Singapore is embarking on a journey to build a Smart Nation, with the aim of harnessing technology and data to their fullest to improve the lives of citizens.

The Smart Nation Fellowship Programme brings top data scientists and technologists to Singapore to collaborate with the Singapore government on delivering projects for the public good.


digital platforms, apps, and analytical solutions that transform ideas into tangible results



with a dynamic team to co-create solutions to public sector problems


with senior decision makers across government on the intersection of technology and public policy

Data Focus

  • Develop and apply quantitative tools to visualise and analyse data

  • Enable evidence-based decision making in government

Tech Focus

  • Design, build, and deploy applications and platforms

  • Deliver digital services to citizens and enhance their digital experience

Our Fellows

U-Zyn Chua


“It is visionary of Singapore to announce the Smart Nation initiative and be one of world leaders to drive technology innovations for public good. I knew I had to apply for the Smart Nation Fellowship as this is an opportunity for me to contribute to the Smart Nation initiative. I am honoured to be selected for the inaugural batch of Fellows, and hope to leverage on blockchain technology to work on projects for public good.”

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Chua U-Zyn is a Principal Consultant with Zynesis, a Singapore-based full stack IT consulting firm providing system development and administration services, and blockchain consultation.

With over 10 years of experience in tech, U-Zyn has launched various sites and services, including Ping.sg, an award-winning blogger community. He also actively contributes to open source software and is an advocate of the open source and decentralisation movements.

Due to U-Zyn’s interest in cybersecurity, he has been dabbling with bitcoin since as early as 2010. He founded one of the earliest bitcoin exchanges and several other bitcoin and blockchain services.

Key Contributions and Projects
U-Zyn spent six months working with GovTech’s emerging tech team to create ‘Smart Node’, an open ecosystem of service procurements backed by blockchain for smart homes and offices. Through the shared wallet, smart appliances are able to procure services on-demand and automatically whenever supply runs low. During his stint, U-Zyn collaborated with online concierge and delivery service, Honestbee, on this experiment.

As an open source software advocate, U-Zyn is delighted that GovTech is advocating the open source movement, which makes his work available to the wider tech community.

Blockchain engineer takes break from business for Smart Nation Fellowship (PDF)
两本地人加入智慧国专才计划 (Zao Bao)

Arun Kishore


“Singapore is setting an example for the rest of the world with its Smart Nation initiative and bringing data-driven decision-making into government. As a member of the inaugural batch of Smart Nation Fellows, I am thrilled to be part of this vision. I see this as a unique opportunity to apply my data analysis skills towards helping the government make better decisions and solving problems that impact millions of Singaporeans.”

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 Arun Kishore is a Product Analyst with YouTube’s Data Science team based in San Bruno, California, where he works on analysing and understanding how consumers use YouTube. He is currently the lead analyst on YouTube’s Music app, and also works on projects related to YouTube Red subscription service.

Arun has more than 11 years of work experience in technology and entertainment industries. He started his career as an R&D Engineer at GDC Technology, a start-up that pioneered the film industry’s conversion from film to digital. Arun’s key contributions at GDC included partnering with movie studios in defining industry standards for digital cinema, and launching the company’s operations in Los Angeles.

Key Contributions and Projects
Arun spent three months in Singapore, and worked with GovTech’s data scientists on enhancements to Singapore’s open data portal, Data.gov.sg https://data.gov.sg. Arun worked on building an exploration tool that allowed users to mash data from different datasets to create new insights.

Arun also worked on Beeline https://www.beeline.sg, an open smart mobility platform developed by GovTech to empower commuters to crowd-start and activate more direct, private express bus routes to suit their travel needs. Arun helped the Beeline team to build data pipelines to track the success of their acquisition strategy and ways to retain and engage commuters.

Singaporean returned to help Smart Nation Drive (Straits Times)
US-based S'porean puts Youtube data analyst job on hold, comes home to help build our Smart Nation (Vulcan Post)
Tech in Asia Ask Me Anything with Arun Kishore (Tech In Asia)
两本地人加入智慧国专才计划 (Zao Bao)

Goh Siew Hong

Siew Hong is an engineer of many trades. She spends her time in various fields such as automation, electronics design, firmware development, system architecture, thermal management and equipment integration. She is often developing technical solutions towards improving machines’ reliability and lifespan. That experience, and many others, fuels her passion to stay within the technical field.

When she is not working on projects, she tinkers with urban farming and farm tools creation.

Chang Sau Sheong

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With more than 22 years of engineering experience, Sau Sheong joined the programme as a Senior Smart Nation Fellow. He was an adviser and mentor to GovTech’s Government Digital Services team working on the Whole-of-Government Application Analytics (WOGAA) project.

WOGGA is an application that helps provide a common set of metrics and measurements to enable public sector agencies to monitor the performance of websites and digital services in real-time. This will in turn help improve public service delivery, set more effective web and mobile strategies and provide insights for policy making.

Sau Sheong provided technical guidance on identifying potential performance bottlenecks, possible ways to optimise the application, and the storage and handling of data. Sau Sheong’s leadership spurred new thinking within the team, and have proven invaluable in impacting the design and architecture of the application.

Join Us

To be eligible for the programme, you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Expertise in computer and social sciences, software development, data science, UI/UX design, or technology (wireless and sensor networks, ICT and cybersecurity, Internet of Things)
  • Previous experience working on data or technology projects


Academics: Advanced PhD candidates, post-docs, or tenure-track faculty (less than three years on the job)


Industry: Between 3 to 7 years of working experience

Senior Fellow

Academics: Tenure-track (more than 3 years on the job) or tenured faculty


Industry: At least 8 years of working experience

Applications are now open. Click here to apply.