Three students from the Diploma in Business Information Technology (BIT) emerged as first runner-up in the InnovateIT Business Technology Case Challenge 2012, organised by the Singapore Management University (SMU) on 28 April 2012. They competed against 44 other teams from the Polytechnics, ITE and JCs.
Challenged by the objective of promoting health and wellness within the community with the use of IT, the trio demonstrated SeeMeEat, a social networking application that promotes healthy eating habits. It allows users to have fun, stay connected with friends and see what their friends have been eating.
Pictured Left (second from left to right): BIT students, Lim Ting Zhi, Ong Rong Sheng and Ong Hong Hng, receiving their Asus Transformer Tablets (prizes) from SMU's Professor Steve Miller
Tech savvy Hong Hng shared on the team’s innovation, “SeeMeEat keeps users healthy by reminding users to maintain a healthy diet, recommending healthy food, and keeping records of their food consumption. These are all in line with promoting healthy living in the community!”
Conceptualising and refining SeeMeEat has not been easy. Another team member, Rong Sheng, shares the struggles the team went through, “It was tough juggling the competition and school work. Our lecturers from the School of Business & Accountancy (BA) gave us a lot of guidance and encouragement along the way.”
This is the second InnovateIT effort for the team. Reflecting on their recent win, Ting Zhi marvelled at her team’s transformation. “Our presentation this year is more professional and well thought through. What a big difference compared to last year!”
Indeed, participating in competitions like InnovateIT stretches young minds and opens up a world of opportunities. Judges from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital were so impressed with the BIT team’s innovation that they invited the trio to collaborate with the hospital to develop the app. This is recognition indeed for the capabilities of our young Business IT students.
Pictured Above: BA Lecturers showed up to lend their full support to the winning team. (From left to right): Mr Lim Shee Chee, Mrs Jenny Hong, Ong Rong Sheng, Lim Ting Zhi, Ong Hong Hng, Mrs Grace Fang and Associate Professor Benjamin Gan