FIRST is the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)’s signature event where the School brings and connects people from various industries together to explore collaboration. The FIRST Industry Workshop aims to foster and expand industry-academia ties by showcasing relevant research capabilities with industry-relevant applications, reinforcing SUTD’s role as a vital anchor within a vibrant ecosystem of partnerships between academia, industry and the Government. The theme for the FIRST Industry Workshop 2020 will be “What Makes University-Industry Collaboration Succeed?” and will be held on 22 July 2020. 

Since its inception in 2016, the FIRST Industry Workshop has gone from strength to strength – the 2019 edition saw over 800 attendees (about 700 of whom were from industry). Participants appreciated the insights and experiences shared by the Keynote Speaker and Forum Panelists and viewed our graduate-level research projects on display. It has also served as a business networking platform for companies to reach more clients and customers while they were showcasing their products in the exhibition, and eventually attained business growth and increased revenues.

This year, the event will go fully virtual. SUTD has invited Dr Bicky Bhangu (President, SE Asia, Pacific & South Korea, Rolls-Royce) and Mr Nicholas Ma (Chief Executive Officer, Huawei International Pte Ltd), as the distinguished keynote speakers for the morning session of the event. This will be followed by the Forum Panel Discussion.

The Research Competition Poster Exhibition, Industry Spotlight and Research Centre/Lab Showcase will be held in the afternoon session.

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Do visit FIRST website for more details of the annual event,





 Opening Address (Live streaming)

Prof Yeo Kiat Seng

Associate Provost, Research and International Relations, SUTD


Keynote Address (Live streaming)

Dr Bicky Bhangu

President, South East Asia, Pacific and South Korea, Rolls-Royce


 Keynote Address (Live streaming)

Mr Nicholas Ma

CEO, Huawei International Pte Ltd


Forum Panel Discussion (Live streaming)




Research Competition/Poster Showcase (Online showcase)


Industry Spotlight (Live streaming)


Research Centre/Lab Showcase (Online showcase)