A ‘Smart Kampong’ mobile app connecting residents with happenings in the neighbourhood. A map app for job seekers to search for opportunities near their homes. These were some of the solutions from the winning teams who received their awards from the Guest-of-Honour, Mr K Shanmugam, the Minister for Home Affairs and the Minister for Law at the OneMap IdeaWorks! Award Ceremony and Exhibition on 12 October 2017 at HDB Hub Atrium, Toa Payoh.
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) launched OneMap IdeaWorks! in July this year to bring together technologists, data scientists and community organisations to co-develop geospatial solutions to overcome daily challenges faced by communities through the use of the new OneMap and open geospatial data.
The campaign, in support of the Smart Nation initiative, attracted challenge statements from over 30 community and public agency partners. These challenges spanned from social services, the environment, health, transport to heritage. The participants included technologists, data scientists, and students and professionals from universities, polytechnics, Institutes of Technical Education (ITE) and start-ups.
Following three months of ideation, prototyping and technical sessions, the finalists pitched their solutions to a judging panel helmed by SLA’s board members - Dr Chong Yoke Sin, Mr Loh Lik Peng and Ms Margaret Goh.
LDR Technology clinched the first prize for the Open Category with their ‘My Smart Kampong’ mobile app that aims to digitally enrich community living by allowing residents to collaborate and receive updates on the latest happenings in the neighbourhood. For the school category, the first prize went to Team Sole Survivor from the Singapore Institute of Technology with a map-based job listing web app titled WhereMyJob. They each received $3,000 cash, along with $5,000 worth of AWS (Amazon Web Services) credits.
Beyond the solutions by participating teams, the exhibition also showcased apps and services by adopters of the new OneMap, as part of efforts to create a nascent home-grown geospatial community.
Guest of Honour, Mr K Shanmugam announced at the event that SLA was working on GeoWorks,a collaborative platform to help local start-ups with a geospatial focus to grow and bring them together with potential partners. Mr K Shanmugam also emphasized the importance of geospatial as one of the important technologies to underpin Smart Nation initiatives.