Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Competition Finals
School of Management and Communication student, Samuel Chan and School of Infocomm student Jafe Ng, members of the Investment and Financial Interest Group, were one of five winning teams in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition. The duo, Team Topkek, received $10,000 worth of Samsung products, $5,000 cash, a four day/ three night study trip to Samsung HQ in South Korea and will have internship opportunities with Samsung.
Organised by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the competition promotes a culture of problem-solving through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) were invited to participate. Of the 500 teams, 10 were selected for the finals, where they give a five-minute presentation and answered questions from a panel formed by Samsung. 5 winning teams were chosen from the 10 finalists.
Team Topkek, mentored by RP lecturers Alan Seow and Neo Wee Koon, came up with the idea of a smart walking stick. The device is embedded with “smart” technology that helps guide the elderly by functioning as a navigation and tracking companion.
Speaking about their experience, Samuel and Jafe shared that through the competition, they realised that innovation cannot be pursued for its own sake. It is necessary to have innovation. For an innovation to succeed, one must have sufficient skin in the game to see the innovation through to development."