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About Young Technopreneurs for a Sustainable 2030

The objective of this programme is to encourage young people to brainstorm, develop and prototype solutions around the programme of sustainable development, especially with regards to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The challenge consists of an online startup boot camp and a hackathon. The Top 15 teams in the hackathon will receive up to $3,000 seed fund per team to develop their ideas further

The programme culminates in an expo event that will be held in conjunction with the Singapore Maker Extravaganza 2019 from 17 – 20 October 2019.

Two Top teams will be awarded an overseas trip. 

There will be two age group categories for the competition and it is open to students from local and international schools in Singapore.

Individual students can also join:

Category 1:13 - 15 years old (Secondary 1 to 3)
Category 2:16 - 18 years old (Secondary 4 to JC 2 or equivalent)

Phases of the Competition

  1. UN Global Goal: Select a problem that relates to one of the challenge statements (please see below).
  2. Team formation and ideation: In teams of 3, think of an idea to solve the challenge.
  3. Registration opens on 15 April 2019. Register your team here.
  4. Follow the online programme here. Note: To enhance better learning experience during the challenge, all the participants will be required to use the online programme to document their idea and progress.
  5. Hackathon: A 3-day hackathon will be held at Science Centre Singapore from 27 to 29 June 2019, 9am to 6pm.
  6. Seed funding and mentorship: Top 15 teams from the challenge (7 teams from each category and 1 Wildcard team) will be selected to proceed to the second round of the competition. Each qualifying team will receive a seed fund of up to $3,000 to develop their ideas further.
  7. Technopreneur's Expo: All 15 teams will showcase their work at Singapore Maker Extravaganza from 17 to 20 October 2019 in Science Centre Singapore. One winning team from each category will be selected.



    While the number of people in the world with access to electricity has increased by 1.7 million between 1990 and 2010, the global economy is still primarily reliant economically on fossil fuels.

    Students can propose solutions around the problems of:
    • Enabling access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.
    • Increasing energy efficiency.
    • Developing new ways of energy storage.
    • Developing sustainable energy services, especially in less developed countries, in accordance with their resources.

    The efficient management of our shared resources and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants are crucial to achieving responsible consumption and production. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste necessary, as is supporting consumers to move towards a more sustainable pattern of consumption.

    Solutions around responsible consumption and production and waste management can be brainstormed for the following challenges:
    • Reduction of food waste at the retail and consumer levels.
    • Reduction of waste generation by prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
    • Ensure that people have relevant information and awareness for sustainable lifestyles in harmony with nature.

Each winning team will be awarded:

An overseas trip to visit tech companies and find out why they are the most innovative companies in the world.

Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the UN Global Goals and the challenges we face.
  2. Be able to identify societal challenges in their environment.
  3. Work with mentors from the industry.
  4. Network with other young innovators and experts.
  5. Learn how to take an idea from concept to realization.
  6. Have fun while contributing to a better society.

Develop an entrepreneurial mindset and skills.

  1. Technical Skills: Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Web and App development.
  2. Soft Skills: Teamwork, communication, presentation skills and creative thinking.

Contact Details:

For more information and further enquiries on Young Technopreneur's Challenge for Sustainable 2030, please contact Dr Kiruthika Ramanathan at or Ms Doris Chow at