Is the AVPN Conference 2020 still taking place in Singapore?

After much deliberation, and with the guidance from the Ministry of Health Singapore (MOH) on the local Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation, we have decided to take the AVPN Conference 2020 – originally planned to take place at Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore – to the virtual realm. This was announced through an email sent on March 27, 2020 to all AVPN members as well as registered delegates. The AVPN Virtual Conference 2020 will take place from 8 – 12 June 2020.

We recommend that you do not initiate your travels to Singapore. Be sure to cancel your hotel reservations as soon as possible to avoid cancellation fees.

Why did AVPN decide to transit to a fully virtual conference?

The COVID-19 situation has escalated and spread to most countries and territories around the world.

In its efforts to contain and minimise the further spread of Covid-19 in Singapore, the Singapore government has tightened measures that include the following:

  • All events and mass gatherings (e.g. conferences, exhibitions, festivals, concerts, sporting events, trade fairs) must be deferred or cancelled, regardless of size. This is a tightening of the previous requirement where all events and gatherings were to be limited to fewer than 250 participants.
  • From 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

In support of Singapore’s containment efforts, AVPN has made the decision to take our Conference fully online for the first time ever. Its 2019 in-person edition gathered more than 1,300 social investors from 43 countries around the world.

While the world remains shaken and confined due to the unprecedented global pandemic, we at AVPN feel that it is more important than ever to take collective action, reinforce our connections to one another and share stories of inspiration and innovation that we can all learn from.

How do I cancel my hotel reservation?

Please contact your hotel directly to cancel your reservation as soon as possible.

How do I cancel my flight reservation?

During this time of heightened health concerns, some airlines have relaxed their cancellation policies. Please contact your specific airline for more information on its policies and how to cancel your reservation.

What happens to my ticket if I registered for the in-person conference?

All complimentary member tickets for the in-person AVPN Conference 2020 will immediately be converted to the tickets for the Virtual Conference.

Ticket holders who have already made their payment to AVPN will be contacted individually on next steps to either receive a full refund, convert their ticket into the virtual package and/or donate their contribution to AVPN. For those who have already generously donated their ticket fees to AVPN, we are grateful for your support of our small non-profit.

Who do I contact with questions?

Please email us at conference@avpn.asia.

What can I expect at the AVPN Virtual Conference 2020?

The AVPN Conference is known for its ability to connect, learn and lead and the Virtual Conference is no different.

The 5-day learning programme comprises a series of live 45-minute and 60-minute sessions spread throughout the day to cater to audiences from various time zones. Each day is a deep dive into some of the most relevant themes in Asia, including Gender, Climate Action, Education, Livelihoods, and a special segment on COVID-19. Modules will be tailored for a variety of audiences from impact investing and strategic philanthropy to family offices and corporations.

All sessions are recorded so that you could access them conveniently at any time of the day.

Besides drawing insights from experts on topics pertinent to Asia’s social investing landscape, it is of great importance that delegates continue to find unparalled networking opportunities and enduring projects that they can collaborate on, particularly during this time of social isolation.

To this end, the virtual AVPN Hub is a starting point for delegates to harness the power of networks and drive capital towards impact. One of its key features is the AVPN Connector, which allows delegates to find fellow participants based on causes of interest and markets they are based in, and arrange for virtual meet-ups to get to know each other better. This Hub also contains thematic and learning zones, in which delegates can take deep dives into critical impact issues, feature their projects and participate in others.

Can you share more about the agenda?

The AVPN Virtual Conference will explore themes such as gender, climate action, nutrition, and health with a special segment on COVID-19 that highlights best practices from early actors who have made a tangible difference in these past months. Modules will be tailored for a variety of audiences from impact investing and strategic philanthropy to family offices and corporations.

Please check the Agenda page for the latest updates.

How do I access the sessions?

More details on how to access the sessions will be sent to the email address officially registered for the virtual conference in the lead up to the event.

What if the session timings do not work for my timezone?

The live sessions in the agenda are planned to cater to a global audience from across various time zones. If you are unable to attend any of the live sessions, they will be recorded for playback at a later time.

Will there still be the AVPN Conference app for the virtual event?

The AVPN Virtual Conference is optimally experienced on desktop and so we will not be activating the conference mobile app this time round.

Is the virtual conference content accessible from a mobile device?

Yes, but the experience would not be optimal. We highly recommend viewing from a desktop or laptop instead.

When do tickets go on sale?

The AVPN Virtual Conference tickets will go on sale in the week of April 6, 2020.

Who can attend the AVPN Virtual Conference?

Typically, the in-person AVPN Conference is open to all members of AVPN as well as non-members who qualify AVPN’s selection criteria to attend the conference.

For the first time, AVPN is welcoming everyone to join us for the Virtual Conference with the ‘View Only’ ticket category. This ticket type allows one to access the live and recorded sessions, but with no access to the AVPN Connector, a messaging platform for delegates to reach out to one another.

Please register for your tickets here.

How much does it cost to attend the AVPN Virtual Conference 2020?

  • AVPN Member: Complimentary
    (please confirm with your AVPN membership representative on your ticket quota)
  • Additional AVPN Member: USD100.00
  • Standard (eligible for social investors only) : USD400.00
  • View Only (access to live & recorded sessions; no AVPN Connector access): US200.00
  • EVPA / GIIN / Toniic Member: USD200.00
  • Policymaker: USD200.00

Please register for your tickets here.

To learn if you qualify for the standard social investor ticket, you must identify with one of the organisation categories.

How many tickets can I redeem as an AVPN member?

Access to complimentary member tickets will be tiered based on the level of membership contribution.

  • Regional Members: 3 logins
  • General and Corporate Members: 2 logins
  • Reduced-contribution Members: 1 login
  • In addition, all members will have access to additional discounted member tickets at USD 100.

What are the modes of payment accepted?

Payment may be made via PayPal or bank transfer. Specific payment details will be sent to the email you’ve indicated at registration once the tickets are confirmed.

What is included in a standard virtual conference ticket?

Member and standard tickets allow ticket-holders to access live and recorded sessions, exclusive content, as well as networking opportunities through the AVPN Connector.

View-Only tickets allow ticket-holders to access our live and recorded sessions and exclusive content, with no access to the AVPN Connector.

Can I transfer my ticket to another person?

Yes, your ticket may be transferred to another person within the same registered organisation as yourself. However, please make sure that you inform us via conference@avpn.asia at least one week in advance before the virtual conference commences. Note that only ticket holders with an email address officially registered for the virtual conference will be able to access the content.

Can I get a refund if I am not able to come?

Unfortunately, no refunds will be provided for cancellation or no-show. Substitutions should be made in writing before.

How do I know my tickets are assigned?

Once the payment for the tickets are confirmed, AVPN will send the e-ticket to the email address registered under your name. Please look out for it in the email.

I cannot find my ticket, how can I get it resent to me?

Please email us at conference@avpn.asia and we’ll be able to assist in re-sending you the ticket.

I am a speaker at the Conference. Am I eligible for a complimentary conference ticket?

Yes, as a speaker, you are eligible for a complimentary ticket. Please contact us at conference@avpn.asia for assistance.

I am an EVPA / GIIN / TONIIC member, am I eligible for a discounted ticket?

All EVPA / GIIN / TONIIC members would be able to enjoy the discounted member tickets at USD 200.

I would like to set up virtual side meetings with delegates at the Virtual Conference, can you suggest where I can do this?

To connect with fellow delegates during the Virtual Conference, do make use of our AVPN Connector at the AVPN Hub page. Details on how to access the AVPN Connector will be shared with ticket-holders about two weeks before the event.

Will I have an option to remain anonymous while networking?

Yes you are able to. That said, this may also mean that with the limited functionalities, you are likely to have a less-than-optimal experience with the AVPN Connector.

Can you put me in touch with a speaker on the agenda?

In accordance with the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act, we will not be able to pass on anybody’s contact details or messages without permission. The best way to contact our guest speakers or any of the delegates is through our AVPN Connector messaging function on the virtual conference website.

How do I register my interest to be a speaker or a moderator?

Speaking and moderating slots are open to members and sponsors. For members, please contact your AVPN representatives directly to express your interest.

For sponsorship inquiries, please write to us at partnerships@avpn.asia.

How can my organisation become a conference sponsor?

Partner with AVPN to drive the change you wish to see! Being a sponsor means that you get in front of the right audience and tell your story, find the right partners and identify investable opportunities, create value and provide solutions to problems that matter and bridge leadership divides and change the status quo.

To become a sponsor and for more information, please contact us at partnerships@avpn.asia and we’ll attend to you as soon as possible.