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Singapore brings the ‘Smart Nation’ connection to San Francisco

Zafar Anjum | Jan. 22, 2015
Opens San Francisco office, announces strategic collaboration with General Assembly and launches a Global Data Challenge

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Steve Leonard (right), Executive Deputy Chairman of the IDA announcing the collaboration with General Assembly

In a bid to bridge the gap between Singapore and the US tech community, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has announced a strategic collaboration with General Assembly and the launch of a Global Data Challenge for the technology community in the US, which includes Singaporeans studying, working or setting up business in the Bay Area.

Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of the IDA, shared this news at the opening of a San Francisco office for IDA's investment arm, Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL) on 21 January.

Leonard announced IDA's intention to collaborate with General Assembly, the global educational institution that is fostering a new technology community through learning-by-doing classes, workshops, full-time immersive programs and online courses in web development, user experience design, digital marketing and data science. The General Assembly community consists of professionals seeking to start a new career or level up in the one they have.

At a launch, Leonard announced exciting business opportunities for the US-based tech community such as funding, training and aid in expanding to Asian markets through accelerator programmes based in Singapore, and a strong call for participation in Singapore's Smart Nation initiative.

Engaging the global tech community in Singapore's Smart Nation vision

"Singapore is building itself into a Smart Nation," he said  "Part of our plan in doing so is to actively engage the global tech community in our Smart Nation vision and encourage collaboration with leading tech ecosystems across the world. Young, innovative tech entrepreneurs and startups can help tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing growing cities and nations today, brought about by the inevitable trends of ageing population and urban density. Especially in areas ranging from healthcare using IOT at homes to environmental sustainability through better use of energy resources, global tech builders can use Singapore as their Living Lab to pilot some of their innovations," said Steve Leonard.

With their new office in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, the high tech magnet of San Francisco city, IIPL offers collaborative space, a wide range of entrepreneurial and business building activities and events to enable greater partnership opportunities between the US and Singapore startup communities.

Block 71 San Francisco

The new IIPL office is part of "Block 71 San Francisco", an initiative shared with NUS Enterprise and SingTel Innov8.

 Block 71 San Francisco gives opportunities for US-based entrepreneurs, companies and investors to find out more about Singapore and other emerging trends and business opportunities in the huge and growing Asian markets. Singapore-based tech companies with interest to expand into the US market will leverage this facility to better understand the market, 'set up shop' and expand their network into the US tech community.


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