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Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow competition helps drive social development of Singapore through innovative technology

Zafirah Salim | Aug. 1, 2014
The competition aims to be a stepping stone for students to start making active contributions to the local community, while building essential business and presentation skills.

Samsung's global competition, called Solve for Tomorrow, will be launched in Singapore for the first time this year, the technology company announced on Friday (August 1, 2014).

According to its media statement, the competition encourages students to leverage technology innovatively to address social issues in Singapore and conceptualise solutions that will benefit the local community.

From now till September 5, 2014, tertiary students from local universities and polytechnics across Singapore are invited to form a team of four and submit their ideas online. Submissions should be in the form of a 3-minute video, and should articulate a social issue affecting Singapore, the proposed solution, and how it will positively impact the local community. The video should also demonstrate innovation, originality and also leverage technology.

To help these students embark on this competition, Samsung is organising a briefing session and workshop on August 19, 2014 in collaboration with Sustainable Living Lab (SL2), a social enterprise that works at the intersection of social innovation, sustainability and technology.

According to Samsung, the aim of the briefing session and workshop is to deepen the students' understanding of social issues in Singapore and to inspire them to consider how new technologies such as 3D printing, Internet of Things, wearable electronics and mobile platforms can be used to create social change. In particular, the workshop will teach the use of two conceptual tools, Causal Layered Analysis and the Theory of Change, to enable students to develop quality submissions.

In the second round of the competition, 20 teams (10 per category) will be shortlisted and have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders and experts, and refine their ideas at a one-day workshop. The workshop mentors include tech entrepreneur Paddy Tan, Channel NewsAsia newscaster Timothy Go, founders of online fashion label Love, Bonito, Rachel Lim and Viola Tan, Samsung Singapore's Vice President of IT and Mobile, Eugene Goh, and The Straits Times Managing Editor Ignatius Low.

These shortlisted teams will develop new video submissions that explain their concept in further detail, utilising new skills learnt from the workshop. The 20 new videos will then be posted online for public voting. The top six voted teams (three from each category) will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of judges at the finals, who will decide the winning entries.

Teams shortlisted to the second round and finalist teams will be awarded with prizes worth more than S$180,000, including cash prizes and Samsung products. For the six finalist teams, they will be awarded with S$30,000 worth of seed grants. Besides that, the top two winning teams (one team per category) will also win internships at Samsung and study trips to Samsung headquarters in Korea.


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