Saturday, 13 May 2017

IOI 2017 Singapore Team

The 29th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) will be held in Tehran, Iran, from 28 July to 4 August 2017.

The IOI 2017 Singapore Team comprises the following students:

Pang Wen Yuen, RI Year 6 (IOI 2016 Silver, 2015 Bronze)
Huang Xingchen, NUS High Year 5
Zhang Guang Xuan, RI Year 6 (IOI 2016 Bronze)
Lim Li, NUS High Year 6

Thursday, 11 May 2017

IChO 2017 Singapore Team

The 49th IChO (International Chemistry Olympiad) will take place in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, from 6 to 15 July 2017.

The following Year 6 (JC2) students are in the Singapore Team:
Zhang Zhiyuan, HCI
Lam Tze King, NUS High
Matthias Liau Yi Quan, NUS High
Tang Yimian, RI

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Acceptance into European Summer Program on Rationality (ESPR)

I have blogged about the ESPR here. Lim Li has been accepted into this year's ESPR.


Dear Lim Li,

Congratulations! We are pleased to offer you admission to ESPR. We think we have an incredible group of students this year, and we are excited to have you join us.

Let us know if you have any questions, or if you just want to talk to get a better sense of the program before making your decision. We would appreciate if you would let us know whether or not you are planning to attend ESPR as soon as you’ve decided; if we haven’t heard back from you by May 17, 2017, we’ll offer your spot to another student. If you are coming, we’ll send you more details once your participation is confirmed.

ESPR will run from August 18-31, 2017, at Kings College in London. Food, room, and board are covered for all students. We would prefer that students able to cover their travel expenses do so, but if you would like to be considered for a travel scholarship, then send us an email and we'll figure it out.

Best wishes,
-The ESPR team


From ESPR website:

The European Summer Program on Rationality (ESPR) is an immersive summer workshop for mathematically talented students from around the globe with a desire to understand our world (16-19 years old as of August 17, 2017). 

Past participants include International Math Olympiad gold medalists, web entrepreneurs, artistically and scientifically gifted individuals, and many others. ESPR is the successor of the acclaimed EuroSPARC program, and is modeled after the SPARC summer camp. 

The curriculum includes a variety of topics. Past classes have covered topics ranging from mathematical logic, understanding what a DNA sequence is, and dives into philosophy and psychology. The learning is extended with guest speakers from a variety of cutting edge fields. 

But the ultimate goal of our program is to show how rigorous, quantitative skills can be applied outside the classroom, in all pursuits. How can we understand our behavior? How can we think more clearly to achieve our goals? 

Monday, 1 May 2017

SMO Junior Special Round training notes

When Lim Jeck was back in Singapore during the last term break, he had conducted SMO Junior Special Round training for a group of students. Below are his notes and solutions.

Number Theory
Number Theory with solutions
Combinatorics with solutions
Geometry 2
Geometry 2 with solutions

Monday, 24 April 2017

Back to Cambridge

Both Choong Yin and Lim Jeck took the same BA flight back to Cambridge
Lim Jeck was back to Singapore for term break from 19 March to 23 April. The Easter Term starts on 25 April. He will be back to Singapore again for long break on 19 June 2017.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Cambridge 2016-17 Lent Term Supervisors' Report

Lim Jeck's Supervisors' Report for Lent Term is as follows:

Mathematical Tripos, Part IA Trinity

Module: Probability
Supervised by Dr Roger Sewell (RFS34)
Industry: Good
Progress: Good
Interest: Enthusiastic
Estimate of term's work: 1

Your work this term will be remembered by me mostly for the beautiful idea in your partial solution of sheet 3 Q8c - quite remarkable, and showing real flair.

You started the term giving insufficient argument to support your answers, and trying to use as little paper as possible; clarity is very rarely improved by such an approach. In the second paper there were only trivial mistakes, and it was sensibly laid out. What you felt to be excessive paper usage then led you to send me the last script as LaTex - only the second student to do that for me - which allowed me to lay it out appropriately!

Even by the end of term, there was still plenty of room for you to increase the amount of supporting argument given for some steps - e.g. proof of absolute convergence before reordering a not-necessarily-non-negative series.

I will look forward to observing your progress through the Tripos.

Roger Sewell.

Module: Dynamics and Relativity
Supervised by Mr J.M. Gundry (JMG202)
Industry: Not Specified
Progress: Not Specified
Interest: Not Specified
Estimate of term's work: Not Specified
Comments: Jeck is an impressive student who clearly possesses a strong command of the subject. He is receptive to discussing the few small mistakes he makes, and I have no doubt he will continue to perform admirably.

Module: Vector Calculus
Supervised by Ms. I.M.M. Borzym (IMMB100)
Industry: Good
Progress: Good
Interest: Enthusiastic
Estimate of term's work: 2.i/1
Comments: Comes across as very confident and very strong. Extremely comfortable with the material and with a better more general knowledge than the course requires in some parts of the course. Sometimes fails to do the [comments] parts of questions perhaps not confident as he seems.

Modules: Groups, Rings and Modules
Supervised by Professor I.B. Leader (IBL10)
Report contents unavailable

Saturday, 22 April 2017

IMO 2017 Singapore Team

The 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) will be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, from 12 to 23 July 2017.

Singapore Team:
Bryan Wang Peng Jun, HCI Year 6 (IMO 2016 Silver)
Joel Tan Junyao, NUS High Year 4 (IMO 2016 Silver)
Dylan Toh Shan Hong, NUS High Year 5 (IMO 2016 Gold, 2015 & 2014 Silver)
Clarence Chew Xuan Da, NUS High Year 6
Wang Jianzhi, RI Year 5
Ng Yu Peng, HCI Year 4

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

APMO 2017 Singapore Results

Asia Pacific Mathematical Olympiad 2017

Singapore's top 10
1. Ma Zhao Yu, RI
2. Clarence Chew, NUSH
3. Khor Jun Wei, RI
4. Bryan Wang, HCI
5. Lucas Boo, RI
5. Goh Hong Pei, HCI
7. Tan Wee Kean, RI
8. Winfred Kong, HCI
9. Wang Jianzhi, RI
10. Ng Yu Peng, HCI

Friday, 24 March 2017

APhO 2017 and IPhO 2017 Singapore Teams

The 18th Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) will be held from 1 - 9 May in Yakutsk, Russia.

(Updated on 9 May: APhO Results  Congrats to Teddy and Darren for being top 2 in Spore team and selected into IPhO team!)

The following Year 6/JC2 students are representing Singapore at the 18th APhO:
Byron Chen Pang Yen, NUS High
Darren Wayne Lim, NUS High
Teddy Ong Hong Ming, NUS High
Ivin Lee Jieh Wen, RI
Lim Jun Heng, RI
Matthew Shi Zhe Hao, RI
Wittmann Goh Ghin Fong, RI
Zong Daoxin, RI
The 48th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) will be held from 16 - 24 July 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Top 2 from APhO 2017 will be joining the following students to represent Singapore at the 48th IPhO:
Bradley Teo Wei Jie, RI
Lee Vint Ve Shein Lin Htut, RI
Ma Zhao Yu, RI
Updated on 9 May:
Teddy Ong, NUS High
Darren Wayne Lim, NUS High

Saturday, 18 March 2017

NOI 2017 Results

From left: Jeffrey (G), Shane (B), Yuechen (G), Andrew (S), Timothy (S), Wayne (S), Owen (S), Lim Li (G), Gabriel (G), Xingchen (G)
An elated Mr Li Da
Individual 3rd
Top 4 winners
Top JC Category
Individual award winners
NOI 2017 Website

NOI 2017 Full Results

Top 4 Contestants
Jeffrey Lee, NUSH
Estelle Lee, RI
Lim Li, NUSH
Huang Xingchen, NUSH

Top Junior Colleges

Top Secondary Schools

Top Secondary School Students
Ng Yu Peng, HCI
Teow Hua Jun, HCI

Best Female Medalist
Li Yuechen, NUSH

Top Foreign Contestant
Yeoh Zi Song, Malaysia

Youngest Medalist
Koo Ii, RGS

All individual award winners received an Apple Watch each.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Cambridge 2016-17 Michaelmas Term Supervisors' Report

Cambridge has 3 terms in a year: Michaelmas Term, Lent Term and Easter Term. There are no exams in the first two terms; all academic exams are held during the last term.

Lim Jeck's Supervisors' Report for Michaelmas Term is as follows:

(Estimate of term's work: 1 means Class 1)

Mathematical Tripos, Part IA Trinity

Module: Differential Equations
Supervised by Mr Gunnar Peng (GGP24)
Industry: Good
Progress: Good
Interest: Enthusiastic
Estimate of term's work: 1
Comments: Outstanding work! Solved essentially every problem, but with a few minor mistakes.

Module: Vectors and Matrices
Supervised by Mr Matthew Crowe (MC756)
Industry: Good
Progress: Good
Interest: Interested
Estimate of term's work: 1
Comments: Near perfect answers to all questions, well done. Is interested but quite quiet in supervisions.

Modules: Numbers and Sets, Groups
Supervised by Professor I.B. Leader (IBL10)
Industry: Good
Progress: Good
Interest: Enthusiastic
Estimate of term's work: 1
Comments: A fantastic start to his Cambridge career. He has done a lot of hard questions: has his own particular (and very effective) way of approaching problems. A real star.
Bright and interested: a pleasure to supervise.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Euler Math Competition 2017

Euler Math Competition 2017, organized by NTU

Time: 18 March (Sat) 10 am to 2 pm
Venue: SPMS-LT2
Sponsor: Jane Street

Register here

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Malaysia Johor Bahru Shopping Trip

Lunch at Kim Gary, JB City Square
Sudha, Dorothea and I had been planning for this JB trip since 2 years ago, finally we went JB City Square and Komtar JBCC today!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

RSVP Singapore Corporate Video (English)

Seniors, if you have some spare time and would like to do some volunteer work, join RSVP - The Organisation of Senior Volunteers!

I am currently a volunteer with the Enriching Lives of Seniors Programme (ELSP) within RSVP.

From RSVP website:

Piloted in November 2013, the ELSP provides an opportunity for Senior Volunteers to befriend and engage the lonely seniors through regular weekly engagements motivating them to socialise, develop their skills and interest and be self-reliant by keeping them mentally and physically fit.

Through regular participation, we hope the seniors in these neighbourhoods will form bonds with one another and become a community with a spirit of mutual help. Their physical, emotional and mental well-being will also strengthen.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

European Summer Program on Rationality (ESPR)

ESPR Homepage

The European Summer Program on Rationality (ESPR) is an immersive summer workshop for talented high school students all around the world (16-19 years old as of August 15, 2017) with exceptionally strong reasoning skills and a desire to understand our world.

The curriculum covers a variety of topics from mathematics to cognitive science, from social analysis to artificial intelligence, and extends the learning with guest speakers from a variety of cutting edge fields.

But the ultimate goal of our program is to show how rigorous, quantitative skills can be applied outside the classroom. How can we understand our behavior? How can we think more clearly to achieve our goals?

ESPR 2017 will be held in the second half of August in a college near London. Concrete start dates and duration will be announced after the Early Admissions phase (March 1), though it will start no later than the 23rd and be at least one week long.

The program's tuition as well as meals and lodging are free for all admitted students. Need-based travel scholarships are available.

This program is the successor of the acclaimed EuroSPARC program, and it is sponsored by the Center For Applied Rationality (CFAR).

Applications for ESPR are now open! Early applications are due on 11:59PM PST, March 1, 2017. To apply, click here

Monday, 6 February 2017

Google Jobs and Internships

Source: Google (via The Straits Times)

Everybody knows Google. Not everybody knows that they've had a presence in Singapore for a while now.

Google might have been here since 2007 but this is the first time the company is actively recruiting for a large number of openings.

They're now hiring an unspecified number of software engineers to fill their first local large engineering team. 

When Google first established their offices here in 2007, it was mostly focused on marketing, sales and business development. The hiring of software engineers marks a change in direction for the company's local offices as it aims to make the Singapore branch into one of its engineering hubs.

Singapore's not alone in being an engineering hub. Google has thus far established three of them; in Hyderabad, Sydney and Mountain View.

Being an engineering hub means that the Singapore team will be doing some heavy lifting work, actively developing new software for Android and as well work with as next generation technology in fields such as mobile data management and commerce. The fruits of their labors will then be used in emerging markets like India and Brazil.

If your dream has always been to work for Google, there's no better time than to now to try to get your foot in the door by checking out Google Singapore's recruitment page.

University APAC Test (to be re-named, "CodeJam Kickstart")
Get ready to solve some coding puzzles! Check out the website here, first round to start in March.  Schedule on the website will be updated mid-Feb.  In the meantime, check out past problems and you can already start practicing!

Full Time Software Engineer (Singapore)
The job posting isn't up yet, but we're happy to collect your resume ahead of time, and we can also alert you when it does post.

Full Time Software Engineer Roles Outside of Singapore
Apply directly through the Google Careers Website

Software Engineering Intern - Singapore or Sydney
Singapore- Apply via form by Feb 3rd
Sydney- Apply directly online by Feb 28nd

UX/UI Intern - Singapore
Posting is not opened yet on the website, so please apply via the form.

Women Techmakers Scholarship (formally known as Anita Borg Scholarship)
Please look out for announcements around March for applications. 
In the meantime, check out the website here.

Hope that you found one or two programs that resonated with your interests.  If at any time you have questions, please reach out to