New Categories for the Singapore Prize

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At an award ceremony held at Timbre+ One-North on Wednesday (Nov 29), nearly S$2.3 million was distributed among 121 Asian and Southeast Asian (SEA Games) medallists at Timbre+ One-North. Shanti Pereira won the biggest haul with six golds at Hangzhou and two in Cambodia SEA Games competitions.

British Prince William will travel to Singapore next month to award five winners of the Earthshot Prize, an environmental funding scheme launched in 2020 following President John F Kennedy’s call to reach the moon by 2030 and named after Vice-President Joe Biden who chaired its launch event.

The Earthshot Prize is sponsored by Temasek Trust, GRST and Conservation International and features five finalists who all seek innovative ways of planting, growing and tracking trees in Liberia or treating industrial wastewater, Kensington Palace noted. Winners are scheduled to meet with numerous companies and investors during their four-day stay in Singapore; upon their return they are expected to present their ideas at local companies and investors meetings, according to Kensington Palace.

Singapore Book Council announced on Jan 11 that this year’s Singapore Literature Prize (2024 SLP) would feature three additional categories besides poetry, fiction and non-fiction as established ones. Homegrown translators, comic-book authors and debut writers stand a better chance of being chosen to take home Singapore’s premier literary award than before.

SBC announced in the writing category that they will introduce a translation prize for books published between 2021-2023, written in any of Singapore’s official languages and translated to English by an individual who is either a citizen of Singapore or permanent resident. The winner will be awarded with a cash prize of S$50,000.

Non-fiction categories will now encompass works that are nonacademic in nature and translated to English by Singaporeans or permanent residents, with one category for creative nonfiction that addresses social issues in Singapore and another dedicated to creative non-fiction focusing on this country’s development – with winners receiving cash prizes as well as an engraved trophy.

Neo4j, an open source graph database used by companies like Google and Microsoft, was among the winners of the 2023 Singapore Design Awards at a gala dinner hosted as part of this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAFX). Neo4j earned Most Innovative Graph Data Platform 2022 award. Additional recipients included cyber security firms, interior design firms and food delivery services.

This revised award will do away with entry categories that differentiate students, professionals and corporates, opening up competition to all those using design as their primary problem-solving tool. Awards will continue to be presented in partnership with both ministries – Ministry of Sustainability and Environment as well as Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth – just days after unveiling their vision for creating a smarter, greener city that includes cutting carbon emissions 80% by 2050 as well as climate resilience by that same date.