Make these your priority stops at Echelon 2014

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Make these your priority stops at Echelon 2014

Echelon, Asia’s technology conference for startups organised by e27, is basically two full days worth of tech talks, workshops and exhibits.

And it’s packed to the brim, with the best minds in Asia brainstorming the next big idea. So if you’re overwhelmed by the crazy packed schedule, here’s a quick primer on what you should focus on at the annual startup event.

Launchpad

Watch startups from the region hustle and pitch to earn the title as the ‘Most Promising Startup in SEA 2014’. The top 10 have been picked after  going through an extensive, stringent selection process involving 400 submissions, 180 pitches across 12 Echelon satellite events. In short, this will be worth keeping an eye on.

9GAG’s Ray Chan shares his secrets to success

Make these your priority stops at Echelon 2014

Millions of visitors, billions of page views. 9GAG has scored massively on this front. Listen in as Ray Chan, co-founder of 9GAG, shares his secrets and principles that were used to create something big. Pick up tips on how they cracked into Silicon Valley and nailed funding as a local startup based in Asia. Teach me your ways, Master!

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SEA’s Gaming Scene - And the ridiculously addictive Candy Crush

I think I can say with complete certainty that everyone has either been buried under a ton of Candy Crush invites or is a proclaimed Candy Crush addict themselves.

Why has Candy Crush Saga taken over SEA? Find out as e27’s games editor Jonathan Toyad hosts big names from gumi Inc., Ubisoft Singapore, Touchten Games, Facebook Asia and MOL Online. They’ll be touching on points about the games industry business in SEA, whether free-to-play in the region has overthrown the premium retail model and other inquiries about the Asian games market. Game on.

Tech Alley

A great spot to check out and engage with technology companies in growth stage. This is where I’ll go hands-on with some of the most interesting ideas and hardware that’s about to make its mark in the tech industry.