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Innovation Thrives On in Singapore - Over 300 Companies to Vie for the National Infocomm Awards



Over 347 nominations have been received for the first National Infocomm Awards (NIA), which closed on 15th December 2001. This underscores Singapore's reputation as an ideal location for the development and deployment of innovative infocomm technology.

Of these nominations, 229 were received as nominations in the Most Innovative Infocomm Product/Service category while 118 were received for the Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology award.

The nominees will now undergo a process of short listing and evaluation by the evaluation committees . Nominees for the awards will be evaluated based on their innovativeness, type of technology use, scale of implementation, market presence and value impact.

A panel of judges will make the final decision once short listed nominees have been identified by the evaluation committees. Winners of both awards will be announced in an awards presentation ceremony in April 2002.

The judging panel will comprise of several local and foreign prominent figures in the infocomm industry. Judges from the local Infocomm industry include:

Position Name Designation
Chairman Mr Lam Chuan Leong Chairman, IDA
Vice Chairman Mr Leong Keng Thai Acting CEO, IDA
Mr Ho Meng Kit Deputy Secretary (Industry), Ministry of Trade and Industry
BG. (NS) Lam Joon Khoi Deputy Secretary (Services), Ministry of Finance
Mr Stephen Lee Chairman, Singapore IT Federation
Mr Willie Cheng Chairman, Singapore IT Federation
Ms. Natasha Kwan ec. Think
Mr Chris Rogers Broadband Media Association
Mr Lee Kheng Nam Chairman, Singapore Venture Capital Association
Ms Wendy Aw President, Association of Telecommunications Industry of Singapore
Dr Toh See Kiat Chairman, CommerceNet Singapore
Mr Patrick Daniel Editor, Business Times

Commenting on the nominations, Mr Lam Chuan Leong, Chairman of the National Infocomm Awards, Main Panel of Judges, and the IDA, said, "We are delighted by the large number of nominees, and would like to thank the industry for their enthusiastic support of the awards. The large number of nominations is evidence that Singapore is well on its way to becoming an excellent test bed and vibrant market for Infocomm products and services."


About the National Infocomm Awards

The Awards will be the highest industry accolade for Infocomm innovation in Singapore. It is jointly organised by the IDA, ec.Think and CommerceNet Singapore. The Awards aim to provide a platform for promoting and recognising the innovative development, and adoption of infocomm technologies by companies in Singapore. 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.

About 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 further information, please contact:

Kelvin Lee
Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Phone:+65 6211 1726

Elliza RAHIM / YANG Sook Chin
Edelman Public Relations
Tel: +65 733 1110 ext. 223/ 235
Fax: +65 733 5550