SGTech launches TransformLife.sg, interactive multimedia publication, for Singapore’s tech industry as business and government leaders come together to strengthen the nation’s tech future through a plethora of new initiatives 

 

At SGTech’s 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner tonight, Guest-of-Honour Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat unveiled an interactive multimedia publication TransformLife.sg curated by SGTech as well as announced a new TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) for ITE and polytechnic students, while Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Defence Zaqy Mohamad launched the SGTech Alumni Leaders Network to connect former SGTech chairs and council members.

 

 

Our Guest of Honour Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat graced our 40th Anniversary Gala

 

Singapore – 1 September 2022 -  SGTech, the leading trade association for the tech industry in Singapore, marked its 40th anniversary today with a gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton Ballroom. The event was graced by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Heng Swee Keat, Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Sustainability and the Environment Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for National Development and Communications and Information Tan Kiat How, and Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Defence Zaqy Mohamad.

With the theme ‘Priming for The Future’, the gala dinner celebrated the tech industry association’s journey over the last four decades, by hosting up to 1,000 corporate leaders from the tech community at the event. SGTech has sent a strong signal that it is able to rally a wider range of stakeholders to chart the future of Singapore’s tech sector.

Our Chair spoke about reaching this significant milestone at our 40th Anniversary Gala

SGTech Chair Wong Wai Meng said: “40 years is a significant milestone in our journey, and we have to thank our pioneers for their hard work and dedication that brought us where we are. While we have come a long way, there is still much to be accomplished. I hope SGTech will continue to grow as an association and play a leading role in facilitating local, regional, and global partnerships between the government and the tech industry. We will strive toward positioning Singapore as a global tech powerhouse with top leadership in the Digital Economy and be an active advocate for our members. I look forward to co-creating a bright future for Singapore’s tech industry, in the next 40 years and beyond.”

DPM Heng Swee Keat unveiled an interactive multimedia publication TransformLife.sg with SGTech Chair Wong Wai Meng

 

DPM Heng Swee Keat was present at the gala to announce the launch of TransformLife.sg, an interactive multimedia publication that has been developed over the course of 10 months. It will be a one-stop repository of information on Singapore’s tech journey to date, celebrating the achievements of Singapore’s technology industry, drawing out the lessons learnt in Singapore’s technological journey and inspiring the community and young tech talents about the road ahead. 

Some of the prominent voices that will be featured in TransformLife.sg include Minister Josephine Teo, SMS Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive (CE) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) Lew Chuen Hong, and SGTech Chair Wong Wai Meng. [Please refer to Annex 1 for more information on TransformLife.sg]

In his speech at the gala dinner, DPM Heng also formally announced the establishment of the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) for ITE and Polytechnics Alliance (TIP Alliance) by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). The formation of the TIP Alliance was shared by SMS Tan during the Ministry of Communications and Information’s Committee of Supply debates earlier this year. The TIP Alliance is aimed at providing 1,000 students and graduates from Singapore's polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs) with end-to-end support in kick-starting their careers in the tech sector over the three years. [Please refer to Annex 2 for more information on the TIP Alliance] 

SMS Tan Kiat How added: “I am delighted to bring together SGTech and Singapore Computer Society (SCS) – two of IMDA’s longest standing TAC partners – on board the TeSA for ITE and Polytechnics Alliance. At the Ministry of Communications and Information’s Committee of Supply debates earlier this year, I shared the formation of the TIP Alliance to deliver structured, end-to-end pathways, to support Polytechnic and ITE graduates in acquiring industry-relevant skills and have exciting and fulfilling careers in tech. I am very pleased that this initiative has received strong support from SGTech, SCS, and employers across tech and non-tech sectors alike. I welcome more employers to come onboard the Alliance.”

The need for developing and fostering a pipeline of tech leaders in Singapore remained a strong theme during the night as SMS Zaqy Mohamad launched the SGTech Alumni Leaders Network during the gala.

SGTech aims to bring together alumni who were instrumental in Singapore’s tech journey with SGTech Alumni Leaders Network

In recognition of the instrumental role that its chapters, committees and council leaders play in the journey of tech in Singapore and to chart the way forward, the Alumni Leaders Network will see SMS Zaqy along with past SGTech Chairs and Councillors join a distinguished community to help elevate SGTech’s voice in key events, and mentor young tech talents in mentorship programmes. [Please refer to Annex 3 for more information on the SGTech Alumni Leaders Network] 

"SGTech has played an important role over the decades to bring industry players together and forge collaborations with the Government to drive growth and innovation in the tech ecosystem and the economy. I was privileged to serve as a former Council member of SGTech and am heartened to see SGTech achieve its 40th anniversary milestone in service of Singapore's tech sector. It gives me great pleasure to officiate the launch of SGTech’s Alumni Leaders Network, which will serve to empower, engage and elevate our tech talent in Singapore." said SMS Zaqy Mohamad.

About SGTech

SGTech, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022, is the leading trade association for Singapore's tech industry. Representing over 1,000 member companies ranging from top multinational corporations, large local enterprises, vibrant small and medium-sized enterprises, and innovative start-ups, it is the largest community in Singapore where companies converge to advocate for change and drive what enables tech innovation and accelerates tech adoption to spur greater sustainability in the sector. SGTech's mission is to catalyse a thriving ecosystem that powers Singapore as a global tech powerhouse.

Annex 1

About TransformLife.sg 
TransformLife.sg provides an authoritative and comprehensive history of Singapore’s tech sector as well as surveys Singapore’s tech landscape of today. It will feature the emerging, transformational tech of tomorrow such as on the Future of Work, Sustainable Data Centre, Cybersecurity, Metaverse and NFTs. 

Through this interactive multi-media resource publication, SGTech aims to provide a “living” forum for discourse and engagement between users on tech sector updates and trends as well as act as a conduit for feedback and interaction between SGTech, its stakeholders, business partners and the general public. Producing this interactive publication will be a clear manifestation of SGTech’s mission to catalyse Singapore’s tech ecosystem to accelerate tech innovation and pervasive tech adoption, with Sustainability at its core.

For more information, visit https://transformlife.sg.

Annex 2

About TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) for ITE and Polytechnics Alliance (TIP Alliance) 
The Techskills Accelerator (TeSA) for ITE and Polytechnics Alliance (TIP Alliance) launched by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is aimed at providing students and graduates from Singapore's polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education (ITE) with end-to-end support in kick-starting their careers in the tech sector. It will include private sector internships to allow students to acquire in-demand skills such as those of data engineers, database administrators and application developers. 

After graduation, the ITE and polytechnic graduates will be able to take up apprenticeships at participating companies under place and train programmes, to learn the ropes for information and communications technology (ICT) roles.

Annex 3

About SGTech Alumni Leaders Network
The SGTech Alumni Leaders Network aims to bring together leaders of various SGTech chapters, committees and councils who were instrumental in Singapore’s tech journey. Notable member includes Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Defence Zaqy Mohamad.

Alumni members will be involved in SGTech’s initiatives, including speaking at key events, and involved in mentorship programs benefitting and grooming of next gen tech leaders.


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Published Sep 2022