Michael Ong


Michael Ong

Coach, The Collab Folks
Product Guy, Bicycl.asia

Michael has spent 15 years in the tech space, delivering a spectrum of projects for Mobile Payments, Logistics Tracking & Surveying, Cleaning Inspection, Merchant Monitoring, Online E-Commerce and Real Estate Portals.

He works with startups to MNCs in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia. Michael specialises in helping companies and product teams coaching them in product strategy and development, agile practices and user experience at The Collab Folks.

How did you learn about UXSG?

I was placed I/C of the mobile and UX centre of excellence at iProperty in 2011 and had to quickly understand how we could introduce the capability within the organisation. Luckily met Raven and he also introduced Daniel Szuc, Jo Wong and Khai Seng (who is a JC schoolmate!). Through many conversations and checking out UXHK, I came to understand Raven?s goals for UXSG community and signed up shortly after Meetup #1.


What made you volunteer for the UXSG Conference this year?

Have volunteered since Meetup #2 and seen 2 conferences so far. Main driver for me is the believe that the platform is a fantastic environment for people who wish to learn (as I did) about applying UX methods into work when our own work environments is restrictive. There is a freedom to experiment and yet also learn from those around us.


How has the journey been?

The conference volunteer team this year is the largest we are seeing. It is slowly shaping up to how a real team would work IRL but still many challenges as most people don?t work remotely as a normal so everyone is dealing with that and the challenges of the conference.

At a Personal Level
What are your personal quirks?

I often talk about cycling before anything else nowadays 🙂


Is there any words of advice or quotes you live by?

Don?t be afraid to experiment and change. ?It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.? is my personal way of work.

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