Tan is also personally committed to nurturing the youth and future IT leaders. Besides being the Chairman of Nanyang Polytechnic's Board of Governors, he participates in programmes including SCS' YES! Youth Engagement Series, National University of Singapore's (NUS) IT Leadership Programme, and Singapore Management University' Building Better IT Leaders Initiative.
Quek Yang Sheng, who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Computing in Computer Science at NUS, bagged SCS' IT Youth award. He was the gold medallist for graduating top of his cohort with a Diploma in Mobile and Network Services from Temasek Polytechnic (TP). During his student internship, Quek worked on an initiative by the Ministry of Education's FutureSchool and Rockmoon Pte Ltd to create an educational mobile messaging app for classroom environment. The app is now used to facilitate classroom collaboration and learning purposes, and was featured at TP's annual IT Project Show 2014.
With the belief that tech should be used to positively impact the society, Quek led his peers in community work through the use of IT. He started a workshop that garnered him and his team the Outstanding Achievement Award by Metropolitan YMCA Singapore in 2013. Called "Build Your Own Android App", the workshop teaches young beneficiaries of the Chinese Development Assistance Council the basic skills of building mobile apps without any coding.
Quek is currently working on a mobile app called Coordinated Assistance Network with the North East Community Development Council (NECDC). The app aims to serve as an aggregator for all local social assistance schemes from various ministries and statutory boards to help volunteers better identify the schemes that residents are eligible for. When asked about his next steps after graduating, Quek said that he will continue developing mobile apps that will help solve problems faced by the less priviledged community in Singapore.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Darius Cheung, founder of property portal 99.co, took home the Entrepreneur of the Year title for his continual role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Built to be easy to use, 99.co provides users trustworthy and relevant search results, as well as intelligently collates data to help consumers make the best property decisions.
Before 99.co, Cheung founded mobile security company tenCube, which was later acquired by McAfee. At tenCube, he grew the startup to a team of 26 people in two locations over five years, raised two rounds of financing, created an award-winning mobile security product WaveSecure and led the startup to profitability.
Understanding that fundings can be a main challenge for startups, Cheung is an angel investor in a dozen of startups. He is also a venture partner at Golden Gate Ventures, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, and serves on the board of directors of Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE).
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