Intel and SPRING Singapore announce collaboration to support Internet-of-Things and Wearable Initiative in Singapore

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Singapore, April 20, 2015 – SPRING Singapore and Intel Singapore today announced a joint initiative to support startups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) interested in developing products and services in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Wearable segments.

The goal of this initiative is to establish an ecosystem of Singapore companies capable of developing world-class IoT and wearable products and services, based on Intel technology. The initiative is being managed under SPRING’s Partnerships for Capability Transformation (PACT) programme, of which Intel is a supporting member. Under PACT, Intel works closely with SPRING to identify SMEs and provide business and technology guidance.

Currently, there are nine local startups and tech innovators that are part of this initiative including T-Ware, ConnectedHealth, Newton Circus, gridComm, Trilogy Technologies, NexTan, RFCOM Technologies and Design Exchange. These companies have strong industry expertise in healthcare wearables, IOT solutions for remote patient/elderly monitoring, home energy management systems as well as expertise in wireless technology, manufacturing and user experience design.

Jointly, the members will identify projects and business opportunities in Healthcare, Home Energy Management and Assisted Living verticals. The Centre of Innovation for Electronics located at Nanyang Polytechnic will also provide consultation and engineering support for this initiative.

“SPRING is highly supportive of Intel’s mentorship role in this initiative. Building capabilities in IoT and Wearable technologies is a complex undertaking and we value the expertise and guidance from companies such as Intel. Through this collaboration under the PACT programme, SPRING will work closely with Intel to continue identifying projects and capability development programmes to support candidates in this initiative. The PACT programme, jointly administered by SPRING and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between large organisations and SMEs in various capability building areas,” said Fung Mok Wing, Director, Partnerships for Capability Transformation (PACT), SPRING Singapore.

“We are pleased to be a part of the PACT programme and look forward to working with SPRING on this initiative, enabling solutions and platforms catering to industry needs,” said Sumner Lemon, Intel Country Manager for Singapore. “IoT is a rapidly growing market but faces scalability hurdles. By establishing a well-connected ecosystem with common goals focusing on verticals, we believe the Singaporean companies and tech innovators will be able to accelerate the development of products and solutions in the IoT and Wearable segments”.

Lumia 640 and 640 XL Now Available in Singapore

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Lumia 640 and 640 XL Now Available in Singapore

Increasing productivity, maintaining affordability – and upgradeable to Windows 10. It just got better!

 

SINGAPORE – Microsoft last Thursday announced the availability of the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL in Singapore for only SGD299 and SGD429 respectively. The latest devices to join the Lumia portfolio, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL offer more personal computing and increased productivity through seamlessly integrated Microsoft Office experiences, OneDrive¹ storage and fast 4G connectivity. Both devices will upgrade to and benefit from Windows 10 as it becomes available later this year².

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Interview with Map Master – Christian Moscosa

Welcome to the first installment of our ‘Interview with a Map Master’ blog series.

Today’s interview is with Christian Moscosa.(Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/moscosa.tian?fref=ts)

Now let’s get to the interview!

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HERE: Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? 

Christian: Hi, my name is Christian and I am a HERE Map Master from the Philippines. I am working as a junior consultant at Makati, loves programming, Quora.com, Travel and Planetshakers.

HERE: How did you become a HERE Map Master? 

Christian: I really enjoy mapping with HERE maps. When HERE maps Philippines announced the very first HERE map masters after the results of our contribution, we were thrilled with the results and I’m glad to be part of it.

HERE: Do you have any suggestions or tips for wannabe-Map Masters or aspire to eventually become a HERE Map Master?

Christian: Being part of the HERE community is fun and exciting, especially when you contribute a place that more people can benefit from it. Being one of the HERE Map Master adds excitement for me and sharing the experience with my colleagues and friends is the amazing part. I encourage each and every one to look for the local HERE Maps on their places/country and start to contribute and be part of it.

HERE: How were you introduced to the HERE Map and what was your first contribution?

Christian: During the program at Microsoft Student Partner, HERE Philippines team first introduce to us the HERE Map. From there, I was captivated to contribute to HERE Map since I love using a map with my Windows Phone. My first edit was our house here at Cavite and it was exciting, I found out that our subdivision has this site development plan and that I can use to map each of the house numbers to our place.

HERE: Who has impressed you in the HERE Expert Community Program, and why?

Christian: Sir Lonel Labit, I admired his dedication to HERE map. I remember when he first show us the HERE map platform, adding roads and points of interest on it. We were thrilled and wanted to contribute to it at that moment. (FYI – Lonel Labit is our Project Manager in HERE Philippines)

HERE: What is your best experience so far being a Map Master and in the HERE Expert Community Program?

Christian: The HERE Appreciation day! I remember that day when I was able to meet up with the HERE Map masters from other region here at the Philippines. We shared some great time and also our insights and experiences. I was thrilled when the HERE Expert Community team demonstrated to us the advance tools, automotive car and technology that the team use to gather information and map data around the country.

HERE: What are some of the areas of improvement which you would like to see in the HERE Expert Community Program?

Christian: The HERE Expert Community Program in the Philippines is an awesome community and I love their office. One thing that comes to my mind is for the HERE Map Masters in Southeast Asia to come together at an event or a conference. That will be great!

HERE: Final words/Your Motto as a Map Master

Christian: This is for you, the one who loves to travel, the one who moves from places to places and navigating from point to point.  HERE Maps helps you to locate, connect and navigate with those places and things seamlessly even without using internet or data. Here Map is awesome!

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Please join me in thanking Christian for the interview and community impact!

Brought to you by the HERE Expert Community Program

Setting Up Office Remote for Android

Recently, Microsoft released Office Remote, a new Android app in the Play Store. Office Remote connects a PC to your Android Phone using Bluetooth, allowing you to control your Office documents over your phone. The app lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room, so you can walk around freely during presentations. It also shows you your speaker notes and the presentation timer to help you present more effectively.


What you need

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
  • Windows Phone 8 / Android Phone
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (Office 2013 RT is not supported)
  • Bluetooth on your PC

Installation Steps

  1. Go to your Google Play Store and search for “Office Remote for Android” or click the following link (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officeremote)
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  2. Click on the Install and accept the access right.
    Click on the Install and accept the access right
  3. Click on open to start the application.
    Click on open to start the application
  4. Once Office Remote has started, click on “Get Started”.
  5. You can either click on “Email me the link” or click on the following link to install the desktop add-on (http://aka.ms/officeremotepc)
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  6. Install the Microsoft Office Remote PC Setup.
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  7. Go to your computer’s Bluetooth settings and make sure that Bluetooth is on.
  8. Open the Office file you want to present and on the Office Remote tab, select Office Remote > Turn On.
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  9. Go back to your phone and finish the steps on the page you sent this email from.
  10. You can now locate your PC Bluetooth display name and connect to it.
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  11. Select the file you want to control and you can start to use your phone like a smart remote.
    Select the file you want to control

you can now start your PowerPoint presentation, advance the slides, see your speaker notes, and control an on-screen laser pointer with a touch of your finger!!

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LIVEBLOG: LTA Transport & Youth Hackathon Finals

Here is our coverage of the LTA Transport & Youth Hackathon Finals!

“Hacking” our transport systems at the Transport & You(th) Hackathon

This weekend, people all over Singapore have gathered at the Employment and Employability Institute in Jurong to hack our Singapore transport systems…

No it’s not that kind of hacking you might be thinking about! These people are quickly creating new apps and software that are going to change how we use public transport daily, “hacking” together new ideas within the short span of two days.

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Singapore Land Transport Authority’s Transport and You(th) Hackathon kicked off on the evening Friday, 16 April with participants meeting up in the e2i event halls – the venue for the next 3 days of hacking and presentations.

Day 1 – April 16

Hackers receive a neat hackathon "passport" at registration, which doubles as a guide and a pin-up poster!
Hackers receive a neat hackathon “passport” at registration, which doubles as a guide and a pin-up poster!

Teams and individuals streamed in, quickly forming groups and selecting their mentors that would provide advice and improvements on their ideas. These mentors came from various organizations included NCS and Microsoft. Microsoft Singapore’s very own technical evangelists: Chun Siong, Terence and Riza, plus Security Advisor: Gary, soon found themselves with a number of teams to watch over!

 

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There were a wide variety a participants between 17 to 30 years of age at the event, many were polytechnic and university students, but there were also individuals and members from tech startups in Singapore.

Mr Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive of LTA kicked off the event, announcing the 3 challenge themes for the hackathon: I Love Public Transport, Caring For Those With Special Needs, and Active Mobility. Hackers will build applications that serve to improve our public transport systems one of those 3 areas.

The Immediate Past President of Singapore Computer Society, Mr Chak Kong Soon, also shared some valuable advice to participants on what they should to do to turn their ideas into startup businesses after the hackathon.

Day 2 & 3 – April 17 to 18

Intense hacking began on the morning of April 17. But wait! Teams had to test their ideas with members of the community. Individuals with special needs came down to the hackathon to share with participants their daily commute patterns and discuss with the teams on solutions that may help them.


Hackers were seen creating a variety of different applications using different platforms: web apps, native and multi-platform mobile apps, and more. Many were seen fiddling with Arduino microcontrollers and other forms of IoT. All participants were also given free Azure credits to test and host their applications on the Microsoft Cloud platform.

Teams also had the chance to get their ideas beautifully illustrated by students from Nanyang Polytechnic School of Interactive & Digital Media


Technical Evangelist Terence, busy thinking about good pitching ideas for the teams under his mentorship.
Technical Evangelist Terence, busy thinking about good pitching ideas for the teams under his mentorship.

Throughout the hackathon, team mentors were busy rotating between tables and providing insightful advice to the various teams under their mentorship. Microsoft technical evangelists also gave technical advice, giving suggestions for implementing a technology stack, and helping to debug applications. The hacking spirit was thick in the air too, with teams working together by sharing resources and solving bugs!

Mentors Chun Siong, Gary, and Terence had the chance to provide feedback to all the teams, alongside other mentors and local developer veterans.
Mentors Chun Siong, Gary, and Terence had the chance to provide feedback to all the teams, alongside other mentors and local developer veterans.

Hackers had many chances to iterate and re-iterate with on their ideas throughout the hackathon. On Day 2, there was a 2 minute “elevator pitch” where teams had the chance to present to all the mentors and developers of local transport apps like SG Nextbus and SBS iris. While it was almost like cargo lift with the number of people listening into their presentation, teams received useful advice in fine-tuning their hacks and demos for the big day…

Riza's cake was not a lie. It was however, a black forest cake.
Riza’s cake was not a lie. It was however, a black forest cake.

We also took a little moment to celebrate Tech Evangelist’s Riza’s Birthday! You’ll know how dedicated someone is once he spends his birthday at a hackathon!

The final hours are here…

Hackers will presenter their transport-themed hacks to the judges on Day 3, 19 April. Who will emerge champions of the 3 prize categories? $3,000 will be given to the most promising transport app, $2,000 for best app in each of the themes, and $1,000 for the people’s choice winner. Spiffy writer Rong Kang will be there to take a look at the apps and final presentations.

Read about the finalist and find out who won in our liveblog coverage: http://www.spiffy.sg/events/liveblog-lta-transport-youth-hackathon-finals/

Fore more information about the Transport & You(th) Hackathon, please visit their official website: http://transportandyouth.mytransport.sg/

Join the Azure Ignite Workshop

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Azure Community Singapore is organizing a two-day, two-hour-each hands-on workshop about Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines! At the Azure Ignite Workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to know to set up flexible and scalable servers in the cloud for real-world use for a variety of applications on different OSes. Did they mention it was free?

Do join in on 21st and 22nd April (Wed/Thu), 7PM to 9PM for the Azure Ignite Workshop at Microsoft Singapore, especially if you’re a beginner or intermediate developer/IT Pro on cloud technologies! If you think an Active Directory is a phonebook for keeping fit, then this meetup is for you!

Azure Ignite Workshop (2D/2H Event)

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015, 7:00 PM

Microsoft Auditorium (Singapore)
One Marina Boulevard, Level 21 Auditorium, Singapore 018989 Singapore, SG

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10 cool things you didn’t know you could do on Azure (in just a couple clicks)

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One thing I love about Azure Web Apps is how easy it is to quickly set up various online applications and tools for different purposes. More often than not, you don’t even need to write a line of code! Just a couple of clicks from the Azure Gallery and boom, you have a new custom e-Commerce app ready. Want to write your own code? Just link the website to your source control of choice and continuous integration takes care of the rest! Here’s 10 things you might not have known you could do with Azure.
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Imagine Cup 2015 Singapore Finals – Here are the Champions!


On the 4th of April 2015 (Saturday), Microsoft Singapore held the final round of the national Imagine Cup competition. The Imagine Cup competition is a global challenge which is comprised of three categories – Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship. Teams from local Polytechnics and Universities compete for an opportunity to present their ideas in the World Finals at Seattle in July and for a chance to win the grand prize of $50,000 USD.

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This year, our champions who will be moving on to the online World Semi-finals are:
• Games – Team Illan (Nanyang Polytechnic)
• Innovation – Team 3DiMS (Nanyang Polytechnic)
• World Citizenship – Team Mozter (Temasek Polytechnic)

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Team Mozter

 

Team 3DiMS

 

Team Blue Monocle

 

Team Concept Crew

 

Team eSpeech Therapist

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Team Illan The world as we know it has lost its colours and liveliness. Gifted with special powers, the protagonist of this game goes on an adventure to repaint the world and seek out his true identity. However, his journey will not be easy as mind-boggling puzzles stand between him and his destination.

Team 3DiMS 3DiMS (3D Measurement System) is a software running on the Microsoft Surface that performs Intracerebral Haemorrhage (ICH) 3D detection and measurement for rapid stroke patients. 3DiMS is able to measure the ICH volume with reasonable accuracy within a minute using only the Microsoft Surface, with no other additional equipment required. It is fast, convenient and low cost. This capability to rapidly measure ICH Volume at the bedside has the potential to improve the care of stroke patients worldwide.

Team Mozter Mozter is a mosquito monitoring platform that leverages on the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based technologies to assist vector control officers with national mosquito surveillance and control programmes. The platform comprises of (a) a mosquito detection sensor, (b) the data processing server and (c) a data visualisation platform to tell the story of the data collected from the sensor.

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Also today on the 10th of April (Friday), our 3 champion teams in the respective categories attended a special session here in Microsoft Singapore. The 3 teams had the opportunity to refine their presentation over the week based on feedback from the 4th April session, and present it to our internal Microsoft teams, where they were given additional feedback. The 3 teams will be working on a video submission of their projects, where they will compete at the APAC level. A total of 6 teams from APAC will eventually be shortlisted for the World Finals in Seattle.

Microsoft employees listening in to the presentations from the winning teams

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HERE Expert Community Program – Thailand & Philippines

In the second part of this 3-part series on the Here Expert Community Program, we featured Indonesia and Malaysia and shared the amazing contributions the community has been cranking out. In an earlier post, we took a look at the Program in Singapore too. For today’s finale, we are proud to feature the ‘Land of Smiles’ and the ‘Pearl of the Orient Seas’.

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The Land of Smiles – Thailand……our story so far

Thailand community membership almost trebled during 2014 and accounted for around 14% of edits in the South East Asia Region. HERE Thailand communities are widely distributed across Thailand – North (Chiangmai), North-eastern (Ubonratchathani), Central (Nokorn sawan), South (Chomphon) and lastly with Bangkok being the core center of the communities group. 80% of the Thailand communities are aged under 25 and are mostly developers, smartphone users, university students, travelers and techno geeks.

In 2014-5, HERE awarded 7 top influencers in Thailand with the ‘Map Master’ title, recognizing their excellent contributions. We continue to work with the Map Masters to build our relationship and share ideas.

 

Achievement

In Thailand, the Map Creator tool is regarded by the communities as one of the most advanced technology tools for data contribution. There is a great sense of pride among the community in knowing that their contributions to HERE play a vital role in bringing the freshest and most updated map to everyone. We have established a strong working partnership with the universities and government units and are focused on providing top notch training to the communities on the usage of the Map creator tool.

 

2015 and beyond

For 2015, we would like to invite more users to join the HERE Thailand Expert Community Program, participate actively in all our activities and campaigns and contribute to creating a more rich and complete map for Thailand. We are aiming that our community data will be used for the new generation of cars (autonomous cars) and the Thailand community will grow broadly and steadily with our HERE API development supported for integration into location-based service (LBS) applications.

 

Contact:

For more information about the HERE Thailand Expert Community Program, join https://www.facebook.com/groups/HEREExpertCommunityTH/ or contact thecpteam@here.com

 

Cruising on to our last stop is the Philippines, better known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient Seas’.

Our story so far

Philippines community membership almost doubled during 2014 and accounted for around 6% of edits in the South East Asia region. HERE Philippines communities are distributed across the 3 regions of Philippines – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Philippines Communities are mostly engaged with university groups and government units. They have also partnered with one of the biggest telco leaders in the Philippines – SMART Communications, Inc for many map creator based training workshops and competitions.

In 2014-5, HERE awarded 8 top influencers in the Philippines with the ‘Map Master’ title, recognizing their excellent contributions. We continue to work with the Map Masters to build our relationship and share ideas.

Achievement

In 2014, the HERE Philippines Expert Community partnered with SMART Communications to hold the first HERE Hackathon in Manila, showcasing the endless possibilities that innovative strategies can bring in a short period of time and how different mentalities brought together in a high-pressured environment can take innovation to another dimension. In addition to that, a five day training course ‘SWEEPx’ was conducted over five different cities in the Philippines to help university professors create their own mobile apps with the integration of the world’s best maps.

2015 and beyond

For 2015, HERE Philippines will continue to pursue its main objective of building locals as experts in their hometowns and making the best map of the Philippines. Continuous engagement with universities and local government units for mapping activities is in the pipeline and there are plans to reach out to specific developer groups for sharing HERE APIs to create fun and useful apps.

Contact

For more information about the HERE Philippines Expert Community Program, join https://www.facebook.com/groups/HEREExpertCommunityPH/ or contact phecpteam@here.com

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That’s all folks! If you are keen to know more about the amazing works of the HERE Expert Community Program, do join our Facebook page today

Indonesia | Malaysia | Singapore | Thailand | Philippines

Till then, HERE Fans, keep mapping!