The 5th edition of the France Singapore ICT Awards organised by UBIFRANCE and the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (FCCS) took place on 18th June 2014 at The Arts House. It gathered more than 130 IT professionals from all around the world. This event was held in conjunction to the Asia largest Infocomm and Broadcast exhibition, CommunicAsia & BroadcastAsia 2014 (40 000 visitors) with more than 35 French companies showcasing their latest technologies and cutting-edge innovations. This year again, the goal of France Singapore ICT Awards was to promote the innovative digital technologies and solutions. It enabled South East Asian and French players to share their know-how and experiences (success stories) creating a holistic business environment. Singapore is an undisputed leader in the ICT-sector and France is strongly committed to develop a long-term partnership with Singaporeans, and South-East Asia companies.
This year, 17 French and Singaporean companies applied in 5 different Award Categories. All candidates mainly focused on OTT, Multiscreen experience, catch-up TV, mobility, Data mining, security and video solutions.
The 18 applications were submitted to the notations of a prestigious Jury Board which was composed of French and Singaporean government authorities and influential Telco and Broadcast operators sharing the same innovative values for their strategic sectors:
2014 Jury Members:
Vincent WONG, Chief Executive Officer, IDA International
LEE Lie Yen, Director, Industry Strategy & Resource Management, MDA
Franck LEBEUGLE, French Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel member, CSA
Jason LIM, Group Director, Technology Business Group, International Enterprise Singapore
LOO Cheng Chuan, Head, Local Life, Group Digital Life, SingTel
Sudhir MENON, Senior Manager, Future Services-Health & Lifestyle, StarHub
Desai NARASIMHALU, Director, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SMU
Ghislain LE CHATELIER, Regional Director, SMB, South Asia and Greater China, GOOGLE Asia
Guillaume SACHET, Executive VP, Head, Strategic Planning, Mediacorp Pte Ltd
Chris CHONG, Chief Executive Officer, Orchard Turn Developments
HO Se Mun, Executive Director, Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation
Surender DHALETA, Editor, e27
Thomas VIAL, Head of New Technologies, Innovation & Services Department, UBIFRANCE
The ceremony was opened by H.E. Benjamin Dubertret, Ambassador of France in Singapore. He highlighted the fact that “France is strongly committed to develop a long-term partnership with Singaporeans, and South-East Asian companies, to seize all the opportunities of a globalised market with convergent needs in the new technologies.”
Following him, Tony Tay, Consulting Group Director at IDA International, added that “These awards bring special meaning to Singapore. Being a city state, our ambition is to be a Smart Nation. To achieve that, we must address both the hardware and the heart ware. “
Franck Lebeugle, from the French CSA (Broadcast regulation agency), congratulated all the candidates for the quality and the relevance of their applications.
The 17 France Singapore ICT Awards 2014 candidates:
The French Cellar
Thomson Video Networks
The France Singapore ICT Awards 2014 winners:
NETGEM & DGCT – QUIVIDI for the Most Innovative Telecom Solution
HEXAGLOBE for the Most Innovative Broadcast Solution
ATEME for the Greatest Potential in Asia
NANOVEU for the Most Innovative Consumer Solution
THOMSON VIDEO NETWORKS for the Special Award in 2013: Best Singaporean and French Partnership
This event was gently sponsored by Serval, Luther and 1664 (Carlsberg Group).