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EmTech Singapore Announces 10 Regional Finalists for the  MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 Awards (TR35)

5 December 2013 – SINGAPORE – EmTech Singapore has announced the 10 regional finalists from Southeast Asia and
Australia/New Zealand for the 13th annual MIT Technology Review
magazine’s 35 Innovators under 35 (TR35) list. The
10 regional finalists are eligible for the global list, for which 35 Innovators
under 35 years of age as of 1 October will be celebrated at the EmTech 2014 event held in Boston, Massachusetts.
The global winners will be showcased in the September/October 2014 issue of the
magazine, and online at

The 2014 TR35 list will reflect the variety of
approaches that people can take to solving big problems. The Inventors are those creating new
technologies. The Entrepreneurs are
turning technologies into viable businesses. The Visionaries anticipate how technologies can make life better, while
Humanitarians are concentrating on
expanding opportunities. The Pioneers
are those who are exploring new frontiers, setting the stage for future

The TR35 regional finalists are to
present a three-minute elevator pitch about their technological innovation to
the audience at EmTech Singapore. Selected by an esteemed panel of judges, the finalists are:

Juliana Chan, Singapore, Nanyang Assistant
Professor (NAP) at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE) at
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Lee Kong Chian School of
Medicine(LKCMedicine), for her work in engineering targeted hybrid
polymeric-lipid nanoparticles that cling to artery walls and slowly release

Dr. Michael Hochberg, Singapore, Professor of Electrical &
Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Chemical &
Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware; visiting Professor of
Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore
with a joint appointment at the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), A*STAR. He
is also the director of OpSIS. Michael is nominated for his work in Silicon

Goh Ai Ching, Malaysia, co-founder of Piktochart,
a web application that assists laymen to create beautiful infographics

Dr. Iqbal Mudasser, Singapore, co-founder of Visenti
Pte Ltd, a company that enables water efficiencies in water utilities

Matthew Hill, Australia, Senior Research
Scientist at CSIRO for his work to develop a highly-porous Metal Organic
Framework (MOF) that, almost uniquely, is stable and able to filter substances
in water

Nripan Mathews, Singapore, a senior scientist with
ERI@N, an energy research institute at Nanyang Technological University, for
work in the discovery of perosvskite, a solar material

Suranga Chandima Nanayakkara, Singapore, Director and Principal
Investigator at the Augmented Senses Research Group at Singapore University of
Technology and Design (SUTD) for his work designing innovative devices for
audio-visually impaired people

Desmond Loke, Singapore, Postdoctoral Fellow,
Engineering Product Development at Singapore University of Technology and
Design and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Materials Science and
Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his work developing a
new method using priming to speed up phase-change memory in technology

Yang Zhi, Singapore, Assistant Professor at
the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the National
University of Singapore, for his work in neural recording

Yuttanant Boonyongmaneerat, Thailand, Head of the Surface
Coating Technology for Metals and Materials Research Center at MMRI,
Chulalongkorn University for his zinc based coating technology to reduce
corrosion problems

The next MIT TR35 Singapore awards
submission season will open for nominations between 1 April 2014 and 5
September 2014. Submissions can be made at


Since 1999, MIT Technology Review has
identified the top young innovators under the age of 35 who receive the TR35 Award at EmTech. TR35 nominees are recognized annually for their contribution in
transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biotechnology,
energy, medicine, computing, transportation and the web. Past global TR35
winners include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry
Page, Tumblr’s David Karp and Spotify’s Daniel Ek among others.

The TR35 project takes months of
effort. It begins with nominations from the public and MIT Technology Review
editors. People who have been selected by MIT Technology Review’s publishing
partners as local Innovators Under 35
in several regions worldwide are also considered. The editors go through the
hundreds of candidates and select fewer than 100 finalists, all of whom will be
younger than 35 on October 1. A panel of judges rates the finalists on the
originality and impact of their work. Finally, the editors take the judges’
scores into account to select the group.


The Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) Technology Review Magazine each year hosts EmTech a showcase
for emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives. The
event is also an access point to the most innovative people and companies in
the world. Designed to inspire, EmTech is an opportunity to glimpse the future
and begin to understand the technologies that matter and how they’ll change the
face of business and drive the new global economy. Held for the first time in
Singapore, EmTech Singapore will take place 20-21 January 2014 at The Sands
Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.


Koelnmesse the organizer of EmTech Singapore, is one of the world’s largest trade fair companies. Its more than 70
trade fairs and exhibitions have the broadest international scope in the
industry, as 60 percent of the exhibitors and 40 percent of the visitors come
from outside Germany. The Koelnmesse events include the leading global trade
fairs for 25 sectors, such as imm
photokinaGamescom, and the International Hardware Fair Cologne.


L’Oréal Singapore Awards Two Women Scientists with Fellowships

28 November 2013 –
SINGAPORE – L’Oréal Singapore has awarded fellowships to two Singaporean women scientists
under the prestigious 2013 L’Oréal
Singapore For Women In Science National Fellowship
program, at an event held in honor
of the finalists and awardees. The annual awards are organized with the support
of the Singapore National Commission for UNESCO and the Agency for Science,
Technology and Research (A*STAR). The awards aim to recognize the contributions
of talented women to science; to encourage women to pursue careers in science; as
well as to promote women’s participation in Singapore’s research and development

The 2013 fellows are:

  • Assistant Professor Sierin
     of the  School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering,
    Nanyang Technological University, who was awarded the Life Science Fellowship
  • Dr Chin Jia Min, Scientist II and Head of the
    Laboratory of Advanced Porous Materials at the Institute of Materials Research
    and Engineering, A*STAR, who was awarded the Material Science fellowship


The L’Oréal fellowships
give visibility to women building careers in science, which is significant
because women are readily gaining an education in science, yet a considerable
portion of graduates do not pursue a career in the discipline that they study.

Christopher Neo, Managing
Director of L’Oréal Singapore reiterated this, stating “The truth is that women
are heavily under-represented in the field of science. Under 30% of the
physicists, engineers and computer scientists in the world’s knowledge based
economies are women. Only about 12% of science-decision-making positions in
universities and the private sector are held by women. These are the statistics
that the L’Oréal Foundation hopes to help balance out through the For Women in
Science programme.”

Christophe Hadjur, Director
for Open Research in Asia and the Singapore Research & Innovation Centre
for L’Oréal explained what the awards mean for L’Oréal. “Science has always
been part of L’Oréal’s DNA. The company was founded by a Scientist, a Chemist,
and till today, Research, and Innovation – not just development – are our
guiding principles: we believe that only strong research can create products
that are capable of generating real results.”

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For
Women in Science Awards were established by the L’Oréal Foundation in 1998 as
the first international awards dedicated to women scientists around the world.
15 years later, the programme is a benchmark of international scientific
excellence; an invaluable source of motivation, support, and inspiration for
women in the scientific field. L’Oréal Singapore embraced the programme in 2009
and has since recognized 12 Singaporeans as National Fellows.


Assistant Professor Sierin
Lim received the Life Sciences Fellowship in recognition of her work in the
design, engineering and development of hybrid nano/micro-scale devices from
biological parts by utilizing protein engineering as a tool. Lim’s focus is to
gain understanding of the self-assembly mechanism of the protein nanocages. She
is exploring ways to apply protein nanocages as nano-scale carriers for
therapeutic and diagnostic molecules, or as junctions to be used in

In acknowledging the
fellowship, Lim said, “Using my career as an example, I hope to inspire curiosity
and foster grit in young women to be future scientists; I’d like to engage more
women to advance science and engineering.”

Dr Chin Jia Min also
shares her love for science. “Science is wondrous – a fertile playground
for the imagination. My greatest wish is to inspire my students to love their
Science, and together, create something beautiful for everyone.”

Dr Chin received the
Material Sciences Fellowship in recognition of her effort to create sustainable
materials and processes that can contribute to improved environmental
sustainability. She focuses her research on the creation of porous materials
for applications in areas such as gas purification and storage, catalysis,
controlled release, green building technology and environmental remediation. Dr
Chin’s aim is to utilize bottom-up assembly to create materials that have
traditionally been accessible only via top-down fabrication.


Both fellows this year
received grants of SG$30,000. This year marks the 5th year that L’Oréal
Singapore has awarded the fellowships; and since 2009, 12 women scientists have
received SG$300,000 in grants.  The funds
can be applied in whatever way the awardees choose. One recipient used it to fund
a website; another for childcare, so that she could continue her research.

Dr Carolyn Lam, L’Oréal’s
2012 Life Sciences Fellow, used the funds and recognition that came from the
award to start a tailor-made cardio-vascular research project for women at the
National University Heart Centre Singapore. Dr Lam’s team was able to use the money
to fund patient fees and investigations that were needed to found this research
project. From there, they successfully applied for, and won a grant from the
Singapore Heart Foundation to further their research. She said, “Being
recognized as a L’Oréal For Women In Science Fellow has ignited even more
awards for our research, and I’m really very grateful”.

Dr Jaslyn Law, L’Oréal 2012
Material Sciences Fellow says “This [award] has actually given me a golden key
to unlock a brand new door of opportunity – with a network. This door that I am
referring to is the door that has given me the publicity for my work that I’ve
been doing. It acts as a common platform for me to engage in more scientific
discussions to increase my knowledge and experiences [by] talking to different
networks of people, as well as increasing my portfolio of networks and
connections both locally, as well as overseas.”

Dr Lam says “I think women
are gifted with sometimes looking at more creative ways of looking at things.
We can certainly lead groups and lead our research team too. We may not do it
the way the men do it, but I think we can be extremely effective in our own

Dr Law said “In the event
of trying, you’ll be able to experience more and to learn more. And all these
experiences build up and one day you’ll be able to realize your dream. So, to
all these aspiring young women scientists out there – just do it. Make it

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the world’s leading beauty company, has catered to all forms of beauty
worldwide for over 100 years and has built an unrivalled portfolio of 28
international, diverse and complementary brands. With sales of 22.5 billion
euros in 2012, L’Oréal employs 72,600 people worldwide. In 2013, the Ethisphere
Institute, a leading international think-tank for business ethics, corporate
social responsibility and sustainability, recognized L’Oréal as one of the
World’s Most Ethical Companies. This is the fourth time that L’Oréal has
received this distinction.

National Commission for UNESCO

Singapore National Commission for UNESCO is responsible for planning and
coordinating Singapore’s programmes and activities in UNESCO. Chaired by Mr Lawrence
Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of
State, Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore, the Singapore
National Commission is supported by three Sub-Commissions focusing on
Education, Science and Culture & Information. More information can be found

for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public
sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive
economic growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and
innovation driven economy. In line with its mission-oriented mandate, A*STAR
spearheads research and development in fields that are essential to growing
Singapore’s manufacturing sector and catalysing new growth industries. A*STAR
supports these economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and
industrial capital to its partners in industry. A*STAR oversees 20 biomedical
sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities, located in
Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their vicinity. These two R&D hubs
house a bustling and diverse community of local and international research
scientists and engineers from A*STAR’s research entities as well as a growing
number of corporate laboratories.

The CWC Group Announces Shortlisted Nominees for the 3rd Annual World Shale Awards 2013

18 October 2013 – Singapore – The CWC Group has announced the shortlisted nominees for the 3rd Annual World
Shale Awards
. The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner hosted at the 4th Annual World Shale Oil
& Gas Summit & Exhibition
, which takes place in Houston, Texas from 4
to 7 November 2013. 

The shortlisted nominees
for each award category are as follows.

The International Pioneer Award,
which recognizes a company that is making the most significant progress in
shale gas/oil development outside of the United States. The 2013 shortlisted
nominees for this award are San Leon Energy, ConocoPhillips and Chevron.

The Technological Innovator Award, distinguishes the technological breakthrough of the year in
shale gas/oil exploration and production. The companies shortlisted for this
award include Wärtsilä, Halliburton and INFRA Technology.

Community Engagement
Leader Award
is awarded to a company engaged
in the shale gas/oil production value chain that best represents leadership in
a community context. This year’s nominees include ANGA (America’s Natural Gas
Alliance), Cemig and Consol Energy.

The 3rd Annual World Shale Awards also include a Lifetime
Achievement Award
, which honours a recipient in
recognition of his or her exceptional impact on the shale oil or gas industry.

Winners will be announced on the night of the awards ceremony and gala

The World Shale Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will take place on
Tuesday, November 5th and are an integral part of the World Shale Oil & Gas
Summit and Exhibition taking place between November 4th and 7th at the Hilton
Americas Hotel in Houston.

Attendance to the awards ceremony and gala dinner is strictly restricted
to the delegates of the World Shale Oil & Gas Summit and Exhibition 2013.

For more information about About the 4th Annual World Shale Oil &
Gas Summit & Exhibition, the Awards and Gala Dinner, please visit

About the 4th Annual World Shale Oil & Gas Summit & Exhibition

The the 4th Annual World Shale Oil & Gas Summit & Exhibition is organized by The CWC Group, twice winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. CWC has a 15-year track-record in delivering energy events and training globally, focused on Oil & Gas Exploration & Production, LNG, GTL, Shale Gas, Local Content, O&G Logistics & Technology, Infrastructure and Water Management.

The company has organized over 600 events in the past 15 years, to which they attribute their unparalleled wealth and depth of experience. CWC is the acknowledged market leader for events and training in the oil and gas industry. With representative offices and agents in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East and the Americas, CWC is supported by a team of 140 employees based at their headquarters in London, England.

Web In Travel Seeks Outstanding Digital All-Stars for Recognition

SINGAPORE – 4 September 2013 – Web In Travel (, a successful conference and community that discusses distribution, marketing and technology in the travel, hospitality and tourism industries, is seeking nominations to recognize companies or individuals that have made a difference in the digital travel space, either through a specific marketing campaign or an overall strategy. The WITOVATION awards are presented each year at the Web In Travel conference, which will be held October 21-23, 2013 at Suntec, in Singapore.

The judges for each of the award categories represent leaders in their fields and represent companies such as Facebook, Adobe and TripAdvisor.

The Award categories are:

Uber Social

  • The UberSocial Award will be awarded to the company or individual that exhibits the most awesome use of social media to tell a story; engage with customers to improve service; increase loyalty and improve revenues.

Absolute Mobile

  • The Absolute Mobile Award will be awarded for the company or individual that exhibits the brilliant use of mobile technology to engage customers; either pre-trip, in-destination or post-trip; in a manner that informs, inspires and transacts.

True Specialist

  • The True Specialist Award will be awarded to the company or individual that has crafted a specialist, deep-rooted niche through story-telling, consumer engagement and by delivering an outstanding experience

Pure Customer

  • The Pure Customer Award will be awarded to the company or individual that has demonstrated that it most understands the changing needs of the new customer and puts customer experience and customer service at the core of what it does.

Marketer of the Year – An Editor’s Choice

  • Will be awarded in recognition of an individual marketer or company who embodies the ethos of WIT: Creative, witty, respected, credibility, cutting edge.

Judging Criteria

1.  Medium/Media – a clear demonstration of great use of the medium (or media) in the chosen category – for example, in mobile, it is the use of a mobile device.

2.  The Message – what was the message and how well was it delivered?

3.  Creativity – in concept, execution and delivery

4.  Connection – rather than being cool for cool’s sake, how well did the campaign connect with its intended audience? What tangible results/metrics did it achieve?

5.  The X Factor – a specificity that is unique to each category


Written nominations should be sent using the template above to or you may submit your nomination in the form of a 3-minute video, telling the judges why you should win.


Winners will be selected by our panel of judges and be given a presentation slot to share their story at the WIT Conference. The judges’ decision is final.

For more information about WITOVATION, please visit

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Web In Travel (WIT) is a successful conference and community that discusses distribution, marketing and technology in the travel, hospitality and tourism industries. WIT has a reputation of facilitating start-ups and innovation. The theme of the conference this year is “The Asia Factor” which will examine the trends that are changing travel and Asia, the new models that are emerging and evolving, the new players that are changing the game and space and the markets and customers that are emerging in what is the Golden Age of Asia Travel.     


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Web In Travel (WIT) is a successful conference and community that discusses distribution, marketing and technology in the travel, hospitality and tourism industries. WIT has a reputation of facilitating start-ups and innovation. The theme of the conference this year is “The Asia Factor” which will examine the trends that are changing travel and Asia, the new models that are emerging and evolving, the new players that are changing the game and space and the markets and customers that are emerging in what is the Golden Age of Asia Travel.