent Randing, Founder and CEO at PasarPolis, Max Tiong, Lead, Transformation Office at NTUC Income, and Kayvon Deldar, Program Lead, Insurtech and Fintech (Singapore) at Plug & Play Tech Centre

“Where’s The New Cash For Startup Founders?”

with Kenneth Li, Managing Partner at MDI Ventures and Ambar Machfoedy, BD Director at Sistema Asia

“Thriving in the #SheEra: It’s time to shine for women entrepreneurs”

with Tang Shuyin, Partner at Patamar Capital and Jenni Risku, Founder at Women in Tech Asia

“Harvest The Future: Food & Agri’s big opportunity”

with Nick Cooney, Founder and Managing Partner at Lever VC, Kelvin Ng, BD Director (ASEAN) at Green Monday, and John Friedman, Director at AgFunder Asia & GROW Accelerator

“Digitizing Indian MSMEs”

with Harsh Pokharna, co-founder & CEO at OkCredit


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