GDI Singapore Dating Conference 2019

May 13, 2019 until May 14, 2019, Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Global Dating Insights is proud to announce the first ever GDI Singapore Conference, coming Tuesday 14th May 2019 in association with SendBird, Dating.com Group and Scamalytics!

SendBird is a fully customisable chat and messaging platform with a managed infrastructure for mobile and web applications.

Their product includes everything you need to create a premium and secure messaging experience, and it can scale over 1 million concurrent chat connections and 500 million messages per day. With SendBird, dating brands can build engaged communities and give users a seamlessly branded experience.

Dating.com Group is one of the largest global social discovery companies with a portfolio of recognisable brands.

The group is rapidly growing its inorganic investment strategy and is looking to partner with early- and late-stage companies in online dating, social interaction and live streaming markets.

Scamalytics helps dating site owners automatically remove scammers from their platform, saving businesses time and money whilst improving their reputation.

The company provides custom fraud analysis for dating sites and also hosts the dating industry’s largest shared scammer blacklist of profile and network data. Their API responds with a score in real time, which allows internal fraud systems to automatically remove fraudulent users immediately, even when moderators are away.

Our event will take place at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel on Bayfront, at the heart of the city’s Downtown Core district.

The day runs from 10am to 4:15pm, and will be followed by an evening of executive networking drinks.

On the night before the event, Monday 13th May, GDI is also hosting an exclusive pre-conference networking session at the nearby Raffles Hotel from 7pm.

Raffles Hotel, Singapore ALT
Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Simon Corbett, Founder of Global Dating Insights, said: “We can’t wait to host the first GDI event in Singapore this May. 

“There have been some fascinating developments in the APAC market this past year, so there’s a huge amount for executives and professionals from the region to discuss.

“We have so many great sessions planned with top brands from around the world!”



Please contact simon@globaldatinginsights.com for more information. Find all of our speaker announcements to the right!

Tickets are available in the article header.

Event Agenda

Time Speaker
10:00-10:10 Simon Corbett, CEO, Global Dating Insights, Registration & Welcome
10:10-10:30 Low Lay Hiang, Product Designer, Paktor, One Size Fits All? Designing Product for Multiple Markets
10:30-10:50 Sumesh Menon, Co-Founder & CEO, Woo, India - A Developing Story
10:50-11:10 Anastasiia Bilous, CSO, New Media Services, Machine Learning & AI Involvement in the Way People Date Today
11:10-11:30 Sai Swaminathan, Chief Portal & Mobile Officer, Matrimony.com, Matrimony in the Modern Era – an Indian Perspective
11:30-12.00 Coffee / Break
12:00-12:20 Shn Juay, COO, Paktor & Jim Bugden, CFO, The Meet Group, Panel Discussion: Mergers and Acquisitions in the Streaming Space
12:20-12:40 Mark Brooks, Founder, Courtland Brooks, State of the Industry
12:40-13:00 Dating.com Group, Sponsor Talk
13:00-13:40 Lunch
13:40-14:00 Violet Lim, CEO & Co-Founder, Viola.AI & Lunch Actually Group, Dating Apps and Matchmakers: Friends or Foes?
14:00-14:20 Q Zhao, Founder & CEO, 2 Red Beans, Online Dating in China, Massive Opportunities and Road Blocks
14:20-14:40 Prashant Pitti, Founder & CEO, NearGroup, A Dating Chatbot That Gets 700K New Users per Month Virally
14:40-15:00 Scamalytics, Sponsor Talk
15:00-15:25 Coffee / Break
15:25-15:45 Jim Bugden, CFO, The Meet Group, MOMO of the West: Livestreaming Meets Dating Outside Asia
15:45-16:15 Violet Lim, CEO & Co-Founder, Viola.AI & Lunch Actually Group; Sumesh Menon, Co-Founder & CEO, Woo; Q Zhao, Founder & CEO, 2 Red Beans, Panel Discussion: Dating Culture in APAC
16:15 - Late Drinks & Networking
  • 2019 Sponsors: SendBird
    SendBird is a fully customisable chat and messaging platform with a managed infrastructure for mobile and web applications. Their product includes everything you need to create a premium and secure messaging experience, and can scale over 1 million concurrent chat connections and 500 million messages per day. With SendBird, dating brands can build engaged communities and give users a seamlessly branded experience.
  • Scamalytics 2019 Sponsors: Scamalytics
    Scamalytics maintain the largest shared anti-fraud database dedicated to the online dating industry. They use cutting edge machine learning techniques to allow moderation of scammers in real time, helping sites to remove bad actors and improve their reputation.
  • 2019 Sponsors: Dating.com Group
    Dating.com Group is one of the largest global social discovery companies with a portfolio of more than 15 brands, including Dating.com, Lovinga, Tubit and Triptogether. The group is rapidly growing its inorganic investment strategy and is looking to partner with early- and late-stage companies in online dating, social interaction and live streaming markets.
  • Paktor
    Paktor is a leading Singapore-based dating app with a user base of over 15 million. The platform has been gaining considerable momentum in 2018/19, bringing in updated versions of key features such as “Boost” and seeing umbrella M17 Entertainment secure $25 million from a funding round in December.
  • The Meet Group
    The Meet Group, having drawn inspiration from innovators in Asia, implemented video streaming and virtual gifting functionalities in 2017 to great effect. Their apps made close to $50 million from the features in year one, and the company continues to pioneer and expand the social entertainment model in Western markets.
  • Viola.AI
    The relationship assistant Viola.AI is a multifaceted product, integrating cryptocurrency, coaching, calendars and more. The smart ‘Love Advisor’ will help singles to organise their first date, and then remind them when their anniversary is coming up if all goes well. Founder Violet Lim has set a target of 25 million users by 2020.
  • NearGroup
    NearGroup, the dating chatbot used by over 12 million singles, is set to appear at the GDI Singapore Conference. The platform runs on Messenger, Kik, Viber & Android, and has seen rapid success in markets where traditional dating apps are seen as controversial. Over 90% of its user base is in APAC, and the service is particularly popular in the Philippines.
  • Matrimony.com
    Matrimony.com, the publicly traded umbrella for leading Indian brands including BharatMatrimony and EliteMatrimony, has always been a major player in the Indian online dating world. It boasts more than 4,000 employees at over 20 offices across the subcontinent, and is ideally placed to capitalise on deepening internet connectivity in 2019 and beyond.
  • Anastasiia Bilous
    Anastasiia Bilous is an independent Operations & Growth Strategy Advisor (private practice) and the CSO of New Media Services. A prominent dating industry expert, she has previously held roles as COO at Together Networks and Marketing Director of Innovation & Strategy division at Cupid plc.
  • 2RedBeans
    2RedBeans is the number one dating app for international Chinese. Their user base spans the United States, Canada, Australia and UK. The platform entered the Chinese market in 2018, as a high-end consultation service to help elite Chinese to look for life partners around the world.
  • Woo
    Woo is the India-based, India-focused dating app that puts women first. Safety-oriented features like Woo Phone and Woo Hide, as well as a localised system of in-app hashtags, have helped the platform climb to 1 million Android downloads and counting across the subcontinent.
  • Mark Brooks
    Mark Brooks is the founder of the Internet Dating Excellence Association (IDEA) and consultancy Courtland Brooks. Courtland Brooks is the only agency-consultancy in the world to focus totally on internet dating and online matchmaking, while IDEA looks to help the internet dating industry achieve its long term potential.