On 27 September 2016, we attended Innovation Labs World in Singapore as an exhibitor, displaying Tobii eye tracking equipment and our research consultancy services, engaging with the public sector. Indeed, there was copious amount of interest in eye tracking from the various government agencies – thanks to GovTech’s Government Digital Services Hive UX Lab where they use a Tobii Pro X2-30 screen-based eye tracker for their UX research!
But this event was more than just about showcasing the equipment. It gave us a glimpse into the future that beheld Singapore’s design, technology and IT sector for public service innovation.
Political momentum has triggered the creation of new innovation labs, smart city units and digital services. Various representatives from Singapore’s Smart Nation strategy to India’s drive for 100 Smart Cities, and from Australia’s Digital Transformation Office to Makassar’s “War Room” were present at Innovation Labs World. GovTech, the newly formed agency aiming to build deep tech capabilities in the Singapore Government and to drive its digitalisation efforts was also present at this event.
Using tech and the harnessing of data to engage citizens, build better environments and the development of health and innovation policies were some case studies put forth by experts around the world.
We’re really excited that we were part of this and for the future going forth.