Since the launch of the Smart Nation initiative in 2014, the Singapore government has been on a roll, actively hiring software engineers and other tech-savvy folks for tech roles (despite the recent waves of tech layoffs)
They're all gung-ho about keeping up with the latest tech trends and making sure technology gets integrated into the public sector.
You know what's cool? Some of these government teams are just like startups! They've got that whole startup vibe going on, with their culture and practices. You've probably heard of Open Government Products and Government Digital Services (part of GovTech), but there are other teams that also embrace these cutting-edge approaches to building tech.
Let us deep dive into some of these teams!
It works with agencies to inform policy decisions and better meet the needs of citizens through the use of these disciplines.
The division came to prominence in 2016 for the use of visualisations to identify the train that disrupted the Circle Line (spoiler alert: the team solved it and was praised by PM Lee)
Other projects that they are involved in include:
ESTL is an in-house team within the Ministry of Education, solving real problems in the education sector.
Founded in 2014 by then-Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat and NUS Associate Professor of Computing Science Dr. Ben Leong, it aims to create a tech ecosystem for the Ministry of Education that is empowering, effective and enjoyable for everyone.
From a small team of engineers, they have evolved into a product team comprising Software Engineers, UX Designers, Agile Delivery Managers and Education Officers, and is part of the Information Technology Division of the Ministry of Education and GovTech Singapore.
ESTL maintains a broad range of products centred around day-to-day activities at school, including:
Defending Singapore amidst rapid technological progress, the Digital and Intelligence Service (DIS) is an integral part of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). It empowers teams in the SAF to discover, investigate, and effectively respond to operational challenges. With a progressive and supportive environment, alongside enthusiastic people with strong tech knowledge, the DIS adapts and adopts workflows, tools, practices, and policies that harness modern technology and allow their teams to succeed.
The Digital Ops Tech Centre (DOTC) within DIS has embarked on building software that will strengthen the SAF. Engineers and designers work closely with ops users to shape and build impactful products iteratively.
One example is PinPoint - a tool to manage growing quantities of media data, enabling users to collaborate effectively across teams and find the information they need rapidly and accurately across time and space.
The DIS has also partnered with other government agencies, academia, and relevant industries to raise competencies and cultivate best practices. DOTC is a startup team of engineers, designers, and ops experts with the goal of strengthening Singapore's national defense through technology.
Visit go.gov.sg/contact-dotc if you're keen to find out more.
Here's a list of other government agencies that have their own tech teams, taken from our compilation of Tech Companies in Singapore (besides FAANG)