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27 Oct 2017

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Congratulations to Ryzal Kamis, a student from SIM – University of London Banking & Finance degree programme, who was awarded the second prize at the National Data Viz Video Challenge on 30 September 2017!

The challenge, organised by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and supported by six industry partners Amazon Web Services, Carousell, Cloudera, Microsoft, Google and Straits Times Digital, invited students from local institutes of higher learning to participate. In line with Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, the challenge encourages the use of open data to improve daily decision-making or quality of life for loved ones. Ryzal impressed the judges with an application which helps parents, including those with special needs children, to find suitable schools.

Let’s hear what Ryzal has to say about his win.

Ryzal Kamis (right) with Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education,
and Minister-in-charge of GovTech, Dr Janil Puthucheary, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the National Data Viz Video Challenge.

Inspiration behind the project

The inspiration behind this project came about after the Government announced that from 2019 onwards, children with special needs will be included in the Compulsory Education Act.
I realised that there is plenty to be done when it comes to awareness and support of the special needs community. A survey done by the Lien Foundation showed that one in two parents of special needs children struggle to find information pertaining to school enrolment and support services.

My project ‘Singapore School Locator’ aims to better disseminate information on the location of a diverse range of special education schools that meet different needs.

Gaining a head start at SIM and representing SIM GE

The Data Analysis Club at SIM Global Education provided me with a head-start. It was awesome to be able to represent and win for SIM GE. I hope that more students will be fearless in taking up challenges especially for the greater good.

Future ahead

The application has gotten attention of some relevant parties and discussions are ongoing on its development.

I plan to get involved in the data analytics scene locally and hope to be a data analyst in future. I am in my final year of studies and looking for opportunities, especially in data-centric roles.

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