Wan Xin 

Ngee Ann Polytechnic Outstanding Achievement Award

Wan Xin

School of InfoComm Technology

Other awards:
IMDA Gold Medal & Prize
Diploma with Merit
SAP Prize
UOB Prize

Multi-talented and versatile, Wan Xin has always been game to try new things. At 16, he picked up coding from scratch, after he got tired of the repetitive quests that he had to complete to level up in computer games.

“Playing games became such a chore. I wanted to see if there was a way to programme the computer to ‘control’ my avatar in the game and complete tasks on my behalf,” said the computer whizz.

The rest, as they say, is history. Wan Xin fell in love with the language, and continued to build on his programming foundation as a Financial Informatics​ student in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP).

During his six-month internship at Singapore Management University (SMU), Wan Xin helped to develop a teaching bank application that supports banking and technology related coursework and student projects. At NP, Wan Xin also developed a web application that aims to speed up the process of remittance services.

All of these, while juggling his part-time job as a kitchen assistant. While most of his peers would hang out in malls or work on their projects after school, Wan Xin usually heads to his parents’ steamboat and claypot rice stall, where he helps to prepare meals and serve customers.

“Undeniably, it was tough and tiring to juggle both school and work. But there is joy and satisfaction in serving people food that I’ve created, and hearing their positive feedback,” said Wan Xin, who also took up a basic food hygiene course to upgrade his skills.

Growing up in a family of food enthusiasts, Wan Xin said that cooking is in his blood. He hopes to start a restaurant in future, and also implement fintech solutions to offer greater convenience to his customers. “I hope to marry both my passions for food and technology,” added Wan Xin.

He has already started doing so. During an overseas immersion trip to Wuhan, Wan Xin saw roadside hawkers making payments via the WeChat Pay and AliPay mobile apps, and liked the efficiency of such electronic transactions. Upon his return, Wan Xin decided to persuade his parents to accept electronic payments at their stall.

“Although my parents were initially hesitant, they eventually saw the benefits of going cashless. For example, it saves time as customers don’t have to fish for physical notes to pay for their meals, which may hold up other customers waiting for their food,” explained Wan Xin.

Closing the gap between the elderly and new technology is also one of Wan Xin’s other passions. He often volunteers his time to teach seniors how to use Facebook, YouTube and Gmail. Wan Xin said: “It’s important to connect the older generation with technology. Perhaps I can work on inventing some senior-friendly digital tools in future to help more people.”