The winners, Team CEJM with guest-of-honour Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and for Education. Dr Janil is also the Minister-in-charge of GovTech. Credit: GovTech's Facebook
The Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) has crowned the winners of its first National Data Visualisation Video Challenge on Saturday (30 September 2017).
The competition received over 80 submissions from 200 students from universities, polytechnics and institutes of technical education (ITE), out of which 12 teams made it to the finals after eight months of preparation and selection.
Finalists used a variety of open government datasets to draw out interesting insights and present them through a video story.
For instance, Team CEJM from Nanyang Polytechnic used half hourly system demand from data.gov.sg, data on solar photovoltaic systems from the Energy Market Authority and other datasets to explore the viability of using solar power to power Singapore. This team was awarded the first prize of the competition.
Meanwhile, the second place winner, Ryzal Hamis from the Singapore Institute of Management (Global Education) integrated datasets about schools from data.gov.sg and the Ministry of Education to develop an app that helps parents find the right school for their children.
The third place went to the ABang Data Team, consisting of students from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, and Singapore Management University. The team correlated various open datasets to show that public property prices in Singapore do go down over time and citizens should be aware that relying on a HDB flat alone might not be sufficient for one's retirement.
These three teams walked home with Microsoft Surface Pros, Google Chromebooks and Amazon Echo Dots 2.0 respectively for their individual members.
Jacqueline Poh, chief executive, GovTech, and one of the judges in the Finals, commented: "I am impressed with the videos and encouraged by the strong support from industry partners. Aimed at driving Singapore's open data movement, this challenge enabled students to see the usefulness of the open government data that is available to the public. GovTech will continue to cultivate this culture of co-creation with our citizens and industry."
Themed "How open data makes a difference for you and me", the National Data Visualisation Video Challenge encourages greater use of open government data, starting with students, to raise awareness, catalyse innovation and create greater economic value.
The competition is supported by six industry partners namely Amazon Web Services, Carousell, Cloudera, Microsoft, Google and The Straits Times.
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