AUS 2017 Deliverables 

Companies like Uber and Airbnb have captured the world’s attention by challenging traditional assumptions of how industries should work. These companies are based on disruptive technologies that attempt to either define new markets, or to obliterate traditional ones with the use of internet-based services. Participants of AUS 2017 were invited to apply the learning from the overseas and Singapore legs to produce innovative yet disruptive solutions for problems they had observed in their own communities.

+ Group 1: MaidEasy

MaidEasy is a mobile application designed to facilitate the quick dissemination of crucial welfare information to foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in order to safeguard their rights. By leveraging on the accessibility and usability of applications, FDWs can have easy access to contacts that can help safeguard their rights, such as local NGOs and legal entities. There will also be a forum within the application for FDWs to contact each other and building a sense of community. The application also aims to minimize the language barrier between employers and FDWs by providing resources to help FDWs learn Singapore’s local dialect, fostering understanding between employers and employees.

+ Group 2: 'G2

G2 is a mobile application designed to make healthcare more inclusive and personalised by assisting individuals in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. By tapping on to existing technologies of QR codes and user-generated data, the application can analyse and graphically display users’ physical condition and the nutritional value of the food they consume. Furthermore, the application can also generate food recommendations personalised based on dietary requirement and will send timely and accurate reminders to users to consume any necessary medication. With such information, users are encouraged and empowered to make informed choices regarding their diet. Moreover, through a real-time messaging service connecting users to their doctors and translating functions, users can communicate effectively with their doctors. With these telemedicine functions, users can live a healthier lifestyle.

+ Group 3: FOMO

Have you ever encountered the situation where you wanted to go out with your friends but faced many obstacles in coordinating the outing? FOMO was conceptualised to help users coordinate outings, streamlining the coordination process by bringing together many aspects of planning an outing into one application. In the application, users can create a chat group and add his/her friends to that group for a specific outing. Using inbuilt calendars and polls, the date and time of outing can be decided. The application will also send out timely notifications to users to remind them of the event, even sending priority buzzes to non-responsive members. Moreover, the application helps to coordinate the outing by suggesting alternative dining and activity options. To reduce the effort needed to make decisions, an interactive bot in the application can also take charge and decide activities on behalf of the user based on their daily lifestyle.

+ Group 4: AMIGO

AMIGO, or Amicable & Interactive Go-To Assistant, is an interactive healthcare assistant in the form of a droid that has 5 main features: monitoring of vital signs, voice-activated communication, reminder system, image/video recording and entertainment.

  • AMIGO is able to monitor vital signs (blood pressure, temperature and heart rate) for users with chronic diseases.
  • It is also able to do a preliminary diagnosis of a user’s illness, communicating and advising users on whether they should see a doctor and where they should go to seek help. Through daily communication, the droid can also monitor a user’s mental health. During emergencies, users’ can also press a button to contact paramedics or seek help from caregivers if necessary, the droid can also perform life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • The droid is able to remind users of their schedule and needs, such as mealtimes and how much medicine to take. The droid is also able to detect objects, informing forgetful users of the last seen location of their item.
  • With cameras situated in the droid’s eyes, a caregiver can activate the droid’s video call functions to monitor patients. During an emergency, the camera will also be automatically activated. As the camera can be deactivated, privacy of the patient can be maintained.
  • Lastly, as an interactive droid, patients can play games with the droid through augmented and virtual reality. The droid can also provide music, dance with patients and has voice-activated functions that allow patients to connect to their social media through the droid.

In line with its image as an amicable droid, AMIGO is shaped in the form a dog. Moreover, AMIGO, powered by electricity, is able to move around and can speak various languages. With robotics technology and artificial intelligence, AMIGO is able to care for seniors who are lonely or need extra help in their daily activities.

+ Group 5: SpotSport

To better monitor the active lifestyles of Singaporeans, an integrated sports application and wristband health tracker was conceptualised. The application has 7 features:

  • Outdoor Public Common Space Suggestion: a feature that suggests suitable locations for users based on distance and human traffic for sports and social interaction.
  • Real-time reporting of human traffic at each location
  • A section that matches like-minded people using their preferred sports, skill level, personal information and preferred area with chat functions
  • Individual Time plan customized by users to facilitate matching of people
  • Sports news section to collate relevant articles on sports
  • Sports shop for users to purchase sporting goods online
  • Reward system to incentivise sustained usage

To ensure the success of the application, government collaboration can be considered in terms of using ActiveSG’s facilities, exchanging demographics data for data from health trackers. Moreover, social media influencers can also be utilised to attract millennials to use the application. As such, the application serves to encourage a more active lifestyle by combining various health applications that already exist on the market, providing a wholesome and convenient “playing through sports” experience. It also encourages face-to-face human interaction with technology being the bridge between people.

+ Group 6: Bizl

Through market research, it has been found that there is a strong interest in entrepreneurship amongst the millennials in Singapore today. However, the multitude of government grants, co-founder spaces and incubator interfaces exist in silos. There is still a shortage of integrated mediums that combine all these services to meet the needs of budding entrepreneurs. Bizl, is a one-stop mobile application that aims to ease the process of establishing startups, connecting a network of like-minded potential business partners, investors and other support systems, helping to maintain Singapore’s economic vibrancy through entrepreneurship. Some features of Bizl include:

  1. P2P: Partner to Partner: Aspiring entrepreneurs can fill in their interest, skill sets and needs. The application will find other compatible users based on the information and match them, enabling individuals to find other users who share similar business interests, helping them to establish a startups.
  2. E2I: Entrepreneur to Incubator: Using algorithms and existing online data, entrepreneurs will be matched to incubator companies, listing them in order of compatibility with entrepreneurs’ needs.
  3. E2F: Entrepreneur to funding: Algorithms are used to curate existing online data on government schemes, grants and private investors, listing them in order of compatibility with entrepreneurs’ needs
  4. Upcoming events: Bizl showcases upcoming seminars, workshops, training courses and networking events that users can attend.

+ Group 7: Parkit

Parkit is a mobile application designed to assist car owners with parking. It shows the status of parking lots that work together with the application and allows users to book carparks for a small fee such that they have guaranteed parking lots when they arrive at their destination. Through this application, vehicle owners are able to streamline and optimize the usage of their cars, helping them to make better informed decisions based on reliable, real-time information, thus eliminating unnecessary inconveniences of finding parking lots.

+ Group 8: Wanderer

Wanderer is a mobile application that connects travellers of diverse backgrounds who may be travelling in similar areas. It aims to facilitate encounters and opportunities for face-to-face interaction. Through technology, travellers, especially those travelling solo, can meet new people thus bringing interactions online to the real life.

+ Group 9: PoP!

PoP! aims to address the social stigma of freelancing by providing a platform to freelancing work financially and socially lucrative. The platform allows users to offer skilled services and share their passions by helping them to:

  • Understand their market and price their services appropriately, by providing cross-market comparison with peers offering similar services
  • Find clients that they are comfortable working with, by means of detailed credit reviews, chat functions and artificial intelligence
  • Find time to fit freelance work into their busy schedules, with API integration
  • Offer lessons to teach their skills to interested peers, and
  • Build a community of like-minded freelancers, where passions may be exchanged and shared.

Clients can easily use PoP! to find freelancers that offer their preferred service (eg. Photography) and negotiate a fair remuneration. By making the process of freelancing more convenient, PoP! Makes freelancing more accessible to a wider community – many of whom may genuinely want to share their passions, but are daunted by the many seemingly surmountable challenges of freelancing.

+ Group 10: KNEW

KNEW builds upon the growing sharing economy by connecting users who want to impart skills or learn a new skill online. By exploiting e-learning through the Internet, mobile applications and virtual reality, users, especially those who are less fortunate, can take lessons to acquire new skills. It also promotes and secures employment for those who are masters in their industry but may not have official certifications. The application also has intangible outcomes – it promotes interaction across cultures, encouraging the creation of a more caring community where members are willing to volunteer their time and skills to benefit others. Small and traditional businesses can also leverage on the platform to increase awareness on their niche areas. To ensure safety and quality, user authentication will also be utilized.

+ Group 11: GET YOUR 2ND LIFE

GET YOUR 2ND LIFE is a retirement village concept that is built for the elderly, by the elderly. It seeks to create a 2nd lease of life for the elderly to shine, disrupting conventional nursing homes by creating a greater sense of community and family spirit. By incorporating health, cultural, sporting, food and leisure centers, it encourages the elderly to live an active lifestyle filled with social interaction to prevent depression and dementia. The retirement village is also intended to help relieve the caregiver burden and reduce government spending on elderly care.

+ Group 12: Act!vebuddy

Act!vebuddy is a smartphone application that aims to promote healthy living by notifying users of nearby sports games that may be lacking players. The application has the following features:

  • An event page where users can organize or join a sport game
  • Sports selection
  • Venue booking: Through a collaboration with the government, credits in the ActiveSG account could be used to book available venues.
  • Location settings
  • Users’ ratings and verification

+ Group 13: UGuide

UGuide is a Peer to Peer platform for:

  • Travellers to meet other travellers
  • Booking of local guides
  • Attend a community-initiated event with locals and other travellers

UGuide offers a different and more authentic experience of exploring a new city, in the company of new and old friends. It also offers cross-cultural exchange through meetups between locals and travellers. It also helps to make travelling easier for newbies by facilitating the sharing of information between travellers, aiming to give new travellers the best local experience.

+ Group 14: FoodBao

FoodBao is a mobile application that aims to provide home-cooked food to working adults or students who live alone. It links customers to cooks within neighbourhoods, providing them with healthy and affordable meals quickly and efficiency through delivery or self-collection options. Customers can choose to order a meal in advance by selecting a ‘Meal Ready By’ Time or order a meal being cooked in the area in real-time by using the ‘Eat Now’ function.

In the future, FoodBao can collaborate with:

  • Smart mobility services to offer quick food delivery
  • Entertainment providers to offer services like rent-a-movie to customers after purchasing meals
  • Culinary institutions and celebrity chefs to provide cooking masterclasses to cooks on the application to upgrade their culinary skills.