Singapore, AWS unveil joint innovation centre to boost startups

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to launch a Joint Innovation Centre (JIC) which is a first in Southeast Asia.

This physical space housed within IMDA’s Innovation Hub, PIXEL – one of the leading launch pads for corporate and start-ups in the region — is equipped with specialised labs including AR/VR, 5G, and usability testing facilities, and will connect corporates and start-ups across Southeast Asia.

The JIC will provide exclusive access to the latest tech showcases and demonstrations, innovation methodology for successful adoption and deployment, PIXEL’s workshops for design thinking, over 200 fully featured AWS technology for experimentation, and project-based consultation by IMDA and AWS’s experts.

With the aim of increased adoption of tech solutions, the JIC is also a connection to IMDA’s and AWS’ network of corporates and start-ups across Southeast Asia. 

They will also benefit from the AWS Partner Network, which will provide corporates and start-ups access to customers in various industries including government, education, and healthcare, in Singapore and internationally. 

The partners can accelerate their development with AWS, tap into AWS Partner Programs, list their software on AWS Marketplace, and enjoy dedicated support for co-selling opportunities.

Refreshed every four to six months, the JIC will feature tech solutions that are built on AWS and from start-ups that are part of IMDA’s initiatives such as the Accreditation and Spark programs. 

Launch were AWS’s Generative AI model image creation and IMDA’s Programs start-ups — Virspatial’s digital twin solution for efficient energy management, H3 Zoom AI’s machine learning solution to automate interior inspection for built environment, and Pindrop’s AI-based solution for anti-fraud and accurate customer authentication via voice recognition.

Powered by AWS and tech advisory under IMDA’s Tech Acceleration Lab, companies can also develop Proof-of-Concept projects in a sandbox environment involving both private and public sectors.