The global Solve for Tomorrow competition that aims to find the best ideas and new innovative ways of using tech comes to Singapore for the first time.
Out of the initial 133 teams, the competition has been whittled down to the final six teams, three in each Polytechnic and University categories. Although it was a fierce battle of superb ideas and interesting innovations, including an app that gives you real-time information on MRT train occupancy and an elderly tracking wearable and app, there can only be one winner. Well, one from each category in this case.
The winning teams received S$10,000 prize money per team, a visit to Samsung Headquarters in Korea, the chance to undertake internships at the Singapore office, and seed grants of S$5000 plus a Samsung tablet to bring their ideas to life. Who says innovation is dead in Singapore?
First Words from Ngee Ann Polytechnic
This understanding app aims to bridge the cultural gap between the young and old. Via cloud, the app will use voice recognition to translate Mandarin and five other dialects like Hokkien and Cantonese into English so that the younger generations will be able to communicate with the non-English speaking older generations using something other than body language.
Samsung Eyenovation from Singapore Management University
Goodbye eyepatch, hello technology. Yes, the very thing that has been blamed for the downfall of our eyesight might actually pay it back. Given that so many kids are affected by amblyopia or known by its more common name, lazy eye, the team proposed using existing technology like your smartphone and a viewing device like the Oculus Rift or even Google Cardboard to treat the condition via app.