M-DAQ, Dunman High and Raffles Institution win accolades at regional APICTA awards

Singapore, 16th October 2018 – Fintech start up M-DAQ Pte Ltd and schools Dunman High School and Raffles Institution secured Merit wins for Team Singapore at the 2018 regional Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards held in Guangzhou, China from 9th to 13th October. 

M-DAQ Pte Ltd clinched the Business Services Category award with Aladdin, an e-commerce algorithm solution that redefines Forex trading by removing the invisible costs. In the Students Category, Dunman High School received double awards for AICare, a self-checking optometric health care solution; and for VeriNews, a Google Chrome extension aimed at analysing and combating fake news. The other Students Category award went to Raffles Institution for ‘Orientate’, a machine learning lifestyle mobile app that help users pick the right wardrobe for their everyday dressing. 



Team Singapore at the 2018 APICTA Guangzhou awards

“We are proud to be Singapore’s representatives and to do our part to promote Singapore’s Fintech ecosystem. We got to know many entrepreneurs and companies sharing about their products and received a lot insight into our industry,” said M-DAQ Pte Ltd, Greater China-General Manager, Mr Chris Yu. “The award lends credibility to the Aladdin platform and we can use the award to broaden the scope of business opportunities and partnerships that become available to us.”

Raffles Institution student, Victor Loh Wai Kit said: “We’ve learnt that a successful project actually stems from a great idea. A tremendous amount of hard work and determination is then required to make the idea a reality. It was also our first experience of networking with the Team Singapore representatives. It was truly an eye-opening experience and an enriching trip we will never forget.”

Dunman High School’s computing teacher, Mr Gi Soong Chee said that the host economy with its applications of AI-powered facial recognition and speech translation left a deep impression on how ICT can significantly enhance the efficiency of event operations without having to sacrifice the human to human interaction. “We were able to experience first-hand how technologies like mobile cashless payments, self-service automated super marts, and integrated last mile delivery services, have truly permeated the society and improved people's lives. Participation in APICTA 2018 has indeed broadened our horizon to give us much food for thought and call for action,” Mr Gi said.


(L-R) Dunman High School: Tai Chee Hian, Poh Say Keong, and Arthur Long Ji Yao. Raffles Institution: Choo Ze Xian and Victor Loh Wai Kit.

The APICTA Awards, an annual ICT competition now in its 18th year, is aimed at recognising innovative ICT products, solutions, services, and applications developed from each participating economy. Led by SGTech, Team Singapore was represented by nine companies and schools comprising 16 nominations in various categories. 

This year’s APICTA awards saw a total of 73 judges, with five from Singapore, selectively drawn from the government sector, academia, and the tech industry. In total, there were 295 nominations coming from 15 economies across the Asia Pacific.
“The APICTA awards captures the spirit of ICT innovation and is a great platform to nurture our entrepreneurs and students. It provides an excellent opportunity and ideal environment for them to gain regional exposure and benchmark against their peers,” said Ms Shirley Wong, Exco Member of APICTA representing SGTech. “The newly calibrated categories this year plus a record-breaking number of entries has upped the game for the Singapore Team. We are very proud of their participation.” 

About the APICTA Awards
The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards) is an annual international awards program organize by APICTA, which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the digital divide. By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities via exposure to venture capitalists and investors.

Participants of the awards program comprise members of the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance APICTA. They are guided by the Framework of Cooperation identifying how member-economies can work together in support of the Awards Program as well as other programs that foster development and growth of the ICT industry in the region.

Members of APICTA consist of 17 (seventeen) Economies including: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and Nepal.

Effective this year, there is a new set of awards categories and criteria. Within three main categories (Head Category, Cross Category and Cross Technology), participants are required to select the award that they think most closely describes their industry and/or solution. 

All entries other than Students Projects, must enter one of the sub segments under the 5 Head Categories. The sub segments are: Consumer, Inclusions and Community Services, Industrial, Business Services, Public Sector and Government. Entries if relevant and eligible, can also take part in one of the Cross Categories comprising of Start Ups and R&D. Or they can participate into one of the Technology Categories under Data Analytics, IoT and AI.

About SGTech
SGTech is an active and responsible advocate of the technology industry in Singapore. With the evolving technology landscape, SGTech strives to create an ecosystem to anticipate changing technology trends and develop sustainable initiatives that can further strengthen the community and help the industry grow. SGTech’s 700 members range from innovative start-ups, vibrant small and medium-sized enterprises to top multinational corporations that leverage technology as a core driver of their business. 

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