Singapore's government cannot create a Smart Nation alone, the head of the country's innovation agency told CNBC - it needed individuals, businesses and investors to throw themselves into the project.
Singapore's Smart Nation initiative, introduced in November 2014, aims to use technology to improve quality of life for its residents.
Steve Leonard, executive deputy chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), which oversees the Smart Nation program, told CNBC that Singapore needed to find new ways of using technology to deal with an aging population and increasing urban density, because of their outsize impact on health care, transportation and resources.
"Smart Nation is the framework that brings together scientists, engineers, artists, investors, academics, entrepreneurs and many others to tackle the big challenges we – and every country – face in improving the lives of people of all ages," he said.
Singapore has already made big strides toward creating an environment in which innovation could flourish.
Dell released a study in April that identified 50 global cities that used technology to provide tools for their people and business sectors to access in order to deliver improved performances.
The Dell study evaluated these "future-ready economies" on three criteria: having the right people with the right skill sets, having infrastructure that can support new technologies and providing opportunities for businesses to innovate and grow.
Singapore ranked third in the list of 50, behind the Californian cities of San Jose and San Francisco, but above the likes of London, Sydney and New York.