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Nurturing talent through IDA Labs

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore is hoping to spur more collaborations between students and companies through initiatives such as IDA Labs. 

SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is doing more to nurture technology innovation among young people in Singapore. One way it is doing so is through the IDA Labs, which was officially opened earlier this year to provide hands-on exposure to coding and simple robotics. 

The RobotCar is the product of one of the workshops conducted for students at the IDA Labs, and 26 of these cars were presented as gifts to foreign ministers at the welcome dinner for the Ministerial Forum on ICT 2014.

The IDA Labs provides technology and guidance for both students and companies to develop ideas. In his welcome address at the forum, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim noted that such collaborations are important for building Singapore-based technology firms, and nurturing new talent. 

"We aim to foster a culture of creating and building, and innovation in Singapore. This culture will encourage more Singaporeans and Singapore-based info-technology companies to collaborate, experiment and design new solutions that will address real world challenges," he said. "With more collaborative and networking initiatives, open innovation will certainly accelerate."

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