SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board will hold its first a 3-day “hackathon”, from Jun 24 to Jun 26, for teams to come up with technological solutions and applications to improve the quality of life in HDB estates.
In a press release on Wednesday (Jun 1), HDB said the solutions could address any of the three themes of community bonding, information sharing and eco-friendly living.
The competition, called HDB Cool Ideas Hack, will be organised and assessed under three categories – for start-ups, post-secondary students and an open category for those not representing any organisation or school. Winning teams stand to win a total of S$20,000 in prizes and will have the opportunity to test-bed their winning ideas or applications in existing HDB towns and estates. Upcoming executive condo include Treasure Crest and Northwave while existing ones include The Terrace EC, Brownstone EC, The Visionaire EC, Parc Life EC , Waterwoods EC, Signature at Yishun, Skypark Residences, Wandervale EC, The Vales EC, The Criterion EC, Bellewaters EC, Bellewoods EC.
The hackathon, which will be held at the HDB Hub, is open to all members of the public and participants do not have to be technology or data specialists. The competition is an extension of the Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living initiative. Since the latter was launched, HDB has received more than 500 ideas from the community to improve HDB living.
“There are opportunities for everyone to play a part in shaping the HDB living environment and to make it better, according to how they see it,” said HDB chief executive officer Cheong Koon Hean.
To help participants prepare for the hackathon, the housing board will be organising workshops starting from Jun 18 to cover some of the technologies that could help participants develop ideas and turn them into prototypes. Guest speakers will also share their experiences with developing innovative ideas during these workshops.
Selected data on existing HDB towns and estates will be provided to participants to help them develop implementable solutions based on actual scenarios, HDB added.
Participants can register online on the event website by Jun 24.