SkillsFuture Singapore Hackathon 2018
The Future of Work will be confronted and enabled by new and emerging technologies. We may debate the rate and degree of manpower replacement, but what we know is this: Things will change.
The best way to support our citizens is to improve their flexibility and help them to embrace a mindset of continual learning and application. Our goal is to turn passive students of knowledge to proactive learners who develop critical learning skills.
In the age of disruption, those who succeed are likely to be skilled in a myriad of areas, particularly in soft skills. Even as individuals constantly upskill, the reality is, skills have shorter “shelf life”.
Thus, individuals have to experiment with their learning and make informed decisions on achieving skills mastery. Organisations need to support and recognise the acquisition of these skills.
We invited developers, designers, educators, and students to become architects of the Future of Learning and co-create with other people who wanted to do things differently!
The SkillsFuture Singapore Hackathon 2018 invited you to create solutions to help Singaporeans embrace a mindset of lifelong learning, discover their full potential in building deep skills, and achieve their aspirations.
Monday, 14 May
Join the discussion on the Future of Learning!
SkillsFuture Singapore Hackathon 2018
Saturday-Sunday, 19-20 May
Consult expert mentors, prototype your solution, and pitch to our judges!
Learning as a Community
Shifting away from a traditional classroom model of learning, peer-to-peer and decentralised learning platforms present opportunities for the access to learning through mediums that people use every day.
The knowledge exchange creates value by leveraging shared expertise and resources contributed by the community as well as the learner himself or herself. Early adopters can lead with their “pro-sumer” (professional consumer) contributions.
The threshold of learning is also reduced – these platforms are easy to join and use through better design (for example, gamification, user interface, etc.).
How might we inspire and empower individuals to learn from and with their peers?
As the demands of the workforce evolve to a culture of growth and engagement with meaningful tasks, organisations are challenged to provide customised – even personalised – training opportunities for their employees.
This will require aligning workplace demands with the aspirations, passions, needs, and preferred ways of learning of individuals.
Individuals have access to platforms and tools that provide the necessary knowledge “just in time” to perform a specific task or assignment and are flexible enough to overcome the perennial employee complaint – lack of time.
How might we enable organisations to adapt and integrate learning, such that the way we work becomes the way we learn?
Track & Benchmark
As we establish new pathways of success, we must also build the appropriate infrastructure to support the ecosystem of individual employees and their organisations, entrepreneurs, and government. For example, with informal learning, a new system to track and reward both contributors and learners will need to be designed.
New ways of acknowledging and conferring credentials – supplementing present-day formal accreditation systems – can encourage organisations to hire based on capabilities rather than paper qualifications. It can also promote adaptive accumulation of skills by individuals and help them understand where they are on their path to skills mastery.
Such decentralised forms of learning, tracking, and benchmarking can be made possible by new and emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI. Big Data coupled with a Design Thinking mindset enables organisations to continuously experiment, validate, and innovate.
How might we motivate and support new ways of learning with tracking and benchmarking tools?
If you have any questions about these challenges, send us an email at email@example.com.
Here’s a look at the speakers who shared their insights at the Pre-Hackathon Workshop, as well as the mentors who were present to help participants at the hackathon:
Teh Sim Seng, Chief Information Officer, SkillsFuture Singapore
Richard Lee, Director (Capability Development Division), SkillsFuture Singapore
Richard Goh, Deputy Director (Capability Development Division), SkillsFuture Singapore
Benedict Ho, Deputy Director (Capability Development Division – Individual Learning Portfolio), SkillsFuture Singapore
Peggy Lim, Deputy Director (Enterprise Engagement Office), SkillsFuture Singapore
Audrey Tay, Principal Manager (Enterprise Engagement Office), SkillsFuture Singapore
Guo Xiangcen, Principal Manager (Futures Office), SkillsFuture Singapore
Nikko Aw, Senior Manager (Futures Office), SkillsFuture Singapore
Laurence Smith, Head of Asia, SmartUp
Dr Caroline Burns, Founder & Managing Director, Workplace Revolution
Dr Yang Silin, Senior Researcher, Institute for Adult Learning
Grace Clapham, Co-founder, The Change School
Djoann Fal, Co-founder & CEO, GetLinks
Tham Cheng-Bin, Software Engineer, Microsoft
Tan Chun Siong, Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Alyssa Ong, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive, SkillsFuture Singapore
Tan Wee Beng , Deputy Chief Executive (Operations), SkillsFuture Singapore
Dr Gog Soon Joo, Chief Futurist, SkillsFuture Singapore
Leslie Loh, Founder & CEO, Lithan
Gary Lim, Director, Education & Skills, Microsoft
Ng Cher Pong is the Chief Executive of the newly-created SkillsFuture Singapore and Deputy Secretary (SkillsFuture) at the Ministry of Education. He is responsible for driving the implementation of the national skills strategy known as SkillsFuture, in order to enhance the employability and competitiveness of Singapore’s workforce.
He had served in various capacities across many Ministries and government agencies such as the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. He also serves on various Boards such as the Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd, SkillsFuture Singapore, Learning Gateway Ltd, Workforce Singapore, and the Employment and Employability Institute.
Mr Tan Wee Beng leads the Business Services Group (Shared Services Management, Integrated Business Services and Corporate Services), Business Technology Group (Operations Planning, Capability Development, Operations & Support, Security & Infrastructure) and the Training Manpower & Infrastructure Group (Manpower & Infrastructure Planning, Lifelong Learning), and Institute of Adult Learning.
Prior to joining SSG, Wee Beng had 29 years of experience in the Navy leading both large and small teams. He has led inter-Ministry teams in forging a stronger Whole-of-Government approach for national defence. He has been involved in numerous new initiatives to transform the organisations under his charge, such as establishing the new National Maritime Security System for Singapore and the new Maritime Security Task force of the SAF, and re-organising the Navy’s Operations Department for the future. All these involved defining new vision and mission, and extensive team-building.
Soon-Joo has extensive experience in private and public sectors. She is currently the Chief Futurist and Chief Research Officer at the SkillsFuture Singapore. Soon-Joo leads research and development projects in the areas of Future of Work and Future of Learning. Her research interests include capitalism in the digital economy, new economy firms, skills ecosystem and skills policies. Some of her more recent projects include the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled data analytic to predict the impact of technological adoption on the organisation of work and learning at workplaces, and the gig economy work arrangement and learning of professional occupations. When she is not busy thinking about the future, she paints to exercise her right brain. A strong advocate of inclusive growth, Soon-Joo volunteers her time with children from underprivileged families.
Sim Seng has over 20 years of infocomm industry experience. He started his career in application software and product development. He joined Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific Distribution Division as an IT solution specialist working on eCommerce solutions. He subsequently held various regional and global IT management roles in Hewlett Packard. As the global IT Director in charge of Channel Partner Financial Claims and Compensation, he led the consolidation and transformation of its legacy applications. He joined the government service in 2010 and has led the IT functions for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, improving the IT service delivery through effective IT governance, stakeholder engagement and staff capability development. He is currently the CIO of SkillsFuture Singapore Agency overseeing the Operations & Support and Security & Infrastructure Divisions.
Richard has more than 20 years of experience in the Professional Services and Consulting Practice with key consulting firms like Oracle and Accenture. He has extensive regional and global implementation experience in Asia Pacific, EMEA, and America, and have worked in varying industries ranging from Insurance, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Logistics to Communication and High Technology. Richard joined the government service in 2015 with Workforce Development Agency responsible for the launch of the SkillsFuture Credit. Currently, he is the Director of Business Technology Group overseeing the delivery of various technologies and systems such as MySkillsFuture for SkillsFuture Singapore.
Richard Goh is an experienced professional in Business Transformation, Digital Strategy and Innovation Management. His specialties lie in Project and Programme Management, Strategy and Innovation, Business Process Improvement and Management, Shared Services and Outsourcing, Enterprise Architecture.
Benedict is a highly experienced project and operations manager with more than 18 years of experience in both public and private sector in various industries such as banking, healthcare, aviation and education. His latest project is in the development of MySkillsFuture portal covering the technical development, outreach, adoption, taxonomy development and marketing activities. His current interest includes exploring new technology to evolve MySkillsFuture (portal and mobile) to a skills repository and learning centric portal to enable users to leverage on the portal to identify learning opportunities and promote lifelong learning.
Peggy leads a passionate team in the Enterprise Engagement Office to promote the SkillsFuture movement to enterprises. She believes the sustainable way for businesses to remain competitive in the age of disruption is to recognise the importance of skills and invest in building capabilities of the workforce. She is constantly looking out for like-minded people who share her endeavour to raise the tide to lift all boats.
Prior to joining the Enterprise Engagement Office, Audrey had worked on skills development issues from the workers’ and policy perspectives. She sees herself as a choice architect and considers “people” enterprises’ greatest asset. At this point of inflection in Singapore’s economy, whether enterprises will be disrupted or ride the wave of disruption depend on how aligned their people and business strategies are.
Xiangcen lives out the future of work in the Futures Office, she is a principal analyst with SkillsFuture Singapore Agency and works in the GMT +4 time zone – based out of Abu Dhabi. Passionate about the possibilities of the future of work and learning, she keenly studies individual’s and enterprise’s motivations to unlock a lifelong learning culture. A former educator, she firmly believes in learning to work and working to learn.
Nikko is a senior analyst with the SkillsFuture Singapore Agency’s Futures Office. Motivated by the possibility to shape the future of work, she is passionate about developing Singaporeans to be future-ready through their skills. She believes that the future of learning is not training but continuous education. As she suffers from whyology – the disease of asking questions – she was last quoted saying “what use is studying if I wasn’t learning anything?”
Leslie founded System Access as a one-man tech startup upon graduation and grew the business into a publicly listed global enterprise with customers in 40 countries. The business was acquired in 2006 by a leading global financial services software provider.
Leslie then founded Red Dot Ventures in 2012 to nurture and incubate tech startups in Singapore and the region. It has to date invested in over 40 startups across diverse sectors and has since achieved multiple investment exits for his investment. In 2016, Leslie became CEO of Lithan, one of his investee company, to accelerate its transformation to disrupt the adult education sector with skills-based blended learning pedagogies and innovative business models.
Leslie was selected the overall winner of Singapore’s ASME Rotary Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 and received the National Youth Award (Entrepreneurship) in 1999. In 2006, he was awarded the “Person of The Year” IT Leader Award by the Singapore Computer Society.
As the Director for Education & Skills at Microsoft Singapore, Gary is responsible for helping to transform the government and education agenda in this digital transformation of industries through successful executions of a broad set of initiatives within Singapore and the region. He engages with Educators, Government Elites and Policy Leaders as their trusted advisor to ensure all stakeholders are provided with the latest in education technology to enhance learning environments and ensure a steady pool of future-ready individuals.
Gary also sits on various advisory boards where he contributes his time and insights with the primary focus on skills development in the infocomm sector. As the previous Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft, he continues to be responsible for security interactions with local Government elites as their trusted advisor for cloud security and adoption.
Laurence helps CEOs and CHROs drive digital transformation from a culture and mindset perspective. He is an expert in helping leaders enable a ‘Digital Mindset.’ Innovation Award winner at the World’s Best Digital Bank, Laurence was initiator of the Digital Mindset Initiative and co-creator of the famous DBS Hackathon series – simultaneously Laurence had a day job as Managing Director HR and Group Head of Learning & Talent Development at DBS Bank in Singapore. These days he splits his time between running SmartUp.io and consulting. He selectively speaks, consults & advises on digital transformation, innovation culture and digital mindset, delivering workshops from ‘Digital Transformation for HR’ to ‘Digital Mindset in an afternoon’ helping remove the fear from digital and getting senior executives to prototype their first ever app or have fun building a chatbot! Laurence is a member of the Danone Asia Digital Advisory Board, as well as Danone China’s Marketing Transformation Advisory Board.
Caroline partners with global clients to envision future business and workforce scenarios in the digital age, to identify and optimise opportunities associated with the transformation of work+place, from portfolio, campus or single office perspectives. Her doctoral research into the relationship between business outcomes, company characteristics and corporate real estate underscored the importance of avoiding a “one size fits all approach” to solving Client problems; she believes we need evidence, understanding, and imagination to co-create bespoke responses to each unique Client challenge. Her client experience ranges across banking and finance, technology, pharmaceutical, energy and resources, legal and professional services, consumer goods and public sector in Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Caroline’s 20 years of entrepreneurial business leadership and consulting experience have led her to successfully establish and grow professional practices within multinational firms and as new start-ups. Her strategic perspective is valued by clients and colleagues, and sought-after by young industry leaders who she enjoys coaching and learning from.
Silin first started her professional journey with Ministry of Education (MOE) as an education officer. She then moved on to take up a more challenging role in the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, NTU, where she was involved in several MOE-commissioned research projects. Prior to joining IAL in 2016, Silin was with the Centre for Educational Development at Republic Polytechnic, where she was involved in internal staff training as well as training for external organisations. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented regularly at conferences. Her research interests include pedagogy, workplace learning, adult training and learning.
Multi-passionate transformation and life strategist Grace Clapham is dedicated to helping people create a business and life that serves all their passions in her varied portfolio. Grace is an award winning entrepreneur beating over 600 entrants worldwide in 2014 to win the ‘Inspirational Leadership’ Awards at the Talent Unleashed Awards judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. Grace is the Director of Agent Grace where she helps businesses and individuals in launching or growing their business in the Asia Pacific region. In addition she is The Co-Founder of The Change School a lifestyle and learning brand to help individuals and organisations embrace change, navigate change and thrive in change – with a particular focus on career change.
Djoann co-founded GetLinks in January 2015. A visionary, start-up guru and proud geek, Djoann is passionate about driving impact and meaningful change in the tech ecosystem. As CEO of GetLinks, he oversees operations across 6 countries, leading a team of over 80 people. Djoann has previously worked as Regional Digital Marketing Executive at Rocket Internet GmBH. Before that, he served as Marketing Consultant in EY Shanghai. Djoann is a Kairos Fellow, selected to be part of Kairos K50, with 50 most innovative seed-stage companies founded by young entrepreneurs worldwide. He is the Regional Lead for networking event “Drinkentrepreneurs” across Asia. Djoann is also a founding member of La Pailliase, Europe’s largest biohacking and open-science space.
Tham Cheng-Bin is a Software Engineer at Microsoft, focused on driving early adoption of Microsoft’s emerging technologies – enabling high impact organizations, start-ups and developer communities by building power by cloud solutions together with them in areas of Artificial Intelligence – Cognitive Services, IoT, chat bots and serverless compute.
Chun Siong is the Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft APAC. Prior to joining Microsoft, he represented Microsoft in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition in 2009 in Egypt. He was also involved as a mentor for several hackathons including those organised by MOE and LTA, as well as AngelHack and Isobar Create 32. In his current role, Chun Siong works with partners to enable them on the Azure and Microsoft stack of solutions.
Alyssa is a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft’s Commercial Software Engineering team and is the resident expert in bots and cognitive services. Featured in VentureBeat as one of the top 100 people to watch in the chatbot space, she has extensive experience with coding with enterprises and startups across Southeast Asia and bringing their bot and AI related projects to life. Where majority of developers are fueled by coffee, she is fueled by bubble tea.
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