"Visual SG has benefited immensely from the partnership with our content supporters. Partnerships are important because collective intelligence brings about unique and innovative solutions to challenges and will enable the centre to create not seen before immersive experiences that will ultimately benefit our audience," said Lim. "As more partners come on board, both public and private, we see the role of our centre playing its role as a bridge connecting all these players to our community. We see the festival transforming Singapore into a vibrant hub for Asia as the festival celebrates the visual aspects of science and showcases the various interaction interfaces that give us a glimpse of the future."
"Visual SG also goes beyond the phenomenon of big data to explore the endeavours of science to grasp the beauty of nature and our role in all of this. We hope that through the intersection of art and science, people will come to appreciate the logic and grace of scientific research and cast away their perceptual bias of science as a boring field," he added.
SSF aligns with Singapore's smart nation vision
According to Lim, the launch of this year's SSF comes at a timely manner as it aligns with the government's recent announcement of wanting to develop Singapore as the world's first smart nation.
"To be the world's first smart nation, we need to depend a lot on STEM. SSF has a mission - on one hand, we want to celebrate the achievement of innovation in research and development. On the other hand, we also want to inspire and ignite a pool of future talents to really gear towards our smart nation vision," Lim said.
He added that in order for Singapore to realise this vision, we should not just depend on the hardware and software, but also make use of what little resources we have, which are our human resources.
This is why this year's SSF focuses a lot on the human nature - the talented side of scientists and engineers - which reinforces the theme of nurturing the next generation of rock star scientist, Lim said.
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