After a year in which the world ground to a literal halt and our plans, dreams and ideas for the future were put on ice, it can be hard to imagine what our lives might look like down the track, so far-ranging are the ripple effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. And certainly, the lives impacted and lives lost to the virus cannot be quantified, such is the personal toll. But in looking forward to a brighter future – one that’s greener and more equitable – our sister publication Robb Report Singapore has researched and put together a list of the people and organisations whose smart inventions and disruptive ideas are driving change not just here in Singapore but right around the world.
The project, titled Building Tomorrow, is the cornerstone of the centennial edition of Robb Report Singapore (yes, it’s been 100 whole issues since it launched here with a splash back in 2012, an achievement amplified by the challenging media landscape of 2021, where the freedom of the press is under attack and the traditional business model of the industry is rapidly changing), and features not just in the March issue, out now, but also forms a dedicated, interactive microsite. The expansive project is broken into three key parts: People, featuring the visionaries and leaders putting ideas into motion; Planet, embracing the best in sustainability; and Machines, which showcases the innovations and technology disrupters that together play a vital role in building tomorrow.
Some of the standout talent includes Jeffrey Lu, whose company Engine Biosciences uses artificial intelligence and big data to tackle cancer; Aaron Tan, the co-founder and CEO of a car portal that’s on track to earn $300 million by using data to take away the guesswork of car ownership; and Singaporean professor Koh Lian Pin, who has proven that solving climate change doesn’t always require technologically advanced methods if we instead tap into nature’s inherent solutions. It’s an inspiring line-up, and in bringing all of the various ideas together in the one place, Robb Report’s Building Tomorrow initiatives provides a fantastic platform for real solutions to today’s challenges.
The March 2021 edition of Robb Report Singapore is available online and from all good bookstores.