SINGAPORE - On Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation's (SiTF) Awards Ceremony and ICT Industry Gala Dinner, the Federation recognised more than 40 innovative solutions across 11 categories which included best start-up, cloud solution, digital media, e-government, infocomm productivity, student innovations, and more. That night also marked the birth of The Portal, an online productivity platform.
SiTF Awards, running in its fifth year, is an annual recognition programme that rewards local innovations across industries in the national information and communication technology (ICT) scene. It is judged by 33 esteemed professionals and luminaries from various disciplines of the IT field. This year, it received more than 290 nominations which consisted of start-ups, established corporations and public institutions across varied sectors.
Entries were judged based on a standard of distinction as determined by the SiTF, according to the category entered. Some attributes taken into consideration include uniqueness, market potential, functionalities and features, quality and application of technology and presentation.
"SiTF Awards is not just another Awards in Singapore. We have mobilised more than 70 senior executives and veterans, in the Information, Communications and Media (ICM) industry to judge over six days to select the top notch innovative submissions," said Shirley Wong, Chairman of SiTF & Organising Chairman of SiTF Awards 2013.
Singapore Press Holdings' online property portal STProperty bagged a Bronze in the "Digital Media" category.
Nanoveu Pte Ltd garnered the evening's top honour, the Judges' Choice award, as well as the top spots in the Emerging Technology and Start-up categories. Nanoveu makes EyeFly3D, a thin flexible screen protector which, when affixed to a high resolution mobile display turns a 2D device into a glasses-free 3D viewing platform.
"It was a very good night for Nanoveu. Eyefly3D demonstrates how we can turn innovative research into products that benefit consumers. The win is also a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of a commercial entity working with A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) scientists in turning lab research into a viable consumer product." said Alfred Chong, CEO and Founder of Nanoveu.
There is a new category for Most Popular Mobile Apps in this year's contest. The objective is to help raise awareness for the 20 locally developed mobile apps that were up for public SMS voting. This contest received more than 47,000 votes, in which the MyTransport.SG app from the Land Transport Authority proved most popular. The app offers a wide range of information for all modes of land transport, empowering commuters, motorists and cyclists in Singapore to make informed decisions and better plan their journey.
"Increasingly, people turn to mobile apps to manage various aspects of their lives, and we feel honoured to be recognised as the most popular mobile app in Singapore. By profiling and recognising useful and creative apps, SiTF helps to strengthen the culture of innovation in Singapore" said Chew Hock Yong, Chief Executive of the Land Transport Authority.
While winners have been announced at the Awards, a special online platform targeted at providing informative contents and toolkits to aid companies' to improve productivity was launched. The Portal (www.theportal.sg), simple and easy to remember by name, would become the must visit online channel for all productivity required news. The Portal is a project of SiTF together with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.