What is it and what are its goals and vision?


Advances in digital technology have opened up new possibilities to enhance the way we live, work, play, and interact.

Singapore strives to become a Smart Nation to support better living, stronger communities, and create more opportunities, for all.

And “smartness” is not a measure of how advanced or complex the technology being adopted is, but how well a society uses technology to solve its problems and address existential challenges. Citizens are ultimately at the heart of our Smart Nation vision, not technology!


5 Key Domains

For a start, we have identified five key domains that will have significant impact on the citizen and society, and in which digital technology can have a needle moving impact:

  1. Transport;
  2. Home & environment;
  3. Business productivity;
  4. Health and enabled ageing; and
  5. Public sector services.



Objective: Create Impactful solutions to address our challenges.


Why would you need this and who does it serve?

Singapore seeks to harness technology to improve urban living. Some areas of focus include

enhancing public transport networks,

enabling successful ageing

ensuring a secure but open data marketplace.

To encourage innovation and collaboration between citizensand companies, open data is made available at government portals such as and Datamall.


I think that we the world we live in is growing and changing at such a rapid rate that it is no longer possible or even feasible for the government to handle and attempt to solve every problems that the nation faces.  In a way Singapore is looking at how we can better rethink actions and counter measures as well as how Singaporeans as a collective effort can better react and take initiative.




Migration data visualization by Madeline Ngai




From data to dust is a data visualization using particle simulation.






Data visualization of data that is provided on allows us to rethink the way we understand trends and numbers.



1 Comment

  1. I think the idea of what you might do with visualising the open source data provided as part of the initiative has potential. Looking forward to hearing you expand upon the “data to dust” example.

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