RP team wins award in Kosen-Joint Poly Start Up Programme

09 Mar 2019



  • KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

    KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

  • KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

    KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

  • School of Management and Communication, RP team wins award in Kosen-Joint Poly Start Up Programme

    RP team wins award in Kosen-Joint Poly Start Up Programme

  • KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

    KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

  • KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

    KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

  • KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

    KOSEN NIT + JOINT POLYTECHNICS Start-up Programme

We're very proud of our very own team of SOI and SMC students who won the Excellent Business Model award in the inaugural KOSEN-Joint Polytechnics Start-up Programme!

In this inaugural run of the programme, three students from each of the five polytechnics in Singapore teamed up with three other students from selected Kosen institutes in Japan.

The first leg was held in Singapore and hosted by Singapore Polytechnic from 10 to 17 September 2018, where the teams attended workshops on ideation, design thinking, business model canvas, marketing fundamentals, entrepreneurial finance and Internet of Things. They were then instructed to ideate and develop Information Technology projects which would benefit society or solve social problems.

The final leg then was hosted in Japan from 9 to 14 March 2019. Each team of 6 students were to develop a pitch of their business proposal and solution to a panel of judges.

The projects were judged based on the solution prototype, business proposal, as well as presentation quality. The judges were Dr Isao Taniguchi, President of the National Institute of Technology (Kosen Institutes’ umbrella organisation), a director from Sakura Internet Inc., and the director of jig.jp Co. Ltd.

The team's project was on delaying the onset of dementia through the learning of a second language, and consisted of

  • an IoT system to maximise learning by monitoring the user’s concentration levels and enhancing the environment for optimal learning
  • modules for learning Japanese through listening and speaking on the Android platform using speech-to-text, text-to-speech and Google translate APIs
  • a system to book appointments with native speakers for conversation sessions on the Android platform.

We would like to once again congratulate the team and everyone involved who contributed to the success of the project. Well done guys!

The student team members are as follows:

  • ANDREW ONG PANG WOON, Diploma in Information Technology (SOI)
  • DANIEL POH ZHENG LONG, Diploma in Information Technology (SOI)
  • DARIUS BOEY JUN, Diploma in Mass Communication (SMC)

The staff mentors are:

  • Andy Au Yong, SMC
  • Andy Lee, SOI
  • Grace Yap, SOI