Crowdsourcing throws up ideas for the future

On one of the exhibits at The Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow exhibition is a drawing of a robot by a four-year-old.

It is a robot dreamed up by Ayra Lim Mohd Yusri that can help with household chores, like ironing and cleaning - perfect for a time- starved household in Singapore.

This is one of dozens of ideas that are displayed at the exhibition's last gallery, Forum. The gallery is part of presenting sponsor CapitaLand's #BuildSG2065 campaign held earlier this year to crowdsource for ideas from the public about what they hoped for Singapore to achieve, especially in the built environment, when it turns 100.

It received more than 2,000 entries from February to May this year, and is showcasing the top 50 ideas at the exhibition, which is co-curated by The Straits Times and the ArtScience Museum.

Mr Lim Ming Yan, CapitaLand's president and group chief executive, said: "We wanted to inspire Singaporeans to look ahead, using what we have learnt to build a better future."

More than 90 per cent of the responses came from Singaporeans, who gave suggestions on how to overcome Singapore's space constraints, or harness alternative energy sources.

The public submitted many ideas which involved smart buildings such as 200-storey buildings, floating pods and dome-cities for people to live, work and play in.

Some also proposed ideas to ease traffic congestion, such as making cars, buses and trains airborne with inventions such as flying cars.

The oldest participant, Ms Jessie Mok, 80, wanted garden winter- domes as she loves gardening.

"I have never experienced snow and want to experience it with my grandchildren," she said.

Said Mr Lim: "As a real estate developer... it fits in perfectly with what we want to do, and based on these ideas, we feel that there are a few things that we could contribute, perhaps help to pilot and test - one of which would be smart buildings. However far-fetched the ideas may seem, they can be tomorrow's reality."

The company is planning to try out smart technologies in its shopping malls, and residential and office buildings.

In conjunction with the exhibition, CapitaLand is also inviting members of the public to pen a message to Singaporeans still around in 2065 through its Send E-card and Donate For Hope drive.

CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the company's philanthropic arm, will donate $5 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund for every message posted on its Facebook page, from today until Oct 4.

Amelia Teng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2015, with the headline 'Crowdsourcing throws up ideas for the future'. Print Edition | Subscribe