Celebrating Singapore’s Best in Tech Innovation
On 27 January 2021, SG:D Techblazer Awards held its first hybrid award ceremony. In addition to the 50 guests and finalists gathered at Suntec City Convention Centre, another 230 guests joined the celebration remotely.
Guest-of-Honour Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information graced the occasion and presented the awards to our deserving winners.
L-R: Ms Tan Li San, Chief Executive of National Council of Social Services, Mr Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive of IMDA, Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, and Mr Wong Wai Meng, Chairman of SGTech
This year’s Awards saw over 400 submissions, an increase of more than 30% compared to the previous year, reflecting an increase in tech innovation and adoption activity by organisations on the ground.
Innovate to transform and level up for the future
SGTech Chairman Mr Wong Wai Meng, in the opening address, said, “Against the backdrop of an unprecedented crisis, it is outstanding that Singapore’s organisations continue to adopt innovation and digital transformation to emerge stronger. For Singapore to recover from the effects of the pandemic, organisations must transform to elevate ourselves to a different level.”
Mr Wong Wai Meng, SGTech Chairman, delivering the opening address
“It is heartening to see a large number of new ideas in the Techblazer Awards, with individuals and organisations applying technology to innovative ideas to solve big problems.”
Mr Wong also announced the formation of a Sustainability Committee to focus and coordinate the activities and resources of SGTech members and like-minded stakeholders, reflecting the strong sentiments that our members have on this topic. He expressed the hope that there will be more submissions involving sustainability tech in the future.
While SGTech will continue collaborating with government agencies such as IMDA, WSG and SSG to ensure the pipeline of strong talents needed by the tech sector, there will also be initiatives focussed on promoting gender diversity within the tech workforce.
“Through these collective efforts, we want to look forward to a future edition of the Techblazer Awards with a visibly different mix of participants, from the preliminary to the final judging rounds, mirroring a healthy balance of male and female representation in the tech sector,” said Mr Wong.
Government efforts to boost future innovations
In his address, Minister S Iswaran mentioned the impressive range of ideas and applications in this year’s Awards, with finalists from many different sectors.
“And that is how it should be; we want to be able to galvanise the breadth and depth of our economy in this important endeavour. All businesses – regardless of size or industry – can and should harness technological innovation both to address immediate challenges and to seize new opportunities,” Minister S Iswaran said.
Guest-of-honour Mr S Iswaran, Minister of Communications and Information, delivering his remarks
We must continue to nurture a vibrant innovation ecosystem in Singapore. Close collaboration between the Government and stakeholders in the industry and research communities is the key to an ecosystem conducive to innovation.
Mr S Iswaran described the Government’s commitment to invest S$25 billion to support our Research, Innovation and Enterprise, or RIE 2025 plan, in addition to IMDA’s innovation facilities such as PIXEL, the 5G Living Lab and various other prototyping labs. Through these initiatives, it is hoped that innovations can be brought to market more quickly by connecting researchers and innovators to end-users.
He also announced IMDA’s launch of the Tech Acceleration Lab, enabling Singapore-based technology companies and startups to accelerate their proof-of-concept projects in partnership with Government agencies. There will also be a new batch of Open Innovation challenges through the Open Innovation Platform.
Concluding his remarks, Minister S Iswaran said, “I would also like to thank SGTech for working with us to discover our Techblazers. With your extensive networks within the tech community, you are both an advocate for the industry, and an amplifier for the Government’s initiatives. Together, I believe we can nurture and sustain a vibrant innovation ecosystem to unlock new opportunities in the next bound of growth for Singapore.”
SG:D Techblazer Awards 2020 Winners
Most Promising Innovation
Gold - Hummingbird Bioscience Pte Ltd (Rational Antibody Discovery (RAD) platform)
Silver - Ideatory Pte Ltd (impress.ai)
Silver - Nextbillion.ai Pte Ltd (Nextbillionmaps)
Bronze - Asia Wealth Platform Pte Ltd (Stashaway)
Public Sector - Govtech (SafeEntry)
Enterprise - NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative Limited (SNACK)
SME - Hong Ye Group Pte Ltd (Smart iClean App)
Gold - National University of Singapore (Augmentus Platform)
Silver - St. Andrew's Junior College (Newton's Meter)
Bronze - Nanyang Polytechnic (Automated AI Review With Human Workflow)
Bronze - Singapore Management University (Fluidlytix WAVE Valve)
Special Mention (Best Adoption category)
Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) (Mixed Reality Living Room)
YJP Surveyors Pte Ltd (Aerial Laser Scanning)
There were also innovative elements included in this year’s ceremony, reflecting the needs of the times.
Concierge robots were at the reception area to guide guests as they arrived, and provide information about the Awards and the finalists. A robot cart also served as the trophy bearer to deliver the trophies to the winners who came on stage.
Concierge robots by SGTech member Solustar greeting guests as they arrived at the venue.
Guest-of-honour Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, activating the robot cart serving as the "trophy bearer" for the ceremony. Due to safe distancing measures, winners received their trophies via the THOUZER robot trophy bearer provided by Doog
We thank the Co-Chairs of the Awards, Mr Howie Lau representing IMDA, and Mr Michael Yap and Ms Shirley Wong representing SGTech, for their stewardship in leading the team through this edition of the Awards. We want to express our heartfelt appreciation to our panel of judges for reviewing and offering their valuable feedback to the participating entries.
SG:D Techblazer Awards 2020 Co-Chairs at the media briefing just before the award ceremony.
L-R (Second from left): Mr Howie Lau, Mr Michael Yap, Ms Shirley Wong
SG:D Techblazer Awards is jointly organised by IMDA and SGTech.
Please watch the ceremony to see our winners and finalists.
Published Feb 2021