Posts Tagged ‘Marina Bay’

“IBM Studios Singapore” opened in Watson Centre at Marina Bay

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The new IBM Studios Singapore joins a global network of 30 IBM Studios and will create cognitive-driven digital experiences for the company’s clients.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam - Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies  - speaking at the opening of the new Design Studios Singapore during the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies – speaking at the opening of the new Design Studios Singapore during the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay.

IBM today announced the opening of IBM Studios Singapore, a new design center to help clients reinvent their business for the digital age and develop individualised experiences through a combination of cognitive capabilities and experience design.

“Our designers work with clients through the customer experience from strategy, creative and design to scalable digital, commerce, mobile and wearable platforms. We sit side-by-side with our clients to invent and co-create personalised, innovative solutions using IBM’s leadership in cognitive, research and design to take digital experiences to the next level for clients,” said Stefan Hirsch, ASEAN Lead for IBM iX.

The announcement was made at the launch of IBM’s Watson Centre at Marina Bay in Singapore, and was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Located in the Marina Bay Financial Centre, IBM Studios Singapore will serve as the regional hub and will host more than 100 designers and digital experts from IBM iX (Interactive Experience).

IBM iX provides next-generation services dedicated to digital reinvention and transformational outcomes.

Clients will work side-by-side with teams of IBM creative designers, researchers, digital strategists, analytics and cognitive solution experts to analyze their business challenges and co-create new business models and offerings.

IBM iX applies the principles of IBM Design Thinking, which takes a rapid prototyping approach to user-centric product development, as well as IBM Design Language, a framework to inspire bold and engaging experiences.

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IBM opens “The Watson Centre at Marina Bay” in Singapore

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

In an investment to accelerate development and commercialisation of disruptive technologies in Asia, the new Watson Centre houses “IBM Garage Singapore” and “IBM Studios – Singapore”; and will facilitate close to 5,000 IBM Cognitive Solution Professionals across the region co-creating with clients to drive transformation in their organisations.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam - Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies  - officiating the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay (in Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2).

Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies – officiating the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay (in Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2).

Within the next five years, disruptive technologies such as cognitive computing and blockchain are expected to drive dramatic shifts in every industry, from healthcare, to financial services, to tourism.

“We are pleased with IBM’s decision to establish their APAC HQ and the new Watson Centre, together with a number of innovation initiatives, in Singapore to develop impactful digital solutions for their clients. This is a testament to Singapore’s growing start-up ecosystem, presence of strong industry verticals and the availability of digital talent with deep capabilities,” said Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

To help clients of all sizes in the Asia Pacific region lead in shaping the future of their industries, IBMtoday announced plans to assist in the rapid prototyping and commercialisation of solutions based on cognitive computing and blockchain.

IBM today opened The Watson Centre at Marina Bay, an incubator designed to bring together organisations of all sizes, business partners and IBM experts to co-create business solutions that leverage IBM’s cognitive, blockchain and design capabilities.

IBM’s new Asia Pacific headquarters is based in the same location, in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.

Watson Centre at Marina Bay will act as a centre of expertise for almost 5,000 IBM cognitive solutions professionals in the Asia Pacific region alone, including researchers, IBM Watson specialists, data scientists, software engineers, agile developers and analytics experts.

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POTD: Singapore celebrates her 49th National Day

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Here’s wishing all Singaporeans a Happy National Day.

Fireworks over the bay. Photo taken with a Sony A7R with Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Full-frame E-mount Prime Lens. Post edited using Photoshop. Photo credit: John Tan.

Fireworks over the bay. Photo taken with a Sony A7R with Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Full-frame E-mount Prime Lens. Post edited using Photoshop. Photo credit: John Tan.

One highlight of the annual National Day celebrations is the fireworks, which are usually fired off in the evening towards the end of the National Day Parade (NDP) and mass display.

Here’s a video of the fireworks.

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What can businesses do to save our planet during Earth Hour?

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

The world observes Earth Hour today at 8.30pm. What can businesses do to contribute? Here’s a case study of what one company – SingPost – has been doing to forward this cause.

This is the second year that SingPost is supporting the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Earth Hour as part of its commitment to sustainability.

This is the second year that SingPost is supporting the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Earth Hour as part of its commitment to sustainability.

Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) is the major sponsor of Earth Hour this year, so I was curious to see if it actually walks the talk.

So what is the company doing for this year’s Earth Hour?

“WWF-Singapore warmly welcomes Singapore Post’s continued support for Earth Hour,” said Elaine Tan, Chief Executive Officer of WWF-Singapore.

First off, it is switching off all non-essential lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm today at its flagship building, Singapore Post Centre.

Emergency lights that are required for security and safety will remain operational though.

SingPost has also turned up the temperature of its air-conditioning by one degree at selected locations since March 2013.

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TODAY 8.30pm to 9.30pm: Earth Hour 2014 – Use Your Power

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

The world observes Earth Hour today at 8.30pm. The celebratory activities, however, begin from 5pm onwards at The Float @ Marina Bay in Singapore.

Spider-Man will be at the Official Lights Off Ceremony at The Float @ Marina Bay, putting Singapore at the heart of Earth Hour celebrations around the world. Photo credit: WWF Singapore.

Spider-Man will be at the Official Lights Off Ceremony at The Float @ Marina Bay, putting Singapore at the heart of Earth Hour celebrations around the world. Photo credit: WWF Singapore.

Admission to The Float @ Marina Bay is free for the event which happens from 5-10pm today.

This year, Spider-Man has been appointed as the first superhero ambassador for Earth Hour.

This is to encourage everybody – that’s you and me – to be superheroes in our own way to use our power to drive positive change for the environment.

How do you “Use Your Power” to drive positive change for the environment?

Here are four simple acts you can do on a daily basis:

  1. Turn air-conditioning up by one degree
  2. Switch to LED lighting
  3. Use fewer plastic bags
  4. Take shorter showers

Millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support Earth Hour, the largest environmental event in history spearheaded by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature).

The director, producers and cast of the motion picture “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is in Singapore to celebrate Earth Hour and help switch off the lights across Singapore’s signature Marina Bay skyline. Here’s Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx. Photo credit: Sony Pictures.

The director, producers and cast of the motion picture “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is in Singapore to celebrate Earth Hour and help switch off the lights across Singapore’s signature Marina Bay skyline. Here’s Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx. Photo credit: Sony Pictures.

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Extreme Sailing with SAP is Easy – 세일링은 쉽다

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

The Extreme Sailing Series has just completed the races at its first venue for 2014 in Singapore. There will be seven more venues coming up before the eventual winner is decided.

멀라이언쿠기 (Merlion Cookie) was invited to be the sixth sailor on the catamaran of the SAP Extreme Sailing Team during one of the races. She shares her experience and understanding of how SAP data analytics contribute towards the rigours of extreme racing.

* All the pictures in this article were provided by Merlion Cookie. This journal is dedicated to the Korean readers out there 🙂

A day out with SAP Extreme Sailing Team

A day out with SAP Extreme Sailing Team

세일링은 쉽다. 응? 세일링이 무엇인지도 잘 몰랐던 내가 이제 세일링이 쉽다. SAP Extreme Sailing팀과 경험한 세일링은 그렇다.

“We are committed to transforming the sport of sailing globally by developing tools that help sailors optimize their performance, bring fans closer to the action and enable media and broadcasters to provide better informed commentaries,” said Stefan Lacher, head of Technology, SAP Sponsorships.

2014년 2월 20일에서 23일까지 나흘동안 싱가폴 마리나베이를 배경으로 전세계에서 온 11개 팀의 카타마란 경주를 펼치는데, 경주는 하루에도 몇 개의 라운드를 걸쳐 진행되며 결과적으로 각라운드의 점수합이 가장 높은 팀이 승리를 하게 된다.

나는 이 중 세번째 라운드 경주에 직접승선하여 바람을 가르는 세일링의 짜릿함을 온몸으로 느끼고 돌아왔다. 카타마란이 뭔지도 모랐었던 내가 어떻게 세일링과 친한게 되었을까?

우선 카타마란이 무엇인지 알아야겠다. 카타마란은 두 개 선채가 연결된 모양을 하고 있으며 그 위에 세운 돛으로 풍력을 이용하여 진행하는 배를 말한다. 즉, 돛을 세우고 바람을 받아가는 배 인 것이다.

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SAP data analytics empowers teams in Extreme Sailing Series

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The Extreme Sailing Series is in Singapore as the first of 8 international venues for some 260 races this year. 12 teams will be vying to be leaders over four days from today till 23 February, at the Marina Bay.

I joined the SAP Extreme Sailing Team as a guest in their 40 Catamaran during one of the races on the opening day to experience the thrills and challenges of extreme sailing.

The participating multihulls racing against the backdrop of the Singapore skyline at Marina Bay, as the sun sets at the end of a successful first day. Taken with a Samsung GALAXY Note 3. Photo credit: John Tan.

The participating multihulls racing against the backdrop of the Singapore skyline at Marina Bay, as the sun sets at the end of a successful first day. Taken with a Samsung GALAXY Note 3. Photo credit: John Tan.

With things happening so fast and with so many variables changing at the same time, it is easy to see how SAP’s data analytics is an invaluable tool in helping the teams and the coaches squeeze as much performance as possible out of every race.

As in other complex competitive sports such as Formula One racing, a multitude of factors contribute to the success of a participating team.

These variables can also make it confusing and daunting for the spectator to follow and fully appreciate how the race is unfolding.

This is because there is simply too much information assaulting the brain of anyone trying to fully understand why a team they support is falling behind or why a rival is pulling ahead.

The SAP Extreme Sailing Team, with the Singapore Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background. Taken with a Samsung GALAXY Note 3. Photo credit: John Tan.

The SAP Extreme Sailing Team, with the Singapore Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background. Taken with a Samsung GALAXY Note 3. Photo credit: John Tan.

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Photos: iLight 2012

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

I brought the kids down to the Merlion Park last Sunday to catch the last day of the iLight Marina Bay 2012. The lighting display was beautiful, while the kids enjoyed the “DIY” light-painting of the Merlion – despite the hour-long queue.

The lasers were not out yet because it was still early. The rainbow lights from the boats provided its own light display.

The lasers were not out yet because it was still early. The rainbow lights from the boats provided its own light display.

The iLight Marina Bay 2012 lasted from 9 March to 1 April 2012 this year.

This was the second edition of the sustainable light art festival, which was first organised last year.

Merlion during iLight Marina Bay 2012It was organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in collaboration with Smart Light Singapore.

The lighting festival had the photography community in Singapore abuzz with excitement as photographers, both professionals and amateurs, flocked to the vicinity to snap beautiful pictures of the light.

Children loved the Merlion light-painting.

Using a large touch-screen monitor, they could select parts of the Merlion and then paint it with a colour of their choice from a colour palette.

Brightly-garbed Merlion spewing its blessings onto the Esplanade.

Brightly-garbed Merlion spewing its blessings onto the Esplanade.

As they filled in the colours, coloured light was projected onto the actual Merlion statue, according to their selections.

The Merlion has never been more spoilt for choice when it came to choosing his party clothes.