Nominations for the second National Infocomm Awards (NIA) are now open. The second such award since 2001, NIA 2004 is the highest industry accolade for infocomm innovation in Singapore. Jointly organised by the Infocomm ...

Singapore, 09 May 2004| For Immediate Release

Nominations for the second National Infocomm Awards (NIA) are now open. The second such award since 2001, NIA 2004 is the highest industry accolade for infocomm innovation in Singapore. Jointly organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), NIA 2004 serves two purposes. First, it provides a platform for recognising innovative products and services from infocomm companies in Singapore. Second, it gives recognition to private and public organisations which harness infocomm technologies to ensure their organisations' effectiveness and efficiency.

The Awards is supported by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore), the Ministry of Finance Singapore (MOF) and the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA).

"The National Infocomm Awards is a powerful way to recognise those within the infocomm technology provider and user community who have shown innovation and creativity. IDA is happy to partner with the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation to co-organise NIA 2004," says CEO of IDA and Chairperson of NIA 2004, Mrs Tan Ching Yee.

"The National Infocomm Awards has helped to elevate Singapore's infocomm companies in the global marketplace. Past NIA winners like FairEx International Financial Systems, is one case in point. FairEx is one of the companies paving the way to offer complete financial solutions to markets worldwide," says Chairman of SiTF and Co-Chairperson of NIA 2004, Mr Saw Ken Wye.

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, recognises the innovative use of Infocomm technology among public and private organisations in Singapore. Divided into the Public and Private sub-categories, the awards 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 category, Most Innovative Infocomm Product/Service will recognise 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.

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

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

Nomination Details
Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated. Nominations can be made via the official nomination forms found in the NIA brochure, online at or from the NIA Secretariat. A proposer may nominate more than one candidate in any category.

Nominations are open from today, 9 May 2004 and will close at noon on 1 July 2004. The Awards Presentation Ceremony is scheduled to be held in September 2004.

For further information on the NIA, please refer to the NIA website at For information on the winners of the last NIA, please refer to Annex A.


About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) develops, promotes and regulates info-communications in Singapore, with the aim of establishing Singapore as one of the world's premier infocomm capitals. To nurture an internationally competitive infocomm industry, IDA offers a comprehensive range of programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more information, visit

About Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation

The Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) is Singapore's premier infocomm trade industry association and was formed from a merger of the Singapore Federation of the Computing Industry (SFCI) and the Microcomputer Trade Association of Singapore (MTAS) in late 1999. SiTF organises some of the industry's most important infocomm events: iX2004 is an annual conference on enterprise computing. SITEX is the national IT lifestyle industry event. Other key SiTF initiatives include the SiTF Golf Masters and "Made in Singapore and Proud of IT!". For more information on SiTF, please visit

For enquiries and request for nomination forms, please contact:

National Infocomm Awards 2004 Secretariat
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
8 Temasek Boulevard, #14-00
Suntec Tower 3
Singapore 038988
Tel : +65 62110888
Fax : +65 62112222
Email :

For media clarification, please contact:

Ms Noraizah Zainal Abidin
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Tel : +65 62110273
Fax : +65 62112227
Email :

Annex A

Title Date of Issue
NIA 2001 Winners (70.50KB) 10 May 2004