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IDA announces winners of Data Discovery Challenge in Singapore

Zafar Anjum | Feb. 6, 2015
Competition harnesses data to drive innovation to enable a Smart Nation for businesses and consumers

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) awarded prizes to the winners of the Data Discovery Challenge on 5 February in Singapore.

The shortlisted teams comprised budding entrepreneurs, innovators and start-ups who battled it out before the judges to win not just attractive cash prizes of more than S$13,000 but also a place in the TAG.PASS acceleration programme offered by the investment arm of IDA, Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL).

During the Data Discovery Challenge Finals, private datasets were pooled with other datasets including government datasets. The winning teams used private datasets, such as footfall data, social media data with other datasets including government datasets to develop new insights and value, bringing the data to better use.

"Data and analytics play a critical role in our journey to becoming a Smart Nation and the Data Discovery Challenge offers the participants a chance to be part of this journey with us," said IDA Assistant Chief Executive, Development Group, Khoong Hock Yun. "We are heartened by the variety and responses to our Challenge with the innovative ideas and solutions presented to help advance us on the Smart Nation journey."

The winners

Decision Architects by Chris Lo walked away with the first prize of S$5,000 with his winning entry of using data visualisation to enable business owners to develop better business strategies based on human footfall and interest patterns. Lo also clinched the Singtel Smart Nation Innovation Award of $3,000 for using the dataset provided by Singtel.

Second prize of S$3,000 was awarded to CompareRoute's Edmund Chan for his innovative solution that helps businesses better plan their delivery routes to save time and resources. This solution also won Chan, one of the Best Business Concept Prize of S$500 as well. The other Best Business Concept Prize went to team Qliknic for the solution to help patients plan which polyclinic to seek medical attention based on real-time queue situation in the various polyclinics.

Team Data Rookies took the Third Prize of S$1,500 for Plan B - Beat the Crowds! - a service catering to visitors heading to popular tourist attractions. Based on proximity and crowd situation, the service can propose alternative locations for users to visit if the place of interest becomes crowded.

These top 3 winning teams will be enrolled into IIPL's TAG.PASS acceleration programme which will fast forward their development through intense business coaching, said IDA in a press statement.

The winning teams will also receive support in mentorship and anonymised data from Singtel, and technical coaching and access to development platform from Progress Software Corporation.

Data-driven Smart Nation

"Smart Nation is a data driven innovation initiative and the Data Discovery Challenge is a clear mechanism that drives innovation from data insight," said Dr Alex Lin, Head of Infocomm Investment Pte Ltd. "We believe the Challenge will inspire more innovation using data and IIPL look forward to developing the necessary skillset with the winning teams from the Challenge."

 

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