Michael Yap, deputy CEO of the goverment’s Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), and executive director of the Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO), has left the organization to pursue his personal interests.
The IDMPO is an inter-agency outfit that runs iJAM, a microfunding and mentorship scheme for startups.
Mr Yap will be replaced by Yeo Chun Cheng, the current assistant chief executive of industry at MDA. Before joining the organization, Mr Yeo had a 20-year IT industry stint. He had worked in Silicon Valley, heading several engineering departments at different startups.
At the same time, Lim Chin Siang has been appointed director of IDMPO and will assist Mr Yeo in the running of the Office and its programs. He will have approving authority for current projects under i.JAM incubators.
A study revealing insights on Singapore’s online ad spend from January to December 2011 has been released earlier this week, and while it reveals that the online ad market has grown significantly year-on-year, online ad spend as a percentage of total spend is only at 8%, much lower than other mature markets.
The Singapore Online Advertising Revenue Report was jointly commissioned by the Media Development Authority (MDA) and the IAB SE Asia, Singapore Chapter. It was compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Read more
This upcoming Friday, Media Development Authority Singapore will organize a presentation about Co-Space Test-bed for Startups. Future Media and FutureWorld Co-Space Test-bed will share with the audience on what these centers can offer to bring products or services to market by leveraging on their facilities, services, user communities, technology, and business partners.
When: Friday, 9th March 2012
Where: Plug-In@Blk71, 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent (Map)
RSVP to Bee Ling, Chua_Bee_Ling@mda.gov.sg, or Lay Ping, Tan_Lay_Ping@mda.gov.sg.
Dark Dot, a Singapore-developed top-down shooter that offers a refreshing take on the genre, has achieved success.
Downloaded over 448,000 times, the app became the top action game in 48 countries, including China, US, and Singapore, and also the top free app in Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia, reported TODAY.
All this in just three months after its launch in October.
The game is a product of the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, a program supported by the National Research Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA). Read more
3rd Planet, an ambitious Singapore startup founded by avid traveler Terence Mak, has a simple vision: To give travelers the experience of being immersed in another country through their Internet browser. In their own words, they’re building “the first interactive 3D online travel portal” in the world.
The free-to-use service will be made available globally on 10th December with the launch of their “Journey to Everest” experience. The startup is supported by the Media Development Authority of Singapore.
I was a bit skeptical initially. After installing the required plugins, I was brought to a rotatable 3D image of the Earth within my browser. It bore a striking resemblance to Google Earth. Read more
September 21, 2011 by SGE
Next Monday, the Media Development Authority (MDA) will organize their next i.JAMMing session. The event will explore tech entrepreneurship opportunities in US and China, a Call For Proposal (CFP) session for apps, a reveal of iJAM Phase 2, demos, and networking.
Bill Coleman of Alsop Louie Partners will give a talk entitled “US Innovations and Startup Buzz”, while Zhang Hong-Jiang of Microsoft Asia Pacific R&D Group will speak about “Observing China’s Internet Market”. The CFP session will have 3 enterprises who will offer the following:
- Samsung – Educational Smart TV apps – Samsung will take 5 successful applicants to market! (on SGE)
- Integrated Health Information Systems (subsidiary of MOH Holdings) – apps and services for “Health Social Media Platform for Every Home”
- SyQic – apps and services for OTT store
Demos will be conducted by:
- Samsung – Smart TV
- SyQic – YoonicStore
- NUS Tsinghua (NExT) – Search & Organised User-Generated Contents)
- NUS Keio (CUTE) – Latest wearable haptic technology, TouchWare, PrimeSense (motion-sensing), and others.
When: Monday, 26th Septemeber 2011
Where: Genexis Theatre/What’s Next Studio, 3 Fusionopolis Way Singapore 138633 (Map)
Chinese gamers are being introduced to popular Made-in-Singapore titles like Rocketbirds: Revolution!, Straw Hat Samurai: Duels, Fish-a-Fish and Tactics Anthem Online II, created by Singapore game companies Ratloop Asia, Explosive Barrels, Activate Interactive and iCell respectively (see press release). Read more
Time Voyager, a Singapore-based games development company, has secured a US$3.3 million investment co-led by East Gate Partners and Gobi Partners. Read more
“Blk71″ aims to be the next big thing for startups in the interactive digital media sector. An incubation programme set up by the Media Development Authority, SingTel Innov8 and NUS Enterprise, Blk71 is based in the west of Singapore at the new media hub, Mediapolis Phase 0. Space, events, funding are all part of the Blk71 equation.
According to the press release, it is “designed to allow startups to gain one-stop access to the resources they need to effectively develop and market their solutions to customers.” Read more
For the first time, the IEEE Virtual Reality conference will be held in Singapore. In conjunction with the conference, the Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO) will hold an iJAMMING session. In addition to meeting with researchers and industry players in the VR field, you can find out more about the various call for proposals for entering into China and those under the FutureMedia initiative. Read more