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Techie food court solutions developed by Nanyang Polytechnic student

Madura McCormack | Oct. 24, 2012
Winner of IBM student competition solves peak hour dining problems in Singapore

Living in the third densest country in the world does nothing for overcrowding in eateries.

In a move that could one day see the demise of the tissue packet reservation system in Singapore, a student has developed a solution for one time browsing, ordering and payment of food without having to leave your seat.

Intelligent Food Ordering System (I FOS), winner of the IBM Student Innovation Competition, was created by third-year Nanyang Polytechnic student Kwek Guo Xiang.

"Like many Singaporeans, I dine out frequently at food courts and it is a challenge to pick the right stall and food especially during peak hours when it's crowded. I FOS offers a simple, convenient and doable solution for food court operators and patrons like myself," said Kwek.

The solution was fashioned to work on tablets and smartphones, according to the announcement by IBM. Patrons will be able to browse the menu of the entire establishment and make payment via mobile as well.

"Mr Kwek showed very strong entrepreneurial spirit, looking into day to day challenges that he faces personally. His idea on the food court was the most original yet, and executable. With the right mentoring, he could actually commercialise his idea," said Mauricio Sucasas, director, ISV and Developer Relations, IBM Growth Market Unit.

Now all we need are robots to bring the food to us.


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