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Singapore Startups At CommunicAsia 2009

The Infocomm Singapore booth at CommunicAsia 2009.

The Infocomm Singapore booth at CommunicAsia 2009.

CommunicAsia – one of Asia’s premier exhibitions on communications and information technology – isn’t exactly the place to find Singapore startups, being more of a stomping ground for SMEs and MNCs to network and solicit business.

So it was a surprise when I ran into a few familiar faces there. Most of the other startups, were sequestered in Hall 3 under Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore‘s Infocomm Singapore booth:

Goh Yiping (centre) of Human Network Labs.

Goh Yiping (centre) of Human Network Labs.

The first I ran into – Goh Yiping of Human Network Labs. On the final day of the exhibition, she had the opportunity to share with Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MYCS) Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, who stopped by for a short chat while touring the booths.

Vincent from TheMobileGamer

Vincent Wang from TheMobileGamer

TheMobileGamer (TMG)‘s COO Vincent Wang was manning their booth solo, with CEO Alvin Yap having stepped out for a while. (I have previously featured them here.)

OrSiSo booth at CommunicAsia 2009.

OrSiSo booth at CommunicAsia 2009.

OrSiSo‘s CEO Thorben Linneberg was not at his booth, due to an unfortunate bike accident last week. I hear it wasn’t too serious. (I’ve previously covered OrSiSo here.) Get well soon, Thorben!

I finally had the chance to say hi to Phokki‘s Sean Seah, whose startup had a booth there. I’ve previously featured them but have never met Sean face-to-face. Sean – a really decent chap, and I found out Phokki‘s not his first nor only startup -  even introduced me to guys from Juzz4Security, whom I plan to feature in an upcoming post. Other startups who had booths there included MyWobile and iTwin.

A few other startups even participated in the founding of Mobile Alliance. But I’m sure I’ve missed out on some of the rest.

I’m hoping to see more local startups at CommunicAsia next year!


Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.

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  • http://www.stratagemconsultants.com/ Alex Tan

    What’s the qualifying criteria/requirment for a company setting up a booth at CommunicAsia?

  • Alvin

    Hi Alex. You either rent a space for Communic 2010 or you may approach IDA to see if they have plans to showcase local Infocomm companies. If you need assistance getting in touch with IDA, i may be able to help. Cheers

  • http://www.stratagemconsultants.com/ Alex Tan

    Hi Alvin,

    Thanks !

  • http://sgholiday.com/ Singapore Travel

    Hi Alvin,

    You mind to provide more info? Who can I contact at IDA? How much is the booth rental?

    Thanks in advance