Movers & Shakers
Gain Insights from the industry's Best and Brightest
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.
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Jessica believes in leveraging technology to narrow the opportunity divide within the community.
Underlying the areas she champion is the belief that we need to be empowered with the right skills to actively participate in the opportunities presented to us. To ensure that our youth are equipped with the right skill sets for the future, she initiated the Code for Change programme, a tie-up between IDA and Microsoft to bring computational thinking capabilities to our youth.
| Jessica has also called for Microsoft's greater support of the local startup community which is another integral part of the local IT ecosystem. In addition to the Microsoft BizSpark programme that has benefitted close to 1,300 startups in Singapore, her leadership has resulted in Microsoft supporting the startup ecosystem more intimately by being a part of the LaunchPad@one-north, which hosts 500 startups and 35 incubators. She also challenged her team to better mentor startups through the BizSpark Residency Programme, where Microsoft offers 1,200 square feet of complimentary co-working space at the revamped Microsoft Innovation Centre to promising local startups. |
| Jessica believes in leveraging technology to narrow the opportunity divide within the community. With the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD), she has played a major role in empowering people with disabilities through education and technology, including setting up the YouthSpark Scholarship which has helped 27 youths with disabilities pursue tertiary education in IT-related fields. She has also been instrumental in helping active seniors at the Retired & Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) upgrade skills which has helped some of them to secure a second career. |
Chak Kong Soon
SCS Honorary Fellow 2016
Stream Global Pte Ltd
Chak Kong Soon
Under his guidance, SCS also renewed collaborations with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and QAI Global Institute, to add certifications to the existing three offered in SCS.
| A Young Professional of the Year winner of the IT Leader Awards 1999 and SCS President's Award 2007 recipient, Chak has displayed great passion and visionary leadership serving in various roles in the Infocomm industry. Chak first joined SCS Executive Council in 1994 and was on the council for 12 consecutive years till 2006, taking on different key positions such as Vice-President and Honorary Secretary. He also took on the role of SCS President in 2012. He has served in numerous capacities and led many working committees such as Chairman of the Student Chapter Board, Chairman of the National PC Proficiency Programme Committee, Chairman of the Membership Committee and President of the Interactive Digital Media Chapter. |
With three decades of contributions to the infocomm industry, Chak is a well-known personality with an impressive track record. His interest in involving the youth and enabling them to actively participate in the advancement of the industry can be seen through his commitment to education, serving on the boards of various educational institutions. He also mentors young entrepreneurs and youths under the NUS Enterprise Programme and Young Entrepreneur Network by sharing his rich experience and knowledge.
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Virtual Reality for Aged Care
The feeling of immersion in a virtual scenario allows the assessment of the user experience under more natural circumstances.
Challenge of global ageing
In the 21st century, the world faces an unprecedented challenge – global ageing. Around the world, the elderly population is the fastest growing demographic group, thanks to the gradually but constantly increasing global life expectancy. By 2030, approximately one in five Singapore residents will be 65 years of age and older. With this significant demographic change taking place, it becomes more and more crucial to develop technologies that enable the elderly to live at home independently for as long as possible, thus reducing the burden on the healthcare system and on the country's economy more generally. Indeed, as part of its Smart Nation plan, Singapore has identified ageing in place as one of three priority areas, clearly showcasing its importance for the future of the nation.
As people age, they usually suffer from a decline in their sensorimotor functions, including vision deficiencies, hearing limitations, motor impairments, cognitive deterioration, and others. In this context, providing the elderly with affordable and practical systems and services that can improve their level of independence and thus enhance their quality of life has become a must for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) developers.
Virtual Reality (VR), which can also be referred to as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, replicates an environment that simulates a physical presence in places in the real world or in an imagined world, allowing the user to interact in that world. There are four key elements for a typical VR system: virtual world, immersion, sensory feedback, and interactivity.
Crowd AI for Portable Air Quality Measurement
Crowd science is an emerging discipline that aims to explore new ways to develop and harness the potential of both individual and group intelligence.
The Air Pollution Challenge
Air pollution has become a global environmental problem affecting everyone's health. In today's globalized world, even Singapore cannot escape the plight of air pollution entirely. In 2015, Singapore had one of the worst haze episodes in her history due to persistent forest fires in neighboring countries coupled with unfavorable wind directions.
Air pollution typically occurs when the environment is contaminated by chemical, physical or biological agents that change the natural characteristics of the atmosphere. In view of that, monitoring air quality is usually done with equipment like sensors which are able to detect fine particulate matter in the environment. Advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) offer new ways of tackling the air quality monitoring challenge. Indeed, thanks to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) and crowd science, new cost-effective solutions are now available.
The term ‘Artificial Intelligence' was coined in 1955, when it was defined as "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines". It is also the name of the academic field of study which researches how to create computers and computer software that are capable of intelligent behavior. Major AI researchers and textbooks define this field as "the study and design of intelligent agents", in which an intelligent agent is a system that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chances of success.
Technology Revolution, Empowerment 'N' Development Series
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ASCENT Series: Robotics, Drones & Automation
The Supply Chain Management SIG organized its first ever series of networking and knowledge sharing discussion forum on 27 Jan 2016, named "Apply Supply Chain, Engaging New Technologies", or ASCENT for short.
The first of the six topics planned for 2016 was on Robotics, Drones & Automation.
35 participants attended the session at SCS Resource Centre, which started at 7pm with a welcome speech by Philip Ong, Chairman of the SCM SIG. The first speaker, Peter Ho, CEO of Hope Technik, gave an interesting insight of the future of how robots could take over several of the operational tasks and how our mindset would need to adapt to it. Bernard Leong, VP Digital Services of SingPost, shared with us several behind-the-scenes challenges of how SingPost successfully conducted its first trial of mail delivery from mainland Singapore to Pulau Ubin, and why was there a need to do so. The third speaker of the night was Jaishankar, the vice-chairman of the SCM SIG and Supply Chain Systems Consultant of DHL, who revealed some of the latest innovations by DHL Innovation Centre and the level of automation that is being built into the DHL Express Hub at Tampines.
After the sharing sessions by the 3 speakers, the participants were split into four groups to discuss about what they have heard so far, and whether these technologies could be applied in their workplaces. There was active discussion among the groups, and a representative from each group came forward to share what the group had reflected among themselves.
Survey & Resources
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Infocomm Media 2025: What's in it for You and I?
Two years in the making, the recently unveiled Infocomm Media 2025 report on August 11 points the way to realising Singapore's goal as the world's first Smart Nation. Not surprisingly, you and I are integral to the achievement of this master plan.
More than a holistic blueprint for Singapore's infocomm media sectors for the decade ahead, Infocomm Media 2025 offers a compass to navigate the ever-changing environment and leverage potential of upcoming technology and business trends.
In a world where technologies evolve, business models change and disruptions by the unexpected constantly take place, the Plan sets out to not only create a globally competitive infocomm media ecosystem that enables and complements Singapore's Smart Nation vision, but also provide a "living" reference on broad directions and strategic focus areas. These include the need to:
• nurture an ecosystem that encourages risk-taking to create Singapore-made content, products and services, and
• connect Singapore's people through infocomm media to enhance quality of life and foster a stronger Singapore identity.
DATA WILL CONNECT BUSINESSES TO PEOPLE
Data and analytics will play a big part in many areas, underpinning Singapore's efforts in becoming a Smart Nation. For example, intelligence on traffic patterns paves the way for more efficient urban logistics and smoother city commutes; data insights gained from location-based services and mobile apps enable retailers to better connect with customers, increasing the probability of sale closure.
Similarly, media services companies can turn to audience measurement tools, which take into account minute details of customer behaviour, to predict customers' consumption habits and offer relevant products and/or services at opportune moments. Case in point: a game service analyses players' on-screen actions to predict when they would most likely purchase an in-game item or watch an in-game advertisement.
INFRASTRUCTURE WILL BE MORE ROBUST
Usually, talk of data and analytics involves sensors. Whether they are virtual sensors that measure online actions or physical ones that detect air quality, they require robust infrastructure to deliver raw data. To which end, Singapore is currently bolstering the island-wide fibre optic network with HetNet – heterogeneous network technology – to ensure pervasive and strong connectivity, as well as more efficient use of limited radio frequency spectrum so that more end users can be hooked up on the go.
Driving the brightest ideas in town
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SCS IT Youth Awards
Out of the 6 finalist below, who do you think deserves to be IT Youth 2016?
The IT Youth Award is a highly acclaimed award that recognises and honours youths 25 years and below for their shown outstanding achievements in innovations, research undertakings and projects in the infocomm and digital media arena.
Out of the 6 finalists below, who will be the next IT Youth Winner?
- Jason Chee
- Singapore Polytechnic
- Goh Jin Qiang
- Singapore Polytechnic
- Girish Kumar
- NUS High School of Math & Science
- Raniel Lee
- Nanyang Polytechnic
- Lee Xiang Rui
- Singapore Management University
- Lynnette Ng
- National University of Singapore
- Winner(s) will be announced at the SCS Gala Dinner and IT Leader Awards 2016 on 4 March 2016 at Shangri-La Hotel.
IT Professionals at Work and Play
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Seven Tips for Better Networking
For many, walking into a room and introducing themselves to strangers is a daunting prospect. As a result, many miss out on networking as an effective tool to form connections. In this issue of The IT Society, Suren and Tommy from ITYC provide simple and practical solutions to make networking work for you and I.
1. Be confident
• Confidence comes from the belief you have in yourself. Practice and prepare mentally. Everyone loves a person who can carry himself/herself well. Iron your shirt and dress well, but try not to overdress.
2. Learn the art of small talk and listening
•Great conversations often start with a little bit of banter. Prepare a few starting questions such as "How was your day?"; "What are you currently doing?" Also, think of some simple follow up questions before the event.
3. Set yourself apart by thinking before you speak
• When keeping up the flow of conversation, don't forget to listen to the other person. Always pause to think about what you're going to say. This one or two seconds may feel long to you, but if something intelligent comes out, the delay would be well worth the while.