SINGAPORE: There will be a new award from 2017 to recognise polytechnic students who have completed interactive digital media (IDM) projects that will make a positive impact on the lives of fellow citizens and the wider community, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Tuesday (May 3).
The Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media Smart Nation Award will recognise students who have completed IDM projects that will "will contribute to the Smart Nation initiative by harnessing technology to improve the lives of citizens, creating more opportunities, and supporting stronger communities", according to MOE.
This is following the Prime Minister's donation of an additional S$250,000 to the endowment fund set up for education awards, it added.
The relevant projects for consideration include:
- Smart Mobility: Creating a more seamless transport experience through new travel options and greater access to real-time transport information.
- Smart Living: Improving daily living in our homes through smart devices.
- Smart Health and Wellness: Delivering better healthcare services and wellness applications for seniors and citizens through effective use of information technology.
- Digital Services: Improved Government operations and service delivery through technology.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: “To build a Smart Nation, and make full use of IT in our lives, we need to gather good ideas from many sources. I want to encourage young people to be interested in IT, and to come up with creative ways of using IT to improve our lives.
"I hope this new Award will stimulate more Polytechnic students to do their best, to use their imagination and skills to do outstanding projects in Interactive Digital Media, which will make a difference to Singapore.”
Acting Education Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Mr Ong Ye Kung, who announced the award at the start of Republic Polytechnic's graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, said: "The award encourages polytechnic students to tap on their creativity and skills to embark on IDM projects that improve the lives of Singaporeans, or forge closer community ties."
He added: "Students can harness technology, including using video games, mobile apps or augmented or virtual reality to develop IDM projects that can improve lives - such as to make taking public transport easier, making ordering groceries and paying for them online easier, or helping all of us lead a healthier lifestyle."
Five projects will be chosen as winners of the Award and each will receive S$1,000. Interested parties can apply through the schools during an application period in late-April each year, starting from 2017, the press release added.