Help augment Singapore Government's COVID-19 efforts by rapidly ideating and prototyping with us

*Join our Slack channel to take part in discussions, share your initial ideas, and look/call for help.*

GovTech’s COVID-19 Idea Sprint is an opportunity for members of the public to volunteer and contribute their ideas and expertise to help create solutions to address the COVID-19 crisis in Singapore. The rapidly evolving situation has precipitated an influx of new problems throughout the country, as Singapore works to manage the spread of the virus while simultaneously planning for how to return to a new normal post-Circuit Breaker. Thus the COVID-19 Idea Sprint welcomes any developers, designers, and innovators to 1) listen to agencies across government share problem areas related to COVID-19 and 2) build and ideate solutions for how to address these problems.

To take part in other COVID-19 tech volunteering efforts with GovTech beyond the Idea Sprint, you can also view other volunteering opportunities at https://www.developer.gov.sg/covid-volunteering/ (scroll down).

Themes

Representatives from various government agencies will be hosting webinars to share more on COVID-19 related challenges which they’re facing in their respective domains. These include:

No. Topic Sharing By Webinar Details (SGT)
1 Contact Tracing MOH Webinar has ended. Details here
2 Re-opening the Economy SNDGO Webinar has ended. Details here
3 Isolation and mental health
Matching needs and offers in society
MCCY Webinar has ended. Details here
4 Renewal of Tenancies for Rental Flats HDB Webinar has ended.
Recording here
Slides here

Details on the problem statements will be shared in the Updates Tab, as well as on Slack.

As more domain areas emerge, we will continue to update this list. Details on the webinars will also be updated as and when they are confirmed. 

*Beyond these themes, we welcome submissions any other ideas, prototypes, or products related to the management of COVID-19 in Singapore.*

Timeline

Date/Time Event
8 May Registration opens
8 May, 5.30pm Ideas and project submissions open
11-13 May Evenings Webinars from government agencies (With the fluid COVID-19 situation, additional sharings may be added during the week)
16 May, 5.30pm 22 May, 12pm Deadline to update submissions
23 May 2-4pm Demo Day to demonstrate mock-ups, prototypes, solutions with government representatives and idea sprint community

All of the above are in Singapore Standard Time (SGT). As the situation is continually evolving, the timeline for the COVID-19 Idea Sprint is subject to change. Additional sharings from government agencies may be added throughout the week and as such we may choose to add a second Project Sharing day.

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Prizes

After the end of the COVID-19 Idea Sprint, we will be highlighting several noteworthy projects which stood out to us. There will be no monetary prizes for the COVID-19 Idea Sprint. (12)

Edit - We have selected the 12 presentations that were shown at Demo Day. Regardless of whether your submissions were presented or not, we will be taking a look at them and contacting you if there are any follow-ups.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

The COVID-19 Idea Sprint is open to all interested participants with a desire to help the Singapore government address the COVID-19 crisis.  

Participants can be individuals (18 years of age or above), teams, or organizations. 

 

 

 

Requirements

Submissions can range from production-ready products and apps, to proof-of-concept prototypes and plans. Submissions can also include data analyses and simulations. In your submissions, we ask for you to address the following questions:

  • What is the issue you are trying to address?
  • How does your submission address this issue?
  • Beyond the Idea Sprint, how do you envision your idea/prototype/product scaling and being applied?

More details on submission requirements can be found on the Rules page.

Judges

Various Singapore public sector representatives

Judging Criteria

  • At the end of the Idea Sprint, we will highlight projects which are particularly novel, have the highest potential for public good, and/or are the most feasible.