IP Week @ SG Goes Digital for the First Time!
by Ira Wong, Assistant Director, Partnership & Programme
IP Week @ SG 2019 was an eventful conference where steadfast friendship was once again forged amongst colleagues as well as attendees. As I sit at my home desk typing out this article, attempting to trace the timeline of how our organisation's annual flagship conference had metamorphosed from a physical event into a virtual, fully online event, it did not fail to impress upon me yet again, the vicissitude of life and man's fortitude.
It was but a mere three months ago in March, when it became fully evident to the IP Week organising committee (of which I am part) that the global Covid-19 situation would disrupt the well-oiled machinery we had in place to run the event. As we scrambled in our professional roles to mitigate the inconveniences caused to our stakeholders and partners with the change in event format, we had concertedly reorganised our home-space and our personal daily routines to adapt to the new work-from-home format.
At this juncture, when I look back on what first appeared to me as a chaotic, haphazard patchwork of processes being cobbled in place by our team to handle the crisis, it comes as a surprise that what we had actually effected is in fact akin to an orchestral group performing improviso! It thus brings much delight to my heart, that I am part of a team that looks out for each other, complements one another's deficiencies, as well as accommodating our mutual idiosyncrasies.
It would be another two months before the actual event is held, but till then, kudos to the team for making it to the halfway mark. I am sure that together we will be able to make this a memorable event.
Way to go, Team IPOS! 💪
Interested to find out more about IP Week, visit our website at www.ipweek2020.sg
Ira (1st from Right) and members of the 2019 IP Week Organising Committee sharing a laugh during break-time before the event
IPOS Family group shot after the end of the IP Week 2019