Technology instead of manual headcounts

Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) wins Singapore's school competition business@school

The winning team

In schools, a lot of time is spent doing headcounts. No wonder the entrepreneurial girls at Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) have developed a business idea to replace manual head counting with innovative technology. Their business plan not only impressed fellow students, waiting for attendance counts to be completed, but also the judges of experienced business people at the Asian business@school Finals in Singapore, sponsored by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The group of six girls aged 15 to 16 received the first prize for their business idea at the event on November 1. Last year's winner was also a group from SCGS.

Six entrepreneurial girls

Angela Ng, Audrey Ong, Cassandra Lek, Chang Jing Rong, Cheng Lin Chuch, and Natalie Chia from Singapore Chinese Girls School had noticed that manual head counting was time-consuming and gave inaccurate results. The idea for "TrackCheck" was formed and developed. "Using Radio-Frequency Identification technology (RFID) tags in schools will relieve teachers of the need to conduct headcounts, take attendance or constantly count examination scripts", the students explained. This impressed the panel of judges, led by Jeffrey Chua, partner and managing director in the Singapore office of BCG, and the group was awarded the first prize. The panel of judges also expressed admiration for the other business ideas, presented by teams from Xinmin Secondary School, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), and Raffles Institution.

The jury