Registration Open For Upcoming THiNKBIG Forum

Posted on  09/10/2013  |  Media Centre

Bandar Seri Begawan: The sixth edition annual technology and entrepreneurship forum in Brunei, THiNKBIG Innovate 2013, is drawing closer to its November 13 opening.

Carrying the theme of “Breakthrough: Transforming Business through Innovation”, the forum, which will be held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club, will focus on how innovation, creativity and multimedia have a role in driving Brunei’s economy forward.

A number of international speakers have been confirmed for the forum, including a number of thought-leaders, namely Andrew McGlinchey, Head of Product Management at Google Southeast Asia; Daryl Arnorld, the CEO of Newton Circus; Jonathan Buford, CEO & Co-Founder of Makible 3D Printing; Dr Dina Ibrahim, Associate Professor in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, as well as former Brunei National Rugby Captain, Steve Lai who currently resides in Singapore working as a presenter and senior producer with Channel NewsAsia.

According to a statement from Asia Inc Forum, who is co-organising the event with the iCentre, “Steve will be involved in two sessions at the Forum. He will first join Dr Dina Ibrahim as a panellist on the topic of Emerging Trends in Social and Broadcast Media, where they will together explore the power of the media in connecting people and its role in influencing innovation.

“Forum participants can expect to gain insights on how to leverage traditional and digital media to connect with new and old audiences, and also about the media’s role in building bridges between businesses.”

Steve will then participate in a Masterclass on Creativity, together with Siti Kamaluddin, Managing Director at Origin Films and Film Director of Brunei’s first-ever commercial feature film, ‘Yasmine’.

The Masterclass, entitled ‘Thinking without a Box’, will revolve around topics that will discuss how to think and work creatively, where creativity comes from, how to best nurture workplace creativity, and creativity boosters and killers.

Delwin Keasberry, Asia Inc Forum’s Programme Manager, conducted an interview with Steve, who he said, “shared about his humble beginnings growing up as a lampong kid’ at the old flats in Ong Sum Ping, and then in Manggis Satu.

“I remember chasing falling kites around Manggis after school,” said Steve.

“My parents still live in that Manggis house built on stilts and it is where I call home.”

Prior to joining Channel NewsAsia in March 2012, Steve worked at ESPN Star Sports as a presenter for Sportscenter Asia and Sportscenter India, as well as working as a broadcast journalist for the 24hr channel ESPNews.

Steve, whose first job was as a Bellboy at The Brunei Hotel, recalled, “I made my first step in front of the camera in 2009, as a part-time presenter for News at Ten and World News on Radio Television Brunei.” When asked, “Where does creativity come from?” Steve replied, “Freedom. Freedom to think. Freedom to act. Freedom to fail. Freedom to try again.” Prior to his move to Singapore, Steve also worked as an Accounts Manager at the Brunei Economic Development Board.

The public can meet and engage with Steve and other Forum speakers at the upcoming THiNKBIG Innovate Forum, which is supported by the Brunei Economic Development Board and is co-organised by the iCentre and Asia Inc Forum in collaboration with major partners: Baiduri Bank, Alcoa, and Total, associate partner Indramas, and media partners Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata. The Forum is expected to bring together 250 delegates from the ICT industry, government, business community, educational institutions, students and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Registration is now open and early bird rates are available until this Friday October 11, 2013. For more information and to register for the conference, those interested can contact Nanette Ramos at 2226555, email conference@ or visit the Asia Inc Forum website at