Start-ups with geospatial focus to get help

Singapore Institute of Technology undergraduate Lim Xing Yi clinched first prize in the school category of the OneMap IdeaWorks challenge with his Web app WhereMyJob, which places job listings on a map to help users visualise job availability across
Singapore Institute of Technology undergraduate Lim Xing Yi clinched first prize in the school category of the OneMap IdeaWorks challenge with his Web app WhereMyJob, which places job listings on a map to help users visualise job availability across different locations.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is working on a platform called GeoWorks which aims to bring together companies and users that tap location-based data.

This was announced yesterday by Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam at the OneMap IdeaWorks awards ceremony, which was held at the atrium of the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh.

Said Mr Shanmugam: "The aim (of GeoWorks) is to help local start-ups with a geospatial focus, to bring them together with their potential partners to help them grow."

Geospatial technology involves the organisation of large amounts of locational data from different domains for the creation of services and decision-making.

Mr Shanmugam said it is going to be one of the most important technologies to underpin Smart Nation initiatives.

There are plans to launch GeoWorks in the first half of next year.

The minister presented awards to the winners of the OneMap IdeaWorks challenge, which kicked off in July in conjunction with the unveiling of a mobile app version of SLA's integrated map system OneMap, which makes location-based information and services available to the public for free.

The teams used OneMap as well as open geospatial data to come up with prototypes of apps to overcome daily problems faced by communities, such as those related to social services and the environment.

Twenty-two teams took part in the competition - 12 in the school category and 10 in the open category.

Final-year Singapore Institute of Technology undergraduate Lim Xing Yi clinched first prize in the school category with his Web app WhereMyJob. The app places job listings on a map to help users visualise job availability across different locations. "This app can, for example, help somebody looking for an F&B or retail job to find restaurants or shopping malls near their homes," said the 30-year-old.

In the open category, mobile app My Smart Kampong - A Punggol Community Experience took first place. The app allows residents in Punggol to identify points of interest and search for interest groups in their neighbourhood.

Each winning team won $3,000 in cash and $5,000 worth of Amazon Web Services credits.

Daniel Ong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2017, with the headline 'Start-ups with geospatial focus to get help'. Print Edition | Subscribe