As part of NYP’s mission to empower our learners for work and life, we believe in giving our students opportunities to put their skills to the test and participate in national and international competitions. We’ve emerged champions several times over in 2017! #BecauseWeCan!
Singapore Robotics Games win
NYP’s engineering students from our Diplomas in Digital & Precision Engineering, Engineering with Business, Manufacturing and Mechatronics took home Gold in five out of seven categories at the Singapore Robotics Games 2017.
These are national-level games that pit the best teams from all over Singapore against each other. Team NYP took away the most medals at the Games. We took part in seven categories and won gold in five of them - the Open Category, RC Underwater Competition, Wall Climbing Robot Race, Humanoid Robot Competition and Legged Robot Marathon Race.
Bonus: Click here to watch a clip of the underwater robot!
NYP’s Amazing Flying Machines
Students from our Diplomas in Aerospace Systems & Management and Electrical Engineering designed, built and flew (!) their amazing contraptions at the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition 2017 – the largest competition of its kind in Singapore.
Our flying machines beat out teams from National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore University of Technology and Design. NYP took the Gold, Silver and a fifth placing.
We also swept the Gold and Bronze awards for Best Presentation, as well as Gold in Best Platform and Most Creative for one of the machines built with Lego bricks.
Winning the Microsoft Imagine Cup
We clinched the prestigious Microsoft Imagine Cup Singapore 2017!
The team, comprising three students from School of Information Technology and School of Engineering, stood out with their Smart Stethoscope device which detects abnormal heart sounds, and sends the information wirelessly to doctors for intervention.
The team not only emerged Singapore champs. NYP went on to ace the regional round and eventually made it to the global finals in San Francisco, USA.
International Dairy Innovation Champions
Our students from the Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition, School of Chemical & Life Sciences, racked up another victory at this year’s World Dairy Innovation Awards. Their creation – the Camooringa Moringa and Carrot Milk Spread – won the award for Best Butter or Dairy Spread. NYP previously achieved top honours in the Best New Ice Cream category in 2010 and 2011.
NYP was the only education institution competing alongside a pool of international F&B giants such as Haagen-Dazs, Dreyer’s Grand and Meiji.
International Red Dot Design Awards
From 4,724 entries, two student projects from our School of Design received the prestigious “Red Dot” award. This is an international product design and communication design prize conferred by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany.
The "Red Dot" is awarded to only 6 per cent of all entries!
The winning projects?
1) Five playground contraptions featured at the iLight Marina Bay festival 2016. Conceived as characters who breathe bubbles when provoked, the installation aroused the public’s imagination and prompted constant interaction.
2) A board game that creates awareness on organ trafficking where players take on the roles of nefarious dealers getting the black-market kidneys, and other organs to unethical buyers.
Yellow Pencil Honours
Based in London, a collective of art directors and designers called Design and Art Direction (D&AD) gives out annual awards to the most creative works from around the world. A D&AD Pencil is recognised as a shining symbol of the very highest creative achievement.
Four Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design students from the School of Interactive & Digital Media were awarded the iconic Yellow Pencil Award – given only to the most outstanding work. Whittled down from thousands of entries from over 40 countries, their submission – Perspective – for the brief on The National Autistic Society was one of the 11 finalists. To view their winning creation, click here.
Two Smart Nation Awards
NYP nabbed two of the five inaugural Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Smart Nation Awards in 2017. Given out by the Ministry of Education, the national-level award encourages polytechnic students to embark on IDM projects that improve the lives of Singaporeans or forge closer community ties.
Lim Kok Fong, from the School of Information Technology, won for his project, CodeBlue Response. It is a cloud-based mobile solution that allows hospital staff to instantly alert their emergency "Code Blue" team - a specialist grouping who are activated when a patient needs immediate resuscitation. A scan of the QR code on the patient's wristband retrieves his or her information instantly, and a push notification is sent to team members.
The other NYP project, SilverTune, was the brainchild of Loh Wan Loong and Lloyd Goh, students from the Schools of Information Technology and Engineering. Silvertune is a smart device with interactive games to engage the elderly in musical therapy. It has been endorsed by healthcare practitioners and has received positive feedback from stroke patients undergoing therapy.
Medal Tally for 29th SEA Games
Martina Veloso snagged gold in the 10m Air Rifle event. She is from School of Business Management, Diploma in Sport & Wellness Management.
Miki Chong took home silver in the men’s 3,000m Speed Skating relay event. He is from School of Business Management, Diploma in Sport & Wellness Management.
Cheryll Chia (in red) won bronze in the women’s Hockey team event. She is from School of Health Sciences, Diploma in Physiotherapy.
Dineshraj Naidu won bronze in the men’s Hockey team event. He is from School of Business Management, Diploma in Sport & Wellness Management.
Comeback Win for Gambit
Our NYP team refused to be cowed even though miscommunication nearly put paid to their hopes in the initial round of the International Robot Contest. Gritting their teeth and getting down to work, the team comprising four students from School of Engineering, Diploma in Mechatronics, remained steadfast and determined, clawing their way back with their robot Gambit. They overcame a slew of formidable opponents to reach the final round. In a nail-biting finale, the team beat their fancied opponents of the higher league to become the overall winner in Korea.
National Data Visualisation Champs
Using readily available government data, four students from School of Engineering looked at the use of solar power in Singapore and its potential as a viable source of energy. They were inspired by their Engineering Math assignment on Solar Photovoltaic panels. This idea came out tops at the first National Data Visualisation Video Challenge organised by GovTech.
Beating more than 200 students from various institutions, the team also won the prize for the best use of data. The competition attracted a total of 82 entries with only 12 teams being shortlisted for the finals.
Singapore won two Gold medals at WorldSkills 2017. One of them was won by our School of Interactive & Digital Media student, Ng Jun Xuan, in the 3D Digital Game Art category. He also snagged the Best of Nation Award.
Two NYPians, Fazira Zulkifli – School of Health Sciences graduate – and Li Kangli – School of Information Technology student – also took home Bronze for their categories in Health and Social Care and IT Network Systems Administration. Rounding up the solid performance were three Medallions of Excellence by our NYP students in Mechatronics, Graphic Design Technology and CNC Turning.
In the first ever nationwide Financial Technology (Fintech) competition, NYP took four out of the top 10 spots.
While our students from our Schools of Business and Information Technology came in 6th, 4th and 2nd respectively, the emerging overall winner (beating a field of over 400 competitors from the universities and polys) was Aaron Loke.
Aaron, from our School of IT, in an outstanding display of forecasting and data science skills, outplayed the rest of the participants in PortfolioQuest - a gamified training tool for managing bank financing portfolios for consumers.
Aaron has won for himself the grand prize: the opportunity to travel to Silicon Valley to visit First Data's Clover office in Sunnyvale, California. During the visit, he will have the opportunity to network with Fintech professionals from some of the largest and most well-known technology companies in the world.