On 4 July, AI
Singapore inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global
software and digital transformation consultancy ThoughtWorks
to promote training, research and development in the areas of analytics and
artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, deployment and best practices.
(AISG) is a national programme launched by the National Research Foundation
Singapore (NRF) to catalyse, synergise and boost Singapore’s artificial
intelligence (AI) capabilities to power our future, digital economy.
driven by a government-wide partnership comprising NRF, the Smart Nation and
Digital Government Office (SNDGO), the Economic Development Board (EDB), the
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), SGInnovate, and the Integrated
Health Information Systems (IHiS).
brings together all Singapore-based research institutions and the vibrant
ecosystem of AI start-ups and companies developing AI products, to perform
use-inspired research, grow the knowledge, create the tools, and develop the
talent to power Singapore’s AI efforts.
partnerships with companies with a strong track record in agile software
development such as ThoughtWorks will contribute to the AI ecosystem in
Singapore. ThoughtWorks’ vast knowledge and technical experience in this field
can help enterprises in Singapore interested in developing AI systems for their
businesses create concept proofs that are not only feasible but also
commercially viable,” said Mr Laurence Liew, director of AI industry
innovation, AI Singapore.
mission is to connect Singapore-based research institutions and AI startups and
companies. These collaborations will grow the knowledge and capabilities,
powering Singapore’s AI efforts forward.”
Under the MoU, AI Singapore will be able to tap into its partner
ThoughWorks’ technical expertise and approach in software design thinking,
engineering practices, agile methodologies, advisory and technical feasibility.
MoU, AI Singapore will also be able to leverage its partner’s suite of in-house
capabilities, design methodologies and software experts to further establish
and ground its infrastructure and development methodology in AI systems and
The collaboration will also develop specialised
engineering and training resources to enable the AI community in Singapore, as
well as contribute to the development of AI Singapore’s programmes such as its 100-Experiments,
AI Apprenticeship, Grand Challenges, and other future related projects.