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Singapore’s national AI programme enters into three new partnerships

Singapore’s national AI programme enters into three new partnerships

During this past week, AI Singapore signed three
Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs), reiterating AI Singapore’s commitment to
pursue research, develop skills and talent, as well as embrace new technologies
in AI-related areas. The three MOUs were signed with the National Trades Union
Congress (NTUC),
Intel
Corporation
and PwC Singapore.

AI Singapore [1]
was launched in
May 2017 by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore with up to
S$150 million in funding to catalyse, synergise and boost Singapore's AI
capabilities.

AI Singapore’s key programmes include fundamental research,
addressing Grand
Challenges and conducting 100 experiments in collaboration with
companies to tackle real-life business problems. It also runs an AI Apprenticeship programme through
a collaboration with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

NTUC

The Labour Movement has been focusing on expanding its
outreach in emerging ICT areas, such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity,
immersive media and internet of things, to curate relevant programmes that meet
the progression needs of Professionals, Managers, and Executives.

AI Singapore was one of three new ICT associations which
signed a MOU to join the NTUC U
Associate
ecosystem on 12 March 2018. The other
two MOUs
were signed with (ISC)2
Singapore Chapter
and Tech
Singapore Advocates
. Through these new partnerships, NTUC can now reach out
to about 40,000 professionals in the ICT sector.

As part of the 2-year MOU signed between AI Singapore and
NTUC, both parties will explore projects of mutual interests in data analytics
and AI for NTUC, undertake visits by engineering staff and collaborators for
discussion; participate in outreach and development activities or events; and
exchange scientific, academic and technical information, if appropriate.

“This partnership with NTUC will allow AI Singapore to reach
a wider ecosystem in Singapore. With NTUC’s U Associate network of 67
associations (representing more than 250,000 members from different
professions), we believe that they will each be impacted by AI in one way or
another. We want to be there to support their adoption and evolution journey as
AI becomes pervasive in their sector,” said Mr Laurence Liew, Director of
Industry Innovation, AI Singapore.

Intel

The 3-year
MOU with Intel
aims to provide industry-relevant and skills-based training
to the Singapore AI ecosystem, with a goal of engaging and training around 2000
students and developers over the next three years.

Under the MOU, AI Singapore intends to host free-of-cost
training sessions based on the Intel® AI Academy* suite of content for
students, developers, start-ups and companies. The Intel® AI Academy is an open
initiative offered to academia, professionals, and start-ups worldwide.

Intel will send their world-wide AI experts to co-host some
of these sessions. In addition, AI Singapore will be including the Intel® AI Academy content
as part of its AI Apprenticeship Programme. AI Singapore will also be able to
access or submit relevant publicly available, research papers, whitepapers,
solution briefs, project descriptions and technical content via the Intel®
Developer Zone or affiliated Intel websites.

Participants in Intel ® AI Academy will gain access to
Intel-hosted forums and technical support for their usage of Intel hardware
platforms and software tools for research and projects. The Intel® AI Academy
will assist in organizing meetups, offer event-based training and provide
expert guidance on Intel frameworks and tools to the next generation of AI
professionals.

PwC

AI Singapore has signed a 3-year MOU with PwC Risk Services for
collaboration on AI projects and enhancing digital trust competencies in both
the public and private sector. This will be done through dedicated research
projects related to data analytics; AI research & development; and risk
management and governance to ensure responsible AI adoption. This collaboration
is viewed as pivotal to ensuring trusted digital ecosystems as Singapore
develops as a Smart Nation.

“We are excited to collaborate with PwC to accelerate the
use of AI in the finance, audit and risk markets. The 100Experiments and AI
Apprenticeship Programme, which PwC will participate in, will accelerate the
adoption of AI in these areas and train new AI engineers for PwC and the
Singapore ecosystem,” remarked Mr Laurence Liew.

“As the demand for automation and use of AI increases,
designing in appropriate levels of risk management and governance will be
essential for the trusted application of AI adoption. PwC Singapore advocates
responsible AI adoption and is well positioned to help embed the right level of
risk assessment, controls and governance frameworks to enable organisations to
innovate with confidence. We are glad to be the first professional services
firm to work with AISG in support of Singapore’s AI initiatives in line with
Singapore’s Smart Nation ambitions,” said Greg Unsworth, Digital Business and
Risk Assurance Leader, PwC Singapore.

[1] The initiative is
driven by a government-wide partnership comprising NRF, the Smart Nation and
Digital Government Office (SNDGO), the Economic Development Board (EDB), IMDA,
SGInnovate, and the Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS). Institutes of
Higher Learning, including National University Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang
Technological University (NTU), Singapore University of Technology and Design
(SUTD) the Singapore Management University (SMU) and public sector research
agency, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), are also part of
this AI 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.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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 business services provider. We help 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 3,000 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.

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