The Leading Infocomm and
Digital Media Professional Society in Singapore

Mr Nicholas Ooi Hsien Loong

IT Youth, 2012

Nicholas' passion for IT first began with computer games at the age of 8 and was fascinated by the first computer game he played. This was the start of his curiosity in IT and all things regarding computing.

When he was studying in ITE, Nicholas started thinking of different ways to solve problems using IT. He represented ITE in the Java Jive 2008 competition, his team emerging as National Champion with his application called EPIC (Enhanced Patient Information System). EPIC provided infotainment to doctors, nurses and patients using various platforms such as laptops, mobile phones, iTouch devices and the PSP (Playstation Portable). Thereafter, his team represented Singapore at the Regional level and was the 1st runner up competing against Malaysia and Thailand. While in ITE, Nicholas was also the recipient for the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship (LKY-STEP) Award that enabled him to further his studies in the School of InfoComm Technology of Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

During his 3 years at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, he competed in various competitions such as OpenJive 2009 and Appventure Challenge 2011.The OpenJive 2009 competition saw Nicholas leading his team in developing a web application called Jitsaw, which allowed users to submit their products to various online portals such as BlogSpot, Twitter and Amazon with a single click. The team won the Participation Age prize. For Appventure Challenge 2011, Nicholas led his team in developing an innovative Android game called BeAMinister(BAM). This simulation transformed government data into a playable game that allowed users to role play as a minister and solve challenges to maximize the country's wealth and happiness. This ingenuous idea won the Most Innovative Prize Government Data Award.

At the Polytechnic, he was also entrusted with a project for Canon Singapore, its annual Canon Marathon Challenge, a competition for photo enthusiasts based on a given theme. The Canon Marathon Challenge System Nicholas developed simplified the process for participants to submit their photos for judging and significantly reduced the ending time of the event. The system concurrently served over 2000 participants in a day, and was used by the Singapore Book of Record keeper to determine and announce the event as "Singapore's Largest Live Photo Competition" for 2010 and 2011. Nicholas is currently working on a project known as the "The Personal Tracker". The project, which allows caregivers to keep track of the location of an elderly individual using the system or Smartphones received the EnterpriZe! Scheme Award from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

At age 17, Nicholas founded the company called Towards IT Technology without any funds. The vision of Towards IT Technology was to improve people's lives by making their work simpler and more efficient with its web system development and IT services. To date, his clients include PropNex Group, IR Property Group, Church Faith Assembly of God, Canon, the Singapore Police Force and many others.

In summary, Nicholas is not only an IT-savvy technoprenuer who continuously seeking solutions for improvements, but is also a young leader who loves to inspire and share, an innovator brimming with ideas and a youth who wants to bridge the digital divide.

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