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Friday, April 28, 2006

The Grand Challenge

28th April 2006, Friday


The end of the work month of April which had been quite eventful to say the least.
I was forced to witness the depature of my newly-wedded wife who is off to Italy for 3 months of training stint.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the amount of performance bonus I was rewarded and soon seen it profligated into nothing as my renovation cost continues to accumulate.
I had to moved into the master bedroom and had to bid goodbye to my room of the past 9 years.
And now I am on the verge of proceeding with my very first career move...

Anyway the itinery this morning would be attending the annual corporate planning seminar for my main parent company when it is a great opportunity for the various staff members of this huge umbrella of research organization to huddle together while the chairman (fishmonger) proudly goes through the achievements the company has attained over the past work year and what would be projected for the next 5 years or so.
It was a really professional presentation of our government funded organiization to try to justify that we had been utiilizing the taxpayers' money to the fullest.
Over the course of his presentation, beside some unknown facts and enthralled by the new Fusionpolis bound to appear a few kilometers away from here (which even have a swimming pool and underground subway system in the blueprint), our chairman had focused a lot on increasing the talent pool for the local scientific scene which we all know that he had such high standards to select his esprit de corps suitable to be a scholar here.
Like me in my imaginative football managing realm, he has decided to groom scientists as young as 10..hmm definitely something in common there.

After the break when I advised the 2 naive female colleagues of mine to gather as much food in such circumstances as a 2nd round would be difficult, we have the managing director of the company talking about selling the products of the company actually.
Then introducing a "Grand Challenge" which is to put the research community of various institutes on their toes to solve & conquer a massive scientific problem which could both be high commericial value and put Singapore in the map of the scientific scene.
Easier said than done and they had been cracking their heads to come out with that ideal challenge which would encompass all the values they felt correct to grant up to $10 million bucks for.
They then threw the challenge to come out with the "Grand Challenge" to all the staff under the company and the winner of the winning challenge would given a nice kitty of..... a measly $2010...
But then you just need to come out with that question to be tackled on and now with the world in a mess surely someone needed something in life science or defense science to welfare the mankind..
Then again that inferior side of me felt that who am I to challenge those great minds we had within our vicinity....

Perhaps something to ponder for the long weekend...
Japanese word of the day: 挑戦(Challenge) It sure is challenging to even come out with the right challenge

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