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  • Innovation and technology contributes to growth in Singapore tourism sector

    Innovation and technology contributes to growth in Singapore tourism sector

    OpenGov published an article on how innovation and technology have contributed to the growth in Singapore’s tourism sector. The FinLab, a joint-venture between UOB and SGInnovate, announced its collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) last year to help travel agencies advance their businesses through a digital transformation programme for businesses. Through a three-month acceleration programme, travel agencies learnt how to identify the areas that hinder growth and which can be resolved through technology. The STB also implemented measures to promote technology adoption and work towards smart hotels, aiming to boost productivity and create high value-added jobs to attract and retain talents in the hotel industry. Finally, Alipay, Sentosa and STB also announced the launch of Alipay’s payment solutions across 70 percent of the merchants that participate in the Sentosa Islander Membership programme, making Sentosa the first major integrated leisure destination in Singapore to go cashless for Chinese visitors.

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  • Do you have a solution to the biggest challenge in human history?

    Do you have a solution to the biggest challenge in human history?

    Eco-Business published an article on the launch of the Liveability Challenge, in which SGInnovate is a partner of. Attending the launch was SGInnovate’s Pang Heng Soon, along with industry leaders and an audience of more than 100 sustainability entrepreneurs. The Liveability Challenge is a Temasek Foundation Ecosperity-supported programme that is offering up to S$1 million in funding for ideas that change the way we produce and consume energy and resources.

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  • Move the Needle: 3 Things Emerging ASEAN Economies Need To Benefit From Deep Technology?

    Move the Needle: 3 Things Emerging ASEAN Economies Need To Benefit From Deep Technology?

    Inc ASEAN published an article based on an email interview with Steve, on the three key factors that need to be in place for emerging ASEAN economies to benefit from deep technology. As the ideal hub for deep tech startups, Singapore acts as the jump-off point for deployment for startups to emerging markets. For instance, while Adatos, one of SGInnovate’s portfolio company, is based in Singapore, it works with some of the biggest food producers in Southeast Asia to address a genuine problem in the world – food security. SGInnovate aims to develop deep tech startups into high potential companies with global impact, to build and scale their products from Singapore for Southeast Asia and the world. Steve shares the three key factors that emerging ASEAN economies need in order to benefit from deep tech:

    • Education: To many, deep tech may seem like a black box where the lack of understanding often stands in the way of widespread adoption. Through education, people will gain a deeper understanding of deep tech, and the fear of ceding control to such technologies can be addressed.
    • Regulation: Emerging technologies bring economic and societal benefits, but they will also come with their own sets of ethical issues. Proper regulations are thus needed to encourage innovation by building accountability and public trust.
    • Talent: For deep tech to take off and drive the economies of Southeast Asia, startups in the region will need access to a large pool of highly skilled and capable talent. This will only be possible through an open innovation platform where the convergence of Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), large corporates and deep tech startups, create opportunities where creative ideas can be commercialised into innovative products and services.

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  • Key Technology Trends for 2019

    Key Technology Trends for 2019

    CNBC Asia conducted an interview with Steve on its morning programme, Squawk Box Asia, on the key technology trends for 2019. Apart from cryptocurrency, Steve highlighted that there are more important use cases for blockchain such as for the management of digital assets or creation of digital identities. For MedTech, innovations in this field remain a tough one to crack due to the complex regulatory environments in different countries, a longer time for investments to be realised, and a challenging adoption curve.

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  • Juliana Lim, Head of Talent Networking, SGInnovate, Singapore

    Juliana Lim, Head of Talent Networking, SGInnovate, Singapore

    GovInsider featured an article on Juliana in the Women in GovTech 2018 Special Report, which showcases the stories of inspiring women in public service. As the Head of Talent Networking in SGInnovate, Juliana works with her team to build the deep tech talent pool in Singapore by enhancing the technical capabilities of talents through learning opportunities, as well as expanding the deep tech talent marketplace so that talents and high-potential startups can seek each other out. For 2019, Juliana and her team will focus on enhancing the human capital potential of Singapore’s deep tech ecosystem, continue to build deep tech talent capabilities through world-class learning opportunities while continually seeking out the best and hard-to-reach deep tech talents for ambitious and capable startups.

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  • SzeKi Sim, Head of Brand, SGInnovate, Singapore

    SzeKi Sim, Head of Brand, SGInnovate, Singapore

    GovInsider featured an article on SzeKi in the Women in GovTech 2018 Special Report, which showcases the stories of inspiring women in public service. As the Head of Brand in SGInnovate, SzeKi is focused on sharing the Singapore innovation story and deep tech capabilities locally and internationally. One of the ways to achieve this is to showcase some of the founders that SGInnovate works with, feature their innovations, as well as how they are addressing important global issues. For 2019, SGInnovate will continue to focus on building the deep tech ecosystem and aim to drive deeper engagement with the community by experimenting with different formats and platforms.

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