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Seeing the Future of Business in Singapore through the lenses of our youth

170 submissions received for Deloitte Singapore’s 50th anniversary digital art competition

SINGAPORE, 8 December 2017 — From homes on water to compressed “box-sized houses”, flying drones delivering shopping parcels to your doorstep, and submarines becoming the next most common mode of transportation in Singapore, there is no shortage of creativity coming from the participants of the Deloitte Singapore’s 50th anniversary digital art competition.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Deloitte Singapore conducted an open call in June 2017, inviting students from tertiary institutions, including Polytechnics, Institute of Technical Education (ITEs), and Design and Arts schools to unleash their creativity, and come forward to participate in the competition.

Themed “The Future of Business”, the competition aimed to challenge today’s young designers to illustrate their visionary glimpse of the future of business and innovation in Singapore in the next 50-100 years and beyond, and bring these concepts to life via digital animation.

The competition has garnered a positive response, receiving a total of 170 entries, with 13 being shortlisted as winning submissions.

First prize winner of the individual category, Sim Meng Siang, Bryan, a year three student from Ngee Ann Polytechnic – School of Design & Environment, Sustainable Urban Design and Engineering said, “I am surprised and humbled to be selected as one of the winners. I am thankful to have this opportunity from Deloitte, which enabled me to use my imagination and express my vision for Singapore in the future.”

“50 years and beyond, I believe Singapore will continue to remain as a key innovation hub so I have used the concept of flying drones in the skies. The skies represent limitless opportunities and possibilities, and I believe that drones will become an integral part of our everyday lives, in terms of communication and logistics development.”

All 13 winners were invited to Deloitte Singapore’s office on 5 December 2017 where they were presented with certificates and prizes at an official prize giving ceremony.

“At Deloitte, we value diversity and believe that art can play a prominent role in business. The creativity and uniqueness of how an artist perceives the world of business can provide us with an alternative view to how we traditionally look at things. ” said James Walton, Partner (Clients & Markets) from Deloitte Singapore.

“We chose this theme because we wanted to better understand a student’s perspective of the changing world and the impact on the future of business. Innovative ideas often start with creative dreams, just like how some of the most brilliant inventions such as aeroplanes and computers came from the most unlikely ideas. Through the art competition, the students have demonstrated how their young creative minds can provide insights to the possible future. We have received so many interesting art pieces, and would like to congratulate the winners for doing such a wonderful job.” added James.

ITE College Central walked away with the majority of winning entries for the competition.

"The Deloitte Singapore 50th Anniversary Art Competition has challenged our students and helped sharpen the skills they learned at ITE. Through this opportunity, they have gained a better understanding of the industry and what its future could be like. It was not an easy task for them, as they persevered through the process of research, sketching and finally, execution of their designs. We are very happy that they have grown through this experience, and we are certainly proud of their achievement." said Mr Callistus Chong, Senior Director, School of Design & Media, ITE College Central.

Engaging with Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd (VSA)

As part of Deloitte SG Cares, the CSR arm of Deloitte Singapore, a youth beneficiary, 25-year-old Muhammad Noh Bin Arjuna from the Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd (VSA) was also commissioned to design a special art piece for the competition.

Muhammad Noh envisioned the future of Singapore to become more environmentally friendly and green, and hence incorporated eco-friendly buildings, automobiles and floating gardens in his artwork.

Maureen Goh, Executive Director of VSA Singapore said, “It was a great experience working with Deloitte on a project that featured artworks by artists with disabilities. Such collaboration provides a good platform for young talented artists (with special needs) like Muhammad Noh to showcase their talents and at the same time gain financial independence through art making."

Selected winning design entries will be printed and displayed on the walls of Deloitte Singapore’s office.

Press contact:

Clara Chee
Deloitte Singapore
+65 6800 3750

Jacy Yee
Deloitte Singapore
+65 6800 2528

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