MCI Minister Officiated Opening of New SiTF Office
Minister of Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim (left) and SiTF Chairman Shirley Wong at the official opening of the new SiTF office.
12 May 2015 – Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), Singapore’s premier industry organisation for the infocomm sector, today announced the official opening of its new office at Singapore’s technopreneurship hub LaunchPad @ one-north.
The guest of honour at the event was Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister of Communications and Information.
Located at Block 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent, the office provides a focal point for activities and initiatives spearheaded by SiTF to support the continued growth of the ICT industry in Singapore.
Three of these initiatives were highlighted by SiTF Chairman Shirley Wong in her speech at the opening ceremony for the new office. They are:
- Nurturing infocomm start-ups
SiTF’s 123 JumpStart provides a range of essential services to help start-ups get up to speed. Operating from LaunchPad @ one-north, 123 Jumpstart will be able to tap on the network of venture capitalists, institutes of higher learning, established ICT companies and other partners who can help and support the start-ups with platforms and resources to boost their capabilities.
To provide start-ups with a conducive environment for developing their ideas, SiTF is also providing co-working space at its new office.
- Creating business opportunities for members
In line with Singapore’s vision of becoming a Smart Nation, SiTF is working closely with government agencies like IDA and the Smart Nation Programme Office as well as its counterparts in other industry verticals to explore ways in which they can leverage technology, especially data and analytics, to achieve quantum improvements in productivity and innovation-driven growth.
As SiTF helps to promote technology adoption for business transformation, it will also identify opportunities for its members to participate in these initiatives.
- Matching new ICT talent with infocomm SMEs
The manpower crunch has always been a major challenge facing infocomm SMEs in Singapore. To address this, SiTF will work with the polytechnics to facilitate industry internships for their students and also help enhance the quality of the internship programmes offered by its members.
SiTF’s web site will serve as a landing point for its members to post internship opportunities for students. These will then be sent to the polytechnics to be matched with prospective interns.
SiTF will also work with the polytechnics on workshops designed to help infocomm SMEs provide interns with better mentorship and a more enriching internship experience. The aim is for good students to return to the SMEs for employment after they graduate.
“The new office at LaunchPad @ one-north positions SiTF at the heart of the infocomm community comprising our members, start-ups, investors, academia, technical experts and government agencies. This enables us enhance our industry outreach and strengthen our role in growing this vibrant and exciting industry,” said Shirley Wong, Chairman of SiTF.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim delivering his remarks at the opening ceremony.
Dr Yaacob said there are many exciting things happening in Singapore, one of which is the new Infocomm Media Masterplan which will be launched in August.
“Industry partners have played a very important role in shaping the masterplan. Now it’s a matter of implementing it and making sure that we can roll it out. Again, this is not something that the government can do alone; we have to work with our industry partners. If we can do this in such a way that we can allow Singapore to grow, not just as a nation but as a community, I think that will be a wonderful outcome for our industry. We want to see this not as a government project but as a Singaporean project for the next 50 years. That is what this vision is all about.”
Commenting on the new SiTF office, he added, “I would like to see innovation taking place. The most important thing is to attract young vibrant talent here for them to innovate. We have to create opportunities for them to be part of this exciting journey.”
For more information on SiTF, please visit www.sitf.org.sg or contact:
Ms Alicia Bok
Singapore infocomm Technology Federation
Tel : 6325 9702