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Krystal Lim believes technology holds the key to unlocking a stronger, self-reliant, and connected nation. She advocates the need to leverage technology not only for a thriving digital economy, but also for greater community reach and to uplift citizens' lives.

Just 20 this year, Krystal hopes to influence and foster individuals and communities, and inspire them to positively impact the lives of others. She also champions the importance of empowering women.

Krystal will be graduating as the valedictorian of Diploma in IT and Finance. She had topped her cohort in the past years, earning her a place in the Director's List of top students at Temasek Polytechnic.

Krystal also founded and is the linchpin of Singapore's Girls in Tech Committee. Supported by all five polytechnics, the committee aims to empower more girls to embark on a tech journey and enrich the local talent pool.

Krystal has certifications in Python, data science, machine learning, and blockchain, and constantly looks for opportunities to deepen her knowledge. She had also undertaken multiple internships in various organisations.

One of her most rewarding experiences was interning at IMDA, where she worked on strategy and digital economy under the Trust Tech Programme Office. Together with her team there, Krystal developed strategic components to propel Singapore as a thought leader in trust on the world stage.

She had also spent time as a data engineer intern in GIC's data strategy group, where she worked on a global monitoring and service tool that is now running in all 10 global offices.

As a student leader, Krystal has guided teams in various competitions. In 2020, she led a team of students from Temasek Polytechnic to win the Best Trade Booth Award in the Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition. She also led a team of 10 students in the Monetary Authority of Singapore's PolyFintech100 Hackathon, where they were placed first runner-up. 

Her belief that no one should be left behind in today's digital age has driven her to participate in various community and grassroot initiatives. She spearheaded one such effort during the early days of COVID-19, which saw the creation of educational video content for pioneers to upskill. This was showcased on the People Association's Senior Academy channels, with the video clips featuring step-by-step guides on how to use Zoom and other essential applications.

She also has been working on a digital solution aimed at transforming traditional operations and processes of social service agencies. Parked under the National Council of Social Service's 2021 Industry Digital Plan, the programme aims to support close to 500 social service agencies across Singapore, comprising 16,500 social service professionals and 130,000 volunteers.

Krystal feels humbled to fly the flag with her peers in the community and among women who are passionate about tech. She hopes that receiving the SCS Future Leaders in Tech Awards 2022 will be a catalyst to further inspire and recognise future leaders and women in tech.

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