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DSTA@71, DSTA's co-innovation lab that pursues open innovation and partnerships with the industry, got together with the local start-up community to further explore tie-ups and areas for collaboration in defence on 8 March 2019.
Held at Block 71 JTC Launchpad, the event was attended by over 80 participants from DSTA and various local Small and Medium Enterprises. After providing an overview of DSTA and DSTA@71's work, Director Digital Hub Gayle Chan and her team shared details of the three challenge statements for DSTA@71’s ongoing Innovation Calls: develop solutions for countering drones in urban environments, generate 3D indoor models from open source information, and develop a secure USB PKI token with storage capabilities.
The event served as a good avenue for DSTA's engineers and professionals from the vibrant start-up community to exchange ideas and identify possible areas for future collaboration.
DSTA had earlier also co-organised HackerFest
to be plugged into the technology start-up clusters to seek new ideas and partnerships with the local start-up community, enterprises and academia. At the event, two teams that had participated in the HackerFest presented their minimum viable product (MVP) solutions to a DSTA audience and HackerFest judges Cap Vista CEO Chng Zhen Hao, Director (Capability Development) Teo Tiat Leng, Director (Modelling and Simulation) Tan Chee Ping, where they received further feedback and ideas for future product development.