A Strong Showing by Singapore Organisations at 2019 APICTA Awards
Singapore’s winning ratio of 75 per cent among entries submitted is the highest amongst the participating economies in this year’s APICTA awards.
Singapore, 27th November 2019
– All six organisations representing Singapore and showcasing their technology innovation won recognition at the 2019 regional Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards held in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh, Vietnam from 19th to 22nd November.
Led by SGTech, Team Singapore made submissions across eight categories, winning in three categories and picking up merit awards in another three. The win ratio of 75 per cent among the Singapore organisations is the best among the 16 participating economies in this year’s awards.
Team Singapore, comprising the six organisations who all won awards, together with the SGTech delegation at the 2019 APICTA awards held in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Hanalytics Pte Ltd clinched the Business Services – ICT & Security Solutions award with BioMind®, an artificial intelligence application that assist doctors to diagnose medical images and report the analysis automatically. Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower won in the Public Sector – Digital Government category for SGWorkPass, a mobile app that enables employers, employees and agents to check the validity of work passes or long-term passes issued by the ministry. Also winning in the Industrial – ICT Networks & Communication category was Spark Systems Pte Ltd for SparkFX, a trading platform that resolves current legacy and market issues in foreign exchange trading.
Awards aimed at bridging the digital divide
Among the merit award recipients, Parkway Hospitals Singapore was recognised in the Business Services – Professional Services category for AI-Powered Pre-Admission Cost of Hospitalisation Estimation, an AI-powered predictive hospital bill estimation system; City Developments Limited in the Industrial – General category for CityNexus, an IOT initiative to transform older office buildings into Smart Digital Buildings; and National University of Singapore High School of Math and Science in the Student – Senior category for ARetail, an app that helps retailers generate 3D models of their furniture products from a single picture and to view them in Augmented Reality (AR).
“Singapore is represented across multiple award categories. Our teams came up against the best from 16 participating economies and put up an excellent show this year. We are honoured that all our 6 participating teams have won. It is heartening that our Singapore tech innovations are keeping pace with the best in the region,” said Shirley Wong, Exco Member of APICTA representing SGTech, and one of the four Singapore judges officiating at the awards.
In its 19th year, the APICTA awards aims to increase ICT awareness across communities in the Asia Pacific and assist in bridging the digital divide. This year’s awards received 324 nominations from 16 economies in the region.
Describing his solution and participation at the awards, Hanalytics CEO Raymond Moh said BioMind was created to overcome the global shortage of doctors and reduce misdiagnosis, and can be used to recommend possible diagnoses and generate reports for doctors to review.
“APICTA is an excellent platform to meet distinguished business leaders and promotes further collaborative efforts, which is key to building a synergistic ecosystem. The APICTA journey is also a self-discovery process, for us, picking up new best practices and ideas, to enable continuous improvements for our organisation,” Mr Moh said.
Penny Han, Divisional Director (Work Pass Division), Ministry of Manpower, said the ministry issues work passes to about 1.3 million foreign workers in Singapore, while around 200,000 work passes are cancelled annually before expiry. “By replacing the static expiry date printed on the cards with a QR code, all stakeholders can now use SGWorkPass (a secure mobile app) to read the QR code and obtain the most accurate work pass status,” she said. “The APICTA competition has enabled us to benchmark our product against our counterparts in the region. My team has benefitted from the sharing and will use best practices gleaned from the experience to help us improve further.”
“Spark Systems is a FX Trading platform built by traders, in Asia for Asia. We aim to bring regional traders a central low-latency access to fragmented worldwide FX liquidity, that executes faster and smarter with minimal information leakage to control market impact, accompanied by a suite of pre and post trade analytics,” said Ashley Koh, Chief Operating Officer – Strategy and Operations, Spark Systems.
“We are at an amazing time in history; a new phase of Industrial revolution that is Industry 4.0 where digital innovation can revolutionize operations and scalability. Having the openness to share and collaborate and innovate between companies from diverse geographic regions and backgrounds is vital to grow a digital economy, not just locally but across borders as well” added Chin Shi Mei, Chief Financial Officer, Spark Systems.
Appendix: List of Singapore APICTA 2019 award recipients (PDF)
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.
APICTA is an alliance of national IT organisations representing their respective economy to build, enhance a network to promote IT, promote technology innovations, capability and adoption and encourage the development of indigenous IT solutions to the global market.
SGTech is the premier association for the tech industry in Singapore. Within a rapidly evolving technology landscape, SGTech strives to create an ecosystem that anticipates trends and develops sustainable initiatives to strengthen the community and help the industry grow.
SGTech’s close to 1000 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.