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Launch of the FIRST National Infocomm Awards - National Recognition for Excellence in Infocomm Innovations

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), in partnership with ec.Think and CommerceNet Singapore, announced the launch of the first National Infocomm Awards with a call for nominations at a press conference today...

Singapore, 3 September 2001 | For Immediate Release

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), in partnership with ec.Think and CommerceNet Singapore, announced the launch of the first National Infocomm Awards with a call for nominations at a press conference today.

The Awards will be the highest industry accolade for Infocomm innovation in Singapore. It aims to provide a platform for promoting and recognising the innovative development, and adoption of infocomm technologies by companies in Singapore. The Award winners will be ambassadors for Singapore in the global Infocomm arena, their brand names synonymous with outstanding Singapore Infocomm companies. These winners, in achieving world-class standards, will also inspire other industry players in Singapore.

"With the convergence of information technologies and communications, a new award is necessary to recognise innovators and adopters of innovative infocomm technologies. Like its predecessors, the eAwards and the National IT Awards, the new National Infocomm Awards are intended to foster the spirit of infocomm innovation in Singapore," said Mr Lam Chuan Leong, Chairman of the National Infocomm Awards, Main Panel of Judges, and the IDA.

Jointly organised by the IDA, ec.Think and CommerceNet Singapore, the awards are supported by major industry associations, such as the Association of the Telecommunications Industry of Singapore (ATIS), the Broadband Media Association (BMA), the Singapore IT Federation (SITF), and the Singapore Venture Capital Association (SVCA). The Awards are also supported by government agencies such as the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Ministry of Finance (MOF), and the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB).

Awards Categories

Awards will be given in two categories, with up to a maximum of three winners in each category.

The first category, Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology, addresses the innovative use of Infocomm technology among user companies and organisations registered in Singapore. It will recognise those who have invested in the innovative deployment of infocomm technology, and who have reaped significant improvements in productivity and overall competitiveness as a result.

The second, Most Innovative Infocomm Product/Service will award organisations registered in Singapore, who are involved in the development or provision of innovative infocomm product(s) or service(s). Such product(s)/ service(s) should preferably have attained some form of regional or international market presence.

"ec.Think which comprises industry leaders such as Accenture, Microsoft and Compaq, created the eAwards with CommerceNet to recognise the pioneers at the beginning of the e-era," said Mr Willie Cheng, Chairman of ec.Think, "With e-Commerce taking hold, the National Infocomm Awards will be able to provide the platform for a broader recognition of innovation through the use of advanced infocomm technologies, in e-Commerce and beyond."

" eCommerce is now matured and more broad-based. It is no longer seen as a passing fad, it is but one way of squeezing out maximum benefit for business, even "sunset" ones, with ICT. It is therefore only right that the eAwards should fade and a National Infocomm Award arises to give ICT champions wider honour and recognition," said Associate Professor Toh See Kiat, Chairman of CommerceNet Singapore.

Broad Judging Criteria

Nominees for the awards will be primarily judged on their innovativeness in the use of infocomm technologies or development of infocomm product/service. Other determining factors include overall business strategy, business impact created, type of technology used and regional/international market presence.

An external audit firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, has been engaged to oversee the entire nomination and evaluation process.

The main panel of judges and evaluation committees will comprise top personalities from government bodies, industry bodies and past Award winners. The list of judges will be finalised later this year.

Nomination of Candidates

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated. Nominations can be made via the official nomination forms found in the NIA brochure, or online at A nominator may nominate more than one candidate for either category.

The nomination opens on 3 September 2001 and closes on 15 December 2001, 12noon. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Awards Secretariat or application can be made online. The Awards Presentation Ceremony is scheduled to be held in April 2002.


About the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is a dynamic organisation with an integrated perspective to developing, promoting and regulating info-communications in Singapore. In the fast-changing and converging spheres of telecommunications, information and media technologies, IDA will be the catalyst for change and growth in Singapore's evolution into a vibrant global info-communications technology centre. For more information, please visit

About ec.Think

ec.Think is a private sector consortium comprising IT industry players and supported by the Singapore Government. ec.Think's mission is to help define and promote Singapore eEconomy. Its consortium members currently are industry leaders such as Accenture, Microsoft, Compaq Computer, Singtel and Ericsson.

About CommerceNet Singapore

CommerceNet Singapore Limited (CNSG) is a global partner of the CommerceNet consortium, which currently boasts a worldwide membership of about 600. CNSG is a not-for profit organisation promoting e-business, establishing global interoperability and common e-Commerce platform to enhance regional trade. Its primary mission is to make e-Commerce ubiquitous, easy and trusted. For membership and activities, please visit

For enquiries and the request for nomination forms, please contact:

National Infocomm Awards 2001 Secretariat
Software and Services Industry Development Division
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
8 Temasek Boulevard, #14-00 Suntec Tower Three
Singapore 038988
Tel: (65) 211 1536
Fax : (65) 211 2216
Website :
Email :

For media clarification, please contact:

Ms Ho Hwei Ling / Mr Kelvin Lee
Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Tel: +65 211-1996 / 211-1726
Fax: +65 211-2227

Elliza Rahim / Yang Sook Chin
Edelman Public Relations
Tel: +65 733 1110 ext. 201/ 223/ 235
Fax: +65 733 5550

Koh Poh Lee
Tel: 410 8212
Fax: 410 8008

Angeline Tan
CommerceNet Singapore (CNSG)
Tel: 3981022 ext103