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The Straits Times Digital Life Forum and Digital Life Awards 2014

SINGAPORE, 7 February 2014 - Will it be the Apple iPhone 5s or the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that lands the Best Overall Smartphone award this year? Or will it be an Android dark horse from HTC, LG or Sony that will sneak in to steal the crown? 

Over 400,000 votes from 14,000 voters were cast by readers of The Straits Times Digital Life in January to determine the best gadgets and games of last year in the Readers' Choice segment of the annual Digital Life Awards. 

The results will be unveiled on Feb 11, 2014 at the third Digital Life Awards, organised and presented by Digital Life, the weekly tech pull-out which is distributed on Wednesdays with The Straits Times, the English flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings. More than 140 of the best gadgets and games titles across six main product categories – smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras, audio and games - are covered in this year's annual awards.

In all, there are 30 sub-categories this year. Each sub-category features five products, selected by the DL editorial team, that will vie for two awards. The Editor's Choice is chosen by the DL editorial team, while the Readers' Choice is determined by The Straits Times readers in a month-long online public vote. See Appendix 1 for the list of nominees.

The number of sub-categories has grown from 17 two years ago to 24 last year, and 30 this year. Several new sub-categories have been added and some old ones removed, in tandem with the latest technology trends and consumer preferences. New awards this year include Best Phablet, Best Smartphone Camera and Best Windows Tablet. 

The rise of full-frame mirrorless cameras has blurred the traditional distinction between the more powerful DSLR cameras and their mirrorless counterparts. As a result, there are now three separate sub-categories for interchangeable lens cameras based on the sensor size of the camera, which is an indicator of the price of the camera and the quality of photos it can shoot.

Over the last two years, homegrown mobile games have seen significant successes with some titles achieving millions of downloads from users around the world. To celebrate and recognise the best of Singapore's game creations, Digital Life added Best Made-In-Singapore Games as a new category in the DL Awards, with the support and sponsorship of the Media Development Authority. 

Said Oo Gin Lee, The Straits Times Digital Life Editor: "For the last two years we have been giving awards to products that are essentially created overseas for the global markets. With the new Best Made-In-Singapore Games category, we are very pleased to be able to extend our awards to recognise and celebrate the creativity and innovation of our home grown talents.”

Also new are the Best Digital Advertising awards, a recognition that interactive multimedia ads have come of age.

Digital Life welcomes the return of Courts, Singapore's leading electronics and lifestyle destination, as the main presenter for the second consecutive year for the DL Awards. In addition, there are four new category sponsors this year - StarHub for the smartphones category, Microsoft for laptops, Alienware for games and MDA for made-in-Singapore games.

Forum on Made-In-Singapore Games

This year's event will also see the return of the DL Forum. This year the topic will be on "The Rise Of Made-In-Singapore Games" where the movers and shakers of the industry here will gather to discuss the latest challenges, trends and opportunities in the fast-growing games development business. During the forum, there will also be a panel discussion and dialogue with the audience. 

The speakers and panellists this year are:
1. Joachim Ng, Director, Industry Operations, Media Development Authority
2. Olivier de Rotalier, Managing Director, Ubisoft Singapore
3. Eitaro Nagano, Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia
4. Roland Ong, Chief Executive Office, IAH Games
5. David Ng, Chief Executive Office, Gumi Asia
6. Tan Sian Yue, Founder, Ratloop Asia.

The panel session will be moderated by veteran tech journalist and Digital Life editor Mr Oo Gin Lee.

For the profile of the speakers and panellists, visit 
http://events.stclassifieds.sg/dlforum2014/speakers.php

Media Invitation

Your reporter and photographer/camera crew are cordially invited to attend the DL Forum and DL Awards 2014 presentation ceremony. Please RSVP by 10 February, 5pm to Deror at 
derorw@sph.com.sg or 6319 1226.

Details of DL Forum and Awards presentation - 

DL Forum 2014:

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Place: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Island Ballroom A
Time: 10am to 2pm

Only for pre-registered participants

DL Awards 2014 presentation ceremony:

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Place: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Island Ballroom A
Time: 2.30pm to 5pm
By invitation only


Programme:

Forum
9.00am Registration
10.00am Welcome Address
Warren Fernandez, Editor, The Straits Times

Joachim Ng, Director, Industry Operations, Media Development Authority

10.20am The Changing World Of Video Games

Olivier de Rotalier, Managing Director, Ubisoft Singapore

10.40am Publishing Your Game on the Playstation Network

Eitaro Nagano, Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia

11.00am Breaking Into the Lucrative China Market

Roland Ong, Chief Executive Officer, IAH Games

11.20am Panel discussion, Q&A

The Rise of Made-in-Singapore Games
Panellists:
Joachim Ng, Director, Industry Operations, Media Development Authority
Olivier de Rotalier, Managing Director, Ubisoft Singapore
Eitaro Nagano, Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia
Roland Ong, Chief Executive Office, IAH Games
David Ng, Chief Executive Office, Gumi Asia
Tan Sian Yue, Founder, Ratloop Asia

Moderator
Oo Gin Lee, Digital Life Editor, The Straits Times

12.20pm Presentation of DL Awards 2014: Best Made-in-Singapore Games
12.30pm End of Forum, followed by networking lunch

Awards
2.00pm Guests Registration 
2.30pm Welcome by emcees
2.35pm Welcome note by 
Oo Gin Lee, Digital Life Editor, The Straits Times
2.45pm Awards presentation (29 categories)

4.00pm Post-awards tea reception


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For more information, please contact:

Leong Lin Choo (Ms)
Manager
Editorial Projects Unit
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5068
Email: 
leonglc@sph.com.sg

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive 
Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
DID: (65) 6319 1226 
Email: 
derorw@sph.com.sg 

About The Straits Times

The Straits Times, the English flagship daily of SPH, has been serving readers for more than a century. Launched on July 15, 1845, its comprehensive coverage of world news, East Asian news, Southeast Asian news, home news, sports news, financial news and lifestyle updates makes The Straits Times the most-read newspaper in Singapore. Quality news, in-depth analyses, impactful commentaries and breaking stories are packaged to give readers riveting accounts of events in Singapore, the region, and beyond. 

The Straits Times' key strength is in its world class coverage of news outside Singapore. With 20 bureaus in major cities around the world, The Straits Times correspondents bring world news to readers on a Singapore platter, helping them appreciate world events from a Singaporean perspective. 

In keeping with the times, The Straits Times carries weekly supplements such as Digital Life (DL), Urban and Mind Your Body (MYB) to complement The Straits Times as well as IN and Little Red Dot to cater to young readers in schools. Its many efforts have won multiple international awards from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, as well as the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association.


The Straits Times also has an online presence at 
www.straitstimes.com. The site features top stories, blogs and online forum threads. Also under The Straits Times' umbrella are citizen journalism site Stomp and online television service The Straits Times RazorTV.

The Straits Times has won many accolades and awards, including being named Singapore Newspaper of the Year 2013 by Marketing magazine and voted Singapore’s favourite newspaper 2013 by Superbrands. The Straits Times’ website 
straitstimes.com also won gold in “Best In Online Media” at the 2012 Wan-Ifra Asian Digital Media Awards.