Mr Travis Ho Weiren
IT Youth, 2008
While still a first year student majoring in Computational Biology at the National University of Singapore, Travis' experience in developing and localising military simulations during National Service had garnered him a research attachment at the University of Southern California. On his return to Singapore, Travis took part in the 2007 ORTS Real-time Strategy Game AI Competition, an event at the Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference (AIIDE), Stanford, California, USA. His contributions were critical in helping NUS clinch the top spot, achieving a decisive win rate of 99% over competing entries from research teams around the world.
Simultaneously, his visualization work has led to collaborations with USC's Gamepipe Labs, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California, San Diego's Keck Centre for functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), an internship at the Singapore MIT GAMBIT Game Lab as well as an ongoing project with the Singapore Science Centre.
Travis took on an active role in bringing together students and educators from various tertiary institutions. He served as president of the NUS Games Development Group during its formative years, and was instrumental in the founding of the International Game Developers Association Singapore Student Chapter. For these endeavours, Travis received the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) student scholarship at the Game Developers Conference 2006 in San Jose, California.
Travis' technical and organisational skills have led his inter-institution student teams to victory in a number of competitions, clinching the Excellence in Technical Achievement Award for two years running at the Singapore Games Creation Competition 30 Hour Codeathon. The Independent Game Developer Challenge 2007 saw him rally a thirty-seven member student volunteer team to win the "Best in Show" and "Excellence in Technical Achievement" awards at the Games Convention Asia.
Currently in his third year at NUS, Travis continues to juggle schoolwork and what he terms 'game-work'. He is active in research projects at the university, and believes that new innovations and advances will continue to drive IT forward. Outside of school, he is a partner at the local game development studio Envisage Reality Pte Ltd, which he has been with for the last four years.
Against a backdrop of changing technologies and societal attitudes towards computers and games, Travis has shown an unshakeable determination to pursue his dreams and help his fellow students with similar aspirations. His passion and leadership has pushed the envelope in demonstrating what Singaporean student developers can achieve together.