Singapore Polytechnic students showcase practical solutions to daily problems

SINGAPORE - From an app that helps with placement of children with dyslexia in specialised math classes to a website that helps families find part-time cleaners, final-year students at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) have tapped on technology to create solutions to everyday problems.

At SP's Render 2015 showcase event, some 40 final-year projects taken on by over 200 students from the School of Digital Media and Information Technology were displayed at the polytechnic's convention centre on Thursday.

They included e-Business solutions, mobile apps, cyber security tools and animation films.

One of the projects, an iPad placement app, helps teachers at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) identify a primary pupil's area of need in Mathematics, allowing them to be placed in a mathematics class at DAS in a shorter time. It uses a simple test to assess the pupils' abilities and automatically generates the results at the end. It also captures the process a child uses to arrive at an answer. 

Mr Timothy Ho, 25, one of five students who created it, said: "Working on the app was something new for all of us. But we managed to put what we've learnt over the past three years to good use and for a good purpose."

Another group created the website, tidy.sg, to provide a platform for families to find part-time cleaners sans the hassle of going through agencies.

Potential employers can simply view the helpers' profiles, select one who meets their needs and specify the date and time for the appointment.

Third-year interactive media student Camilla Choo, 21, said: "There is a need for such cleaning services here but not many part-time cleaners get their services advertised online. For potential employers, they can also save money since there are no agency fees."

Her group consists of three other interactive media students Muhammad Ezzuddin, 21, Chai Xiao Lei, 20, and Li Mengxuan, 21.

The two-day showcase, which is open to alumni and industry partners, will end on Friday.

Dr Faris Akbar Hajamaideen, the school's director, said: "This showcase is a celebration of their three years of studies here. It is an opportunity for students to introduce their works and for companies to spot talents."