5 Companies Addressing Environmental Crisis Win Singapore Prize
A lithium-ion battery recycler and a program to end illegal fishing are among five companies that will receive PS1 million (US$1.1 million) and other support as winners of Prince William’s Earthshot Prize, which supports companies working to tackle global climate change. The five champions, unveiled on Tuesday night in Singapore, are using clean energy, nature preservation and data analytics to address issues such as pollution, biodiversity loss and the ongoing effects of climate change.
The winners were announced at a gala dinner in conjunction with this year’s World Architecture Festival. The accolades were voted on by an international panel of judges, including experts from Google, IBM and Microsoft. Neo4j, an open source graph data platform, won the Most Innovative Graph Data Platform 2022 award. The company aims to help businesses unlock the value of their data.
Other winners included a cyber security firm and an interior design company. The awards celebrate projects that push the boundaries of innovation, as well as designers who excel in their field. This year’s finalists showcased cutting-edge technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence.
Singapore is known for its food, travel and tech industries, but its art scene is also thriving. The city-state is a hub for contemporary Asian artists and has seen a number of local art institutions and museums grow in recent years. Some of its most popular venues include the National Museum of Singapore and the ArtScience Museum.
During his visit, the prince will attempt dragon boating, a popular pastime in Singapore, and meet residents to see how local organizations are protecting the planet. He will also attend a United for Wildlife global summit, featuring representatives of law enforcement agencies and conservation groups who work together to fight the multibillion-dollar trade in illegal wildlife products.
He will also host a dinner to honour five Singaporeans who have made significant contributions to the world of science, technology and innovation. The event will feature a special performance by Malaysian-Australian singer Yuvan Shankar Raja.
The Singapore Literature Prize has reopened submissions for a new translation category this year, making it the first time that the prize will welcome submissions in more than one language. The organisers hope to encourage writers of diverse backgrounds and interests to take part. Those who have already submitted works are still eligible for the prize.
The relaunch of the prize comes as the traditional pre-printed lottery tickets are replaced with on-demand ticketing services at Singapore Pools outlets. The move is in line with the government’s efforts to boost the digital economy and enhance the convenience of its citizens. It will also help the organisation to cut costs. In addition, the new ticketing system will offer more convenience to its customers as it eliminates the need for a physical ticket. The new system will be rolled out over the next six months. This will allow more people to play the Singapore Sweep, which has a one-in-eleven chance of winning a prize.