Campus Party will make its Asian debut in Singapore from 6 to 8 July 2018 at Singapore EXPO Hall 7. Founded in 1997, this rockstar of events, a festival with a difference has since evolved over the past two decades, from a gaming and demo scene event in Spain into a global technology phenomenon.
Globally renowned as the world’s most collaborative technology experience event, Campus Party is a community-driven, innovation-focused festival for technology enthusiasts from extremely diverse backgrounds to learn, collaborate and co-create new ideas. Campus Party is currently held across 12 countries around the world, with the inaugural Singapore edition organised by SingEx Exhibitions with strong support from TEDxSingapore.
It is an opportune time for Singapore to assume the mantle as Campus Party’s first Asian host city, as the city state leads the way in championing the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) disciplines, as well as the country’s strong commitment in developing an innovative-led economy.
CONVERGENCE, INSPIRATION, EMOTION: AN INNOVATION FESTIVAL LIKE NO OTHER
Campus Party Singapore brings together Asia’s most diverse group of talents in a festival of innovation, creativity, science, entrepreneurship, arts and entertainment seeking unique solutions through cross-community collaboration. The festival mantra is “everyone can be an innovator, an inventor or change-maker.”
Breaking down barriers through the convergence of talent, the event connects participants from all walks of life with vastly different backgrounds, through a common passion in technology, to collaborate and solve problems. Celebrating human ingenuity and inventiveness, the collaborative nature of Campus Party encourages openness in exploring cross-pollination of ideas from different disciplines, inspiring participants to solve problems in new and unexpected ways.
Through participants’ exposure to thought-provoking dialogue with global advocates (Campuseros) and the sharing of disruptive and divisive content, the igniting of emotive reactions generates passion to foster serendipitous moments. This uniquely collaborative, community-driven approach seeks to enable participating Campuseros to take part in projects they never imagined they would try, experiment with fresh ideas and form new partnerships that they never had the courage to begin.
“While formal schooling provides the building blocks for further learning, we need to expand our horizons and look beyond our own field or course of study. It’s also important to share knowledge openly with others who are from different backgrounds. Because in Campus Party, we believe that every individual has something valuable to teach others.” highlighted Mr. Daniel Chng, Project Director of the first edition of Campus Party Singapore.
DISCOVER, DEVELOP, DO: CAMPUS PARTY’S MULTI-ARENA FESTIVAL DESIGN
Campus Party Singapore adopts a broad focus in content design, covering domains in technology, innovation and electronic entertainment, with an emphasis on six distinct areas – Robotics & Drones, Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Autonomous Vehicles, and Internet of Things (IoT).
The Campusero journey encompasses a Discovery phase, a Development phase (where individual attributes and talent areas will grow through cross-pollination of ideas) and a Do phase (where hands-on experiences will accelerate the learning process), manifested in the festival through three dedicated zones:
- Campus Party Arena, an innovation incubator zone to foster maximum creativity through conferences, workshops and non-stop challenges across more than 50 hours over 3 days, designed to empower, challenge and learn;
- Campus Party Village, a uniquely designed physical camp site to rest, re-charge and build upon informal collaborative opportunities through eating, learning and sleeping with participants from all walks of life; and
- Campus Party Experience, where inspirational performances, innovative showcases and organically-presented displays & exhibits allows participants to see and touch the future. This area will inspire the curious, co-create possibilities and motivate participants to get involved in new projects.
Mr. Aloysius Arlando, Chief Executive Officer of SingEx Holdings Pte Ltd, said, “SingEx is honoured and excited to be organising Asia’s first edition of Campus Party. The Festival has been specifically curated to cater to the unique traits of Asia’s technology enthusiasts, while sharpening the focus on trending topics that are most relevant to Asia Pacific participants, such as the renaissance of art and science, the future of media, the authenticity of news, and the latest in digital disruption.”
Mr. Dave Lim, Founder of TEDxSingapore and Curator of Campus Party Singapore, added, “We are all living in an era of tremendous potential to learn and create across different fields and technologies. At Campus Party, you’ll have unprecedented opportunities to connect, converse and also collaborate with an incredible diversity of thinkers and doers from across Asia-Pacific and beyond.”
The festival presents more than 300 hours of cutting edge, cross-disciplinary content and features 200 presenters, including global talents such as Gabe Gabrielle, NASA engineer and motivational speaker; Jesko von den Steinen, actor, performer and solo artist for Cirque du Soleil; Bill Reith, biomedical engineer famous for his research on using neuroscience to control the behaviour of roaches; Ola and Anna Rosling, co-authors of “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why” (a book Bill Gates described as “one of the most important” he has ever read); and local ambassadors such as Inch Chua, Singaporean singer-songwriter and founder and CEO of Invasion Singapore as well as Iris Koh, an accomplished pianist, music director, choral conductor, vocal coach and composer who is now using the blockchain technology to run a platform which encourages creative collaboration.
With more than 80 community partners and 200 presenters, Campus Party expects to welcome 2,000 participants during the event. Mr. Paco Ragageles, Founder of Campus Party, said “It is exciting to contemplate how the first Campus Party in Asia is going to take place. I am convinced that creative and creators from the entire region will find in Campus Party Singapore a fantastic atmosphere to accelerate their ideas and innovation projects.”