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Punggol Digital District, a town like no other

It wasn’t too long ago when Punggol was a fishing village, predominantly occupied by Malay settlers. Its even harder to imagine a concentration of pig-farming activities in Punggol to minimise pollution by relegating its activities to a dedicated piece of land. Teeming with historic value, Punggol was also the site where close to 400 Chinese civilians fell victim to the Sook Ching purge in the dark days of the Japanese Occupation during World War II.

The area’s function has evolved over the years to suit the changing needs of Singapore’s growing urbanisation projects. Today, Punggol is an up and coming residential area for young families to start afresh. Matching its new leg in history are the projects to modernise and develop the area.

The new Punggol Digital District: Envisioning 2030, is one of such plans. Jointly organised by GovTech, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), JTC and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), the initiative hopes to envision a digitally driven township which is both vibrant and inclusive. Part of the Smart Nation push, Punggol is the first to adopt an integrated masterplan approach which caters to a resident’s entire life journey.

Featured in the masterplan is a business park, a university and community facilities. SIT’s new campus resides comfortably close with JTC’s business park buildings. Close collaboration between industry and academia are facilitated to foster synergies and encourage a cross-fertilisation of ideas and knowledge between industry professionals, students and academics. New ideas will be conceived at the University. Businesses in the area will then prototype, test and adopt these ideas. Finally, the ideas will be commercialised for implementation. Hence the overall effects are vibrant and strong communities.

Punggol Digital District will be a town for the future. Within its bounds, are key growth sectors of the digital economy such as cyber security and digital technology services and businesses. Located in the north-eastern most tip of the island, integrated services are necessary to provide quality of life and ease of access to residents. Hence, the masterplan for the area will bring exciting job opportunities closer to its resident.

With key growth sectors nested within the area, Punggol will be an ecosystem of open innovation and provide a conducive test-bed environment to aid businesses and community to thrive in the digital economy.

Forming the country’s first Enterprise District, Punggol Digital District provides the flexibility for land use mix. Hence, deeper integration and synergy of multiple uses are possible to encourage further space integration. An example of harvesting such synergies would be to house SIT’s research labs and learning facilities within JTC’s business park buildings. JTC could also host R&D facilities and create startup spaces within SIT.

Maximising a resident’s quality of life is an inclusive and green environment. The hawker centre, community centre, childcare facilities, parks and public spaces will also be in the vicinity to meet the needs of the community.

In the spirit of community, an online challenge is launched to aggregate ideas on Designing a Digitally Enhanced User Experience for the Punggol Digital District Community. Members of the public are encouraged to submit original and exciting ideas to redefine the limits of a user-centric future.

Specifically, the challenge asks how digital technology will improve the urban environment and people’s way of life across all communities by the year 2030. It beckons insights on how technology applications might be viewed alternatively so that our way of life is revolutionised and simultaneously addresses resource and environmental concerns in the process.

Details of the submission requirements can be found here.

A second phase of the challenge, a hackathon, will be launched. The hackathon calls on the tech community to brainstorm and develop prototype solutions for winning ideas based off Phase 1. Ideas which make the cut may be further developed for eventual implementation in Punggol.

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.

PARTNER

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.

PARTNER

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.

PARTNER

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. 

PARTNER

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