To help fresh university and polytechnic graduates in a similar situation, 700 paid research and development (R&D) traineeship positions have been created to prepare them for employment when the economy picks up. They can apply for these positions through the local universities, research institutes under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, AI Singapore and startups under SGInnovate, where they will work closely with companies and hone skills to solve problems or develop new products and services.
“Prevention is better than cure” is the mantra spurring some of this year’s 30 Under 30 Asia listees in the Healthcare & Science category to start their health-tech ventures. Stroke is the world’s second-leading cause of death after heart disease, a statistic that inspired Milad Mohammadzadeh and Sadaf Monajemi in 2017 to launch See-Mode Technologies to better predict the risk of strokes.
Jumpstart reported that SGInnovate has announced its partnership with ST Engineering and Tegasus International to launch the “Cybersecurity Professional Series” that seek to enhance the cybersecurity expertise of some 2,500 professionals in Singapore. The courses will include Operational Technology (OT) courses that address existing gaps in cybersecurity training for Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) sector professionals, and Information Technology (IT) courses that introduce cybersecurity fundamentals to both technical and business professionals. Steve Leonard, SGInnovate’s Founding CEO shared that while AI and IoT are generating a lot of excitement, they also represent sophisticated new platforms for cyberthreats, making it imperative for professionals managing critical infrastructure to continuously upgrade their own capabilities and be well-equipped to identify and prevent potential cyberattacks from any source, at any time.
The Edge Singapore reported that SGInnovate has partnered with ST Engineering and cybersecurity company Tegasus International to launch a series of courses to enhance Singapore’s cybersecurity capabilities, targeting 2,500 professionals over three years. The “Cybersecurity Professional Series” comprises of two tracks: Operational Technology (OT) courses that address existing gaps in cybersecurity training for Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) sector professionals; and Information Technology (IT) courses that introduce cybersecurity fundamentals to both technical and business professionals. Steve Leonard, Founding CEO of SGInnovate highlighted the importance of cybersecurity in the wake of emerging technologies such as AI and IoT, and called for a need for secure critical infrastructure.
Women have traditionally been under-represented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. A UNESCO report found that globally, women account for only 35 percent of STEM students in higher education.
Campus Magazine published an article on the opportunities for deep tech with SGInnovate. As emphasised by Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at the SGInnovate second year anniversary, one of the challenges that the local deep tech startup ecosystem faces is finding suitable talent. To that end, SGInnovate launched its first apprenticeship programme known as the Summation Programme in 2018, to connect promising deep tech startups with bright students from both tech and non-tech backgrounds that are currently studying in local and overseas universities. Working for the AI-driven firm Taiger, SUTD apprentice Gabriel Wong was tasked with creating a tool that converts images into text and an engine that could extract specific text from complicated documents. NUS apprentice Jinna Qian, who interned at V-Key, asserts that it was important to stop discouraging women from joining the tech sector. She added that based on her experience, deep tech startups are gender-neutral in terms of work, and both men and women are evaluated equally for the work they have done.