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31st October 2014

Data in the City - Visualisation Challenge Finals

Held on 31 October 2014 at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, 10 finalists (shortlisted from 28 brilliant submissions) battled it out before the judges and a packed audience of over 120.

Each visualisation used at least one government data from or OneMap to tell their Singapore story – to uncover history, new patterns and even an opportunity to draw insights into future behaviour.
The winning visualisations can be found here!

21st August 2014

Data in the City – Data Visualisation Challenge

More than 200 people attended the launch of the first-ever Data Visualisation Challenge on 21st August 2014. Attendees included data enthusiasts, designers and developers, students and researchers. The Challenge celebrates the much-anticipated SG50 and encourages the creative use of Data to tell your Singapore story. Participants stand to win attractive cash prize, and also have the opportunity to exhibit at public spaces, such as the ArtScience Museum, National Museum, Science Centre or the Public Libraries. Visit the Challenge site for more details. Submissions close on 30th September 2014.

12th July 2014

Data in the City – Ideas Challenge Winners

IDA together with the MOF and SLA organised the Data in the City: Ideas Challenge which crowdsourced for ideas to develop creative mobile and online applications using government data.

Twenty-four unique suggestions were shortlisted from over 180 submissions and the public had voted for their favourite ideas. These range from transport-related apps to crime alerts to locating the nearest shelter on a rainy day. The winning ideas can be found here!

8th June 2014

Young Rewired State Singapore

Young Rewired State, Ministry of Finance Singapore, IDA, and Google all came together to run the first ever YRS Everywhere event in Singapore on 7-8 June, 2014.

The attendees that were sought out were young people aged 18 or under, who knew how to program. Their skills ranged from very basic and being able to edit HTML, to knowing several programming languages. The participants where assisted by mentors and hosted at Google. They built amazing projects with open data from and OneMap. The winning project was an app to help you prepare and be safe for when the haze comes!

8th June 2014


The Singapore Land Authority launched its in augural GeoHackathon over the weekend of 6th – 8th June 2014.

Participants competed over the weekend to produce the most innovative geospatial applications and to solve special challenges from Non-Government Organizations and Voluntary Welfare Organisations.
Highlights include an app that assists Food from the Heart in the management of their routes and schedules as well as a geospatial tool created by overall champion, team ‘99.CO’, which helps people locate accommodation optimized against the commute to their workplace.

8th Jan 2014

Apps4SG Competition

Organised by the and OneMap Programme, the Apps4SG Competition drew to a close on 8th Jan 2014 at the NUS uTown Auditorium. The Top 12 finalists pitched and showcased solutions that had used government data to over 100 attendees.The judges comprised industry representatives from Digital Life and Google.

The Top 3 winning applications were EduChoices, Route My Day, and Wheeling Freely. A Special Recognition Award for Good use of GeoSpatial Data was given to application ‘Safety@SG’.

Check out the winning applications here.

25th August 2013

"Data in the City" Hackathon (23rd to 25th August 2013)

160 Participants, 4 Themes*, 1 Weekend, 18 Prototypes

Organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), 'Data in the City', is a 2-day Hackathon being held from Aug 23 - 25, 2013, in partnership with UP Singapore. The weekend brought together urban planners, architects, sustainability experts, technologists, researchers, developers and designers to co-create new prototypes to help Singapore become a more liveable, competitive sustainable city.

Here are the Top 5 Prototypes

Prototype Synopsis Government Data Used
SingCity Crowdsourced urban town planning and to help the public locate areas for businesses OneMap DOS’ Demographic Data
Point-A-View Allow augmenting of current photos to memories from the Singapore Memory Project NLB Singapore Memory Project
Recycle-It Recycling dashboard to encourage recyling through use of smart bins and a reward system OneMap NEA location of recycling bins
BUSsotted Personalised spider maps using government data to enable citizens to generate public transportation routes and key locations LTA bus routes
Connecting People with Organisations Centralized feedback system linking Citizens to Government agencies OneMap

Congrats to all winners!

3rd April 2013

Apps4SG 2013

The Apps4SG Competition was launched on 3rd April 2013 to look for innovative apps that use government data. Apps4SG aims to look for the brightest and most creative minds in Singapore to help improve the way we live, study, work and play. The best apps (web-based or mobile applications) that make use of government data will win attractive cash prizes. For some examples of applications that have been developed using government data, please visit the Application Showcase.

Plug-Fest International Programming Competition (IPC)

PlugFest IPC was created and spearheaded by Google Developer Group (GDG) Singapore and IEEE Computer Society Singapore. PlugFest IPC aims to be an open and international platform for both tertiary students and individuals to build complete applications using the current state-of-the-art technologies. This year, the focus was on utilising cloud and mobile technologies using publicly-available data from Singapore Government ( The Competition culminated on 3rd April 2013, and awarded prizes to top apps that had used government data. This article by Today provides an overview of some of the winning apps.

27th March 2013

Bridging the Public and Private Sector with Government Data

View this blog entry by IDA on the Government’s efforts to co-create and harness the value of government data for Singapore.

31st May 2012

Harnessing Data for Value Creation Call-for-Collaboration (CFC)

This CFC was issued to invite companies to submit proposals ("Proposals") on the development, deployment and adoption of solutions that make use of government data.

13th April 2012

Ideas4apps Challenge Winners

Congrats to all the winners! See the winning entries here.

30th Jan 2012

Ideas4apps Challenge

The ideas4apps Challenge was launched on 30th Jan 2012 to seek ideas on how government data can be used to develop apps that provide useful information.

The Challenge aims to encourage a culture of creativity and innovation to help improve the way we live, study, work and play in Singapore.

Members of the public with the best ideas for web-based or mobile applications that make use of govebnzrnment data will win attractive cash prizes. Submissions close on 9th March 2012.

27th June 2011

AppVenture Challenge Prize-Presentation Ceremony

The AppVenture Challenge was organised by the Mobile Alliance and supported by the Infocomm Development Authority. The Challenge was created to support the growing need for world-class developers in Singapore and serves to develop talent within the community, by providing a platform for any individuals or groups interested to hone their skills at mobile apps development. As part of the AppVenture Challenge, an award was created to recognise the Best Application developed using Government Data. See below for the list of winners!

At the Prize-Presentation ceremony, some developers who had contributed applications for the Application Showcase for’s Launch were also given certificates of appreciation. The Ceremony ended with a networking session where developers and guests from the mobile application industry had the chance to interact over lunch.

(From left to right : Participants receiving their prizes from IDA’s Mr Andrew Khaw (Senior Director of Industry Development) and Ms Tan Kar Joo (Senior Director of Government Cluster Group))

The winners are ...

A. Company Category B. Individual/Student Category
First Place - ShowNearby First Place - Parks "Live"
Second Place - WeatherLah Second Place - Sg Parking
Third Place - Show Timezz Third Place - mHealth
Best Government App : ShowNearby Best Government App : BeAMinister

22nd June 2011

Parks ‘Live’ @SG features in Digital Life

Parks ‘Live’ @SG is an application developed by students from Nanyang Polytechnic.The application makes use of various government data; park information from the National Parks Board and OneMap data which is an interactive map from the Singapore Land Authority. It allows the users to locate different park amenities such as the playgrounds, restaurants and toilets and using the phone’s GPS function, it can plot routes to different areas of the park. It also allows users to view 3-D visuals of the facilities using augmented reality. The application is currently free and is available on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Nanyang Polytechnic's (from left) Melvin Tan, Alan Zhu and Melvyn Suan developed a park navigation app using OneMap, an interactive map system from the Singapore Land Authority, and information from the National Parks Board. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN JUNE 22.

No Getting Lost In The Park With This App (pdf)    Digital Life (The Straits Times)


21st June 2011

eGov Masterplan 2015 was launched on 20th June as part of the eGov Masterplan 2015. The launch was featured in various mainstream media and received several positive feedback. You can read the articles here.

Better links and info with new e-Govt masterplan (pdf) The Straits Times
Govt moves to use online channels to court public (pdf) The Business Times
Charting The Digital Map For The Next Five Years (pdf) Today
Coming soon: S'pore Govt 'app store' (pdf) The New Paper
Singapore Government Announces New Online Platforms for Public (pdf) Biz Daily
Singapore Unveils New E-Government Masterplan (pdf) eGov Innovation
eGov2015: Connecting People. Enriching Lives (pdf) MEENAN
Singapore unveils e-government masterplan (pdf) Business Intelligence Middle East

20th June 2011

Launch of was officially launched by DPM Teo Chee Hean on 20th June 2011 at the eGov Global Exchange.This portal is the first-stop for the search and discovery of all publicly-available government data. At, users will be able to access more than 5000 publicly-available datasets from public agencies, tap into selected datasets to create applications and find applications that used government data to deliver services for citizens and businesses. Media Release (pdf)
Get connected to govt data with new online platforms (pdf) Channel NewsAsia
Government to increase online engagement with public over next 5 years (pdf) 93.8FM
S'pore Rides Digital Wave On New E-Govt Plan (pdf) ZDNet Asia
Singapore launches latest e-Gov masterplan (pdf) Computerworld

eGov Global Exchange

The eGov Global Exchange 2011 will be held from 20th to 24th June 2011. The eGov Global Exchange will feature a strong line-up of international speakers from the government, academia and the industry. Speakers and participants will deliberate on the theme “Collaborative Government in a Connected World”, and explore the opportunities and challenges for the development of eGovernment as a result of emerging trends in technology and consumer behaviour. This international eGovernment event serves as an important platform for mutual learning and sharing of valuable insights, and provides opportunities for collaboration between government officials and industry.