Tech Saturday Brings Technology To Aspiring Tech Professionals And The Community-at-large
Image above – RPISG
Press Release – 25 April 2015 – With the aim of bringing exciting technologies to the communities and igniting the imagination of the young and old, Tech Saturday attracted more than 2,000 visitors during the one-day carnival at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Visitors had the chance to view the largest organised indoor drone race and take part in activities such as building a tofu piano with Arduino. They were also treated to a suite of cool technologies brought together by various research institutes, institutes of higher learning, and Singapore tech companies.
These include gadget demos such as the Talking Map for the visually impaired by Nanyang Polytechnic and the Robotic Kayak and Stingray for deep sea research by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology.
120 young builders aged between 10 and 14 also had the opportunity to put their coding and computational skills at the Tech Saturday Kids’ Hackathon. Their challenge was to programme a smart vehicle that avoids obstructions in either 2D animation or mOway robotics.
Separately, IDA and the IT Standards Committee are organising “[email protected]” which seeks to be Singapore’s largest hackathon. Supported by the Ministry of Finance and SPRING Singapore, [email protected] aims to bring together over 1,000 students, programmers, academia, designers and entrepreneurs to work on urban challenges facing Singapore and help ideate, code and co-create solutions for Singapore’s Smart Nation building efforts. It will take place in Q3 2015.
Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim was the Guest-of-Honour for the event. He said, “Tech Saturday is part of the Government’s efforts in getting people excited about using and creating with technology. Technology needs to be inclusive and accessible to the young and old, to families and different communities. The [email protected] will be another opportunity for people to get in touch with coding, exchange ideas in a competitive setting and be builders of technology.”
IDA is also looking to invest more in the development of local tech capabilities extending efforts to not those skilled in this area, but also to fresh graduates and professionals looking for a mid-career change. For example, IDA and General Assembly are working to collaborate and pilot some programmes in these areas. GA, well known for their practical instruction in tech, business and design has recently set up presence in Singapore.
A new crowd-sourced demand-driven transportation concept – “Beeline” will focus on the spirit of experimentation and co-creation. Together with the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA), IDA will be exploring how commuters can have more access to more direct, pre-booked private express bus services to work. Bus routes and trips are also envisioned to be flexible and can change according to evolving commuter needs. Feedback from commuters via the live website www.beeline.sg will be critical in determining the direction and viability of this concept.
For more details, please visit http://www.smartnation.sg/techsat/