Millennial entrepreneurship is not just some trendy word to use in our conversations – after all, in recent years, it is a phenomenon that is on the rise. In today’s world with the internet being such a big part of our lives, it is no surprise that businesses are made up more of pixels than brick and mortar. Find out how these tech-savvy entrepreneurs from SP are innovating and improving the world pixel by pixel!
Gone will be the days of navigating through maze-like webpages for an answer to a simple question. NYX, a smart chat bot – designed by Azeem Arshad Vasanwala and his team members Ian Soo and Vivek Tadikamalla – will be able to replace the need for actual customer support officers to answer repetitive questions using the power of natural language processing. The future where we no longer have to struggle when navigating around FAQs pages is here!
For the former Diploma in Information Technology (DIT) student and Institutional Medallist from the Class of 2017, finding an efficient way to digitally disseminate information to the public posed an interesting challenge and that was how this project came into being. Unlike other chat bots currently on the market, NYX will be able to answer questions directly and will only alert an assistant in the event that a straightforward answer may not be found.
DEBUNK BY ORAMA
When third-year Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT) student Clinton Li heard about the cumbersome paperwork and procedures that ships have to go through when bunkering (refuelling), a switch flipped in his mind. This was the perfect opportunity for the tech-savvy entrepreneur who is constantly on the lookout to solve problems through innovative solutions.
After much due diligence, Debunk by Orama was conceptualised. The result is a web portal that digitalises documents needed, thus speeding up the flow of information and compliance checking processes via technological advances. By automating these labour intensive processes, companies will be able to increase their productivity levels and transparency within the maritime industry as a whole. Talk about applying what he has learnt from his classes and turning it into an innovative startup!
An alumnus of Ngee Ann Secondary School, Clinton took part in the Innovfest Unbound 2017 Startup Soapbox competition and won second place in Most Disruptive Technology category and third in Rockstar Pitch. He was also invited to be a mentor to international teams taking part in YES 2017, a business competition organised by nEbO.
Oh, don’t we all love travelling! But before we pack our bags and hop onto a plane, one major must-do is to plan our itinerary (unless you like to live spontaneously.) This often requires searching the internet for the city’s best makan places and hottest deals.
Enter PackDat (www.packdat.com), an itinerary management platform that allows users to customise itineraries from a list of popular tourist attractions in three simple clicks. Think about the amount of time you can save on Excel sheet formatting and planning!
PackDat is the brainchild of Lee Zheng De from the Diploma in Engineering with Business (DEB) course and who is an alumnus of Kranji Secondary School, and his brother Zeth Lee, a graduate from the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (DME) course and an alumnus of Unity Secondary School. Zheng De shared that one valuable piece of advice he has received is to refrain from spending too much time on website development. It is more practical to launch a website with a basic interface and simple functions, and gather user input along the way to develop additional functions and content. Thanks for the biz tip, Zheng De!
Indeed it was during his time as a Microsoft student partner that Azeem started working on NYX, and little did he know that they would clinch the National Champion title for the Innovation Category at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competition.
Their team also won the Gold award for the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) Awards, which recognises innovative and technological achievements of schools and start-ups.
Touch screens have brought mobile phones into a whole new era (think about all the different games and apps that we use daily that rely on this tech), but the benefits of this transformative feature have not been passed down to certain groups of people. Volunteering at the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), third-year Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT) student Lew Gao Wei witnessed how the visually impaired struggle with their smart phones to accomplish an otherwise simple task.
An idea came to Gao Wei, and thus MightyAim was formed. With a highly competent team, Gao Wei came up with SenseUX, a software development kit to empower the visually impaired. Using a combination of simple finger movements, vibration, voice assistance and haptic feedback together with an intuitive menu system and application flow, SenseUX provides the blind and visually impaired a simple and easy way to access mobile applications with confidence. Think of it as a white cane for the digital world!
The MightyAim team is currently conducting user testing at SAVH twice a week and was also invited to speak at Singapore Management University’s Social Entrepreneur Centre.
ON THE WAY
Wouldn’t it be great to earn money while on-the-go? Well now you can, with delivery service provider On The Way (www.otwdelivery.com)!
All you need to do is register as a rider with them, and be willing to pick up deliveries to be dropped off at specific locations while en route to your next destination. It’s that simple. There are no restrictions to your mode of transportation – feel free to travel by bus, train, the oBike, or by foot if it is convenient for you.
Founded by three Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) students Mabel Koh, Edwin Lim and Carise Lee, On The Way is a delivery service provider with a business model similar to that of GrabHitch. They help start-ups deliver anything from flower bouquets and cookies to wine bottles.
Despite being only a few months old, the company has amassed over 500 deliveries. Plans to grow the business through marketing efforts and investor funding are in the pipeline. Keep a lookout for this innovative bunch!