SINGAPORE — The impact of artificial intelligence on communications will be examined at the 2019 Asia-Pacific IN2 Innovation Summit, which takes place in Singapore on 12 September.

The sixth edition of the IN2Summit Asia-Pacific will feature the IN2 SABRE Awards at lunchtime and will precede the ninth SABRE Awards Asia-Pacific that evening. All events are taking place at the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore.

According to a recent Deloitte survey, 76% of executives said they expected AI to “substantially transform” their companies within three years. Accordingly, Vic Sithanasan, chief growth officer at AI startup Hyperlab, will be joined by SGInnovate deputy director of communications Grace Chiang and BCW Asia-Pacific digital innovation head Joe Peng for a session that focuses on how AI is changing the way humans communicate, and what role communications practitioners must play in the adoption of this technology. 

The session joins others on the IN2Summit programme that explore such areas as corporate activism in the age of defiance, fake news, brands in motion and humanity vs tech. A special APACD session will close the conference, focusing on how senior communicators can tackle challenges around internal and external change in the transformation era. 

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Netflix communications VP Jessica Lee

  • UN Women Singapore Committee president Georgette Tan

  • SGInnovate deputy director of comms Grace Chiang

  • Hyperlab chief growth officer Vic Sithanasan

  • Nature Conservancy A-P director of strategic comms and marketing Azmar Sukandar

  • Black & Veatch marketing strategy director Keith Morrison

  • Weber Shandwick regional vice chair Darren Burns

  • Ruder Finn Asia regional director Elan Shou

  • BCW head of digital innovation Joe Peng

  • WE Singapore/Australia EVP Rebecca Wilson

  • Hong Bao Media CEO Mark Laudi

The conference will build on the recent merger with APACD's Asia-Pacific Communications Summit, and has already secured attendance from senior communications directors from more than 30 organizations, including Abbott, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Discovery, Lufthansa, Roche, SAP, Shell and Verizon.

Confirmed event partners include Weber Shandwick, BCW, Archetype, H+K Strategies, Ruder Finn, SPRG, WE, FleishmanHillard, W, Rice Communications, Ogilvy, Redhill Communications, GCI Health and Signal.AI. In addition, the event also carries ICCO and PRCA Southeast Asia as supporting organisations. 

Programme details for the 2019 conference are available now, while tickets for the conference, and for the SABRE Awards in the evening, can be bought here.