The judges for Solve for Tomorrow 2020 consisted of an esteemed panel of industry leaders. They included:
- Eugene Goh, President of Samsung Electronics Singapore
- Terence Ng, Director, Innovation Office, Health Promotion Board
- Foo Hui Hui, Deputy Director, Digital Literacy and Participation, Infocomm Media Development Authority
- Chan Swee Hoon, Country Sales Director, Digital Transformation and Enterprise Sales, Intel Singapore
- Richard Koh, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Singapore
- Annabelle Chiong, Deputy Director of Venture Investing, SGInnovate
- Isabella Huang Loh, Chairman, Singapore Environment Council
The finalist teams were assessed based on creativity and feasibility of their ideas, presentation effectiveness, as well as how they were applying STEM knowledge to the challenges they have identified in one of these themes – (1) environmental sustainability, (2) health and well being, (3) active ageing and (4) inclusive, harmonious society. This year, the public also got to vote for their favourite finalist team’s idea and the competition received nearly 6,220 votes between 6 to 23 June 2020. The voting results were including in the teams’ final scores.
“Innovation doesn’t only come from experts and industry veterans as youths have a new way of seeing the world and tacking the challenges we face – this was something the finalist teams clearly exemplifed during the Grand Finale. The competition provided the teams with an avenue to crystalise their ideas into tangible solutions, and I’m heartened by their inventiveness and drive to create a better future,” said Chan Swee Hoon, Country Sales Director, Digital Transformation and Enterprise Sales, Intel Singapore.
“What was most inspiring for me during the Grand Finale were the teams’ creative energy, critical thinking and unbridled fervour to bring their ideas to life while eliciting positive impact to the community. For the students, I believe the competition was a great opportunity for them to strengthen their STEM knowledge as well as hone their creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills – attributes that are vital skills for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Richard Koh, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Singapore.
“What stood out for me and my fellow judges were the finalist teams’ deep thinking and their adept use of technology – including computer vision and artificial intelligence – to address a broad spectrum of challenges in our society. I’m confident that the technical knowledge and experience these teams have gained from this competition will be invaluable in their academic journey and future careers, and serve as an inspiration to many of their peers,” said Annabelle Chiong, Deputy Director of Venture Investing, SGInnovate.
“The innovations that were presented at the Solve for Tomorrow Grand Finale were not only bold and creative, but also well thought-out to ensure the customer centric solutions are practical, impactful and sustainable. The finalist teams really demonstrated that with their passionate approaches and carefully planned application of their diverse technical knowledge, youth can be a powerful force of change in addressing the challenges our nation faces. They are our future-ready leaders,” said Isabella Huang Loh, Chairman, Singapore Environment Council.