Budding start-ups and their revolutionary technologies are shaking up the landscape across various sectors. Embracing these innovators as potential growth drivers of the industry, Singapore Airshow will launch its own version of What’s Next with a focus on areas of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Cyber Security.

Beyond pitching to potential investors and accelerators, What’s Next serves as a unique platform for them to interact with industry heavyweights, share ideations and establish new business development leads.


Start-ups with product or technology of interest to the companies in smart ports, maritime and naval defence sectors are welcome to participate. These sectors are some of the earliest adopter of technology, and current areas garnering great interest include:

Data Analytics

Cyber Security


Artificial Intelligence

Virtual/Augmented Reality

Autonomous Systems



Autonomous Systems



Additive Manufacturing



Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity

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Digital Solutions

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Automation & Smart Transport

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  • During data access and processing, how can we effectively detect cloud-based cyber anomaly, and predict threat and deception?

  • To develop AI-enabled resource optimisation and scheduler for traffic control, on-demand transportation, car park, energy consumption, building facilities (lift, secure door, utilities, waste processing) operation management.

  • To develop AI-enabled resource optimisation and scheduler for technical resources and components repair/utilisation/storage in smart MRO operation management.

Smart Manufacturing & Marketplace

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Sustainability & Energy

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  • To develop innovative solutions in 3D manufacturing

  • How can we enhance operational efficiency and reliability for healthcare, hospitality and security using robotics solutions?

  • How can we automate manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and seaport/airport operations to enhance operational efficiency and reliability?

  • How can we automate exterior inspection for airframe and large marine vessel (hull)?



For us, it was a significant opportunity to get on a global stage. We were able to showcase our innovations to industry thought leaders, prospective clients and investors from Asia Pacific region and beyond. I would say exhibiting at What’s Next has broadened our scope of customers and generated good publicity, much beyond our expectations.

- Goldbell

Definitely one of the best platforms for start-ups to gain exposure in the aerospace and defence industry. The event is topnotch, with a lot of buzz and activities. We met prospects from different levels of the value chain and generated very good leads! Highly recommended.

- Nslcomm