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GeoWorks Presents Asia’s First Geospatial-Focused Week In Singapore

Asian geospatial professionals and enthusiasts will gather in Singapore for a week of exciting geospatial-related events and activities, when Singapore Geospatial Week launches from 2 – 6 September 2019.

Presented by GeoWorks, Singapore’s only geospatial-focused industry centre, managed and operated by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), Singapore Geospatial Week will feature five intense days of events that celebrate and promote the importance and growth of geospatial technology, applications and data in Singapore. 

Geospatial adoption will increasingly be an important and critical component in Singapore’s development and redevelopment of its infrastructure and industry. Ten leading companies will be organising geospatial-centric events during the week, with over 1,000 geospatial professionals and geospatial enthusiasts from Singapore and the region expected to participate in what will be seen as Asia’s first geospatial-focused week.

Singapore Geospatial Week will be anchored by a number of major events. For the geospatial professional, the week will feature the ESRI Singapore User Conference, held at Max Atria at the Singapore Expo on 3 September 2019, and the Location World geospatial trade show and conference at Amara Hotel from 5 – 6 September 2019. In addition, companies such as GRAB and communities such as MaptimeSG will be organising geospatial mapathons and workshops that are open to the general public. 

GeoWorks will also be organising the first Regional Geospatial Youth Forum on 6 September 2019 at Amara Hotel, where young professionals and students from Singapore and various ASEAN countries will be able to showcase their projects and network among themselves. The event is designed to highlight the creativity and innovation of the next generation of young geospatial leaders in the region.

SLA GeoSpatial & Data Director and Chief Data Officer Ng Siau Yong said, “Geospatialtechnologies have advanced rapidly over the last few decades, as the demands for smart city solutions are growing due to the need to improve operational efficiency and manpower productivity. The aim ofSingapore Geospatial Week is to generate a wider awareness of the importance of geospatial technology in Singapore and the region, as well as to increase the vibrancy of the local geospatial communities here, especially among the youth and young professionals.”

GeoWorks Celebrations First Anniversary

To coincide with the launch of Singapore Geospatial Week, GeoWorks will be celebrating its first anniversary on 2 September 2019. GeoWorks was officially launched in July 2018. GeoWorks aims to connect businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators to drive geospatial solutions for the promotion of business growth and opportunities in Singapore and around the region.

GeoWorks currently houses 26 geospatial scale-ups (GeoTechs) and have the support of 20 geospatial partners (GeoPartners). Out of the 26 geospatial scale-ups, about 54% of them are local Singapore companies, with the rest coming from all over the world, in many cases, entering the Singapore and Southeast Asia markets for the first time.

Since its launch, GeoWorks has hosted and/or organised over 280 events and activities, ranging from regional business and technical workshops to local learning journeys for schools and organisations.

GeoWorks was set up by SLA as an initiative under the Singapore Geospatial Master Plan, which sets out the vision towards a ‘Geospatial-Powered Singapore’. The aim of the Geospatial Master Plan is to leverage on emerging technologies and to build geospatial competencies to address complex challenges and create opportunities. This is in line with the Digital Government Blueprint’s strategy to raise Whole-of-Government’s digital capabilities to pursue innovation, in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation Drive.

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