Singapore launches first software developer’s validation tool – Proxor

Software developers can now benchmark their capabilities and skills against international standards

From left to right: Mr Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman, IDA; Dr Philip Miller, Founder, Proxor; Ms Shirley Wong, Chairman, SiTF; Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive, IDA; Ms Ho Se Mun, Executive Director, SiTF


Singapore, 31 August 2015 SiTF is supporting Singapore’s Smart Nation vision and addressing the industry’s challenges in hiring of software developers by partnering with Proxor, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff, to introduce an innovative test to help benchmark software developers’ capabilities against international standards. This is a game-changer for ICT managers because for the first time, they can verify the competence of potential employees.

Proxor’s Software Development Examination (SDE) is part of the authentic examination assessment system that measures a developers' ability to create realistic software solutions in a professional programming environment, thereby enabling companies to confidently hire and retain competent software developers.

Ms. Shirley Wong, Chairman, SiTF believes that with Proxor, employers can be more efficient in recruiting developers.

Dr. Phil Miller, Founder of Proxor said “Proxor Ratings enable employers to recruit right candidates who have programing skills far superior to those of the average graduate of the most prestigious university.”

Mr Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority said: "Singapore has a vision to transform itself into a Smart Nation, and the foundation is creative and capable talent.  As a result, it is important that we look beyond just academic qualifications, and help citizens of all ages build the skills that help them do important and rewarding technology-related work across a variety of industries.”

Several organisations in Singapore like XCellink, and CrimsonLogic have piloted Proxor certifications in their hiring process. The SMU School of Information Systems (SIS) have also included Proxor in their curriculum since early February this year.

Organisations in countries like United States, Mexico and India have also been using Proxor as part of their recruitment process.

Interested participants can register their interest through SiTF and have their examinations taken at SiTF-Proxor Certified Examination Centre. Singaporean candidates can look forward to funding support for the Proxor examinations in the near future.

For more information about Proxor and to register for the Proxor Software Development Examination, kindly proceed here.

 Kindly proceed to SiTF's Facebook Page for more photos of the event. 

Enclosed: Appendix 1: Quotes from Xcellink CEO and Xcellink Proxor Exam Taker

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