PAST Hackathons

+ NewSpace Hack v0.5

A lot of our fantasies about space living and exploration inspired by science fiction are about to come true. 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet in NewSpace – the movement of enterprises and startups into space! With giants like Elon Musk and Google preparing their own space missions, other entrepreneurs are expected to be inspired to invest in space technology. In 1999, the United Nations declared the week of 4-10 October World Space Week, to spread awareness and get people excited about space exploration. Since then, it has grown into the world’s largest public space event, with the 2015 edition seeing more than 1,800 events across 73 countries!

This year, we were part of World Space Week Singapore, with the NewSpace Hack v0.5, where professionals and university students alike got the opportunity to interact with experienced space entrepreneurs (“astropreneurs”) from Singapore and Silicon Valley. The speakers shared their insights about the path to success and assessments of the future direction of “NewSpace.” They also shared snippets of their own successful journeys in the realm of space..

+ IRAS HAckathon 2016

As part of the Smart Nation strategy, the Singapore Government has outlined a clear intention to adopt a more citizen-centric approach when providing public services. This approach entails a more innovative use of technology and data to provide citizens with customised solutions that improve their lives.

In alignment with this nation-wide strategy, IRAS aims to provide intuitive and convenient digital services and interactions with taxpayers. This requires delivering information and services that meet the unique needs of different groups of taxpayers.

Compliance with tax obligations in Singapore is recognised as being straightforward compared to other jurisdictions. Having achieved a high level of taxpayer satisfaction, IRAS is now moving to the next level in delivering best-in-class tax administration services.

At the first-ever IRAS Hackathon, we invited you to co-create new solutions with the community and other professional experts to deliver taxpayer-centered experiences for SMEs, the self-employed and individual taxpayers.

+ MINDEF IoT Challenge

With the Internet of Things (IoT), we are now able to collect, analyse and present vast amounts of data, not only about spaces but also objects and processes. Having this kind of information at our fingertips in real time immensely enhances the value we are able to create for our organisations.

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) wished to explore how IoT can be leveraged to enhance its diverse operations and create next-generation services that benefit both the organisation and its people.

+ HDB Cool Ideas Hack

Singapore’s vision is to become the world’s first Smart Nation — a nation that provides opportunities for all and creates the conditions for a caring and gracious society, whilst doing so in a sustainable manner in our built environment.

HDB, which provides homes for over 80% of us, is pivotal in realising this vision. Stronger community bonds where we live add to a happier, healthier nation. The more connected we are both physically and emotionally, the more the opportunity for us to care for one another.

Equally, understanding the environment in which we live and our impact on the quality of our environment provide us with a shared purpose and a means to make a positive impact.

At the HDB Cool Ideas Hack we challenged participants — students, professionals, and startups — to create technology-enabled solutions that help us connect with and care for our neighbours, share relevant information quickly and easily, and take care of the environment as a community.

+ Food Innovation Product Award

The Food Innovation Product Award (FIPA) 2016 (July to October) brought together food manufacturers and tertiary students to collaborate and co-create new, innovative food products. Embracing new ways to create innovative products can be a great asset and advantage in driving business growth.

Deepening partnerships between industry players and schools will attract fresh talent to join the industry and enable its sustainability. This competition took the combined teams of food manufacturers and students through a full cycle of innovation – from conceptualisation, to prototyping and testing, to marketing validation.


We want the best healthcare for all, but it must be accessible and affordable. This will continue to be an important driver of success for all countries.

The potential of technology to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and improve our well-being is poised to enter a new phase of dramatic growth. It is not just innovation in technology that will provide improved outcomes, but the business models that deliver the solutions.

We wanted to explore whether we could create solutions that moved beyond existing applications, some of them may just be collecting and displaying data. The future is ensuring the data is part of a closed loop system that provides updates, actions and monitoring to evaluate efficacy.

At the AIA-Konica Minolta Digital Health Hackathon we challenged participants to create solutions that would outline the vision of what healthcare in a Smart Nation – Singapore – should look like.

+ Social Innovators Hack!

Social Innovations are all around us – Sharing Economy, Urban Farming, Open University and Microcredit. These are examples of novel solutions to social problems that are more effective, sustainable and efficient, and involve collaborations between the private, public and people sectors.

In Singapore, businesses are starting to embrace the concept of Social Innovation. As part of a new breed of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), these Social Enterprises combine social mission and business – they are Businesses with a Cause.

Singapore is now home to over 400 Social Enterprises striving to transform such diverse sectors as education, food and beverage,

the arts, etc. and to create a more inclusive world for youth-at-risk, people with disabilities, the elderly and other marginalised groups. For the Social Innovators Hack! we teamed up with Social Innovation Park and HPE Helion to uncover solutions that would help strengthen Singapore’s growing Social Enterprise sector.

At this hackathon, participants were exposed to the challenges of the Social sector. They sparked new ways to foster stronger collaborations and communications amongst people in the private, public and people sectors, and build a robust social marketplace to accelerate the growth of the Social sector.

+ Changi Airport Hackathon

Winner of the most “World’s Best” accolades, Changi Airport continually strives to find new ways to improve and stay ahead of competitors. The Changi “wow” experience is not only about a smooth air travel experience, but also the vibrancy of the airport as a whole. Its evolving retail space, dining options, and in-airport attractions make it so much more than just a terminal building.

At this Hackathon, Changi Airport Group (CAG) invited start-ups and passionate citizens to take a fresh look at the traveller experience – from even before the traveller sets foot in the airport, to the experience of millions of transit travellers the airport hosts every year, to our visitors who land at the airport to begin their Singapore trip. How can we enable travellers to take full advantage of what Changi Airport has to offer?

+ Smart Port Hackathon 2015

When thinking about Maritime Singapore, many people are likely to focus on the Port of Singapore as the world’s busiest transhipment hub, handling about one-seventh of the world’s container transhipment throughput (31 million TEUs in 2013) and more than 500 million tonnes of cargo annually. But it is more than a port. Maritime Singapore is a thriving eco-system of maritime and port services that involves 5,000 organisations across the Singapore business landscape, employing 170,000 people and contributing 7% of Singapore’s GDP. It is these services that were a big contributor to Singapore being named the Global Maritime Capital in May 2015 over the likes of Hamburg, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

We need all parts of the maritime supply chain to be functioning efficiently and effectively to contribute to our continuing success and competitiveness. Complementing Singapore’s best-in-class port with leading logistics and supply chain management expertise will enable the development of more specialised hubs, like we have seen here with aerospace, chemicals, electronics and healthcare industries. At the Smart Port Hackathon 2015, we were looking for innovative ideas that leveraged technology, created synergies, and provided seamlessness and reliability in information flows and operational processes among the many stakeholders to maintain Singapore’s position as a world-class international maritime centre.

+ Hackathon@SG

Hackathon@SG 2015 (25-26 July 2015) was Singapore’s biggest ever hackathon! It was jointly organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and IT Standards Committee, and supported by the Ministry of Finance, Science Centre and SPRING Singapore. Hackathon@SG 2015 was the first of its kind – bringing together over 1,100 hackers of all ages, mentors and judges to build for a Smart Nation. To help participants prepare for the hackathon weekend, over 20 different technology and thematic workshops were organised over the month of July 2015.

The participants had access to the latest technologies including Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Cloud Computing and Open Data. Hardware kits such as Nabu X, Tweeq, Google Cardboard and VR One were also made available to hackathon participants. Hackathon@SG was co-located with MIT Hacking Medicine@SG 2015, where 26 teams tackled the theme of “Ageing-in-Place”. In addition, during the weekend of 11-12 July 2015, 47 overseas Singaporeans and their friends and colleagues got together for a Hackathon@SG satellite hackathon in San Francisco.

+ Smart Health coLAB

In a Smart Nation, we drive the management of healthy lifestyles and its integration with the healthcare system through the smart use of data and new technologies, both hardware and software.

Utilising Internet of Things and wearables makes self-management of health easier and cheaper, and paves the way for a connected health platform for consumers, healthcare professionals and providers.

We created a whole week of health-related activities from 11 to 16 May 2015 to bring the community together to ‘play’ with technology and data, create new use cases and demonstrate how the role of “Smart Health” addresses changes in demographics and lifestyles, particularly in areas of rising concern such as obesity and chronic diseases, care for our seniors, etc.

Everyone was welcome to join the coLAB – whether they are data scientists, behavioural psychologists, healthcare professionals, policy makers, technologists, designers, marketers, students, mums or dads.

+ Smart Retail LAB

The Smart Retail LAB was a satellite event at InnovFest unBound. It was an excellent way to surface some of the issues at play and complement this discussion with an opportunity for organisations to showcase some existing technologies to assist in-store experience, rapidly prototype new ideas and test them in the field. The participants also had the opportunity to network with Singapore business leaders and unBound’s network of international C-level executives.

We saw some great ideas come forth from our 15 participating start-up teams. Four teams got the opportunity to pitch at the Retail Innovation Forum. You can check out their ideas here.

+ Smart Nation API coLAB

We heard from the industry and community that they wished all the APIs were in one place and they could do more with them. So we created a whole week of APIs with a series of learning and hands-on events from 15 to 21 March.

The Smart Nation API coLAB provided the opportunity to share use cases in a variety of sectors and offered easy access to more than 150 APIs from government and businesses in Singapore.

We found partners in startups, SMEs, innovation teams and they all came down to join us in creating the Smart Nation API coLAB, an exciting week of API-related activity. With the support of our Lead Partners, Accenture and Intel Mashery, we opened the gates of the API Economy to our participants.

Aside from developers and data scientists, we got to hear from business leaders and marketing professionals about their perspectives on digital business and the influence of APIs.

+ Manpower Hackathon

The inaugural Manpower Hackathon aimed at finding Singapore-wide solutions that could enable change and empower employees from the various service and construction sectors in Singapore. Participants came up with ideas that could help educate and inform employees across Singapore, or improve their workplace safety and health.

The three themes for this hackathon were: • Improving Engagement with Workers • Designing the Next Generation Work Pass • Driving Excellence in Workplace Safety and Health

MOM’s first open innovation event saw developers, designers, safety professionals, data-crunchers and more awesome people come together and produce great prototypes, from an NFC-enabled smart Work Pass to SMS-based information platforms for foreign workers!

The top three winners of the Manpower Hackathon were invited to apply for the funding provided by the Public-Private Co-Innovation Partnership (CI Partnership) programme, after further evaluation by MOM. The CI Partnership funding is worth up to $250,000 for Proof-of-Concept.

+ Data Discovery Challenge

The Data Discovery Challenge was organised to look for innovative solutions to help open Singapore’s wealth of data and discover new insights! The Challenge sought to encourage the use of a wide range of private and public datasets to discover new value and benefits towards enabling smarter enterprises and improve how we live, work, learn and interact in Singapore.

Participants accessed useful datasets and resources such as capability building workshops and industry experts advice. The participants included members from the business community – data scientists, analysts, enthusiasts, application developers and technology solution providers.

For this challenge, participants were required to create data mash-up using at least one private dataset from this registry and integrate it with public or private datasets from the registry or any other sources to develop useful applications, innovate new products and services, or even foster new business models. The broad themes of this challenge were to increase efficiency or productivity of an enterprise or an industry vertical, develop a new revenue stream or business model, or to improve the way we live, work, learn and interact.


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+ SingTel Accelerator Challenge

Launched on 25 August 2014, the SingTel Accelerator Challenge was an open invitation to startups and developers, who are building the next big app to partner with SingTel to take their apps to market in 2015.

+ Data in the City Visualisation Challenge

Singapore will be 50 years old next year. Many members of the older generation still remember how Singapore used to be a small city ringed by kampongs, with limited resources and opportunities – very far removed from the booming and bustling metropolis we see today.

The “Data in the City” Data Visualisation Challenge invites the public to celebrate SG50 by telling the Singapore Story using data and visualise how we live, work and play in Singapore. It is an excellent opportunity to commemorate the country’s amazing progress and celebrate the best that is yet to come.

There is so much to share, so many perspectives. We want everybody to celebrate their own Singapore Story through innovative use of data visualisation. Which story will you choose to tell?

+ Smart Port Hackathon 2014

From as early as the second century, Singapore (then known as Temasek or ‘sea town’) has played a role in global sea trade, connecting to far-flung nations. Today, Port of Singapore is connected to over 600 ports in more than 120 countries. Located strategically in the heart of Southeast Asia, Singapore is a choice port-of-call for ships from all over the world. It is no wonder that it is one of the busiest in the world, handling over 60,000 containers and 500 million tonnes of cargo every year.

With 130 trade associations, more than 170,000 employees and over 5,000 companies, Singapore’s maritime industry contributes to approximately 7% per cent of the country’s GDP. These numbers illustrate the magnitude and impact on our island nation’s economy and accessibility.

Global trade is forecast to explode and exceed US$86 trillion by 2020. China’s seaborne trade alone is forecast to increase from 9 billion tonnes to between 19 and 24 billion tonnes by 2030. Such increases will put pressure on all ports and the maritime industry as a whole. Not only will ports need to adapt to handle such volumes, but the industry across the board will be required to ensure the environmental impact is managed in line with this growth.

International competition will intensify as new technologies are adopted. To maintain its position as a premier global hub port, Singapore will need to look at building a port that incorporates state-of-the-art technologies to improve management issues, such as berth utilisation, anchorage management, tracking of vessel movements and predictions of marine incidents. In short, this means using data to make sense of the port activities and enable greater efficiencies and productivity.

+ GeoHackathon 2014

More than at any time in history, maps are everywhere. No longer confined to atlases, surveyor’s offices and petrol stations, maps are now available on the Internet, built into our cars and present on every smartphone, putting a map into the pocket of nine out of ten people in Singapore.

Where older maps were static, today’s maps are dynamic and tactile, allowing the map holder to pinch, zoom and drag, to query for information, to plot routes and to warn of hazards, and to annotate in real-time.

The integration of enormous amounts of processing power and storage for vast geographical data, ubiquitous Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and the rise of open APIs and open data have led to the creation new terms, such as “mash-up”, “data journalism”, “crowdmapping” and “wikiplanning”.

This puts the tools into the hands of the public and governments alike, who are able to answer the where in the who, what, when, where and how.

The key technology behind this integration is geospatial technologies. This is a rapidly evolving field of Multi-disciplinary technology that integrates data and information from various sources as maps.

Geospatial technologies enable us to carry out our daily lives quickly and efficiently; provide us with insight that informs choice and guides policy; and help visualise the challenges facing our future.

+ Enabling Community coLAB 2014

Enabling Community coLAB was a 2 day social innovation hackathon organised by the Ministry of Social and Family Development(MSF) and SG Enable, with UP Singapore serving as the Social Innovation partner. More than 100 participants came together over the weekend of 5-6 April 2014 to create solutions to empower persons with disabilities as consumers, employees and entrepreneurs. The 10 finalists who were shortlisted on Sunday, 6 April went on to compete in the finals of the coLAB on 6 May, where 5 teams wom Jumpstart Grants of S$20,000 each from MSF.

Approximately 3% of Singaporeans are living with a disability. This means many families have a brother or sister, son or daughter, mother or father, who is a person with disability. Yet, the world of disability is often invisible to most of us. Persons with disabilities are sometimes shielded, because of their impairment, but the lack of understanding and engagement from the wider community act as a barrier. Simply put, society cannot see past their impairments. Also, the needs for their families and carers are often not discussed. Inspiringly, there are many persons with disabilities, who refuse to allow themselves to be defined by their impairment. They want to work, play, shop, and to be part of the community, making a contribution to their families and the society.

Enabling Community CoLab 2014 is a coLAB social innovation project to encourage collaboration between persons with disabilities, social entrepreneurs, researchers, students, developers, designers and other professionals to design and prototype solutions. We aim to:

• Crowd-source social innovation that can empower persons with disabilities to fulfill aspirations in their roles as valued consumers, employees and entrepreneurs. • Cultivate innovative ideas with good potential as business models to further develop as social enterprises for sustained impact. • Empower the wider community to engage persons with disabilities as “person-first” and to see abilities rather than deficits or limitations. • Create awareness and educate the wider community using a strengths-based approach for the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

+ Chinatown coLAB 2014

The Chinatown coLAB 2014 was a 3 day hackathon organised by the Singapore Tourism Board with UP Singapore. More than 120 participants came together over 28th-30th March 2014 to design and prototype tech solutions to let visitors experience and enjoy our Chinatown even more.

We all have our Chinatown stories. Squeezing your way through the crowds at the Chinese New Year street market, and queuing for hours for barbequed pork. Seeing the Thaipusam procession in front of the iconic Sri Mariamman Temple. Having Cantonese porridge at Chinatown Complex Market or Maxwell Road Market, and instantly remembering why you keep coming back all these years. Watching the seventh lunar month Ghost Festival shows. Or even shopping with Mum at People’s Park as a kid.

Such is the richness of Chinatown, where many of us live, work, study, play, practice its deep traditions, or simply enjoy the experience that is Chinatown. And we’ve enjoyed sharing this experience with our visitors. Of the 14.4 million visitors to Singapore in 2012, about one-third visit Chinatown, making it the second most visited attraction after Orchard Road.

We want to improve visitor experience through better storytelling by bringing to life ?Chinatown’s heritage and stories of its community and businesses.