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Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) roundup

By Ken Wong - on 17 Jun 2023, 9:31am

Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) roundup

Note: This article was first published on 9 June 2023.

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As we end another Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG), we take a look at some of the news coming out of it that will have an impact on how we in Singapore will work, play, and keep safe in the future around technology. Organised by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Informa Tech, and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), ATxSG drives conversations across business, tech and government.

The Singapore Government announces the National Quantum-Safe Network Plus (NQSN+) to deliver quantum-safe communications across Singapore

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We may still be in the nascent stages of Quantum computing, but the Singapore Government is already preparing ways to keep Singaporeans and Singapore-based businesses safe from any possible threat rising from Quantum computing-based cyberattacks.

A first step towards a quantum-safe Singapore will see the NQSN+ work with at least two network operators to deploy quantum-safe networks nationwide so that businesses can integrate quantum-safe solutions to safeguard their critical data and information.    

Singapore launches new foundation to push for the responsible use of AI


Together with industry partners, Josephine Teo, Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information announced the launch of the AI Verify Foundation to promote AI testing tools for the responsible use of AI.

The seven pioneering premier members - the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Aicadium (Temasek's AI Centre of Excellence), IBM, Microsoft, Google, Red Hat, and Salesforce and 60 general members, will guide the strategic directions and development of AI Verify roadmap.

For further reference and reading, you may refer to IMDA's press release on the AI Verify Foundation.

Singapore’s IMDA partners with AWS to launch Joint Innovation Centre

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The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced the launch of a Joint Innovation Centre (JIC). The JIC will provide access for startups to tech industry partners.  

Housed in IMDA’s Pixel building and using the Open Innovation Platform (OIP), the JIC will provide startups access to AWS technology and the IMDA’s and AWS’s networks within Singapore and the region.

IMDA introduces sustainability standards for tropics-based data centres

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Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has launched one of the world’s first standards for optimising energy efficiency for data centres (DCs) in tropical countries. The standard aims to establish a set of guidelines to enable the operation of DCs at higher temperature settings while optimising energy efficiency and comes out of suggestions from a working group comprising domain and technical experts from industry, academia, and government agencies.

Digital Realty has referenced this standard and increased their DC operating temperatures by 2°C at two of their 4.5 MW data halls, which translates to a reduction of approximately 2-3% total energy usage in these data halls over the trial period to-date. The Government Technology Agency (GovTech) has also begun trialling higher temperatures in a Government DC, as part of their sustainability initiative. 

Tribe, IMDA and Temasek launch Global Developer Hacker House to groom 100,000 next-generation developers over the next 2 years

Ong Chen Hui, Assistant CEO, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, Russell Tham, Joint Head, Enterprise Development Group (Singapore); Head, Strategic Development, Temasek, Ng Yi Ming, CEO, Tribe, Lew Chuen Hong, CEO, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, Pradyumna Agrawal, Managing Director, Temasek. Image source: Tribe.

Tribe, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and Temasek are launching the Global Developer Hacker House an end-to-end hybrid setup for developers to learn, practice and build solutions to real-world problems. Tech companies like Meta, Google Cloud, and Circle will join as partners to provide mentorship, networking opportunities, and provide technology assets for developers.

The initiative will groom 100,000 next-generation developers over the next two years in the areas of innovative technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AI)/ Virtual Reality (VR), Blockchain, Quantum computing amongst others.

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