Mr Teh Kaiwen
IT Youth, 2013
The eldest child of a taxi driver and housewife, he enrolled in Temasek Polytechnic in 2005 after completing his O Levels. However, he failed his studies in his first year and left the polytechnic in 2006.
After completing National Service, Kaiwen was given a second chance at the Temasek Polytechnic where he pursued the Diploma in Cyber and Digital Security. His efforts paid off when he graduated three years later in 2012 and won the prestigious achievement awards in Temasek Polytechnic - Gold Medal for being the Most Outstanding Graduate of the Diploma in Cyber and Digital Security and the Lee Kuan Yew Award for excellence in Mathematics and Science.
A natural leader with far-sighted goals, Kaiwen co-founded the TP-ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) Student Group and was nominated as President in 2011. This is the first officially recognised ISACA student group in the world outside of the US. While at TP, Kaiwen was also instrumental in organising the industry-recognised annual seminar known as the All 'Bout Security Seminar. He led the student committee and collaborated with organisations such as SITSA, Clearbridge and ThinkSecure. The event drew overwhelming response from the industry which is a strong testament to Kaiwen's skills as a doer and a leader.
In his senior year at the Polytechnic, Kaiwen was selected for a prestigious internship at Interpol in France. He was attached to the Information Security Outreach Department and was involved in laying the foundations and planning for a Digital Forensics Repository that would be used by member countries of Interpol to aid in their investigation procedures. Kaiwen impressed his supervisors at Interpol with his professionalism, technical proficiency, intellectual competence, ability to pick up new skill sets and his enthusiasm.
Kaiwen's technical prowess and analytical skills also made headlines in Singapore and overseas when he created the 'Facebook Security & Forensic Tool Kit'. He worked independently on this application for a law enforcement agency, marrying his technical and forensics expertise with his knowledge of digital media to create a cloud forensic application that would help law enforcement officers to track the activities of criminals. His efforts reaped success when he was awarded the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventor's Award (Silver) in 2012 and the SiTF Merit Award (Bronze) in 2012. He was subsequently sponsored to present his application in Taiwan during the International ICT Innovative Services Contest, where the project was awarded the Gold Medal for Most Distinguishing Features as well as the Best Presentation Award.
Indeed Kaiwen's passion for computing has led him to become a defender of the cyber world. Now a first year undergraduate at the Singapore Management University, Kaiwen is pursuing a degree in Information Systems Management.