The winners of the 2023 Singapore Prize were announced at a gala dinner held in conjunction with this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAFX). The awards recognize design innovation, honour projects that push the boundaries of what is possible and showcase global interior design at its finest.
Winners included a graph data platform, a cyber security firm and a food delivery service. Neo4j, which uses graph databases to help businesses unlock the value of their big data, was voted the most innovative graph data platform 2022 by an international panel of judges from Google, IBM and Microsoft. The event was attended by Prince William, who presented the award for Best Innovation in the Climate Category. He wore a 10-year-old dark green blazer from Alexander McQueen, which is known for its sustainable fashion, and the singers One Republic and Bastille performed.
Articulation invites leading arts experts/practitioners to adjudicate the Semi-finals and Grand Finals. Each student delivers their presentation to an audience and adjudicators, and is judged on research, presentation skills, original thought and their unique potential as a creative. This year’s competition saw students from a range of schools in Singapore participating.
The NUS Singapore History Prize was launched in 2014 and is administered by the Department of History at NUS’ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It aims to cast a wide net in defining what constitutes Singapore history by welcoming writings from diverse perspectives and themes, from both established and emerging writers. It also welcomes works that make a significant impact on our understanding of Singapore’s past. This year, the prize introduced a new translation award and a best debut award. Comics and graphic novels published in English are now eligible for the prize, as is writing in a language other than English that has been translated into English by a Singapore author or permanent resident.
The award comes with a cash prize of S$50,000. The jury is chaired by NUS Asia Research Institute distinguished fellow Kishore Mahbubani, and the other members are novelist Meira Chand, historian Lam San Ling, economist Wang Gungwu and archaeologist John Miksic. The prize is supported by the Temasek Foundation, which has been a major donor to the Singapore Prize. NUS will host the prize awards ceremony in 2024. In addition to the main prize, there are four other categories. Those interested in submitting books for consideration may click here. The submission deadline is June 30. The prize was first mooted in a 2014 column by Mahbubani, who described it as “Singapore’s own literary Nobel prize”.