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Intel Singapore partners NTU and NYP to establish Open Innovation Labs

Zafirah Salim | July 13, 2015
This initiative aims to make innovation more accessible to students and support the development of technology ecosystems.

Photo credits to NTU

Intel Singapore recently announced its collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to establish Open Innovation Labs at each tertiary institution.

In line with the national SkillsFuture movement, this initiative aims to help students develop modern skillsets and spur innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables space. It is also aligned with the Government's vision to support innovators in developing and building technology ecosystems.

This initiative essentially provides the thinking space and facilities for aspiring entrepreneurs to tinker with ideas and inventions in a physical space. According to Intel, the labs will be mainly targeted at the students, but it will also be open to the staff and professors in the respective institutions as well.

The Open Innovation Lab initiative in NTU will involve NTUitive, the university's innovation and enterprise; while the NYP partnership will be with the Centre of Innovation for Electronics (COIE), a joint establishment between NYP and SPRING Singapore to help local companies develop and launch products in the local and global markets.

Over the next six to nine months period, several initiatives ranging from boot camps, workshops, to Makeathons & Hackathons have been planned under the Open Innovation Lab initiative. The first of these activities is a workshop on IoT programming, which took place in NYP last week.

Sumner Lemon, Country Manager, Intel Malaysia and Singapore, said that the Open Innovation Labs will help to nurture local innovation and encourage creative thinking, designing, making and inventing among next-generation Singaporeans.

Dr. Lim Jui, CEO of NTU Innovation and NTUitive, the university's commercialisation arm, added that the collaboration will also serve to open doors and offer new opportunities for young student innovators to turn their ideas into reality.

"Preparing Singaporeans for jobs of the future requires a strong nexus between educational institutions and industry," said Jeanne Liew, Principal & CEO, Nanyang Polytechnic. "We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with Intel to establish an Open Innovation Lab where students, lecturers, knowledge institutions and enterprises can come together to form a collaborative ecosystem, to learn, share, ideate, experiment and innovate needs-driven IoT and Wearable solutions for the market."


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