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Singapore Government Partners Students To Use Mapping Technology On Urban Challenges
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jul/30/singapore-government-partners-students-use-mapping/
Source Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: Singapore
Created: Jul 30, 2014

For the first time, students taking part in the Singapore government’s annual geospatial challenge worked with town leaders to solve problems such as improving mobility for the disabled, promoting healthy lifestyle among residents, and encouraging community bonding.

The government recognised 22 student teams from the Singapore Geospatial Challenge last week for their use of mapping technology to solve such urban challenges.

“In Nee Soon [a suburban town], participants analysed how people use public spaces, to create maps that help the elderly and disabled find communal spaces where they can socialise and connect with one another,” said Vincent Hoong, Chief Executive, Singapore Land Authority (SLA) at the awards ceremony last Wednesday.

In other towns, teams used geospatial analytics to create accessibility maps, based on factors such as locations of sheltered pathways, time taken to walk between destinations and wheelchair-friendly areas. “These apps will enhance mobility for the disabled, helping them to access different amenities and stay connected with the community,” he added.

These student projects are great examples of being ‘Smart Citizens’ in preparation of Singapore’s intent of becoming a Smart Nation, said Hoong. “Our goal of becoming a Smart Nation is not to be technologically advanced for its own sake. Fundamentally, it is about Smart Citizens, such as yourself, who are able to use geospatial skills to identify the challenges in our living environment and create solutions to address them. It is about encouraging Singaporeans to be innovative, participative and willing to apply our minds to participate in our city’s development and use data to improve our everyday life.”

SLA is a winner of Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS Award. It received the award at the 35th annual Esri User Conference in San Diego, USA.

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