Mr Quek Yang Sheng
IT Youth of the Year, 2015
A late bloomer, Yang Sheng's academic journey was far from smooth. After obtaining mediocre results at secondary school and ITE, he joined the workforce after National Service and started working full-time as a Technical Support Analyst at StarHub. However, Yang Sheng realised that his opportunities would be limited based on his academic qualifications, and chose to pursue further studies at the polytechnic at the age of 22. Through sheer hard work and determination, Yang Sheng emerged a Gold Medallist for graduating at the top among his cohort with a Diploma in Mobile and Network Services from Temasek Polytechnic.
During Yang Sheng's internship, he worked in partnership with Rockmoon Pte Ltd., an education-technology company to create an innovative and educational mobile messaging app for classroom environment. The project was a collaborative initiative by Ministry of Education's (MOE) FutureSchool and Rockmoon. As a result, researchers and educators were able to study and understand the feasibility of using a mobile messaging app to facilitate classroom collaboration and learning purposes. The project was chosen and highlighted at the annual IT Project Show 2014 in Temasek Polytechnic.
Beyond academics, Yang Sheng's community-mindedness saw him leading his peers in community work through the use of IT. In collaboration with the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC), he started a workshop titled Build Your Own Android App. Together with his team; he designed teaching materials and made use of open source software to teach young CDAC beneficiaries the basic skills of building mobile apps without any coding. The objective of the workshop was to help youth discover their talent in IT. Yang Sheng and his team were awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by Metropolitan YMCA Singapore (MYMCA) during YMCA Youth Empowerment Symposium 2013 for their community efforts.
Yang Sheng is currently working on a mobile application called Coordinated Assistance Network with the North East Community Development Council (NECDC). The objective of the Coordinated Assistance Network mobile application is to serve as an aggregator for all local social assistance schemes from various ministries and statutory boards. This application, used on volunteers' mobile devices during home visits, enables them to advise residents in identifying the right schemes that they can apply for handily. Yang Sheng is working closely with the NECDC, with his team, on this project in his own time, as he feels strongly about contributing back to society by using his IT skills.
Yang Sheng is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Computing in Computer Science at the National University of Singapore.