Technology Challenge

Closing Date: Extended to 15 December 2017

Calling engineers, clinicians, researchers, students and anyone with a great idea!

Do you have an interesting idea for a disruptive or transformative solution which can result in a prototype or an application to meet our elderly's needs or to make our neighbourhoods and homes more physically and socially friendly to our elderly?

Share your ideas with us and stand to win attractive cash prizes of up to SGD $5,000!

In conjunction with the Global Conference on Integrated Care 2018, the Agency for Integrated Care has launched a Technology Challenge. Interested applicants can develop and propose solution(s) addressing the key issues raised the problem statement below. Solutions could include designs of objects that can help elderly persons, a computer application or other products (hardware/software) to help elderly persons connect with services, or even architectural/landscape models of elderly-friendly homes, buildings or environments.

Problem Statement

Singapore is rapidly ageing. We have more elderly persons living alone, or in households of only elderly persons. How can our elderly remain healthy and continue to live independently for as long as possible? How can our frail elderly or those with disabilities continue to live in the community? How can those with severe illnesses and who are in the terminal phase of life live their remaining days in comfort and with dignity?

Who may Apply?

Anyone can take part in this challenge. We welcome individual or group participation. We invite you to identify a specific important problem based on the above statement and propose a solution. Where possible, you are encouraged to demonstrate their technology solutions, in the form of working prototypes, designs and models or using diagrams, etc.

What to Submit?

Submit your idea or solution in a video that is not more than 10 minutes long. You should clearly state the problem that you are trying to solve and why this is an important problem, describe your solution and show us your prototype or invention (if any) and how this can solve the problem that you have articulated.

Applications for the Technology Challenge should be submitted via the conference website at https://gcic2018.sg/technology after 1st May 2017.

Closing date for submissions is 15 December 2017, 5pm. You will be informed whether your project has been shortlisted by 7 January 2018.

Prizes

Shortlisted teams with innovative and compelling ideas and solutions will get the opportunity to go on stage at the Global Conference on Integrated Care on 2 February 2018 to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and audience of policymakers, researchers, and practitioners.

Top prize: S$5,000, 2nd prize: S$3,000, 3rd prize: S$1,000

In collaboration with the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), shortlisted teams also stand to be selected for follow-on grant funding from SMART Innovation Centre (subject to eligibility rules and selection procedures).

How will it be judged?

Our judges will look for the following:

  • Health / Wellness Impact
  • Quality of Innovation
  • Presentation