Samsung Solve for Tomorrow returns to Singapore to inspire and challenge students to ideate with technology for the community

Aug 01. 2018
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow returns to Singapore to inspire and challenge students to ideate with technology for the community

Back for its third local edition, the Solve for Tomorrow competition demonstrates Samsung’s commitment to empowering students to innovate for their community

This year’s edition sees more than $180,000 worth of prizes to be won, including a study trip to Korea, internship opportunities with Samsung Electronics Singapore and cash prize

 

Singapore – 27 July 2018 – Samsung Singapore today announced the return of Samsung’s global competition, Solve for Tomorrow, in Singapore. Back for its third edition this year, the Solve for Tomorrow competition encourages students to ideate and leverage technology to address social issues in the local community. Students have from now until 12 October 2018 to submit their creative ideas and innovative solutions to address the challenges faced in the society, towards leaving a positive impact in Singapore.

Samsung recognises the importance of education and creates programmes that support youth development and training, through the use of technology, services and expertise. Solve for Tomorrow reflects Samsung’s investment in youth and continued commitment to empower students, and encourages a culture of problem-solving through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

This year’s competition also sees the addition of a new participation category, where students from secondary schools are eligible to join the competition. By opening the competition to secondary school students, Samsung hopes to inspire and encourage more students to conceptualise solutions that can help solve issues that the local community is facing.

"The younger generation are the changemakers of Singapore’s future. We hope that Solve for Tomorrow can spark their interest in technology and inspire them with how technology can truly shape our tomorrows," said Mr Lee Jui Siang, President, Samsung Electronics Singapore. "The competition also provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to society and at the same time, benefit from essential skills such as critical thinking which they will pick up in the process."

More than $180,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to winning teams this year, including attractive prizes of Samsung products, seed grants and cash prizes. Winning teams will also get the opportunity to take up internships at Samsung Singapore and embark on an all-expenses paid study trip to Korea. 

National Design Thinking Workshop 

As part of Solve for Tomorrow, Samsung will also be holding a National Design Thinking Workshop for teachers on 3 and 4 September 2018, in collaboration with Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP). The 2-day workshop aims to equip teachers with design thinking techniques, which can be applied in classrooms to help students develop their competition submissions. Through the workshop, Samsung hopes to encourage teachers to mentor students in the creation of innovative solutions that can create positive change, towards inspiring needful inventions that can lead to real-world impact.

Teachers who are interested in attending the workshop can register online here: https://www.samsung.com/sg/solvefortomorrow/workshop-form/.

To learn more about Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, visit https://www.samsung.com/sg/solvefortomorrow/.

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Annex A – Competition Details

From now till 12 October 2018, students from the secondary school, pre-university, polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITEs) can join Solve for Tomorrow by forming a team of two and enlisting a teacher from their school/institution to act as an advisor for the team. Each student team will fall within a competition category per their school/institution.

Participants are required to be full-time students, and teams are to be made up of students from the same school/institution. Students below 18 years old are required to obtain permission from their parents/legal guardians to participate in the competition.

 

Competition Mechanics

Teams will need to submit their entry online at https://www.samsung.com/sg/solvefortomorrow/competition-form/, consisting of a short description of not more than 1,500 characters. Submissions can include supporting documents in the form of a PDF, PowerPoint presentation or video, and should articulate the chosen social issue, proposed idea and concept clearly. Ideas should demonstrate creativity, innovation and originality, and also leverage technology.

Secondary School (Category 1): Based on the judging criteria, the top three entries will be selected as the winners. Winning teams will be notified via email and will receive their prizes at the awards ceremony at the finale event. 

Pre-University, Polytechnic and ITE (Category 2): Based on the judging criteria, the top ten entries will be shortlisted as finalist teams, where each team will receive $1,000 to refine their idea for the competition final.

Finalist teams will then present their refined idea to a panel of judges at the finale event. The judges will then select the top five winning teams, and they will be presented with their prizes at the finale event.

 

Judging Criteria

Secondary Schools (Category 1) 

  • 30% Relevance and understanding of social issues in Singapore
  • 30% Innovativeness of solution (Uniqueness of idea)
  • 40% Practicality of solution (Desirability by community, ease of implementation, feasibility) 

Pre-University, Polytechnic and ITE (Category 2)

    Phase 1: 

  • 30% Relevance and understanding of social issues in Singapore
  • 30% Innovativeness of solution (Uniqueness of idea)
  • 40% Practicality of solution (Desirability by community, ease of implementation, feasibility)

    Phase 2:

  • 30% Relevance and understanding of social issues in Singapore
  • 30% Innovativeness of solution (Uniqueness of idea)
  • 30% Practicality of solution (Desirability by community, ease of implementation, feasibility)
  • 10% Overall presentation and delivery (Clarity and articulation of concept, creativity of presentation)


Prizes

Secondary Schools (Category 1) 

    Top 3 winning teams will each receive: 

  • $20,000 worth of Samsung products for their school

Pre-University, Polytechnic and ITE (Category 2)

    Top 10 finalist teams will each receive: 

  •  $1,000 to refine their project ideas for presentation at the finale event

    Top 5 winning teams from the competition final will each receive:

  • $10,000 worth of Samsung products
  • $5,000 cash prize
  • 4D3N all-expenses paid study trip to Seoul, Korea to visit Samsung Headquarters (trip includes registered teacher-advisor)
  • Internship for each participant at Samsung Singapore

 

Annex B – Competition Timeline 

Timeline (Secondary Schools) 

  • Submission Period: 19 July 2018 –12 October 2018
  • Design Thinking Workshop Registration (For Teachers): 23 July 2018 –24 August 201
  • Design Thinking Workshop (For Teachers): 3 & 4 September 2018
  • Announcements of Winners: 22 October 2018
  • Solve for Tomorrow Finale Event: 9 November 2018 

Timeline (Pre-University, Polytechnic and ITE) 

  • Submission Period: 19 July 2018 –12 October 201
  • Design Thinking Workshop Registration (For Teachers): 23 July 2018 –24 August 2018
  • Design Thinking Workshop (For Teachers): 3 & 4 September 201
  • Shortlisting of Finalists: 15 –17 October 2018
  • Solve for Tomorrow Finale Event: 9 November 2018