Two women from the public service sector honoured at IT Leader Awards

Two women from the public service sector, Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo (right) and Ms Yong Ying-I, were recognised for their contributions to the infocomm industry at the IT Leader Awards on Friday, Feb 21, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Two women from the public service sector, Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo (right) and Ms Yong Ying-I, were recognised for their contributions to the infocomm industry at the IT Leader Awards on Friday, Feb 21, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Two women from the public service sector were recognised for their contributions to the infocomm industry at the IT Leader Awards on Friday.

Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo, group director for innovation and infocomm technology at the Land Transport Authority (LTA), won the IT Leader of the Year award. Ms Yong Ying-I, chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), was inducted into the Awards' Hall of Fame. Into its 18th year, the Awards recognise outstanding individuals in the infocomm industry.

Organised by the Singapore Computer Society, the event at the Shangri-La Hotel was attended by more than 900 guests, including Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and senior IT leaders from both the public and private sectors.

Mrs Howe-Teo, who has been serving in LTA for the past 14 years, oversaw the authority's implementation of technology that visualises and analyses information through digital maps for strategic land transport planning. She also oversaw the rollout of the One.Motoring portal in 2000 and the MyTransport.SG mobile app in 2010.

Ms Yong spearheaded the merger of the National Computer Board and the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore to form IDA in 1999. She was IDA's first chief executive. She led the liberalisation of Singapore's telecommunications market a year later, and the rollout of fibre broadband across the country from 2010.

The Awards also honoured Mr Nicholas Chan, managing director of Fredrik Marine IT Services, with the Young Professional of the Year accolade. Mr Chan co-founded 10 companies, of which seven were technology firms.

Mr Tay Wei Kiat, co-founder of Oompr!, an online classifieds firm, won the IT Youth award. He also co-founded the online used textbook store, BookInBookOut.