Geo Connect Asia 2021 to debut in Singapore in reimagined format

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24th & 25th March 2021
Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Southeast Asia’s inaugural geospatial services and location intelligence event is set to be the first large-scale hybrid event to be hosted in Singapore in 2021, combining plenary sessions and conferences to provide a forum for the digital transformation of the industries.

International event organiser Montgomery Asia is to take its highly anticipated flagship geospatial and location intelligence event for Southeast Asia, Geo Connect Asia, hybrid this month.

Bringing together the latest innovations in smart cities, digital construction, remote sensing and UAVs, among many others, Geo Connect Asia 2021 will take place at the heart of Singapore, with both a physical event, 24-25 March 2021 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, as well as a virtual Geo Connect Asia 2021 for delegates and visitors.

Themed ‘Global Solutions for Asia’s Geospatial & Location Intelligence Markets’, Geo Connect Asia (GCA) 2021 will be Southeast Asia’s inaugural online and offline conference and business-led geospatial services and location intelligence event. It is also set to be Singapore’s first large-scale physical-virtual event to-date in 2021, combining a two-day conference, technical talks and plenary sessions to provide a forum for an industry which is crucial to regional development as ASEAN economies continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic. GCA 2021 is where digital transformation embraces smart and sustainable cities as drivers of change and will provide a personalised meeting space for business and educational exchange.

A safe, trusted and innovative MICE experience

Montgomery Asia is working with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to ensure the safety and well-being of attendees. This includes complying with Safe Management Measures (SMM) such as crowd density control and the use of TraceTogether to facilitate contact tracing for international visitors.

GCA 2021 will be the next pilot tradeshow to trial the ‘hybrid event’ prototype developed by the industry-led and government-supported Alliance for Action on Enabling Safe and Innovative Visitor Experiences. The prototype seeks to provide delegates with the degree of interaction they would be accustomed to in a regular tradeshow setting – but in a far safer way which minimises infection risks.

Riding on the back of  learnings and insights from TravelRevive, (the first international travel tradeshow to take place physically in Asia Pacific during Covid-19, with both local and foreign attendees and exhibitors in November 2020 – see EW report), GCA 2021 will pilot creative solutions to enhance health and safety for delegates, as well as digital enablers to allow participants a seamless experience in the current Covid-19 environment.

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(From left: Hwang Yu-Ning, chief planner and deputy chief executive officer, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore; David Henderson, chief geospatial officer, Ordnance Survey, UK; and Dr Winnie Tang, founder and honorary president, Smart City Consortium, Hong Kong.)

Geo Connect Asia Conference

The event highlight is the two-day Geo Connect Asia Conference themed, ‘Mapping the Data-driven Future Economy’. It will be led by high-level speakers and thought leaders from across the global geospatial industry, and will provide a strategic and collaborative platform for industry professionals, government agencies, start-ups and more to exchange knowledge, expand networks, and develop global solutions for burgeoning geospatial and location intelligence markets across Asia. All meetings will be conducted in a safe environment complying to Safe Management Measures (SMM).

The conference will feature 40 speakers including Hwang Yu-Ning, chief planner and deputy chief executive officer, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore; Philipp Kandal, head of engineering, Geo, Grab, Singapore; Dr Winnie Tang, founder and honorary president, Smart City Consortium, Hong Kong; David Henderson, chief geospatial officer, Ordnance Survey, UK; Robbie Schingler, co-founder and chief strategy officer, Planet Labs, United States; and Farizan D’Avezac de Moran, senior consultant, GreenA Consultants, Singapore. There will be 10 keynote addresses, panel sessions and extensive dialogue. Expert commentaries and analyses will focus on:

  • Geospatial planning and solutions: the key to a robust and sustainable recovery
  • Building resilience and sustainability into the ASEAN digital economy
  • Earth observation satellites, remote sensing and drones: managing the data explosion
  • Sustainable and liveable cities
  • Digital twins: transforming the dynamics of connected infrastructure planning
  • Smarter infrastructure for sustainable cities
  • On the move: Smart transportation for Asia’s dynamic urban landscapes
  • Easily accessible data for the future of geospatial planning
  • Digital Innovation Roundtable: Putting 5G to work: intelligent use cases for ASEAN
  • The Digital Construction Asia Dialogue

The event will also include complimentary technical seminars from global experts that have been curated for the geospatial community to learn more about current market insights, trends and the impact of innovative disruptive technologies that could bring positive change across the diverse range of industries relevant to GCA 2021.

A dual-platform model

At the physical event, a range of interactive activities will be available, offering extensive learning as well as face-to-face business meetings and networking opportunities.

At the virtual event, the Show Floor will host up to 50 companies to create a meeting space which visitors can easily navigate, with international companies making up more than half of the suppliers. Virtual attendees will be able to change their viewing preferences at any time, providing a bespoke and highly curated experience for each visitor.

Montgomery Asia has been supported in the project by government agencies including Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), as well as the SLA-managed geospatial industry centre GeoWorks, paving the way for a dual-format event which is eminently accessible to interested stakeholders in the geospatial industry from all over the world, thus connecting the ASEAN geospatial community beyond the immediate region.

Rupert Owen, Montgomery Asia event director and co-founder, said: “We are hugely excited to announce that Geo Connect Asia 2021 will be Singapore’s first physical-virtual event of its size in 2021. Going hybrid is set to be a game-changer in this new normal, as international travel remains limited while physical events are slowly allowed to resume (under strict health and safety protocols). There has also been significant clamour for the safe resumption of face-to-face meetings after a very long interval, and a dual-platform approach brings the best of both worlds. In spite of challenging market conditions, we have been receiving strong support from the industry, including Bentley Systems as Gold Sponsor, to participate in Geo Connect Asia 2021, to add to a strong list of previously committed companies. We look forward to providing a very personalised experience for the ASEAN geospatial community and the associated industries and at the same time reaching out to a much wider audience in a virtual space.”

Ng Siau Yong, director of the Geospatial and Data Division and chief data officer at the Singapore Land Authority, said: “SLA continues to support Geo Connect Asia as a Knowledge Partner, as the event is a key lynchpin of the geospatial community in Singapore and ASEAN. The geospatial sector has a role in accelerating opportunities and economic recovery as the region’s economies shift to the new normal. As Singapore forges ahead towards becoming a Smart Nation, geospatial technologies will have a growing role to play in the country’s growth and transformation.”

Andrew Phua, executive director of exhibitions and conferences at the Singapore Tourism Board, said: “STB will continue to support and collaborate with our MICE industry to cement Singapore’s position as one of the world’s leading destinations for safe, trusted, and innovative MICE events. The event’s focus on digital transformation and sustainability in smart cities is in line with the opportunities that Singapore is exploring in the new environment. Geo Connect Asia 2021 is also the first hybrid tradeshow of the year in Singapore, and we look forward to a safe and fulfilling experience for all our visitors and delegates.”


Led by Platinum Sponsor Trimble, Gold Sponsor Bentley Systems and Conference Sponsor Planet Labs, companies backing GCA 2021 already comprise a strong list of international firms and locally based companies under an official Singapore pavilion.


Geo Connect Asia 2021 has also established key partnerships in both the public and private sectors and received official endorsement from both regionally and globally influential organisations. Knowledge Partners are the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), the UK’s national mapping agency Ordnance Survey, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Singapore Section, and The Asia Miner. They are joined by a growing list of Supporting Partners that includes the ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics (ASEAN Flag), Asia Prop Tech, the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore), The Association of Science Technology and Innovation (ASTI), the Container Depot Association of Singapore (CDAS), the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), GeoWorks, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore (REDAS), the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Singapore Electrical Contractors & Licensed Electrical Workers Association (SECA), the Singapore Institute of Building Limited (SIBL), the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV), SG Tech, and the Thai Electrical and Mechanical Contractors Association (TEMCA).

Industry Ambassadors

Industry Ambassadors include Ady Ruchiatan, vice-president of the Association of Surveying and Mapping Enterprises for Geospatial Information, Indonesia; Argoon Chuang, digital transformation Llad at Aecom Southeast Asia; Dan Schirren, head of business development, Asia Pacific at Ordnance Survey; Farizan D’Avezac De Moran, senior partner at GreenA Consultants; Jan Schoderer, sales director, APAC at Vexcel Imaging GmbH; John Whitehead, director of sales and distribution, APAC at Trimble Inc; Lanita Idrus, publisher of The Asia Miner and director of The Djakarta Mining Club and Coal Club Indonesia; and Ng Siau Yong, director, Geospatial and Data Division and chief data officer at the Singapore Land Authority.

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About Geo Connect Asia 2021

The first online & offline conference-led event with a specific focus on Southeast Asia, Geo Connect Asia 2021 will bring the industry together for two days of focused discussion and networking on 24–25 March 2021 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.

About Montgomery Asia

Established in 2016, Montgomery Asia is a fully-owned subsidiary of UK-based Montgomery Group, one of the most respected exhibition companies in the world since 1895.

Montgomery Asia focuses on the growing Asian market, bringing the group’s flagship events to this region as well as developing new tradeshows that meet the needs of the Asian market.

About Emerging Stronger Taskforce – Alliance for Action on Enabling Safe and Innovative Visitor Experiences

Co-led by the Emerging Stronger Taskforce (EST) members Mr Lee Seow Hiang of Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Ms Kwee Wei-Lin of Singapore Hotel Association (SHA), the EST Alliance for Action (Alliance) on Enabling Safe and Innovative Visitor Experiences has worked closely with a diverse range of industry stakeholders such as the National Association of Travel Agents (NATAS) and Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS), and government agencies such as STB and Ministry of Health (MOH), to explore and pioneer new ways to facilitate safe and innovative visitor experiences in a Covid-19 environment, to ensure that Singapore remains a leading hub for business and enterprise in Asia Pacific.

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