The Importance of Intellectual Property
The bi-annual Meet the Members session held last month saw a power-packed agenda of issues relevant to the ICT industry. Topics discussed include members’ participation in the cyber security sector, manpower development and intellectual property.
Ho Se Mun, Executive Director of SiTF kicked off the event on April 26. Referring to the recent budget announcements which discussed the importance of Trade Associations in the ecosystem, she said that it is important for the ICT industry to work closely with the government for economic transformation.
“The value of SiTF to you co-relates directly to the frequency of engagement with the association and with other members in the working platforms we provide. Doing so would enable you to find business partners and the opportunities to go-to market.”
On sector transformation, she highlighted that the government is trying to assist not just the associations but to transform other user groups.
Citing MCI’s Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim’s speech on the importance of cyber security, Ms Ho urged members to actively look out for opportunities in this sector. They should also provide feedback on how industry can work with government on cyber security.
She also stressed the importance of cyber security across the multiple user groups and for the Security & Governance Chapter (SGC) to play an active role in educating cyber security awareness.
Members networking at the session
Members listening intently to the speakers
SiTF’s Industry Alliance Team gave an update on upcoming events of each SiTF chapter and their programmes. There was also an update on SiTF’s manpower initiatives which include the Structured Internship Program (SIP) and on the partnership with the Institutes of Higher Learning (iHLs) in introducing and encouraging ICT graduates to join the ICM industry.
IDA’s Ms. Kimberly Foo, Deputy Director of Human Capital Development also briefed participants on the ICT Sectoral Manpower Programme. She highlighted the Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme Plus (CITREP), Company Led Training (CLT) and SkillsFuture Study Award as some of the schemes to assist companies and individuals develop and deepen tech skills that are in demand by the industry.
Ms Kimberly Foo, Deputy Director of Human Capital Development speaking on the schemes and scholarships available
Diving into the theme of Intellectual Property (IP), Ms Jessie Ong, IP ValueLab of IPOS (Intellectual Property of Singapore) spoke of using IP as collateral and the various IP business clinics that SiTF members can attend.
Ms Jessie Ong, IP ValueLabs, IPOS speaking on collateralising IP
To give companies an idea of what lay ahead in IP development in Singapore, the opportunities for partnership and collaboration were shared by IP Intermediary’s (IPI) Mr. Sim Kung Kiat and Exploit Technology’s Mr. Peter Tay.
From left: Sim Kung Kiat, IPI, and Peter Tay, ETPL speaking on the vehicles of Innovation
Ms. Gloria Goh, Partner from legal firm Allen & Gledhill spoke on the importance of having IP. A panel of experts on IP answered questions from attendees on different aspects of IP development here. Panelists were Ms. Gloria Goh, Mr. Ang Wee Tiong of Kooki Pte Ltd and Mr. Chinn Lim of Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd. The panel was moderated by Associate Professor Sarah Cheah of the NUS Business School.
From left: A/Prof Sarah Cheah, Mr Ang Wee Tiong, Ms Gloria Goh and Mr Chinn Lim
Accompanying the Meet-the-Members session was a mini-expo of local companies. This session allowed members to interact and make new contacts.
The exhibitors include:
1. Rapid7 Pte Ltd
2. Excelforte Pte Ltd
3. Saaragh Technologies Pte Ltd
4. eG Innovations Pte Ltd
5. CryoWerx Pte Ltd
More than 100 attendees attended the event on April 26. SiTF would like to thank the speakers, exhibitors and guests for contributing to the success of this event.
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