Innovation Thursday 22 August 2019

Thu, 22 Aug, 2019, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM (GMT+8)
PIXEL 10 Central Exchange Green, Singapore 138649

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Are you an innovator or company with digital technology capabilities?
Keen to access real business needs and co-create with potential customers?

Join us for our Innovation Thursday event happening 22 August 2019 at PIXEL. This regular series of events held at IMDA's PIXEL will bring together tech innovators and companies, to discover new opportunities and connect with potential partners.

At this event, you'll get to learn about IMDA's Open Innovation Platform - a virtual crowdsourcing platform that matches challenges of Problem Owners to Problem Solvers.

Come meet our Problem Owners, ECO Innovative, Jason Marine and The Fish Farmer! Hear directly from the Problem Owners about their challenges, what they are looking for, and what opportunities they offer to collaborate with potential solvers.

Date: 22 August 2019
Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: PIXEL, 10 Central Exchange Green, Singapore 138649.


2:30pm – 3:00pm: Registration

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Introduction to Open Innovation Platform (OIP)

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Problem Owners sharing on featured problem statements + Q&A

4:30pm – 4:45pm: TechShare: IMDA’s Services 4.0 Initiative

4:45pm – 5:30pm: Networking and Refreshments

Problem Owner Speakers

Eco Innovative
Speaker Name: Emmanual Tay                
Designation: Director
Speaker’s profile:
Emmanual is passionate about the environment and has been one of the main driving forces of marrying data analytics and the waste industry. He has since introduced Big Data Analytics to the waste industry and is deeply involved in the process of how organisations operate and dispose of their waste. He has been invited to several environment related events as a guest speaker to share about his experience in the waste industry and how Big Data Analytics can transform the industry into a highly effective and efficient workforce.
About Eco Innovative:
Eco Innovative focuses on leveraging Data Visualization and analytics technology that powers and simplify Sustainability Programs. Our solutions encompass of Waste Audits and Environmental Consulting to identify potential waste hotspots and to discover “Hidden Green Assets” from your waste management operations. By deploying our Smart Technologies, we can assist our clients to visualize, measure and manage their recycling and waste operations. Eco Innovative assist in identifying potential cause of waste and opportunity for waste reduction through data analytics.

Jason Marine Group Limited

Speaker Name:   Li Zhi Heng
Designation: Technology Director
Speaker’s profile:
Mr. Li has been with Jason Marine Group since 2012 and he is currently a Technology Director. Mr. Li is responsible for overseeing engineering & technology matters of the Group.
Prior to becoming Technology Director, he has gained a broad range of skills, technical knowledge and expertise in telecom industry for more than 15 year.
About Jason Marine Group Limited: 
Established in 1976 with its headquarters in Singapore, Jason Marine Group is a leading marine electronics systems integrator and support services provider for the marine and offshore oil & gas industries. The Group’s proven expertise in marine communication, navigation and automation and ICT systems enables it to offer one-stop solutions that span design, supply, integration, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance.  Jason Marine Also provides certification services and sells satellite airtime services to complement its communication business.

The Fish Farmer

Speaker Name: Mr. Malcolm Ong
Designation: Chief Executive Officer
Speaker’s Profile:
Malcolm Ong graduated from NUS with an engineering degree in 1988 and started his career as an IT engineer.  Later, he joined a start-up company in 1996 and grew the company to $20 mil in revenue.  In 2007, he sold all his shares in the IT Company to a big French group.  After being in IT for nearly 20 years, Malcolm started looking for a career switch.
Even before he decided on a career switch, Malcolm loved taking a boat out to sea and along the way, he met several fish farmers who were willing to share their passion with him.  At the same time there were several reports stating that our oceans are being depleted at an alarming rate (see news articles below).  Moreover the world population is growing and people are getting more affluent, resulting in demand for fish which is seen as a healthy option. In addition, Singapore imports a staggering 96% of seafood from overseas.  Malcolm decided there is an opportunity to provide consumers (especially Singapore consumers) a sustainable alternative to wild caught, imported fish.  At the current moment, farming is the best option to providing fish sustainably for a world with growing demand. 
Although there was opportunity, the risks are very high especially since Malcolm did not have any experience.  It took about a year before he found two partners who had the common vision of providing fresh, safe and affordable fish to the local market.  The two partners had several years of farming experience while Malcolm used his experience to elevate the status of the farm to a more professional level.  With a lot of hard work and sacrifice, MFG is now the largest farm in Singapore. 
About The Fish Farmer:
Metropolitan is a family brand which was started with a 30 years long tradition of providing excellent customer service in the field of insurance. Following in the entrepreneurial footsteps of his father, Mr Malcolm Ong, started Metropolitan Fishery Group (MFG) and ventured into a new line of business in growing our own local seafood.  With the fast depletion of the earth’s seafood, there is a big need for an alternative to wild caught fish.  Hence in 2007, Malcolm Ong ventured into fish farming to grow fish instead of catching from the seas.
Starting with a small fish farm in 2007 and just two species of fish, the business has now grown to cover 5 hectares with 7 species, producing 1000 tonnes of fish.  The farm is able to consistently grow Snapper, Mullet, Milkfish, Tilapia, Sea Bass, Sea Perch and Golden Pomfret for the local market.  In 2013, he started a new brand called “The Fish Farmer” to identify which fish are farmed so consumers can make a choice.  So now the company is known as “The Fish Farmer”

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Innovation Thursday 22 August 2019

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