Movers & Shakers
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Ever wonder how the leaders of the Infocomm industry got where they are today? Watch this space and hear from the luminaries themselves what inspired them to join the Infocomm industry and what inspired them to join the Infocomm industry and what continues to drive them to excel.
Chong Chee Wah
Member, Singapore Computer Society
Founder, TreeBox Solutions
Chong Chee Wah
"If I believe myself to be a ship, I have to sail out to sea. The only way for me to find new land is to lose sight of the harbour that has kept me safe."
Life in 12-year Blocks
Mr Chong considers a block of 12 years to be a good time frame for him to refocus and set new targets and goals. "It is long enough for me to execute my intended plans and also enough for me to switch paths to the next cycle," he points out.
| An Engineer at Heart |
A PSC scholar who holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore, Mr Chong had been drawn to science, mathematics and computers from young. "I am a strong believer that as engineers, we can create useful and practical solutions for mankind and generate wealth for the country."
After graduation, he served at the Ministry of Defence's Directorate of R&D as a Country Manager looking at building defence technology relationships with foreign countries. At the end of the two-year posting, he chose to go to DSO National Laboratories to pursue a Defence R&D Engineering.
Specialising in Information Security, he stayed on for a decade, during which time he spearheaded many initiatives in enhancements of communications and security. Guidance from "a very good boss and mentor" still resonates with him today.
| Returns on Risk Taking |
When he decided to leave DSO to start his own venture capital firm, many were shocked, but his bold move has been vindicated.
Fellow, Singapore Computer Society
Director, Infocomm Security Group, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore
Ensuring Singapore's cyber security and creating awareness amongst Singaporeans is of the utmost importance.
| Military led to cyber security path |
Joining the military as a regular was what led him onto the path of cyber security. Having an interest in computers and electronics, he was placed in a department tasked with ensuring computer security for the army and making soldiers aware of security risks.
It was the start of the 90s and Singapore was becoming an ‘intelligent' island with e-communication established between government departments and between the government and citizens.
Nurturing cyber security professionals
Mr Yong's hope is to see Singapore become a cyber security superpower one day — a vision reflected in the National Cyber Security Masterplan 3, which, amongst other targets, has $130 million allocated to R&D in the field and to nurturing a pool of highly qualified cyber security professionals.
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Smart Nation, Uniquely Singapore
In the last decades, cities have become converging points for technology, resources and manpower which drive societies forward. But all cities face challenges: managing traffic, caring for an ageing population and providing sustainable living environments, just to name a few.
These issues are real and affect the quality of life of all citizens on a daily basis. At the same time, in our Information Age, data is fast becoming one of the most precious commodities available and exploiting the massive amounts of data generated every day or every second even, is one of the keys to addressing the societal challenges we currently face and will face in the upcoming years. With the emergence of Information and communication technology (ICT) and Big Data, cities are now increasingly smart in recent years and have made great strides in addressing some of these challenges.
Smart cities indeed hold great potential, but how about taking it one step further and aiming at developing a Smart Nation? A nation in which technology and data seamlessly permeate all aspects of society in order to improve quality of life, provide more opportunities and create stronger communities. Singapore has made it her goal in striving to become one of the world's first Smart Nation. This is without a doubt a bold endeavour but one that should not be surprising given Singapore's history – a nation that has had the vision and courage, more than once, to pioneer game-changing ideas and models, often many years ahead among many countries. In fact, Singapore's forward-looking vision, spirit of entrepreneurship and willingness to make bold commitments are all part of its DNA. These enable this nation to consistently punch above its weight at both local and global scales.
Plugging the Cyber Security Hole
The volume and speed of attacks on computer systems have increased significantly. Just last year alone, organisations such as Sony lost a massive amount of data to attackers, and more than 145 million eBay users were affected by a massive hack of its systems. The European Central Bank had personal data stolen, and a SingPass vulnerability resulted in 1,500 user IDs and passwords accessed.
Millions of computers are interconnected through the Internet, and companies run on more complex networks and use virtualisation, cloud computing and mobility technologies – all of which introduce security vulnerabilities.
Cyber attackers intent on stealing corporate data and state secrets fall into three groups: those stealing intellectual property and confidential corporate data; those with political motivations stealing intelligence from governments; and those seeking fame.
One of the biggest cyber security challenges for the region is advanced persistent threats (APT). Southeast Asian companies regularly attract the interest of cyber spies and criminals looking to steal information about the region's growing industry sectors— energy, telecommunications, high-tech, transportation, and finance.
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Shaping the Future with Wearable Technology
Technology has grown further by integrating augmented reality and bringing the digital world closer to everyone's life.
ITYC in conjunction with Mobile & Wireless Chapter organized our Yes! event on the 7 Oct at Mapletree Business Park, hosted by Samsung!
Special thanks to Chua Khim Guan (Samsung Asia Head of Product Market, IT & Mobile Business), Desmond Ng (Director, Business Development EON Reality) and Jia Hen (CEO, VR.com) and Mun Yew (TapTalents)
There has been a rising demand for wearable over the past years, as we see more gadgets in the market trying to capture as much data as possible. Most of the wearable in the consumer market targets health, capturing running, steps, cardio and sleep etc.
However, this technology has grown further by integrating augmented reality and bringing the digital world closer to everyone's life.
1. Samsung Gear VR
By hooking up your Samsung phone onto the gear, you could turn the whole experience into a Virtual reality world. The Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus turns your mobile phones into a portable virtual reality system. It provides the ultimate viewing experience, putting you in front of a mega screen. You will be able to play games and watch movies in a VR environment. During the event, we had a hands-on experience on the gear itself. Audience can immerse themselves into the VR world and experience great entertainment in a different world.
Survey & Resources
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Infocomm Professionals and Students are More Upbeat About the Industry
More local infocomm (ICT) professionals indicate intentions to stay on in the industry while ICT students display greater interest in ICT studies and pursuing this profession
Fewer ICT professionals indicated that they have an intention to leave the industry as compared to the 2011 survey (less than 2 in 10 ICT professionals indicate that they have intention to leave the industry in 2014, vis-à-vis 3 in 10 ICT professionals in 2011). This and other findings come from the 2014 Infocomm Survey conducted by the Singapore Computer Society (SCS), a professional body representing 32,000 members who are ICT and digital media professionals and students in Singapore. The survey was conducted in the last quarter of 2014 with more than 1,300 respondents.
In terms of career progression, while technical skills remain essential, interpersonal and business skills were cited as additional factors.
In the same survey, 97% of ICT university students and 74% of polytechnic students currently in infocomm (ICT) disciplines reported that ICT was one of their top three choices of study.
"We're very pleased to note the overall enthusiasm and improvement in results for Singapore ICT industry's benchmark survey conducted by SCS. The latest barometer readings bodes particularly well for the future of the Singapore ICT industry in terms of job creation and attracting investments. There are also the prospects of contributing stronger to our economy and driving local innovation not just locally but increasingly on the world stage," said Howie Lau, President of the Singapore Computer Society.
Other insights• Factors influencing students' decisions to choose ICT studies
The top three reasons which influence ICT students' decision to choose ICT were: (1) ICT interests them, (2) ICT provides an opportunity to work across different industries, and (3) ICT students want to pursue an ICT career.
• Reasons why students' choose an ICT career
Students indicated that ICT jobs: (1) tend to be challenging, (2) would add value to the business, and (3) offer opportunities for training, development and upskilling.
• Factors attracting ICT professionals to stay in the industry
ICT professionals indicated the following as the most important factors in attracting and keeping them in the ICT profession: (1) Salaries in the ICT profession compared to other occupations, (2) Opportunities for career advancement, and (3) Respect and prestige receive compared to other professions.
• Interpersonal skills to complement technical skills for career progression
IT technical professionals rate technical skills as the most required in their current jobs, but soft skills as the skills additionally required for progression to the next level.
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Students Create App To Make People Proud Of Their Jobs; All-Girls Team From NYP Win at SCS Splash Awards 2015
Singapore Computer Society collaborates with the Ministry of Education to empower over 210 youths in developing creative infocomm media solutions for future education and work
Parent volunteering, peer learning, collaboration, future planning and defining success; this year's Splash Awards 2015 Infocomm Competition had it all as youth developed creative ideas that envision what the future of how work and education in Singapore would be like. Organised by the Singapore Computer Society (SCS), and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Splash Awards, now in its 12th year, aims to engage youth across tertiary and pre-tertiary institutions in Singapore to nurture their skills and passion for infocomm media technology in a unique and creative way. Graced by Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law, this year's Splash Awards took place with the theme Beyond 2015: Education and Work – Reimagined, where 86 teams comprising 214 youths took part.
According to the winning team from the Tertiary category, 3osy, cash over passion has become a social paradigm in Singapore, leading to a perception that some jobs are more important than others. Comprising Siti Nur Anisha Binte Mohamad Jani, Tan Hui Shan Quenna and Nur Shafiqah Binte Suhaimi from Nanyang Polytechnic, team 3osy decided to create the Happy Working Lor! Platform for Singaporeans to appreciate the importance of different jobs, and understand the unique skill sets required for various career paths. The platform will motivate Singaporeans to capture and share moments that are unique to their jobs, instilling a sense of pride and confidence in their work. The team members each received a MacBook Air. It was also the first time in Splash Awards history that an all-girl team has won the competition.
IT Professionals at Work and Play
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Becoming A Star IT Professional - Things You Didn't Learn in School
At the Singapore Computer Society IT Youth Council's Youth Engagement Series (YES!), industry luminaries Iris Tee, HR Director at Ubisoft, Richard Koh, Country Manager for Singapore at Red Hat, Chong Chee Wah, CEO and Founder of Treebox Solutions and Joel Lou, CEO of JustCommodity, got together for a panel discussion on how youth can shape their career in ICM, moderated by Amit Roy Choudhury, a veteran Senior Writer for Technology at The Business Times.
At the Singapore Computer Society IT Youth Council's latest Youth Engagement Series (YES!), industry luminaries from Singapore's 10 Best Tech Companies To Work For got together for a panel discussion on how youth can shape their careers in ICM.
The professional world is very different from the classroom; the panelists spoke across a range of topics, giving youth valuable tips on how they can stand out in the professional world. Here are the key takeaways:
• "Things are moving so fast in the industry that educational institutes are generally one or two years behind the latest industry happenings. It is important that youth keep up with the industry, whether by reading, taking specialised courses, or contributing to online discussions and open-source projects."
• "Youth need to be more confident. Sometimes they find it very hard to express themselves and more importantly who they are and what they want to do."
Performance at Work
• "Communication is becoming one of the biggest skills youth can have today. Being able to explain geeky stuff in a non-geeky way is a key differentiator in the professional world."• "Big companies are also looking for entrepreneurial staff and people, therefore youth need to show that they are truly entrepreneurial by being creative and taking calculated risks."
• "If you are not sure what you want to do, start with where you are most comfortable and outlearn your job. Outlearning your job is the key to developing new skills and keeping up to date with the industry."
• "As long as you are in the IT industry, even if you are in a non-technology role, like marketing, you must have a fundamental idea of how technology works."