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Student Innovators from Raffles Institution win Young Thinkers Challenge

Student Innovators from Raffles Institution win Young Thinkers Challenge

Singapore has embarked upon the journey towards becoming the first Smart Nation in the world as it is introducing many new initiatives that also include a new platform that constitutes the essential infrastructure and the latest technical architecture that can help the ecosystem of a smart nation.

The smart nation platform provides access to a rich collection of innovative ideas and products and rich-data. This all leads towards the development of solutions which can improve society as a whole.

The elderly population in particular is reaping the benefits of the Smart Nation vision. Some of those solutions are being developed from the younger generation of Singapore.

Young Thinkers Challenge

SAP recently partnered with Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) to further engage youth with Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. Together, they put on the National Infocomm Competition Face-Off: Data Analytics – Young Thinkers Challenge in 2015.

This challenge aimed to spark the interest of youths in IT. Their main goal was to teach youth how to leverage data analytics in order to produce insights and ideas that contribute to the Smart Nation vision.

As part of this program, 500 youths in Singapore were trained on big data analytics skills. They were given the tools to derive insights from their data. From this, they were prompted to create solutions to address a particular topic which aligned with the Smart Nation vision.

For the competition stage, over 200 Singapore students competed against each other. These students showed off their innovative ideas driven by data analytics insights.

Raffles Institution winning team and project

The winning team was comprised of two students, Lim Zinn-E and Victor Loh Wai Kit of Raffles Institution.Raffles Institution’s entry was an infographics based data analysis using the firm’s visualization platform. Through the Young Thinkers Challenge, the students were able to analyze the data of the growing aged population in Singapore.

The students found that there was a need to create a solution that would address the exponential increase in Singapore citizens entering their ‘silver years’. By the year 2030, the proportion of elderly will be 14.64 % of the Singapore population. At the same time, the old-age support ratio will be declining to 2:1 in 2030, from 5:1 in 2014.  

To prepare for this decrease in old-age support, the students developed an application that focuses on specific needs of the elderly population. This app includes solutions for speech recognition, on-demand services, emergency services and medication management.

The Speech Recognition tool allows the individual to translate their native dialect to English. This is so that the elderly person may receive the proper care they need. The On-Demand Services tool assists the individual in their everyday tasks and chores that they might be unable to conduct on their own.Emergency Services can be provided with just a tap on a screen with this app. Lastly, their Medication Management tool helps the individual organise their medication schedule and sends reminders for when to take their medication.

This aims of this app demonstrates remarkable similarity to the SHINEseniors project by SMU-TCS iCity Lab. Last month, Dr.Tan shared more about the SHINEseniors project, exclusively with OpenGov. This project is using IoT sensors and devices to help health care providers monitor the activity of their patients. Similar to the aims of the Raffles Institution team, Dr. Tan and his team work to enable Singapore’s ageing population.

In comparison, the project by the Raffles Institution team, caters directly to the elderly audience rather than the care providers.  The students tap into the need for app service delivery as the elderly generation is becoming more adept to mobile technology.

“It is essential to make use of technology in order to streamline services, and reduce the need for manpower,” stated Victor Loh Wai Kit while accepting the Young Thinkers Challenge award, “We feel that technology can help lower the ever-increasing government health care expenditure.”

The students found a critical need to be addressed through this Young Thinkers Challenge. In applying big data analytics, the students were able to create new solutions to supporting the ageing population of Singapore.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit www.ibm.com