Polytechnic and university teams showcase their innovative problem-solving skills at JOS Innovation Awards 2016-17.
JOS, one of Asia’s leading information technology (IT) services and solutions providers, conferred students in Singapore the platinum, gold, and silver awards in its inaugural JOS Innovation Awards 2016-17 held on 3 March 2017 at The Arts House, Singapore. In this final leg of the challenge, nine teams of students from local polytechnics and universities presented innovative ideas which leveraged technology to solve modern-day problems in environment, retail, hospitality, transportation, and healthcare sectors.
Mr Eric van der Hoeven, CEO of JTH Group delivers his opening address.
“We are impressed by the innovative problem-solving capabilities displayed by the students,” says Mr Andrew Tan, Managing Director of JOS Singapore. “It is encouraging to witness the enthusiasm and creativity of our millennials in embracing technology to address critical business needs, and make a difference to the world. This is also what we hope to see in our workplace now and in the future.”
The JOS Innovation Awards 2016-17 attracted 80 team submissions from universities, public polytechnics, and several private universities, of which, 22 shortlisted teams of semi-finalists presented their ideas to JOS’ panel of judges in January 2017. Emerging from the semi-finals were the nine finalist teams. Under the mentorship and guidance of JOS executives, the finalists refined their proposals for their final presentations. In recognition of students’ ideas and efforts, JOS had allocated S$13,000 in prize money for the winning teams, along with internship and graduate trainee opportunities with JOS for students who have displayed exemplary performances throughout the duration of the challenge.
The final judging panel comprised business leaders Dr Gog Soon Joo, Group Director, Training Partners Group and Chief Research Officer, SkillsFuture Singapore; Mr Mark Herbert, CEO of Dairy Farm Group; Mr Ian Potter, Distinguished Fellow of INSEAD; Mr John Tan, CEO of Saturday Kids; Mr Mark Lunt, Group Managing Director of JOS; and Mr Andrew Tan, Managing Director of JOS Singapore.
Mr Mark Lunt says: “Through the JOS Innovation Awards 2016-17, we have identified many rising technology stars who went beyond their fields of study in school and harnessed knowledge across different industries to design practical solutions infused with creativity and innovation. The JOS executives who mentored these teams have identified young talents who displayed impressive creativity in leveraging technology to solve modern day problems. We will be continuing conversations with some of the finalists to explore potential internship or graduate trainee opportunities at JOS, where they can take their ideas from concept to reality.”
After carefully assessing the teams, the judging panel selected the following projects as winners of the JOS Innovation Awards 2016-17:
Platinum Winning Team
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• CartShare - There is a lack of peer-to-peer interaction for online shopping modern consumer craves, which leads to a loss of potential revenue for retailers. The solution aims to provide a platform for users to collaborate, while shopping with friends and strangers. Ultimately, it provides a hassle-free shopping experience.
• Mr Gerald Lim and Mr James Ong from the Singapore Institute of Management
• Wins S$7,000 of prize money and internship opportunities at JOS
Mr Eric van der Hoeven and Dr Gog Soon Joo pictured here with Platinum Winners—CartShare’s Mr Gerald Lim and Mr James Ong from the Singapore Institute of Management.
Gold Winning Team
• LastOrder - All around the world, there are many who face poverty and hunger daily while tons of perfectly edible food are thrown away. Through this solution, food and beverage (F&B) businesses can donate unsold excess food by being instantly matched with charities in need of food.
• Mr Jeremias Goh Jian Zhi, Ms Karen Koh Li Yin, and Mr Jeremy Lee Ting Kok from Singapore Management University
• Wins S$4,000 of prize money
Silver Winning Team
• Shopwizer - With the aim of helping supermarkets provide excellent customer service and increase their productivity, the innovative system offers functions such as trolley rental, ease of navigation, promotions notifications and queue efficiency.
• Ms Nichola Aina Manansala Rosario, and Ms Chow Yewna from Nanyang Polytechnic
• Wins S$2,000 of prize money
Mr Andrew Tan, Managing Director of JOS Singapore, says: “I extend my sincere congratulations to the winners, and to all 80 teams who have participated in this Awards. The standard of entries has been extremely high across the board, a promising sign that our millennials and young talents are well-prepared to form a workforce representing Singapore as a global innovation and technology hub.”
Ms Jenny Pong, Group Director for Human Resources at JOS’s managing group, JTH Group, says: “JOS is proudly committed to nurturing the next generation of Singapore innovators. This is not simply a one-day event, but a holistic programme that expands students’ horizons by giving them exposure to the working world and expert mentorship. Under the leadership and guidance of JOS experts, student teams build upon the innovations they have dreamt up and hone their presentation skills. There is a unique opportunity for two-way learning: students receive nurturing mentorship and inspiration from JOS, while we get to learn from the outlooks and aspirations of young people today.”
“The JOS Innovation Awards are an integral part of our talent acquisition strategy,” says Ms Pong. “Apart from members of the Platinum-winning team earning internship opportunities, other suitable candidates we have identified during the shortlisting process will also be eligible for invitations to our internship and graduate trainee programmes. The Awards bring new blood to the industry not only in Singapore, but in Hong Kong as well, where JOS’s Hong Kong office is into its second year of the JOS Innovation Awards."
About JOS Innovation Awards 2016-17
The JOS Innovation Awards 2016-17 is a competition for full-time polytechnic and university students in Singapore to dream of technology-driven ideas for modern day problems, design practical solutions enabled by technology, and deliver in the form of writing and presentation to a panel of judges from JOS. Click here
or visit www.josawards.sg for more information on the JOS Innovation Awards.
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