Twitter expands APAC engineering centre in Singapore

Despite concerns of skills shortage in the IT sector, will be expanding its engineering center in , by doubling the number of engineers to over 100 staff in 2023. Twitter is partnering with the Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) to grow its regional business, bolster its global engineering capabilities, and improve service availability and reliability for people who use Twitter around the world.

The technical hires include roles in engineering, data science, machine learning and product management. Together with dedicated engineering teams around the world, the team will focus on core advancements to Twitter such as developing new product experiences, surfacing more personalized content for the people who use Twitter and will drive platform efficiencies to increase speed and reliability.

Singapore is already the regional hub for several big tech companies. The expansion of Twitter’s engineering hubs outside of the US not only accelerates its commitment to building a truly global, inclusive, and accessible product by creating a more distributed workforce but also showcases the capabilities of the island nation to support the business as well as enable a greater talent mix for the company that reflects the communities it serves.

Apart from Singapore, Twitter also has engineering and product teams in Bengaluru, India, London, UK, and Toronto, Canada.

In fact, according to Silvanus Lee, Director, Asia Pacific Engineering Centre at Twitter, following the success of the center’s establishment in February 2020, they have built high-quality teams and strengthened technical capabilities in areas such as machine learning.

“With the distinguished tech ecosystem in Singapore, I am confident that we will be able to raise the bar on the craft of engineering, and drive global impact for Twitter,” said Lee.

For Yu Sasamoto, Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan at Twitter, the fast-growing engineering center demonstrates Twitter’s determination to constantly better their service for people, customers and partners in this region. Sasamoto added that they are excited to welcome many more bright engineers to the Twitter flock, united in their common purpose to serve the public conversation together.

“Twitter’s expansion of its engineering centre speaks to the company’s confidence in Singapore’s vibrant tech ecosystem for innovation, as well as the partnership we’ve built up over the years.  This will create new job opportunities for Singapore and give Singaporeans the chance to work on new and exciting technologies destined for global markets, with colleagues from all around the world,” added Ang Chin Tah, Senior Vice President, DISG.

Twitter has already set new diversity goals for 2025, whereby at least half of its global employees will be women. Additionally, inclusive work practices like asynchronous productivity were adopted to level the playing field for employees across all locations and time zones.

Last year, Twitter announced a year-long partnership with the Government of Singapore that focuses on upskilling Singapore’s workforce, promoting digital literacy and internet safety, and supporting the Government’s COVID-19 communications on Twitter. As part of this partnership, Twitter launched several professional development opportunities tailored for those looking to break into the technology sector.

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