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SCS unveils the IT Leaders

Jack Loo | March 10, 2011
Awards programme seeks to recognise and inspire IT workers

SINGAPORE, 10 MARCH 2011 - The Singapore Computer Society (SCS) has announced the latest winners of its IT Leader Awards.

The Awards serve not only to recognise outstanding industry practitioners, but draw more awareness and subsequently inspire fellow professionals to reach greater heights, said the SCS.

Tan Yen Yen, senior vice president of applications, Oracle Asia Pacific, was awarded the IT Leader of the Year. She was instrumental in establishing HP’s seventh corporate lab in Singapore, an act that helped promote the island as an ideal R&D location.

She has also helped established government and private sector collaborations in the space of cloud computing technology. Tan made history as well by becoming the first woman to become chairperson of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF).

Adjunct Professor Lee Kwok Cheong of Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) was inducted into the Awards’ Hall of Fame for his pioneering role in Singapore’s IT industry.

In the 1980s, he headed the computerisation programme of the Civil Service of Singapore. It was one of the building blocks for Singapore’s pole position in IT today.

“Back then, IT as a term did not exist,” said Lee. He is also well known for transforming National Computer Systems from a public sector agency to a commercial entity.

The Young Professional of the Year award went to Douglas Gan who is the founder and CEO of ShowNearby, Singapore’s leading location-based service provider. At the age of only 27, the judging panel was impressed with the fact that Gan already has more than a decade of experience in business and entrepreneurship in the Internet industry.

Vishnu Prem was recognised with the IT Youth 2011 award. Before even entering university, he has written Facebook applications, winning at Infocomm Development Authority’s (IDA) software competitions at the age of 16. The judges were also impressed that he picked up developer skills for social media applications. Prem has ventured into development work for iPhone applications as well.

The IT Leader Awards was held together with the SCS Gala Dinner & IT Leader Awards 2011 at Shangri-La Hotel on 4 March 2011. The evening saw the gathering of about 900 IT professionals and elite from the government and private sectors, as well as those from the academic arena.


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